After decades of working together in providing health care to Canandaigua and the surrounding area, UR Medicine Thompson Health and the Canandaigua Medical Group (CMG) continue to move toward a formal partnership.
Plans involve construction of a new building to replace the existing one, which was erected in 1970. The new 44,000-square-foot structure, designed by Hanlon Architects of Rochester, will be located just behind the existing building. Once it’s completed by Genesee Construction, the old building is to be leveled and that area will become the new parking lot. The New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council gave final approval for the $19.8 million project in September, and recently, ground was broken for the new building.
“This new building will offer existing providers a state-of-the-art facility in which to treat their patients and will provide space for additional providers recruited with Thompson's assistance,” says Thompson Health Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Kurt Koczent, FACHE.
Founded by local doctors in 1951, the medical group has operated as a private, physician-owned professional corporation. With approximately 125,000 patient visits each year, it includes internists, pediatricians, surgeons and an OB/GYN department, all supported by a radiology department and on-site blood-draw station.
Dr. R. Douglas Alling, president of CMG, says a partnership with Thompson builds on existing relationships and is a “natural fit” that will strengthen the practice.
Alling says the partnership will allow for integrated health care with ease of referral and care coordination. In addition, he says the transition will mean upgrading CMG's electronic medical records to the same system used by all other Thompson practices.
"Thompson will be directly involved with hiring new physicians for the medical group,” he adds, noting, “In fact, Thompson and the Canandaigua Medical Group recently worked together to recruit two new obstetrician/gynecologists.”
According to Alling, CMG will not only participate in the same insurance plans as it does now, but will accept some additional plans as a result of the partnership.