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Officials say new Wbg. Health Center to boost area residents’ health - and the local economy

Talking about how the new Warrensburg Health Center — now under construction — will have a substantial impact on the area’s economy as well as local residents’ health care, are (left to right): U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, Hudson Headwaters health Network Board of Directors Chairman Joe Kelly, HHHN founder and CEO Dr. John Rugge, Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, and state Assemblyman Dan Stec. The discussion occurred Aug. 12, following a tour of the facility, which is expected to be ready for patients in February 2015.

Talking about how the new Warrensburg Health Center — now under construction — will have a substantial impact on the area’s economy as well as local residents’ health care, are (left to right): U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, Hudson Headwaters health Network Board of Directors Chairman Joe Kelly, HHHN founder and CEO Dr. John Rugge, Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, and state Assemblyman Dan Stec. The discussion occurred Aug. 12, following a tour of the facility, which is expected to be ready for patients in February 2015. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The $9.5 million Warrensburg Health Center now under construction on Main St. will provide an unprecedented boost to both health care and vital economic development in the southern Adirondacks, U.S. Rep. Bill Owens said Aug. 12 during a tour of the facility.

Owens was in Warrensburg to not only see the construction progress, but to receive an award from a national health care organization for his advocacy work on behalf of health centers nationally.

Presenting the award to Owens on behalf of the National Association of Community Health Centers was Dr. John Rugge, founder and CEO of Hudson Headwaters Health Network, the parent firm of 16 health centers in region including the Warrensburg facility.

During Tuesday’s tour of the Warrensburg Health Center, Rugge talked of how the facility — double the size of the existing center — is expected to accommodate various additional specialty health services. This is to be accomplished through an expanded partnership with Glens Falls Hospital and area practitioners. The new specialized services include cancer care, asthma care and cardiac care. Services to be expanded include ear, nose and throat health; urology and neurology; as well as obstetrical and gynecological services. He said that the facility will be equipped and staffed to provide primary care for 8,000 people in Warrensburg, Thurman and portions of adjacent communities, and a total of 25,000 people in surrounding communities as well as Warrensburg.

Rugge said the new health center should be open in February, and that the move of equipment and furnishings from the present health center will be accomplished in two days with no interruption of services to patients.

Former Warrensburg resident Dave Moynehan, a long-time business owner and community activist, was among those taking the tour. Moynehan serves on the Warrensburg Health Center Advisory Board, and he’s been a member of the Warren County Economic Development Corp.’s board of directors for 12 years.

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