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Heard up North: Tupper Lake Nursing Home Evacuated

A nursing home in Tupper Lake had to be evacuated last night after the boiler system failed, leaving the building with no heat on one of the coldest nights of the winter.
Patients at Mercy Healthcare Center in Tupper Lake were transported to Sunmount, a nearby mental health facility.
They spent the night on beds and mattresses laid out in the Sunmount community room. 94-year old Rita Chaisson described the experience.  Go to full article

Rouses Point Nursing Home to Close

A nursing home in Rouses Point is closing. The State approved the closure of Cedar Hedge Nursing Home this week. About 40 residents will be displaced, and a staff of 85 will be let go. The closure comes as nursing homes across the state are experiencing financial trouble. A state commission is expected to recommend some nursing home closures by the end of the year. Cedar Hedge administrator and founder Dawn Pollack says the closure didn't come as a surprise.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 11/21/05

Soup kitchen donations are down. Novelist and Paramedic Joe Connelly back from helping earthquake victims in Pakistan. And a nursing home resident in Tupper Lake gets to stay put.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: To Live, and Die, in Tupper Lake

The Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake has decided to buy two nursing homes in the Adirondacks. Uihlein Mercy on Lake Placid and Mercy Healthcare in Tupper Lake had been losing money for years, due in part to declining Medicaid reimbursements.

The hospital's buy-out means that both nursing homes will remain open. Dozens of elderly residents won't be forced to relocate. 91-year-old Rita Chaisson has lived at Mercy Healthcare in Tupper Lake for 6 years.  Go to full article

Hospice of the St. Lawrence Valley Relocating

Construction will start this June on new offices for Hospice and Palliative Care of St Lawrence Valley. Yesterday the USDA Rural Development Office awarded $750,000 in loans and grants to the project. That's on top of donations from community members. As Greg Warner reports, the move will give the hospice organization more of a community role.  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

NY Medicaid Cuts "Threaten" Nursing Homes: Some May Close

Faced with a massive budget deficit, Governor George Pataki wants to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the state Medicaid program. Nursing homes in the north country say the plan will mean fewer services for elderly residents. Some homes are threatening to close. But as Brian Mann reports, some critics say nursing homes should operate more efficiently.  Go to full article

Potsdam Nursing Home Workers Sign New Contract

Employees of the Community Nursing Home of Potsdam signed a new contract this week. As Jody Tosti reports, the workers and their union are calling the labor agreement a success.  Go to full article

NY Senate to Mitigate Nursing Home Tax

Nursing homes in New York say the state Senate has promised to help mitigate a tax imposed upon nursing homes that was part of the January health care agreement. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

State Nursing Home Grant Could Be Mixed Blessing

New York Health Commissioner Antonia Novello visited Saranac Lake Friday, to announce a $700,000 grant for the Adirondack Medical Center. The money is part of a statewide effort to close a shortage in healthcare workers at hospitals and nursing homes. But a spokesman for one of the North Country's largest nursing homes says the grant program could actually cost them money. Brian Mann explains.  Go to full article

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