ECMC downtown clinic now open

July 31, 2013 Updated Jul 31, 2013 at 9:10 AM EDT

By Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First

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ECMC downtown clinic now open

July 31, 2013 Updated Jul 31, 2013 at 9:10 AM EDT


Erie County Medical Center has opened its expanded outpatient substance abuse services clinic downtown.

The 12,000-square-foot clinic, which offers treatment and services for chemical dependent patients, opened in leased space at 1285 Main near Bryant, across the street from its previous location.

The move allows for expanded programs for addiction services. That includes medication-assisted treatment and a comprehensive suboxone program with group counseling, physician visits and individual counseling.

Also new: a Hispanic track of treatment, with a Spanish-speaking counselor and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. In coming months, two Spanish-speaking counselors will be added to the clinic.

Operating with a staff of 19, the facility has 32 clinician rooms, six group rooms and a medical office and is projected to provide for 25,000 patient visits, with an average monthly patient caseload of 340.

ECMC officials said patient care at the clinic will be coordinated with its emergency department and detoxification and inpatient rehabilitation services as needed. It is also connected electronically with the hospital to offer real-time registration and centralized scheduling.

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