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Baby booms and other complications: local health care challenges

The 5th Annual Rural Health Care Conference is in its second day in Chatauqua. This year, all the discussions take place in the shadow of the New York State Right Sizing Commission. The commission was formed earlier this year to take a comprehensive look at health services across the state. It's likely some hospitals will close, and some services consolidated as a result of its recommendations. Patty Bishop looks at the big picture in this region. She is director of the Northern New York Rural Health Care Alliance, based in Watertown. She said local providers and agencies will have their say before the right-sizing commission makes its recommendation. But she told Gregory Warner the challenges the rural health care community faces are special, and she worries that message won't be heard clearly. And she said the North Country has particular problems because of Ft. Drum.  Go to full article

Keeseville firefighters awarded for Ausable Chasm rescue

This month the Fireman's Association of New York State gave their inaugural award for emergency services to the Keeseville Fire Department. The award was for a rescue last March at the Ausable Chasm. The volunteer firefighters thought they were going to a dead-on-the-scene scenario but when they climbed down the chasm in treacherous conditions they found the person was alive. They rescued the man, Dr. Charles Delise. Gregory Warner spoke with Chief Lenny Martin, one of the rescuers.  Go to full article

Faith Healing, Under the Tent

It's tent revival season in the North Country. Gregory Warner stopped by one tent off the Lake Ozonia Road. It was operated by the Christian Camp Ozonia. He watched a faith healer at work. And then he followed up...  Go to full article

StoryCorps Preserves Hospice Pioneer's Legacy

The StoryCorps booth opens at the Canton village green this morning. StoryCorps helps people set down a record of their lives - the little details as well as the broader, deeper strokes.
Lots of reasons to do that, of course. With permission, the interviews are archived in the Library of Congress. Some are excerpted on public radio. But it's the personal archive that's most meaningful - the voices and memories that may fade, particularly after death. Zelda Foster was an early pioneer in hospice and end-of-life care. For 40 years she fought for people's right to die with dignity. She believed in facing death with honesty and preparedness. For Zelda Foster that also meant recording her story at a StoryCorps booth. Foster died Tuesday. Gregory Warner has this remembrance.  Go to full article

A Day in Mental Health Court

The Champlain Valley chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness gives its top award to Judge Penelope Clute in Plattsburgh tonight. It's an unusual partnership. The criminal justice system isn't well suited to dealing with the mentally ill. Jails and prisons are the de facto asylums of our times. Judge Clute is breaking ground in Clinton County, with a court specifically designed for people with severe mental illness. Mental health court codifies a team approach that brings the mental health and the justice systems together. It gives people with mental illness new opportunities to stay out of jail, and the "system" new leverage to intervene. There are only eight other courts like it in the state. Gregory Warner went to court, and has this story.  Go to full article

Abortion Issue Blocks Canton-Potsdam Hospital Deal

Officials at Canton-Potsdam Hospital have dropped plans to buy property owned by the Catholic Church because the Diocese of Ogdensburg wanted to ban abortions on the site. Hospital officials learned of the deed restriction on Sunday. Todd Moe has details.  Go to full article

Pataki Proposes Funding Cuts to Hospitals

Governor Pataki's proposed budget would mean hundreds of millions of dollars in funding cuts to hospitals and nursing homes statewide.  Go to full article

Local Hospitals Prepare for Pandemic

Avian flu has killed 70 people in Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia -- mainly farm workers in close contact with fowl. Last week, a 14 year old boy in Turkey died from bird flu - and his sister has tested positive for the disease. Health planners in the North Country are taking steps for a possible outbreak of infectious disease here.  Go to full article

Disability Matters Audio Diary: Michaela's Family, Part One

This year, North Country Public Radio is focusing on people and families who live with disabilities. This morning, we begin an audio diary series with the Hannons, a family in Saranac Lake. Kathy and Mike Hannon have two daughters, Rachel and Michaela. Twelve year old Michaela was born with spastic cerebral palsy.
In the weeks and months ahead, they'll be sharing their experiences, talking about the ways that Michaela's disability changes their daily lives. This first diary is narrated by Kathy Hannon, a school teacher who works in Lake Placid. We'll also hear from her daughter Michaela. Their audio diary was produced by Brian Mann.

Next Monday: Getting Michaela ready for a day at school.  Go to full article

Groundbreaking for New Hospice Headquarters

Hospice and Palliative Care of St Lawrence Valley is building new offices for their staff.  Go to full article

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