Saratoga Hospital and Saratoga County Collaborate on Recruiting, Employing Psychiatrists

New agreement ensures consistent care, coverage at mental health facilities

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY― Saratoga Hospital and Saratoga County have joined forces to ensure adequate psychiatric coverage and consistent care at hospital and county mental health facilities.

Under an agreement that took effect January 1, Saratoga Hospital will recruit and employ psychiatrists for both the hospital’s inpatient mental health unit and the Saratoga County Mental Health Center (SCMHC). Saratoga County will continue to operate SCMHC, but will contract with the hospital for physician staffing.

The new arrangement streamlines the recruiting process, ensures adequate psychiatric coverage at the hospital and SCMHC, and promotes a consistent, collaborative approach among psychiatrists who serve the community. The goal, over time, is to provide much-needed additional access to mental health services in a number of healthcare settings.

“This agreement benefits everyone involved—the county, the hospital and, most important of all, the people of our community,” said Spencer Hellwig, county administrator.

According to Dr. Joyce Peabody, Saratoga Hospital vice president and chief medical officer, some of the most important benefits for patients are the assurance of common high standards and best practices.

“By centralizing recruiting and hiring, we make sure our psychiatrists truly are on the same team,” she said. “They will have similar credentials, follow the same guidelines, and have ample opportunity to communicate with one another. All of that will translate into better care.”

Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider. The only acute-care facility in Saratoga County, the hospital has a medical staff of over 450 physicians and other credentialed providers, offering care in a broad range of medical specialties. In keeping with its emphasis on quality, Saratoga Hospital was the first in the Capital Region to earn Magnet Designation for nursing excellence. The hospital achieved redesignation in 2010.

Hospital facilities include: Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga Care Nursing Home, Wilton Medical Arts, Malta Medical Arts, Saratoga Surgery Center, Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center, Saratoga Family Physicians, The Saratoga Center for Endocrinology and Diabetes, Saratoga Hospital Pain Management Center, Saratoga Family Health, Schuylerville Family Health and Galway Family Health. For more information, go to www.saratogahospital.org.

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