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Massena hospital officials cut ribbon at new facility

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MASSENA — Hospital officials cut the ribbon Tuesday on a new medical office building that will soon house at least two hospital physicians, two hospital surgeons and two outside practitioners.

On Maple Street across from Massena Memorial Hospital, the new offices were opened but are not yet occupied, and MMH officials predict several doctors will be operating there within the next few months.

The new facility will provide space for MMH physicians Dr. Kejian Tang, a neurologist, and Dr. Ammar Kafa, a family medicine physician, MMH surgeons Dr. Rosalind Mariano and Dr. Suhil S. Daye, and outside practitioners Dr. Luis I. Canales and nurse practitioner Linda Letham, who works with Dr. Canales.

The new facility also has space for two additional physicians, and the hospital is currently seeking to recruit physicians to occupy the space, said Tina Corcoran, senior director of public relations and planning.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by approximately 160 residents, medical personnel, and local government and economic development officials.

Hospital CEO Charles F. Fahd II said the new facility will benefit both MMH and the community by allowing the hospital to offer new services currently unavailable in the area.

“The concept and need for this type of facility has certainly been questioned over the last year, but I believe this is a facility worth the cost. It will greatly assist us in our search for new physicians in the future,” Mr. Fahd said.

Supervisor Joseph D. Gray commended MMH officials for moving forward with the facility and pursuing efforts to bring new doctors and medical services to the community.

Ground was broken on the $3.9 million, 20,300-square-foot Maple Street medical office building in May of last year, and the project was in the planning stages approximately one year prior to 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.

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