By W. Scott Bailey – Senior Reporter, San Antonio Business Journal
Peripheral Vascular Associates has broken ground on a multimillion-dollar campus it will own on Huebner Road near the South Texas Medical Center, having outgrown its leased space in Northwest San Antonio.
The new PVA Pavilion will span about 17,000 square feet and house multiple imaging laboratories, vascular laboratories and exam rooms. Nearly half of PVA’s 20 vascular surgeons will work out of the new medical center campus, which is expected to draw patients from across the region. The PVA Pavilion is expected to be completed and operational by March 2020.
PVA vascular surgeon Dr. Seth Fritcher said the new state-of-the-art campus will likely attract business from outside Texas.
“Our reach is significant,” he said.
Moreover, that reach is expanding, and PVA leaders knew the business needed to move to accommodate such growth. The new pavilion will house about 6,500 more square feet of usable space than the current building on Medical Drive.
“Our practice volume has outgrown our current infrastructure,” Fritcher said. “It doesn’t have enough exam rooms, vascular lab rooms or administrative space.”
PVA has explored building its own medical center campus for a couple of years.
“We acquired the property a little over a year ago and went into design almost immediately after that acquisition,” Fritcher said.
Founded in 1975, PVA has become one of the largest single specialty vascular groups in the U.S., providing a range of peripheral vascular services, including diagnostic and therapeutic expertise. Demand for that care has escalated as diabetes, a problematic disease especially in South Texas, is a common contributor to vascular problems.
The new PVA Pavilion will be built between Floyd Curl Drive and Babcock Road — an area that’s attracted significant medical development in recent years as there has become more of a premium on land inside the actual medical center.
“It’s no longer the footprint we used to think of with the medical center,” San Antonio Medical Foundation President Jim Reed said. “It’s stretching out in different directions.”
The new pavilion will provide PVA greater access and visibility, along with space for telemedicine operations, medical conferences and doctors’ offices.
“It’s a specific design concept that we’ve been working on. Just about every square inch of that building will be used,” Fritcher said.