Developers donate building to Truman Medical Centers

11/19/2013 8:09 PM

11/19/2013 8:09 PM

A gift of an eight-story office building north of the Missouri River will give Truman Medical Centers some needed room for back office operations.

ZDG Investments LP, a development company composed of principals from Zimmer Cos. and J.E. Dunn Construction, is transferring ownership of a building at 7300 N.W. Tiffany Springs Parkway to the Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation.

The donation, valued at $3.3 million, will give Truman a new location for such non-patient care operations as its call center, information technology department, and financial and billing support departments.

The Northland location will replace the current location for those departments in a building on Blue Parkway.

“The lease at that Blue Parkway building was running out and we were going to have to move anyway, but this was a happy solution,” said Shane Kovac, a Truman spokesman. “We might have relocated those services to an old Hospital Hill building, but this one will require much less renovation.”

It will be mid-2014 before Truman employees begin the move to the Northland building, Kovac said.

The idea to donate the 117,077-square-foot building came from officials at Zimmer and Dunn.

Zimmer chairman Hugh Zimmer said his company hoped that “this gesture will go a long way in helping Truman Medical Centers continue its mission for many, many years.”

Dunn chairman Steve Dunn echoed Zimmer, saying the donation was for a “worthy cause.”

ZDG Investments had owned the Tiffany Springs Parkway building, Corporate Circle I, since 1993. It previously was occupied by WorldSpan and by Platform Advertising but is now vacant. The investment company continues to own Corporate Circle II and Corporate Circle Plaza, two other buildings in the Corporate Circle development.

Truman president and chief executive John Bluford said Zimmer and Dunn have been longtime supporters of the medical centers. He said Truman is “bursting at the seams” and the building gift will be a valuable location for the hospitals’ behind-the-scenes services.

The nonprofit Truman Medical Centers has two acute care hospitals, TMC Hospital Hill in Kansas City and TMC Lakewood in eastern Jackson County. It also has several primary care practices in Jackson County and TMC Behavioral Health facilities. It serves as the teaching hospital for the UMKC schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry.

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