Amsterdam, New York (March 25, 2020) – Following a thorough and prayerful review, the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam, New York, and the Board of Directors of Ascension have determined that the best path to ensure continued excellence and success for St. Mary’s will be as an independent, Catholic healthcare organization under the governance of the local Board. The St. Mary’s Board and Ascension began to explore opportunities for the health ministry to pursue a future apart from Ascension in 2015.
“As we implement this change, St. Mary's will continue to be a mission-inspired, vibrant Catholic ministry, continuing to identify and to meet the changing needs of those we serve, especially persons who are poor and vulnerable,” said Sister Mary Anne Heenan, CSJ, Board Chair, St. Mary’s Healthcare.
“We believe this is the best approach for the individuals and communities St. Mary’s serves as well as for its dedicated and compassionate associates, providers and volunteers,” said Craig Cordola, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Ascension.
St. Mary’s has served the Amsterdam community since 1903, when five Sisters of St. Joseph opened the doors of St. Mary's Hospital and began a ministry of healing and compassion. St. Mary’s has been part of Ascension since 2002, when the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet added their Carondelet Health System with Ascension and the Sisters of St. Joseph became a member of the Ascension sponsoring organization. On June 1, 2009, St. Mary’s Hospital unified with Amsterdam Memorial Healthcare, combining two great traditions into one path to the future. The new entity became St. Mary’s Healthcare, a Catholic healthcare ministry dedicated to serving all people through a full continuum of health services.
The transition of St. Mary’s to independent status is anticipated to be effective June 30, 2020, pending all necessary regulatory and canonical approvals.