CLINTON — Gateway Surgery Center will host an open house at 2 p.m. Saturday to show off the now-complete 15,000-square-foot facility located next to Medical Associates at 915 13th Ave. North.

Medical Associates opened Gateway Surgery Center in 1998. The center had just 4,400 square feet and was usually filled to capacity, so lack of space became an issue. Patients had to sometimes be rescheduled or have procedures delayed because the facility was so busy. The Gateway Surgery Center Board began discussions to build a new facility in February 2002. Following a lengthy planning and design process, construction began in November 2004.

Construction was completed at the end of December; staff members spent last week moving equipment and furniture into the space.

Gateway Surgery Center Supervisor Pat Cronister said many people already have said wonderful things about the entryway. The spacious patient reception area features a two-tone floor with a curving walkway, carpet accents and a children’s play area. Cronister said much of the flooring was designed to provide better traffic flow and allow more room to facilitate deliveries, but the flooring also provides visual clues to elevation and direction changes.

The center now has two operating rooms, two gastrointestinal suites, five admission bays including an isolation or pediatric area, six acute post anesthesia recovery rooms, one isolation or pediatric recovery room and eight secondary recovery rooms. Cronister said every aspect of the building was designed with patients’ needs in mind, from accessibility and intimacy to safety and security.

“We worked at this until we felt we met the needs of both the physicians and the patients,” Cronister said. “We’ve been very fortunate to have cooperative, patient and helpful construction workers.”

Dr. Margaret Wolf, medical director for the Gateway Surgery Center, had a great deal to do with the design and planning of the new facility. She said the architect spent many meetings with the physicians and staff in order to make the building efficient and aesthetically pleasing.

“One of the things we’re most proud of is that the facility flows well,” Wolf said. “And how beautifully he designed it.”

The facility was built by Estes Construction and Wolf said construction of the building went surprisingly smooth with so many obstacles to overcome.

“It’s a complex building,” Wolf said, “A lot of the problems that could not have been foreseen were handled very well, much to Estes’ credit.”

Medical Associates Chief Operating Officer Abe Chacko said the building embraces state-of-the-art technology and will be very beneficial and convenient for area residents.

“Everything has been designed to be functional and efficient for both patients and the doctors,” Chacko said. “It is a facility that Clinton can be proud of.”

He said Gateway Surgery Center will “deliver high-quality health care in an affordable setting.”

A ribbon cutting for the center at 841 Springdale Drive will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. That event is by invitation only. The public is welcome to attend an open house at 2 p.m. Door prizes and light refreshments will be provided.