April 20, 2011


Project will replace Cincy health clinic building

Staff Reporter

CINCINNATUS — Family Health Network’s clinic on Lower Cincinnatus Road will undergo demolition and reconstruction this summer.
Bids are being sought for construction work, slated to begin in June or July, that will entail creating a 3,547-square-foot facility on the same site, said Family Health Network’s Director of Grants Management Cindy Thomas.
The clinic is now just over 3,000 square feet.
“We had outgrown the spaces in the facility we had and in some cases, the equipment we had,” Thomas said Tuesday.
The demolition and reconstruction at the clinic, also known as the Cincinnatus Health Care Center, is expected to last about three months and wrap up in September. No companies have been selected to perform the construction in Cincinnatus. Bids will be awarded after their April 27 due date.
The expansion is part of a long-term project to update and renovate local Family Health Network facilities, which saw similar remodeling done to clinics in Cortlandville and Moravia in recent years.
Family Health Network is a federally funded health program that provides medical and dental care to low-income families.
Patients often shuffle between the various Family Health Network clinics and are not bound to visit the same location.
Family Health Network obtained state and federal grant funding for its remodeling projects.
Thomas said a federal stimulus grant of about $1.4 million helped pay for remodeling at clinics in Cortland and Moravia.
An approximate $1 million capital improvement grant from the New York City-based Primary Care Development Corp. was obtained to cover costs in the Cincinnatus clinic, along with small improvement projects on the other sites in Cortlandville and Moravia.
“They all had different funding, but they’re all going through similar renovation and construction,” Thomas said. “They’re trying to keep them similar so they have the same feel, the same look, the same equipment.”
The remodeled clinic in Cincinnatus, like its local counterparts, will be upgraded with computer and medical treatment equipment for its patients, Thomas said.
Other renovations in the clinics included expanding the size of waiting and examination rooms.
The Cincinnatus clinic saw more than 4,000 patient visits over the past year, Thomas said. The clinic opened in April 1977.
Family Health Network runs five clinics in the Cortland County area. Others are located in Cuyler and Marathon.


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