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Glens Falls Hospital is the community's largest employer and experienced "significant strain" as admissions plummeted in 2013.
Glens Falls Hospital is the community's largest employer and experienced "significant strain" as admissions plummeted in 2013.

Glens Falls Hospital opens talks with Saratoga hospital

Hospital officials in Glens Falls say they're exploring a possible "alignment and collaboration" with Saratoga Hospital. The move comes as full-service hospitals across the North Country region face declining patient visits and lower reimbursements from the Federal government.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Glens Falls Hospital President Dianne Shugrue acknowledged that 2013 was "difficult," but said that the facility has "emerged with a strong, stable and profitable operating plan for 2014." She said the goal of talks now underway is to "focus on identify potential synergies that both of our organizations may be able to take advantage of."  Go to full article
Adirondack Health will convert its around-the-clock emergency room in Lake Placid to a 15-hour-a-day facility as a cost-cutting move. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Adirondack Health will convert its around-the-clock emergency room in Lake Placid to a 15-hour-a-day facility as a cost-cutting move. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Lake Placid emergency room downshifts to part-time

The emergency room in Lake Placid, operated by Adirondack Health, will be the first in New York state to operate on a part-time basis, under a new plan approved by the New York State Department of Health.

The change from 24/7 care to a facility that will be staffed 15 hours each day was announced on Monday.  Go to full article
Cooking heroin. Experts say the drug is cheap and easy to find in the North Country. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Heroin.JPG">Psychonaught</a>, public domain
Cooking heroin. Experts say the drug is cheap and easy to find in the North Country. Photo: Psychonaught, public domain

Hooked on heroin, searching for treatment

This week, North Country Public Radio has been looking at the rapid spread of heroin in rural New York (find those stories here). It's easy to find and cheap to buy and experts say it's ruining people's lives at an unprecedented rate.

But this isn't the first time heroin has surged in the North Country's small towns. A decade ago, rural heroin spiked in small towns and college campuses across the region. Today, we're returning to Brian Mann's story from 2004 about two recovering heroin addicts struggling to find methadone treatment, driving long-distance to Syracuse.  Go to full article
 Bill Owens' political fortunes have been married to the Affordable Care Act since November 2009.  NCPR file photo
Bill Owens' political fortunes have been married to the Affordable Care Act since November 2009. NCPR file photo

NY21: Democrat Owens will campaign on health reform

The Affordable Healthcare Act is expected to be front and center in next year's congressional campaign. Republicans are hoping to turn dissatisfaction with the law into a wave of victories in 2014.

Democrats, meanwhile, have been pressuring President Barack Obama to improve the program sometimes known as "Obamacare," which was designed to make insurance more affordable to millions more Americans.

Some Democratic lawmakers have even been distancing themselves from the policy.

But North Country's congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, appears comfortable campaigning on his support for the Healthcare Act and says the program is working for people in his district.  Go to full article
Non-profit leaders and government officials met last week at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake to talk about growing the region's non-profit sector. Photo: Brian Mann
Non-profit leaders and government officials met last week at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake to talk about growing the region's non-profit sector. Photo: Brian Mann

North Country non-profits struggle to grow jobs and attract dollars

This week NCPR is looking at the role that non-profit organizations are playing in the North Country's economy.

Hospitals, research labs, and universities provide some of the best jobs, bringing new investment and grant money to our small towns. But even as non-profits work to grow and attract even more economic development to the region, they face big hurdles, including the loss of government dollars.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Zack Seward
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Zack Seward

Cuomo: Washington gridlock won't affect Obamacare in NY

Governor Cuomo says threats in Congress to defund Obamacare won't have any effect on the federal Affordable Health Care Act going forward in New York.

Cuomo says even if Congress is gridlocked over funding for the federal health care act, New York will still be going ahead on October 1st with the required health care exchanges.  Go to full article
EJ Noble would be renamed Gouverneur Hospital in a new partnership with Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Photo by Julie Grant
EJ Noble would be renamed Gouverneur Hospital in a new partnership with Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Photo by Julie Grant

Gouverneur hospital to fold, join forces with Canton-Potsdam

A downward slide has ended for the small rural hospital in Gouverneur.

In a press release late yesterday, the chairs of the EJ Noble Hospital and Canton-Potsdam Hospital boards of directors announced the sale and dissolution of the small hospital after decades of financial struggles.

Most of EJ Noble's assets and services are expected to survive in a newly created two- hospital system led by nearby Canton-Potsdam Hospital. EJ Noble will be renamed Gouverneur Hospital.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence Health Initiative Exec. Director Ruth Fishbeck says all 13 of her employees have similar standing desks in their offices. Photo: Todd Moe
St. Lawrence Health Initiative Exec. Director Ruth Fishbeck says all 13 of her employees have similar standing desks in their offices. Photo: Todd Moe

The health effects of workplace mobility

Recently on NPR's Morning Edition, we've heard stories about health-conscious office workers standing at work, at special elevated work stations. In America, we tend to spend more than half of our waking hours sitting down. On an average day this will probably consist of driving, working at a desk, and then relaxing in front of the TV.

A Potsdam organization - St. Lawrence Health Initiative - has been using standing desks for all 13 employees for more than a year. Executive Director Ruth Fishbeck says she'd also like to experiment with treadmill desks. Todd Moe stopped by recently to talk with Fishbeck about the health benefits of standing at work - weight loss, more energy and better concentration. And, she says, it doesn't mean standing all day.  Go to full article
File Photo: Karen DeWitt
File Photo: Karen DeWitt

Senate candidate opposes abortion, even in rape cases

Republican Wendy Long says she thinks abortion should be illegal in the US, even in cases when the pregnancy results from rape.

Long is running for the US Senate against Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand, who is pro-choice.

Abortion and rape have become major issues on the campaign trail, as more Republican Senate candidates have embraced the idea that women who are victims of sexual violence should be denied access to abortions.

The latest Siena Research Institute poll, released Friday morning, shows Long winning support from just 24 percent of voters in New York. Gillibrand is winning 67 percent of the vote.  Go to full article
Democrat Bill Owens (at left) and Green Party candidate Donald Hassig. Photo: Brian Mann
Democrat Bill Owens (at left) and Green Party candidate Donald Hassig. Photo: Brian Mann

NY21 Debate: Owens, Doheny, Hassig spar over healthcare

Tuesday night's congressional debate in Queensbury ranged over a wide range of topics, but the issue that ignited the candidates and the crowd was health care. Republican Matt Doheny argued for repealing the Affordable Care Act and warned that the Democratic reform measure was "anti-constitutional."

That sparked a fierce reaction from Democrat Bill Owens, Green Party Candidate Donald Hassig and from the audience at Queensbury High School.  Go to full article

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