By Susan E. Campbell
Saratoga-Schenectady Endoscopy Center LLC has broken ground on a 35,000-square-foot structure that will more than double the existing capacity to perform endoscopy procedures, according to Deborah Hunt, RN, and administrator for the center.
The buildings at 846 and 848 Route 50 in Burnt Hills currently are used as offices for a number of independent gastroenterologists and their practices. One-half of the space also houses four operating rooms. Even though the physicians do procedures at Saratoga Hospital and Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, as well as the Endoscopy Center, the demand for these types of procedures has been mounting.
“We never thought we would outgrow the four-room facility,” said Hunt.
Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person’s digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, a doctor can view pictures of a patient’s digestive tract on a monitor.
“More important, we do a good job at performing high-quality, low-cost procedures,” said Hunt. “The insurance companies like us and so does the community.”
“There are many other facilities like ours,” Hunt said. “But our patients are coming from Albany and Fulton counties as well as Saratoga and Schenectady.”