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Best Hospitals, Dentists, and Senior Residences in Albany

The best of the capital region


There are more than 2.3 million registered nurses in the United States and another 585,000 licensed practical and professional nurses.

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Doctors, nurses and other health professionals are indispensable – the pandemic has reinforced this. Nurses make up the largest percentage of the healthcare workforce in the United States: there are more than 2.3 million registered nurses according to census data.

It is not surprising that there are holidays in honor of nurses. National Nurses Week begins annually on May 6 (National Nurses Day) and ends on May 12 (Florence Nightingale’s birthday).

For several years, we’ve been asking readers to nominate and vote for many health-related categories. best hospital has the longest tenure, dating back to 2007; best dentist and best orthodontist are the newest, starting as a single category in 2020 before splitting up a year later. Here are the 2022 winners of the healthcare categories of the annual Best of the Capital Region survey.

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best hospital

Exterior of St. Peter's Hospital on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Albany, NY (Lori Van Buren/Times Union)

Exterior of St. Peter’s Hospital on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Albany, NY

Lori Van Buren/Times Union

Winner: St. Peter’s Hospital315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany

Second place: Albany Medical Center43 New Scotland Avenue, Albany

Third place: Bellevue Women’s Center2210 Troy-Schenectady Road, Niskayuna

Finalist: Saratoga Hospital211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs

Finalist: Ellis Hospital1101 Nott St., Schenectady



Best Senior Residence

Exterior of the Shaker Place Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, in Colonie, NY Two residents have died at the Albany County Nursing Home, the first deaths reported at the Colonie facility which has seen a dramatic rise in cases among residents and staff.  (Will Waldron/Times Union)

Exterior of the Shaker Place Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 in Colonie.

Will Waldron/Times Union

Winner: Shaker Location100 Heritage Lane, Albany

Second place: Kingsway Community323 Kings Road, Schenectady

Third place: Van Rensselaer Manor85 Bloomingrove Drive, Troy

Finalist: Shaker Tip1 Bell Tower Walk, Watervliet

Finalist: Cobourg Village1 Cobourg Village Road, Rexford


best dentist

Where Smiles Grow pediatric dentistry on Delaware Avenue in Delmar on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

Where Smiles Grow pediatric dentistry on Delaware Avenue in Delmar on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

Gary Hahn

Winner: where smiles grow9 Century Hill Drive, Latham, and 250 Delaware Ave., Suite 201, Delmar

Second place: The Lodge of Smiles713 Pierce Road, Clifton Park

Third place: Zappia & Fryer General Dentistry1 Pine West Plaza, Suite 106, Albany

Finalist: The smile zone576 Sand Creek Road, Albany

Finalist: Guilderland Family Dentistry3734 Carman Road, Guilderland



Best orthodontist

Dr. Sergey Berenshteyn, left, instructs his apprentice Joey Hayak on how to put braces on the teeth of an Adirondack Orthodontics patient on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in Latham, NY (Lori Van Buren/Times Union)

Dr. Sergey Berenshteyn, left, instructs his apprentice Joey Hayak on how to put braces on the teeth of an Adirondack Orthodontics patient Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in Latham.

Lori Van Buren/Times Union

Winner: Adirondack Orthodonticsmultiple locations

Second place: Albany suspenders1004 Western Avenue, Albany

Third place: Dr. Timothy Esmay, Esmay Orthodontics, 877 Western Ave., Albany

Finalist: Dr. Brendan Cooney, Cooney Orthodontics500 Federal Street, Troy

Finalist: Dr. Gary Puccio, Puccio Orthodontics255 Schuurman Road, Castleton-On-Hudson



Best of the Capital Region 2022

Best of the Capital Region 2022

Best of the Capital Region 2022

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