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June 20, 2014
Susan B Cole 315 464-6547

Joslin Diabetes Center to expand, increase patient capacity

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Construction to expand the Joslin Diabetes Center, an affiliate of Upstate Medical University, is set to begin this week. The Joslin facility at 3229 East Genessee Street, Syracuse, will spread into recently vacated space in the same building, allowing for several new patient and staff areas, increased patient capacity and improved wait times.

“We are adding a total of ten exam rooms, four Provider offices and updating the pediatric waiting room that will be themed for younger patients,” said Maureen Miller, director, Ambulatory Operations, Primary Care Services at Upstate. “Having the additional space will allow us to accept more patients while also decreasing the amount of time patients spend at the center. We will also be able to see referred patients sooner.”

The Joslin Diabetes Center will grow by 4,500 square feet, adding 25 percent more patient care area. This will include an increase from 26 to 36 exam rooms during the expansion.  Ten of the new rooms will be for pediatric patients, opening six more rooms to see adults. The center will also be adding a three bay infusion Center for Osteoporosis care, and 18-22 parking spaces for patients.  The center currently sees approximately 30,000 patient visits each year, and will be able to add 6,400 annually with the new space.

The new area will be decorated with a look and feel consistent with the existing center, but will allow for a separation between pediatric and adult patients while improving workflow, throughput and overall patient experience.

The construction is scheduled to take place over the next three months. During that time, appointments and patient visits will not be impacted, as the space being renovated is separate from the currently used areas.

The Joslin Diabetes Center at Upstate Medical University opened in 1995 as the 11th affiliate of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and the only one of its kind in upstate New York.

Caption: The Joslin Diabetes, located at 3229 East Genesee St., will expand with the addition of 4,500 square feet of new space for patient care.

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