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Buildings will change hands on Hospital Hill

Updated: 2013-04-05T02:41:58Z

By DIANE STAFFORD

The Kansas City Star

Four buildings on Hospital Hill will transfer in phases over the next 26 months from Truman Medical Centers to Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics.

The sales, for an undisclosed price, will follow a Hospital Hill master site plan that allows Children’s Mercy to expand west of Holmes Street and gives Truman more opportunity to expand east of Holmes.

Some of the sale proceeds will be used by Truman to renovate the vacant Felix Building at 22nd and Charlotte streets, which previously housed the hospital’s behavioral health operations.

Plans call for putting the hospital’s call center and information technology department in the Felix Building by early next year.

The changes, said chief executive John Bluford, will give Truman a “more efficient footprint closer to our respective campuses.”

Children’s Mercy spokeswoman Jessica Salazar said Children’s Mercy is “bursting at the seams” and needs more space, but exact uses for each of the acquired buildings had yet to be specified.

Truman spokesman Shane Kovac said the transitions would mark some of the biggest physical changes for the Hospital Hill facility since the emergency and intensive care departments were renovated in 2004.

Kovac said these structures were being sold:

• The Diagnostic and Treatment Center building at 660 E. 24th St., which houses an eye clinic that will move in May to the sixth floor of a Hospital Hill Center building. Some other offices already have moved from the building, which is scheduled to transfer to Children’s Mercy on June 1.

• The Eye Foundation of Kansas City building at 2300 Holmes St., which will change hands on Sept. 1. Eye Foundation offices will move elsewhere on the Truman Hospital Hill and Lakewood campuses.

• The DaVita Dialysis Hospital Hill building, 2250 Holmes St., which is leased by the dialysis services company. It has until January 2015 to move to a different location.

• The TMC Health Sciences building, 2220 Holmes St., which houses Truman’s human resources, security, occupational health, wellness and fitness departments. It isn’t scheduled to change hands until May 2016.

“We’re moving the chess pieces around on campus,” Kovac said. “What we know now is that it’s all part of our site planning over the next few years. Potentially, we could use some of the proceeds for building a new outpatient surgical building somewhere on campus, but all the costs are still being looked at.”

To reach Diane Stafford, call 816-234-4359 or send email to stafford@kcstar.com.

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