WVU Medicine University Town Centre (UTC) celebrated its first birthday Wednesday, May 4, with plenty of employees on hand to help blow out the candle.

UTC had 146,241 patient visits (roughly 609 a day) in its first year. That total was about 23.5 percent better than anticipated, according to Darin Rogers, vice president and chief ambulatory operations officer.

UTC has nearly 94 full-time employees, 20 who work at the front desk and 74 who are clinical. It has more than 70 providers.

In keeping with its age, UTC is already experiencing a growth spurt.

Many of WVU Medicine’s outpatient surgery services will move to a new $29 million WVU Medicine Surgery Pavilion, which is being built next to UTC.

Scheduled to open in the summer of 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.

Photo caption: Sahar Saaid, practice administrator at UTC, leads people on a tour of UTC during Community Day last year.