Overland Park & Leawood

Children’s Mercy expands

Children’s Mercy Hospital has completed a $4.83 million project in southern Johnson County that expands the hospital’s urgent care and sports medicine services.

The 15,000-square-foot Children’s Mercy Blue Valley location at 6750 135th St. in Overland Park opened for patient services last week .

With the expansion, the hospital discontinued its urgent care services that was part of Children’s Mercy South at 5520 College Blvd.

The hospital said it effectively doubled the size of its urgent care practice to meet the growing demand.

“Visits to our urgent care center in Johnson County are up nearly 20 percent,” said Marshaun Butler, vice president of Children’s Mercy South. Butler said the hospital group expects more than 18,000 patient visits to the Blue Valley facility in fiscal year 2014.

The Blue Valley office has 56 employees, including physicians, clinical staff and support.

The facility has 16 exam rooms for urgent care and sports medicine, and a 3,500-square-foot sports medicine gym,which includes a track lane, small basketball court and exercise equipment for sports physical therapy.

The expansion received financial support from the Trent Green Family Foundation, Nick and Jake’s “Fore the Kids” golf tournament and George Shaw Construction. Their combined donations amounted to about $250,000, the hospital said.

Urgent care is offered every day from noon to 10 p.m. Sports medicine treatment will be offered by appointment only five days a week.

Children’s Mercy is leasing the one-story building.