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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
Bill and Tomi Gallagher (Photo:  Lou Reuter, Adirondack Daily Enterprise)
Bill and Tomi Gallagher (Photo: Lou Reuter, Adirondack Daily Enterprise)

The Hospice Path: Helping the helpers

When a patient enters a hospice program at the end of their life, a lot of the focus is on their experience, their choices, and their preparations for death.

As part of our on-going series, called the Hospice Path, we've been profiling Bill Gallagher.

He began working with High Peaks Hospice after doctors told him that his lungs were weakening and couldn't be treated.

This morning, Brian Mann shifts the focus to Tomi Gallagher, Bill's wife. They've been married and caring for each other for nearly seven decades.

Tomi Gallagher says hospice is now offering her important help, while she and her husband navigate this difficult transition.  Go to full article

Lake Placid nursing home fined for shoddy care, patient death

A nursing home in Lake Placid was fine last year more than $75,000 for shoddy care. The news was first disclosed yesterday in a report in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. Adirondack Medical Center paid the fine after state officials investigated the death of an elderly resident at the Uihlein nursing home. As Brian Mann reports, state officials also found serious health and safety concerns at a second nursing home run by AMC in Tupper Lake.  Go to full article

Fixing North Country health care means up-front investment, Part 2

On Friday we reported on growing concerns that the North Country's healthcare system could unravel. The region faces a worsening doctor shortage. Hospitals and nursing homes are threatened with deep cuts in government reimbursements. This morning, we look at a new pilot project designed to reinvent the way medical services are provided in this rural part of New York. Creators of the Adirondack Medical Home Pilot hope they can deliver better preventative care at a lower cost. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Dr. John Rugge (Photo: Hudson Headwaters)
Dr. John Rugge (Photo: Hudson Headwaters)

A Fresh Start on Healthcare: "We have no choice but to make fundamental changes"

North Country Public Radio is airing a new series of interviews called "A Fresh Start." We've asked some of the country's most compelling thinkers to make recommendations for president-elect Barack Obama. Healthcare is one of the top items on the national agenda. There are tens of millions of Americans without insurance. Many experts say skyrocketing healthcare costs are crippling the country's industries. Dr. John Rugge is head of the Hudson Headwaters Health Network, based in Glens Falls. He told Brian Mann that the government will have to play a bigger role in healthcare, reinventing the industry and picking up more of the costs.  Go to full article
Ann Morgan announces effort to boost insurance rates in Tri-Lakes (Photo provided)
Ann Morgan announces effort to boost insurance rates in Tri-Lakes (Photo provided)

More than one in ten adults in Tri-Lakes region lacks health insurance

In the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks, one in ten adults lives without health insurance. That's actually better than the national average. Beginning today in Keene Valley, a regional task-force of businesses and health care providers will try to register more people for state programs like Family Health Plus.
Brian Mann spoke about the project with Ann Morgan, head of the Tri-Lakes Uninsured Task Force.

A schedule of insurance workshops:

* Monday, April 28th from 4-7 p.m., Keene Central Schools, Cafeteria

* Tuesday, April 29th, 4-7 p.m., Tupper Lake Central Schools, LP Quinn Cafeteria

* Wednesday, April 30th, 4-7 p.m., Lake Placid Central Schools, Elementary School Cafeteria

* Thursday, May 1st, 4-7 p.m., Saranac Lake Central Schools, Petrova School Cafeteria

* Tuesday, May 6th, 4-7 p.m., Wilmington Health Center

* Thursday, May 8th, 5-7 p.m., Bloomingdale School Cafeteria  Go to full article

Virus causes three deaths in last week at Elizabethtown nursing home

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting that a highly infectious virus has killed three residents at the Horace Nye nursing home in Elizabethtown over the last week. According to a report first published late yesterday on the newspaper's website, the ailment has led to a quarantine at the county-operated facility. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Abortion Issue Blocks Canton-Potsdam Hospital Deal

Officials at Canton-Potsdam Hospital have dropped plans to buy property owned by the Catholic Church because the Diocese of Ogdensburg wanted to ban abortions on the site. Hospital officials learned of the deed restriction on Sunday. Todd Moe has details.  Go to full article

Towns Warn of EMT Crisis

New York's Association of Towns is warning that a decrease in volunteers for fire and emergency services, combined with what they consider to be onerous regulations, is leading to a crisis. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

The Final Disability: The Loss of Control

When people talk about living with disabilities, one of the top priorities is independence. But what happens when a person's medical condition takes them beyond the point where they can make important decisions? Perhaps they're in a coma. Perhaps their ability to think and reason is impaired. The Terry Schiavo case showed how controversial - and how bitter - that moment can be for families. At a seminar this week in Saranac Lake, an expert on medical law talked about strategies for maintaining control, even in the worst of circumstances. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

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