Saratoga and Glens Falls hospitals have begun discussions to identify possible opportunities for alignment and collaboration that could benefit the patients and communities served by both organizations.
In separate recent meetings, the Saratoga Hospital Board of Trustees and Glens Falls Hospital Board of Governors agreed to begin a process to explore opportunities to collaborate. The hospitals already work together in select areas, including comprehensive cancer care and coverage for medical specialties.
“In today’s healthcare environment, hospitals must continually find better, smarter approaches to serve our patients and our communities,” said Angelo Calbone, Saratoga Hospital president and CEO. “Strategic partnerships could prove the most effective way to align our strengths and make sure our communities continue to benefit from the latest advances in care.”
“This study will help us determine if there are mutual benefits that could strengthen each of our organizations and the communities we serve,” said Dianne Shugrue, Glens Falls Hospital president and CEO. “After a difficult 2013, we have emerged with a strong, stable and profitable operating plan for 2014, and can now focus on identifying potential synergies that both of our organizations may be able to take advantage of.”
The exploration process will continue through 2014 and will involve administrators, physicians and community stakeholders from both hospitals, officials said.
Saratoga Hospital has a medical staff of over 450 physicians and other credentialed providers, offering care in a broad range of medical specialties. Its facilities include Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Hospital Nursing Home, Wilton Medical Arts, Saratoga Surgery Center, Saratoga Community Health Center and the Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center. The hospital’s physician practice, Saratoga Regional Medical Group, includes primary care physicians and specialists in cardiology, endocrinology, hematology oncology, internal medicine, nephrology, occupational medicine, pain management, psychiatry, pulmonary medicine, surgery and urology.
Glens Falls Hospital is a comprehensive integrated system of primary care, specialty care and hospital services, serving a six-county region of the southern Adirondacks. It is comprised of 2,600 employees, 535 physicians and other credentialed providers, and 27 regional health service locations and includes specializations in primary care, cardiology, endocrinology, hematology/oncology, internal medicine, nephrology, occupational medicine, otolaryngology, psychiatry, emergency and inpatient medicine, thoracic surgery, and wound healing.