Adirondack Health charts strategy for healthier communities
SARANAC LAKE – Adirondack Health unveiled a strategic plan that embraces innovation and leadership in a new era of healthcare reform to ensure a continued commitment to building healthy communities in our region for years to come.
The Adirondack Health Board of Trustees and Executive Leadership team worked with members of the community, physicians, and staff to develop the initiatives and goals in the strategic plan. Every three years, Adirondack Health develops a new strategic plan to continually improve the organization’s operations and services provided to the community. The new strategic plan is built on three central pillars focusing on the delivery of exceptional care and improved health outcomes in a high-value, cost-effective manner. The strategic pillars are: Enhancing the patient experience, improving community health, and optimizing the value of healthcare.
Patients and living center residents have a choice when it comes to receiving healthcare, and the staff at Adirondack Health strive to exceed their expectations. As part of the strategic plan, Adirondack Health will continue to identify areas for improvement and implement solutions to achieve a consistent, high-quality and highly rated experience of care.
“The healthcare environment is rapidly changing, and we must ensure our patients and nursing home residents continue to receive best-of-class care,” said Chandler Ralph, President & CEO of Adirondack Health. “We pride ourselves on recruiting the best and brightest staff, and will use this strategic plan as a guide to do so to deliver care that surpasses state and national benchmarks for quality and satisfaction.”
Community Care Network
There are increasing opportunities to provide care for enhanced health outcomes that extend beyond traditional settings such as hospitals and health centers. A greater emphasis is being placed on expanding access to primary care and other easily accessible resources that foster healthy choices and lifestyles.
“Healthcare is a team effort, and new partnerships can help us achieve healthier communities,” said Dr. John Broderick, Chief Medical Officer for Adirondack Health. “We will be a leader in the development of a more comprehensive, team-based approach to patient care and healthier communities through increased use of primary care, enabling residents and visitors to obtain healthcare in convenient places at convenient times, and improving our ability to securely share health information digitally.”
Value of Healthcare
Enhancing the value of care – from a quality and cost perspective – allows Adirondack Health to rethink the current use of hospital and other patient care spaces.
“Adirondack Health will invest in facility and building renovations, and adopt new methods of care to provide the best value to its patients and residents,” said Patti Hammond, Chief Operating Officer. “This includes a partnership to enhance long term care services at Uihlein Living Center, a new medical campus on the Uihlein property, a renovated and expanded surgical services department to meet an increasing need for outpatient services, and expanded women’s health services.”
Adirondack Health is the only full service health system in the Adirondack Park, providing care through an extensive network of facilities in Keene, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. The highly skilled and caring individuals working for Adirondack Health provide a full range of medical, surgical and long-term care services. Adirondack Health was selected for the “100 Great Community Hospitals” designation by Becker’s Hospital Review, a distinction based on having continually worked to enhance the quality of care and the experience patients deserve and expect.
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CAPTION: Dr. Kristen Frank-Dixon, a family medicine physician at the Tupper Lake Health Center, meets with a patient. Increased use of primary care is just one of the areas of focus in Adirondack Health’s Strategic Plan for 2015-17.