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Strong Memorial Hospital's outpatient surgery center in Brockport is projected to perform approximately 3,000 procedures and generate $3.2 million in net income in its third year, according to its application to the state Department of Health.
The outpatient surgery center at the former Lakeside Memorial Hospital is up for review Thursday by a health department committee at a meeting in New York City. Public comment is accepted, and the meeting will be webcast beginning at 10 a.m.
"We're feeling cautiously positive about it," said Betsy Slavinskas, director for ambulatory care at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Strong faces a vote of the full Public Health and Health Planning Council, scheduled for Feb. 13, before it can start renovations.
"If we get through (Thursday), we're moving from cautiously optimistic to moderately optimistic," said Slavinskas, who describes herself as a glass half-full person.
As long as the state sticks to its schedule and no glitches arise, Slavinskas said Strong West Ambulatory Surgery Center could open by late summer. The $1.9 million project is being financed by the hospital, according to Strong's application.
In justifying the project, Strong said the outpatient surgery center will be convenient for residents and students at The College at Brockport. Strong reported that in 2012, Lakeside performed 3,458 outpatient procedures. The hospital closed in April 2013, and Strong bought the building and some related assets.
The Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency has recommended approval.
"We are so looking forward to services being delivered there," said Libby Caruso, director of Hazen Center for Integrated Care at The College at Brockport. "The campus and the community go hand in glove. What's good for one is usually good for the other. ... We hope this starts to build and services become vibrant."
The center would be the second of three services planned for the former Lakeside site. Strong opened urgent care in September. It still has plans for a freestanding emergency department. The state recently reviewed guidelines for outpatient services, including EDs that are not physically part of a hospital. In that model, patients who needed to be admitted after emergency treatment would have to be transferred. According to its application, Strong West is 21.4 miles, or 27 minutes from the hospital.
"The state has been sorting out what they want freestanding EDs to look like, because it's a new entity of sorts," Slavinskas said. "In that process, we're defining those things that the state wants in a freestanding emergency department."
Defining the ambulatory surgery center was more straightforward.
According to the application, Strong West Ambulatory Surgery Center would be the only such facility on the west side of Monroe County.
It will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and have three operating rooms and one procedure room, according to the application. Surgical specialties will include orthopedics, ophthalmology, podiatry and general surgery. Colonoscopies and other endoscopic procedures are expected to be performed.
Updated: Friday, August 16 2013, 01:24 PM EDT
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07/14/2013 11:12 PM
By: Christina Noce
With Rochester's biggest employer backing it, Lakeside will re-open in August under new ownership and with a new name.
Crossing over the Erie Canal in Brockport can cost you an extra ten minutes.
It's also one of the many concerns residents had when the only hospital in more than fifteen miles closed in April.
"It's really 'What's in it for the patients?' That's really what we are focusing on," said Michael Kamali, Chair of the Emergency Department at Strong Hospital.
Less than three months since closing its doors, the University of Rochester Medical Center agreed to buy most of the facility.
URMC will officially acquire the newly renamed Strong West on Monday, taking over services at Spencerport urgent care, which won't be a big change for patients.
"Same staff will be there. Same providers. The place will be in the same location," said Kamali.
Lakeside Health System's previous site in Brockport will be re-opened as an urgent care center as early as August. Kamali says URMC plans to open a freestanding emergency department starting in January.
Although it won't include in-patient beds, Strong West will close the gap left by the closure of Lakeside, which in its final year of operation handled about 17,000 emergency visits.
"For us, it's work behind the scenes, but it's really for the patients that we're doing this," said Kamali.
Lakeside will continue to own and operate its Beikirch Care Center. Kamali says there is now a focus on quality out-patient care to decrease the cost of hospital stays.
"A free-standing ER will be new and unique to that area," said Kamali.
University of Rochester Medical Center officials are seeking an expedited state review of last week’s purchase of debt-ridden Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport.
URMC, which last week announced a deal with Lakeside to buy the hospital and assets with plans to open an ambulatory center and free-standing emergency department there, has filed a certificate of need with the state Health Department. It is the first of three such applications in advance of creating the surgery unit and ER at what eventually will be called Strong West. Free-standing means there are no inpatient beds available.
The first application is to convert Lakeside facilities into Strong Memorial Hospital extension clinics. The request includes Lakeside Hospital on West Avenue, Lakeside Urgent Care on Nichols Street and Genesee Family Practice on Lake Road.
“The community is hurting and we’re trying to have a seamless transition,” said Michael Goonan, chief financial officer for URMC. “The state can take months for this kind of review,” URMC chief operating officer Kathleen Parrinello said. “We’d like it to be done in weeks. They’ve been very accommodating thus far.”
Last week, URMC CEO Dr. Brad Berk said one of the goals is to have urgent care service available in Brockport by the time students at The College at Brockport return in August. The hospital closed at the end of April.
At the time of the announced purchase, Berk and Lakeside officials declined to give a purchase price. The filing for the extension clinics includes an overall cost of $5.4 million. Goonan said that amount includes the cost of buying the hospital as well as the price of renovations needed to bring in new imaging and diagnostic equipment and to upgrade spaces at the hospital. “The final purchase cost has not yet been resolved, and neither has the price of renovation,” Goonan said.
Goonan said URMC’s purchase price will be used by Lakeside to retire its debt, though according to Lakeside’s 2011 tax filing, overall debt for the health system exceeds $23 million. Goonan said UR will assume no additional liability beyond the $5.4 million.
Parrinello said the deal includes all the electronic patient records held by Lakeside. She and Goonan said that Lakeside will notify individual patients of the transfer to URMC control. “If some do not want their records transferred, they will have that option,” Parrinello said.
Lakeside, which for decades served western Monroe County and eastern Orleans County, struggled for years as a small, 61-bed hospital on the outskirts of a community with much larger hospital systems, including Unity, Rochester General and URMC, the biggest in the Rochester region.
Parrinello said certificates of need for the free-standing ER and the ambulatory surgery center would be filed toward the end of the year. She said the process might include a local review by the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.
Goonan said the transaction with Lakeside occurred outside the contracts with patients and insurers, and that the expense will not filter down to treatment costs at UR or Lakeside.
June 18, 2013
- the hospital itself which will soon house urgent care, orthopaedic surgeons, urologists and a host of other potential specialists along with lab, radiology, and a pharmacy to support patients cared for on the campus,
- the Physician Office Building in which current tenants will be welcome to remain,
- Lakeside’s Urgent Care Center in Spencerport, and
- the primary care practices of Vladimir Gaspar, M.D., and Didem Miraloglu, M.D., located in LeRoy and the Lakeside Physician Office Building, respectively. Both Gaspar and Miraloglu will join the URMC faculty.
University of Rochester Medical Center collaborates on programs with, among others, Lakeside Memorial in Brockport.
Article from Democrat and Chronicle January 24, 2013