Joint Urgent Care Facility in Malta is "Topped Off"
MALTA, NY, September 20, 2012—Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center marked a construction milestone today during a “topping off” ceremony to celebrate placement of the final beam at Malta Med Emergent Care. A joint venture of the two hospitals, the $17.5 million facility will be the only such center in the Capital Region staffed 24 hours a day by emergency medicine physicians.
Malta Med Emergent Care will give area residents an alternative to hospital emergency rooms for all but the most serious medical circumstances. Expected to open in spring 2013, the new building is located on a 140-acre site owned by Saratoga Hospital just west of Northway Exit 12.
Malta Med Emergent Care also will provide:
• Electronic, real-time specialty consultation with specialists at Albany Med and Saratoga Hospital;
• Diagnostic imaging, including MRI, CT, X-ray and ultrasound; and
• A helipad and ambulance bays for fast transit of individuals who require hospital-based care.
“Malta Med exemplifies what’s possible when two hospitals join forces,” said Angelo Calbone, Saratoga Hospital president and CEO. “By pooling resources and combining our strengths, Albany Med and Saratoga Hospital will offer a level of care and service unavailable anywhere else in the Capital Region. And our community will benefit 24/7.”
The joint venture will meet the needs of one of the fastest growing areas in the Capital Region, while providing a cost-effective alternative to emergency room care. Malta Med Emergent Care will also be minutes away from Luther Forest Technology Campus and GLOBALFOUNDRIES.
Steven Frisch, M.D., Albany Medical Center executive vice president for integrated delivery systems and hospital systems general director, said, “Today marks an important milestone in the partnership our two institutions have created to deliver the high-quality care that is critical to helping make a community a great place to live, work, build a business and raise a family.”
Malta Med Emergent Care will occupy the first floor of a two-story, 60,000-square foot building. The second floor will house medical offices for primary care and specialty physicians to help patients access follow-up care when needed.
Emergency physicians from Albany Med joined Saratoga Hospital’s urgent care team at Malta Medical Arts in July 2011. Services currently provided at that Route 9 facility will be expanded and relocated to the new, larger Malta Med Emergent Care.
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