TICONDEROGA — The $9.1 million renovation of Moses-Ludington Hospital into a modern, state-of-the art facility is complete.
The Ticonderoga medical facility, now known as University of Vermont Health Network, Elizabethtown Community Hospital Ticonderoga Campus, held a dedication on Wednesday with tours for the public.
Earlier this year, the hospital completed renovations to its emergency, pharmacy and laboratory departments. Now, renovated radiology and physical therapy departments, as well dedicated specialty clinic space, have been completed.
As the celebration began, Elizabethtown Community Hospital President John Remillard said the project took 18 months to complete.
“This is working to improve people’s lives,” he told a crowd of about 30. “All five spaces are complete. Our goal as we embarked on this project was to ensure continued local access to high-quality care in a modern, efficient facility.”
Funding for the renovations came from the State Department of Health, with assistance from Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury.
Little said she remembers working with the hospital when she was in the State Assembly in 1995.
“This (hospital) is magnificent,” she said. “This will serve this community well. Moses-Ludington Hospital has been through a lot of changes. We have an awful lot to be thankful for.”
The hospital, which opened in 1981 to replace a 1920s facility that has since been torn down for a senior living complex, became part of Elizabethtown Community Hospital in April, and, like Elizabethtown, administered by the University of Vermont Health Network.
The Charles R. Wood Foundation and the Moses-Ludington Auxiliary were recognized at the event for their donations enabling the hospital to purchase a state-of-art 3D mammography unit and improved ultrasound equipment for the radiology department.
The Wood Foundation presented a $254,000 grant to purchase a Selenia Dimensions Hologic 3D mammography machine, and the auxiliary contributed $16,500 for the ultrasound device.
The foundation previously gave the hospital $185,000 for cancer screening equipment.
Foundation Chair Charlene Wood said they were glad to provide support for purchase of an important piece of medical equipment.
“We’re committed to providing assistance in health care, especially in the North Country, where they are fewer (medical) resources.”
Hospital Medical Imaging Director Molly Thompson said the renovations improve patient care, comfort and access.
“(This) compliments that goal by helping us detect breast cancer earlier and more accurately,” she said. “It’s saving lives and reducing stress and the financial costs that come with unnecessary followups.”
The final phase of the transformation was redoing the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department with a spacious gym and four private exam rooms.
The department specializes in physical, occupational and speech therapy and sports injury rehabilitation.
“Our department has always been staffed by skilled and knowledgeable therapists,” hospital Physical Therapy Director William Doherty said. “The difference now is that they have a well-designed, efficient space to provide that high-quality care and ensure successful outcomes.”
The renovations created a larger, more efficient and well-lit space, with radiology and imaging in their own central area with a dedicated waiting area, two X-ray rooms, a CT scan room, ultrasound, mammography and bone density scanning rooms and mobile MRI unit access.
The emergency department also got larger and brighter space, with more treatment and observation rooms, a family waiting room and renovated lab and pharmacy space in an adjacent area.
“It (the project) was an ambitious goal, which required us to look at how we deliver health care in our community, but with the support of the University of Vermont Health Network, New York State Department of Health, Senator Betty Little and many others, I’m proud to say we’ve more than met that goal,” Remillard said.