St. Lawrence Health System building nearing completion

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By JAKE NEWMAN
JNEWMAN@OGD.COM

The exterior of the new St. Lawrence Health System building on Route 11 looks near completion. According to Rebecca J. Faber, director of corporate communications for Canton-Potsdam Hospital, construction is on time and on budget and the building remains on schedule for occupancy in 2017, pending Department of Health inspection.

St. Lawrence Health System is the parent organization of Canton-Potsdam Hospital and Gouverneur Hospital. The new $35 million facility, which is being built on a 270-acre plot of land that was recently annexed into the village, will provide north country residents with services that are currently unavailable in the area.

Windows have been installed, interior flooring has been installed in most areas, interior paint finishes are being applied and the entrance roadway and parking lots are paved and striped, according to Ms. Faber. She said many of the System’s departments have had a hand in planning.

“Infection Prevention, Physician Practice Management, Environmental Services, Imaging Services, Laboratory Services, Materials Management, and Business Analytics have been regularly meeting to coordinate the move,” Ms. Faber said.

St. Lawrence Health System has noted the centrality of their newest facility and say the building will house an array of specialty services, including Ear, Nose, Throat (Otolaryngology) — Head and Neck Surgery, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Hand Therapy, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, and Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

“We regularly conduct needs analyses and data reveal that these are specialists who can meet the increasing needs in our population for diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, inflammatory diseases, osteoarthritis, and injuries to the body’s muscles, bones, tendons, and joints,” Ms. Faber said. “Locating them centrally in the county increases access to care for people with these conditions and assists the county’s population to stay close to home for treatment.”

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