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Gouverneur Hospital

Gouverneur Hospital (GH), located in its namesake city in Northern New York, is a not-for-profit critical access hospital founded in 2013. "Critical access" is a federal designation that is 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. Gouverneur Hospital is certified for 25 beds and operates in affiliation with Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, NY, and Massena Hospital in Massena, NY, under the umbrella of the St. Lawrence Health System. Services include inpatient detox, substance use disorder rehabilitation, emergency care, imaging and EKG’s, physical therapy, and respiratory therapy. The mission of the St. Lawrence Health System is to improve health, expand access, and lower costs through coordination and integration of services. 

GH is involved in the Care Partner Program. Family, friends, and caregivers are effective members of the healthcare team who can bridge the gap between the hospital and home, and reduce preventable readmissions. Learn more about the importance of the Care Partner Program.

GH serves a regional community of approximately 18,000 people in southern St. Lawrence, western Lewis, and northern Jefferson counties. Care is provided on the main hospital campus and at three regional primary care centers in DeKalb Junction, and Edwards, NY.

The providers and staff of Gouverneur Hospital are committed to providing patients of all ages with high-quality, compassionate care as close to home as possible. GH is also fortunate to have the most dedicated all-volunteer auxiliary in the North Country. The auxiliary operates a gift shop on the street level of the west wing.

Our hospital is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business, community, and healthcare leaders from across our service area.

Patient Privacy and Rights

Read information on GH's advance directives, patient proxy, patient rights in New York State, and patient privacy.


Our mission is to provide skilled, compassionate, cost-effective care that promotes wellness and meets the community's healthcare needs.