Regulatory approval provided for collaboration between local ophthalmologists and Glens Falls Hospital
(GLENS FALLS)—The New York State Department of Health recently approved plans for the development of an eye surgery center in Wilton, a joint venture between local ophthalmologists, North Country Eye Center (NCEC) Holdings, LLC, and Glens Falls Hospital. Drs. Amjad Hammad, David Westfall, Mark Hite and Steven Solomon, board-certified ophthalmologists with practices in both Glens Falls and Saratoga, are collaborating as partners in the development of the new center which is expected to open in 2013. The center will be constructed on property owned by Glens Falls Hospital on North Road, adjacent to the Glens Falls Hospital Medical Center at Wilton off exit 16 of the Adirondack Northway. “This facility will develop into a center for excellence in eye surgery with special emphasis on the latest technology and techniques in cataract and retinal surgery,” said Amjad Hammad, MD., MBA., North Country Eye Center CEO. He notes that 70 percent of eye surgeries in the United States are currently performed in free standing surgical centers. “New York State has lagged behind other states in this field and we are excited to work with Glens Falls Hospital in developing and providing our patients with higher quality and more cost effective choices,” adds Dr. Hammad. “We are confident this will be a meaningful and enduring partnership that will improve vision care throughout the region,” said David Kruczlnicki, President and CEO at Glens Falls Hospital. “It will advance patient connectivity within our health system and increase the Hospital’s operating room capacity for other surgical procedures.” Glens Falls Hospital, founded in 1897, is a 410-bed, not-for-profit, community hospital serving a six-county region of Northeastern New York. With 3,000 employees, it is the largest healthcare provider between Albany and Montreal, offering inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, coronary, and cancer care; medicine/surgery; obstetrics; physical and occupational rehabilitation, and community services through the hospital and its 29 regional locations.