Phoenicia to lose health services

By Jay Braman Jr.
Maverick West Family Health expects to close its Phoenicia office early next year and relocate to larger facilities in Boiceville.
The move follows a long but unsuccessful effort to find a way to expand Maverick’s current offices on Ava Maria Drive in Phoenicia. Difficulties arose once Phoenicia residents voted down the installation of a sewer system for the community, a system that would have freed up valuable space on the property Maverick occupies. Without the system, engineers and architects could not find a suitable expansion plan to solve Maverick’s space problems, which included the need for more waiting room space as well as more examination rooms.
Instead, Maverick has found a suitable site in Boiceville in the Town of Olive, where the practice will take over what is known locally as the INDIE Building across Route 28 from the Boiceville Market.
According to co-owner and founding physician Randy Rissman, interior renovations will begin soon.
Rissman regrets having to leave Phoenicia, but says Boiceville is close enough to continue to serve patients in the Town of Shandaken, something that Maverick has been committed to for years.
“We didn’t want to leave Phoenicia,” he said. “This move, unfortunately, is one of the unintended consequences of the town not being able to solve its septic problem. We love the community, we’re here for the long haul, but we just couldn’t make it work in Phoenicia.”
The Boiceville site, according to Rissman, is an excellent location for the practice, with a new municipal septic system expected to be completed in 2010.
It remains unclear what will become of Maverick’s current location on Ava Maria Drive.