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The former E.J. Noble Hospital and Kinney Nursing Home. Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both. Photo via <a href="http://www.fdrhpo.org/health-care-services/ej-noble/">Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization</a>
The former E.J. Noble Hospital and Kinney Nursing Home. Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both. Photo via Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization

Gouverneur residents fight possible nursing home closure

Kinney Nursing home in Gouverneur may close. The state health department is reviewing a closure plan submitted in late December. If the state approves the plan, then the nursing home could close within 90 days. That doesn't sit well with some Gouverneur residents, who are organizing to try and keep the nursing home open.  Go to full article
Adirondack Health Chief Senior Services Officer Marc Walker talks with Uihlein Living Center resident Peggy Forkey at the Lake Placid nursing home in November of last year. Photo: Chris Knight via <a href="http://adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/536629/Nursing-homes-in-the-red.html">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
Adirondack Health Chief Senior Services Officer Marc Walker talks with Uihlein Living Center resident Peggy Forkey at the Lake Placid nursing home in November of last year. Photo: Chris Knight via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Can the North Country make nursing homes work?

Many nursing homes around the state are seeing big financial losses, and the situation is the same, if not worse, here in the North Country.

That's sparked a dialogue in the last few months among the region's long-term care leaders about ways they can partner, share services or even consolidate under one organization. Leaders of at least eight to 10 of the region's nursing homes have been involved in these talks.

Some long-term care advocates believe North Country nursing homes are at a tipping point.  Go to full article
Local leaders want more details about Adirondack Health plan for Lake Placid (Photo:  Mark Kurtz)
Local leaders want more details about Adirondack Health plan for Lake Placid (Photo: Mark Kurtz)

Lake Placid leaders support health care shake up, want more information

This week, Adirondack Health unveiled a sweeping plan to revamp medical care in Lake Placid, closing the village's old hospital, expanding its facilities at the Uihlein campus and eliminating as many as 60 nursing home beds.

Some local leaders say the changes took them by surprise, but they also expressed broad comfort with the plan, which could eventually include expanded services and new assisted living apartments. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Senior residents at Horace Nye have raised concerns about the sale (NCPR file photo)
Senior residents at Horace Nye have raised concerns about the sale (NCPR file photo)

Essex County supervisors vote 12-6 to sell Horace Nye nursing home

Essex County supervisors voted yesterday to sell the Horace Nye nursing home for $4 million to a corporation called Specialty Care of New York City. Backers of the plan say it will end huge deficits at the facility that have burdened taxpayers.

Opponents questioned whether a for-profit company could care for a hundred poor and elderly residents without cutting corners. Brian Mann was in Elizabethtown and has our story.  Go to full article
Uihlein nursing home in Lake Placid will lose 60 beds (Photos: Mark Kurtz, for NCPR)
Uihlein nursing home in Lake Placid will lose 60 beds (Photos: Mark Kurtz, for NCPR)

Adirondack Health restructures, eliminates 60 nursing home beds in Lake Placid

A new plan unveiled yestoday in the Adirondacks would eliminate 60 nursing home beds in Lake Placid, most of which are used by low-income elderly residents who rely on Medicaid. The proposal would also mean the closure of the village hospital that's been in operation since the 1950s.

Adirondack Health, based in Saranac Lake, says most hospital services will still be provided on an expanded medical campus near the Uihlein nursing home. The company also hopes to develop a new network of apartments and social services that could mean fewer elderly residents needing nursing home care.  Go to full article
Celeste Beeman of Port Henry, a certified nurse's assistant at Horace Nye, protests the potential sale outside the Essex County Courthouse.Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Celeste Beeman of Port Henry, a certified nurse's assistant at Horace Nye, protests the potential sale outside the Essex County Courthouse.Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Nursing home employees protest privatization

The debate over whether to privatize Essex County's Horace Nye Nursing Home continued this week, as employees of the facility took to the streets in front of the Essex County Courthouse in Elizabethtown to protest the potential sale.

The county has received bids from three interested parties in New York state, all for $4 million. County lawmakers asked those three groups to submit their best and final offers in hopes of getting more money for the nursing home. As Chris Morris reports, the potential sale continues to be a divisive issue in Essex County.  Go to full article
Horace Nye residents watch Monday's debate (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Horace Nye residents watch Monday's debate (Photos: Brian Mann)

In debate over Essex County nursing home, questions about government's role

Essex County supervisors are wrestling once again with the future of the Horace Nye Nursing Home.

At a meeting yesterday in Elizabethtown, the supervisors tabled a move to try to privatize the county-run home, which currently has about a hundred residents.

As Brian Mann reports, Horace Nye is seen by many county leaders as a valuable program, one that helps some of the region's neediest and most vulnerable people.

But they say the state property tax cap approved this summer is making it harder and harder to pay for the nursing home's mounting losses.  Go to full article
Randy Douglas heads the Essex County board of supervisors
Randy Douglas heads the Essex County board of supervisors

Essex County faces tough budget choices

Essex County now faces a budget deficit next year that could top 9 million dollars. That's ten percent of the county's budget that still needs to be paid for.

The soaring costs are being blamed on scheduled pay increases for county workers, rising utility coasts, and the cost of operating the Horace Nye nursing home in Elizabethtown.

The latest blow came this week, when the Board of Supervisors announced that health insurance costs could rise by as much as 46%.

Brian Mann spoke about the budget crunch with Randy Douglas. He's town supervisor in Jay and serves as county chair.  Go to full article
The rally was held outside River Hospital and its nursing home.
The rally was held outside River Hospital and its nursing home.

1000 Islanders rally for "a miracle" at nursing home

About 60 people braced the chilly winds coming off the St. Lawrence River yesterday to urge River Hospital not to close its nursing home and adult day care unit. The hospital says it can't sustain the home's financial losses. But the demonstrators believe the community can raise the money needed to keep open the place their elders call home. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Residents fight to keep nursing home open in A-Bay

The River Hospital in Alexandria Bay is closing its 27-bed nursing home, the only one in the Thousand Islands. Officials say the home has been losing money and threatened to bring down the hospital itself. 44 people will lose their jobs. Many community members say they were never given a chance to help keep the home open, like they did with the hospital several years ago. They're fighting to keep the home open for their elders, many of whom have never lived outside the Thousand Islands region. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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