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Carthage Area Hospital says the same pressures that are facing all hospitals these days forced it to restructure. Photo: Joanna Richards
Carthage Area Hospital says the same pressures that are facing all hospitals these days forced it to restructure. Photo: Joanna Richards

Carthage Hospital lays off 73 workers

Carthage Area Hospital is laying off 73 workers, part of its second restructuring in just the past few months. Forty-one of those were members of the Service Employees International Union Local 1199.  Go to full article
Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both E.J. Noble Hospital (pictured here) and Kinney nursing home. Now the nursing home's future is unclear. Photo: Sarah Harris
Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both E.J. Noble Hospital (pictured here) and Kinney nursing home. Now the nursing home's future is unclear. Photo: Sarah Harris

Gouverneur's Kinney Nursing Home may close

The state Department of Health is reviewing a plan to close Kinney Nursing Home.

Last December, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both E.J. Noble Hospital and the nursing home, which had been operating a loss.

A new entity, Gouverneur Hospital, has emerged, and operations began last month, under a new parent organization, the St. Lawrence Health System. But the nursing home may not be part of the new organization's future.  Go to full article
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
Chandler Ralph, Adirondack Health President and CEO.
Chandler Ralph, Adirondack Health President and CEO.

Adirondack Health adds to string of hospital layoffs

Another North Country hospital is laying off employees. Adirondack Health, which owns hospitals, nursing homes and health clinics in the Tri-Lakes area, announced Friday that it's cutting 17 jobs to help close a $3 million budget shortfall.

Adirondack Health is one of several health care organizations across the North Country to announce layoffs in recent months. Last week, Claxton Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg announced it was laying off six employees and had eliminated a total of nine positions.

Last month, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center in Plattsburgh laid off 17 employees. Also last month, Glens Falls Hospital announced it was eliminating 29 positions and reducing five other employees to part-time hours.

Adirondack Health officials attributed the shortfall to a drop-off in inpatient volume and declining reimbursements.  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
(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
Retired nurse Jackie Hartle and hairdresser Judy Redmond want to help keep the hospital open. Photo: Julie Grant
Retired nurse Jackie Hartle and hairdresser Judy Redmond want to help keep the hospital open. Photo: Julie Grant

Gouverneur worried, still hopeful about hospital

The EJ Noble Hospital in Gouverneur remains closed, as officials work to correct problems with the hospital's lab. The New York State Department of Health closed the lab down late last week, which meant the hospital could no longer admit patients. Eighteen patients were moved to nearby hospitals, and 70 EJ Noble employees have been placed on leave.

There's concern that the longer the hospital remains closed, the less chance it has of re-opening. Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown and Canton-Potsdam Hospital are both considering proposals to help. But people who live in the Gouverneur-area are worried. The nearest hospital is more than a half-an-hour's drive away.

Village officials have a date with the health department Friday to talk about possible affiliations with other North Country hospitals that might allow EJ Noble to reopen.  Go to full article
"In all frankness, I definitely should have moved at a lot quicker pace." - Administrator Charles Canole.

EJ Noble Hospital in Gouverneur struggles to reopen

EJ Noble hospital in Gouverneur is working correct problems in its laboratory, so the hospital can start admitting patients again. Administrator Charles Canole says the lab failed state testing, and was forced to close late last week by the New York health department.  Go to full article

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center's history celebrated in new book

A new book profiles the early history, founders, and staff of St. Lawrence County's first hospital, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. It opened in 1885, and over the years, the hospital has housed a nursing school and was the first to bring many new health services to the region, including an artificial kidney machine in the late 1960's.

Todd Moe talks with Cyndy Clusen and Kelsey Redpath, creators of the latest Arcadia photo book that celebrates Claxton-Hepburn's past. They'll lead a discussion about the hospital and the new book at the Brewer Bookstore in Canton this Saturday afternoon at 1 pm.  Go to full article

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