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Canton-Potsdam Hospital CEO David Acker. Photo: Martha Foley
Canton-Potsdam Hospital CEO David Acker. Photo: Martha Foley

Why there will be fewer hospitals in the North Country

In the latest installment in our series of health care conversations, David Acker. Acker has been president and CEO of Canton Potsdam Hospital for six years.

The hospital has 94 beds, admits about 5,000 patients a year, treats 26,000 people a year at its emergency room, and employs 930 people.

The last two numbers, staff and ER visits, are trending up. And the hospital is soon to open a new urgent care center to meet the rising need for primary care.

Canton Potsdam Hospital is one of a series of smaller hospitals stringing east to west between Plattsburgh to Watertown.

Acker says it's a network that's at a tipping point. There's just not enough money to go around. And he says these smaller hospitals will soon have to collaborate and consolidate care, or they won't survive.

These hospitals now rely on affiliations with large teaching hospitals in Syracuse and Burlington Vermont. Acker says those relationships will become "more meaningful and deeper as time goes on."

So what do the little hospitals need from the bigger medical centers? Acker says a lot of it comes down to money.  Go to full article
Stephens Mundy is CEO of CVPH in Plattsburgh and executive vice president for Northern New York for Fletcher Allen Partners. Photo: CVPH
Stephens Mundy is CEO of CVPH in Plattsburgh and executive vice president for Northern New York for Fletcher Allen Partners. Photo: CVPH

Partnerships, budget cuts reshape North Country healthcare

Last month, North Country Public Radio launched an ongoing series where we're talking in-depth with some of the region's health care leaders.

This is a time of huge transition for the industry -- and huge pressure on rural hospitals, nursing homes, home-health programs and ambulance squads.

That's meant some big changes, including a decision last year by CVPH Hospital and the Elizabethtown Community Hospital to join an umbrella company headed by Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vermont.

Stephens Mundy is CEO of CVPH and serves as executive vice president for Northern New York for the new organization called Fletcher Allen Partners. He sat down last week with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Dr. John Rugge founded the Hudson Headwaters Health Network in 1974, with his first clinic in Chestertown.  HHHN now operates fifteen clinics.  Photo:  Brian Mann
Dr. John Rugge founded the Hudson Headwaters Health Network in 1974, with his first clinic in Chestertown. HHHN now operates fifteen clinics. Photo: Brian Mann

North Country health care reforms and unravels

These are the best of times and the worst of times for healthcare in the North Country.

The region is at the center of a new wave of innovation, experimentation, and reform -- including the "medical home" pilot project, funded in part by New York state. But the North Country's health care industry also face an unprecedented level of uncertainty and risk.  Go to full article

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