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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
Roughly 40 nurses rallied yesterday outside Adirondack Medical Center (Photo:  Chris Morris)
Roughly 40 nurses rallied yesterday outside Adirondack Medical Center (Photo: Chris Morris)

Nurses picket at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake

A large group of nurses gathered in front of one of the region's largest health care facilities this week to call for fair wages and benefits.

The nurses' union at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake says it wants a contract similar to those at other area hospitals, like the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh and the Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone.

But hospital officials counter that they've been negotiating in good faith, and that their contract proposal is, in fact, fair.

Chris Morris has our report.  Go to full article
FDRHPO director Denise Young in her Watertown office.
FDRHPO director Denise Young in her Watertown office.

Earmark builds health care assets around Fort Drum

Over the next month, we'll hear a lot about earmarks, also known as "pork." They're the district-specific pet projects of members of Congress. The new Republican-led House has vowed to ban earmarks, or at least strictly curtail them.

We've all heard about the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere." But for every one of those earmarks, there are many others that are filling a need in a community.

Fort Drum near Watertown is the only Army base in the country without its own hospital. Soldiers and their families rely on doctors and clinics in Jefferson, Lewis, and southern St. Lawrence counties. A $400,000 earmark funds an organization thats building health care assets for soldiers and civilians alike. avid Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

New health study gives high (and low) marks to North Country counties

A new study released this morning aims to rank New York's counties by the health of their residents. The report, compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, also looks at local factors like air quality and the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables that can help people get healthier. The study gives high marks to some North Country counties - including Essex, Hamilton and Warren. But Franklin and St. Lawrence Counties don't fare so well. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Doctor shortage limits emergency room hours in Lake Placid

The doctor shortage in the Adirondacks has become so acute that Adirondack Medical Center it may not be able to keep its emergency room in Lake Placid open every night this summer. Volunteer ambulance services that serve rural northwestern Essex County may be asked to reroute patients to hospitals in Saranac Lake, Elizabethtown or Plattsburgh. Jacob Resneck reports.  Go to full article

Hudson Headwaters deal "a first step" for region

Hudson Headwaters Health Network announced this week that four major private insurers have agreed to boost reimbursement rates for basic medical care. Dr. John Rugge is CEO of Hudson Headwaters, which operates clinics throughout the southern and eastern Adirondacks, as well as the Champlain Valley. He says his organization is still struggling to end a shortage of primary care doctors. Rugge also told Brian Mann that this settlement with insurance companies won't help other hospitals and clinics in the region, but could serve as first step toward broader reform.  Go to full article

Hospital closures get a review by lawmakers

Legislative leaders say they want to revisit the Berger Commission report that recommended that many hospitals around the state be closed or merged. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Some hospital workers support Spitzer?s budget

Governor Spitzer appeared in New York City with hospital administrators and a health care workers union that are supporting him in his budget plans. Another health care workers union opposes the governor's plans and has been running TV ads against him. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Lawmakers vow to restore hospital cuts

Legislative leaders promised hundreds of hospital workers that they would restore some of Governor Spitzer's controversial cuts to hospitals. They also criticized the governor's tactics, which have led Spitzer into an ad war and rhetorical battle with some of the state's largest health care provider alliances. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Health care workers to rally against budget cuts

Hundreds of hospital representatives are due at the Capitol today, to protest Governor Spitzer's proposed budget cuts. The group will hear speeches by the legislative leaders, who say they are leaning toward restoring some of Spitzer's over one billion dollars in cuts to medical institutions. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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