AMC, UMC, MHC Celebrate New Partnership
December 27th, 2006
SARANAC LAKE - Over a year in the making, a celebration is being held to officially mark the new partnership between Adirondack Medical Center, Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid and Mercy Healthcare Center in Tupper Lake.
At 4 p.m. on January 3, 2007, staff, friends and supporters of the three facilities will gather under a single roof at the Hotel Saranac to celebrate the joining of AMC and the two nursing homes. The merger of the three facilities was made official on paper at a closing ceremony in Albany on December 27, with an effective date of January 1, 2007. The nursing homes will now be known as AMC-Mercy and AMC-Uihlein.
After guests have arrived, welcoming remarks will be made by Chandler Ralph, CEO and President of AMC. This will be followed by remarks from Mark O'Neill, COO of Catholic Health East, the previous operators of the two nursing homes, Rev. George Nagle, Chairman of the AMC Board of Trustees, and Sr. Suzanne Elliott, Regional Community President, Sisters of Mercy.
Mr. O'Neill, Rev. Nagle, and Sr. Suzanne will be handed lit candles in anticipation of the lighting of a unity candle.
Ms. Ralph will then introduce and offer remarks regarding the longest-serving staff members from all three facilities. Pat Harrigan, AMC, Gladys Hatch, UMC, and Sherman Beaudette, MHC, will then join Sr. Suzanne, Mr. O'Neill, Rev. Nagle, and Ms. Ralph in the lighting of the unity candle to symbolize not only this new partnership, but that this entire process would not have been possible were it not for the tireless individuals who work at these three facilities.
To symbolize the new beginning, Brian Ruede, Vice President of Long-Term Care for AMC, and Michele Byno, Assistant Vice President of Long-Term Care for AMC, will step forward with unlit candles and light them from the unity candle.
And, as a show of support from the community, churches in the Tri-Lakes region will be tolling their bells at 5 p.m. to "ring-in" the new partnership between the three facilities. Guests at the celebration will be doing likewise as hand-held bells will be handed out upon arrival. A bell choir will then perform for the assembled crowd.
The evening's celebration will be capped off with food and other refreshments.
Bill O'Reilly, president and CEO of Mercy-Uihlein Healthcare Corporation, and Chandler Ralph, president and CEO of Adirondack Medical Center, sign the official paperwork merging AMC with the Mercy and Uihlein nursing homes on Wednesday, December 27, 2006.
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