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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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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