Hudson Headwater Health Network’s new vastly expanded Warrensburg Health Center, expected to be completed by Dec. 2014, is designed to accommodate additional equipment and host more health-care services while boosting patient comfort and convenience. The Network’s foundation recently launched a campaign to raise construction costs not covered by government grants and existing donations.
About year after Hudson Headwaters Health Network secured a $5 million federal grant to build a new health center in Warrensburg, the organization’s foundation has launched a capital campaign to raise an additional $1.9 million to complete the project.
The new health center is not only envisioned to serve as an architectural landmark in Warrensburg, but it is also anticipated to boost Hudson Headwater’s regional services. With about double the floorspace, the new facility will accommodate additional equipment and health-care services as well as boost comfort and convenience for patients, consultants have said.
The new center is surely to be a source of considerable pride, as Hudson Headwaters in 1981 situated their first regional facility in downtown Warrensburg, and the chain has now grown to 14 health centers meeting the health-care needs of 60,000 people spread over 3,700 square miles spread out over four counties.
The Warrensburg Health Center has been a key facility in this wide region, and is to become even more vital after its expansion, HHHN founder and CEO Dr. John Rugge said.
“We’re asking local foundations, businesses and friends to help us raise the funds needed to put up a state-of-the-art health care facility that will provide services to 25,000 people living in 12 Adirondack communities,” he said, observing that the Warrensburg Health Center receives 55,000 patient visits each year, with more than 70 percent of the people coming from outside Warrensburg. “It’s truly a regional resource.”
The current health center is a 50-year-old cinder-block structure that was once a grocery store, and it is increasingly inadequate to meet the health care needs of the region, Rugge said.
“The Warrensburg Health Center supports our Adirondack health centers by providing urgent care seven days a week and six evenings,” he said. “It also offers health care services not available at our other locations including specialty care, lab services and imaging.”
More than halfway to the goal
At a campaign “kick-off” event held recently at Cronin’s Golf Resort in Warrensburg, Rugge announced that Hudson Headwaters is now more than halfway to the $1.9 million goal.
More than $750,000 has been donated or pledged to the campaign by HHHN board members, administrators and medical staff as well as foundation board members. Additionally, the campaign has received pledges of $250,000 from the Charles Wood Foundation and $100,000 from Stewarts Shops.
“We are deeply grateful for this substantial early support,” Rugge said. The Wood Foundation has previously granted HHHN many hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past.
The total cost to build the new facility is now estimated at $9.5 million, rather than the $8 million anticipated a year ago.
Construction is scheduled to begin in August on the new building, to be situated directly in front of the existing health center. Plans call for the facility to be completed by December 2014.
During construction, health care services will continue without interruption at the existing health center.
Donations to the campaign can be made online at www.hhhn.org, or through the mail to: Hudson Headwaters Health Foundation, 9 Carey Road, Queensbury, NY 12804. For details, contact Howard Nelson at 761-0300 or: firstname.lastname@example.org.