A citizens committee in Lake Placid is hearing regular updates from Adirondack Medical Center on the fate of the Emergency Room and right now it appears Lake Placid’s ER could become something of a model for the rest of New York State… Senator Betty Little says Rural Hospitals are dealing with this question every day..Little says in Connecticut there are provisions for part time emergency rooms, to allow them to operate on a schedule on less than 24 hours a day..
“Looking at what they have done in CT and a few other states,” Little says, “We have to wait until the Department of Health authorized the process and so now the committee will work with the community to identify times and new signeage. Certainly you have to have an emergency room in Lake Placid because of the activities and the sports. This way hours can be expanded during IRONMAN Lake Placid and other major activities.. are there the hours can be extended. It’s an ongoing process now, as the committee is focused on working things out. It’s also not going to be written in concrete. If something needs to be changed, or something needs to be looked at or added to we can do that.” Little continued by saying “it’s a good program. It will help keep emergency services in the Lake Placid Area and it’s going to help the hospital survive. AMC is the only full service hospital within the Adirondack Park and all of our hospitals are getting squeezed, reimbursement rates are going down among other issues and this will help the hospital and will allow for the services to continue.”