Medical care is becoming a family affair at the corner of Fowler and Orchard Streets in Port Jervis. Days ago, Johnny Little and his construction crew began building an urgent care center on that corner, next to Little Pediatrics, office of pediatrician Sara Little, Johnny’s sister. Making the corner further familial, the doctor who initiated the venture is Brandon O’Connor, Sara’s husband.
“We want to have the facility open by spring,” said Johnny Little. “There’s no urgent care center in the community. You have to go to Middletown or Honesdale, Pennsylvania, to find one. The population is large enough to warrant it.”
Little is not only aware of, but active in local population expansion. Lately he has been building homes for people moving to Port Jervis from New York City.
“People are finding Port Jervis and want to live here. We have to create inventory. There are too many buyers for what’s here. Many can now work from home.” he said, noting that he has bought vacant lots to accommodate the construction appetite.
As a Third Ward resident on Maiden Lane, he added, “I care about the neighborhoods.”
From his front door, he said he can see five houses that he built. Construction too is a family occupation.
“My father was in construction. I started working with him as soon as I could walk,” said Little. “It was a form of babysitting, and I grew up on job sites. Now I’ve been doing construction for 30 years.”
He took a break to get a political science degree from SUNY Cortland in 2005. Then he joined his father’s construction firm.
“The market was similar to what it is now,” he said. “After the crash, we did less speculation building, more renovation, from 2010 to 2018.”
The urgent care building will have two levels, said Little. The first floor will be 2400 square feet, with six exam rooms, an x-ray room and front and back offices, and the second level will be for storage. Staff will include doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants and administrative staff. Operational planning is still in process, but he anticipates that hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Onsite parking will be available.
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