Updated: 04/22/2014 10:15 PM
Created: 04/22/2014 6:16 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams
UR Medicine says it will be opening a new medical center with a full service emergency at the site of the former Lakeside Hospital, which is called Strong West.
Since Lakeside closed its doors last year, families and emergency personnel have been concerned about having to travel farther to get emergency help. At a meeting late Tuesday afternoon, News10NBC learned that Strong West will be a new ambulatory care center and surgical center, in addition to the new free standing emergency department.
This is welcome news for people like Don and Carol Ennis of Brockport.
“In our family we have some folks with some health issues, and it will be wonderful to know we can take them right around the corner,” said Carol.
The facility will host other services like internal and sports medicine, but officials say the emergency room was the top priority.
Bryan O’Donovan, who will run the facility, says there is a real need for a closer facility.
“We understand that it is a 16 mile drive to the west and an 18 mile drive to the south for the closest emergency department. They absolutely need an emergency department, so that was our foremost goal,” said O’Donovan.
But O’Donovan made it clear that the new facility will not be a hospital.
“It's an ambulatory care center. We do not have any in-patient beds. We will have three observation beds for the emergency department, which are 24 hours or less,” O’Donovan said.
This means people like Don Cook can breathe a little easier.
“Just about a month ago my wife choked on a pill, and we brought her over to Urgent Care. They didn’t have all the things they needed. They didn’t have a scope, so we had to have her transferred to Rochester General. It worked out fine, but it’s a good thing she didn’t have a bigger problem,” said Cook.
The emergency department and the ambulatory surgical center are scheduled to open in mid-July. There are several openings and News10NBC learned local residents and former Lakeside employees will get first consideration.