Glens Falls Hospital announced that Dr. Benjamin Katz of Saratoga Springs was named vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer.
The hospital also announced that Patti Hammond of Ray Brook was named vice president of physician practice management.
Katz succeeded retiring CMO Dr. Robert Pringle effective July 3. Katz was previously the associate CMO. Pringle will remain at the hospital as an internal physician consultant through Dec. 1.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have Ben on our team and have witnessed his outstanding dedication and passion for his work. His vision and commitment to high quality patient-centered care will be a tremendous asset to Glens Falls Hospital as we continue to grow and expand our services,” said Dianne Shugrue, president and CEO of Glens Falls Hospital.
In addition to his role as associate chief medical officer, Katz also served as associate medical director of the Emergency Department at the hospital.
Previously, he worked in the Emergency Department at Albany Medical Center as associate residency director and director of quality assurance.
He is an avid community volunteer and has served as the medical director for area ambulance and fire departments and currently serves on the ski patrol for Gore Mountain. He is also a trustee for the Saratoga Independent School.
“I am extremely proud to have been chosen to join the leadership team at Glens Falls Hospital. It’s an exciting and challenging time to be working in health care and I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues to meet those challenges as we continue to deliver the highest quality care in the region,” said Katz.
Katz attended Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., where he received a B.A. in philosophy in 2000. He is a 2004 graduate of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia where he earned his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Albany Medical Center in 2007.
A health care executive with 25 years of leadership experience, Hammond has credentials that will play a critical role in furthering the mission and vision of the hospital, officials said.
“Patti’s leadership experience is impressive but so, too, is the commitment she has shown to the health and wellbeing of the Greater Capital Region. Her pioneering spirit and dedication to quality care are a tremendous addition to our senior leadership team,” said Shugrue.
Hammond’s experience includes leadership roles at Ellis Medicine (vice president, physician services/CEO, Ellis Medical Group) and Bellevue Woman’s Hospital (chief operating officer/executive vice president). She was integral in consolidating Bellevue and St. Clare’s Hospital into Ellis while maintaining the successful operation of 25 physician practices located throughout four counties.
Most recently, Hammond has served as the chief operating officer for Adirondack Health in Saranac Lake.
“I am delighted to join Glens Falls Hospital as vice president of physician practice management. This is a truly dynamic organization serving five counties and covering more 6,000 square miles,” said Hammond.
Hammond received a BS in nursing from Keuka College in Keuka Park in 1982. She continued her studies in Albany, where she earned an M.S. in health administration from Russell Sage College (1991) and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from Sage Graduate School (1999). She is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the board of directors for the New York State Association for Rural Health.