For more than 130 years, Guthrie has been evolving and growing to meet the ever-changing health care needs of residents of the Twin Tiers region of northern Pennsylvania and south-central New York. In the Corning, N.Y., area, Guthrie Corning Hospital is the inpatient hub for Guthrie’s expanding network of inpatient and outpatient medical services.
Guthrie opened the 235,000-square-foot Guthrie Corning Hospital in 2014. But residents’ needs have continued to grow since then. To meet those needs, Guthrie plans to construct two large medical office buildings: one adjacent to the hospital, and the other 12 miles away in Big Flats, in a retail space formerly called the Chase-Pitkin building.
“As we rise to meet the increasing demands for services, we must also increase the physical space needed to care for our communities. The Guthrie East Corning and Guthrie Big Flats Medical Office Buildings will provide an additional 100,000 combined square feet of space in which to provide care,” said Joseph A. Scopelliti, MD, President and CEO of Guthrie.
The new 60,000-square-foot East Corning Medical Office Building will relocate surgical and medical specialty services. These services include OB/GYN, Cardiology, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology, and Urology. Between 25 and 30 providers will conduct about 65,000 visits per year.
The 45,000-square-foot Big Flats Medical Office Building will house Cardiology, Pediatrics, Occupational Medicine, Endocrinology, Neurology, OB/GYN, Orthopedics, Pain Management, General Surgery, Otolaryngology (ENT), Pulmonary Medicine, Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy), Plastic Surgery, Urology, Vascular Surgery, Infectious Disease, and additional square footage for future growth.
The location of services at both facilities is patient-centric.
“Frequently used services such as primary care and pediatrics will stay centrally located to the communities they serve, reaffirming our commitment to Big Flats and Corning,” said Dr. Scopelliti, “while specialty services which provide hospital-based care will be located adjacent to Guthrie Corning Hospital.”
Key Benefits of New Medical Office Locations in Corning and Big Flats
This ambitious project will enhance health care options for area residents by providing:
Enhanced access to specialty care
With more specialists based in Corning and Big Flats, residents of these and surrounding communities will enjoy better access to specialty medical care, close to home.
Convenience for practitioners and patients
The Corning project enables specialists in the new medical office building to have immediate, easy access to inpatient surgical suites and ancillary services. Patients of these specialists who require further testing will enjoy the convenience of simply walking across the connecting corridor to the hospital for these services.
Improved patient satisfaction.
The design team assembled for this project was made up of over 40 employees, including physicians, nurses, patient service specialists, and representatives from housekeeping, IT, purchasing, lab, and radiology. Spaces and work flows were completely reimagined, from scheduling the initial appointment through exiting the facility. Spaces have been designed using an “on-stage, off-stage” concept for staff and patients, which greatly enhances efficiencies and patient/staff circulations, resulting in improved customer satisfaction.
Bolstered physician recruitment
New, convenient medical office buildings will help support Guthrie’s ongoing physician recruitment efforts aimed at attracting additional needed specialists to the community.
These new facilities will help Guthrie Corning Hospital meet the expanding specialty care needs of the community, and free up space in existing buildings to allow for the growth of other important outpatient services.