A new urgent care center opened in Brockport on Tuesday. YNN's Rose Eiklor has more on the changes to the former Lakeside Memorial Hospital facility.
On Tuesday, the University of Rochester Medical Center opened Strong West, an urgent care center now located in the former Lakeside Hospital facility in Brockport.
Lakeside Memorial Hospital closed in doors in April after 80 years. The hospital was bought by URMC in July. The building reopened on Tuesday with a new name and new management.
"When you look at our region we certainly need hospitals to survive and thrive in the Greater Rochester region. The former Lakeside Hospital is one of those hospitals we still need. We need services in this area for patients and the community," said Michael Kamali, URMC Department of Emergency Medicine.
The facility is now an urgent care center.
"Deal mainly with minor injuries, minor illnesses, those types of things that might not require a full emergency department visit," said Kamali.
It's also equipped with a radiology department.
"We have basically renovated this entire department over the last four weeks. We've installed a lot of new equipment including a new CT scanner, a digital mammography machine, a digital x-ray machine and we have leased an MRI trailer," said professor and chairman of the department of Imaging Sciences at URMC, David Waldman.
But Kamali says patients will see more changes come January 2014 as they hope to open a new emergency department.
"Orthopedic services, same day surgery services, then with our free-standing ED and observation unit as well," said Kamali.
One thing Kamali said is important about Strong West is the familiar faces that patients will see. Three nurses at the new facility were employees of Lakeside Hospital.
"Former patients will come here and see familiar faces. I think that will be the most comforting things. Certainly, there will be some new faces as well but faces that you are familiar with. Also, the facility is in the same layout as the Lakeside ED; we are using the same space," said Kamali.
Director of Health and Counseling at the College at Brockport Libby Caruso said that the closing of Lakeside Hospital worried many of the college's parents. She said she received many phone calls asking where their children can go.
"It was a concern of people and of course it's a concern of ours being able to get people transported quickly if we need that," said Caruso.
Caruso said the college is very happy that a new facility is opening near campus.
"We do feel more comfortable just knowing we have resources and some of the people here have worked here before so we know some of the staff personally and have those relationships and that's going to be very important and we will new ones of course," said Caruso.
The facility is now open seven days a week from noon until 7 p.m. but employees say hours may increase in the future.