FONDA — Tuesday was a day of celebration in the village as Nathan Littauer Hospital opened its newest $2.2 million primary care center on Route 5.
The new 5,100-square-foot facility began serving customers on Aug. 14. The building features six exam rooms, a treatment area, a lab with three blood-drawing stations, three practioneer offices, two nurses’ offices and a waiting area.
Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home president and chief executive officer, Laurence Kelly, said the hospital had looked for a number of years for an area that was in need of a health care center.
“Where is it that there is a community that needs healthcare that doesn’t have it? We identified Fonda and it took a while to find the right spot, but I think we found the perfect spot,” Kelly said.
Village Mayor Bill Peeler said the new facility is an important key to building and shaping the village’s future.
“Having healthcare in our community is not only going to be tremendous to our community members, but those that are traversing through our area and those visiting our area as well,” Peeler said.
The hospital is planning to reach out to the truck drivers that stop in the village of Fultonville to let them know there is a place they can go to get healthcare.
“We will have enough access for everyone that lives in this region, not just the village, but Fonda-Fultonville, the towns surrounding this area,” Kelly said. “This is a new venture for the village of Fonda, and we are proud to be a part of the revitalization of the village of Fonda.”
Kelly said businesses and families normally ask where healthcare is located when they are looking to move to an area. He said having this center located in the village can help the village build off of it to do great things.
The new facility will employ 14 new staff members.
Director of Design Frederick L. Franko of Hyman Hayes Architects of Albany said the goal of the facility was to have it fit in the aesthetics of the village. He said initially they looked at having a more modern-looking structure before decided to go in a different direction.
“We wanted something that was sensitive to the context of the area, specifically the brick buildings and burly, working-class buildings you see throughout the area,” Franko said.
Franko said he can remember when the site was a gas station. He said during construction, they even unearthed an old sign from the station.
Project architect Lisa Boyer of Hyman Hayes said the interior design was focused on an industrial look, but done in a modern way.
Boyer said the facility is capable of change as it is needed, including turning one room into an area capable of radiological imaging.
Fonda Village Historian Beverly Guiffre said she is excited to see the new facility opening in the village. She said it was especially nice for her, since she once worked as a nurses aide at the former Littauer Hospital in the city of Gloversville.
“This is fantastic. The elderly in the village will now be able to be closer to what their needs are, health-wise,” Guiffre said.
Guiffre said the site where the facility now stands was once the Hotel Montgomery. She said there likely hasn’t been a healthcare provider in the village since the 1960s, around the time home visits from doctors stopped.
Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort said he thinks this new facility will add to the strengths of the Fonda-Fultonville area.
“It is nice to see everyone working together,” he said.
Nurse practioner Anne Payette said this new location will make it easier for the local community to visit the healthcare center. She said it is especially important for seniors who may not be driving anymore to have a place close by to get their healthcare needs met.
“The flow of patients is nice. The patients are really happy,” Payette said of the new facility.
Kerry Minor can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.