BETHLEHEM After two years of planning and construction, the new Delaware Avenue Health Park is officially open for business.
On Friday, April 13, employees of Community Care Physicians began moving into their new offices on the first floor and three days later the facility was open for patient care.
“We are excited to finish renovations and move into a location where we can better serve our patients,” said Gene Fine, director of operations at Community Care Physicians. “Consolidating into one building allows Community Care to create another location in the Capital Region that serves as a one-stop shop for patients.”
Originally slated to open over the summer, the new 48,000-square-foot facility sits where the old CVS building once stood and is cost nearly $13 million.
Fine said major systems within the old building were starting to fail, like the heat and air conditioning, before it was decided a new building was in order.
“How long do you keep repairing before you replace? The lease was up and we needed to replace the building in its entirety, so that’s what was done,” he said.
Fine called the new building “absolutely beautiful,” especially the new lobby area which will provide integrated services for all of the practices and specialties housed within the building.
“We about doubled the size of our previous space,” said Fine. “We’ve made it a lot larger so it can accommodate our valued patients, as well as the staff and their needs.”
Community Care Physicians in Delmar has 70 employees and includes several primary care practices, an urgent care facility, a lab and a radiology center, with audiology, podiatry and physical therapy specialists. The new facility also includes a fitness workout center, which will open over the summer.
“The intent is to encourage wellness for a healthier, extended lifespan, that’s why we are including the gym in our new facilities,” said Fine.