COPENHAGEN – After two years without a health center, the ribbon has been cut and the newly renovated Copenhagen health center is officially open for business.
A small opening ceremony took place in the center of Route 12 on Tuesday afternoon.
Julie L. Emery, FNP, who grew up in Lewis County and graduated from Beaver River Central School, took the opportunity to return to the north of the country to practice.
Prior to her return, she was working in family medicine in South Carolina after obtaining her Masters of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, from the University of South Carolina in May 2018. She worked as a registered nurse for five years prior to her advancement. schooling.
âThere’s just something about the house and every time I came to visit I remembered how much I love it here,â Ms. Emery said of her decision to return. “I really like the vibe of the small town community.”
The clinic is part of the Lewis County Health System, which also has clinics in Harrisville, Beaver Falls and Lyons Falls.
Gerald R. Cayer, general manager of the Lewis County Health System, said bringing another health worker “home” is an important part of the history of the system.
âWe are fortunate to have the opportunity to have someone like FNP Julie Emery join our organization and we are excited to help us create access in the wider Copenhagen community. So that’s exciting, âCayer said. âShe joins a long line of women who have returned to Lewis County to serve the community by creating access to health care. These include Dr Catherine Williams, Dr Shirley Tuttle-Malone, Dr Kelly Birchenough, Dr Katie McHugh, FNP Cathy Der, FNP Corrie Schell and PA Melinda Rosner, a Copenhagen High School graduate.
For Emery, it was the depth of relationships practitioners form with their rural patients that made the prospect of returning so compelling.
âThere’s just something about small town communities that brings people together. You really get to know yourself and be able to provide support through the different seasons of people’s lives, âshe said. âI love it here so everything has been very, very good and very positive; and it is a beautiful installation. They did a great job of updating.
According to Mr. Cayer, investigators from the state health department “were very complimentary” after their assessment of the establishment before giving “the green light to the opening” which was “validating”, proving that ‘ they were on the right track with the center.
“I think the hope is to revitalize and modernize the physical structure and identify a person who values ââlife in Lewis County and has great enthusiasm to serve,” Cayer said. “It’s just a recipe for success in Copenhagen, so it’s very exciting.”
The transformed modular building erected in the 1960s now includes three examination rooms, a small laboratory, a doctor’s office, the nurses’ office, a break room, a larger waiting room, new sliding windows for the reception area, a new vestibule and an improved bathroom accessible to people with disabilities thanks to the $ 355,000 renovation project.
There isn’t “a lot of brass and glass,” Cayer said, but much attention has been paid “to a lot of natural light coming in, warm and welcoming colors and infrastructure improvements.”
The Copenhagen health center was closed in May 2019 when the state health ministry informed the hospital that the clinic had not been duly authorized since 2006.
The clinic will now be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and walk-in people are welcome. The clinic will also serve the students of the Copenhagen Central School as needed.
Appointments with Ms. Emery can be made by calling 315-688-2305.