continued Rugge added that the new center would boost efficiency as well as enhance the patient experience and allow additional services to be offered.
“With the changes in how we deliver care, we are seeing that the current health center is increasingly hard pressed to keep up with the needs of the community,” Rugge said. “It’s also bursting at the seams.”
“This project is huge for Warrensburg,” Warrensburg Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said in a prepared statement. “In addition to enhancing excellent health care services, the new health center will be a prominent addition to Main Street. It’s a real positive development for our community.”
Hudson Headwaters board member Jean Cronin said the northern HHHN facilities routinely refer many patients to the Warrensburg health center, traditionally the core facility for the chain of 14 health centers in the southern Adirondacks.
“It’s gratifying to see how deeply Hudson Headwaters is committed to Warrensburg,” Cronin said in a press release. “Now we can count on the new health center continuing Hudson Headwaters’ 36-year presence in our community for the next 40 or 50 years.”
Rugge praised Senator Schumer for supporting the grant application every step of the way. Hudson Headwaters was one of the few health centers in New York to receive construction funds from the federal Health and Human Services agency.George Purdue, HHHN Chief Administrative Officer, outlined steps that lie ahead for HHHN in turning the new health center into a reality.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” he said in a press release. “We will now continue to sit down with the Town of Warrensburg to meet planning, design review and other requirements.”
Purdue said that the site plan, conceptual design and budget submitted to the federal government need to be refined.
Purdue said that Hudson Headwaters expects to break ground as early as next spring. “We are looking to raise more than a million dollars to complete the project,” he said.
The new facility will be built in front of the existing health center, a structure that was originally an A&P grocery store before it was converted in 1976. Once construction is complete, the old facility — which underwent several renovations and expansions — will be torn down and the space redeveloped into a municipal parking lot for both the health center and downtown businesses.