Saratoga Hospital and Albany Med Submit CON for Urgent Care in Malta
February 7, 2011 - Albany , NY
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY ― Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center today jointly filed a certificate of need (CON) with the state Department of Health seeking approval to provide high-end urgent, primary and outpatient care at a new proposed center in Malta located off Exit 12 of the Northway. The center will offer area residents 24-hour access to emergency medical physicians experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions.
The two organizations signed a memorandum of agreement in September to jointly provide services in Malta to benefit residents of central and southern Saratoga County and western Washington County. A new not-for-profit corporation, Healthcare Partners of Saratoga, Ltd, formed by Saratoga Hospital and Albany Med, will operate the center.
"This collaboration addresses the growing health care needs of the community and reduces the costs of delivering that care," said Angelo Calbone, president and CEO, Saratoga Hospital. "It draws on the strengths of both hospitals-the community-based individualized care of Saratoga Hospital and the expertise of one of the most sophisticated emergency departments in New York State-to provide a smart, innovative way to better serve the Saratoga region."
"This area is one of the fastest growing in New York State, particularly for people over 65. Our partnership will address the increased health care needs that can be expected as the population grows and ages. This center will give peace of mind to those individuals who may not need a visit to the emergency department but still need care quickly," said Steven Frisch, M.D., hospital director, Albany Med.
Emergency department data reported to the state Department of Health showed that in 2007, 2008 and 2009, area residents accounted for an average of 57,168 visits to emergency departments; 19 percent resulted in admission to the hospital, while the remaining 81 percent were treated for their symptoms or condition and released.
The outpatient center would be the first building developed at a 140-acre site owned by Saratoga Hospital in Malta. The new center would relocate services from Saratoga Hospital's current Malta Medical Arts facility and offer the following services:
* Urgent and higher-level care, in a center that is staffed as an emergency center
* Electronic, real-time specialty consultation with specialists at Albany Medical Center and
* Diagnostic imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT),
X-ray and ultrasound
* Lab services
The facility is also expected to house physician offices, including Albany Medical Center specialists, along with family practitioners and other primary care physicians from Saratoga Hospital.
The venture is the latest example of cooperation between the two hospitals. In 2009, they launched a successful collaboration to enhance stroke care. Under that arrangement, the two hospitals are linked electronically, allowing emergency physicians at Saratoga Hospital and stroke specialists at Albany Medical Center to view patient scans simultaneously, in real time, to consult on the best course of treatment. The process saves precious time for patients who need the advanced care that Albany Medical Center can provide.
Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region's leading health care provider. The only acute-care facility in Saratoga County, the hospital has a medical staff of over 450 physicians and other credentialed providers, offering care in a broad range of medical specialties. In keeping with its emphasis on quality, Saratoga Hospital was the first in the Capital Region to earn Magnet Designation for nursing excellence. The hospital achieved redesignation in 2010. Hospital facilities include: Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Care Nursing Home, Wilton Medical Arts, Malta Medical Arts, Saratoga Surgery Center, Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center, Saratoga Family Physicians, The Saratoga Center for Endocrinology and Diabetes, Saratoga Hospital Pain Management Center, Saratoga Family Health, Schuylerville Family Health and Galway Family Health. For more information, go to www.saratogahospital.org.
Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York's only academic health sciences center and the largest private sector employer in the Capital Region. The Center incorporates a 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, one of New York's largest teaching hospitals that includes about 300 physicians of the Albany Medical College Faculty Practice. Albany Medical College, one of the nation's first private medical colleges, educates many of the doctors and other medical professionals that practice in the region and provides residency and continuing medical education programs. Albany Medical Center also supports a biomedical research enterprise to further understanding of illness and discovery of tomorrow's cures. For more information, go to www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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