Working Together, We Accomplished So Much
A year ago, St. Mary’s Healthcare announced the appointment of President and CEO Jeff Methven and our determination to build on St. Mary’s strengths, improve our financial position and, most of all, ensure that our region continues to have access to quality healthcare from a local, independent community hospital.
Thanks to strong leadership by Jeff and our Board of Trustees—and the talented, dedicated St. Mary’s team—in 2023 we made great strides toward achieving these goals. Equally important, many in our community recognized these strides and came home to St. Mary’s instead of leaving the region for medical care.
Following are some of our accomplishments this past year:
Brought more of the care our community needs, closer to home
- Added more than a dozen providers in specialties including general surgery, primary care, outpatient behavioral health, inpatient mental health, and medical and radiation oncology.
- Welcomed Amsterdam Family Practice to St. Mary’s Healthcare and our medical group.
- Re-established inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services as a St. Mary’s service line.
- Reintroduced CT scanning at the Rao Pavilion.
- Re-opened beds to expand access to inpatient mental health care.
Strengthened our commitment to excellence
- Earned National Committee for Quality Assurance status for 5 primary care centers.
- Received Blue Distinction Center recognition for expertise in maternity care.
- Achieved Joint Commission re-accreditation for an additional three years.
- Recognized for 100 years of membership with American Hospital Association.
Made investments for future strength and growth
- Purchased equipment to enhance imaging services, maternity and infant care, medication management, patient monitoring, ambulance communication, patient transport, and more.
- Completed exterior upgrades, including to the helipad and Guy Park Avenue campus.
- Enjoyed unprecedented recruiting success thanks, in part, to expanded outreach:
- Filled key positions with outstanding professionals, including 85 former employees who chose to “come home” to St. Mary’s.
- Welcomed 18 graduate nurses from Fulton-Montgomery Community College, 7 agency nurses who chose to join us as permanent team members, and 5 laboratory scientists who will be arriving from the Philippines soon.
- Helped prepare future healthcare providers through our internship partnership with Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES.
- Participated in 60+ career fairs. Hosted multiple Walk-In Wednesday and Nurses Night Out recruitment events.
- Enhanced associate advancement opportunities through Work/Earn/Learn, clinical ladder achievements, and other programs.
- Celebrated associate accomplishments and contributions
- Increased employee engagement through appreciation events and enhanced communications.
Re-energized essential community partnerships
- Benefited enormously from the generosity of our amazing Auxiliary. One of our staunchest supporters, the Auxiliary made a gift of $50,000 and held its 17th annual Christmas in November fundraiser for St. Mary’s.
- Brought our annual Foundation Gala home to Amsterdam’s Sanford Stud Farm and held our Memorial Golf Classic at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.
- Awarded Carondelet Community Fund Grants to local programs and agencies.
- Joined community service efforts: Earth Day clean-up, Project Bundle Up, Amsterdam Baby Shower, Montgomery County Office for Aging Senior Picnic, and many more.
- Expanded our affiliate agreements with educational institutions, including WSWHE (Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex) BOCES, Siena College, Hartwick College, and Utica University.
- Increased our involvement with a wide range of organizations, from Fulton-Montgomery Community College and Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES to Amsterdam Rotary Club, Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Montgomery County Office for Aging, to the Amsterdam Mohawks.
2023 was just the beginning. With the continued support of our community, St. Mary’s looks forward to even more success in 2024 and beyond.