A ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony was held outside Albany Medical Center’s newest EmUrgentCare Center in Guilderland on Thursday, Aug. 30. Diego Cagara / Spotlight News
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GUILDERLAND — Albany Med continues to expand its footprint within town, and the Capital District as a whole, with the opening of its 11th EmUrgentCare facility.
The new 5,185 square-foot facility is expected to operate in similar fashion to the hospital’s other satellite locations. The building is equipped to treat patients within a half-hour. In addition to helping patients with sprains and fractures, or ear, nose and throat ailments, the facility will provide occupational health evaluation services, too.
The Karner Corners Plaza location officially opened for business on Saturday, Sept. 1. It will be open everyday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The facility will staff 11 full-time and six per-diem employees.
“Albany Med EmUrgentCare continues to be the preferred choice for Capital Region residents who are in need of care urgently, and don’t want or need to spend hours at the emergency room,” said Dr. Michael Gruenthal, senior associate dean for clinical affairs and president of the faculty group practice at Albany Med. “We’re proud to offer the right level of care, in the right setting, at the right time.”
When opening its EmUrgentCare facility in Glenmont last August, Gruenthal described the network as a “strategically” placed web of care centers. Like the hospital’s 10 other urgent care facilities, the medical staff is trained in several industry requirements to complete physicals. The location also aides in addressing emergency medicine deserts prevalent in rural America.
“We strategically place our emurgent care facilities mostly for patient convenience,” said Gruenthal. “We tend to look at areas like this. Not necessarily densely populated, but heavily trafficked areas that are close to residential communities.”
The Guilderland facility, just north of where routes 155 and 20 intersect, will be in the heart of Guilderland.
It will be a matter of convenience for patients who would have otherwise visited a congested emergency room in downtown Albany. Such a trip may not be so difficult for residents within Guilderland. Neighboring residents, however, in more rural communities will welcome such a care center closer to home. For example, residents of Coxsackie where Albany Med opened an urgent care, the nearest hospital is 27 miles away.
The Guilderland EmUrgentCare will be Albany Med’s second practice in town. Great Oaks Pediatric Group joined Albany Med in 2015.
“We are extremely pleased to once again welcome Albany Med and their expert services to the Town of Guilderland,” said Supervisor Peter Barber. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the medical center and bringing more sought-after health care services closer to our residents.”
Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.