WARRENSBURG -- Hudson Headwaters Health Network has begun work on a $9.5 million health center on Main Street here.
The new, two-story building will replace the current facility, a 50-year-old cinder block structure that once was an A&P grocery store. After completion, the old health center will be demolished for parking.
HHHN CEO Dr. John Rugge calls the project a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to improve health care services in the region. "We are adding more exam rooms and more services," he said.
The new health center will be 38,000 square feet, more than double the size of the current health center. Rugge said the facility will be up and running by the end of 2014.
The Warrensburg Health Center is the hub of HHHN's Adirondack operations. It is open seven days a week and six evenings, providing specialty services, urgent care and after-hours support.
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Five of HHHN's health centers serve people living in 11 other Adirondack towns: Bolton, Chester, Hague, Horicon, Indian Lake, Johnsburg, Lake George, Minerva, Schroon Lake, Stony Creek and Thurman. The Warrensburg Health Center logged 55,000 patient visits last year, with more than 70 percent coming from outside Warrensburg.
"We know from experience that many of our patients will simply go without care rather than drive to Glens Falls," said Rugge. "They depend on us. And as a Federally Qualified Health Center, we are committed to keeping our services available to everyone, regardless of income or insurance."
Rugge said the funds to build the health center have come from a variety of sources, including a $5 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration and $400,000 that the Warren County Planning Office secured from the New York State Office of Housing and Community Renewal.
To raise additional funds, Hudson Headwaters has kicked off a capital campaign with a goal of $1.9 million. "We've already raised more than $1.3 million, thanks to generous pledges from the board of the Hudson Headwaters Health Foundation, the Network Board and senior administrators, plus local benefactors."
Rugge said the Charles R. Wood Foundation has made a $250,000 commitment to the project, the Dake Family Foundation and Stewart's Shops have together committed $150,000, and the Wright Family Foundation has pledged $30,000.
Donations to the campaign can be made online at www.hhhn.org or through the mail to Hudson Headwaters Health Foundation, 9 Carey Road, Queensbury NY 12804. For more information contact Howard Nelson at (518) 761-0300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.