Updated: 08/18/2014 6:51 PM
Created: 08/18/2014 1:39 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia
For the first time in more than a year, people who live on the west side of Rochester will have a closer place to go if they need emergency medical care. Officials with Strong West say the 24-hour emergency department there will open Tuesday.
For people living here in the Brockport area and students at the College at Brockport, this is big news. This area hasn't had 24 hour emergency services in over a year.
Tuesday morning, the Urgent Care at Strong West will become Strong West Emergency. The off-campus emergency department will be the first of its kind in upstate New York.
Administrator of Operations Bryan O'Donovan said, “With the closure of Lakeside there really wasn't any services outside of an 18-20 mile radius. So to have these services in their back yard is a huge benefit for this community."
People living in the Brockport area haven't had higher level 24-hour emergency care since Lakeside Memorial Hospital closed last spring. An issue O'Donovan says concerned a lot of parents sending their kids to the Collage at Brockport. "I believe there was 6,000 to 8,000 undergraduates that are here, that's not including the graduate level population. So yeah, bumps and bruises and these types of things and you absolutely need emergency services that are close."
Unlike the current Urgent Care, Strong West Emergency will be staffed around the clock by a physician. And O'Donovan says patients here will see some familiar faces. “They will receive the high quality care the U of R is known for with a friendly face. We have 100 employees right now for Strong West 50 of those are actually Lakeside.”
The facility will officially open at 8 a.m. Tuesday as Strong West Emergency.