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Research Medical Center Announces Major Redevelopment of Research Brookside Campus

Research Medical Center January 06, 2016

Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—today announced plans to redevelop 13 acres of its 25-acre Research Brookside Campus at 6601 Rockhill Road in Kansas City, Missouri.

The improvement project, which involves 400,000 square feet of existing real estate, is projected for completion in 2018 and involves existing tax increment financing (TIF) for innovative adaptive reuse of the 53-year-old vacant tower, formerly occupied by Baptist Medical Center, and an adjoining parking lot into 150 one-, two- and three-bedroom independent living apartments. In addition, the tower will receive a new energy-efficient power plant and environmentally friendly geo-thermal heating and cooling systems.

Currently the tower has a tunnel adjoining the Research Brookside Medical Office Building, which is almost 100 percent occupied with nearly 500 employees; HCA Midwest Health Division houses nearly 100 IT&S employees at Research Brookside Campus; and 300 other occupants, employed by many health-related businesses, are also located on the campus. The tower is located in the same building at the existing Brookside Health and Fitness Center, which houses an indoor swimming pool and offers multiple exercise and fitness classes. The plan is to also offer these amenities to residents of the redeveloped facility.

Also located on the Research Brookside campus is one of the region’s busiest 24-hour emergency rooms, ER of Brookside. Research operates the freestanding emergency room and will continue to provide emergency care to adults and children at this Rockhill Road at Holmes Road location.

Research Medical Center is working with Flint Hills Holdings (FHH) on the redevelopment project. Flint Hills Holdings will sign a long-term lease for the tower and will seek local partners, including contracting for licensed medical aspects of the space, food service and more. The tower project will retain 20-plus existing jobs and create approximately 50 new jobs.

“We are excited to be good community stewards of this property and for the robust development plan for Research Medical Center’s Brookside Campus, which is an important part of this Kansas City neighborhood,” says Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum, Chief Executive Officer of Research Medical Center. “The City of Kansas City and Mayor Sly James support our plan and are appreciative of its considerable economic benefits, enhancing the area and representing a positive partnership and synergy with the future senior residents who desire a community that provides facilities to ‘age-in-place’.”

“We are pleased to be able to move this adaptive reuse development project to the next level,” says Tony Krsnich, president of Flint Hills Holdings. “In conjunction with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and several new local partners this project will provide a modern and environmentally responsible lifestyle for its tenants and be the heart of the neighborhood.”   

Research Medical Center, celebrating its 130th anniversary of providing quality and compassionate and comprehensive healthcare to the community, offers some of the area’s most-advanced technology, state-of-the-art surgical and treatment options and services: Level I Trauma Center, Cycle IV Chest Pain Center, Neuroscience Institute, TIA Clinic, Grossman Burn Center, Liver and Pancreas Institute of Kansas City, Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, Obstetrics, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Transplant Institute, Orthopedics and more. An extension of those robust services, the Brookside Campus offers another convenient point of access for patients and families representing primary care physicians, specialists, outpatient surgery, a sleep lab, mammography and imaging and the Emergency Room of Brookside.

For more information about Research Medical Center, visit researchmedicalcenter.com.

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