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Local medical practice makes switch to Hudson Headwaters

Provided photo The Redfield wing of Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake leases a doctors’ practice that has now joined the Hudson Headwaters Health Network.

SARANAC LAKE — The merger of Adirondack Internal Medicine & Pediatrics and Hudson Headwaters Health Network has happened.

First announced in March, the joining of the two organizations was delayed by the pandemic.

Adirondack Internal Medicine & Pediatrics has two locations, one in Saranac Lake and the other in Tupper Lake, which are now part of the HHHN network of community-based health centers, bringing the number of centers to 21, from Glen Falls north to Rouses Point on the Canadian border. That network covers an area of over 6,000 square miles and employs over 850 people, about 200 of which are health care providers.

The doctors and staff of AIMP will remain the same. Joining doctors Elizabeth Buck, Patricia Monroe and Brian Guadagno are Dr. Sarah Thompson and Physician Assistant Emily Monaco.

The names of the two practices have been changed, and there have been renovations made, including new exam rooms added to each location. The merger should have little effect on existing patients, who will visit the same locations as before and keep the same providers.

All five providers will see patients at the Saranac Lake Family Health center at the Redfield wing of Adirondack Medical Center. The office is a 5,183-square-foot facility with 11 exam rooms. Buck, Guadagno and Monaco will also see patients at the Tupper Lake Family Health center, a 1,287-square-foot location with five exam rooms.

“We are excited to work with our new colleagues and are honored to continue providing high-quality care to patients within the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake regions,” said Hudson Headwaters CEO Dr. Tucker Slingerland in a statement.

Adirondack Internal Medicine & Pediatrics was founded in 1976 by Dr. David Johnson and Dr. Dean Melville to provide primary care to residents of Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and the northern Adirondack region. Hudson Headwaters is a nonprofit, primary care network established in the small Adirondack community of Chestertown in 1974. Its services include urgent care, pediatrics, women’s health, behavioral health, dentistry and other specialties, as well as laboratory and imaging.