Lake Placid’s ER services move to new building on Old Military Road

A Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service vehicle is parked in the bay at the news emergency department, which opened at its new location Tuesday. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

LAKE PLACID — The hospital emergency department in this village is now in a new location as of Tuesday morning, according to Adirondack Health officials.

Adirondack Health Communications Director Matt Scollin said hospital staff at Adirondack Medical Center-Lake Placid — the old Placid Memorial Hospital — on Church Street closed that building’s emergency department doors for the last time at 11 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, moved equipment overnight to the Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center at 203 Old Military Road, and opened the new emergency department doors for the first time at the new location at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center includes the emergency department, radiology department, medical clinic, a swimming pool, physical therapy space, a fitness center and rented space for the Lake Placid Sports Medicine private practice. The building is opening in stages. Last week, the physical therapy department began accepting patients. The fitness center and pool are set to open to paying members this week.

Emergency room hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

The medical center was original supposed to open in November 2018, but another fire exit had to be built from the second floor to meet building code requirements, which caused delays.

Adirondack Health CEO Sylvia Getman gives a tour of the emergency department at the new Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center on Jan. 14. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

AMC at Lake Placid was built in opened it’s doors Sunday, Feb. 4, 1951, providing health care to the village for nearly 68 years. After the medical center finishes moving to the new site, the old building on Church Street will revert back to the town of North Elba. Currently, the town, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority and the United States Olympic Committee are in talks to tear down the structure and build a new sports training facility with indoor fields, lodging and administration offices. It would act like an expansion of the Olympic Training Center on Old Military Road.