Saratoga and Glens Falls hospitals have begun formal discussions to identify a possible, yet undefined collaboration.
The hospitals already work together in some areas, including comprehensive cancer care and coverage for medical specialties.
The hospitals also say the exploration process will continue through the rest of the year and will involve administrators, physicians and community stakeholders from both hospitals.
Here's more from a Tuesday press release:
Saratoga Hospital, Glens Falls Hospital to Explore Possible Collaboration
May 13, 2014-- 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 formal 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.
About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider. The only acute-care facility in Saratoga County, the hospital has a medical staff of over 450 physicians and other credentialed providers, offering care in a broad range of medical specialties. In keeping with its emphasis on quality, Saratoga Hospital was the first in the Capital Region to earn Magnet Designation for nursing excellence. Hospital 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. For more information, go to www.saratogahospital.org.
About Glens Falls Hospital: 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. With 2600 employees, 535 physicians and other credentialed providers, and 27 regional health service locations, Glens Falls Hospital has the region’s longest-established employed physician group, including specializations in primary care, cardiology, endocrinology, hematology/oncology, internal medicine, nephrology, occupational medicine, otolaryngology, psychiatry, emergency and inpatient medicine, thoracic surgery, and wound healing. Patients are offered a wide range of inpatient surgical services, primary and specialty care, rehabilitative and diagnostic