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Three vie to fill healthcare gap

"Increased medical services, especially emergency, are very much needed in the southern end of Saratoga County. Halfmoon is one of the fastest-growing towns in the state and will continue to see such growth continue; there's also a large amount of aging population already here that use those services on a more often basis. It would be a definite benefit to the community," said Wormuth. "I know of other hospitals that have expressed an interest in locating in our end of Saratoga County, so while we think Ellis could do a good job, there's probably other hospitals who could do just as good a job. Our goal is to see this type of service provided in this area."

Town of Malta Supervisor Paul Sausville said he would be pleased to have a satellite emergency department in the region, should Saratoga Hospital's certificate of need be approved.

"We're delighted that urgent care would be closer to the population; it would certainly be a very convenient spot, right at the intersection of Route 9 and Route 67, so very easy to access from points west, north and south," said Sausville, who stated that this satellite emergency department would be just one component of what he said is Saratoga Hospital's plan to build an extensive medical arts center in the Malta area over the next 20 years. "The other thing is that we would be able to have a helicopter landing pad here, so people could be brought into this facility and also brought to others from this particular site. An ambulance core has already been working with Saratoga Hospital and meeting transportation needs, so having this service right here would make our town complete."

Connolly said that Ellis would be able to provide a satellite emergency department to the Clifton Park/Halfmoon area in a cost effective way, by reallocating services regionally.

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