Glens Falls Hospital, Albany Med, Take First Steps Toward Strategic Affiliation


Glens Falls Hospital, Albany Med, Take First Steps Toward Strategic Affiliation

Building on Shared Goal of Better Coordinated, More Efficient Patient Care

Glens Falls Hospital and Albany Med today announced that they have begun a process designed to lead to better coordination of care for residents of Warren and Washington counties and greater operational efficiency for both organizations.

The goal of this strategic alliance is to ensure that the Glens Falls region continues to have access to the highest quality care, as well as expanded access to specialty care services.

The agreement, adopted by the governing boards of both organizations, will help better coordinate and integrate clinical services and identify operational efficiencies between Glens Falls Hospital, the leading local health care provider, and Albany Med, the regional tertiary care center.The governing boards, medical staffs, employees and fundraising arms from both institutions would remain separate under the envisioned structure. In addition, the anticipated operational efficiencies envisioned under such a potential affiliation would strengthen both organizations.

Glens Falls Hospital, which has long been a partner in care with Albany Med, joins Saratoga Hospital and Columbia Memorial Hospital in a system that will now total 1,507 beds, almost 60,000 surgical cases and nearly 2.5 million outpatient visits annually.

Glens Falls Hospital President and CEO, Dianne Shugrue said, “This move will preserve and protect high-quality healthcare services for the people of our region, and provide our patients with improved access to advanced medical specialists and other resources.Albany Med has built an outstanding healthcare system — based on a model of regional integration and local governance — with Saratoga Hospital and Columbia Memorial as affiliates. We look forward to joining and enhancing that system.”

Albany Med President and CEO James Barba said, “Today’s announcement represents another step forward in our goal of developing and solidifying the largest, locally governed health system in our region, and a system that will deliver the most comprehensive and integrated array of care for our communities.”

“Our approach to building a network reflects our commitment to respecting and building on our affiliates strengths and enhancing access for all of our patients to sophisticated and high quality care,” said Steven Frisch, MD, Albany Medical Center Senior Executive Vice President. “Glens Falls Hospital has long been a partner in care with us and an affiliation will strengthen clinical programs.”

Hospital leaders from both organizations cited the evolving nature of health care delivery as an impetus for affiliation discussions, and said the collaboration will work to enhance patients’ experience, provide the best care in the most appropriate setting, improve outcomes, and measurably improve the health of communities they serve.

Glens Falls Hospital operates an advanced health care delivery system through 24 regional facilities in 11 communities.A vast array of specialized medical and surgical services are provided, including the C.R. Wood Cancer Center and the Joyce Stock Snuggery. Founded in 1897, Glens Falls Hospital services a 6,000 square mile region across Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Essex and Hamilton counties.

Albany Medical Center is the region’s tertiary care center, meaning it provides advanced medical treatment in addition to routine care, and serves as the trauma center for a 25-county region. Albany Medical Center, which is a teaching facility for Albany Medical College, is a 734-bed facility, with physicians who see patients at nearly 30 locations from Kingston to Glens Falls.

The action taken by the respective hospital governing boards initiates a mutual due diligence process to fully assess an affiliation and identify matters that require outside approvals. The process is expected to take several months.


Glens Falls Hospital (GFH) maintains a service area that spans 6,000 square miles across 5 diverse counties. Founded in 1897, GFH today operates an advanced health care delivery system featuring 24 regional facilities including 9 specialty practices and 10 medical centers.A vast array of specialized medical and surgical services are provided in addition to coronary care, occupational and behavioral health care, rehabilitation and wellness and others.The main hospital campus is home to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, the Joyce Stock Snuggery birthing center, the Breast Center and a chronic wound healing center. GFH is a not-for-profit organization and the largest employer in New York’s Adirondack region, with over 2,700 employees and a medical staff of more than 575 providers. For more information visit

Albany Med, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with more than 500 doctors at more than 20 locations. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: or

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