President/CEO Steve Leonard speaks about the ground breaking on the new PRMC Endoscopy center. Salisbury Daily Times



Peninsula Regional Medical Center celebrated the expansion of its Ocean Pines campus Wednesday with a groundbreaking ceremony for its new endoscopy center.

The 12,000-square-foot building at the Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines is scheduled to open in spring 2019, said Steven E. Leonard, PRMC’s president and CEO.

The new building will be the hospital's third in Ocean Pines offering health services. In 2015, PRMC opened its first building with family physicians, adult fitness services, a pharmacy, a lab and the Junior Board Pines Café.

Ocean Pines “is a great place to be,” Leonard said during the groundbreaking. “Right away, the community said, ‘we want more’.”

Last year, the hospital opened its Ocean Pines branch of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute in a second building.

In the new endoscopy center, Dr. Jerrold S. Canakis will be providing clinical care in the new space and additional clinical services to be determined. Canakis, a gastroenterologist, has been in private practice in Berlin for 15 years and recently joined the PRMC family.

“I am very excited about the transition,” said Canakis. “Peninsula Regional Medical Center is such a wonderful asset to our community and the quality of physicians is exceptional.”

Following construction of the endoscopy center, another new and much larger building is coming to the Ocean Pines Health Pavilion campus, Leonard said. Services in the 72,000-square-foot facility may include a surgery center, urgent care, imaging, rehabilitation and offices for “a whole host of different specialists.”

“The campus is much like our vision when we started this effort really everything you need except the hospital bed,” Leonard said. “So we really want to engage the community close to home to stay healthy and well, have convenient services and everybody wins,” he said.

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