Wednesday, August 22, 2012
UHS Vestal starts opening patient services
UHS has taken outpatient healthcare services to a new level in the Southern Tier with the opening of UHS Vestal at 4417 Vestal Parkway East.
As the home base of the UHS Breast Center, a UHS Walk-In Center and medical offices in Primary Care, Pediatrics, Rheumatology, Cardiology and Gynecology, UHS Vestal is the community's premier address for quality ambulatory care for all members of the family.
With convenient support services, such as on-site Pharmacy, Laboratory, Imaging and MRI, it is expected to become one of the busiest and most significant healthcare resources in Greater Binghamton.
And it is right next door to 4401 Vestal Parkway East, the location of UHS Home Care and future home of a UHS Physical Therapy suite.
"Leading primary care physicians, specialists and advanced practice providers, plus top nursing staff and technicians, are providing care in the all-new UHS Vestal, bringing to one location the expertise of a wide range of clinical disciplines," said Matthew J. Salanger, president and chief executive officer of UHS. "This is a major investment in the future of quality care for the people of our community."
Situated at an easily accessible point on Route 434, just across from Binghamton University, the $30 million building is centrally located and convenient to both BU students and residents from the larger Broome County region.
As the home of the UHS Breast Center, it offers women in the Southern Tier the latest in mammography and related surgery, special procedures, bone density testing and appointments with physicians and surgeons.
Developed with the latest in free-standing medical facility design, the new building houses doctors’ offices in the specialties of primary care, pediatrics, rheumatology, cardiology, gynecology and walk-in care.
It gives patients one-stop, convenient access to other key services on-site, such as a pharmacy, a laboratory and an imaging suite that features radiology, ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and a vascular laboratory.
Any patient with a prescription, even from a doctor outside the center, can use UHS Vestal's services for their medication, lab test and imaging needs.
"Our goal is to make the new facility our community’s home for patient-centered care, convenient service and the latest in technology, as well as for comfort, support and healing," said John Carrigg, senior vice president and chief operating officer of UHS Hospitals. “That’s why we call it 'A New Home for a New Age of Healthcare.'"
The new structure is dramatic and impressive architecturally, but it is UHS’ providers and employees who are creating an environment of quality care at the site, Mr. Carrigg said.
“Our commitment is to treat every patient with dignity and compassion,” he said. “At this new location, as throughout our system, we are dedicated to listening to our patients, showing them respect and giving them hope.”
Mr. Salanger added: “Our caring people - from those who greet patients and visitors at the door to the doctors, nurses and technologists who provide their care - have one thought uppermost in mind: to make sure the individual has an outstanding healthcare experience.”
Situated on seven acres, the 88,000-square-foot medical complex took about a year and a half to build. It is on the site previously occupied for many years by The Press & Sun-Bulletin newspaper building.
The UHS Vestal campus includes parking space for more than 400 cars and has easy traffic entry and exiting via a traffic light on the parkway. The new building is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Visitors to the site are greeted by a large, wood-paneled and warmly lighted lobby with an atrium, a rustic stone fireplace and a grand staircase leading to the second floor. There are two elevators for convenient access to all three levels and, for refreshment, a Jazzman's cafe is on the first floor, right in the lobby waiting area.
A UHS Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation suite, focusing on post-surgical rehabilitation for total joint replacement, spinal procedures and rotator cuff repair, will be opening soon, next door at 4401 Vestal Parkway East.
That location also will continue to be the headquarters of UHS Home Care, providing short- and long-term home care services, home nursing, oxygen therapy and durable medical equipment.
A public open house will be held at UHS Vestal on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.