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Columbia Memorial Health – an affiliate of Albany Med

Since January 2016, Columbia Memorial Health has been an affiliate of the Albany Med health system—a collaboration that provides significant benefits for both hospitals and the communities we serve.  As of 2017, that collaboration has expanded to include Saratoga Hospital as an affiliated organization.

What we are doing

Albany Med, Columbia Memorial Health and Saratoga Hospital are transforming the way healthcare is delivered in Northeastern New York by creating the region’s only integrated, locally governed health system. We are taking three hospitals, with proud traditions of serving their communities for over a century, and building a strong, diverse system that will sustain those traditions for generations to come.

Best of both worlds

Our affiliation recognizes and capitalizes on the strengths of each hospital, including its extraordinary role in its home community. At the same time, the affiliation makes Albany Med’s advanced care readily available to patients from the Mid-Hudson Region to the North Country. In essence, patients get the best of both worlds: community-based care from physicians they know and trust, plus easy access to highly specialized services via the region’s only academic health sciences center.

Why this matters

In today’s healthcare environment, it simply doesn’t make sense—medically or economically—for hospitals to try to go it alone. As partners, we can draw on each other’s expertise to benefit everyone involved: our patients, employees, and individual hospitals; our communities; and the region as a whole.

Identify and implement best practices

As part of a system, each affiliate can more easily recruit and retain talented providers and other hospital staff. We can better identify and implement best practices. And we can streamline and standardize systems to hold the line on costs and improve coordination of care.

Already, working as a team, we’ve identified millions of dollars in savings across the system. Every dollar we save through efficiencies is another dollar we can invest in services, technology and facilities, and talent.

How we work together

Our three organizations are partnering to achieve the mutual goal of improving healthcare throughout Northeastern New York. Collaboration starts at the top and extends throughout the system. Executives from each institution work regularly together, including Columbia Memorial Health and Saratoga Hospital board members serving on the Albany Med Board, and Albany Med executives represented on each affiliate’s board. Staff members from key areas—such as clinical care, information technology, and supply chain—meet regularly to identify opportunities to work together for the good of the system.

Driven by our common commitment to our patients

Early meetings focused on getting to know one another and each other’s organizations. Now, we routinely share policies and practices as well as our experiences with different services, vendors, and products. Increasingly, our physicians are participating in professional learning opportunities and presenting at each other’s educational programs. The more we get to know each other, the more we recognize what each affiliate brings to the table—and the more comfortable we are in taking advantage of the flexibility of our governance structure.

Some collaborative efforts involve all three affiliates, and others make sense for two of the three partners. In some cases, we each take our own approach. Always, we are driven by our common commitment to our patients and the region we serve.

Columbia Memorial Health – an affiliate of Albany Med

Since January 2016, Albany Med and CMH have been sharing expertise, streamlining processes, integrating operations, and working collaboratively to the benefit of our patients and their families, to the communities we serve, and to the people dedicated to providing the care we promise to deliver.  This has already led to improved local access to care via the integration of our Pathology, Radiology and Cardiology services.  The cooperative nature of the affiliation will continue to yield similar benefits in the future.

Stronger, smarter, better together.

Quality primary and specialty care, locally sourced

Surrounded by natural beauty and steeped in history, the communities of the Hudson Valley offer a rich quality of life that has attracted people from around the world for hundreds of years. As our population grows, so does our need for healthcare. Columbia Memorial Health has evolved to meet this demand. We’ve developed a network of quality primary care and specialty services, with connections to the top specialists in the nation. So we can deliver the highest level of care to our community every day.

Columbia Memorial Health, or CMH, has provided medical care for the Hudson Valley since 1889. Beginning with the Hudson City Hospital, our network has grown to serve more than 100,000 residents in Columbia, Greene and Dutchess Counties. In addition to our modern 192-bed hospital, CMH runs more than 35 care centers, including 15 primary care and more than 20 specialty care centers. Our staff includes physicians, nurses, technicians and specialists who have trained at the world’s most prestigious institutions and brought their expertise to serve our community. They’ve chosen to live here for the quality of life and the opportunity to deliver the latest technologies and highest quality care for their neighbors.

The CMH network extends far beyond our service area. Our patients have access to the very best providers available, locally or anywhere in the nation. We maintain professional affiliations and connections to the leading specialty care providers, including the top cardiac hospitals, cancer centers and experts in every field of medicine. So while your care is rooted here, close to home, your provider and treatment options are virtually unlimited.

In 2016, CMH launched a formal affiliation with Albany Medical Center that enhances the strengths of both organizations and enables a coordinated planning process to improve patient care. The two organizations are continuously identifying opportunities to bring needed services closer to the patient, better aligning resources and services, and more efficiently using information technology to enhance community-based care.

An innovative hospital

The center of our network is Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, one of the most innovative and technically advanced facilities in the Hudson Valley. Over the last 10 years, we’ve invested more than $51 million in new facilities and equipment improvements, including surgical instrumentation, patient information systems and medical imaging technologies. Highlights of our updated facilities include the state-of-the-art emergency and surgical departments, nine-bed Intensive Care Unit and 71,300 square-foot office building and parking garage annex to make care easily accessible.

Advanced orthopedics

The CMH Bone & Joint Center – with state of the art facilities in Greenport and Catskill – serves the community’s orthopedic needs including minimally invasive techniques and total joint replacements. We’re still one of the few orthopedic programs to offer the innovative Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System which preserves bone and joint stability for young, active patients and offers an alternative to total hip replacement.

Transfusion-free medicine and surgery

Our transfusion-free surgical approach minimizes blood loss before, during and after surgery, and eliminates the risks associated with donor blood. CMH is one of only 130 hospitals nationwide to offer transfusion-free surgery.

Pain management program

With a multi-disciplinary approach, the CMH pain management program provides comprehensive treatment of both acute and chronic pain for inpatients and outpatients.

Premier surgical center

CMH is a center for surgical excellence in the Hudson Valley, recognized for our minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery program, our orthopedic surgery program and our transfusion-free surgery.

Want to know more?

To learn more about CMH and the host of healthcare services it provides, please call 518.828.8359.

CMH accepts most major insurance policies – click here to view the complete list of accepted insurance providers.

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