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The zoning board will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Jan. 15 on how big the signs can be for WellNow, a new emergent-care facility set to open in McKownville. 

If each of us commits to giving just a bit of our time and talents, the community as a whole will benefit.

“The aging population is increasing,” says Joel Edwards, a founder of Community Caregivers. “There is a socio-economic stress of, often, both adults working. And our families aren’t near. We need volunteers. We always need more volunteers.”

Seeing nearly 200 patients in its first month of operation, the Hilltowns’ sole medical provider, Hilltown Healthcare, is off to a running start.

An important need — health care in the rural Helderberg Hilltowns — was filled because it was clearly defined. A brave woman, backed by her family, stepped forward to take a risk because she cared about the people she had treated. A community, led by a modest man with great energy and dedication, rallied others to the cause in an organized and positive way. So now the old doctor’s office in Berne has opened as a new medical practice.

Jill Martin

One-hundred-and-fifty-seven days after Community Care Physicians shut down its Helderberg Trail practice and left Berne without a local provider, a new medical practice will open its doors to the public. 

Promenade Senior Living

The county and state departments of health are both investigating after a resident has fallen ill. 

Jonathan Halpert said his urgent-care center in Guilderland has served as a stopgap in recent months for Hilltowns health after the only doctor’s office in Berne closed.

Martin hopes to have her medical practice open by December, and is also working to have the surrounding area designated as medically underserved.

“A lot of these people have no family left — except for us,” says Jill Martin, speaking about homebound Hilltown patients. Martin is a nurse practitioner who hopes to open her own practice in the fall after her current employer, CapitalCare Family Practice Berne, shuts its doors at the end of this month.

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