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The Albany Med Health System

We are the largest and only regionally governed, not-for-profit health system in northeastern New York and western New England. Therefore, we offer our communities the most medical specialties.

Our System is built on the strengths of each member, including the extraordinary role each plays in its community. At the same time, the System makes Albany Medical Center’s advanced care readily available to patients from the mid-Hudson Valley to the North Country. In essence, patients have the best of both worlds. This means access to community-based care from physicians they know and trust and easy access to the highly specialized services of the region’s only academic medical center.

Our Mission

We are committed to improving health by attaining the highest standard of quality in care delivery, education, and research initiatives.

Our Vision

To best serve the needs of our communities, the Albany Med Health System will deliver its mission by means of a structure that will be, and remain, autonomous and self-governing.

Our Values

Excellence and continuous improvement / Integrity in every decision we make / Compassion and respect for the dignity of every person / A diverse, equitable, inclusive, and welcoming System / Collaboration throughout our System / Responsiveness to the people of our communities / Fiscal accountability.

Our Members

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Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York's only academic medical center and one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates a 766-bed hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists, and other health care professionals. It also includes the region's largest physicians' practice. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region's quality of life. It traces its roots to 1849.

Albany Medical College is one of the nation's oldest private medical schools, founded in 1839. Each year it confers the doctoral degree in medicine (MD), Master of Science degree in Nurse Anesthesiology, Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies, and Master of Science and doctoral degrees in biomedical sciences and bioethics. The College has 2,000 staff, including biomedical scientists in four research centers, and more than 500 faculty physicians. Nearly 840 medical and graduate students are enrolled in the College, which graduates more than 200 annually.

Columbia Memorial Health has served the Hudson Valley since 1893. Comprised of a 192-bed acute care hospital in Hudson and more than 40 primary care specialty care centers throughout Columbia, Greene, and Dutchess counties, Columbia Memorial Health provides services to more than 110,000 residents, with a focus on primary care, health education, and advanced surgery.

Glens Falls Hospital serves patients across five counties in an area that spans 6,000 square miles of New York's Adirondack region. Founded in 1897, Glens Falls Hospital campus is home to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, the Joyce Stock Snuggery Childbirth Center, the Breast Center, and the Wound Healing Center. More than 20 regional facilities provide an array of specialized medical and surgical services. Glens Falls Hospital is the largest employer in the Adirondack region, with over 2,500 employees and a medical staff of more than 460 providers.

Saratoga Hospital, founded in 1891, is the only acute care facility in Saratoga County and has maintained Magnet designation for nursing excellence since 2004. Its more than 450 physicians and other medical professionals provide care at more than 20 locations in a broad range of medical specialties, from urgent care to primary care to state-of-the-art imaging, pain management, diabetes care, and more.

The Albany Med Health System Visiting Nurses is the region's second largest home health care agency with more than 400 nurses, rehab therapists, social workers, home health aides, personal care aides, and an additional 60 staff. Annually it serves more than 3,750 patients in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties. It was founded in 1880.

Dennis P. McKenna, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Albany Med Health System
Each System member has a proud tradition of serving communities in our region for more than a century.”
Dennis P. McKenna, MD ’92President and CEO, Albany Med Health System

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Albany Med Health System is committed to promoting and advancing the value and strength of people from all communities. Our goal is to bring our communities together to ensure that the System is a place where eliminating disparities and inequities is integral to the health and wellbeing of all.

By reflecting the communities we serve, equity and inclusion will be embedded into our everyday practices. We are committed to creating an environment where systems of inequity are addressed and where diversity is celebrated and valued.