Maverick Health reopens Boiceville office

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By Jay Braman Jr.
After a year-and-a-half of hard work, Maverick Family Health reopened its office in Boiceville earlier this week. Floodwaters from Hurricane Irene had badly damaged the facility in August of 2011.
During the hurricane, three feet of water rushed in and demolished everything in the high tech medical office. The building itself, which Maverick partners, Randy Rissman, Martin Krakower, and Brian Callahan acquired and renovated only a few months before the storm, was severely damaged, leaving not only Maverick without offices but several other tenants as well.

Half-million in damage
Almost a year-and-a-half later, a weary Rissman is looking at brand new flooring, new paint, new furniture, new custom woodwork, new and expensive, everything. “There was a half-million in damages,” he said, shaking his head from side to side.

And like so many others, Rissman has a story of how FEMA’s help and insurance coverage fell short, leaving the partners holding the bag to the tune of $200,000.

Rissman admits that when the three took a look at the cards they were dealt, they did what any good businessmen would do. They considered cutting their losses. Just forget the whole thing. Forget the community and just retrench in Maverick’s headquarters in Zena.

But they didn’t think about it for very long. Seeing almost 900 patient charts floating among the debris following the flood reminded them that, regardless of what it was going to cost the partnership, the people of the region and their health care are what matters most.

“Some people might have run the other way from this,” Rissman explained. “But we wanted to commit to the community. The country is looking at not enough family doctors, and we pride ourselves as being the good guys.”

Difficult process
But it wasn’t going to be easy. Callahan, wearing his trademark white coat and stethoscope, joins Rissman and some staffers in the break room during lunch and explains how he quickly knew they were in for a rough recovery.

His jaw dropped when he first walked into the space after the water had receded. “It was what Hiroshima looked like after the bomb hit,” he said.

So, after 17 months of work using their wits, determination and elbow grease, the partners at Maverick Family Health have successfully come back to full health themselves in the Boiceville location that has become the health hub for so many in the area.
And that, Rissman says, makes it all worthwhile.

“We are committed to being small-town family doctors no matter what the odds,” he said. “We should all take care of each other in a small community.”
Maverick’s Offices can be reached at 657-7820.