Mary M. Parkes Asthma Center Opens Doors at New Location

Patient Convenience and New Labs Hallmarks of New Center

September 20, 2004

The Mary M. Parkes Center for Asthma, Allergy and Pulmonary Care, one of the region’s leading centers dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and research of acute asthma, allergies and other pulmonary diseases, today moved to a new location, more than doubling its size and expanding many of its outpatient services.  The Center relocated to the Calkins Health Commons at 400 Red Creek Drive, Suite 110, in Henrietta, just south of Market Place Mall. Long time supporter Walter Parkes, father of the Center’s namesake, the late Mary M. Parkes, made the renovations to the new facility possible with a generous donation.

The Center recently affiliated with the University of Rochester Medical Center, combining the Medical Center’s pulmonary division with the services already offered by the Parkes’ program. Today, 20 adult and pediatric pulmonary and allergy clinicians and researchers will work out of the Mary M. Parkes Center for Asthma, Allergy and Pulmonary Care, caring for adult and pediatric patients with asthma, allergies and lung diseases.  Michael Finigan, M.D., who helped found the Center in 1995, and Mark Utell, M.D., who leads the Medical Center’s pulmonary division, will serve as co-medical directors of the Center.

“The new facility enhances the work that is already being done in my daughter’s name by giving patients comprehensive care under one roof and easier access to the building,” said Walter Parkes, CEO of O’Connell Electric.

The Center’s new facility is two-and-a-half times the size of its previous location, with 6,700 square feet.  Key to the new location is convenient parking with direct access to the building, an important consideration for patients with breathing conditions. Patients will also benefit from two pulmonary function laboratories, as well as a skin testing laboratory, which will allow testing on-site in a convenient, outpatient setting.

In addition to the clinical services, Parkes Center pulmonologists plan to increase its research activity and clinical trials so that patients can have access to the latest treatments. 

The Mary M. Parkes Asthma and Pulmonary Center was established in 1995 by the Parkes family in honor of their daughter Mary, after her death from acute asthma in 1991. Mary was an intensive care nurse whose long battle with asthma hospitalized her at The Genesee Hospital over 50 times in 10 years.  Her family, friends and caregivers remember her for her unfailing optimism and perseverance. 

For more information about the Mary M. Parkes Center for Asthma, Allergy and Pulmonary Care, call 486-0147.

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