Construction to begin at Cornerstone Office Park with medical office to be built first

WICHITA — Construction is set to begin shortly at the new Cornerstone Office Park at the 520-acre Cornerstone development in Andover.

There will be room for 150,000 square feet of office space at nine buildings, the first of which will be a new medical building.

“With the success of the hospital, it’s just a natural fit to have medical practices wanting to locate at Cornerstone,” says developer George Laham. “Obviously, we have a lot of interest right now from … medical groups that want to be located in the area.”

Laham Development and Ritchie Development are the developers of Cornerstone, which is north of 21st Street between 159th Street East and Andover Road.

The 18,000-square-foot medical building will be adjacent to the Kansas Medical Center. KMC CEO Badr Idbeis will be one of the physicians to use the new space.

The two-level building will have the same architectural design as the hospital.

There will be a reception area, exam rooms and offices for physicians. One feature of the building is a clerestory that will allow natural light inside.

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Cypress Heart to leave Kansas Medical Center for Heartland Cardiology

UPDATED — Cypress Heart, which has been with the Kansas Medical Center for a year and a half, is merging with Heartland Cardiology in April.

“That will make us the largest cardiology group in Wichita,” says Heartland administrator Jane Robinson. “We’re excited about that.”

The groups have considered merging in the past.

“We have a lot of things that we have mutually done together in the past,” says Roger Evans, a Cypress physician.

Heartland, which has eight physicians, has a main office at 551 N. Hillside. It also is on the west side at 8710 W. 13th.

Cypress Heart, which has six physicians, is at 9300 E. 29th St. North, which is where will it remain. At least three of its physicians are joining Heartland, two may stay with the Kansas Medical Center and one may leave Wichita.

“Part of the reason, really, we did this was to be ready for the new changes in health care,” says Heartland physician Assem Farhat. “That was also a driving force to try to provide more comprehensive and better services and more efficient … patient-centered care.”

Evans says it makes more sense for Cypress physicians to be affiliated with other physicians instead of a hospital, such as the Kansas Medical Center.

“It hasn’t worked out as well as we hoped,” he says.

“It’s just a vision for how to expand and grow the practice,” he says. “Hospitals, their primary goal is to have people in the hospitals. … Their vision was more along the lines of how to make the hospital grow best.”

Cypress physician Hussam Farhoud says the practice now will be entirely controlled by cardiologists.

“It will be more efficient,” he says. “We’ll have (more) physician input in the practice.”

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