MACC Celebrates 30 Years of ClosER Care To Southtowns Communities

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May 16, 2012

The Mercy Ambulatory Care Center, better known as the MACC, will mark 30 years of service to the Southtowns communities on May 17, 2012.

Several Mercy associates, nurses, physicians and area EMS providers gathered to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Mercy Ambulatory Care Center (MACC) in Orchard Park. From left are: Sister Alberta Van Remmen; Sister Mary Ann Schimscheiner; Greg Gill, Mercy Flight; Sister Sheila Marie Walsh, Administrator and CE) of Mercy Hospital when it opened in 1982; Margaret Ferrentino, Exececutive VP/CFO of Mercy Flight; and Doug Baker, President of Mercy Flight.

Thirty years ago, the MACC was a very unique and innovative concept, and was one of the first free-standing facilities of its kind in Western New York, and the country, to offer 24-hour emergency services. In addition, the MACC offered outpatient x-ray, EKG, physical therapy and laboratory services when it opened its doors – all of which continued to expand throughout the years.

“In 1982, Mercy Hospital identified a need to bring emergency and outpatient services closer to the residents of the Southtowns,” said C.J. Urlaub, Mercy Hospital President and CEO. “By witnessing the growth and expansion of this busy facility through the years, it is evident that opening the MACC was the right thing to do for our community.”

Mercy’s MACC facility is a licensed 2-bed hospital, officially named Mercy Hospital, Orchard Park Division. With this designation, the MACC can accept ambulances and higher acuity patients with round-the-clock access to cardiac and stroke services at Mercy Hospital.

In 2011, the MACC served over 26,000 patients in the Emergency Department; 18,000 physical therapy/AthletiCare patients; and recorded over 30,000 general outpatient and imaging visits.

In 1986, the MACC’s physical therapy service expanded to offer sports rehabilitation, which is now known as AthletiCare.

The Imaging Department, which started as a small x-ray service in 1982, now offers state-of-the-art CT, digital mammography, digital x-ray, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, bone density testing, and fluoroscopy imaging.

In recent developments, Catholic Health opened an Advanced Wound Healing Center in 2011 and recently renovated its Laboratory Draw Station and clinical testing area to make it more comfortable and convenient for patients.