ALBANY - Adirondack Medical Center and a local medical practice have been awarded state grant funding to help recruit and retain doctors.
AMC will receive $100,000 while Adirondack Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, which is located in the Saranac Lake hospital's Redfield Medical Office Building, will receive a $98,106 grant.
The two awards are among more than $2 million announced Thursday by state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah for 21 hospitals, health centers, medical practices and physicians across the state. The funds come from the Doctors Across New York program, which is designed to help in the training and placement of physicians in rural and inner-city areas where a shortage of health care providers has been identified.
"Many communities in New York face challenges in finding and retaining qualified health care providers," Shah said in a press release. "These awards are the latest investment under the Doctors Across New York program to bolster health care services in rural and inner-city areas to ensure that residents in these communities have access to quality care."
The program provides grants of up to $100,000 over a two-year period. The grants will help hospitals and health care facilities recruit new physicians and assist physicians in establishing or joining practices in underserved areas. The grants can also be used to repay educational loans.
The grants require a two-year service commitment from physicians to practice in the underserved community. Grant recipients were selected through a request for applications.
Around the region, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg also received $100,000 each.