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DOH Passes on New ER in Southern Saratoga County

From today's Albany Times-Union:

The state Health Department has told three hospitals that want to establish emergency rooms in southern Saratoga County that it currently doesn't see a need for those services.

Ellis Medicine and Seton Health both proposed putting emergency rooms in the Clifton Park/Halfmoon area, while Saratoga Hospital proposed a facility farther north, in Malta.

"Based on our analysis, we didn't see a community need," Health Department spokesman Jeffrey Hammond said Thursday. "We haven't denied their application or taken any formal action," he added.

The article also discusses the reaction on TimesUnion blogs, which was mostly critical of the state's position.

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