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Green Party candidate Donald Hassig. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Green Party candidate Donald Hassig. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Green Party candidate throws support to Owens

The results of a Siena Poll released Thursday, Nov. 1, showing the 21st Congressional race in a dead heat, has the third party candidate recognizing that he could be the spoiler. So Tuesday when Green party candidate Don Hassig enters the ballot box, he won't be voting for himself, and he's encouraging his supporters to do the same.  Go to full article
Inside the Cascade Inn in Canton. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Inside the Cascade Inn in Canton. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Hearing from the female swing voter herself

Both presidential candidates are placing a lot of their attention on women voters as the election draws near. Women make up more than 52 percent of the vote. And according to at least one Democratic pollster, blue collar women may be the last swayable part of the electorate.

We spoke with women of different ages and experiences about the issues they most care about, and whether or not they'll be voting this year.  Go to full article
After more than a month of forced closure, EJ Noble is admitting patients again. Photo: Julie Grant
After more than a month of forced closure, EJ Noble is admitting patients again. Photo: Julie Grant

EJ Noble seeing patients; blood bank still closed

E.J. Noble Hospital in Gouverneur reopened many of its services this week, after the New York State Health Department forced the Hospital to close down last month, saying the laboratory posed an imminent risk to patient health and safety.

Hospital Administrator Charles Canole says the hospital has been fixing the problems. He says it has hired a new medical director and a new lab supervisor. And it has also updated policies and procedures.  Go to full article
Students order up pizza at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam. Photo: Julie Grant
Students order up pizza at AA Kingston Middle School in Potsdam. Photo: Julie Grant

NY21: School food gets political

A huge number of American kids are considered overweight. Nearly one in five is classified as obese. So with a push from health experts, the medical community, and First Lady Michelle Obama, Congress approved the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010. And the USDA this fall started schools on a path toward serving healthier food.

Two things happened this fall: students started to rebel against the new food program. And the Republican candidate for the 21st Congressional District, Matt Doheny, made problems with the new guidelines a campaign issue.  Go to full article
EJ Noble gets the green light to re-open Monday. Photo: Julie Grant
EJ Noble gets the green light to re-open Monday. Photo: Julie Grant

NY Health Department allows EJ Noble to reopen Monday

After a month of forced closure, the DOH sent out the following press release Friday evening. NCPR will be following up over the weekend, and will have more Monday during the 8 O'Clock Hour.

Statement on E.J. Noble:

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 26, 2012) -- On September 28, 2012, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued Commissioner's Orders for Summary Action suspending the operations of both the E.J. Noble Hospital and its clinical laboratory after serious deficiencies in the hospital's laboratory services were identified that posed imminent risk to patient health and safety.

Since the orders were issued, DOH, has been working closely with E.J. Noble administrators and staff to correct deficiencies identified in the laboratory. Samaritan Hospital has also provided valuable guidance and assistance to E.J. Noble to ensure that laboratory services meet all State requirements.

A recent on-site survey of the laboratory indicates that the laboratory has made significant progress to correct the deficiencies. Based on these findings, DOH will permit the laboratory to perform a limited menu of tests that will allow the hospital to reopen at 9 a.m., Monday, October 29, 2012.

Due to the limited laboratory testing that will be performed, certain acute medical procedures, including obstetric services and some surgeries, will not be permitted at the hospital at this time. E. J. Noble will be allowed to receive patients from EMS transport, but those needing treatment beyond the limited lab services at the hospital will be stabilized and transported to other facilities.

The Department of Health will continue to monitor lab services and patient safety at E.J. Noble and work with the hospital to address remaining issues related to laboratory services.

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Hospital representatives held a press conference to discuss the Adirondack-Telemedicine project.  Photo: CVPH Public Relations.
Hospital representatives held a press conference to discuss the Adirondack-Telemedicine project. Photo: CVPH Public Relations.

Adirondack-Champlain hospitals cooperate in telemedicine network

Eight hospitals in the Adirondack and Champlain regions announced Monday that they're about to begin using a $9 million telemedicine network.

The project includes 40 primary care facilities affiliated with the hospitals in St. Lawrence, Franklin, Essex, and other counties, as well as Fletcher Allen in Vermont, and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Health Services facility.  Go to full article
Massena Memorial CEO Charles Fahd, stands with spokesperson Tina Corcoran (left) and CFO Sean Curtin at construction site across the street from the hospital. Photo: Julie Grant
Massena Memorial CEO Charles Fahd, stands with spokesperson Tina Corcoran (left) and CFO Sean Curtin at construction site across the street from the hospital. Photo: Julie Grant

Struggling North Country hospitals look to work together

Throughout the United States, hospitals are going through a period of change. Faced with increasing costs, decreasing reimbursements, and new regulations, many are merging or consolidating with other hospitals.

That hasn't happened so far in the North Country: in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties alone, there are ten independent hospitals. But many are struggling financially. Some experts say the North Country's health care system needs to start changing--and hospitals in our region are looking for ways to make a healthy future.  Go to full article
EJ Noble nurses and the New York State Nurses Association outside the Gouverneur hospital. Photo: Julie Grant
EJ Noble nurses and the New York State Nurses Association outside the Gouverneur hospital. Photo: Julie Grant

EJ Noble Nurses hold vigil in Gouverneur

People gathered outside the EJ Noble Hospital in Gouverneur Thursday afternoon, holding signs that read "Save Our Hospital" and "Patient Care First." They were there for a vigil to support the thirty nurses who have been laid off.

EJ Noble was forced to close late last month, after the New York State Department of Health closed down its lab. State officials say they're working with the hospital to rectify the deficiencies. That includes discussions with Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown about collaborating at EJ Noble lab. The health department says it's currently reviewing EJ Noble's plans to address concerns at the lab, and has no time frame for reopening the hospital.

Meanwhile, the nurses have all filed for unemployment benefits. Julie Grant went to a vigil they held Thursday, and spoke with nurses Pat Makiewicz and Ellen Meilleur.  Go to full article

North Country Children's Clinic leader resigns

Collene Dare Alexander has resigned as executive director of the North Country Children's Clinic, after only three months on the job. The clinic's Board of Directors made the announcement in a press release. Alexander had served in the position since July 5. During her short tenure, the organization moved into its new role as a Federally Qualifed Health Center.

Janice Charles will lead the organization as interim director and will immediately begin the search process for a new executive cirector. The agency provides comprehensive medical and dental care to people with low incomes.  Go to full article
(Photo: Julie Grant)
(Photo: Julie Grant)

Good Samaritan submits plan to help EJ Noble

Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown is waiting to hear whether it will begin assisting the lab at EJ Noble Hospital. The NY department of health forced the Gouverneur hospital to shut down last week because of deficiencies with its lab.

Krista Kittle is spokesperson at Good Samaritan. She says they want to help prevent EJ Noble from closing.  Go to full article

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