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Massena Memorial Hospital opens new medical office

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MASSENA - Hospital officials are excited to offer space for new doctors and services when the hospital’s new medical office building opens Tuesday.

Located on Maple Street across from Massena Memorial Hospital, the new facility will provide space for the hospital’s new physicians, surgeons and space to lease to outside medical practitioners. The facility will include two floors, a main floor and a lower floor, each with approximately 10,000 square feet of space. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday for the opening of the ground floor, which will be immediately occupied at 75 percent capacity, with room for two additional practitioners, according to Mark Brouillette, senior director of ancillary services.

Mr. Brouillette says the new space will allow MMH to provide more services for local residents, which may provide new revenue for MMH and be more convenient for residents seeking certain kinds of medical services.

“In maintaining Massena residents’ primary health care, (the new facility) will provide additional services for people in the community. Providing a service (so that) residents don’t have to drive 300 miles to use (that service) is a huge advantage,” Mr. Brouillette said.

The facility will accommodate 10 to 12 medical practitioners and have a sunlit atrium, phlebotomy center, conference room and a waiting area. A bottom level, with an entrance facing the Grasse River, will follow. The facility has been built into the slope of a hill, which will give the appearance from Maple Street of a one-floor structure to better fit in with surrounding buildings, hospital officials said.

Tina Corcoran, senior director of public relations and planning, said the new facility’s phlebotomy center will allow MMH to offer new services, such as blood testing and urine testing. Ms. Corcoran said the new facility will be handicap accessible, with elevators, automatic doors and a parking lot that is level to the main entrance. The facility will also feature skylights to offer natural sunlight.

“It’s just a very nice, calming facility. It’s designed for the convenience of the patient,” Ms. Corcoran said.

Mr. Brouillette said the lower floor, which offers 10,000 square feet of office space, will be utilized in the future by either new MMH physicians or leased to outside practitioners.

Ground was broken on the $3.9 million, 20,300-square-foot Maple Street medical office building in May of last year, and the project was in the planning stages approximately one year prior to that, Mr. Brouillette said.

The building was designed by King & King LLP, of Syracuse, and the work was handled by Northern Tier Contracting, Hyde Stone Contracting, Collins Hammond Electrical and Burns Bros Mechanical Contracting.

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