Two new primary care medical facilities are opening in Ballston Spa and Milton, targeting southwest Saratoga County’s growing population.
Saratoga Hospital just opened a new clinic in Milton, while Ellis Medicine on Monday announced plans to establish a clinic in rented space at the Ballston Spa National Bank headquarters building on Route 67 in Ballston.
Ellis Primary Care-Ballston Spa is expected to open there in mid-May, bringing service to a growing area at a time when the Affordable Care Act is expected to bring previously uninsured people into the health care system.
“It is a growing area, and there is not just on the local level but nationally a shortage of primary care, so we’re happy to help serve that need,” said Dr. Dean Limeri, Ellis Medicine’s medical director for primary care.
The clinic will be staffed by Dr. Karissa Scarabino, who is certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine.
Ellis Medicine last year opened an urgent care center in Clifton Park, but hasn’t previously had any facilities in the Ballston Spa area. Ellis Medicine has about a half-dozen off-site primary care clinics elsewhere, including one in Malta.
Limeri said people from Saratoga Springs and south of there use Ellis Medicine’s specialized facilities in Schenectady and elsewhere, and the clinic will be a way of reaching those patients with primary care.
Ballston Spa National Bank had been seeking a tenant for available space in the building since it opened its new headquarters in 2011.
“The regional economy continues to thrive and we believe the addition of this new medical practice will benefit the entire community,” said Christopher R. Dowd, bank president and CEO.
Three miles north of Ballston Spa, meanwhile, the Milton Health Center will offer family primary care, physical therapy and a lab draw station, Saratoga Hospital officials said. The medical team will be led by Dr. Shehzad Ali, an internal medicine specialist who has worked for the last five years at Bassett Health System.
Saratoga Hospital last year opened an urgent care center in Malta, but the Milton facility puts it in a growing suburban community immediately west of Saratoga Springs. The newly built building is being leased from Boghosian Brothers.
“Milton Health Center is the latest example of our commitment to make primary care and other essential health care services available throughout Saratoga County, as close to people’s homes as possible,” said Saratoga Hospital President Angelo Calbone. “Today, for the first time, residents of Milton can see a primary care provider, have routine blood work or receive physical therapy in their hometown.”
The health center is open 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. Appointments are required and may be made by calling 886-5600.