MASSENA Massena Memorial Hospital is providing space for new doctors and services with the opening Tuesday of a medical office building.
The two-floor, 20,000- square-foot facility, on Maple Street across from the hospital, will house the hospitals new physicians and surgeons and will offer leased space for outside medical practitioners.
There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday for the opening of the ground floor, which will be occupied immediately at 75 percent capacity, with room for two additional practitioners, according to Mark P. Brouillette, senior director of ancillary services.
Mr. Brouillette said the new space will provide more services and greater convenience for residents as well as additional revenue for the hospital.
Providing a service so that residents dont have to drive 300 miles ... is a huge advantage, he said.
The facility will accommodate 10 to 12 medical practitioners and also will have a sunlit atrium, a phlebotomy center, a conference room and a waiting area. It has been built into the slope of a hill, with the appearance from the street of a one-floor structure, to fit in better with surrounding buildings.
Its just a very nice, calming facility, said Tina R. Corcoran, senior director of public relations and planning. Its designed for the convenience of the patient.
The phlebotomy center will allow the hospital to offer new services such as blood and urine testing, Ms. Corcoran said.
The facility will be handicapped accessible, with elevators, automatic doors and a parking lot that is level with the main entrance.
Ground was broken on the $3.9 million building last May; the project was in the planning stages for approximately one year before that.
The building was designed by King & King LLP, of Syracuse, and the work was handled by Northern Tier Contracting, Hyde Stone Contracting, Collins Hammond Electrical and Burns Bros. Mechanical Contracting.