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Strong West center to open Tuesday in Brockport

Rochester Business Journal
August 27, 2014

The long-planned Strong West ambulatory surgery center is slated to open Sept. 2, University of Rochester Medical Center officials said Wednesday.

Located in the former Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport, the UR Medicine same-day surgery was approved by the State Department of Health in February.

The facility would not go online until UR Medicine had fulfilled conditions attached to the approval, however, UR Medicine director of Ambulatory Care Betsey Slavisnskas told the Rochester Business Journal in February.

UR Medicine used the shuttered hospital’s operating rooms for part of the ambulatory center but also wanted to adapt other areas to be part of the surgery center. The facility includes 15 beds, three operating rooms and two procedure rooms. URMC-affiliated and community surgical specialists have privileges there.

URMC acquired the former hospital building last year after Lakeside’s board voted to close the financially struggling facility. Until recently, the university ran an urgent care center at the site.

Last week, UR Medicine halted urgent care provision at Strong West, converting the Brockport facility to a freestanding emergency department.

One of only a few emergency departments not immediately attached to a hospital in the state, the Strong West ED operates under the approximately 20-mile distant Strong Memorial Hospital’s license. Patients admitted for inpatient treatment from the Brockport emergency department would be taken to Strong Memorial or Highland Hospital in Rochester.

As an urgent care center, Strong West could treat only minor injuries and conditions and was only open part of the day. As an emergency department, it can offer care on a 24-hour a day, seven-day a week basis and treat more serious injuries and illnesses.

Patients seeking care for minor problems or conditions that do not require hospital admission at the emergency department would incur significantly higher charges than they would pay for the same care delivered at an urgent care or by their primary care doctor, however.    
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