TUPPER LAKE - The new $3.6 million Medical Office Building errected by Adirondack Medical Center in Tupper Lake is now open for business.
The MOB, on the corner of Stetson Road and Wawbeek Avenue, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
With the advent of the new building, AMC will be able to offer dialysis and urgent care, two services that weren't available before in Tupper Lake, AMC spokesman Joe Riccio said on a Friday tour of the building.
AMC also hopes the new facility will help recruit and retain new physicians, Riccio said. He said three physicians are currently providing services in the new building, and AMC would like to add a fourth. The physicians work both at the Tupper Lake facility and in AMC's Lake Placid health clinic.
The ground floor of the building features nine exam rooms; two urgent care rooms, which are used for same-day appointments; and a treatment room, used to treat patients who are waiting to be transported to an emergency room.
One of best new additions, Riccio said, is right when the patient walks in - new registration areas have closable doors so they can experience more privacy.
The physicians moved from across the street in the AMC-Mercy building, in the lower-level section known as the Tupper Lake Health Center. Riccio said 7,215 patients were treated there last year.
The move will allow for three dialysis treatment stations to be placed within the nursing home building. Riccio said dialysis is a day-long, intense process that has to happen three days a week, and AMC hopes the new stations will help patients in Tupper Lake, Long Lake, Piercefield and other surrounding areas have better access to it.
"We're very happy to be able to offer that service here," Riccio said.
Also, the physical rehabilitation facility that is now operated in the old Rite Aid building at the corner of Park Street and Wawbeek Avenue will be able to move there, and a sub-accute rehabilitation area will be created that will allow nursing home patients to stay there while recovering from a medial procedure.
The MOB offers more than double the amount of space physicians had across the street, Riccio said. Each floor is 6,500 square feet.
The second floor features a new mammography machine, a laboratory, a phlebotomy room where blood is taken, and will soon have new general-purpose imaging equipment that AMC hopes to have installed by mid-March, Riccio said.
It will also be the new home of Adirondack Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, the private practice that was until this week housed in the building behind the new MOB on the same lot. That building will be torn down sometime in the next few weeks, making room for 32 more parking spots, Riccio said.
The practice aims to have one or two doctors working there five days a week, said practice administrator Ann Becker.
"We're very happy with the space," Becker said.
While that area is dedicated to that practice, there's another area on the second floor that will be a shared space for various other medical groups, including North Country Family Physicians, Adirondack Surgical Group and individual doctors.
The new building was built over about eight months, and the main contractor doing the work was Vermont-based DEW Construction.
"We're very happy to be able to provide additional services, increased space and an overall first-class facility for Tupper Lake residents to be able to receive their health care," Riccio said.
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