St. Lawrence Health System 1

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Organizational Structure

The St. Lawrence Health System (SLHS) was formed in 2013 to improve health, elevate the standard of care, enhance the patient experience, and gain efficiencies through collaboration.

SLHS is the parent organization for three not-for-profit hospitals, a captive medical practice, and a foundation:

  • Canton-Potsdam Hospital (CPH) is a not-for-profit community healthcare facility certified for 94 beds. Its core programs include emergency medicine, acute care, hospitalist medicine, critical care, and a Level III Trauma Center. It offers specialist care in over 25 different specialties, including a robust orthopedic surgery and sports medicine program, the Center for Cancer Care.
  • Gouverneur Hospital (GH) is a not-for-profit critical access hospital founded in 2013 certified for 25 beds. "Critical access" is a federal designation available only to hospitals located in remote, rural regions, enabling these hospitals to be reimbursed at a higher rate because of the challenges they face in providing care in high-need areas.
  • Massena Hospital (MH) is an acute care, 25-bed hospital providing inpatient medical, surgical, labor and delivery, and pediatric services in addition to emergency care.

CPH Services

  • Primary care clinics (Brasher Falls, Canton, Gouverneur, Norfolk, and Potsdam)
  • Specialty care clinics (Canton, Gouverneur, Massena, and Potsdam)
  • After-hours clinic (Canton)
  • Urgent care clinic (Potsdam)
  • Outpatient behavior health
  • 24/7 hospitalist program
  • Chemical dependency rehabilitation and outpatient care
  • Sleep therapy, respiratory therapy, echocardiography, telemedicine, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Outpatient physical rehabilitation offered in Brasher Falls, Canton, and Potsdam
  • Speech and occupational therapies
  • Outpatient laboratory and imaging services offered in Potsdam and Canton
  • The Center for Cancer Care has a door-less radiation treatment design, a linear accelerator with IMRT, and infusion area
  • Acute, inpatient care
  • Critical care
  • Distinct Observation Unit
  • In-patient and ambulatory surgery
  • Maternity
  • Emergency services
  • Adult, Level III trauma care

Medical Staff

Our diverse, talented, and growing medical staff includes specialists in: allergy and immunology, addiction medicine, anesthesiology, behavioral health, cardiology, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency medicine, endocrinology, family practice, gastroenterology, general surgery, infectious diseases, inpatient care, internal medicine,  neurology, medical and radiation oncology, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, optometry, oral surgery, orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, otolaryngology, pain management, pathology, physiatry, pediatrics, podiatry, psychiatry, pulmonology, rheumatology, trauma surgery, urogynecology, and urology. 

Tertiary Referrals

Syracuse          (142 miles southwest of Potsdam, 107 miles southwest of Gouverneur)

Burlington       (117 miles east of Potsdam, 150 miles east of Gouverneur)


Guided by strategic, medical staff, and master facilities plans, SLHS hospitals have achieved incredible success when so many other small and rural hospitals struggle to survive.  Resulting, consistent financial surpluses have funded a series of new construction and renovation projects designed to accommodate our growth in providers and patients and to upgrade existing facilities.