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Drakos readies pediatric urgent care space in Clay

By Eric Reinhardt


Drakos Clinical Dynamics provided this photo showing the progress of the renovation work on the interior of its space for Drakos pediatric urgent care at the Clay Medical Center at 8100 Oswego Road in the town of Clay. Drakos Clinical Dynamics anticipates the clinic will begin operations in May. (PHOTO CREDIT: DRAKOS CLINICAL DYNAMICS)

CLAY — Drakos Clinical Dynamics is preparing a space at the Clay Medical Center for a pediatric urgent-care location that Drakos anticipates will open in May. 

The Clay Medical Center is located at 8100 Oswego Road (Route 57) in the town of Clay.

The upcoming clinic seeks to “address the critical shortage in pediatric urgent cares in Central New York that was well noticed during the previous fall and winter season,” says Richard Nuzzo, COO of Drakos Clinical Dynamics, who spoke with CNYBJ in a March 10 telephone interview. 

Angela Merola-Casler, senior VP of construction design at Granite Real Estate Group, LLC is the construction manager on the project. Granite is the general contractor on the project.

The two companies know each other well. Both have operations at 6333 New York Route 298 in (near Carrier Circle) in DeWitt in the KPH Healthcare Services Inc. building. The facility is home to Drakos Clinical Laboratories, which opened its headquarters and laboratory facility in 2022. 

Besides the renovation effort, Merola-Casler also worked with in-ARCHITECTS of Syracuse on the design of the space, Nuzzo adds.

He also tells CNYBJ that the cost of the renovation totals about $145,000. The work started on Dec. 1 of last year and Drakos Clinical Dynamics hopes the project finishes around the end of March.

Drakos Clinical Dynamics is leasing the 3,500-square-foot space from Soule Road Associates, LLC, he says. 

“This location offered Drakos the fastest ability to get the facility open to the community and is directly accessible to nearby schools and major pediatric offices,” he says. 

Drakos Clinical Dynamics decided to pursue the project last fall. Granite Real Estate Group helped Drakos find the space, according to Nuzzo. 

The pediatric urgent-care location will employ at least 25 people, including providers, clinical staff, and nonclinical staff.

“This Drakos pediatric urgent-care space will offer options for in office visits and on-site treatment, virtual health-care visits, and down the road the ability to dispatch providers for in-home treatment,” Nuzzo tells CNYBJ.

The clinic will also have on-site radiology with “child-friendly” X-ray equipment and an on-site laboratory. 

“The facility is fully [Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990] compliant and specially designed to meet the unique needs of patients who are nonmobile and homebound,” Nuzzo adds. 

The space represents another step in the firm’s expansion. Drakos Clinical Dynamics started as CineMedics, offering COVID-19 testing on movie sets. And besides the upcoming pediatric urgent-care location, it also operates Drakos Clinical Laboratories, which offers testing for COVID-19, flu, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), influenza A, influenza B, norovirus, and monkeypox, Heather Drake, the firm’s CEO, told CNYBJ in an interview last summer.

Drakos Clinical Dynamics in the new umbrella name for the organization. “We are multicompany organization and that is our umbrella name,” Nuzzo notes.       

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