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Outlook 2013: St. Mary's looks to cut readmissions

Memorial Campus Unit Coordinator Lynda Russell, left, and Director of Accute Rehab and Transitional Care Cheryl Palmatier stand at the nurses’ station in the new third-floor wing of the facility.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Memorial Campus Unit Coordinator Lynda Russell, left, and Director of Accute Rehab and Transitional Care Cheryl Palmatier stand at the nurses’ station in the new third-floor wing of the facility.
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When frail patients go right home not long after surgery, they run the risk of complications like infections, a situation that leads to more-costly readmissions.

In an effort to prevent this from happening, St. Mary’s Healthcare will be adding a new Transitional Care unit at the Memorial Campus this year.

The new unit is one of two additions planned for the campus in the town of Amsterdam — the hospital also plans to break ...

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