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Massena hospital downsizing staff

Massena Memorial Hospital has started a hiring freeze, and isn't planning to fill 13 vacant positions. In a press release, Chief Executive Charles Fahd II, says the hospital will realign staff in an attempt to right-size the organization. He says the number of patient visits has been lower than expected this year. At the same time, government reimbursement rates are down for Medicaid and Medicare. The 50-bed facility is owned by the town of Massena.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that the hospital has lost more than a million dollars already this year. Fahd says they are working to balance the budget, without affecting personnel. The Times reports that this is the second staff reduction in two years. Last year, the hospital eliminated 10 full-time positions. It currently employs 429 people.

The hospital did break ground on a $4 million medical office building last spring. The newspaper quotes hospital officials as saying the new building is necessary, even in difficult times, to attract new doctors.  Go to full article

Fort Drum soldier becomes citizen at White House ceremony

It's a national tradition for the White House to perform a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens on Independence Day. Joanna Richards reports that this year, the ceremony includes a Fort Drum soldier.  Go to full article
...The Department of Environmental Conservation needs the resources and the staff to oversee the state's laws and regulations.

Cuomo may soon allow limited hydro-fracking

Governor Cuomo is indicating he may very soon release a plan to begin limited hydro-fracking in New York. However, the state legislature left for the summer without acting on any legislation that would speed up the process, or slow it down.  Go to full article
Rick Jacobs, CFO at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Canton-Potsdam Hospital wants NY to expand Medicaid

Leaders at Canton-Potsdam Hospital want New York to expand the Medicaid program to include people whose incomes are above the federal poverty level. In its ruling upholding...  Go to full article
The Village of Potsdam voted "no" on dissolution in November, 2011. Image: Dale Hobson

Experts weigh in on North Country dissolution pros and cons

The village of Malone and the village of Norwood are each considering dissolving layers of government in an effort to streamline services and save money. Voters in Potsdam...  Go to full article
The 58th annual Saranac Lake Kiddie Parade brought out the red, white and blue.

A Scene Repeated All Across America

Independence Day, more often referred to as the 4th of July, parades are the universal way of celebrating the nations birthday. In a scene repeated all across America,...  Go to full article

Preview: One in a Thousand eBook

Digital technology has allowed a Thousand Islands photographer to open a new window on his favorite region. Todd Moe talks with Ian Coristine and the creative team behind a...  Go to full article