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Westmount site may evolve into senior care campus

Bidders reveal privatization plans

In response to Warren County’s initiative to sell or privatize its Westmount Nursing Home, three bidders recently gave public presentations on their proposals to buy it. One of the three calls for creating a campus of senior health care facilities on the 28-acre plot surrounding Westmount.

In response to Warren County’s initiative to sell or privatize its Westmount Nursing Home, three bidders recently gave public presentations on their proposals to buy it. One of the three calls for creating a campus of senior health care facilities on the 28-acre plot surrounding Westmount. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Three proposals were aired rcently for the purchase and operation of Warren County’s Westmount Health Facility, and one of them, from a locally-based health care provider, calls for developing a campus of health facilities serving seniors at the current Westmount site just off Northway Exit 20.

Fort Hudson Health System, in their $2.2 bid for Westmount, proposed to add a assisted living program and residences, senior housing with services, and an adult day care center at the 30-acre Westmount site.

Fort Hudson would seek to build an assisted-living facility, senior housing and offer adult day care on the 30-acre parcel that the county is looking to sell along with Westmount.

Fort Hudson CEO Andrew Cruikshank said that his corporate group has already experienced success in Fort Edward at providing the various specialized needs of seniors in Fort Edward, and were ready to do so likewise in Warren County.

“It’s about demonstrating what already has been done and what can be done in this community, with an emphasis on diversification and integration,” he said, adding that Fort Hudson already is serving a substantial number of seniors from Warren County. He noted that there was no room on their Fort Edward campus to accomplish all they wanted to in providing services.

He also said that Fort Hudson was already well-established in the region, and a large share of their 426 employees were Warren County residents.

He said the Westmount site offered the opportunity to provide a wide range of care: from dialysis services to obesity abatement programs, intensive wound care, behavioral disturbance care, and post-hospital care and elderly social day care programs.

“We see Westmount as being ideally located,” he said. “There’s far more that this community needs.”

He said that Fort Hudson would be the best choice to take over Westmount, as it already had an established, collaborative working relationship with Glens Falls Hospital, Hudson Headwaters Health Network, and the local banks.

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