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Chandler Ralph (Source:  AMC)
Chandler Ralph (Source: AMC)

AMC exec Ralph talks in-depth about coming health care battles

Health care is likely to top the agenda of state and federal lawmakers in the coming weeks, as New York's new governor aims to reform the Medicaid system and Congress considers a measure to repeal last year's health care reform legislation.

Chris Morris sat down to talk about possible changes to the health care system with Chandler Ralph, head of Adirondack Medical Center.

Ralph says hospitals in the North Country want lawmakers to take a measured approach, and she opposes a wholesale scrapping of the Federal healthcare reform plan.  Go to full article

Hospital waste, not wasted

Hospitals throw out millions of dollars worth of unused medical supplies every year. They're outdated, somebody ordered too much, infection control protocols. Whatever. Tons of supplies wind up in landfills -- but non-profit groups are collecting more and more useful items and shipping them to developing countries. As part of a collaboration with Northeast public radio stations, Josie Huang of Maine Public Radio reports.  Go to full article

A follow-up on Washington's prescriptions for health care reform

A new Associated Press poll suggests Americans hold a widely shared conviction that major health care changes are needed. But they're virtually split down the middle on whether health care plans being discussed in Congress are the right way to go. The poll suggests Americans are worried that the fine print could cost them money, and that opponents have stronger feelings on the issue than do supporters. In May, Martha Foley spoke with David Acker, CEO of Canton Potsdam Hospital, about how the health care reform conversation was shaping up for small hospitals, in rural areas like the North Country. He was back in the studio this morning, for a follow-up conversation.  Go to full article

Hospital expansion plan forces debate over change in Potsdam

From Washington to Albany, the future of America's health care system is on the table. New York State has already closed and consolidated several hospitals in a planned restructuring that won't wrap up until at least 2011. In Potsdam, though, the hospital is hoping to expand. But not everyone's cheering. The Canton-Potsdam Hospital is in a residential area - with Potsdam High School across one street, and single family homes on other sides. Neighbors are worried about big new medical buildings and more traffic. As Jonathan Brown reports, the expansion has sparked debate over change and how to make it work for the hospital, its neighbors and the future of the village.  Go to full article
Collapsed chimney at Adirondack Medical Center (Photo provided)
Collapsed chimney at Adirondack Medical Center (Photo provided)

Saranac Lake hospital accident now blamed on collapsed chimney

A boiler room accident that forced the evacuation of Adirondack Medical Center over the weekend is being blamed on the collapse of a four-story tall chimney.  Go to full article
Moses Ludington Hospital (Source: Inter-Lakes Health)
Moses Ludington Hospital (Source: Inter-Lakes Health)

Ticonderoga hospital cuts jobs as North Country feels pinch

The largest healthcare provider in Ticonderoga is slashing fifteen jobs and cutting six more positions back to part-time. Inter-Lakes healthcare made the announcement yesterday, citing "unprecedented financial challenges" at Moses-Ludington Hospital and the Heritage Commons nursing home. As Brian Mann reports, the cuts come as health care providers across the North Country brace for more cuts from Albany.  Go to full article

Lay-offs hit troubled Ticonderoga hospital

Officials at Inter-Lakes Healthcare in Ticonderoga say 15 full-time workers at Moses Ludington Hospital will lose their jobs. "The worsening economy, lower health-care reimbursements and the pending state budget cuts are resulting in significant decreases in our revenue, and forcing us to make some very difficult decisions." said CEO Kevin Haughney, in a prepared statement.

"These decisions were extremely difficult, but absolutely necessary in order to help ensure the long-term survival of our organization and the critically important services we provide to our community."

The move comes as hospitals and nursing homes across the region brace for cuts in state aid. The decision also comes less than a month after Inter-Lakes abruptly dismissed former CEO Roger Masse. Inter-Lakes also operates a nursing home and a dental clinic.  Go to full article

State Medicaid cuts threaten Lake Placid nursing home

The Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting this morning that Governor Paterson could unveil a new rural healthcare initiative in the Adirondack Park today as part of his State of the State address. But the Governor is also expected to push for nearly a billion dollars in cuts to Medicaid reimbursements for hospitals and nursing homes statewide. That plan would cost the Uihlein nursing and rehabilitation facility in Lake Placid roughly a quarter million dollars in state aid. As Brian Mann reports, the nursing home's operators say that could force them to close their doors for good.  Go to full article

Hooking up the uninsured

In the Adirondacks, a coalition of health care providers, insurance companies, businesses and government agencies is working to help more locals find insurance coverage. Over the last five years, they've cut the number of uninsured in the Tri-Lakes area by 25%. But as Brian Mann reports, leaders of the effort say the goal is universal coverage.

NOTE: For more information about healthcare options in the Tri-Lakes area, call 518-891-2725.  Go to full article
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand

Gillibrand tours "substandard" Walter Reed Hospital

Investigations have begun into substandard conditions at Walter Reed Hospital. Many of America's injured soldiers, including National Guardsmen and servicemen from Fort Drum, are treated at the facility. The Washington Post has reported that some outpatient dormitories at the hospital were filthy and infested with vermin. Democratic Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand toured Walter Reed yesterday. She spoke with Brian Mann shortly her visit.  Go to full article

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