By Jim Krencik
Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — Local healthcare and public officials cheered the announcement of a Dec. 10 launch for full services at the Orleans Community Health Center during a grand opening ceremony Tuesday at the Route 31 facility.
The Albion healthcare center, located at the corner of Route 31 and Butts Road, expands on Orleans Community Health’s services in Medina through what OCH President and CEO Jim Sinner described as a hybrid between a general practice with the ability to provide urgent care, diagnostics and physical therapy services. PT, occupational therapy and lab draws are already available at the facility.
”It’s a one-stop shop,” added Gina Corbelli, who is the center’s practice manager. “We will provide the right care, at the right place and at the right time.”
The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Two highly-qualified medical professionals, Dr. Jamal Janania and Dr. Sandra Boehlert were introduced Tuesday as the faces of the facility’s dual practices.
Janania, whose work has focused on family medicine and primary care; and Boehlert, whose expertise is in internal medicine and women’s health, will both be near-constant presences at the facility. Both will have office hours at least fours days of each week, with one doctor on-site whenever the center is open.
The doctors said they were excited for the opportunity to provide an additional measure of service in what has been designated as an underserved area for healthcare.
“This is a community that needs providers,” said Boehlert, who is a certified internist and Rochester resident. “We are privileged to offer our past expertise in healthcare to benefit Albion and eastern Orleans County.”
“This is a chance to start a practice from the ground up,” said Janania, a native of Honduras who most recently worked at a family practice center in the northern New York. “I take that very seriously.”
Sinner announced that appointments for Bohlert and Janania’s practices could begin to be made Tuesday at the facility and by phone at 585-589-CARE.
When their first patients come in, they will have a state-of-the-art experience. The $1.5 million facility, which initially opened in September after a whirlwind construction, has eight exam rooms with modern technology to meet the community’s needs and those of OCH.
“Our goal is keeping folks out of the hospital,” Orleans Community Health COO Brian Banas explained. “The healthcare of the future is in the community ... we can keep our patients healthier and safer in a cost-effective manner.”
Sinner sees a benefit to those receiving urgent care at Medina Memorial Hospital from the addition in Albion. By reducing the workload on the hospital’s emergency room — Banas said half of the ER patients could have been served at the Albion practice — there will be improved access for those facing an emergency situation that couldn’t be prevented.
“It’s an opportunity to provide more resources,” said Sinner, noting the installation of a separate waiting room for ER patients due to come early next year. “We’re striving for excellent.”
With the project realized and a ceremonial banner cut Tuesday, there was only happiness as OCH staff and board members looked back on the years of work it took to fit the healthcare provider’s vision for the future within it’s finances and the state’s shifting goals.
“It was moving target,” OCH Board Chairman Bruce Krenning said. “We’re a persistent, excellent board ... we had a vision to help people in Orleans County.”
“We never gave up on that vision.”Contact reporter Jim Krencik at 798-1400, ext. 6327.