2010-11-19 / Front Page

Doctors plan medical plaza for Moorpark

Center will have ‘clean link’ with T.O. hospital
By Darleen Principe darleen@theacorn.com

A new state-of-the-art medical center and urgent care facility will soon open in the city of Moorpark, following last week’s acquisition of a 21,676-squarefoot office building in the new Patriot Commerce Center by a group of local physicians.

The new building, dubbed Los Robles Hospital Medical Plaza at Moorpark, will feature a comprehensive family medical care practice as well as high-tech hospital imaging equipment, including CT scanners and ultrasound machines.

Cory Richmond, vice president of Calabasas-based Lee & Associates, who brokered the sale, told the Moorpark Acorn this week that the acquisition is only the first phase of the project. The developers behind the Patriot Commerce Center, M.W. Ossola and Associates Inc., are prepared to build another 115,000 square feet of medical or general office space in the near future.

“Moorpark has been lacking medical office buildings,” Richmond said. “A lot of the medical uses right now are located in retail buildings. Moorpark definitely needed this building.”

The new owners of the medical plaza at 865 Patriot Drive established the Moorpark Comprehensive Medical Group, LLC, and have leased about 8,500 square feet of the building to the Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center of Thousand Oaks.

The new medical group is spearheaded by several local physicians, including Dr. Curtis Kodama, Dr. Nhat Vo and Dr. Duc Vo, who will be moving their current Moorpark offices to the plaza once the new building opens.

Dr. Vishva Dev, director of cardiology at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, is also a copartner of MCMG, LLC.

As a cardiac specialist, Dev will be operating a satellite office in the new building but will keep his main office at Los Robles Hospital’s Thousand Oaks campus.

“Moorpark is a growing community, a wonderful area to live, and we already know numerous people who live there,” Dev said. “A lot of them are our friends and our patients. We felt that it was somewhat underserved.

“The idea of this project was to create one place where the community members could walk in and get comprehensive outpatient services.”

The new medical center would also have a “clean link” with Los Robles Hospital for those who need in-patient care or advanced services, Dev said.

According to a statement from Lee & Associates, the urgent care facility will be on the ground floor of the two-story building and medical offices will be on the second floor.

The brokers are currently in negotiations with a pharmacy that would occupy about 800 square feet of the ground floor, the statement read.

While other buildings in the Patriot Commerce Center are available for industrial and general office use, Richmond said, the building purchased by MCMG, LLC will be used solely as a medical facility.

“(Patriot Commerce Center) was originally built as either an office or medical building,” Richmond said. “We received a lot of medical inquiries from day one, so we decided to go that route.”

Dev told the Acorn that all primary care physicians will be located on the first floor of the building, while the second-floor offices will be available as timeshare spaces for medical specialists such as orthopedists, oncologists, cardiologists and obstetrician/gynecologists.

“The overhead becomes very expensive when specialists try to move into smaller communities, so that really limits the core services that are available locally,” Dev said. “This building will create a place where we take away some of that (financial) strain. They won’t be paying full overhead, but the community gets full services.”

Dev, who’s been a cardiologist at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center for 12 years and director for the last four, said the new medical group hopes to “streamline” services and give patients easier access to the care they need.

Janice Parvin, mayor of Moorpark, said the community has reacted “very favorably” to news of the medical plaza.

“It’s good because I know that they will have a 24-hour urgent care, which is really important for Moorpark because we don’t have any local hospital facilities,” Parvin said.

The mayor said the new building will also have a positive impact on the active seniors in the area who must regularly drive out of town to have tests completed.

“Who wouldn’t want to have better access to medical providers?” Parvin said. “It’s been very positive, especially for our local doctors who are growing their practices here.

“I’m very, very pleased that (physicians) will be expanding their services here in Moorpark.”

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