News Release: Hammes completes service-enhancing expansion of outpatient endoscopy facility at Indian River Medical Center

Vero Beach, FL., Jacksonville, FL., May 3, 2018 – Hammes Company (, the nation’s leading healthcare developer, as ranked by Modern Healthcare’s Construction and Design Survey, recently completed an expansion of the outpatient endoscopy facility at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Florida. The enhanced imaging capabilities for visualization of the gastrointestinal tract allow the hospital to provide more technologically advanced endoscopic services to a wider range of outpatient care to cancer patients since the expanded facility opened in late-January.

Tied to growing demand for gastrointestinal services and procedures, the expansion project increases the available procedure throughput capacity by 50 percent.

To meet the community’s need for treatment and diagnostic procedures, including traditional interventional procedures such as endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), two gastrointestinal physicians are being added to the healthcare team. As a result, patients have access to an expanded range of endoscopy services with more expeditious availability in a modern, patient-friendly environment.

“Indian River Medical Center has a rich history serving patients in Indian River, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Brevard counties,” said Chris Kay, Hammes Company president and COO. “Hammes was honored to provide healthcare redevelopment expertise working as Indian River Medical Center’s owner’s representative and project manager.  This strategic facility’s expansion is designed to broaden the scope and scale of endoscopic treatment and procedures.”

In its role as owner’s representative and project manager, Hammes worked closely with Stephen Boruff, AIA Architects + Planners, Inc. on architectural services and Robins & Morton for general contracting. Groundbreaking for the expansion took place on June 12, 2017 followed by six months of planning and design, and the expanded facility opened in early 2018.

About Hammes

 Hammes Company has been ranked as a leading healthcare facility developer for 20 years by Modern Healthcare’s Construction and Design Survey. Hammes has managed in excess of 57 million square feet of complex new, expansion, renovation, replacement, ambulatory care and acute care projects with a value of more than $23 billion for hospitals and health systems nationwide. The company has extensive experience managing the planning, financing, development, construction, leasing and management of non-acute and acute healthcare facilities. Hammes has helped many of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations plan, implement and manage facility strategies and solutions for more than a quarter of a century. The company delivers measurable results that help healthcare providers grow while meeting the unique health and wellness needs of their communities. Headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., Hammes provides services through a network of regional offices strategically located across the United States.

About Indian River Medical Center

With more than 85 years of serving the Treasure Coast community, Indian River Medical Center is a 332-bed, not-for-profit hospital offering comprehensive medical services to the community.  IRMC’s award winning Welsh Heart Center and the Scully Welsh Cancer Center are affiliated with Duke Health, offering full service programs and a multidisciplinary approach.  The IRMC team of healthcare professionals includes more than 300 physicians on staff representing 41 different specialties including: nationally-recognized orthopedic services, minimally invasive vascular surgery, neurosurgery, robotic surgery, a state of the art wound healing center, bariatric surgery and the only maternity wing in the community that welcomes more than 1,200 babies each year.   Founded by Garnett Radin, R.N., in 1932, IRMC features all private rooms and is the largest private-sector employer in Indian River County.  IRMC is currently looking ahead to assure its long-term ability to deliver high quality healthcare to our community.

Media Contact: Stephanie Gogots, Hammes Company,, 262-792-5900

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