When the need for medical care arises, residents of Fulton and Montgomery County have long had two excellent places to turn. Nathan Littauer Hospital & Family of Health Services has been serving Gloversville and St. Mary’s Healthcare has been caring for residents of the Amsterdam area well over a century.
Nathan Littauer Hospital & Family of Health Services
Gloversville’s Nathan Littauer Hospital traces its beginnings to 1891, when local businessman Lucius N. Littauer donated $25,000 to build a hospital in memory of his father, Nathan Littauer. It opened its doors in 1894 with 28 beds and 11 staff members.
Today, Nathan Littauer Hospital has a network of nine outpatient primary and specialty care centers and a staff of 980. It is the second-largest employer in Fulton County and continues to expand despite tough economic times. The hospital’s 41-year-old maternity unit, renovated in 2009, sees more than 400 births each year. The hospital renovated its 27-year-old Emergency Department in 2010 and made significant improvements to its second floor and its Diagnostic Imaging Department in 2011 and 2012.
The Nathan Littauer Family of Health Services also includes an 84-bed skilled nursing home, the Johnstown Surgery Center & Professional Building and a health & wellness center. Nathan Littauer consistently attracts highly skilled medical professionals, adding a new urologist and orthopedic surgeon to its roster in 2011 and new pediatrician in 2012. In 2011, the hospital had 4,855 admissions and more than 23,400 Emergency Department visits.
St. Mary’s Healthcare
Residents have known of St. Mary’s Healthcare's compassionate care in Amsterdam since 1903, when the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet founded the hospital. With 120 acute care beds and 1,600 associates, St. Mary’s serves more than 350,000 people annually for outpatient visits. More than 31,800 people visited St. Mary’s emergency room during the 2012 fiscal year, and the hospital attended to 479 births.
St. Mary’s is dedicated to providing every patient with an exceptional experience, and that mission has paid off with many accolades and awards. The hospital received five-star ratings from HealthGrades Inc. for four consecutive years and became the first hospital in the state to achieve the “Pathway to Excellence” designation in 2011.
In addition, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recently gave the ICU at St. Mary’s Healthcare a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence. The Beacon Award recognizes exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment.
Other achievements include being the first hospital in the capital region to offer digital mammography and the first hospital in the region to offer digital MRI; developing a totally digital and paperless Medical Imaging Department; offering a full range of ambulatory surgery procedures; and providing total joint replacement.
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