Ground broken for primary center

From left, building architect, Fred Franko; with Hyman Hayes associates, vice president of population health and executive director of the Nathan Littauer Foundation, Geoffrey Peck, former president and CEO of Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home, Laurence E. Kelly, supervisor of Caroga, Scott Horton, Caroga Lake PCC coordinator, Betsy Oathout, and Caroga Town Clerk, Linda Gilbert, break ground for the new Caroga Lake Primary Care Center. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — Caroga is a town steeped in history. According to the town’s comprehensive plan, the roaring 20s marked an increase of commercial activity, complete with swelling summer populations. After the establishment of the Caroga campgrounds, many developments would take place, further increasing the population of the town.

In 1992, the town acquired the old Wheelerville School, which was originally constructed in 1856. Soon after, the town opened municipal offices, a courtroom, a public meeting space, with a medical clinic for the public. It wasn’t until late 2005, when Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home would lease a portion of the municipal building, would the area finally welcome their first primary care office.

Sept. 24 began Caroga Lake’s newest historic milestone, according to a news release.

Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home announced the construction of a new, modern primary care center. The new center is approximately 9,614-square-feet of space, and will be next to Caroga’s Town Hall, where the original primary care center was housed. A groundbreaking ceremony marked the expansion of primary care in Caroga with the building architect, Fred Franko; Hyman Hayes associates, former president and CEO of Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home, Laurence E. Kelly, vice president of population health and executive director of the Nathan Littauer Foundation, Geoffrey Peck, and the supervisor of Caroga, Scott Horton.

“It is exciting to work with Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home in our commitment to the community,” said Horton in a news release. “We appreciate Nathan Littauer Hospital and everything they have done for the area. This new Caroga Lake Primary Care Center is a boon, and it shows that the area of our town continues to grow. In turn, so is its need for great healthcare services.”

By LH Staff