There's a brand-new way for Orleans County residents to receive health care. Officials cut the ribbon on the Orleans Community Health Care Center Tuesday, pledging to serve the population with higher-quality medical care.
"It's a primary care practice,” said Brian Banas, Chief Operating Officer of Orleans Community Health.
In the past few years, the term "urgent care center" or "immediate care" has become commonplace in the medical world, which is why a new healthcare center in Albion is different.
"Both the federal government, and the state, designate this area as a medically-underserved area and a health care provider-shortage area,” Banas said.
So rather than opening another urgent care, Orleans Community Health cut the ribbon Tuesday on an all-encompassing "Care Center." It is health care designed to take action, rather than being a reaction.
"We see too many patients using the ER for primary care, and we see too many patients putting-off care, and getting sicker. It's not acceptable and we need to do a better job,” said Banas.
"Helping patients have healthier lifestyles, to prevent cardiovascular risk, and then certainly that'll help prevent needing a cardiologist, or certainly the emergency room,” said Sandra Boehlert, M.D., Orleans Community Health Physician.
The new 1.7-million dollar facility makes use of the latest-and-greatest in medical technology.
"We can share EKG viewing, educational material with the patients. We are going to be using the electronic record,” said Boehlert.
One of the most important parts of the new facility is a state-of-the-art crown jewel: what's called a lab draw. It's a fully-functional testing facility for things like blood work, cholesterol levels, and other medical data. It truly sets this facility apart as a primary care office.
The facility was built in less than six months, but the goal is a bit more long-term.
"This building is going to serve the community for years to come,” Banas said.