Empire State Development Announces Grand Opening of Adirondack Health's New Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center

More than $22 Million Invested to Create State-of-the-Art Sports Medicine Center in Essex County

August 7, 2019

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Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the grand opening of Adirondack Health's new, Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center in Lake Placid, Essex County. The 41,000 square-foot state-of-the-art medical facility, complete with a three-lane lap pool, offers sports medicine and therapy services, in addition to traditional health care and treatment options for residents.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Lake Placid has a rich sporting history as a two-time host of the Winter Olympic games, and this project represents the latest investment furthering the region's prominence as a world-class training destination for athletes of all ages and skill levels."

Adirondack Health invested more than $22 million to build and outfit the new Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center, with equipment and facilities to provide a range of services including strength training and exercise performance and science. The company has committed to adding two new positions, while retaining all 65 employees from its former Lake Placid location. This project was supported by a $2 million performance-based grant from ESD, recommended by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) during Round V of the Regional Council initiative.

Adirondack Health President and CEO Sylvia Getman said, "We are tremendously grateful for the support of our donors, employees, elected officials, Empire State Development and the North Country Regional Economic Development Council—who all recognize that a healthy community is a happy and prosperous community. This building reflects the quality of the work being done inside by our dedicated clinicians and staff, as well as the small town, global sports legacy that belongs to Lake Placid."

NCREDC Co-Chairs James McKenna, Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism CEO, and Dr. Ty Stone, Jefferson Community College President, said, "New York State's investment in the Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center will support the Council's larger efforts to attract world-class competitions to the greater Lake Placid area. This facility provides another piece of crucial infrastructure that allows us to showcase the North Country as the perfect place to live, work and visit."

Adirondack Health’s Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center offers a state-of-the-art emergency department, plus laboratory and diagnostic imaging capabilities. Doctors' offices, including the Lake Placid Sports Medicine group, complement other on-site medical services ensuring premier health care is available just steps from the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Additionally, Adirondack Health also plans to offer children's swim and water safety classes in the new lap pool.

Adirondack Health is network of eight facilities and more than 900 health care professionals that has been servicing the North Country for the past 100 years. With a full range of medical, surgical and long-term care services located throughout Essex and Franklin Counties, Adirondack Health supports and generates more than $148 million in annual local economic impact. 

Senator Betty Little said, "Given its world-renowned Winter Olympic legacy, Lake Placid is the ideal setting for this leading edge, world-class approach to community and elite sports fitness and well-being. This is a perfect fit with so many athletes of all ages who come to Lake Placid and the Adirondack region to compete at the highest level.  And the emergency department, laboratory and diagnostic imaging will serve the community so well in the years ahead. I am very grateful for the leadership of Adirondack Health and the partnership of New York State, including Empire State Development, to make this possible."

Assemblyman Dan Stec said, "Access to quality health care is crucial for building healthy, sustainable communities, and the Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center will ensure that our residents have the opportunity to receive the same world-class care as the athletes who choose to train in our Olympic-caliber facilities. I thank Empire State Development and the North Country REDC for their support of this project."

Shaun Gillilland, Essex County Board of Supervisors Chair, said, "Strong economies and healthy communities go hand-in-hand, and Adirondack Health's new Lake Placid facility will support our vital tourism industry and expand healthcare services and increase quality of life for our residents."

North Elba Town Supervisor Roby Politi said, "We are thankful for Empire State Development's investment in the future of quality health services in our community. The new center will build on our area’s sports legacy and provide the necessary support to continue that legacy, while ensuring the continued health of our community." 

Village of Lake Placid Mayor Craig H. Randall said, "Lake Placid is known worldwide as a Winter Olympics venue and hub for snow sports and world-class athletic training. The new Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center will complement the area’s regional strength as a major sports destination and serve everyone from elite athletes to families and residents."

About Empire State Development

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York's chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of "I LOVE NY," the State's iconic tourism brand.  For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.


Adam Ostrowski (ESD) | [email protected] | (518) 292-5148 | (800) 260-7313
Matt Scollin (Adirondack Health) | [email protected] | (518) 897-2341