The Adirondack Frontier is home to two outstanding medical centers: Adirondack Medical Center, the largest employer in the Adirondack Park, and Alice Hyde Medical Center, which is part of the UVM health network.
Critical Health Care Services and Dedicated Professionals:
These medical centers play a vital role in providing essential health care services to patients from across the region. The dedicated doctors, nurses, and staff employed by these facilities ensure that our community receives high-quality medical care. In fact, the health care industry in Franklin County employs over 3,700 people, making a significant contribution to our local economy. The average salary in this sector is over $73,000 per year, demonstrating the economic impact and stability that these institutions bring to our region. Furthermore, the services provided by our medical centers amount to over $341 million annually, highlighting their substantial contribution to our community’s well-being.
Education and Training for Future Health Care Professionals:
Franklin County is committed to nurturing and preparing the next generation of health care professionals. North Country Community College, with campuses in Malone and Saranac Lake, offers an associate’s degree and certificate programs in nursing through its School of Nursing. This program equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the health care field, ensuring a well-trained workforce to meet our community’s growing needs.
In addition, the Franklin-Hamilton-Essex BOCES provides a unique opportunity for high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in health care. Through the New Vision Health Care Program, these students have the chance to learn and work at Alice Hyde and Adirondack Medical Center, gaining invaluable hands-on experience and mentorship as they embark on their health care journeys.
The Interdependence of Economic and Community Well-Being:
It is essential to recognize the significant impact that these medical institutions have on both the economic well-being of our region and the overall health and well-being of our residents. The strength and continued growth of our health care sector not only create job opportunities and economic stability but also ensure that our community has access to high-quality medical services.
By providing essential health care services, employing dedicated professionals, and investing in the education and training of future health care leaders, we are collectively strengthening the fabric of our region.