Five New Trustees Join Saratoga Hospital Board

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January 17, 2017

Five New Trustees Join Saratoga Hospital Board

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, January 17, 2017—Saratoga Hospital has named five new members—Christel A. MacLean, Dr. Marianne A. Mustafa, Heather M. Ward, Robert T. Cushing and Dr. Steven M. Frisch—to the Board of Trustees effective Jan. 1.

Cushing is chairman of the Albany Medical Center Board of Directors, and Dr. Frisch is senior executive vice president for AMC’s integrated delivery system. They serve as AMC’s representatives on the Saratoga Hospital Board of Trustees, filling two new slots created as a result of the recent AMC-Saratoga Hospital affiliation.

The affiliation agreement also gives Saratoga Hospital three representatives on the AMC board. Michael Iacolucci, chairperson, Saratoga Hospital Board of Trustees; Janice White, trustee and immediate past chairperson; and Michael West, trustee; have been named to those seats.

Christel MacLeanChristel A. MacLean

MacLean is an entrepreneur and co-owner of five businesses: Circus Café, The Crown Grill, Saratoga Juice Bar, Curved Line Living Seminars, and Realty Saratoga. She has held leadership roles with Saratoga Arts Fest, Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association, and Division Street School and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Adirondack Trust Company and the executive board of Times Union Women@Work. A graduate of Williams College, MacLean holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Marinne-MustafaDr. Marianne A. Mustafa

Dr. Mustafa is a family practitioner in Malta, a member of the Saratoga Hospital medical staff, and former medical director of long-term care for the hospital. A team physician for Skidmore College, Dr. Mustafa serves on the board of Newmeadow School in Malta. She earned her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine, completed a residency in family medicine at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady, and is fellowship trained in sports medicine.


Heather-WardHeather M. Ward

Ward is chairman of the Wright Family Foundation, the philanthropic arm of SI Group Inc. in Schenectady. She is retired from the family-owned company, where she served most recently as director of global budgeting and planning and corporate secretary. Ward is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Charles R. Wood Foundation, the Board of Directors of Proctors, and the Flower and Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.


Robert T. CushingRobert T. Cushing

Cushing is executive vice president and chief operating officer of TrustCo Bank Corp, where he has held executive positions including chief financial officer. A member of the AMC board since 2004, Cushing has served on numerous committees and was instrumental in the development of the medical center’s Patient Pavilion. He also has served on the boards of the Schenectady Foundation and his alma mater, Siena College.


Dr-S.-FrischDr. Steven M. Frisch

Dr. Frisch is responsible for AMC’s relationships with affiliate physician groups and organizations, network development, managed care contracting, and risk management. He joined AMC in 1979 and has been part of AMC senior administration since April 1995, serving in positions including hospital system general director and head of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Albany Medical College. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Frisch earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College.


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About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acute-care facility in Saratoga County. With a medical staff of more than 450 providers, the hospital offers care in a broad range of medical specialties at more than 20 locations including its Wilton campus and the Saratoga Medical Park at Malta. The Saratoga Hospital Medical Group ensures easy access to services that can have the greatest impact on both individual and community health. In keeping with its emphasis on quality, Saratoga Hospital was the first in the Capital Region to earn Magnet designation for nursing excellence. On Jan. 1, 2017, Saratoga Hospital finalized its affiliation with Albany Medical Center, joining Columbia Memorial Health in creating a regionally integrated, locally governed healthcare system. For more information: or



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