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Adirondack Health has proposed converting its around-the-clock emergency room in Lake Placid to a 12-hour urgent care center as a cost-cutting move. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Adirondack Health has proposed converting its around-the-clock emergency room in Lake Placid to a 12-hour urgent care center as a cost-cutting move. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Adirondack Health to decide fate of Lake Placid ER tonight

The fate of Lake Placid's emergency room will be decided at a board meeting tonight in Saranac Lake.

The board of trustees for Adirondack Health will decide whether to maintain the Lake Placid facility as a 24-7 ER, or to convert it into a part-time "urgent care facility."

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Community leaders, including state Senator Betty Little, have criticized the plan to cut back operations at the small hospital in Lake Placid, pointing to the large number of sports and recreation venues in the village.

But Adirondack Health has argued that the Lake Placid ER sees too few patients, and lost half a million dollars last year.

We'll have more on Adirondack Health's decision tomorrow during the 8 O'clock Hour from Adirondack Daily Enterprise reporter Chris Knight.

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