Our Story

The Albany Med Health System is about people, our patients – people who come to us for exceptional health care, people who require the specialized care that only we offer, people who appreciate having care closer to home.

It is also about the people of the System, our colleagues – people who care for the entire person and their family, people who set the standard for care and treatment, people who bring hope and healing, people who are compassionate, supportive, innovative, and inclusive, people who are dedicated to our community. 

Our Patients


Lisa Paterniti

Lisa Paterniti

The last thing Lisa Paterniti expected was a tumor inside her lung. On a June day a few years ago, she had “a weird feeling in her chest that felt weirder as the day went on.”

And so began her journey with the Albany Med Health System, which Paterniti calls “top notch.”

Lisa's Story


Dr. C. Wesley Dingman II

“At my age, you expect things to go wrong.” 

Dr. C. Wesley Dingman II, 90, was matter of fact about that as well as his treatment by a urology specialist from the Albany Med Health System.

Dr. Dingman Story

Michelle Wilcox

Michelle Wilcox has “looked at life from both sides now,” as folk singer Judy Collins crooned.

Before Wilcox joined the Saratoga Hospital team in February 2022, she was a patient – and witnessed firsthand how successfully the System worked for her. 

Michelles Story


Our Employees

Edie Miskewicz

Edie Miskewicz

A day at the office means one of four offices for Edie Miskewicz.

As risk claims manager for the Albany Med Health System, her work brings her to each System hospital in support of the Patient Safety and Claims Management teams

Edies Story

Al Palmatier

 Al PalmatierPalmatier, the purchasing supervisor at Columbia Memorial Health, is part of an extensive team of System Supply Chain employees. In the last two years, Supply Chain management has become a System-level function, where our four hospitals work together for sourcing and purchasing supplies and maintaining adequate inventory. 

Al's Story


Mike Durling

Mike DurlingAs the Albany Med Health System’s new Chief Nursing Informatics Officer (CNIO), Mike Durling helps bridge technology and bedside care. He had served at Glens Falls Hospital for 10 years, most recently as Director of Informatics and CNIO there.

Mikes Story

Rick Vandell

Rick VandellAt Saratoga Hospital, Richard Vandell and his laboratory colleagues see the benefits of System integration every day. Integration projects have reduced turnaround times for lab results, ensured access to hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 tests Systemwide, and saved over $5 million since 2018. 

Ricks Story