Upstate University Hospital to open a new Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation location in Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Upstate University Hospital is set to expand north.

The hospital is a new location for its Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) services. It will be located in Liverpool, at 8687 Carling Road, near the Wegmans Great Northern store.

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The building has been vacant, as it used to be Bryant and Stratton College before they moved out in early 2020.

NewsChannel 9 reported about a month ago, in April, that this vacant location would soon be filled.

Upstate is leasing the facility and currently occupies 18,000 square feet, or nearly half the building. They will be the only tenant of the building, and expects to open up additional services in the coming year, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Upstate says Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is just one of the services that eventually will be located in the building.

This location will offer concussion management, physical occupational and speech language therapy, essential therapies for rehabilitating patients suffering from stroke, brain injury and other neurological disorders, such as Parkinson disease.

Officials for the hospital add that they are in talks to move other services into this location, but there has yet to be confirmation.

“We are excited to call Clay home for our services,” said Upstate CEO Robert Corona, DO, MBA. “With Clay and the northern suburbs growing and project to see significant growth in the coming years, we believe this location will serve our existing patients and new patients with the convenience of having our important services nearby.”

This Liverpool location is 17 miles from Upstate’s Syracuse campus, and is PMR’s 8th location.

Nationally, there has been an uptick in the amount of patients who are looking into physical therapy and rehabilitation services. With that being said, Upstate says they could see up to 200 patients a day.

“This state-of-the-art facility is designed to provide easy accessibility, and program capability to serve individuals with disabilities,” said Robert Weber, MD, chair of Upstate’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. “In addition to expanding access for individuals with concussion, traumatic brain injury orthopedic issues, the facility will offer rehabilitation and medical programs for individuals with stroke, spinal cord injury/diseases, and other disabilities, as well as anyone needing physical and occupational therapy or speech language therapy services.”

The Upstate spokesperson says the key feature of the PMR location is a spacious track lined with a range of exercise equipment aimed at healing and improving body function.

They also will have a SafeGait Balance and Mobility Trainer, which is a body support, and fall protection system that is attached to the overhead track, and is worn like a harness.

The mobility trainer help with handling of the patient, and helps them work through therapeutic exercises without the fear of falling.

Other location features:

  • Kitchen, laundry room and bedroom
    • All will be used to practice at-home daily activities
  • Location is a Patient Blood Draw Service Center
  • Exam rooms for adults and children
  • Spacious waiting area
  • A lot of free parking

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