New York state approved plans for Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center to provide “high-end urgent, primary and outpatient” care in Malta. The newly approved center will be located off exit 12 of the I-87 Northway.
The center will be the only facility in the region to offer 24-hour access to emergency medicine physicians for urgent care, according to information from the hospitals. It will be the first facility to be developed at the new Saratoga Medical Park at Malta and is expected to open in the fall of 2012.
“The new center will meet the increased demand for healthcare services in one of the fastest growing regions in New York state,” said Angelo Calbone, president and chief executive officer of Saratoga Hospital. “Equally important, the center acknowledges the challenges of the current healthcare environment and addresses them with an innovative, collaborative solution—one that we believe could be a model for similar efforts throughout the state and the nation.”
Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center signed a memorandum of agreement in September of 2010 to jointly provide services in Malta. A new not-for-profit corporation, Healthcare Partners of Saratoga, Ltd. will operate the center.
“This unique collaboration between our hospitals will reinvent how urgent care is delivered in this region,” said Dr. Steven Frisch, hospital director at Albany Medical Center. “By providing a viable 24-hour alternative for those individuals that need immediate care but not necessarily emergency care, we believe this venture will be cost effective for patients and help to alleviate overcrowding in our emergency rooms.”
Services will include; electronic, real-time specialty consultation with specialists at both hospitals, diagnostic imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, X-ray and ultrasound lab services and will house offices for specialists from both hospitals, according to information provided by officials.
Services provided at Saratoga Hospital’s Malta Medical Arts facility will be relocated to the new outpatient center and in preparation, emergency medicine physicians from Albany Medical Center began treating patients at Malta Medical Arts, located on Route 9, in July.