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Strike Averted at Carthage Hospital

A potential strike by workers at Carthage Area Hospital was averted Friday. Workers at Carthage Area Hospital were planning a strike vote. Instead, negotiators signed off on a contract. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

Strike Averted at Carthage Hospital

A potential strike by workers at Carthage Area Hospital has been averted. Workers at Carthage Area Hospital were going to have a strike vote today, instead, they'll be signing off on a contract.  Go to full article
Dr. Suzi Swain (Source: Trudeau Institute
Dr. Suzi Swain (Source: Trudeau Institute

Avian Flu Could Overwhelm Region's Healthcare

Global health officials are tracking the spread of avian flu in birds. They worry that a deadly strain of influenza could mutate and begin to spread aggressively among humans. There have already been dozens of cases where the disease made the leap from birds to people and in extremely rare instances the avian flu appears to have passed between humans. More than a hundred and twenty people have been infected so far, most of them in Asia. Nearly half died. This morning in the first part of our series on the local response to avian flu, we talk with Dr. Suzi Swain. Dr. Swain heads the Trudeau Institute, in Saranac Lake, one of the premier research facilities in the country investigating infectious and respiratory diseases. She's been meeting with local healthcare providers, who are preparing a response plan for the Tri-lakes area. Dr. Swain spoke with Brian Mann.

Note: Tomorrow during the 8 O'clock Hour, Brian reports looks at how one North Country community might respond if a flu pandemic occurs.  Go to full article

Pataki Ally Faces APA Enforcement Over Lake Placid Mansion

The Adirondack Park Agency says a close ally of Governor Pataki damaged the environment when he began construction of a new mansion on a hillside overlooking Lake Placid. An APA committee ruled yesterday that Arthur Spiegel built a house twenty-feet taller than his permit allowed. They also claim that he put the structure on a steep hillside. The unfinished mansion is visible from Rt. 86, on the outskirts of the village. Some critics have called it an eyesore. But as Brian Mann reports, the Agency faces stiff political pressure in this case. The committee stopped short of calling for the house to be torn down.  Go to full article

Doctor Arrest Raises Addiction Issues

A St. Lawrence County doctor was arrested last week for allegedly prescribing painkillers to addicted clients who didn't need them. The case is drawing attention to how prescription narcotics are controlled in New York. Dr. Gail DeHart of Gouverneur was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. DeHart's lawyer, Ed Menkin of Syracuse, declined to comment on the case, saying he had yet to meet with his client. Experts say abuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem nationwide, especially among young people. A new state law taking effect next year will require doctors to use official prescription forms, so the health department can better track prescription narcotics. David Sommerstein spoke with Dr. John Dewar, a family physician based in Potsdam. He's medical director of Canton-Potsdam Hospital's chemical dependency unit. He says he deals with 150 to 200 clients a year who are addicted to prescription drugs.  Go to full article
State Senator Betty Little
State Senator Betty Little

Budget Plan Costs Hospitals, Nursing Homes

Pataki is also proposing a tax hike levied on hospitals and nursing homes. According to the Glens Falls Post Star, the Glens Falls hospital could pay as much as $1.4 million more under the proposal. The legislature rejected a similar tax hike plan pushed by the Governor last year. Brian Mann spoke with State Senator Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury.  Go to full article
Administering antibiotics.<br />Source:  AMC
Administering antibiotics.
Source: AMC

In Franklin County, Training for the Unthinkable

Public health agencies in Franklin County announced this week that they had completed a two-day mock bio-terror drill. The training session, which ran August 18 and 19, was designed to test coordination between a dozen different organizations ranging from the Red Cross to local hospitals to the public schools. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Elizabethtown Hospital Reopens Damaged Wing; Fire Called "Accident"

Patients returned to Elizabethtown's community hospital on Monday, following a weekend fire that forced evacuation of the west wing. Emergency officials say the blaze may have been triggered by a failed piece of equipment in one of the rooms. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Elizabethtown Hospital Burns, One Patient Dead

A fire broke out Saturday morning at the community hospital in
Elizabethtown, forcing officials to evacuate fifteen patients. One elderly woman died during the emergency, but officials blame her death on natural causes. Other patients and staff suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Nurses Urge Improved Hospital Staffing Standards

A nurses union and other health advocates say the State Department of Health should set standards for the number of nurses needed for hospital procedures, to avoid patient deaths. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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