CLIFTON PARK — Ellis Medicine wants to build a 40,000-square-foot multi-specialty surgical center next door to its Medical Center on Sitterly Road.
Ellis’ application with the state Department of Health indicates the facility would have two operating rooms on the first floor, room for two more to be constructed on the first floor in the future, and medical offices on the second floor.
The building would cost approximately $13.64 million and would take an estimated 11 months to construct. It would be a joint venture between Ellis and its physicians’ group, which would own 49 percent of the facility.
The expansion was always a potential part of the equation when Ellis built the urgent care facility — land was purchased at the time to accommodate it. The facility’s continued success as it reaches the fifth anniversary of its opening, and the continued growth of Saratoga County, make this a good time to expand, Ellis said.
In its request with the state Department of Health for a certificate of need, Ellis provides a few other details: It projects about 1,500 procedures will be performed in the facility during its first year of operation, and about 1,600 procedures would take place there in year three. The majority of those would be procedures that currently are being performed at Ellis Hospital.
In a prepared statement, Wendy Rosher, executive vice president of operations and strategic planning, said:
“The success of the Medical Center of Clifton Park, Ellis Medicine’s 24/7 emergent care facility, pointed the way for this expansion. The growing population of southern Saratoga County presents Ellis with a unique opportunity for expansion. This Clifton Park proposal complements our other operations in Schenectady County, given the patient mix, demand for these services and proximity to our three other main campuses — Ellis Hospital, the McClellan Street Health Center and Bellevue Woman’s Center.
“In addition, Ellis is looking to provide another convenient option for our patients when it comes to outpatient surgery. With ongoing surgical advances industrywide, a growing number of inpatient cases will be done on an outpatient basis.”