A Brief History

photo of Saratoga Hospital exterior front entrance

A group of prominent women who were determined to meet their community’s desperate need for medical care founded Saratoga Hospital in the late 19th century. Back then, despite its popularity as a “water cure” destination, Saratoga Springs did not have a hospital. Instead, injuries and other emergencies were treated in a room in police headquarters.iPhone spy

old photo of exterior Saratoga Hospital circa 1895

Saratoga Hospital circa 1895  

Records indicate that the “police hospital” was used every few months in 1890 and 1891, and that at least one man died there. At about the same time, the group of women began meeting to plan a more fitting replacement for the inadequate facility. On December 11, 1891, five of them signed the certificate of incorporation for Saratoga Emergency Hospital, the organization that ultimately would become Saratoga County's leading healthcare provider.

During the more than 120 years since, Saratoga Hospital has remained true to the vision of its founders, keeping pace with the changing needs of the community to ensure its continued good health and exceptional quality of life. 


Saratoga Emergency Hospital opens in a former house at the corner of West Harrison and Division streets


Flower and Fruit Mission is established to support maternity services and provide other charitable assistance.


New larger hospital opens at 211 Church Street, site of the current Saratoga Hospital campus


Saratoga Hospital Guild is founded to foster better relations between the Hospital and the community.


New, four-story C wing opens, increasing the size of the Hospital by 150 percent.


Fire causes significant damage to A wing.


New four-story D wing opens.


Hospital breaks ground for $21 million expansion, including new construction and demolition of A and B wings.


Saratoga Hospital Foundation is established to oversee philanthropic efforts in support of Hospital services and capital projects.


Wilton Medical Arts opens; first services on new Wilton Campus.


Same-Day Surgery Center opens at Saratoga Hospital.


Whitney-Hendrickson Cardiac Catheterization Center opens at Saratoga Hospital.


Hospital is first in the Capital Region to earn Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center opens at Saratoga Hospital.


Alfred Z. Solomon Emergency Center opens at Saratoga Hospital.


Hospital opens Saratoga Community Health Center in downtown Saratoga Springs, providing high-quality, affordable primary care, dental, and behavioral health services. Addiction medicine services are added in 2017; major facility expansion is completed in 2019.

Multispecialty Saratoga Hospital Medical Group is established. By 2019, group expands to include more than 250 providers in over 30 specialties at 20+ locations. 

Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center partner to launch Malta Med Emergent Care; first services on new Malta campus.


Marylou Whitney and Desmond DelGiacco, MD, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) opens at Saratoga Hospital. New ICU is equipped with the latest technology, including smart IV pumps and the region's most advanced early-warning patient monitoring system.


New surgical pavilion opens at Saratoga Hospital; featuring 10 state-of-the-art operating suites, including two designated for robotic surgery. 


Saratoga Hospital affiliates with Albany Medical Center; with Columbia Memorial Hospital is one of three hospitals in the Albany Med system. A fourth affiliate, Glens Falls Hospital, joins the system in 2020. 

Saratoga Hospital and Saratoga Regional YMCA break ground on shared facility on the hospital's Malta campus. The Y opens a branch in the new building in 2018; Saratoga Hospital adds sports medicine, rehabilitation services, and physician offices. 


U.S. News & World Report names Saratoga Hospital a "Best Regional Hospital" for 2018-2019, a distinction shared by less than 12% of hospitals nationwide. Designation earns Saratoga Hospital a place among New York's top 25 hospitals for high-quality care.

Saratoga Hospital assumes operations of first location in Warren County: Adirondack Urgent Care in Queensbury. Services are expanded and facility is renamed Saratoga Hospital Urgent Care - Adirondack in 2020.


Saratoga Hospital leases more than 56,000 square feet at Wilton mall. Strategic decision meets expansion needs and frees much-needed space for patient care on the main hospital campus.