WARRENSBURG - Computerization and consolidation of medical billing operations at Hudson Headwater Health Network means that soon several such administrative jobs are moving from Warrensburg to Queensbury, HHHN founder Dr. John Rugge said Monday.
For 15 years, HHHN's administrative building on Stewart Farrar Ave. in Warrensburg has hosted the medical billing operations for the chain's 12 health centers in the Adirondack region.
But recent upgrades to computerization and streamlining of medical reimbursement have cut the jobs to about 8 or 12, and these positions are to be moved by April to Queensbury, Rugge said.
Some of the billing functions, however, will be undertaken locally by the staff at the main downtown building of HHHN's Warrensburg Health Center, he said.
"There will be almost no net loss in jobs," Rugge said, adding that HHHN employees have been offered positions at the new sites. "We remain committed to Warrensburg as our referral hub for all our northern health centers. "
Hudson Headwaters is now seeking to sell its billing office property on Stewart Farrar Ave. to Stewart's Shoppes as the site of a new convenience store, and this sale is contingent on a zoning change.
Whether or not the sale is consummated, the billing work will move - most of it to the organization's relatively new administrative headquarters on Carey Rd. in Queensbury, Rugge said.
Revenue from the pending sale of the Stewart Farrar property, Rugge said, would likely allow HHHN to build an expansion on their main Warrensburg Health Center building and add new jobs. Under this plan, HHHN's Women's Care, Pediatrics and Behavioral Health services would be relocated or expanded in the main building with an addition constructed in the rear, he said.
Warrensburg Health Center remains a hub of HHHN, Rugge said, because of its extended hours, x-ray, mammography, and ultrasound technology, women's health care, pediatrics, urgent care, dentistry, pharmacy, and behavioral health services.
"We're looking toward continuing to grow and meet increasing medical needs, and this is a way of building more care in Warrensburg for people all over the North County," Rugge said.