By Joseph Ditzler

The Bulletin

High Lakes Health Care will anchor a new, 67,000-square-foot medical center on Northwest Shevlin Park Road in Bend, with plans to open by December, according to Brian Fratzke of Fratzke Commercial Real Estate.

Initial plans show High Lakes in a 7,600-square-foot, one-story building, part of a Shevlin Health and Wellness Center. BBT Architects Inc. and the landowner, Taylor Brooks LLC, submitted preliminary plans for city review in mid-April. Site grading could begin within days, said Todd Taylor of Taylor Northwest, the builder.

Plans call for developing the 5-acre site with 10 more buildings to accommodate associated health care services, said Fratzke, the listing broker for the project.

“We’re looking at a pharmacy with a drive-through, acupuncture, chiropractor, homeopathic medicine, an optometrist, an ophthalmologist,” he said Thursday. “Services we feel have been needed on the west side of Bend.”

The developers have no firm commitment from a pharmacy, and are talking to several businesses interested in moving into the medical center. The additional buildings would be built as tenants sign on, Fratzke said.

Taylor said the overall project will include a cross-section of health care providers, “from traditional to nontraditional.”

The project is also a trial for a High Lakes concept that brings primary care providers and outpatient services together into a neighborhood setting, said High Lakes Administrator Dan McCarthy of Bend. High Lakes Health Care, based in Pendleton, operates primary care clinics in Redmond, Sisters and at 929 W. Simpson Ave., Bend.

“We are full upstairs,” McCarthy said from his first-floor office on Simpson, referring to the second-floor clinic. “And humbled by the community response to our coming to this locale.”

The company gambled by opening its Bend clinic during the depths of the recent recession, when the surrounding office park stood 40 percent vacant, he said.

“We need more space to accommodate patients that are trying to get in and see our providers,” McCarthy said. The new clinic would accommodate seven primary care physicians in pediatrics, internal medicine and family practice, he said.

Drs. Lisa Uri and Jessica Morgan are working with the builder and architect to design a building with a superior work flow, “something that will create a team environment and good patient care.” The clinic will have space for speakers to talk with patients about nutrition, acupuncture and natural medicine.

Plans on file with the city Community Development Department show building footprints arrayed in a horseshoe, with the High Lakes clinic at the heel southwest of the Shevlin Park Road roundabout.

Taylor Northwest and Brooks Resources Corp., a real estate developer, partnered as Taylor Brooks LLC to purchase and develop the property, said Romy Mortensen, Brooks Resources vice president of sales and marketing.

“We’ve worked with, holy smokes, we’ve worked with Hap Taylor and then Todd Taylor for years; there’s a long relationship between Brooks and the Taylors,” Mortensen said. “It seemed a natural fit.”

— Reporter: 541-617-7815, jditzler@bendbulletin.com

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