Columbia Memorial Health has signed an agreement for a purchase option on four acres of land in Greene County, with plans for a new medical plaza.
The site, on the west side of the New York State Thruway, is part of a 60-acre parcel owned by the Greene County Industrial Development Agency. The land is currently vacant.
While plans are still in the preliminary stages, Columbia Memorial Health plans to open CMH Medical Plaza West, where specialty medical services not currently available in the county would be provided.
The goal is to expand services — likely specialty outpatient services — and draw on the hospital’s affiliation with Albany Medical Center, hospital officials said.
“CMH’s affiliation with Albany Med has positioned us to envision providing specialty care services currently not available in Greene County, providing local residents with convenient access to even more care,” said Jay P. Cahalan, president and CEO of Columbia Memorial Health.
A specific list of services has not been finalized, Columbia Memorial Health spokesman Bill Van Slyke said.
The new plaza would not replace the Greene Medical Arts Center, also owned by CMH, which is in Jefferson Heights. That facility would remain unchanged.
Greene County has not had a hospital since Greene County Memorial Hospital closed in the early 1990s. The building where the hospital once stood is where Greene Medical Arts Center is now housed.
The proposed CMH Medical Plaza West, would add to services now provided at Greene Medical Arts, as well as other CMH-owned facilities throughout Greene County, including CMH primary care clinics in Windham, Cairo and Coxsackie.
“While it is still early in the process, we are envisioning with this new site to add to those services,” Van Slyke said. “We are finalizing services that would be likely for the location, but that will take some months to complete.”
CMH is working on plans for the site, and specifics, such as the size or design of the building, as well as services that would be offered, have not been finalized. More details may become available later this year, officials said.
“Over the last decade, CMH has invested heavily in Greene County services and locations,” said Cahalan, a long-time resident of Greene County. “Thanks to the good work and vision of the Greene County IDA, and strong support for CMH initiatives by business leaders and local government, this project will add additional health care resources, and further expand health care service offerings in Greene County.”
Eric Hoglund, chairman of the Greene County IDA, said a medical plaza would be a good addition to the county and the services available to its residents.
“The availability of medical services is a key factor in attracting new business to the county,” Hoglund said. “In our experience, corporate site selectors are strongly interested in investing in communities where their employees will have access to quality housing, recreation and medical care, and we are pleased to help CMH with their vision for the medical plaza.”
The site, located on the west side of the Thruway, is opposite another vacant IDA-owned site, dubbed the Exit 21 East Site — where the former Quality Inn once stood before being razed last year, and where the IDA is hoping to attract a hotel developer.