Hot Property: HealthEast Woodwinds Cancer Center, Woodbury

  • Article by: DON JACOBSON , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 4:21 PM
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rendering of the Health East Cancer Center which is this week’s HOTPROP property. Credit: HGA Architects

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Type: Medical

Size: 30,000 square feet

Developer: HealthEast Care System

Details: St. Paul-based HealthEast Care System is preparing to carry out a major interior and exterior renovation of its clinic on the Woodwinds Hospital campus in Woodbury, converting it into the new home of its Cancer Care Center.

The clinic, which has expanded several times since its opening, has been deemed too small to meet the needs of the quickly growing Woodbury market, so HealthEast is splitting up its services and moving them to other sites, including a new, 18,300-square-foot medical office building elsewhere in Woodbury.

The clinic’s pediatrics and family medicine services will go to the new building along Woodbury Drive, which is scheduled to open in October, with other services shifting to the Woodwinds Oak Center.

Meanwhile, the original clinic will undergo a transformation into the new home of the HealthEast Cancer Care Center, which is currently housed at St. John’s Hospital on Beam Avenue in Maplewood.

The move will include setting up radiation therapy capabilities at Woodwinds, made possible by obtaining an exception from the state moratorium on the expansion of such services, HealthEast Director of Network Development Len Kaiser said.

“We identified the Woodbury clinic as the best place to create a comprehensive cancer center,” he said. “It’s connected to a hospital, it’s in a soothing natural setting and is easily accessible.”

 

Don Jacobson is a freelance writer in St. Paul. He can be reached at hotproperty.startribune@gmail.com.

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