Open Door Purchases Building in Sleepy Hollow

Number One New Broadway will be the new home for the Open Door, once extensive renovations are complete.

The Open Door Family Medical Center, currently housed on Beekman Avenue across from the Morse School, has recently purchased a building at the corner of Route 9 and New Broadway.

This larger space provides a better floor plan and more usable space than the current leased property on Beekman.  The Open Door won a federal Heal 19 Grant to fund the purchase. 

The Open Door hopes to provide expanded programs in their new facility, such as a residency program in family medicine for medical students. 

Desta Lakew, director of development for the Open Door, says that these new programs all need state approval. The residency program application was made jointly with Phelps Hospital and New York College of Medicine. 

Approval of a new residency program can take months or years, Ms. Deskew explained.  But the proposal made to the state envisions three medical students in the first year, an additional three the second, and three more in the third, for a total of nine students doing family medicine rotations through the Sleepy Hollow facility, under the supervision of Phelps  and the New York College of Medicine in Valhalla.

The building at One New Broadway, while recently renovated by Grotto Plumbing, has stood vacant for several years.  Extensive renovations will be needed in order to make it compatable with medical services. Because of the lengthly process of state approval, Lakew says that it's too early to tell when renovations will begin.

"We hope to be fully operational in our new space by 2015," Lakew says.

The Open Door Clinic on Beekman currently serves 3,300 patients in the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow zip code, most of whom walk or take car services to the facility.  They have recently added a new physician to their staff, giving them to potential to serve 1,500 more patients.

The services offered include family medicine (all ages,) family planning, HIV services, laboratory serivces, mental health, podiatry, and WIC. 

The Open Door Family Medical Center  is a not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center and an Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Center operating ten service sites located in four of Westchester County's most densely populated Villages: Ossining and Sleepy Hollow on the Hudson River, Port Chester on the Long Island Sound; and Mt. Kisco located in the center of northern Westchester. Open Door is accredited by the Joint Commission and received Level 3 NCQA recognition as a patient centered medical home in 2009.

Most recently, September 2010, Open Door received notice of receipt of The HIMSS (Healthcare Information & Management Systems) Davies Awards of Excellence which recognizes excellence in the implementation of and value of health information technology. Open Door was recognized for quality reporting tools to achieve care quality and operational efficiency as well as for embracing knowledge sharing and collaboration with numerous partners to improve healthcare system efficiencies and benefits.

Most major insurance providers are accepted, and services are offered on a sliding scale.  No one is turned away, regardless of ability to pay. Over 93% of patients have incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, earning incomes of less than $44,000 for a family of four.


Theresa Brick November 03, 2011 at 02:27 AM
I agree with Wonderboy and the general consensus on this one. Years ago I asked a friend of mine with a LEGAL Hispanic backround why I see so many illegals driving huge, brand new cars and outbidding me on several houses in town. She told me with shame(and some fear), that the cars are stolen, and that they send one family to look at & buy a house, when it's actually about 30 people throwing money into the pot to buy, update, & sell. Of course, they will all live there, too. I was househunting in S.H. 10 years ago, and almost every house I saw was packed to the rafters with mattresses and people, and in deplorable condition. 10 years ago! If this village was ever serious about enforcing the law and health codes, they could just ask the first realtor they saw. Ironically, I almost bought a house right next to that property. I'm glad I listened to my gut and gave up in disgust .
Aintthatascam November 03, 2011 at 11:49 AM
I know a lot of people who can use that $500 a week, some are down on Wall St. By the way, don't forget the people receiving benefits LIE on their paperwork, this goes for low income housing too.
Blue November 03, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Why wouldn't they have bought the old bank on Wildey? Its a much shorter walk for their client base .
ASleepyBoy November 03, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Alan, Moon River Grill has been granted the right to have barstools.
Janice Landrum December 12, 2011 at 08:47 PM
One difficulty with using the Strand as a theater will probably be the current parking/zoning regulations and availability of street parking, though I'd love to see a theater there, too.


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