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February 19, 2014

State OKs Strong West surgical center

Strong Memorial Hospital received approval Feb. 13 from the state Department of Health to proceed with plans for an ambulatory surgical center at its Strong West location, 156 West Ave., Brockport.

A final review by the state’s Bureau of Architecture and Engineering will take place over the next few weeks. Construction should begin in April on the project, which includes upgrades to three operating rooms and renovations to an adjacent pre- and post-op patient care area. Same-day procedures performed will include surgical and GI procedures. The center is expected to be open in the third quarter of the year.

“We are grateful to the state for allowing us to move forward with the ambulatory surgical center,” says Bradford Berk, CEO of UR Medicine. “Our goal is to revive specialized health care services in the Brockport community and this is another positive step in bringing some surgical options closer to home for area residents.”

The Medical Center continues to work with the Department of Health to gain approval for a full-service, freestanding emergency department. Updated design drawings and other details requested by the state have been submitted. No timeframe has been set for approval of an emergency department at Strong West, although a decision by the Department of Health could come this spring.

UR Medicine purchased the former Lakeside Memorial Hospital and other assets last year after Lakeside closed its doors. Strong West consists of urgent care centers in Brockport and Spencerport; orthopaedic, cardiology, neurology, urology, oncology and primary care practices; as well as lab and imaging services that support Brockport-area physicians.

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