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GLENS FALLS — Local gastroenterologist Dr. Howard P. Fritz has been named chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs at Glens Falls Hospital.

Fritz retired from Gastroenterology Associates of Northern New York in September 2018, after 29 years with the practice. At Glens Falls Hospital, he is succeeding Dr. Robert Pringle, who was interim chief medical officer during the hospital's search for candidates.

Fritz will oversee all clinical operations at the hospital, including adherence to best practices and the ensuring of overall quality of care, will be the liaison between the medical staff and administration and will help with physician recruitment and strategic planning.

“Dr. Fritz is highly respected among the members of our medical community and cares very deeply about making Glens Falls Hospital the best it can possibly be,” said President and CEO Dianne Shugrue. “He has been an advocate for continuous improvement as a practicing member of our medical staff, and is now in an even greater position to lead the way forward from a quality of care standpoint.”

Fritz said he wants to help the hospital flourish.

“I believe in the mission,” he said. "Glens Falls Hospital is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital. The hospital and the health care team that works with and within it are committed to providing high-quality care to as many people as possible, as close to home as possible.”

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