Payson residents looking for medical services will no longer have to make the grueling drive to the Valley after the Payson Professional Building opens up later this year.
The building complex, located on East Main Street behind the CarQuest Auto Parts store, will house various medical and professional offices.
Banner Health, along with Sonora Quest Laboratories and Simon Med Imaging, have already signed leases. Banner Health, a nonprofit health care provider, will be the lead tenant in the single-story complex of eight buildings.
"We are very excited about the new space," said Clinical Administrator Shannon Hounshell. "We will be able to offer more exam rooms, a larger waiting room and be handicap accessible in the new facility."
Banner Health's current location of 13 years, 708 S. Coeur D Alene Lane is too small, she said.
The new location's position near the hospital is a huge draw for the company.
"We have been waiting for a nice facility to open near there," Hounshell said.
"It all relates back to location and there is not a lot of space next to the hospital."
The medical center is a great opportunity for Banner Health to grow in the community, she said.
"There is a primary care physician shortage in Payson," Hounshell said.
"This is an opportunity to consider growth with additional physicians."
Sonora Quest Laboratories will provide routine and specialty laboratory tests and services. Simon Med Imaging will offer imaging services such as MRI, ultrasound, bone density and digital X-ray.
Kevin Heinonen and his partner Jeff Eells, with Payson Professional Plaza LLC, started the project 24 months ago because they felt, "Payson is underserved in medical facilities."
"We heard a lot of issues from residents who wished there was better medical attention in Payson," Heinonen said.
"We began looking at Payson four years ago, but we had trouble finding land. We found this great spot next to the hospital."
Heinonen said all of the buildings should be leased out in the next 12 to 18 months, with Banner Health opening this September.
"We are trying to get local medical facilities in there," he said.
Almost all local subcontractors were used in the construction of the complex. Delmastro and Eells is the general contractor.
"The complex has been well received by the community and medical users," Heinonen said.