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Moriah forced to borrow for health center

PORT HENRY The town of Moriah is borrowing $150,000 for the construction of a new health center in Mineville, but taxpayers shouldnt be concerned. The bonds are simply to allow the project to move forward, Supervisor Tom Scozzafava explained at the Oct. 9 town board meeting. The project is financed by grants, but some of the grants wont be able until after the work is complete. This still wont cost taxpayers any money, Scozzafava said. Work is now under way on a new $1.2 million health center. The new health center should be open for business by the end of the year, Scozzafava said. In the past four years Moriah officials worked to arrange a partnership with Hudson Headwater Health Network and to find funding for the new building. The cost of the new health center will be covered entirely by grants. Rep. John McHugh secured a $389,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration in December in addition to the $799,000 McHugh previously secured for the project. The new health center, to be located in the Moriah Industrial Park on Plank Road, will be owned by the town and operated by Hudson Headwaters Health Network. Hudson Headwaters Health Network is a group of community health centers providing care to the residents in 11 North Country towns, including Schroon Lake and Ticonderoga. Hudson Headwaters took over the Moriah Health Center, formerly the Mineville Health Center, Jan. 1, 2005. The health center is now in the Moriah Community Building, the former Republic Steel building in Mineville. Originally, plans for a new health center called for a 5,000 square feet facility with nine exam rooms; now plans call for 4,000 square feet building with six exam rooms. Hudson Headwaters officials have said they plan to expand services in Moriah once a new facility is in place. Services at other Hudson Headwaters facilities include routine, urgent and walk-in care; specialty and ancillary services at its larger centers; on-site care in nursing homes, hospitals and home settings; 24-hour call and inpatient hospital coverage 365 days a year; and a range of programs in health screening, tracking, education and prevention.

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