Those driving by the intersection of Route 59 and Church Street in Nanuet have noticed a new facade that replaced Blockbuster. Palisades Urgent Care opened on Black Friday and serves both children and adults. The grand opening celebration is yet to be announced.
At this walk-in medical office, no appointments are needed and they accept most major insurance. Open 365 days a year, the building has 11 examination rooms, an x-ray room and an on-site lab.
Unlike the stereotypical image of a plain white medical office, Palisades UC strives to be warm and inviting with a calming blue entranceway and waiting room. The waiting room is spacious with two large TVs.
“We want to make it as welcoming and comfortable as possible,” said Manager Kristina Caruso. The children’s play area is a bright green and yellow. Even in the bathrooms, the color palate and décor coordinate with the calming blue and neutrals of the main waiting room. Careful consideration was used to ensure that patients felt positive and relaxing.
“The details are small, but it’s a reflection of everything,” said Dr. Richard Park.
Park is one of four rotating Board Certified ER Physicians who are always at the site. The other three are Paul Colombo, Abe Schreiber and Gary Mazer. There is a wide variety of services available and although Palisades UC doctors are certified as emergency room doctors, they can perform the same tasks as regular family physicians.
“We do analysis and X-rays on site. We draw all labs here and send them out and get them back the following morning,” said Caruso. “We also offer flu shots, take care of broken bones and cuts.”
At Palisades UC, they are able to offer everything from regular pediatric care and travel medicine to stitches and aftercare. They have state-of-the-art equipment on site.
“We are trying to improve medicine and healthcare and be on the patients’ side. We want to make it easy for them,” said Park.
“It’s a very quick registration process,” said Manager Calvin Hwang. “We try to get you in and out in under an hour, from registration to discharge.”
As part of their goal to be fast and efficient, the registration sheet is only one page long.
To transform the building from Blockbuster into its current state, the entire place was nearly gutted and rebuilt.
“We’re 95 percent done now. We have just a few minor details,’ said Hwang, referring mostly to the staff rooms in the back.
Staff have their own area with a shower and bathroom, a kitchen, and soon, a treadmill. The room color matches that of the kids play area to keep staff positive and energized.
Security is also not an issue. The IT room is where all 15 cameras, both inside and outside of the building, are monitored. All alarms are “top code” as well.
Hours of Operation:
- M - F from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Weekends 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Check their website, PalisadesUC.com, for holiday hours or call 845 624 CARE (2273)