Health care workers, local officials and residents gathered at the new primary care center on the Little Falls Hospital campus Thursday for an open house to celebrate its opening.
“There have been so many improvements here,” said Little Falls Mayor Robert Peters. “This is big for our area.” He said instead of going to Utica or Syracuse, residents can have their health care needs met locally.
The new primary care center building, which opened in June, is a one-story structure with plenty of parking around it. Inside it is set up on what Ken Brinck, director of health center operations, called a medical home office model. Each doctor’s office is near his or her examination rooms, saving steps and time. All information is stored on computers which are interfaced with the Bassett Healthcare Network. That means if a patient has to travel to Cooperstown to see a specialist, he doesn’t have to carry paperwork with him; his name can be entered into a computer there and his records called up.
Brinck said there is a generator to provide backup power to the entire facility in case of a power outage.
Dr. Gerald Groff, vice president of medical affairs at Bassett Healthcare, said the newest of Bassett’s primary care centers is built for the future with a modern design and technical capabilities that will allow for patient access to their own information with the use of a password.
Groff said the capital for the project came from the Templeton Foundation in Cooperstown.
“This project was debated and the money was produced,” he said.
He also praised Gaetano, the general contractor for the project, saying the contractor was on time and very efficient.
The construction of this center was a long time coming however. When the center first opened in borrowed space in Little Falls Hospital, Dr. Dale Adamson was told the new center would be built soon. Instead, the practice continued for almost seven years in the hospital, but he and the others in the practice are now enjoying the new primary care health center, which nearly doubles the number of exam rooms to seven. It also includes a treatment room, a lab, four offices and support areas, as well as enough space for future growth. The one-floor design provides easier access to patients who find it difficult to walk very far or navigate stairs.
Visitors to the open house had the opportunity to meet Dr. Adamson and Dr. Amy Grace, along with Amanda Ginovsky, FNP, who recently joined the practice, and other members of the staff.