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St. Joseph's Moves Ahead with Relocation of Outpatient Physical Medicine Rehabilitation Therapies

St. Joseph's has received the green light to relocate its outpatient Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy departments, along with its Hand Management Center to the former Hoss Steak & Sea House Restaurant located at 905 East Church Street. Hospital officials earlier this month received written approval from the New York State Department of Health giving St. Joseph's the go ahead for the growth and expansion of its outpatient services.

St. Joseph's purchased the Hoss Restaurant property in April 2006 but was required to place the project on hold as the Hospital fulfilled the requirements outlined by the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century. The project's cost, which includes purchase and renovation, will total approximately $1 million.

Sister Marie Castagnaro, SSJ, President/CEO of St. Joseph's believes if construction begins by the middle of this year the facility should be operational by the end of 2008 or early 2009. "By relocating our physical medicine therapies to this new and easily accessible location we will now have the space to begin planning for the expansion of our Emergency Department," said Sister Castagnaro.

"As usage of our rehabilitation services continues to rise, as it has over the last several years, there may be future opportunities to expand our services as well as increase our staff."

Some features of St. Joseph's Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy departments as well as The Hand Management Center will remain at the Hospital's main campus at 555 East Market Street in order to accommodate the needs of the Hospital's inpatients.

Sister Castagnaro said community residents needing to utilize the Hospital's rehabilitation services will find this location an ideal one. "Due to our area's growing elderly population this new ground floor location will offer ample parking and provide easier access to our outpatient rehabilitation services," said Sister Castagnaro.

"St. Joseph's has been recognized for years as this region's premier physical rehabilitation center and relocating our outpatient services to this new location will only enhance this reputation."

St. Joseph's Physical Rehabilitation team of medical professionals encompasses a seven-county area. During 2007 the physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy departments, along with the Hand Management Center accounted for nearly 29,000 outpatient visits.

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