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WDKX.com » Blog » Strong West Emergency Opens Tuesday
Aug 19th 2014 8:14 am
Strong West Emergency Opens Tuesday
by News


A new kind of hospital emergency room is opening at the former Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport on Tuesday.

An off-campus emergency department, the first such site in upstate New York, is opening at UR Medicine's Strong West location at 156 West Ave. As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, Strong West's urgent care operation will become Strong West Emergency.

Off-campus EDs in New York state provide acute emergency care and are open every day, around the clock. According to a statement from the University of Rochester Medical Center, an off-campus ED will have a physician on duty at all times and can accept patients transported by ambulance, which the urgent care center could not.

The Strong West ED will have three short-term observation beds but no in-patient beds, according to the statement. Those patients requiring more care will be treated and taken either to Strong Memorial or Highland hospitals, or to a hospital chosen by the patient.

Strong Memorial Hospital Chief Operating Officer Kathy Parrinello said Monday that the new ER will benefit the Brockport area, which hasn't had a full-service emergency room since Lakeside closed last year.

Parinello said it's too early to say if UR Medicine will open other off-campus ERs.

"We'll have to see how this evolves," Parrinello said. "This may be a model for others."

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/money/business/2014/08/18/strong-west-emergency-opens-tuesday/14238623/