Wake Endoscopy wants to expand

ndunn@newsobserver.comJune 13, 2014 

Wake Endoscopy Center plans to move its Clayton practice to this existing building at 900 S. Lombard St.

NASH DUNN — ndunn@newsobserver.com

Wake Endoscopy Center hopes to expand its Clayton practice to an existing office building south of downtown.

The proposed $2.9 million project, which is subject to state approval, calls for two procedure rooms in addition to office space where doctors could meet with patients, said Cindy Groce, administrator for Wake Endoscopy Center LLC.

The practice would be at 900 S. Lombard St., near West Clayton Elementary School.

“This is a needed service and will provide an alternative to hospitals,” Groce said.

Wake Endoscopy Center, which operates within a network of Raleigh Medical Group facilities, has a central office in Raleigh and a satellite location in Wake Forest. But doctors from Wake Endoscopy already serve Clayton patients through space the company leases at Johnston Professional Plaza in Clayton. State records show that about 10 percent of Wake Endoscopy’s patients in 2011 came from Johnston County.

Dr. Kerry Whitt, one of eight Wake Endoscopy physicians, handles most endoscopy procedures in Clayton. Whitt would continue to be the main doctor in the new space, Groce said.

In April, Wake Endoscopy and Five GIS Rex Properties LLC applied for a certificate of need from the state to open the new facility. North Carolina requires medical providers to obtain certificates of need as a way to regulate the number of medial facilities in an area. State records show the entities paid a $10,674 application fee.

Five GIS Rex Properties owns the building that houses Wake Endoscopy’s central office on Lake Drive in Raleigh.

A public hearing on the Clayton project is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 S. Church St. Public hearings are sometimes part of the state’s certificate of need process, according to the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation.

Johnston Health officials plan to speak at the public hearing, said Suzette Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the hospital. She said it’s too early to say what impact the proposed facility would have on Johnston Health.

The new facility would be located in the Clayton Professional Center on Lombard Street. Groce said Wake Endoscopy plans to purchase the building, where Labcorp rents office space. Wake Endoscopy would continue to lease space to Labcorp, she said.

The facility would include 4,000 square feet for two procedure rooms and 1,500 square feet of office space.

“There is definitely a need,” Groce said. “We are very busy down there.”

Dunn: 919-553-7234, Ext. 104

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