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August 22, 2013

New Health Center opens

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake Health Center celebrated its official opening Wednesday.

New services are in place here to help give people better access to health care.

Cyndee MGuire, chief operating officer of parent company Adirondack Health, cut the official ribbon.

She said the new facility is a focal point for change in the health-care industry, naming initiatives that support patient-based efficiency.

Among them is centralized scheduling at Adirondack Health that allows patients to call one phone number for appointments and followup visits, either with doctors, at the new Health Center or at any of the other three consortium health centers.

“We also have opened more slots every day for followup care after hospitalization,” McGuire said.

“The goal is for patients to have appointments the next day.”

AFTER-HOURS ADVICE

The new Saranac Lake Health Center also has an after-hours line, a phone number that people can call with health questions to triage concerns with an on-call staff member.

That call can save people time and money, McGuire explained, by helping determine if a visit to an emergency room is needed.

“These are all changes for the better,” McGuire said, “with an increased focus on access to primary care. That is why it made sense to us to open a health-care center in Saranac Lake.”

LINKED IN

The new facility is located on Old Lake Colby Road, behind Adirondack Medical Center. All patient records are connected to surgical and medical offices with a shared computerized system.

Saranac Lake Health Center occupies the second floor above the Wound Care and Bariatric Center.

Other community-based health-care centers run by Adirondack Health, are located in Tupper Lake, Lake Placid and Keene.

There are five primary-care providers, and each is accepting new patients, according to Dona Kilgore, a physician’s assistant at the Saranac Lake Health Center.

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