New primary care center coming to Ticonderoga

TICONDEROGA — The University of Vermont Health Network’s Elizabethtown Community Hospital broke ground Aug. 28 on a new primary care center at its Ticonderoga Campus.

The project is a partnership with Hudson Headwaters Health Network, a Queensbury-based nonprofit corporation that operates 18 health centers in the North Country, including one in Ticonderoga.

“Today we mark another milestone in the transformation of health care in Ticonderoga and continue the development of the medical village that began two years ago” John Remillard, president of UVM Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital, said during his opening remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony.

“With the new primary care center here on the Ticonderoga Campus, patients will have access to a range of health services in one convenient location.”

The 10,300-square-foot primary care center will adjoin the recently remodeled Ticonderoga Campus, providing patients with access to imaging, laboratory and outpatient specialty services.

“We are rethinking rural health care,” said UVM Health Network President and CEO John Brumsted, MD. “By investing in the health care services that meet the needs of the Ticonderoga community, we are creating a new and sustainable rural health care model.”

A $5.6 million grant through New York’s Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program will fund a large portion of the project, which is expected to cost $7.7 million.

The new primary care center will offer a patient-centered design, 14 exam rooms and consultation rooms for behavioral health and telemedicine. The UVM Health Network and Hudson Headwaters have also partnered to expand primary care in Clinton County at the Champlain and Plattsburgh Family Health Centers.

“From my perspective, the partnership among the UVM Health Network and Hudson Headwaters Health Network has led to one of the region’s best examples of an integrated health care delivery system,” said Tucker Slingerland, MD, CEO of Hudson Headwaters Health Network. “Our organizations, the boards of directors and many staff members have worked hard toward the establishment of the Ticonderoga Campus. Between the services provided by the various organizations, the medical needs of patients living in Ticonderoga and surrounding communities will be well covered for many years to come.”

The Hudson Headwaters Health Network Ticonderoga Health Center, which has operated in the town since 1992, will relocate upon the opening of the new Ticonderoga Family Health Center on the Ticonderoga Campus. Its 15 providers in pediatric and adult primary care, podiatry and women’s health services, as well as its full complement of nursing and support staff, integrated behavioral health and social work support teams, will continue to provide services on the new campus.