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Adk Health looks to cut Lake Placid Hospital

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There was another sign this week of the growing financial crunch faced by many hospitals in the North Country. Adirondack Health is looking at moving, shutting down or cutting the hours of the emergency room at its Lake Placid hospital.

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Chris Knight
Adirondack Correspondent

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The news comes just three months after the organization — one of the biggest private employers in the Adirondack Park — announced a major restructuring plan that included more than a dozen layoffs.

After a recent meeting with Adirondack Health officials, Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall says nothing's off the table when it comes to savings:

“I heard that all options were on that table with respect  to looking at every aspect of AMC’s operation,” Randall. “Some of those decisions could be difficult and I don’t believe that anything was off the table, including the existing emergency room services that have been here ever since the merger of Placid Memorial and the General Hospital of Saranac Lake.”

Randall said he'd be "very disappointed" if Lake Placid lost its round-the-clock emergency room services, but that he understands the situation the hospital is in.

Reporter Chris Knight's reporting is courtesy of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. For more of his work, go to AdirondackDailyEnterprise.com.

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