At the ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 26 of the new West Mountain Primary Care facility — Hudson Headwaters Health Network’s latest health center — HHHN founder Dr. John Rugge (left) thanks others for making the center’s development possible. Listening to Rugge talk are (foreground, left to right): West Mountain’s medical director Dr. William Borgos, Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec, and Kinney Drug President and CEO Bridget Hart.
Hudson Headwaters Health Network, the region’s leading chain of health clinics that was founded in Chestertown and Warrensburg, celebrated the opening this week of its 14th health center.
West Mountain Primary Care, a sprawling health center on Corinth Road just west of Northway Exit 18, was christened Jan. 26 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The 11,000 square-feet facility is centered around a comprehensive family practice that offers services of internal, preventive and adolescent medicine, women’s health care, lab testing, nursing home care, as well as behavioral and mental health services and social-work outreach.
It features 20 exam rooms, including two for behavioral health counseling, and a Kinney Drug Store with a drive-through window. Kinney Drug President and CEO Bridget Hart was present for the ceremony, and she said her company was extremely pleased to have a drug store located in the facility.
The new health center shares a multi-acre HHHN campus that includes the Health Network’s administrative offices.
At the ceremony, Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec hailed the completion of the health center. He said it would be filling crucial health care needs in the area, as well as providing vital jobs — and sparking redevelopment of a primary commercial corridor in town.
“This is a quality development that provides quality jobs — and it’s an anchor building in the corridor’s redevelopment,” Stec said. “Dr. John Rugge and Hudson Headwaters have been a great partner, and we’re very happy to have them here.”
Dr. Rugge, founder and CED of Hudson Headwaters, noted that with the town’s cooperation, the permitting process and grant applications had proceeded smoothly, enabling the center to be built.
The money to construct and outfit the health center was provided by stimulus grants made available by the federal government in 2010, Rugge told the crowd of citizens gathered to welcome the new facility to town.
“We have the recession to thank,” he said. “We’re thrilled to be here.”
Rugge said the center would fill the primary health care needs for the foreseeable future. He noted noted that Hudson Headwaters' three health centers in the Glens Falls area were way over-booked, and the new center will speed up non-urgent health services in the Glens Falls metro area.
Dr. William Borgos, a high-school classmate of Dan Stec’s, is the medical director at the health center. Joining him will be doctors John Sawyer, Bernardo Villajuan and Suzanne Blood as well as Frances Bollinger and Jennifer Stratton and Graham Atkins. They are joined by physician assistants and nurse-practitioners including Jo-Anne Cooper, Sheryl Salerno, Lynn Keil, Kathy Sabo, and podiatrist Timothy Culliton.
West Mountain Primary Care will be open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.