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Claxton-Hepburn buys wound healing center for $1.85 million


OGDENSBURG — Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center has purchased the building housing the Rev. Thomas T. Patterson Wound Healing Center at 100 Horwood Place from real estate developer Richard E. Maginn for $1.85 million.

Mr. Maginn, owner of Heritage Homes in Massena, had leased the nearly 10,000-square-foot building off Ford Street Extension to the hospital since the center was constructed in 2008.

“When the building was built, part of our agreement was a lease with the opportunity to purchase the building at the five-year mark,” Claxton-Hepburn spokeswoman Laura C. Shea said.

“We’re happy with the building itself and the services we have in that building,” Mrs. Shea said. “We felt no reason not to exercise that option.”

While leasing the building, the hospital was responsible for maintenance, heating and lighting the building and paying taxes.

Claxton-Hepburn purchased the building March 28, Mr. Maginn said.

The building houses the wound center, the Claxton-Hepburn Health Center and the aquatic therapy swimming pool.

In 2012, the wound healing center received roughly 6,500 visits, Mrs. Shea said.

The wound center is equipped with two hyperbaric chambers, allowing patients to breathe 100 percent oxygen and speed up the body’s natural healing process.

Last year also saw nearly 10,000 visits to the health center, Mrs. Shea said, a number the hospital expects will increase as the center adds staff this year.

On Tuesday, the health center saw a family nurse practitioner, Christine Buckley, join Dr. Jose Menga and pediatric nurse practitioner Rita Crowley in an effort to expand the center’s services.

Because Dr. Menga and Mrs. Crowley specialize in pediatrics, the addition of a family nurse practitioner will allow the center to serve more of the community, Mrs. Shea said.

With Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, a tax-exempt organization, taking over ownership of the building, the city of Ogdensburg no longer will collect taxes from the property, Mrs. Shea said.

The effect this will have on the city was not immediately available.

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