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Glens Falls Hospital is the community's largest employer and experienced "significant strain" as admissions plummeted in 2013.
Glens Falls Hospital is the community's largest employer and experienced "significant strain" as admissions plummeted in 2013.

Glens Falls Hospital opens talks with Saratoga hospital

Hospital officials in Glens Falls say they're exploring a possible "alignment and collaboration" with Saratoga Hospital. The move comes as full-service hospitals across the North Country region face declining patient visits and lower reimbursements from the Federal government.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Glens Falls Hospital President Dianne Shugrue acknowledged that 2013 was "difficult," but said that the facility has "emerged with a strong, stable and profitable operating plan for 2014." She said the goal of talks now underway is to "focus on identify potential synergies that both of our organizations may be able to take advantage of."

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Last week, North Country Public Radio reported that hospitals are scrambling to reinvent themselves as the Affordable Care Act, new technology, and a shift to primary care change the healthcare industry. Those changes have meant a growing number of staff cuts and mergers.

According to today's statement, a formal process is now underway to explore opportunities to "collaborate" between two of the region's most important hospitals, located in Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs. "In today's healthcare environment, hospitals must continually find better, smarter approaches to serve our patients and our communities," said Angelo Calbone, Saratoga Hospital president and CEO, in a statement.

Talks are expected to continue throughout 2014, with administrators, physicians, and community leaders taking part. In the past, Glens Falls Hospital has also explored collaborations with other facilities, including Albany Medical Center.

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