The third floor of the former Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport—quiet and vacant for the past three and a half years—is now bustling with activity as additional clinical program space for UR Medicine’s Strong West.
Once a 30-bed inpatient unit, the 11,000-square-foot space has been transformed and is now home to one of UR Medicine Heart and Vascular’s cardiology practices, which has for years been located a few doors down at 80 West Ave.
The newly designed space also includes a separate multi-specialty suite where patients will be cared for by experts from the departments of Gastroenterology, Urology, Strong Wound Healing Center, and Sleep Medicine.
“We are excited to continue the revitalization of the Strong West campus, proceeding with UR Medicine’s long-term commitment to increase vital health care services in the community, conveniently close to home,” said Bryan J. O’Donovan, director of Strong West.
Strong West opened its doors in 2013 on the former Lakeside Memorial Hospital campus on West Avenue. The facility’s services have grown quickly, creating a hub of UR Medicine health providers, including care offered by the Ambulatory Surgery Center staff, Imaging, Labs, UR Medicine Heart and Vascular, Primary Care, Orthopaedics, and the Wilmot Cancer Institute.
Additionally, a talented team from Emergency Medicine helped create a first-of-its-kind, offsite Emergency Room, a new model of care in New York state. Providing emergency coverage for the area was the No. 1 priority of UR Medicine, to ensure patients once cared for at Lakeside had access to vital health care services within their local community.
The Strong West footprint has grown from 15,000 square feet of dedicated patient space to 85,000 square feet, and from 30 employees to more than 150, with a large percentage of them former Lakeside staffers.
The majority of the building has seen renovation, including UR Medicine Imaging Sciences, which received a 1,200-square-foot addition that contains a new wide bore magnet (MRI). The MRI can help with patients who are claustrophobic and can scan individuals who weigh up to 500 pounds. The CT scanner was relocated to a larger space within the department that is more central to staff operations, and a nursing prep area was created, providing a more private and updated space for patients to receive care.
Strong West is now seeing nearly 100,000 patient visits per year, far exceeding projections made in 2013.