SARANAC LAKE, NY (October 13, 2020) – Adirondack Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, a health care practice with locations in both Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake, has joined Hudson Headwaters Health Network’s network of community-based health centers.
Staff members at Adirondack Internal Medicine & Pediatrics have been working with Hudson Headwaters’ leadership team for several months to ensure a smooth transition for the practice. During the transition, patients won’t experience any disruption in care. Patients in both Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake will visit the same locations and will also see the same familiar faces.
Doctors Elizabeth Buck, Patricia Monroe and Brian Guadagno, nursing and administrative staff will remain the same, as they have become employees of Hudson Headwaters Health Network. Two additional providers, Dr. Sarah Thompson and Physician Assistant Emily Monaco have recently joined the staff in Saranac Lake. Emily Monaco will also see patients at the Tupper Lake location.
The practice names have been changed to reflect the geographic location of each health center. Patients of the practices should remain on the lookout for introductory emails from Saranac Lake Family Health and Tupper Lake Family Health.
Along with changes to signage and other branded materials, there have been some minor renovations during the past few weeks including the addition of an exam room at each location, storage area expansion and IT infrastructure reconfiguration. The electronic medical record system will be transitioning onto the Hudson Headwaters platform by year end.
According to Hudson Headwaters CEO Dr. Tucker Slingerland, the philosophies and missions of the two organizations align, making this an ideal union. “For over 40 years, Hudson Headwaters Health Network and Adirondack Internal Medicine & Pediatrics have each been committed to the idea that access to high-quality health care is vital to the health of our communities,” he said. “We are excited to work with our new colleagues and are honored to continue providing high-quality care to patients within the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake regions.”
According to Slingerland, health care organizations like Hudson Headwaters have become increasingly focused on primary care while building a network of partnerships that extends to hospitals, home care agencies and regional medical centers. “Health care organizations throughout the North Country have done a great job partnering and working collaboratively to provide outstanding patient care,” he said. “In the Adirondack region, we anticipate strengthening our relationship with Adirondack Health, ensuring that patients have access to all of the health care services they need as close to their home communities as possible.”
That sentiment was echoed by Adirondack Health officials. “We extend a warm welcome to Hudson Headwaters Health Network,” said Sylvia Getman, Adirondack Health president and CEO. “The provision of quality healthcare is a team-based effort, and we look forward to continuing our close, patient-centered collaboration with their providers and staff.”
Hudson Headwaters health centers are located from Moreau in the south, north to the Canadian border, west to Indian Lake and east to Ticonderoga. Its community-based health centers are located within small towns and rural areas, while some are within larger population centers including Plattsburgh and Glens Falls.
Adirondack Internal Medicine & Pediatrics was originally founded in 1976 by Dr. David Johnson and Dr. Dean Melville; it has cared for many families throughout the Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and the northern Adirondack regions for over 40 years.