FULTON, NY – Community members are invited to attend an open house and tour the now completed state-of-the-art Fulton Medical Center from 4 to 7 p.m. April 19.
The FMC is located at 510 S. Fourth St.
The open house marks the completion of Oswego Health’s major transformation of the former A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital into the Fulton Medical Center.
The project was completed in phases during the last six months with various departments opening as work was finished.
Those attending the open house should enter the main FMC door, which leads to the comfortable lobby that serves as the gateway to the lab, medical imaging and occupational health departments.
A complete physical therapy suite is located on the ground floor.
The recently opened medical imaging department features the most advanced equipment available in Oswego County.
The department provides general X-rays, digital fluoroscopy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, EKGs, and computed tomography.
Among the patient comforts built into the CT room is a ceiling that has a fall scene for patients to view as they undergo this test.
The two new general digital X-ray rooms have the capacity to take a patient image in real time and make it immediately available for the radiologist to read.
The images can also be sent directly to a physician’s office or the Oswego Hospital emergency room through the Picture Archiving Communications System.
Advances in imaging equipment have eliminated the use of films.
Another feature of the new equipment is dual energy, which allows two scans to be taken nearly simultaneously of either the chest or abdomen.
Radiologists can then have three views that include a standard image, an image with bones “subtracted” for an unobstructed view of soft tissue and an image of the bones to highlight foreign objects or calcified structures that may be present.
The adjacent women’s health suite provides digital mammograms and bone density screening, as well as ultrasound testing in an area that offers privacy and comfort.
“We were very excited to unveil these medical imaging services earlier this year,” said Arlene Coppola, Fulton medical imaging site manager. “The community members that have used our services have told us they have been very impressed with the technology, privacy, convenience and the beautiful décor in the department.”
In addition to technically-advanced medical imaging services, the center offers other outpatient services including a three-station lab where residents can have their lab work done quickly and efficiently. The nearby occupational health department can assist area companies with the pre-employment physicals as well as a variety of other employer testing.
The project also included the 510 Café, which is located just off the lobby and provides a variety of beverages and light fare.
On the ground floor is a complete physical therapy suite. Along with physical therapy, this department offers occupational and speech therapies. A 1,300 square foot gym is equipped with the latest in rehabilitation tools.
Parking is conveniently available on Park Street and there is also an elevator to bring patients from the main FMC lobby.
The adjacent urgent care center opened last October and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
At the urgent care center, board-certified physicians treat those with minor illnesses and injuries that include cuts that require stitches, sprains, upper respiratory infections and insect bites, among other ailments.