SPHP Receives Award from Rensselaer County for its COVID-19 Response

St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP) is honored to be the recipient of the 2021 Van Rensselaer Corporate Award.

The Rensselaer County Legislature passed a resolution in August recognizing the award recipients, who also include United Concierge Medicine Digital Health and Rensselaer County Public Health Director Mary Fran Wachunas, for their COVID-19 response.

The legislature presented the recipients with an embossed copy of the resolution during a ceremony on September 14. SPHP’s President of Acute Care, Michael Finegan, was in attendance and accepted the honor on SPHP’s behalf.

In the resolution, the Legislature commends SPHP for how it responded to the pandemic.

WHEREAS, St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP) is the recipient of the 2021 Van Rensselaer Corporate Award. SPHP responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing bed capacity and securing personal protective equipment to keep their workers safe. They also expanded their virtual health services to better connect patients with health care providers and offered COVID testing throughout the region. With 170 locations and 12,000 employees, the impact SPHP has had on individuals, families, and communities in the region has been significant.

United Concierge Medicine Digital Health, which SPHP collaborates with for its TeleSAFE program serving victims of sexual assault, was also honored for using its virtual capabilities to triage patients and treat as needed or direct them to appropriate care.

All award recipients were honored during the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s dinner on Oct. 7.

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