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June 10, 2014

Adirondack Medical Center earns distinction

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Medical Center was ranked among the 100 Great Community Hospitals in the United States.

The distinction was given by Becker’s Hospital Review, based on rankings and awards from iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), CareChex and the American Hospital Association.

AMC is one of eight facilities managed by Adirondack Health, based in Saranac Lake.


Spokesman Joe Riccio said the award announcement was a pleasant surprise.

“I think it is recognition for a lot of good work by a lot of good people,” he said Monday.

“The award was unsolicited. (Becker’s Hospital Review) looked at the data, patient-satisfaction reports and quality measures. We either met or exceed state or national measures.”

The 100 Great Community Hospitals were selected by Becker’s from facilities with fewer than 550 beds.

“Many are found in rural areas and serve as the only hospitals in their communities. Whether independent or part of a larger health system, the ... hospitals have continually worked to provide the quality of care and the experience patients deserve and expect,” the award announcement said.


“It was for the Adirondack Medical Center, but it reflects the efforts of everybody working together, not just the hospital itself,” Riccio said.

“It is humbling and gratifying for Adirondack Health to receive this recognition,” Patti Hammond, chief operating officer for Adirondack Health, said in a news release.

“This unique designation is the result of our patients and long-term-care residents who choose us because they know they will receive consistent, high-quality care.”

The 100 hospitals chosen were not ranked. St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center in Syracuse was the only other facility in New York named to the top-100 list this year.


The larger Adirondack Health consortium has restructured services over the past several years to address financial challenges, due in part to reduced need for inpatient care, with improvements made to outpatient services.

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