ESD Announces Adirondack Health Breaks Ground on Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center

Nearly $13.6 Million Capital Investment Will Build Modern Sports Medical Center

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Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Adirondack Health has broken ground on a new, state-of-the-art health and medical center in Lake Placid, Essex County. The 41,000 square-foot facility will feature sports medicine services, including strength training, exercise performance and science, a warm-water therapy pool and three-lane lap pool. The new health center will help Lake Placid maintain its prominence as a world-class training destination for athletes, while providing health care services and treatments for residents.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Lake Placid has a rich sports history, hosting the winter Olympic Games twice and serving as a training ground for countless elite athletes. We are proud to partner with Adirondack Health to support the construction of this new medical center, which will provide services to North Country residents and contribute to a healthier community.”

Servicing the North Country for the past 100 years, Adirondack Health is the family of eight facilities and more than 850 health care professionals. Providing a full range of medical, surgical and long-term care services, Adirondack Health generates an annual economic impact of $148 million on the local economy. 

Adirondack Health’s Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center will include a state-of-the-art emergency department, laboratory and diagnostic imaging capabilities.  Private and visiting physician offices – including the Lake Placid Sports Medicine group – will complement other on-site medical services, ensuring premiere health care is available just steps from the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Adirondack Health President and CEO Sylvia Getman said, “We are incredibly grateful to Empire State Development for their support and investment in the future of care for the Adirondacks. This facility will cater to everyone, from world-class Olympic athletes to local senior citizens. We want to help all of our patients move better, feel better and live better. Adirondack Health is proud to count Empire State Development and the North Country Regional Economic Development Council as partners in the provision of quality rural healthcare.”

Adirondack Health will invest nearly $13.6 million to build and outfit the new Lake Placid facility. The company is expected to retain all 65 employees at its current Lake Placid location, and create two additional positions. In order to encourage the project to move forward, ESD has offered a grant of up to $2 million, based on the priority project recommendation made by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) during Round V of the Regional Council competition.

NCREDC Co-Chairs Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Anthony G. Collins, Clarkson University President, said, “The Regional Economic Development Council has, from its beginning, supported the special role of the Adirondacks in health and sports as key assets to be sustained and developed. That's why we were pleased to identify this venture as a Priority Project, helping to secure state investment. Adirondack Health’s new specialized sports medicine facility represents bringing together the region’s key assets to create one of the special places on the planet to live, work, study and travel. The recent visit by the International University Sports Federation to evaluate the region as potential host for the 2023 Winter University Games shows the collaboration we now have in North Country utilizing public-private investments.”

Senator Betty Little said, “This is a very exciting project for which I was pleased to advocate knowing how important investing in Adirondack Health is to the tri-lakes region and how smartly this new facility will complement our Olympic venues.”

Assemblyman Dan Stec said, “Through the state’s community-based approach to determining regional economic development priorities, the North Country has been committed to developing an effective healthcare network across the region. Adirondack Health’s new Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center will help create a healthier North Country by providing medical services and therapy for residents and athletes alike in a modern environment with the latest in medical equipment and technology.”

North Elba Town Supervisor Roby Politi said, “Lake Placid’s future as a thriving economic municipality and world class sports venue is dependent upon quality health care and sports medicine. From our local residents to visiting tourists and Olympic athletes, this new state of the art facility will make all the difference for the Adirondack region. We applaud the efforts of Empire State Development and the North Country Regional Economic Development Council for their decision and energies in facilitating this essential outcome.” 

Village of Lake Placid Mayor Craig H. Randall said, “Today’s groundbreaking is a milestone for Lake Placid and the continuance of quality health services in our community. The expanded facility enhances access to critical community emergency and rehabilitation health services and expands the Lake Placid Sports Medicine program. These services are a key component to our quest to attract major international sport events and related investment in the North Country, while assuring our residents, athletes in training and visitors alike that ‘Excellent Health Care Close to Home’ is available in Lake Placid. We thank Adirondack Health and Empire State Development for their commitment to the North Country.”

About Empire State Development

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency ( 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 NEW YORK,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit and


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