Updated: September 23, 2021 06:45 PM
Created: September 23, 2021 04:10 PM
It's been more than seven months since a man walked into an Allina Health clinic in Buffalo and started shooting.
The attack killed 37-year-old medical assistant Lindsay Overbay and injured four other women. The clinic has been closed ever since, but now it's getting ready to welcome patients once again.
These are pictures taken inside the remodeled Allina Health Crossroads Clinic. The space was designed to be lighter and brighter in both color and spirit.
"When you come in, you’ll notice the carpeting has changed, there’s a light almost water effect behind the front desk, which is beautiful, there’s new artwork," said Carmen Ylitalo with Allina Clinic.
Artwork like a tree made of yellow origami cranes — the Japanese crane a symbol of hope and good fortune.
There are new security measures, too, as half-doors in the entrance are now full doors that will lock. There will be locking mechanisms on many other doors as well. They're safety protocols that Allina says will be utilized not only here but at other facilities, too.
"I don’t think our changes will be very noticeable, I know they won’t impinge on the therapeutic environment at all, but they’re there and they’re real," Ylitalo said.
"There is a lot of signage and a lot of safety features that will make people feel like, if I am in distress at some point, there is a button I can push right here that will help me know I am safe," city of Buffalo Mayor Teri Lachermeier described.
Lachermeier says the fact that the clinic will open its doors again to help the community is significant.
"Please make your appointments, go back and see the staff that you knew so well and trusted, go back and enjoy what they have brought forward so that we can all move forward," Lachermeier said.
One of the most prominent additions to the renovated clinic is the statue of a purple buffalo outside wearing a stethoscope around its neck, and the Buffalo Strong emblem on its side.
Clinic staff named it "Phoenix."
"The Phoenix name is rising up out of the ashes and moving forward in strength and peace, and I feel like that is what is speaking to the community," Lachermeier said.
The clinic will reopen on Monday, Sept. 27, and has a full schedule of patients with appointments.
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