Schumer Visits AMC Wound Care Center

Schumer: This Proposal Will Keep Adirondack Medical Center on the Frontlines of Quality Health Care

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After his tour of AMC’s new Wound Care Center, US Senator Charles Schumer speaks about saving $600,000 in grant funding for Adirondack Health which is due to expire September 30th.

US Senator Charles Schumer tours the new Wound Care Center behind Adirondack Medical Center and pushes legislation extending a Medicare payment program critical to rural hospitals.

Adirondack Medical Center is just one of 24 hospitals across New York State impacted by the Low Volume Hospital Program which provides Medicare support to those hospitals, but it’s about to expire and Senator Schumer is working to extend that program past the September 30th expiration date..  Schumer says “Rural hospitals  like Adirondack Medical Centerare the lifeblood of rural economies throughout upstate New York, and they deserve our support.”  The Senator says he’s going to continue to work to have the amendment to the legislation passed and believes there is a good possibility that it will be able to happen prior to the end of September..  Schumer was joined by Chandler Ralph, CEO of Adirondack Medical Center, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau…  Ralph says Adirondack Health they absolutely have to have the funding to continue to function at the level that the hospital functions at – and if that large a chunk of money were to be taken out of any company, you would really have to look at other places where you might have to cut in order to make up the shortfall.  Schumer touredAdirondackMedicalCenter’s newWoundCareCenter, which focuses on treating chronic wounds and advanced conditions the tour was given by Kerry Roth who is the unit supervisor for the wound care center…

From Left: US Senator Charles Schumer, Village of Saranac Lake Trustee Tom Catillaz, Village os Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey

In addition to employees at theWoundCenter, Adirondack Health employs approximately 900 full time staff and is the largest private company in theAdirondackPark. Their goal is to improve both the health and economy for everyone in the region.. The hospital advocated for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) because it will expand coverage.

Today, standing at Adirondack Medical Center in Franklin County, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer toured the hospital’s new Wound Care Center and pushed legislation that would extend a Medicare payment program that is critical to rural hospitals, like Adirondack Medical Center and others across upstate New York. The Low Volume Hospital Program impacts 24 hospitals across New York State, and provides Medicare support to hospitals that are very important to rural communities, though they do not necessarily serve a high volume of patients. This program is set to expire on September 30, 2012, and the legislation Schumer introduced with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), would extend these programs for one additional year, which is critical for Adirondack Medical Center to continue to provide top-notch health care.

“Efficiently supporting our rural hospitals and their patients allows medical facilities in the North Country to continue providing high quality health services, and is pivotal for our community and our economy,” said Schumer. “The continued existence of the Low Volume Hospital Program is critical to the financial stability of hospitals in the North Country, and will help enhance quality of life in our rural communities. We cannot let this program end, and I will fight tooth and nail to provide New York’s rural hospitals with the support they deserve.”

Schumer was joined by Chandler Ralph, CEO of Adirondack Medical Center, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, Mayor of Saranac Lake Clyde Rabideau, and Franklin County Manager Thomas Leitz in his push for legislation that would extend the additional payments for low volume hospitals for one year. There are approximately 24 hospitals in New York that qualify for the Low Volume Hospital Program.

Schumer toured Adirondack Medical Center’s new Wound Care Center, which focuses on treating chronic wounds and advanced conditions, like diabetic wounds of the lower extremities, pressure ulcers, soft-tissue radiation injuries, necrotizing infections and compromised skin grafts, and flaps. The center treats patients who have previously been unresponsive to other therapies. And the center is a patient-centered organization that performs thorough exams and uses evidence- driven treatments. At the Wound Care Center, there are a variety of specialists that work with underlying conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease that often delay the healing of other wounds. The physicians, nurses, and technicians are all trained and frequently updated with the newest wound management methods, often based on innovative procedures and policies.

The Adirondack Medical Center is a central part of the community. It is one of the main health care providers for the residents in the Tri-Lakes region, and with 900 full-time employees, it is the largest private company in Adirondack Park. Adirondack Medical strives to improve both the health and economy for everyone in the region. The hospital advocated for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) because it will expand coverage.

Low volume hospitals are those that are critical to the community, but may not serve a high volume of patients. Since 1988, the Medicare program has recognized that these hospitals need additional support so that they can continue to provide high quality care to rural communities. A low-volume hospital is defined as one that is more than 15 road miles from another comparable hospital and has less than 1,600 Medicare discharges are year.

Medicare seeks to pay efficient providers their costs of furnishing services. However, certain factors beyond providers’ control can affect the costs of furnishing services. Patient volume is one such factor and is particularly relevant in small and isolated communities where providers frequently cannot achieve the economies of scale possible for their larger counterparts.






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