Barrett said while he is encouraged by the urgent care center that is slated to be complete by early 2012, he would ideally like to see a full hospital built in the area.
"This is going to greatly increase and enhance what we currently have in town, but that's not to say we don't want more. The state is thinking this is all the town really needs at this point and we don't necessarily agree with that. We think there should be additional serevices, maybe including a full fledged hospital. It's something we haven't given up on," said Barrett. "Hopefully at some point in the near future, that may become a reality but it's kind of out of our hands directly. We need a hospital network willing to invest those funds to build a facility and also need state approval, and at this point, the DOH has made it clear that such a project wouldn't get approved."
The Clifton Park-Halfmoon area has two other urgent care facilities already, one on Route 146 run by Seton Health and another on Route 9 run by an independent company, said Barrett.
Evans said Ellis Medicine is "very pleased" and eager to get started on the project, which will require working with a developer to create the center.
"From the get go, we wanted to meet one of the fastest growing areas in the state by providing enhanced services closer to home, and that's what we feel this facility will accomplish," said Evans. "We're bringing quality services closer to home for our neighbors in Southern Saratoga County. It's an important project and reflects our ongoing commitment to better meet the healthcare needs of the community."