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EJ Noble would be renamed Gouverneur Hospital in a new partnership with Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Photo by Julie Grant
EJ Noble would be renamed Gouverneur Hospital in a new partnership with Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Photo by Julie Grant

Gouverneur hospital to fold, join forces with Canton-Potsdam

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A downward slide has ended for the small rural hospital in Gouverneur.

In a press release late yesterday, the chairs of the EJ Noble Hospital and Canton-Potsdam Hospital boards of directors announced the sale and dissolution of the small hospital after decades of financial struggles.

Most of EJ Noble's assets and services are expected to survive in a newly created two- hospital system led by nearby Canton-Potsdam Hospital. EJ Noble will be renamed Gouverneur Hospital.

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Martha Foley
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In June, Canton-Potsdam Hospital CEO David Acker told North Country Public Radio the network of small hospitals serving the North Country from Plattsburgh to Watertown was at a tipping point, and some collaborations and consolidations would be coming.

Acker said the Gouverneur facility serves 18,000 people, and is crucial to that network.

 “When you look at the geography,” he said, “they are 45 minutes from anywhere that you can access care. If that facility were allowed to close that would be just an enormous void, and would create, I think, catastrophic events down there.”

Canton Potsdam Hospital stepped in last year when the state abruptly closed down EJ Noble’s lab. The larger hospital has been helping oversee EJ Noble operations since then.

EJ Noble’s board chairman, Michael Burgess said the board looked at every option, and said the creation of a new Gouverneur hospital under the new partnership was the best long term solution for the community.

Both the Gouverneur dissolution and the creation of  the new entity, with the new name of St. Lawrence Health system, have to be approved by the state Department of Health.

 

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