Our commitment to quality is unwavering and is recognized both within and beyond our organization. Following are just some of the awards we've received in recent years.
U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospital
U.S. News & World Report named Saratoga Hospital a Best Regional Hospital for 2020-2021. The hospital took the top spot in Northern New York and is ranked third in the Albany region and 22nd statewide. Saratoga Hospital is also "high-performing" in four specialties: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement.
4-Star Quality Rating
Saratoga Hospital has earned a four-star quality rating under the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare initiative. That places us among the top third of U.S. hospitals.
HANYS Pinnacle Award for Quality & Patient Safety
2020: Saratoga Hospital won this prestigious award, from the Hospital Association of New York State (HANYS), for our innovative approach to diagnosing and treating Clostridioides difficile infection. Our novel strategy resulted in significant reductions in unnecessary treatment and related side effects and patient harm .
2019: HANYS recognized Saratoga Hospital for our success in early identification and treatment of sepsis, a life-threatening condition.
Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence
Saratoga Hospital is the first in the region to be named a Center of Excellence for Antimicrobial Stewardship. This designation, from the Infectious Diseases Society of America, recognizes the quality of our infectious disease team and our commitment to best practices in prescribing medications and helping prevent drug resistance.
Magnet® Designation for Nursing Excellence
Saratoga Hospital has maintained Magnet® designation for nursing excellence since September 2004, when we became the first in New York's Capital Region to earn this recognition. Granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Magnet designation is widely regarded as the gold standard for patient care and is reserved for the best nursing teams in the nation. Our most recent redesignation was awarded in August 2020.
"A" Rating from S&P
Our "A" rating and "stable" outlook from S&P Global Ratings affirm Saratoga Hospital's favorable financial position. S&P noted our strong, consistent operating performance, solid unrestricted reserves, growing admissions, and leading market share.
3-time Auxiliary of the Year recipient
Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild has been named Auxiliary of the Year three times - in 2008, 2012, and 2018. Presented by the Hospital Association of New York State (HANYS), the award recognizes outstanding achievements in community outreach, collaboration, partnerships, advocacy, fundraising, and new community initiatives.
Blue Distinction® Center
Saratoga Bariatric Surgery and Weight-Loss Program, a service of Saratoga Hospital, has been awarded the Blue Distinction® Center designation for Bariatric Surgery as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program of BlueShield of Northeastern New York. The designation is reserved for nationally accredited bariatric programs that excel in delivering safe, effective treatment.
MBSAQIP Accredited Center
Our Saratoga Bariatric Surgery and Weight-Loss Program has earned full accreditation as a comprehensive bariatric facility by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). The "comprehensive" designation signifies that Saratoga Bariatric Surgery & Weight-Loss Center meets rigorous standards for bariatric care and provides the resources necessary to meet the needs of bariatric patients before and after surgery.
Aetna Institutes of Quality Award
Aetna has recognized our Saratoga Bariatric Surgery and Weight-Loss Program as an Aetna Institute of Quality® Bariatric Surgery Facility for treating individuals with morbid, or extreme, obesity. The designation reflects our consistent performance in delivering safe, evidence-based care.
Commission on Cancer Accreditation
Our cancer services are accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The voluntary accreditation demonstrates that Saratoga Hospital meets the highest standards for quality of cancer care.
Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence
Our Lung Cancer Screening Program is recognized by the Lung Cancer Alliance as a Screening Center of Excellence. This designation affirms our commitment to responsible, high-quality screening practices to ensure safe, efficient, and equitable screening for lung cancer.
Saratoga Hospital's Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center has been awarded full accreditation by the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO). This voluntary accreditation, for practices that meet or exceed national standards for radiation therapy, is yet another example of our commitment to exceptional cancer care.
Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award
For the second year in a row, in 2020 the American Heart Association honored Saratoga Hospital with the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for meeting benchmarks and the best practice guidelines for treating patients with severe heart attacks.
Association for the Health Care Environment Clean Facility
Saratoga Hospital is among the first in the U.S. to earn a Clean Facility certificate from the Association for the Health Care Environment (AHE), affirming our commitment to hospital-grade cleaning and disinfection practices. The certificate attests that we completed AHE's Pathways to Clean program, which was launched in response to COVID-19. The program includes education and training on infection prevention; cleaning, disinfection, and sanitation; emerging pathogens; and preparedness for biological events.
Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Saratoga Hospital is the first facility in Northeastern New York to earn accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. Two members of Saratoga Hospital Medical Group - OB/GYN -- Drs. Siobhan Hayden and Anouk Lambers -- are the first physicians in Northeastern New York to be accredited as Surgeons of Excellence in minimally invasive gynecology. Accreditation is awarded by the Surgical Review Corporation, a nonprofit patient safety organization that recognizes facilities and surgeons for providing superior patient care.
Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence
The American College of Radiology has designated Saratoga Hospital as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence, the highest form of recognition available for imaging facilities. The designation applies to imaging facilities on our hospital and Wilton campuses. They are the only New York state locations outside the New York City and Buffalo regions to hold this distinction.
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
Our Women's Imaging Center, on our Wilton Campus, has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. This American College of Radiology designation applies to all Women's Imaging Center services: mammography, MRI, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.
IAC Accreditation for Medical Imaging
Saratoga Hospital has earned Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) accreditation for our echocardiography and vascular ultrasound services. This designation reflects the overall quality of these services, including patient care, imaging, interpretation, and reporting.
Saratoga Hospital's Laboratory Services Centers are accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Accredited organizations must demonstrate their adherence to comprehensive, rigorous standards that meet or exceed U.S. government requirements. Only 10% of New York hospitals have earned this distinction, which provides an added assurance of quality for patients and referring physicians.
Blue Distinction® Center
Saratoga Hospital has been named a Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care. This designation, awarded as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program of BlueShield of Northeastern New York, affirms that we meet rigorous standards for quality, patient safety, and outcomes.
Contributions to Healthcare Award
The Northeast Kidney Foundation presented Saratoga Hospital with the "Contributions to Healthcare Award" for our efforts on behalf of those living with kidney disease and related conditions. The foundation cited our exemplary care for patients who have diabetes, heart disease, or kidney disease and for our commitment to the community.
Orthopedic and Spine Care
Blue Distinction® for Spine Surgery
Saratoga Hospital is the only Capital Region facility to be named a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery. This designation, from Blue Shield of Northeastern New York, recognized our commitment to patient safety, high-quality care, and better health outcomes.
Blue Distinction® for Knee and Hip Replacement
Blue Shield of Northeastern New York has named Saratoga Hospital a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement. This designation reflects our expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and readmissisons.
Patient-Centered Medical Homes
All Saratoga Hospital Medical Group Primary Care practices, along with our Saratoga Community Health Center, have earned recognition as National Patient-Centered Medical Homes. This designation affirms that our primary care practices put patients at the forefront of care, an approach that improves both the quality of care and the patient experience.
Clinical Preceptor of the Year
Our Saratoga Community Health Center received the 2019 Alice Fruehan, MD, Award for Excellence in Clinical Precepting. Presented by the Department of Community & Family Medicine at Albany Medical College, the "Preceptor of the Year" award recognizes a family practitioner's commitment to training future physicians. In a break from tradition, in 2019 all 40+ members of our Community Health Center shared the honor.
Digital Health Most Wired 2020
Saratoga Hospital once again was ranked among the nation’s “Most Wired” healthcare organizations in 2020. The Digital Health Most Wired designation, from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIMES), recognizes our achievements in using advanced information and digital technology to enhance patient care and safety.
UroLift® Center of Excellence
Dr. Seth Capello of Saratoga Hospital Medical Group - Urology is the only physician in Northeastern New York to earn the UroLift® Center of Excellence designation for treating patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate. The minimally invasive UroLift procedure has been shown to provide lasting relief from BPH symptoms, often with fewer side effects than other BPH treatments.