Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic confirms plans for southeast clinic
After months of not acknowledging the project, Mayo Clinicconfirmed its plans Friday to open a primary care clinic in southeast Rochester.
Mayo officials say it will lease an under-construction 22,800-square-foot building at 4544 Canal Place S.E. in the Shoppes on Mainedevelopment. It stands at the corner of Canal Place and Maine Avenue Southeast. It's expected to open in early 2015.
The primary clinic will be staffed about 30 to 40 employees, according to Mayo Clinic. The team will include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and clinical assistants. It will open for extended hours, though the exact schedule is not set yet.
"The goal is to improve access, but it won't always be face-to-face. That will also include more virtual interaction," said Dr. David Agerter. "It's also in response to feedback from our employees and patients who have requested Mayo Clinic primary care services in this part of the city."
Benike Constructionbegan work on the building in April. It's owned by a group of local investors under the corporate umbrella of Canal Place Pointe Inc., which is headquartered near the new facility. It's expected to be completed late this year.
The decision to lease rather than own was made because "similar arrangements have worked well" for Mayo, said Agerter, Mayo Clinic's employee and community health medical director. He declined to discuss how much it will cost to lease the space from Canal Place Pointe.
Mayo Clinic leases its clinic space in northwest Rochester, though it owns its primary care clinic in the northeast quadrant.
Agerter described the new clinic as part of "broader effort" to make Mayo services more accessible.
"This new clinic is just the start," said Agerter in his statement. "It is part of a broader strategy to deliver comprehensive, seamless, whole-person care for patients. Mayo Clinic intends to offer additional ways for its Rochester area patients and employees to experience specialized care services in new convenient ways."