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Bill Gallagher (Photo provided)
Bill Gallagher (Photo provided)

The Hospice Path: Goodbye and what comes after

Most of us hate to talk or think about death. It may be the last taboo subject in America. But beginning last spring, Brian Mann asked one North Country family to do just that.

As part of a series called The Hospice Path, Brian documented the lives of Bill and Tommie Gallagher. Bill joined the High Peaks Hospice program after he was diagnosed with an untreatable lung ailment. He died last Monday at his home in Saranac Lake, surrounded by family and helped in his final hours by a hospice nurse.

But it turns out that Bill's death isn't the final step in the hospice process. As Brian learned, the program's nurses and counselors will now work with his family as they begin to grieve and say good-bye.  Go to full article
We were advised that we should place all options, including a relocation, on the table, so that we can truly compare all possibilities.

Relocation among Trudeau's options

Two weeks after officials at Trudeau Institute announced plans to expand off-site, an internal memo indicates the Institute may also consider leaving Saranac Lake.

The memo from David Woodland, president and director of the biomedical research facility, lists "relocation, with the intent of re-purposing the Saranac Lake facilities" as one of the strategic options being considered for Trudeau's future development.

Trudeau is one of the area's largest employers. As Chris Knight reports, local officials are concerned.  Go to full article
Zelda Foster (Source:  Columbia University)
Zelda Foster (Source: Columbia University)

The Hospice Path, Part Three: Remembering pioneer Zelda Foster

North Country Public Radio has begun an on-going series looking at the ways that hospice programs can help when someone is approaching the end of their life.

It turns out a social worker here in New York was one of the pioneers of hospice and end-of-life care. Zelda Foster passed away in 2006.

At that time, reporter Gregory Warner profiled a woman who spent forty years advocating for people's right to die with dignity.  Go to full article

Adirondack vets welcome local VA clinic

Veterans in the Tri-Lakes are should get relief soon from long drives for medical care. New York Veterans Administration officials were in Essex County last week to announce plans for a new clinic in Saranac lake, and relocation of the existing clinic in Elizabethtown. That old clinic will remain in Elizabethtown until a new location is found. The Saranac Lake clinic is the result of years of lobbying led by one local vet, Frank Karl. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls) (File photo)
Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls) (File photo)

Murphy, Owens vote Yes on healthcare; Arcuri votes No

There were competing health care rallies in Plattsburgh over the weekend, aimed at swaying Democratic congressman Bill Owens. But in the end Owens and Glens Falls Democrat Scott Murphy voted in favor of the fiercely debated overhaul plan approved last night. As Brian Mann reports, their decision to support President Obama's health care bill is already drawing praise and criticism.  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
Researchers will create "clouds" of infectious microbes in this containment area (Source:  Trudeau Institute)
Researchers will create "clouds" of infectious microbes in this containment area (Source: Trudeau Institute)

New Saranac Lake lab will push frontiers of disease research, cautiously

Yesterday we reported on the growth of the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake, which is adding three new research teams. Over the next few months, Trudeau Institute will certify its new research wing, named for former state Senator Ronald Stafford. Once it's brought on-line, the facility will be closed to the public forever. Even most of the Institute's staff won't be allowed inside. That's because the researchers working in the lab will handle some of world's deadliest diseases, including airborne strains of tuberculosis and influenza. Brian Mann was allowed a rare glimpse inside the lab and has our story.  Go to full article

In Adirondacks, some communities struggle to find health insurance

Health insurance advocates in the northern Adirondacks say the number of people living without medical coverage is holding steady at around 12%. The Tri-Lakes Uninsured Task Force has been working for seven years to connect more locals with low-cost insurance plans and government programs. But as Brian Mann reports, a new study found hotspots in the region where far more families lack basic coverage.  Go to full article

Adirondacks will lead NY healthcare reform

Governor Paterson says the state has to reform its healthcare system, to provide better coverage to more people at a lower cost. That's an ambitious goal. State officials plan to test-drive the state's new health model here in the North Country. A $9.5 million pilot project will launch next summer, linking hospitals and clinics from Glens Falls to Plattsburgh to Saranac Lake. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Brain injury clinic comes to Carthage

A new clinic to treat people who have suffered brain injuries is opening in Carthage. The center will feature a promising new therapy for accident and stroke victims. It may also serve veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with brain trauma. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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