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Upstate Golisano opens area’s first pediatric urgent-care center

From left to right: John McCabe, M.D., chief executive officer of Upstate University Hospital; Alison McCrone, M.D., medical director of Upstate Golisano After Hours Care, with her children, Abby, Ryan and Jeffrey; and David R. Smith, M.D., president of Upstate Medical University.

From left to right: John McCabe, M.D., chief executive officer of Upstate University Hospital; Alison McCrone, M.D., medical director of Upstate Golisano After Hours Care, with her children, Abby, Ryan and Jeffrey; and David R. Smith, M.D., president of Upstate Medical University.

— Upstate Golisano After Hours Care, the area’s first pediatric urgent-care center, officially opened its doors March 6 with a well-attended ribbon ceremony. The four-room center is dedicated to caring for children, from newborns to those 21 years of age, suffering from minor injuries or illnesses that do not require a visit to the emergency room.

“We are excited to be open this new service,” said Meredith Price, chief administrative officer of Upstate University Hospital at Community General. “Our team of pediatric physicians and nursing staff make this center one of a kind, and we are eager to provide this service for the community.”

The four-room center offers flat screen televisions in each room, in addition to a large waiting room equipped with a 60-inch flat screen television that features an Xbox Kinect game system. The waiting room also features a 250-gallon fish tank, donated by the Children’s Miracle Network.

Services such as x-rays, IV rehydration, laceration repair, pharmacy and laboratory are also available on-site.

The center’s design and renovation was made possible in part by $26,000 in grant support from the Upstate Foundation and the Community General Advocates Committee.

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