By Jill Nagy
Capital Cardiology Associates opened an office at 34 Congress Street in Saratoga Springs last fall, with a formal ribbon-cutting in December. This is the practice’s sixth office in the Capital Region.
The Saratoga office is a temporary location. In the fall of 2025, they expect to move into a new multi-speciality practice in a new building near the Wilton Mall. The Wilton location will also include a cardiac urgent care walk-in office, a “hallmark of Capital Cardiology,” according to Dr. Lance Sullenberger, the chief operating officer and a 15-year veteran of the practice.
Dr. Nicholas Kondo, a long-time Saratoga cardiologist, is at the new Saratoga office for three-and-a-half days a week. Other physicians from other offices will rotate in as needed. In Dr. Kondo’s absence, a nurse practitioner, nurses, and other medical personnel will be available. Some of the staff members have transferred to Saratoga from other offices; others are new hires. The office is equipped for diagnostic imaging. Dr. Kondo is currently accepting new patients, according to the organization.
Dr. Kondo practiced in Saratoga with another medical group for more than 20 years, Dr. Sullenberger said. When he left that practice in 2021, a contractual non-competition clause prevented him from practicing in Saratoga for a year, so he was in Capital Cardiology’s Clifton Park office for a year before returning to his home turf.
Capital Cardiology has its main other offices in Albany, Troy, and Clifton Park. An office in Cairo is manned by doctors rotating in from other offices and there is one doctor in an Oneonta office. A seventh office is scheduled to open in Niskayuna later this year.
Both the Albany and Clifton Park locations include urgent care walk-in centers. The one in Albany has been in operation for about eight years, Dr. Sullenberger estimated; the Clifton Park office has had such a center since it opened last May. He termed the urgent care facilities “one of the unique things” about Capital Cardiology. Typically, they are staffed with critical care nurses and equipped with medical imaging and other diagnostic equipment. As an alternative to a hospital emergency room, he noted, the urgent care centers specialize in evaluating possible cardiac problems and can require less waiting time than an emergency room.
Saratoga patients needing hospitalization are presently treated at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. Talks are in progress with Saratoga Hospital for those patients to be treated there, Dr. Sullenberger said.
According to their publicity, Capital Cardiology Associates recently received recognition as a 2023 Top Workplace and also received a Bestie Award for best medical specialist.
The new office is located at 34 Congress Street, Suite 103. The telephone number is 518 292-6000. Their website is www.capitalcardiology.com.