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AMC to renovate Mercy, build Tupper Lake medical offices

February 11, 2009
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

TUPPER LAKE - Adirondack Medical Center plans to build a two-story medical office building across the street from AMC-Mercy and carry on extensive renovations to the nursing home itself.

The first story of the medical office building would contain a health center, including an urgent-care clinic and a medical-imaging department, project manager Mark Yamrick told the Tupper Lake Planning Board Tuesday evening. The second floor would be rented out as physicians' offices. The building would be under 40 feet high, so state Adirondack Park Agency jurisdiction will not be an issue.

Tupper Lake Rehabilitation Center, which is currently on Park Street at Wawbeek Avenue, would move to the nursing home, to the location where the health center is now. Ten long-term care resident rooms at the nursing home would be renovated so they could also be used for long-term care of rehabilitation patients. And a renal dialysis unit would be put in, so people in Tupper Lake with kidney problems won't have to travel to Saranac Lake for this service.

At the Mercy nursing home, the dining room would be renovated, and the chapel would be moved. The bathrooms would increase in size and be made handicapped accessible, the gravel parking lot would be paved, and 14 new spots would be put in by the dialysis area.

The project will cost $8 million, of which $5 million is to be financed by loans, $1 million by state grants, and the rest by private donations and federal grants.

Yamrick said AMC hopes to begin construction in April, finish the medical office building in December and be finished with the changes to AMC Mercy by May 2010. During the course of the work, a number of Mercy residents will have to be temporarily moved to the AMC-Uihlein nursing home in Lake Placid, and new residents who come in before the work is done will have to stay at Uihlein for the time being.

No public hearing date on the project was set Tuesday evening, although the planning board may schedule one for March at its Feb. 25 meeting.


Contact Nathan Brown at (518) 891-2600 ext. 26 or



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