Massena, NY, Jul 04, 2012 — 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, NY, Jul 04, 2012 — 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.
Rensselaer, NY, Jul 04, 2012 — 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
Potsdam, NY, Jul 04, 2012 — 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
Malone, NY, Jul 04, 2012 — 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
Saranac Lake, NY, Jul 04, 2012 — 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
Jul 04, 2012 — 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