Site work begins this week on a $6.8 million construction project of a new facility for Bronson Advanced Radiology Services (BARS) at 524 South Park St. in downtown Kalamazoo. Bronson Healthcare Group and Advanced Radiology Services, PC-Kalamazoo Division, established Bronson Advanced Radiology Services as a joint venture in 2004. The physician group, which traces its roots to 1897, has occupied its current facility for more than 30 years. Originally a church, the building has been renovated many times over the years to accommodate the growing service.
The new nearly 27,000 square foot facility will be constructed according to LEED-certified building standards creating a more efficient, eco-friendly facility. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. The new BARS facility will also be more patient- and physician-friendly due to improved service adjacencies and flow within the building, as well as the wireless technology incorporated for enhanced communication.
Dr. Eduardo Crotte, medical director for BARS, says, “We are extremely pleased to be able to enhance services for our patients while maintaining our downtown location. We have more than a century of service in this community and certainly did not want to disrupt that by seeking a building site further out of town. Once our new building is in place, the old one will be taken down and that space will become our new parking lot. It’s going to work out really well.”
Diagnostic services currently available at the BARS location include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), mammography, bone densitometry (DEXA), ultrasound, and general diagnostic X-ray. Once the new facility opens in summer 2008, nuclear medicine testing and a lab draw station will be added.
The 23 radiologists on staff interpret medical images for BARS, Bronson Methodist Hospital and other sites throughout southwest Michigan, and perform thousands of procedures within their respective subspecialties each year.
The construction management company for the new Bronson Advanced Radiology Services facility is CSM Group of Galesburg, Michigan; the architect is Diekema Hamann Architecture + Engineering of Kalamazoo.
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