VALATIE — A new OB-GYN facility has opened at St. Peter’s Internal Medicine in Valatie.
The new office, located at 1301 River St., Suite 202, in Valatie, is now accepting new patients.
“St. Peter’s decided that they would to try to fill the vacuum that was missing in Columbia County,” said Jeffrey Hunt, president and CEO of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. “We’re happy to have that facility for women to be able to utilize in Columbia County and not have to travel all the way up to Albany.”
St. Peter’s Health Partners has offices in Slingerlands and Albany. Sue Koller, a nurse practitioner at the new facility, said they had noticed a number of patients who previously had to travel to Albany or Slingerlands for OB-GYN treatment.
“I’m so grateful to share that we’ve had a really wonderful reaction from the patients who we’ve seen thus far,” Koller said. “The accessibility of it, the closer commute, because some people were traveling an hour or hour-and-a-half to the Slingerlands office. It’s a nice, small office. They can really feel that intimate setting and that one-on-one attention that usually you don’t see in a larger office setting.”
With the COVID spread, many people do not want to have to travel out of their communities, so the timing of the opening worked out well, Koller said.
St. Peter’s OB-GYN Valatie site is a satellite office of St. Peter’s OB-GYN Slingerlands. Koller said that they are able to provide care for high- and low-risk pregnancies, gynecological exams, blood work, ultrasounds and a host of other services for women.
St. Peter’s had been working on the project since late 2019, according to Courtney Weisberg, the public relations and digital communications specialist at St. Peter’s Health Partners.
St. Peter’s held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the OB-GYN office Sept. 4.
The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 518-938-1980.
Earlier this summer, St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates announced the opening of St. Peter’s Internal Medicine in Valatie. The practice was formerly known as Chatham Internal Medicine.
“It always takes a little time to create a patient load. Some women just need to be seen yearly, and we certainly have new patient availability or problem visit availability. Really, I would assume that we would be able to accommodate every woman in the area,” Koller said.