Hudson Headwaters Health Network has received $2,977,003 from New York State to help replace its health center in Champlain, New York. The state grant is part of more than $18 million awarded to capital projects that will help create communitybased, highquality and costeffective health care programs in Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties.
“These funds will help Hudson Headwaters expand essential health care services to people living in the towns of Champlain, Altona, Chazy, West Chazy, Moers and the Village of Rouses Point,” said John Rugge, MD, CEO. These Northern Clinton County communities are home to more than 17,000 residents.
The existing facility, North Country Family Health, is the only local primary care office. Last year, people sought medical care at North Country Family Health with nearly 17,500 visits 30% higher than the previous year. “We expect these numbers to continue to rise over the next few years,” Rugge said. The new health center will have 24 primary care exam rooms, three behavioral health counseling rooms, a procedure room and additional space for specialty care services. “Our goal is to expand access to health care to better serve the area,” Rugge said.
To that end, Hudson Headwaters is working with the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN), which includes CVPH, to bring additional services to the new health center.
The new 25,916 squarefoot health center will be located on Route 11, just east of the Northway. Construction is expected to begin this spring and cost about $9 million to build and outfit.
In addition to the state funds, Hudson Headwaters previously secured $1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, $250,000 from the Northern Border Regional Commission, $100,000 from Stewart’s Shops and $20,000 from the New York State Health Foundation.