Medical Industry Construction Booms around Kennewick, Wash.

New medical offices and clinics springing up in tri-cities area

"It's the new Pasco," he said. "There's so much population out there and doctors offices were few and far between. It's general common sense that the area's going to need doctors."

Lourdes also is breaking ground this month to remodel its surgical department, Johnston said.

Kadlec Health Services is building a $1.9 million primary care clinic on Sandifur Parkway in Pasco, said Rand Wortman, president and CEO for Kadlec Health Services. The hospital also is planning primary care clinics in south Kennewick and West Richland and will bring in physicians to accommodate for area growth, he said.

And Kennewick General Hospital has opened a 1,500-square-foot walk-in clinic on West 27th Avenue and Union Street. The hospital also is finishing space on Deschutes Avenue for the Rod Coler Center for Senior Health, and another walk-in clinic on Gage Boulevard in south Richland, said Theresa Long, director of business development and marketing for KGH.

The senior health center will open Dec. 10, Long said, and the other walk-in clinic will open in January.