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1990s - Changing Times

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Expansion projects, new construction and extensive renovations were the hallmarks of the 1990s.

The Critical Care Unit was upgraded and a new lobby, registration and conference center were added. Two new office buildings, the Health Services Building and the Cushing Center were completed. The Emergency Department and the Laboratory both underwent major overhauls. A major new addition, the Surgical Center and its adjoining meditation garden enhanced the hospital experience for patients and visitors alike.

The 1990s also saw the opening of a Wound Care Center, Sleep Disorders Center, on-site child care services, Capital District Dialysis Center, Pulmonary Function Laboratory and Angiography Suite and the arrival of innumerable new medical and surgical specialists to the hospital campus.

It marked the beginning of award-winning Christmas Parade floats, the 1994 billboard of the year which showcased St. Clare’s Maternity, the RecoveryZone (daycare for sick children), whirlpool tubs for women in labor and the widely acclaimed Spirit of Healing Award. So, too, the half-century milestone since the founding of St. Clare’s and the launch of the 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign by St. Clare’s Hospital Foundation which raised more than $6 million.

In 1997, as the hospital and its campus were in the midst of great change, St. Clare’s leadership was undergoing change as well. Renowned as a healthcare visionary, Jerome G. Stewart who served as the hospital’s chief executive for almost 30 years, retired. In his stead was Schenectady native Paul Chodkowski, who returned to New York after 14 years as a health care administrator in California.

In 1999, the Most Rev. Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop of the Albany Catholic Diocese, was named Chairman of the St. Clare’s Hospital Board of Trustees. He succeeded Monsignor Howard. F. Manny who retired after 20 years as chairman.

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