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Friday, March 11, 2022

Project may be First of its Kind in New York State:
Dialysis clinic in Mount Morris to serve Wyoming, Livingston counties

Residents of Wyoming and Livingston counties need not look further for dialysis services. The Wyoming County Community Health System has partnered with the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR) to bring a dialysis center to 11 Murray Hill Drive in Mount Morris. The space has been in the works since 2020. The new center will be able to treat six patients at a time.

“I’m super excited — it’s been a long journey ...” said Stephen Woodruff, director of long-term care at CNR. ...

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The dialysis center is taking over the space that was once leased by UR Medine | Noyes Health. Noyes was unable to staff the center and closed a few months after opening in July 2019.

The project was a long time coming between the pandemic and other setbacks, officials said. Woodruff said there were temporary suspensions on certifications, new requirements for infection prevention, and other changes that delayed the opening of the center until now.

The dialysis center under WCCHS will provide services to residents both inpatient and outpatient, different than when Noyes was leasing the space.

“This is a great day for the residents of Livingston County and Wyoming County,” said Michael Corcimiglia, the Chief Operating Officer for the WCCHS.

Residents, not only inside the CNR but from across the two municipalities, will be able to receive care closer to home.

“We all find ourselves operating with our county silos — using our county borders as limitations on what we can do and cannot do,” said Livingston County Administrator Ian Coyle. “A health facility in one county and a health facility in another are partnering together on a service that is needed by the general community ... breaking down those walls and breaking down those silos for the betterment of the residents here and the betterment of the community at-large is a huge success.”

The launch of this shared service is believed to be the first of its kind in New York state.

“It’s a great new venture that we are doing and it is very much needed for both Livingston and Wyoming county — it’s a great partnership and hopefully there will be other partnerships we can do with Livingston County as well,” said Wyoming County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Rebecca Ryan.

The creation of this new center within the CNR was an effort of Wyoming County’s shared service plans — with the CNR hosting the center instead of WCCHS having to build a new one within Wyoming County. The entirety of the county’s shared services plan was estimated to save roughly $6 million with this dialysis center predicted to contribute some of the biggest savings.

According to the terms of its lease agreement with the county, the WCCHS will offer dialysis services out of a 2,005-square-foot space on the ground floor of the CNR.

The WCCHS will pay the county $2,673.33 per month in rent. The rate will increase by 3 percent per year over the life of the lease which began Jan. 1, 2020 and is set to end Dec. 31, 2025.

“The ingenuity and creativity that allowed for this to come to fruition and for the staff to deliver it for the Wyoming County Community Hospital System and the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation — the flexibility and adaptability of both staffs to allow for this to happen for the betterment of the residents and the betterment of the community is something we want to say thank you for,” Coyle said.

Given that the dialysis center is accessible for both inpatient and outpatient treatment, residents at the CNR also have access to the new services.

Carole Constable, a resident at the CNR, was the first patient to receive treatment and aided in the center receiving its certification, to allow it to begin treatment.

“I’m glad — I’ve been waiting and waiting,” Constable said with a laugh when discussing the opening of the new center.

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