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January 11, 2014

North Country Family Health to expand

CHAMPLAIN — North Country Family Health plans to construct a new facility in an effort to better serve the Northern Tier.

Hudson Headwaters Health Network has purchased 5.8 acres of vacant land in the Town of Champlain, where it intends to build a new home for the medical offices, currently located at 481 State Route 11.

Formerly North Country Medical Group, the primary-care practice of Dr. Maurice Racine became Family Health in 2012, when it was purchased by the nonprofit Hudson Headwaters through a federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. 

It was converted into a community clinic.

OUTGROWN

The new facility, intended to facilitate the expansion of Racine’s growing practice, will be located on the north side of Route 11, just east of Price Chopper.

Family Health serves the communities of Champlain, Chazy, Mooers, Rouses Point and the surrounding areas by providing family, preventive, internal, sports and pediatrics and adolescent medicine; women’s health care; minor surgeries; lab tests; and social work.

However, according to Racine, it has become difficult to squeeze patients into the clinic’s current home, which was built in 1962.

“We’ve pretty much outgrown the building,” he told the Press-Republican.

MORE SPACE NEEDED

“A top priority for Hudson Headwaters is to build a big, beautiful health center for our patients in the Champlain area,” the network’s CEO, Dr. John Rugge, said in a media release.

“The existing health center is logging 1,000 patient visits every month.

“We need more space and a more modern building to better serve the area.”

The new center will be a great asset to the northern part of Clinton County, Racine noted, as it will provide under-served populations, such as the elderly and Medicare and Medicaid patients, with greater access to health care.

“It’s going to offer a higher level of care for most of the patients up here,” he said.

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