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Claxton Hepburn buys wound healing center for $1.85 million

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Claxton Hepburn Medical Center purchased the Wound Healing Center at 100 Horwood Place from real-estate developer Richard E. Maginn for $1.85 million.

Mr. Maginn, owner of Heritage Homes in Massena, had previously leased the nearly 10,000 square foot building off Ford Street Extension to the hospital since its construction in 2008.

“When the building was built, part of our agreement was a lease with the opportunity to purchase the building at the five-year mark,” Medical center spokeswoman Laura C. Shea said.

“We’re happy with the building itself and the services we have in that building,” Mrs. Shea said. “We felt no reason not to exercise that option.”

While leasing the building, the hospital was responsible for maintenance, heating and lighting the building and paying taxes.

Claxton Hepburn purchased the building on March 28, Mr. Maginn said.

The building houses the Rev. Thomas T. Patterson Wound Healing Center, the Claxton-Hepburn Health Center and the aquatic therapy swimming pool.

In 2012 the wound healing center received roughly 6,500 visits, Mrs. Shea said.

The wound center is equipped with two hyperbaric chambers, allowing patients to breath 100 percent oxygen and speed up their body’s natural healing process.

2012 also saw nearly 10,000 visits to the health center, Mrs. Shea said, a number the hospital expects will increase in 2013 as the center adds staff.

On April 2, the health center saw a family nurse practitioner, Christine Buckley, join Dr. Jose Menga and pediatric nurse practitioner Rita Crowley in an effort to expand the center’s services.

Because both Dr. Menga and Mrs. Crowley specialize in pediatrics, the addition of a family nurse practitioner will allow the center to serve more of the community, Mrs. Shea said.

With Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, a tax-exempt organization, taking over ownership of the building the city will no longer collect taxes from the property, Mrs. Shea said. The impact this will have on the city could not be assessed as of press time.

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