About CMH

Columbia Memorial Health is the community’s hospital and healthcare network.

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COLUMBIA MEMORIAL HEALTH

CMH provides services to more than 100,000 residents in Columbia, Greene and Dutchess counties, focusing on primary care, health education and advanced surgery.

About Columbia Memorial Health

For nearly 130 years, Columbia Memorial Health has been the leading healthcare provider in Hudson, New York and beyond. Columbia Memorial Health is a 192-bed hospital with an integrated health network of 35 primary and specialty care centers throughout Columbia, Greene, and Dutchess counties. Columbia Memorial Health’s medical staff of nearly 350 providers ensures our communities have access to safe, high quality, comprehensive healthcare services. In 2018, Columbia Memorial Health was nationally recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as an “Achievement Award Hospital”​ earning the highest achievement level of “Stroke Gold Plus”​. Locally, Columbia Memorial Health physicians are consistently recognized as “Top Docs”​ of the Hudson Valley. In 2016, Columbia Memorial Health entered into an affiliation with Albany Medical Center extending even greater benefits to patients through a regionally integrated, locally governed healthcare system.

CMH THROUGH THE YEARS

CMH Today

Today, Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) is the community’s hospital and healthcare network. Serving more than 100,000 residents in Columbia, Greene and Dutchess counties, CMH focuses on primary care, health education and advanced surgery. CMH is a multi-campus healthcare system including a 192-bed acute care hospital and 40 outlying primary and specialty care centers, and employs approximately 1,500 passionate professionals. The hospital is a team, dedicated to providing a compassionate approach to health care while utilizing state of the art technology. In addition, CMH shares a great quality of life in the scenic and culturally rich Hudson Valley.

To provide the people of our communities with access to safe, high quality, comprehensive healthcare services in a dignified and compassionate manner.

CMH, in partnership with our Albany Med affiliates, will be the health system of choice for our community. We will provide our patients with access to a full continuum of services, from family and primary care to comprehensive specialized services.

We will strive for excellence, innovation and forward-thinking while preserving our special culture of ownership and empathy, never forgetting that we are friends and family caring for friends and family.

Our financial foundation will be strengthened. Our facilities will be modernized and renewed. We will nurture a work environment that promotes job satisfaction, wellness, productivity and pride in meeting the many challenges of an ever changing environment.

Best of Both Worlds:

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.

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 Hudson Valley 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.

Albany Med Health System

No one knows this place we call home better than we do.

2013 – Albany Med and Saratoga Hospital join to create Malta Med Emergent Care.

2016 – Albany Med and Columbia Memorial Health finalize their affiliation agreement as a new kind of strategic alliance to enhance clinical services while preserving local governance of both institutions.

2017 – Albany Med and Saratoga Hospital finalize their affiliation agreement.

2020 – Albany Med, Columbia Memorial Health and Saratoga Hospital introduce the Albany Med Health System.

2020 – Glens Falls Hospital and Albany Med receive approval from New York state to finalize a fourth affiliation to further expand the System.

The Albany Med Health System has 1,520 beds, 800 physicians and 125 modern and convenient locations serving nearly three million people in the greater Capital Region, Mid-Hudson Valley, the North Country and western New England. 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.

The Best of Both Worlds
Patients of the Albany Med Health System have the best of both worlds: community-based care from providers they know and trust, plus easy access to highly specialized services via the regions’ only academic health sciences center, right here close to home.

The System offers coordinated or fully integrated care in areas including breast surgery, cardiology, endocrine surgery, general surgery, neurosurgery, obstetrics, pathology, plastic surgery, urgent care, urology, gynecology and vascular surgery.

Lasting Benefits
In today’s health care environment, it simply doesn’t make sense – medically or economically – for hospitals to go it alone. As partners in the Albany Med Health System, Albany Med, Columbia Memorial Health, Glens Falls Hospital and Saratoga Hospital draw on each other’s expertise to benefit everyone involved: our patients, employees, communities and region as a whole.

Identify and implement best practices
As part of a larger system:

Each hospital can more easily recruit and retain talented providers and other hospital staff.
We’re able to better identify and implement best practices that lead to one level of quality care across the system.
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 and capitalized on millions of dollars worth of savings across the system. Every dollar we save through efficiencies is another dollar we can reinvest in services, technology, facilities and talent.

How we work together
Collaboration starts at the top and extends throughout the System. Leaders from each institution in the System work regularly together to share expertise and insight. All hospitals are represented on each partner’s Board as well. 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.

Always, we are driven by our common commitment to our patients and the region we serve.

To learn more, please visit the Albany Med Health System website.

TESTIMONIALS

I received incredible care in the Emergency Department and the Emergency Observation Unit at Columbia Memorial Health. A heartfelt thank you to the entire team for saving my life. My wife of 30 years, my four children, my extended family and friends are forever grateful to the CMH Emergency/Observation teams, Dr. Stanger, Dr. Weber, P.A. Patrick, RN Justin, RN Miranda, and RN Rhonda.

Richard Cyr, New Ipswich, NH

An avalanche of medical staff descended on the cubicle and surrounded her bed, and while the doctor asked her questions, the rest went about their dedicated tasks with speed and professionalism. I stood back and watched with tears welling in my eyes as I realized that someone I loved very deeply was receiving the benefit of a highly skilled, well trained and dedicated team of nurses and doctors who are a credit to the ER and your hospital.

Stuart Russell, Craryville, NY

We think we will never need an emergency room visit, but most likely it will happen. When that time does occur, we all hope for the best physicians and care possible you will find at Columbia Memorial Health. We in Columbia and Greene Counties are blessed with a very special hospital and caring staff. I would suggest, we as residents, support this institution in every way possible as one day it will be your turn to visit as it was mine.

Anne Schomaker, Kinderhook, NY