Patients of Keuka Health Care and Pre-Emption Family Medicine have been notified the two practices will be combining and moving into new space at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital later this year.

Lara Turbide, spokesperson for Finger Lakes Health has confirmed that renovations to the second floor of the hospital will create a newly designed space to provide patients with a one-stop access point in a multi-specialty practice. 

According to the letter sent by Keuka Health Care, the change will allow both Dr. Eleanor Dewitt and Nurse Practitioner Patsy Ballard to reduce their hours as they plan for retirement.

“This enhances the convenience of having access to laboratory, diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehab, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and other services,” Turbide explained last week in an email.

Offices will also be available to accommodate specialty physicians such as cardiology, surgery, and orthopedics within the medical practice. 

Turbide says the change will provide access to a multispecialty physician practice and also support recruitment as providers retire. “Most providers/physicians would rather join a group practice versus be in a solo practice in this day and age,” she explained. 

The new practice will not have any impact on inpatient care. The hospital will retain existing inpatient services and critical access hospital (CAH) status with an Emergency Department, inpatient rooms and the Swing Bed program.

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital continues to provide outpatient psychiatric services through the John D. Kelly Center with enhanced service hours. Turbide says the waitlist at the center has been reduced, access to services has been expanded and groups have been added. 

The hospital discontinued providing inpatient psychiatric services in 2019.