Welcome to Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association, Inc.

About Us

Our history

The Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association was established as a charitable organization in 1897 as the District Nurse Association and later merged with the Saranac Lake Tuberculosis Society in 1907.  In 1972, our name changed to The Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association, Inc., but our focus on providing for people in need has always remained the same.

Our mission

We are dedicated to improving the health of the people within the Saranac Lake School District by funding medical and dental healthcare initiatives and scholarships for students in the medical, nursing, rehabilitative and allied fields of study.

Our Services

Equipment Loans

Saranac Lake Voluntary Health loans medical equipment based on the recommendation of authorized medical personnel and the visiting nurse.  Equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and crutches are available to be borrowed. Contact us for more details.

Visiting Nurse Services

The Visiting Nurse Program employs a full-time registered nurse for in-home care visits to residents of the Saranac Lake Central School District.  Services are authorized by the client's primary care physician, but anyone can call SLVHA to initiate the referral process.  The goal is to provide nursing care to those ineligible for services from another provider (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid or Private Insurance.) Typical services include management and pre-pouring of medication, blood pressure and health assessments, skin/wound care, symptom monitoring and health teaching.  The visiting nurse is there to help people stay in their homes longer. 

Elementary School Dental Hygienist

The Dental Hygiene Program provides a full-time dental hygienist in the Saranac Lake Elementary School.  All children in the elementary school receive free dental exams, general dental education, and fluoride and/or dental sealants (with parental approval.) 

Dental Emergency Care Assistance Fund

Applications for financial assistance for basic dental care are accepted from permanent, full-time residents of the Saranac Lake Central School District.    The program is designed for those in financial need with limited resources, limited or no dental insurance and who do not have and are not eligible for Medicaid. Basic dental care does not include crowns, cosmetic procedures, or procedures deemed unnecessary to achieve and/or maintain overall good dental health.   

Please see the download section for more information, required paperwork and application.  


Scholarships are given annually to qualified high school seniors enrolled in the New Visions program at the Adirondack Medical Center, as well as to students entering their second year in the North Country Community College (NCCC) Nursing or Radiological Technician programs; or those students who are committed to the Saranac Lake community.

Please see the download section for more information.  

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Downloadable Applications, Information and Required Document

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Dental Emergency Care Assistance Fund Introduction (pdf)


Dental Emergency Care Assistance Fund Program Guidelines & Patient Responsibilities (pdf)


Dental Emergency Care Assistance Fund Notice of Privacy Practices (pdf)


Dental Emergency Care Assistance Fund Application June 17 2014 legal size (pdf)


NCCC_Application_2018 (pdf)


NCCC scholarship cover page (pdf)


New Vision Application 2018 (pdf)


Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association, Inc.

75 Main Street, Suite 2, (Key Bank building 2nd floor) Saranac Lake, NY 12983, US

(518) 891-0910

Business Office Hours

Monday - Friday

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Support Us!

Contribute to SLVHA

Making a commitment to SLVHA is making a commitment to the Saranac Lake Community.  When you walk down the streets of Saranac Lake, attend a Little League game or go to bingo at the Senior Center you can see how your financial contribution is helping to increase the quality of life for the people living here.

We provide a variety of giving options, and assure you that 100% of your donation goes to the program of your choice.

A volunteer board of directors of Saranac Lake professionals oversees SLVHA and employs one part-time office assistant.  All administrative costs are covered by other funds.

There are many ways to contribute to SLVHA.  Some ways include:

Annual Giving

Every year, every gift of any size truly helps make a difference.


Durable medical equipment; please call the office at 518-891-0910 for current acceptable items.


Leave a lasting gift to be held in trust to be used only to meet the specific program of interest.


Any bequest can continue to provide for those in need for years to come.

To find out more, please call us in confidence and at no obligation at 518-891-0910, or e-mail us at slvha@verizon.net.