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Good Samaritan submits plan to help EJ Noble

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Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown is waiting to hear whether it will begin assisting the lab at EJ Noble Hospital. The NY department of health forced the Gouverneur hospital to shut down last week because of deficiencies with its lab.

Krista Kittle is spokesperson at Good Samaritan. She says they want to help prevent EJ Noble from closing.

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“The loss of any hospital is really a blow to any community.  And as one of our partner hospitals in the north country we felt it was important to do our best to chip in and see if we can help this hospital continue to provide a service to the community.”

Kittle says Good Samaritan and other hospitals interested in working with EJ Noble were supposed to submit letters yesterday, outlining the services they would be willing to provide.

“We can turn around the services fairly quickly, it could happen immediately upon approval.  I do understand that EJ Noble is sharing interested parties commitment letters with the department of health during a meeting on Friday.  At that point, we’ll have more direction which way they want to go, who they want to partner with, so we expect to hear something after Friday.”

A spokesperon for the department of health told NCPR he was not aware of a meeting scheduled with EJ Noble today.  He also would not say when the hospital might reopen, saying the state’s interest is thoroughness, and quality of care.


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