Business Intel: Vistar Eye Center inaugurates a new facility near the airport | Local company
Vistar Eye Center is building a new office in Roanoke County where it will provide primary and specialized care.
The new building, located on Airport Road, will have an area of ââover 26,000 square feet. Construction has already started and is expected to be completed in approximately 18 months. The company refused to share the cost of the project.
Dr Frank Cotter, a Vistar partner, said the new building is a response to growth. He noted that the practice now has 25 physicians, locations throughout Southwest Virginia, and numerous surgical centers, including one slated to open in Wytheville this fall.
âWith this growth and with the growth of physicians, we need places to place physicians to see patients from all of these different fields,â he said.
Vistar has increased the number of retinal specialists in his group – there are now five – and wanted to house them in a central location easily accessible to patients who travel a significant distance to see them, Cotter said. The location of Airport Road was a good choice as it is not far from the freeway.
Retinal specialists use advanced and expensive equipment to diagnose diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. It is not possible to have such equipment in many places, Cotter said, so it will instead be centralized in the Roanoke facility, where patients will travel for specialist care.