ALBANY — Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson will be part of Albany Medical Middle underneath the brand new Albany Med Well being System, Medical Middle President and CEO Dr. Dennis McKenna introduced at a press convention Monday.
The partnership will even embody Saratoga Hospital, Glens Falls Hospital and the System’s Visiting Nurses, offering an intensive regional well being care community from the mid-Hudson Valley to the North Nation.
The 4 hospitals and the Visiting Nurses will share a standard visible identification anchored by the Albany Med Well being System identify. The model will even convey the collaborative extension of grownup and pediatric specialties from the hospitals to the community-based areas and to the house.
“Our persons are the spine of our model,” mentioned McKenna, who will function president and CEO of Albany Med Well being System. “We’re one group, 16,000 professionals robust, standing able to take care of the three million individuals of our area.”
The System consists of 1,520 beds, almost 100 specialties, 800 physicians and 125 areas together with the area’s solely youngsters’s hospital, the Visiting Nurses, Albany Medical Faculty and a biomedical analysis enterprise.
“Columbia Memorial Well being is happy with the progress made in constructing our system,” CMH President and CEO Jay P. Cahalan mentioned. “Connecting our companies and clinicians means higher care coordination for our sufferers.”
A public consciousness marketing campaign with the tagline “With You for All the things” launched on the press convention is emblematic of the moments when life and medication intersect, McKenna mentioned. Hospital names will stay the identical and outside signage exhibiting the changeover to the System will start in 2023.
System hospitals will reinforce their connection via a unified digital medical report. The introduction of Epic, which might be used throughout the System, permits for a affected person’s complete well being story, with safety and accuracy, to be accessible to any clinician they see inside the System.
“A typical, built-in digital medical report will play a key function in fulfilling the promise of the Albany Med Well being System — elevated collaboration, extra well timed diagnoses and enhanced, coordinated care,” Saratoga Hospital President and CEO Jill Johnson VanKuren mentioned.
Formation of Albany Med Well being System comes as well being care suppliers domestically and nationwide work extra carefully collectively to face mounting monetary and staffing pressures.
“The ‘Nice Resignation’ spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic led to report numbers of nurses and different workers leaving the well being care trade, forcing nonprofit hospitals to show to for-profit momentary staffing companies,” McKenna mentioned. “These companies have elevated their hourly fee by 213% in comparison with pre-pandemic ranges in January 2019, leaving hospitals which traditionally function on skinny monetary margins with important monetary losses.”
The expanded partnership makes Albany Med Well being System the most important and solely domestically ruled well being care system and the area’s largest personal employer, McKenna mentioned.
“With management in our personal hometowns, all choices are made right here, not elsewhere,” he mentioned. “Our sufferers have guided our development and we are going to stay the group you belief now and for a few years to come back.”
Albany Medical Middle not too long ago eradicated 37 positions as a part of a restructuring plan they hope will improve income sooner or later. Albany Med Well being System spokesman Matt Markham mentioned no layoffs or job cuts are anticipated at Columbia Memorial Well being as a part of the partnership.