FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 23, 2020
Saratoga Hospital Opens First Offices in Wilton Mall
Former Sears space now home to 100 support staff plus two clinical services
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., Nov. 23, 2020—Saratoga Hospital recently opened its first offices in Wilton Mall, relocating over 100 support staff from the hospital’s main campus on Church Street to free up space for inpatient and other acute care services.
Two clinical programs—surgical podiatry and the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine—also are now open in mall space previously occupied by Sears.
The moves come a year after Saratoga Hospital and Wilton Mall owner and operator Macerich announced an innovative arrangement to adapt 56,000 square feet of unoccupied mall space for hospital support and clinical use.
The arrangement reflects Saratoga Hospital’s strategic priority of reserving its Church Street campus for services that require a setting where patients have 24/7 access to intensive and emergency care, constant monitoring and a highly skilled, specialized medical team.
“We have more than 20 locations throughout the Saratoga region, but only one place—our hospital campus—is equipped with the technology and expertise to meet the needs of our most critically ill patients,” said Angelo Calbone, Saratoga Hospital president and CEO. “We owe it to our growing community to make the best use of every square foot of that campus by dedicating it to services that can’t be provided anywhere else.”
Saratoga Hospital provides comprehensive outpatient services at two other campuses: Saratoga Medical Park at Malta and the hospital’s Wilton campus, across the street from the Wilton Mall.
The proximity of the Wilton campus adds to the appeal of the mall location. Providers with Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Surgical Podiatry can perform outpatient surgery at Saratoga Surgery Center at Wilton and see patients for follow-up care across the street at Saratoga Hospital Medical Offices – Wilton Mall.
A smart solution for the hospital, mall and community
The arrangement to convert former retail space for a large-scale hospital workspace offers advantages for Saratoga Hospital, mall owners and the community that both organizations serve.
“Medical office use is a terrific complement to our property’s wide selection of retail options, bringing office tenants a range of amenities to enjoy while connecting our retailers with new shoppers,” said Mike Shaffer, senior manager, property management, at Macerich-owned Wilton Mall. “Transforming the former Sears box into this vibrant new use is part of our innovative approach to serving as a true town center for this community.”
For Saratoga Hospital, the mall is an ideal location for support staff and non-critical outpatient services. In addition to ample space, the location offers easy access to parking and mall amenities.
Already, the hospital is using more than 75% of its Wilton Mall space. Most is occupied by information technology and health information services staff previously located at the hospital campus. Nearly 5,000 square feet is home to the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine, which includes the hospital’s first hyperbaric oxygen chambers. A painless, noninvasive treatment, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be effective in treating nonhealing wounds.
The center is an excellent example of a program that can best serve the community at a central location, away from the main hospital campus.
“Residents of our town will benefit greatly from the hospital’s expanding specialty practices and increased proximity to their homes, making their choice to use Saratoga Hospital both smart and convenient,” John Lant, Town of Wilton supervisor.
“Saratoga Hospital has long been a vitally important partner for the Town of Wilton, providing our community with top-rated health services that range from simple to the most complex procedures,” he added. “I look forward to a deepening and lasting partnership between the hospital and the Town of Wilton.”
About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acute-care facility in Saratoga County. The hospital’s multispecialty practice, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, provides care at more than 20 locations, ensuring easy access to programs and services that can have the greatest impact on individual and community health. Saratoga Hospital has maintained Magnet designation for nursing excellence since 2004. The hospital is an affiliate of the Albany Med Health System, which also includes Albany Med, Columbia Memorial Health and Glens Falls Hospital. The region’s largest locally governed health system, it has 1,520 beds, more than 800 physicians and 125 outpatient locations. For more information: www.saratogahospital.org or www.facebook.com/SaratogaHospital.
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