St. Luke's formally broke ground June 12 on a $26.7 million medical campus in Morningside that the health care system anticipates will increase its outpatient services by a third.

Completion of the Sunnybrook Medical Plaza is scheduled for 2013. When finished, the two-story building will be home to various outpatient services, including a new primary care clinic with obstetrics, urgent care clinic, cardiology, digestive health, lab, imaging, infusion, pharmacy, maternal-fetal medicine for high-risk pregnancies and pulmonary care.

Once up and running, all St. Luke's medical professionals will provide care there.

W.A. Klinger is the general contractor for the project, which is being built on 17 acres next to Sunnybrook Plaza, a commercial and shopping center that features big-box retailers Target and Lowe's. The new Morningside campus is about a 15-minute drive at 2720 Stone Park Boulevard on the north end of town.

"The Sunnybrook area provides a unique opportunity for St. Luke’s to offer quality outpatient services to a vibrant area of town," Peter Thoreen, president and CEO of St. Luke’s Health System, said in a statement. "We anticipate a 30 percent growth in outpatient services over the next 10 years."

St. Luke's has said it will initially occupy about 60 percent of the 86,000 square feet of feet on two levels.  St. Luke's continues to have discussions with specialty medical practices interested in leasing other space. Some space will be reserved for future development opportunities.

Employing more than 1,200 people, St. Luke's cares for nearly 85,000 patients each year.