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Veterans must travel to Syracuse's VA Medical Center for much of their care, and many say that trip is too long--especially in the winter, when it can take three to four hours. Photo: VA.gov
Veterans must travel to Syracuse's VA Medical Center for much of their care, and many say that trip is too long--especially in the winter, when it can take three to four hours. Photo: VA.gov

VA says no new hospital, but plans more services

Congressman Bill Owens met this weekend with North Country veterans to talk about a potential new VA hospital in Ogdensburg. The veterans have been pushing for the new hospital, saying the current setup forces patients to travel too far for services--often all the way to Syracuse. The idea has gained some political traction, but VA officials say a new hospital in Ogdensburg isn't the solution.  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

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center's history celebrated in new book

A new book profiles the early history, founders, and staff of St. Lawrence County's first hospital, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. It opened in 1885, and over the years, the hospital has housed a nursing school and was the first to bring many new health services to the region, including an artificial kidney machine in the late 1960's.

Todd Moe talks with Cyndy Clusen and Kelsey Redpath, creators of the latest Arcadia photo book that celebrates Claxton-Hepburn's past. They'll lead a discussion about the hospital and the new book at the Brewer Bookstore in Canton this Saturday afternoon at 1 pm.  Go to full article

Four dead, three injured at group home fire in Hamilton County

Four elderly residents died at a group home in Hamilton County on Saturday following an early morning fire. The blaze struck the Riverview home in the town of Wells, which is operated by New York state. Two staff members and a fifth patient were also injured. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Volunteer ambulance squads from across the North Country transport patients (Photo: Brian Mann)
Volunteer ambulance squads from across the North Country transport patients (Photo: Brian Mann)

Boiler explosion forces evacuation at Saranac Lake hospital

Dozens of patients and staff were evacuated from Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake on Sunday following a powerful explosion that destroyed the hospital's boiler room. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article
EL Trudeau honored with new "Distinguished Americans" stamp (Source: USPS)
EL Trudeau honored with new "Distinguished Americans" stamp (Source: USPS)

Saranac Lake TB pioneer EL Trudeau honored with "Distinguished Americans" stamp

Yesterday in Saranac Lake, the US Postal Service unveiled a new stamp honoring Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau. Trudeau was a pioneering physician and tuberculosis researcher. But he was also invented the community of Saranac Lake, which remains the biggest community in the Adirondacks. Trudeau's sanatorium closed a half-century ago, but as Brian Mann reports, his work continues to echo through American culture.  Go to full article

Hudson Headwaters deal "a first step" for region

Hudson Headwaters Health Network announced this week that four major private insurers have agreed to boost reimbursement rates for basic medical care. Dr. John Rugge is CEO of Hudson Headwaters, which operates clinics throughout the southern and eastern Adirondacks, as well as the Champlain Valley. He says his organization is still struggling to end a shortage of primary care doctors. Rugge also told Brian Mann that this settlement with insurance companies won't help other hospitals and clinics in the region, but could serve as first step toward broader reform.  Go to full article
Doctors, businesses, politicians gather in Lake George
Doctors, businesses, politicians gather in Lake George

Experts say doctor shortage threatens North Country

Governor Eliot Spitzer says he'll hold a public hearing on health care next week at the Glens Falls Civic Center. According to the Department of Health, the gathering on Wednesday will be the first of a series of statewide hearings meant to focus attention on expanding insurance coverage and improving the health care system. Governor Spitzer and Health Commissioner Richard Daines will both attend. Health experts in the North Country say they hope to focus attention on this region's desperate doctor shortage. Some of the region's best physicians and administrators held their own summit yesterday in Lake George. They warned that the North Country's network of quality health care is beginning to unravel. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Reaching high for a rugby jumpball
Reaching high for a rugby jumpball

Rugby tournament brings "elegant" violence to Adks

The 33rd annual Can-Am Rugby tournament was held over the weekend in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Roughly a hundred teams from around the Northeast and Canada competed. The local favorites, the Mountaineers Old Boys, from Saranac Lake, reached the finals yesterday, but lost to an 45-and-older team from White Plains, New York. Brian Mann spent a couple of days watching the scrum and has our story.  Go to full article

Wyeth Closure Will Cut 1200 Jobs in Clinton County

The pharmaceutical company Wyeth will lay off 1200 workers at its plant in Rouses Point. The announcement was made yesterday afternoon. The layoffs will be phased in over the next three years. Officials in Clinton County say the plant closure removes one of the North Country's economic engines. As Brian Mann reports, the decision followed a sharp decline in the sales of premarin, a hormone therapy drug manufactured in Rousses Point.  Go to full article

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