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The Dansville Online
  • After-hours clinic expands Noyes services

  •   Noyes Health opened the organization’s second after-hours clinic last week in Dansville, a move hospital officials say will give residents in the Dansville-Wayland area more affordable access to urgent healthcare. Located in the Riley Building at the Dansvill...
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    Noyes Health opened the organization’s second after-hours clinic last week in Dansville, a move hospital officials say will give residents in the Dansville-Wayland area more affordable access to urgent healthcare.

    Located in the Riley Building at the Dansville campus, the after-hours clinic opened Jan. 7 and has already been put to use, said Pauline Shaw, director of emergency services at Noyes.

    The clinic is a walk-in, first-come, first-serve center, open 5-10 p.m. on weekdays and 2-10 p.m. on weekends. Shaw said if demand is high enough, her department will consider longer hours on weekends and possibly weekdays.

    The advantage of a clinic, hospital officials explained, is that services are provided at lower costs, with lower co-pays than treatment in an emergency room. While more complex cases will be referred to the hospital, urgent but non-traumatic health care needs can be addressed at the clinic — like treatment for sore throats, earaches, coughs, minor suturing or sprains.

    Noyes already operates an after-hours clinic in Geneseo and has been doing so for several years. Noyes Health CEO Amy Pollard said when hospital officials looked at the ZIP codes served by the clinic in Geneseo, they noticed a lot of patients coming from Dansville and the surrounding areas of southern Livingston and northern Steuben counties.

    “It was recognizing there isn’t an urgent care in the Dansville region,” Pollard said. “Plus we can serve everything south of us that doesn’t have access to urgent care.”

    The next closest after-hours clinics are in Big Flats and Rochester.

    “This is really the wave of the future,” Pollard said. “I can see us evaluating the market and finding another location.”

    She explained that if patients can’t see their primary health providers, “The best way to get care for a minor ailment is an urgent care.”

    Since its opening on Jan. 7, the after-hours clinic in Dansville has seen about six patients a day, Shaw said. She added that last weekend, Noyes provided services to 168 patients between its emergency room and two clinics. By opening the after-hours clinic, Shaw said the hospital will be able to reduce the load on its emergency room and keep beds open for more emergent patient needs.

    “This is the story of growth here,” Cynthia Oswald, public relations director for Noyes, said. She pointed out that opening the clinic is part of a larger plan to renovate the ER at Noyes, funded principally through the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers. Under the HEAL NY program, Noyes received almost $4.7 million — more than any other hospital in the Finger Lakes region.
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    Once completed, the new ER will grow from its present 3,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet. The new facility will still serve the same number of patients with eight stretchers, but each with their own private room.

    “The state has faith in Noyes and sees we need to grown and expand,” Shaw said. “It’s a vote of confidence from New York state.”

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