Diagnosis for Pasadena: Medical center's overdue

September 09, 1994|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer

Call it a medical mall.

The vision two Pasadena physicians had 2 1/2 years ago of a medical center filled with specialists may come true by next fall.

Dr. Christopher deBorja and Dr. Jorge Perez-Alard intend to build a 20,000-square-foot medical center on Mountain Road to serve the Pasadena area and house 10 to 12 specialists.

The Peninsula Medical Center is to be built on the 1 1/4 -acre site where the practice is now located.

The building will house the two doctors, both internists, a general surgeon, neurological surgeon, pediatrician, OB/GYN, physical therapist, urologist and many other specialists. It also will have a full-time radiologist and a laboratory.

Katherine Farrell, a county deputy health officer, said a medical center such as the one proposed would be "a great service" to the area. Usually, medical specialists are found in densely populated areas and tend to locate near hospitals, she said.

Linda Pascoe, the center's business manager, said the doctors wanted to build a medical center "in an area that was deprived of specialists."

When completed, the center will provide "one-stop medical shopping" and be convenient for the elderly, she said.

"As the older population stops driving, they won't have to go to Baltimore to see a specialist. They can just go up the elevator," she said.

County census statistics show that nearly 6,000 Pasadena residents are age 60 or older.

Projections based on 1990 census reports indicate that by 1997 18 percent more women aged 25 to 59 will live within a 3-mile radius of the proposed medical center. The percentage of children under age 18 will increase by more than 16 percent, and the percentage of adults aged 60 to 90 will increase by almost 16 percent.

The owners have revamped some of their plans since a zoning hearing last October and will make another presentation at an as yet unscheduled hearing before the Office of Planning and Zoning. Ms. Pascoe said she hopes the hearing will be held by November.

If the plans go through and winter weather allows construction to begin, the doctors hope to open the medical center by next September.

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