The region’s hospitals had a busy year upgrading, expanding and reconfiguring spaces to meet changing patient and technological needs.
“2017 was a really strong year for us,” said Tracy Mills, vice president of hospital planning at Glens Falls Hospital.
In 2017, the state awarded Glens Falls Hospital a nearly $20 million grant for the construction of a medical village at the hospital. Preliminary architectural planning and the process for obtaining state and local approvals for the medical village will begin in early 2018.
This fall, Glens Falls Hospital completed a $5 million renovation and upgrade to the Snuggery, its maternity and birthing unit. Two new operating rooms were completed this year and will be showcased in early 2018. The $1.5 million emergency department crisis center project that began this year is scheduled for completion in early 2018. In the summer, the hospital opened a new pharmacy for the mixing of chemotherapy agents in the hospital Cancer Center.
For Saratoga Hospital, expanded community outreach into Warren County continued into 2017 with the purchase of the closed Carl R’s Café near Northway Exit 18 in Queensbury. And while hospital officials said they plan to create a specialty medical complex at that location, they have not announced details for the complex.
Additionally, crews broke ground for the Saratoga Medical Park at Northway Exit 12 in Malta, a partnership between the Saratoga Regional YMCA, Albany Medical Center and Saratoga Hospital.
The transformation of Moses Ludington in Ticonderoga is well underway with the new outpatient services completed in October, offering space for specialty physicians to meet with patients, a dedicated reception and waiting area for privacy, new exam rooms, two procedure rooms, a recovery area and an infusion center.
The Moses Ludington emergency department, lab and pharmacy space construction is scheduled for a March completion. The hospital’s new emergency department is four times the size of the one it replaces and also offers a four-bed observation unit.
Additionally, plans are underway for Moses Ludington to become part of University of Vermont Health Network—Elizabethtown Community Hospital sometime in the new year.