Many of WVU Medicine’s outpatient surgery services will move to a new $29 million outpatient surgery center, which will be built next to its recently opened primary care facility, WVU Medicine at University Town Centre.

Scheduled to open in mid-2017, the two-story center will be approximately 60,000 square feet and will house four operating rooms, four endoscopy procedure rooms, family waiting areas and a café, said Vice President of Operations Amy Bush.

The West Virginia Health Care Authority approved a Certificate of Need (CON) for the facility in June; ground will be broken at the site in early fall, in partnership with IKM Inc., architectural firm.

“The services offered will provide more convenience to outpatients and will allow us to decompress the Ruby Memorial campus and continue our focus on complex surgical and endoscopic cases in the hospital setting,” Bush said.

Being in proximity to WVU Medicine at University Town Centre, which offers clinical labs, imaging, EKG and more, will create, “a one-stop shop” for patients in a state-of-the art-setting, Bush added.

“Our goal is to create a best-in-class customer service experience for our patients.”