St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam names van Roekens chief medical officer

St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam names van Roekens chief medical officer

AMSTERDAM — A veteran emergency department doctor took over Monday as chief medical officer of St. Mary's Healthcare, with plans for a collaborative leadership role at Montgomery County's only hospital.Dr. Craig van Roekens, 60, joined the hospital's medical staff this past September as team health emergency department director after working in the same role at Glens Falls Hospital. In early 2022, he became hospitalist director at St. Mary's.He now succeeds Dr. William Mayer, who retired after a lengthy tenure as a member of the St. Mary's medical staff, the last eight years as CMO.Van Roekens and his wife, Patty, live…
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Nathan Littauer-Albany Med facility in Amsterdam gaining patients

Nathan Littauer-Albany Med facility in Amsterdam gaining patients

AMSTERDAM — Nathan Littauer Hospital and Albany Medical Center say their new Amsterdam facility is seeing growing use by residents of an area where healthcare options are too few to meet need.The largest hospital in this part of the state and one of the smallest collaborated on the multispecialty medical office from conception to completion, evenly splitting the $5.6 million cost of constructing the facility on Golf Course Road in Amsterdam. In June, Albany Med placed offices for vascular surgery, neurosurgery, maternal fetal medicine and pediatric specialty care in about a third of the space. In September, Littauer began urgent care…
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DRI: Upstate cities have had varied experiences with their DRI awards

DRI: Upstate cities have had varied experiences with their DRI awards

The five rounds of funding through the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative have brought hundreds of millions of dollars to downtowns across the state since 2016. As Gloversville embarks on its DRI process, here's a look at how things have gone in nearby cities that were recipients in previous rounds of the coveted $10 million economic development prize. AMSTERDAM Closest geographically is Amsterdam, which was chosen as the Mohawk Valley recipient in DRI Round 3, in 2018. Like Gloversville, it's a city that hasn't fully recovered from the loss of its signature industry decades ago. Amsterdam's efforts to revitalize its downtown…
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Focus on History: Heroes helped Northville family survive 1940 fire

By Bob Cudmore A fire that broke out Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1940, in a first floor apartment on Second Street in Northville almost took the lives of the five children of the Rhodes family who were living there. The oldest was Shirley, born in 1930. She told her mother smoke was coming from one of the bedrooms as she was getting her brothers and sisters up at 8 a.m. Their mother, Esther Rose, got all but one of the children out of the burning building including Shirley, Earl, John and Mary Ann. Three-year old Jimmy was missing. Esther suffered smoke inhalation.…
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Amsterdam, Gloversville hospitals feel strain of higher COVID rate, smaller staff

Amsterdam, Gloversville hospitals feel strain of higher COVID rate, smaller staff

AMSTERDAM — The latest COVID spike in Montgomery and Fulton counties has so far been manageable, the two local hospitals said Wednesday, but it is stretching their resources. Positive test rates and the number of new infections per capita in the two counties are some of the highest among the state's 62 counties and roughly triple the statewide rate. Meanwhile, Montgomery County's and particularly Fulton County's vaccination rates lag behind many other counties and the state as a whole. As they deal with this increased flow of people who need to be tested and treated, St. Mary's Healthcare and Nathan Littauer Hospital also…
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Schoharie limo tragedy leads to safety reforms in federal infrastructure bill

Schoharie limo tragedy leads to safety reforms in federal infrastructure bill

AMSTERDAM — The families of the 2018 Schoharie limousine disaster have fulfilled a promise they made in the wake of the preventable accident that claimed 20 lives — to make the world a safer place by imposing new safety regulations for limousines with the support of federal lawmakers.“We made a promise we were going to make a difference, because there is no way on Earth we were going to lose our children, our spouses, our siblings, our family members and let it go unnoticed,” said Jill Richardson-Perez, the mother of crash victim Matthew Coons, on Friday.Families of the accident victims…
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