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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Seton Health Announces Plan to Build a Freestanding Emergency Room in Clifton Park

Pamela Rehak
(518) 268-5517

New Facility Will Bring Additional Health Care Opportunities to Southern Saratoga County Residents

TROY, N.Y. -- Seton Health/St. Mary’s Hospital today announced that it has submitted a proposal to the New York State Department of Health to build a freestanding emergency department next to its existing family health center, located at One Tallow Wood Drive in Clifton Park. The new emergency department will be the first of its kind in Southern Saratoga County and would provide needed emergency services to the growing population in that area of the Capital Region.

The proposed construction would add 10,750 square feet of space to Seton’s already existing location. Last year, there were more than 76,500 patient visits from Southern Saratoga County residents at the Seton Health facility. The emergency department would provide an additional eight emergency beds and two inpatient beds to the campus. Currently, the campus provides urgent care, family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, medical labs and pediatric care to the community.

The new emergency department will accept ambulance transports and walk-ins 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Working in conjunction with Seton’s already existing and busy Urgent Care facility, the emergency department will provide more comprehensive health care options for community residents.

“Seton Health has been operating from this location for more than 20 years. We know and understand the residents of Southern Saratoga County and will remain faithful to serving these communities for decades to come,” said Gino Pazzaglini, Seton Health president and CEO. “This addition will provide area patients with highly accessible, high quality and prompt healthcare in a most convenient setting.”

The Seton Health proposal offers several unique benefits to the Clifton Park community. It:

  • Combines existing urgent care services and medical office space with emergency care, short-term inpatient care and imaging to provide a comprehensive medical campus.
  • Improves access to fully equipped emergency services without the customary waiting times experienced at hospitals.
  • Reduces the pressure on other local hospital emergency departments, reducing backlogs and waiting times and allowing for more prompt provision of care.
  • Provides quicker access to emergency services for the community.
  • Allows short-term inpatients to be hospitalized closer to home.
  • Provides a community medical facility that is capable of handling local disasters or area-wide emergencies.

The $1.2 million project –which will employ 28 staff members –needs approval from the New York State Department of Health. Construction is slated to begin in June 2010 with the facility expected to be fully operational no later than June 2011.

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