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Ellis to close surgery center at McClellan St. location

Emily Burkhard
Updated: December 23, 2019 12:20 PM
Created: December 23, 2019 11:34 AM

SCHENECTADY - Ellis Medicine plans to close the surgery center at the McClellan Street Health Center.

An Ellis Medicine spokesperson said beginning next year outpatient surgeries will be performed at their location on Nott Street and at Bellevue Hospital.

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Some employees, who also worked there when it was St. Clare's, said they feel like they're in limbo.

NewsChannel 13 spoke with one employee who worked at St. Clare's for almost three decades and has been at Ellis since the hospitals merged. They said they knew the surgery center would close, but they didn't think it would happen for another few years.

They said this change will effect nurses, technicians and housekeeping staff in both operating and recovery positions within the surgery center.

An Ellis Medicine spokesperson the staff from the surgery center at McClellan St. will be needed at Nott St. and Bellevue.

But the employee that spoke with NewsChannel 13 said they haven’t gotten much enough information about those jobs, so they don’t feel like they can make an informed decision about whether or not they want to stay at Ellis.

A spokesperson for Ellis sent NewsChannel 13 this comment:

"Ellis Medicine is developing plans to consolidate day surgery procedures at Ellis Hospital and Bellevue Woman’s Center and discontinue that service at our McClellan Street Health Center. The surgical suites at Ellis Hospital and Bellevue have the capacity to accommodate all day surgery procedures from across the Ellis Medicine system. Our plan also includes new investments to enhance the patient experience at both Ellis Hospital and Bellevue Woman’s Center. We believe the decision to consolidate is the best decision for patients and the long-term future of our organization. Ellis is planning to phase in the consolidation over the first half of 2020."

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 13 for updates on this story.


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