A new two-story, mixed-use structure in Victor will house the new Victor Drug, a relocated Victor Clinic on ground level and three apartments on the second floor.
The clinic opens Aug. 8, relocating into twice as much space from repurposed former restaurant space the clinic operated in for several years.
“This is purpose-built for a clinic,” said Keith Gnagey, CEO of Teton Valley Health in Driggs, which owns the Teton Valley Hospital, Victor Clinic, Driggs Clinic and a second cash-only clinic in Driggs, eight miles north of Victor.
Victor, located near the Wyoming border, has a population of about 2,000 but encourages mixed-use development and buildings along the street with parking in back.
“Our new development code (from 2015) really promotes that kind of development,” said Josh Wilson, Victor’s planning and zoning administrator. “You’re going to see more of that in Victor.”
Corner Drug owner Aaron Myler in Driggs is expanding eight miles south to Victor with Victor Drug. He approached Teton Valley Health about moving its Victor Clinic into his 7,788-square-foot structure. The clinic will occupy about 3,200 square feet on the ground floor and the drugstore about 1,200 square feet.
Myler and Driggs architect GPC Architects and general contractor Wilkinson-Montesano Builders in Driggs sought to evoke history with touches of brick and stone and three gooseneck lights when they added three apartments on the 2,970-square-foot second floor.
“The old style had apartments up top anyway,” Myler said. “We make better use of the space (with a second story of apartments).”
Construction started in October and wrapped up July 27. Myler declined to disclose construction costs.
The new Victor Clinic will have eight exam rooms and a large procedure room. The old clinic has four exam rooms and a “very small procedure room,” Gnagey said.
And there was no pharmacy in Victor. Residents had to go to Driggs to fill prescriptions.
“Being co-located with a pharmacy is great for our patients,” Gnagey said. “I’ve had many people approach me and say ‘I’m not going to Driggs anymore.’”
That suits Gnagey just fine.
“I have a bursting-at-the-seams clinic in Driggs now,” he said.
The Victor Clinic has about 3,600 to 4,000 patient visits a year. Gnagey wants to double that. The new Victor Clinic will open with one health care provider but Gnagey anticipates adding a second provider if growth warrants.
Teton Valley Heath, with the 13-bed Teton Valley Hospital, sees about two-thirds of its patients in Driggs. Gnagey expects the new Victor clinic will distribute patients closer to 50-50 in Driggs and Victor.