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State approves Strong West ED

Brockport, NY - The New York State Department of Health has granted approval for an off-campus Emergency Department at UR Medicine's Strong West site in Brockport.

It is the first such model in Upstate New York.

The current urgent care center will switch over to become Strong West Emergency at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19.

The long-awaited approval means a return of 24-hour emergency care to the Brockport area, which has lacked emergency services since Lakeside Memorial Hospital closed in spring 2013.

UR Medicine's Strong Memorial Hospital has worked closely with New York State DOH since last summer, submitting plans to develop an off-campus ED.

This health care model has been adopted by several other downstate institutions.

Off-campus EDs are designed to offer acute emergency care for patients and are open around the clock, seven days a week.

Unlike urgent care centers, these EDs can accept patients brought in by an ambulance and are staffed by a physician 24 hours a day.

Off-campus EDs have no in-patient hospital beds. 

Strong West will have three short-term observation beds.

Patients who require more intensive care and hospitalization will be treated and transferred to UR Medicine's Strong Memorial, Highland Hospital or a hospital the patient chooses.

Strong West Urgent Care will remain open through Tuesday morning, with staff - including an Emergency Medicine physician - on site 24 hours a day.

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Washington Times