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Glens Falls Hospital has opened partnership talks with Albany Medical Center
Glens Falls Hospital has opened partnership talks with Albany Medical Center

Glens Falls hospital explores "partnership" with Albany Medical

One of the North Country's largest healthcare providers has announced plans to explore a partnership with Albany Medical Center.

Glens Falls Hospital, which also operates clinics and specialty care facilities throughout the southeastern Adirondacks, announced the move yesterday.

Hospital CEO David Kruczlnicki says the talks come, in part, as a response to Obamacare and declining government reimbursements for Medicaid and Medicare.  Go to full article
One reason good nutrition is important to AIDS/HIV patients: a common side effect of antiretroviral medications such as Atripla is the loss of minerals from bone.
One reason good nutrition is important to AIDS/HIV patients: a common side effect of antiretroviral medications such as Atripla is the loss of minerals from bone.

Nutrition program to help HIV/AIDS patients stay healthier

Advancements in AIDS treatment means that people with the illness are living longer than ever. That means they need to take better care of their long-term health. A new program for AIDS patients in the North Country focuses on improving their nutrition.  Go to full article

Startup aims to simplify hospital admissions process

Prepping for surgery can be a long, paper-driven process. A patient often has to sit on the phone detailing their medical history for a nurse -- again. Now, a Syracuse-area start-up is taking that process digital, and seeing surprising results.  Go to full article
Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic, demonstrates his practice's new electronic medical record system at the clinic's offices in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards
Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic, demonstrates his practice's new electronic medical record system at the clinic's offices in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

InfoTech project aims to improve health care in North Country

While lots of industries turned to information technology long ago to improve efficiency, accuracy and collaboration, until now, health care has lagged behind. Now, a big project has aimed to leverage IT in the health care in the North Country.  Go to full article
The new front entrance at Clifton-Fine Hospital in Star Lake. Photo: Julie Grant
The new front entrance at Clifton-Fine Hospital in Star Lake. Photo: Julie Grant

Clifton-Fine Hospital looks for a partner

Many North Country hospitals are facing financial challenges, and looking for ways to ensure a healthy future.

Clifton-Fine is a tiny hospital in the northwest Adirondacks. It's searching for a larger hospital in the region to partner with, in hopes of gaining financial strength and better services.  Go to full article
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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