Bringing Comprehensive Health Care and
Services to the People of the Adirondack Region

The Adirondack Health Institute (AHI) expands regional collaboration among health care and social service providers serving the Adirondack Region of New York State.

AHI addresses rapid changes and challenges to the health care industry by working with local providers and organizations through the coordination of planning, recruiting, clinical activities, outreach and managing of grant-supported programs.

AHI is a joint venture of Adirondack Health, Community Providers, Inc. (CVPH), Glens Falls Hospital and Hudson Headwaters Health Network. Its service area includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties.

AHI's Activities, Partners and Programs Include:

Adirondack Medical Home Pilot

Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot

The Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot is an innovative, patient-centered model for the delivery of health care services that strengthens the role of primary care.  The Pilot focuses on prevention and care coordination to improve quality and contain costs. Participating organizations include 35 primary care practices (representing some 100 physicians and a like number of physician assistants and nurse practitioners), five hospitals, seven commercial health plans, Medicaid, Medicare, the NYS Department of Health, the Medical Society of the State of New York, and the NYS Association of Counties.  AHI provides a variety of central services that support the Pilot.

The Adirondack Health Home

Adirondack Health Home

AHI is a NY State-designated lead Health Home.  The Health Home model expands on the traditional medical home model by placing a greater emphasis on linking community and social supports with health care, and providing enhanced coordination of medical and behavioral health care.  Health Home provides comprehensive care management for high-risk Medicaid members with one or more chronic conditions (e.g., mental health condition, substance use disorder, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, BMI greater than 25, or other chronic conditions).  The AHI Health Home operates in partnership with Hudson Headwaters Health Network, Champlain Valley Health Network, the AIDS Council of Northeastern NY, and several behavioral health organizations.

Adirondack Rural Health Network

Adirondack Rural Health Network

The Adirondack Rural Health Network (ARHN) convenes a regional, highly-collaborative, community health planning forum.  The Network includes public health officials, hospitals, health centers, other community-based organizations, and related stakeholders.  ARHN conducts a regional community health assessment, provides education and training related to the NYS Prevention Agenda, and offers other resources that support the development of the regional health care system.

Children’s Health Insurance Connection

Connecting Communities to Coverage

AHI has been awarded funding for the Connecting Communities to Coverage initiative. This program utilizes education and community partnerships to ensure that community leaders and organizations are fully prepared to assist consumers with the next phase of the federal Affordable Care Act implemented in New York State.  New York State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace has been designed to help individuals/families and small business owners shop for, compare and enroll in health insurance coverage.

Education and Outreach Specialists in AHI’s Enrollment Assistance Services and Education (EASE) department are available to provide overview training and resources on the Marketplace at your business location. To request a no-charge training session, please call us toll-free at 1-866-872-3740.

Community Health Advocates

In-Person Assistor/Navigator Program

Through a partnership with the Community Service Society of New York, Adirondack Health Institute is providing services through the In-Person Assistor/Navigator Program that will replace the services previously offered through the Community Health Advocate and Enrollment Services programs. This program plays a vital role in assisting individuals/families and small business owners and their employees shop for, compare and enroll in health insurance coverage through the New York State of Health Marketplace.

Enrollment Specialists in AHI’s Enrollment Assistance Services and Education (EASE) department, certified navigators who have received intensive training by New York State, are here to guide you through the enrollment process.  Our friendly team will help you find the right health insurance plan based on your unique needs and figure out if you can get financial assistance to reduce the cost of coverage.  Please call 1-866-872-3740 to schedule a convenient, in-person, one-on-one, no-cost appointment with one of our expert Enrollment Specialists today.

Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center

Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center

The Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that recruits and develops the health care workforce critical to health care access and economic development in underserved communities.

Sexual Trauma And Recovery Services (STARS)

Sexual Trauma And Recovery Services (STARS)

Sexual Trauma and Recovery Services (STARS) is a program that provides free, confidential services to sexual assault survivors in Washington County.  Services include a 24-hour hotline — 1-800-225-7114 — crisis intervention, short-term counseling, information and referrals, medical and legal advocacy, support groups and child abuse prevention programs.

Staff & Board:

Board Officers

  • Daniel Burke - Chair – NBT Bank
  • Chandler M. Ralph – Vice Chair – Adirondack Health
  • Eileen Haynes, Esq. – Secretary – Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart and Rhodes, P.C.
  • Stephens Mundy – Treasurer – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital

Administration

  • Cathy Homkey – Chief Executive Officer
  • Colleen Florio, PhD – Director of Care Management Initiatives and Evaluation
  • Robert Cawley – Director of Medical Home Initiatives
  • Ann Pepe – Director of Finance
  • Colleen Hiscox - Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors

  • F. Raymond Agnew, CFRE - Paul Smith’s College
  • John Broderick, MD - Adirondack Health
  • Daniel Burke - NBT Bank
  • Richard Dal Col, MD – Capital District Physicians Health Plan
  • Eileen Haynes, Esq. – Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart and Rhodes, P.C.
  • Gary R. Hicks – Boston Scientific (Retired)
  • Patricia Monroe, MD – Adirondack Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Heidi Moore, MD
  • Stephens Mundy – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
  • Chandler M. Ralph – Adirondack Health
  • John Rugge, MD – Hudson Headwaters Health Network
  • Paul Sands – WPTZ-TV
  • Paul Scimeca – Glens Falls Hospital
  • Edward Shannon – Hudson Headwaters Health Network
  • Dianne Shugrue – Glens Falls Hospital

Leadership Council

  • Stephen Acquario, Esq. – New York State Association of Counties
  • Peter Aust – Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Matthew Bannon – Pfizer, Inc.
  • Gary P. Brady – Pfizer, Inc.
  • Alvaro Carrascal, MD – American Cancer Society
  • Garry Douglas – North Country Chamber of Commerce
  • Kristine Duffy, EdD - SUNY Adirondack
  • Steven Frisch, MD – Albany Medical Center
  • David McNally – AARP
  • Jean Moore – Center for Workforce Studies, University at Albany
  • Diana Scalise – Fletcher Allen Medical Center
  • Sarah L. Scarpace – Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Services
  • Barbara Sweet – Tri-County United Way
  • Bud Ziolkowski – North Country Behavioral Healthcare Network