Alice Hyde Medical Center Joins The University of Vermont Health Network

The University of Vermont Health Network is pleased to officially welcome Alice Hyde Medical Center as its fifth hospital. The inclusion of Alice Hyde in The University of Vermont Health Network strengthens a long-term partnership between the hospital and The University of Vermont Medical Center, which have been clinically affiliated since 1997.

Over the course of that nineteen-year relationship, providers from UVM Medical Center have provided patients at Alice Hyde with access to high-quality specialty care close to home. In recent years, Alice Hyde has also collaborated with UVM Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital to bring specialists to Malone. Specialists in Cardiology, Oncology, Pulmonology, Vascular Surgery and, most recently, Interventional Radiology see patients at Alice Hyde Medical Center on a regular basis.  Many of the patients seeing these specialty providers used to travel to Plattsburgh or Burlington to receive their care. 

“Joining The University of Vermont Health Network is the next logical step in the development of our relationship with our regional partners to bring high quality care close to home,” said Douglas F. DiVello, President and CEO at Alice Hyde Medical Center. “Patients at Alice Hyde are already receiving specialty care from other providers here at our facility.  Countless members of our local community have benefitted from this affiliation to-date, and our patients will continue to see more benefits as our relationship gets stronger. We are excited to officially be part of the Network, and to work closely with our partners to continue providing great care to our community.”

 “We are proud to share our specialty providers with Alice Hyde,” said Stephens Mundy, President and CEO of UVM Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital and Community Providers, Inc.  “Because of our collaboration with Alice Hyde Medical Center, patients are able to see their specialist closer to home. Dr. Wolkowicz, who is one of our Cardiologists, now sees many patients in Malone who used to travel to Plattsburgh to see him. Not having to travel that distance is a huge benefit to those patients.”

Though Alice Hyde has had a clinical affiliation for nearly two decades, joining the UVM Health Network brings additional benefits. As a UVM Health Network affiliate, Alice Hyde will enjoy a stronger connection to The University of Vermont Medical Center, one of the top academic medical centers. They will also benefit from significantly greater purchasing and negotiating power, as well as access to capital resources and enhanced technology.

Under this affiliation, Alice Hyde remains a free standing hospital with its own board, management, workforce, licensure, medical staff and endowment. It is subject to the Network’s oversight and has representation on the Network’s Board of Trustees. Alice Hyde representatives will participate in developing and implementing system-wide initiatives and programs that promote their shared objectives. A letter of intent to explore affiliation was signed in April 2015.  This was followed by several months of due diligence work and the adoption of a formal membership agreement in October 2015. The final step was to receive regulatory approval from various New York State agencies.  The New York State Department of Health provided their approval on February 11th, followed by additional approvals from the New York State Attorney General and Department of State. 

Alice Hyde Medical Center is the fifth affiliate hospital of The University of Vermont Health Network, and the first hospital to join the Network in more than 3 years. The UVM Health Network now consists of:

  • The University of Vermont Medical Center
  • The University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center
  • The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center
  • The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
  • The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital

“This is an exciting moment for The University of Vermont Health Network,” said John Brumsted, MD, President and CEO of The University of Vermont Health Network and CEO of The University of Vermont Medical Center. “When we work together, our patients benefit.  Our goal is to improve the quality of the health care services we offer through collaboration on joint clinical initiatives, and to integrate clinical services to improve quality and access.”

About the University of Vermont Health Network

The University of Vermont Health Network is a four-hospital system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives.  The partners are:

Our 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our hospitals remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.

About Alice Hyde Medical Center

Alice Hyde Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital located in Malone, NY. Established in 1913, Alice Hyde Medical Center provides high-quality, low-cost health care to the more than 55,000 residents of the North Country. The Medical Center consists of a 76-bed acute care facility, a 135-bed long-term care facility, and a 30-bed assisted living facility.  Alice Hyde also has a walk-in clinic, and a robust primary care practice, which includes offices on the Malone campus, as well as four family health centers which bring primary and preventive services into the community.  Alice Hyde also offers specialty care, including women’s health services, a family maternity center, a cancer center, an orthopedic and rehabilitation center, a dental center, general surgery, cardiology, and more. Alice Hyde Medical Center employs more than 700 people across its facilities.  Alice Hyde Medical Center is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors, and is accredited by the Joint Commission. Learn more at www.alicehyde.com.






Alice Hyde's 2015 Stars of the Year

Alice Hyde celebrated our 2015 Stars of the Year at our recognition luncheon.  Each month, an employee of Alice Hyde is nominated to be the Star of the Month by their fellow employees.  All of the employees pictured here have gone above and beyond their daily duties to meet the mission, vision, and values of Alice Hyde Medical Center.  Pictured from Left: Jane Sevey, RN in Maternity (January 2015 Star); Debra Grogan, Quality Nurse Manager in Outpatient Medical Services (December 2015 Star); Sarah LeClerc, Medical Office Assistant in Outpatient Medical Services (February 2015 Star); Shelly Stone, Certified Coder in Health Information Services (August 2015 Star); and Elaine Gale, Billing Specialist in Patient Accounting (May 2015 Star). Unable to attend: Thomas Chauvin, Med Tech II/Shift Supervisor in the Lab (March 2015 Star); Felix Tam, Physical Therapist in Rehabilitation Therapy (June 2015 Star); Terry Shutts, Medical Office Building Cleaner in Environmental Services (July 2015 Star); Anne Marlowe, Executive Assistant in Administration (September 2015 Star); Alexis Snyder, CNA in The Alice Center (October 2015 Star); and Denise Ross, Admissions and Discharge Clerk in Helath Information Services (November 2015 Star). 


Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance Service Expands at Alice Hyde Medical Center

Adirondack Health Institute’s Enrollment Assistance Services and Education (EASE) program announced expansion of its service in Franklin County. EASE has extended its days and hours of service at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone and added a NEW enrollment assistance location at Alice Hyde’s Bessette Health Center in Chateaugay.

The AHI EASE program assists community members in navigating the NY State of Health Marketplace choices to find an affordable health insurance plan to best meet individual needs.

“Shopping for insurance can be overwhelming and the demand for our assistance has increased,” said Joyce Porter, EASE manager. “Our no-charge service is offered in-person, so it made sense to expand our hours and locations to meet the need in the community.”

“We’re proud to partner with AHI to offer help to our patients who are in need of health insurance,” said Doug DiVello, President and CEO of Alice Hyde Medical Center. “By having an AHI representative on site both at the hospital and at one of our health centers we are making these services easily accessible for patients.”

Enrollment Hours and Locations:

Alice Hyde Medical Center
133 Park Street, Malone
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 am—4 pm

Bessette Health Center
6087 US-11, Chateaugay
Fridays, 8 am—4 pm.

Health Insurance enrollment is open year-round for Child Health Plus, the Essential Plan and Medicaid. Child Health Plus is a free or low-cost comprehensive program for children from birth to 19 years of age. The Essential Plan is offered to lower-income New Yorkers not qualifying for Medicaid or Child Health Plus. Medicaid is a program for eligible New Yorkers who can’t afford to pay for medical care.

Community members interested in scheduling a free appointment with an AHI health insurance enrollment specialist should call 1-866-872-3740, or submit an online appointment request at www.ahihealth.org/ease.


National Healthcare Decisions Day

Alice Hyde Medical Center, along with other national, state, and community organizations are leading an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision making – an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16th as National Healthcare Decisions Day. The goal of National Healthcare Decisions Day is to ensure that all adults with decision-making capacity have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions.  The 2016 theme for National Healthcare Decisions Day is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.”

Advance directives give you the ability to document the types of healthcare you do and do not want, and to name an “agent” to speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself.  It is free, does not take long, and does not require a lawyer. Advance directives come in two main forms. A “healthcare power of attorney” (or “proxy” or “agent” or “surrogate”) documents the person you select to be your voice for your healthcare decisions if you cannot speak for yourself.  A “living will” documents what kinds of medical treatments you would or would not want at the time of a terminal illness. 

“Making healthcare decisions is often difficult in the best of circumstances,” said Myrna Sanchez, MD, a Palliative Care physician at Alice Hyde Medical Center. “Making decisions for others is even more complicated when discussions have not taken place. Each of us has the ability to guide our loved ones and healthcare providers about what we want in the event of a serious medical condition or illness. I encourage each of my patients to have the conversation early to help their loved ones protect their wishes for future medical care.”

There are many resources available for Advance Care Planning.  A good first step is to speak with your family members and your healthcare provider.  Your healthcare provider can provide you with valuable information about your options.  Alice Hyde’s Primary Care providers have the necessary forms available in their offices, and are skilled in assisting you with these decisions and forms. You can also visit www.nhdd.org for more information on how to help make, discuss and document your future healthcare wishes and decisions.  


Physician Assistant Awarded Special Designation

Dave Griffin, PA-C, Physician Assistant at Alice Hyde Orthopedics has been awarded the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Orthopedic Surgery by The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. This Certificate was achieved by showing advanced expertise in his specialty. Griffin was one of only 220 certified physician assistants (PA-Cs) nationally to recently earn a CAQ.

The CAQ in Orthopedic Surgery is a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a rigorous exam in the specialty.  Griffin had to demonstrate specific knowledge and/or experience in conducting procedures and involvement in patient cases that are deemed core to Orthopedic Surgery. He also earned a CAQ in Emergency Medicine in 2012, making him one of only 11 certified PAs nationally to have earned two CAQs.  

“This certification is a wonderful accomplishment that demonstrates Dave’s commitment to the practice of Orthopedic Surgery, and recognizes his experience and advanced skills in his specialty,” said Doug DiVello, President and CEO of Alice Hyde Medical Center. “We are proud to have Dave as a provider at Alice Hyde Orthopedics.”  Dave practices alongside Marie Haggarty, RPA-C, Dr. Dragos Macelaru and Dr. Elemer Raffai at Alice Hyde Orthopedics.  Call 518-481-2790 for an appointment.


Alice Hyde Receives Teddy Bear Donation

Alice Hyde Medical Center President Douglas DiVello received a donation of stuffed animals from Clarkson University Physician Assistant students Jordyn Thiem and Jason Ricci. The Clarkson University Physician Assistant (PA) program hosted their third annual Teddy Bear Toss during the January 30th Men’s Hockey game. Those who brought a new stuffed animal to the game received a free general admission ticket.  The stuffed animals were tossed onto the ice during the game and were collected for donation at area hospitals, including Alice Hyde Medical Center. The stuffed animals will be distributed to child patients at the Medical Center. 


$18.3 Million Awarded by New York State to The University of Vermont Health Network Initiatives

Creating an integrative and seamless health care experience for patients in the North Country is the goal of a number of capital projects initiated by The University of Vermont Health Network and funded in part by the Capital Restructuring Financing Program (CRFP), a New York State grant program.

A total of $18,281,355 has been awarded today by New York State for capital projects that will support the creation of community based, high quality and cost effective health care programs in Clinton, Franklin, and Essex counties. These capital projects help strengthen and promote access to essential health services that will improve infrastructure, promote integrated health systems, and support the development of additional primary care capacity. The CRFP grant program will support the initiatives of Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP).  A total of $1.2 billion CRFP and $355 million Essential Health Care Provider Support (EHCPS) Program grants were announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office.

In 2014, New York State finalized terms and conditions with the federal government for a groundbreaking waiver which allowed the state to reinvest $8 billion in federal savings generated by the

Medicaid Redesign Team reform.  Its purpose is to address critical issues throughout the state and allow a comprehensive reform of the health care delivery system though DSRIP. DSRIP promotes community-level collaborations and focuses on system reform, specifically to achieve a 25 percent reduction in avoidable hospital use over five years.  CRFP provides the capital funding to support the system reform.

“Collaborative, integrated and cost effective health care received in the right setting with the highest quality is what the Network is all about,” said Stephens Mundy, CEO & President of The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital.   “This funding will truly help us transform health care in this region.”

Included in the list of projects are the North Country’s first three Medical Villages.  Integrated outpatient service centers, medical villages offer access to vital health care and bring needed services together for the convenience and benefit of the patient.   

In Ticonderoga, $9.1 million has been awarded to a renovate Moses Ludington Emergency Room and create an outpatient center on the Inter-Lakes Health campus. The plan is to have this Medical Village operated as a valued part of The University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital.

“Plans for the medical village in Ticonderoga will bring a variety of complementary, health-related services to one main campus – where patient care and convenience is paramount,” commented John Remillard, interim CEO at Elizabethtown Community Hospital and Inter-Lakes Health.

“In addition to other healthcare services, the medical village will offer high quality emergency care, laboratory services and radiology testing to those in the Ticonderoga region. Funding will allow for the renovation and construction of a much more modern, state-of-the-art facility in which to provide that care. There is still a great deal of planning ahead, but we are very excited about finalizing those plans.”

The project to renovate CVPH’s Behavioral Health Unit received $1.95 million in state funds. When complete, the renovation project will repurpose space on the unit to accommodate a pharmacist and a care coordinator from Clinton County Mental Health and Substance Abuse. The goal is to assist patients as they transition to outpatient care and improve medication adherence while decreasing unnecessary readmissions or visits to the Emergency Department.

“In our current health care environment, it’s clear that by working together we will provide a higher level of care for our patients and actually cut the cost of doing it,” Mundy explained.

Alice Hyde Medical Center and Citizen Advocates, Inc. in Malone will partner in the creation of a center that will provide multiple services to the community including crisis intervention, ambulatory care and an ancillary detox and respite program.  This project received $605,000 in CRFP funding.

“Delivery System Reform is critical to ensuring that the patients served by Alice Hyde Medical Center are able to receive the highest quality of care,” said Douglas DiVello, President and CEO of Alice Hyde Medical Center. “These funds will enable us, in collaboration with our partners at Citizens Advocates, to expand access to much needed behavioral health and crisis stabilization services to the residents of our community.”

In Plattsburgh, CVPH and the Queensbury-based Hudson Headwaters Health Network, a not-for-profit system of 17 community health centers, will join forces to open a federally qualified health center to provide comprehensive care to everyone in the community using $3.6 million in CRFP funds.  

“This award will enable us to continue our collaboration with CVPH and the other University of Vermont Health Network members to transform and improve health care delivery in the region,” said John Rugge, MD, CEO of Hudson Headwaters.

Hudson Headwaters Health Network also received $2,977,003 to replace its existing community health center in the town of Champlain.

CRFP funded projects include:

Alice Hyde Medical Center, Malone
Crisis Stabilization Center with Ancillary Detox Project – Alice Hyde Medical Center and Citizen Advocates, Inc., North Star Behavioral Health Division, will partner in the development of a new Center which will include multiple services including crisis services, ambulatory treatment, ancillary detox and respite. The new services will be located in the former Alice Hyde Nursing Home facility.  ($605,000)

Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Plattsburgh
CVPH Medical Village/Behavioral Health Renovations –  The CVPH Behavioral Health Department will undergo renovations to bring a pharmacist and a hospital-based care coordinator for Clinton County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services into the clinical setting. ($1.95 million)

Federally Qualify Health Center – Hudson Headwaters Health Network and CVPH will open a federally quality health center to provide comprehensive care to everyone in the Plattsburgh community. ($3.6 million)

Hudson Headwaters Health Network, Champlain
Federally Qualified Health Center –Hudson Headwaters Health Network will replace its existing health center in the town of Champlain.  ($2,977,003)

Hudson Headwaters and The UVM Health Network have a Collaboration Agreement in place.

Inter-Lakes Health Care, Moses Ludington, Ticonderoga
Medical Village – The Moses Ludington Hospital Emergency Department will be renovated and a more robust outpatient service will be established on the Inter-Lakes campus. ($9.1 million)
A Memorandum of Understanding between Inter-Lakes Health and The Network is in place which is the first step in becoming part The Network. 



Alice Hyde Medical Center Looks Forward To 2016

2016 promises to be one of the most exciting years in the history of Alice Hyde Medical Center. Since 1913, we have been known as Alice Hyde Hospital or, for the last 17 years, Alice Hyde Medical Center. The change in our name was a reflection of our evolution from an acute care facility to a health care facility that offers comprehensive and specialty services. 

In 2016, we will become known as The University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center.  However, this is about more than just a change in our name.  Joining The University of Vermont Health Network will be a new milestone in a relationship that began with a clinical affiliation in 1997 with Fletcher Allen Health Care, now The University of Vermont Medical Center.  As a UVM Health Network affiliate hospital, we will enjoy a new and powerful brand name, stronger service linkages, and growth in physician and clinical integration, which will improve our ability to provide the highest quality care to our community. 

In addition to our affiliation, 2016 has more great things in store for Alice Hyde, and our community.  We have opened a new Gastroenterology practice, which will be led by Dr. John Kim beginning in mid-April.  Dr. Kim is a board certified gastroenterologist, who most recently was the Chief of Gastroenterology at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in Flushing, NY. He has more than 20 years of experience in Gastroenterology, and will offer our community a full range of gastrointestinal services including Colonoscopy procedures.

We anticipate continued growth in our Outpatient practices in 2016. Keeping in line with the changing healthcare landscape, we expect that our community will seek preventive health care through our growing number of Primary Care Practices. Our other outpatient practices are growing as well. Dr. Vladimir Medved has recently joined our staff as a specialist in Pain Management. Over the summer, Dr. Patrina Phillips-King will join Dr. John Lovier and Dr. Nicole Weber in our Women’s Health Practice, providing us with a team of three specialists delivering obstetrical care as well as a full array of gynecological services.   

There will be a great deal of change at Alice Hyde Medical Center in 2016, but serving the people who live in our community will continue to be our biggest passion.  Though our name may change, and our service offerings may expand, we will remain dedicated to Building a Healthier Community, Together.


Alice Hyde Medical Center Wears Red

February is American Heart Month and Alice Hyde Medical Center joined millions of Americans nationwide in celebrating National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 5th.  This is the 12th year the Medical Center has participated in Wear Red Day.  

National Wear Red Day is designated as a day for people across the country to wear red in support of women's heart disease awareness. Everyone can participate in this life-saving awareness movement by wearing red clothing or accessories, such as a tie.  Wear Red Day is a way to spread the word about making healthy choices. Eighty percent of heart disease could be prevented, if people made the right choices for their hearts involving healthy eating, exercising, and not smoking.

"Wear Red Day is a great opportunity to alert women in our community about their personal risk factors for coronary disease. By joining together and wearing red, we can help raise awareness about heart disease, and help lead women on the path to prevention,” said Douglas DiVello, President and CEO at Alice Hyde Medical Center. If you have concerns about your heart health, talk to your primary care provider about getting an appointment with an Alice Hyde Cardiologist. 




What You Need To Know About Colon Cancer Screening

Colorectal Cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. About 5-6 percent of the US population will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime. The incidence of colorectal cancer increases with age, and about 90% of people who develop colorectal cancer are diagnosed after age 50.  However, there is some good news.  It is one of only a few cancers that may be prevented through screenings. 

Regular colorectal cancer screening or testing is one of the most powerful weapons in preventing colorectal cancer. Screening is the process of looking for cancer or pre-cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease. A colonoscopy is the most common screening procedure, and involves an examination of the large intestine using a flexible scope. The doctor looks for cancer, or colon polyps, which may develop into cancer. It can take many years for a polyp to develop into cancer.  That is why regular screening can prevent many cases of colorectal cancer all together, by finding and removing certain types of polyps before they have a chance to turn into cancer.  Regular screening can also find cancer early, when it is highly curable. 

Regular colonoscopies are recommended for people who are 50 years of age or older, have a family history of colon cancer, or bowel diseases such as colon polyps, forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) like Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease, or who have changes in their bowel habits. Those with increased risk factors should talk to their doctor about starting screening at a younger age or about getting screened more frequently.

In order to provide our community with the Colorectal Cancer screenings that they need, Alice Hyde Medical Center is pleased to announce the opening of its new Gastroenterology Practice, located at 183 Park Street, Suite 4 in Malone.  Staffed by providers from the University of Vermont Health Network, who will perform your procedure at Alice Hyde, we offer advanced care for all aspects of treatment from simple screening colonoscopies, to more complex procedures as needed.  Talk to your primary care provider about scheduling an appointment.  For more information, call Alice Hyde Gastroenterology at 518-481-2401.


Alice Hyde Medical Center Welcomes First Baby of the New Year

Welcome baby Lincoln! Alice Hyde Medical Center welcomed its first baby of 2016, Lincoln Harold Marshall, son of Tyler and Deborah Marshall of Malone.  Lincoln arrived at 5:59 pm on January 3rd.  He measured 18 ½ inches long and weighed 7 pounds 7.8 ounces. He joins big sister Everlee.

Dr. Nicole Weber of Alice Hyde Medical Center delivered Lincoln. “It was a great experience. We have received such great hospital care” said Deborah, who is also employed as an LPN at Alice Hyde Medical Center.  Each year, the Medical Center presents the parents of the first baby of the New Year with a basket of gifts. Baby Lincoln received a lion themed gift basket with stuffed animals and other goodies, as well as a gift card.

“Every year is different,” said Doug DiVello, President at Alice Hyde Medical Center.  “Last year, we had four babies born on New Year’s Day, and it was a race to see who would be first. This year, we didn’t have our first baby until the 3rd.  It doesn’t matter when that first baby comes though; it is still an exciting moment for the hospital and for the family.  We couldn’t be more delighted for the Marshalls and are proud to be a part of this special time.”

Front Row, From Left: Jane Sevey, RN, Deborah Marshall, Lincoln Marshall, Tyler Marshall. Back Row, From Left: Doug DiVello, President and CEO, Dr. Nicole Weber, OB/GYN.


Reddy Cancer Treatment Center Receives Donations

The Reddy Cancer Treatment Center at Alice Hyde Medical Center recently received donations from students at Franklin Academy High School.  The Cancer Center received a donation of $933.50 from the Boy’s Junior Varsity Soccer Team, as well as a donation of $1,156.00 from the Girl’s Varsity Soccer Team.  The donation by the girl’s team was made in memory of Besser McKee Hanna. The teams raised the funds during special “pink” games held during their regular season.

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