Monday, March 21, 2011 | 1:55 a.m.
Planned surgery center
Plans are under way to build a new surgery facility at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Wigwam Parkway after the Henderson City Council approved an application last week.
The center, developed by John and Louis Carnesale of Tower Realty and Development, will house a skilled nursing facility as well as an outpatient surgery center, according to plans filed with the city. Dubbed the Wigwam Surgery Center, it will offer 24-hour care for patients.
No groundbreaking or opening dates have been set for the project, Louis Carnesale said at the March 15 council meeting.
About 17,000 square feet of the 25,000-square-foot building will be dedicated to the nursing facility. It will house 22 beds, most of which will be occupied by patients from the surgery center who need additional care and rehabilitation.
Other amenities include a kitchen and dining facilities, rehabilitation and activity rooms, and a family lounge.
The other 8,000 square feet will hold the surgery center. According to the plans filed with the city, doctors would conduct “non-emergency” procedures.
Plans show operating rooms, recovery rooms, prep rooms, a nurse station, offices for doctors, as well as waiting and family areas. The developers also agreed to a condition from the city limiting the use of emergency lights and sirens.
The Wigwam Surgery Center will be located near homes, including the Oak Forest Villas and Scottsdale Valley Condominiums, and a commercial area with a Fresh and Easy grocery store. The application included a request for a zone change from commercial to public/semipublic, which the council also approved.
Several residents from the surrounding neighborhoods spoke at Tuesday’s meeting to question one element of the project: a 500-gallon, diesel-powered emergency generator that would be stored above ground on the south side of the building.
The emergency generator is necessary for a medical facility, Carnesale said, and the project’s engineers are confident that it poses no safety risk to the neighborhood. Council members agreed, approving a use permit for the tank.