Clinic is open and ready for the future

 

Tuesday, July 2, St. Lawrence Medical Clinic opened the doors of the new Iroquois clinic to its patients and to future growth.

Friday, June 28, The Leader was given a tour of the former St. Cecilia School in Iroquois.

The nearly $1 million, four month renovation of the former school was finished last week, on time and on budget.

“The retrofit of this old school into a new clinic worked really nicely,” said Stephen McCann, SLMC business manager.

The new location features 6,300 square feet of clinic space, with the opportunity to add more clinic space if needed as the school gymnasium remains in tact. For now, is being used for storage. 

This new configuration of the old school features much that was missing from the old clinic location that was only about 1,700 square feet in size.

Accessible washrooms, a full lab, mini lab, designated procedure room, secondary waiting room, and more secure reception area are all features of the bright, clean, beautiful new space that is filled with new equipment and furnishings.

McCann estimates that between this project and the ongoing Morrisburg clinic project, SLMC has invested about $170,000 in new equipment and furnishings. 

“This will be a lot better,” said Debbie Shaver, SLMC receptionist, of the new Iroquois clinic, who was proud to show off the new space. “This should allow us to move more patients through,” she said, explaining that the spacious waiting areas and prep areas should allow for improved efficiency. 

Presently the clinic is staffed with three doctors, the equivalent of two on a full time basis, three nurses, one lab tech and one receptionist, but now has room to grow their staff at every level.

In this new set up, each doctor has their own office and three patient exam rooms.

“This expansion gives us the opportunity to bring in a third doctor full time,” said McCann. He also added that they now have space to better accommodate the students who are always part of the process as all of the SLMC’s doctors are preceptors. 

While having space for an additional doctor, the new space also opens up the opportunity to add ancillary services such as nurse practitioners. While that is not a reality yet, that is an opportunity that the SLMC group can pursue.

McCann explained that every part of this project has been designed and built with longevity in mind and with a view to the future, right from the floors to the air system to the network cabling.

“We are ready for the next 20 years,” said McCann. 

The building is owned by the Municipality of South Dundas, and leased to the doctors for 20 years. The terms of that agreement are such that the cost of the renovation will be fully recovered through the lease.

CIBC or Hawkesbury was contractor for the project, that was supervised locally by Hartley Hodgson. “We are 100 percent satisfied with the job they did here,” said McCann. “Working with them was a great experience.

The Iroquois Clinic was the first of SLMC’s clinic projects to be completed. The Morrisburg clinic is looking at September completion. There is a desire for renovated space in Ingleside as well, if another doctor joins the group. 

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