Wesley Joins Panel Discussion on the Future of Regional Health Care

Wesley to take part in panel discussion on the future of regional health care.

SUNY Adirondack and Saratoga Economic Development Corporation will co-host a panel discussion about the future of health care at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at SUNY Adirondack Saratoga, 696 Route 9.

Wesley’s Chief Operating Officer, Dutch Hayward, will join Holly Ahern, associate professor of Microbiology at SUNY Adirondack; Susan E. Corney, executive vice president of Human Resources at Hudson Headwaters Health Network; Marcy A. Dreimiller, vice president of Human Resources at Saratoga Hospital; and Ali Skinner, vice president of Communications Strategy at CDPHP, to discuss trends in health care and what they mean for the future of health care careers in the region.

“This is an exciting opportunity for SUNY Adirondack to examine the state of health care in our region and to encourage discussion of the area’s needs for the future,” said Kristine D. Duffy, Ed.D., president of SUNY Adirondack. “The college adapts its offerings to ensure regional employers have a highly skilled workforce, so events like this help us showcase the incredible programs we have to fulfill their needs.”

Dennis Brobson, president of Saratoga Economic Development Corp., will moderate the discussion. Opening remarks will be offered by Duffy and Cassandra Moore, service line manager and director of Glens Falls Hospital’s Stroke and Neurology program and an alumna of SUNY Adirondack’s highly respected Nursing program.

The event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with a celebration of SUNY Adirondack’s 45th year in  Saratoga Springs and the 10th anniversary of the college’s current Saratoga facility. Tours of the Wilton-based SUNY Adirondack Saratoga center and demonstrations of the cutting-edge Anatomage 3D dissection table will be given.

High school students, teachers and counselors, college students, health care and business professionals, and anyone interested in careers in health care are encouraged to attend the event, which is free and open to the public. Please register for the event at https://form.jotform.com/213503950189053.

“I tell the students, ‘In 15 years, you don’t know where you’re going to be because health care is always changing,’” said Moore, who also is an adjunct instructor at SUNY Adirondack. “When I graduated from nursing school, my job didn’t exist; I had no idea this was the path I was going to take, but I love what I do.”

SUNY Adirondack is known for its Nursing program, but also offers degree and non-credit programs to prepare students for several careers in high-demand health care fields.

“Our offerings aren’t limited to Nursing or sciences,” said Caelynn Prylo, assistant dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Innovation. “We offer non-credit professional training for jobs across many disciplines of health care, including sterile processing, medical coding and CCAR recovery coaching, to name just a few.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in health care occupations will grow 16 percent through 2030, adding about 2.6 million new jobs — more than any other occupational groups.  That growth is attributed to the nation’s aging population, which puts a greater demand on health care services.