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Friday, 31 May 2013 13:47

Dozens Attend Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Malta Med Emergent Care

By Chelsea DiSchiano | News

MALTA – Dozens of officials and supporters of both Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center gathered today for the ribbon cutting of the first joint collaboration between the two facilities, Malta Med Emergent Care. 

The opening of the new facility is a landmark moment for the two hospitals after years of planning and construction. 

Jim Barba, CEO of Albany Med, described how many people thought that “two great yet independent hospitals can do nothing but compete with each other.”

“Well,” Barba said, “Let them come to Exit 12 and see us now.”

Barba said there were multiple opportunities in the planning process for the facility to “come up short, but we didn’t let that happen.”

“I think this bodes well for future collaborations,” Barba added. 

Angelo Calbone, CEO of Saratoga Hospital, agreed with Barba and said he believed the strengths of each hospital are both complementary to one another. 

“This facility is well-equipped with the latest technology, radiology and imaging services and our expert staff,” Calbone said. “Patients will also encounter the same faces they’ve seen at Malta Medical Arts who will be here to continue giving great care, and emergency physicians from Albany Med will be onsite seven days a week.”

Malta Town Supervisor Paul Sausville also spoke at the ceremony, noting how the land the facility now stands on “could have been a gas station or even a strip mall, but we said ‘We ought to save this land for the right thing for the town and Saratoga County,’ and this was it.”

Though the facility is not technically an emergency room, Malta Med Emergent Care is the only center in the Capital Region to provide both 24/7 urgent care and treatment for more serious injuries by emergency medicine physicians from Albany Med.

The $17.5 million facility is a two-story, 60,000-square-foot building. The first floor will be for emergent care patients while the second floor will hold the medical offices for primary care and specialty physicians, who will begin moving in those offices in June. The facility officially opens June 3.

Malta Med Emergent Care is located at 6 Medical Park Drive, just west of Northway Exit 12 across from the Hyatt. 

“This facility is very unique—it’s not a strip mall health care facility,” Barba said. “This is first rate emergent care.”

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