Albany Med cuts ribbon on Niskayuna facility

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Albany Medical Center General Surgeon Lawrence Robinson shows the general surgery suite to Jill Hoffman and her 4-year-old daughter Samantha Hoffman, left, and her father David Gillenwalters while touring the new Albany Medical Center Urgent Care Center at 1769 Union Street in Niskayuna Friday, March 31, 2017.PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Albany Medical Center General Surgeon Lawrence Robinson shows the general surgery suite to Jill Hoffman and her 4-year-old daughter Samantha Hoffman, left, and her father David Gillenwalters while touring the new Albany Medical Center Urgent Care Center at 1769 Union Street in Niskayuna Friday, March 31, 2017.

Kristin Schultz
Daily Gazette

Upper Union Street officially has a new neighbor as Albany Medical Center hosted a ribbon cutting at its newest facility at 1769 Union St.

“We bring high quality care into neighborhoods,” said Dr. Fred Venditti, Albany Med’s general director and executive vice president for system care delivery. “This is a tremendous addition to the landscape. This part of Union Street used to be known as doctor’s row.”

The 37,821-square-foot, $8.5 million project is a unique addition to the Albany Med portfolio of medical buildings and offices as it encompasses not only an EmUrgentCare on the first floor, but also multiple speciality offices on the second floor and procedure rooms and a surgical room on the third.

The EmUrgentCare will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Among the examination rooms is a room especially designed for pediatric patients and their families. The room is larger than the others, boasts colorful artwork and contains two examination tables instead of one, for families who have more than one child who needs to be seen. The clinic will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The gastroenterology and community surgery group that used to practice out of offices at 2147 Eastern Pkwy. will occupy the second floor and start seeing patients on Monday. Also on the second level will be a multi-speciality clinic. In total, there are more than two dozen examination rooms among the practices.

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An open house was held at the new Albany Medical Center Urgent Care Center at 1642 Union Street in Niskayuna as tourists admire the new recovery room on the third floor, March 31, 2017. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette)

With a target opening date of early to mid June, the third floor will offer endoscopy services in one of four procedure rooms and basic, general outpatient surgery services such as hernia-repair with mesh procedures in its surgical suite.

Albany Med has entered into a long-term lease agreement with Leece Group, LLC which developed the property and will retain ownership.

“This has been the most rewarding project for our company and our family,” said Shane Mahar, chief operating officer for the Lecce Group. “We are Niskayuna residents and are glad to be involved in this and other revitalization efforts on Upper Union Street.”

The Lecce Group and John and Katrina Isopo have entered into an agreement to purchase and redevelop the now-shuttered City Squire at Union and Keyes.

As part of the medical building development, the Lecce Group also constructed a building at Union and Troy where doctors Kent Molino and Todd Vaccaro relocated their dental practice. The former dental office was one of the buildings demolished to make way for the new medical arts facility.

Project construction began in September 2016 and was completed using local design, engineering and construction firms, including C2 Design Architecture P.C., Woodward Connor Gillies and Seleman Architects, M.J. Engineering and Land Surveying P.C., Hyman Hayes Associates, LLC and Trinity Building and Construction Management Corp.