HARRISON, N.Y. -- Medical professionals and elected officials celebrated the groundbreaking of WESTMED Medical Group's new 85,000 square foot medical office building in Harrison with a ceremony Wednesday.
The building is located in the Harrison Executive Medical Park on Westchester Avenue, near the border with Rye Brook. Construction began last month, and the building is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2015. The new building will contain specialty practices in obstetrics/gynecology, internal medicine, gastrointestinal, radiology and imaging, vascular surgery, ultrasounds, plastic surgery, sleep labs and neurology, among others.
Dr. Simeon Schwartz, chairman and chief executive officer of WESTMED, said that the building is a quarter-mile away from where he started his career in a two-person practice. He said that the new facility will house around 60 physicians. The building is WESTMED's fifth facility, and he said it is necessary for them to grow in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for health-care services.
"The patients deserve, and are paying for, the highest quality care that's cost effective, efficient, and is measured in terms of the quality that is delivered, so that everyone is aware of what they are achieving," Schwartz said. "Patients want convenience today. They deserve convenience. They deserve that everything we do is geared to achieving the very best possible results, taking into account their convenience as well as their personal needs."
The facility is being constructed by Simone Healthcare Development and Fareri Associates. First Niagara Bank is providing a $22.8 million construction loan for the project.
"The nature of health care is rapidly changing," said Joe Simone, president of Simone Development Companies. "The old model of the community hospital, which dates back to the 1940's, is no longer viable. The challenge for health-care institutions is to expand by providing the outpatient care to the communities that they serve."
The four-story facility is the first new office building to be built along the I-287 corridor in more than 20 years.