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Posted: Friday, January 22, 2010 4:28 pm | Updated: 3:37 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A new medical office building under construction adjacent to Mercy Gilbert Medical Center will bring four practices to Gilbert that specialize in surgical, oncology and radiation services.

Mercy Medical Commons will be a two-story, 48,000-square-foot facility southeast of the Val Vista Drive and Mercy Road intersection in Gilbert. Construction began late last month, and occupancy is slated for September. Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is a four-story, full-service hospital with 206 beds.

Advanced Surgical Associates, Arizona Cancer Specialists, Desert Oncology Associates and Scottsdale Medical Imaging have leased space and will open offices inside the building. They will occupy about 32,000 square feet.

Mercy Medical Commons is being developed by Irgens Health Care Facilities Group, a division of Irgens Development Partners. There is a lack of existing medical office space off the Mercy Gilbert campus, said Jason Meszaros, vice president and senior team leader for Irgens' Arizona office.

"We happened to find a group of four that all wanted to be together, and for someone to come in and (lease) 32,000 square feet, there wasn't something available for them to fit their needs," he said. "They want to be near the hospital but not on campus."

Advanced Surgical Associates is based in Mesa and has a temporary office near Chandler Regional Medical Center. The practice's surgeons perform surgeries and laparoscopic procedures, or operations within the abdominal or pelvic cavities.

"The reason we wanted to put an office out there is to establish a bigger footprint for all those patients who are coming from the farther south East Valley, meaning Queen Creek, Gilbert and farther south," said Dr. Richard Cooper, vice president of Advanced Surgical Associates. "It's important to be near the hospital because patients drive from great distances to see us now."

Advanced Surgical Associates has been adding to its roster of surgeons, and three of its surgeons now split their time between Mercy Gilbert and Chandler Regional, he said.

"We've had a Mercy Gilbert presence in mind and on paper for a very long time," Cooper said. "My group will be providing general surgery, breast surgery, colorectal and others for the general area with plans of bringing most of those patients to Mercy Gilbert Medical Center."

In the meantime, there has been interest in the remaining unleased space in Mercy Medical Commons, Meszaros said.

"It's still early," he said. "We've got eight to nine months before the building is complete and, traditionally in Phoenix, it's hard to lease something they can't see. Once the building is a little more tangible, we expect the activity to heat up."

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