Medicine / Health

Student Volunteers Available to Assist Elders

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is facilitating work with Aging in Place Task Forces in each of the Tri-Lakes Communities to help our communities become more aging-friendly. The Task Forces are collaborating with community service programs at Lake Placid Central School, Northwood School, Saranac Lake Central School and Tupper Lake Junior/Senior High School.  As part…

2nd health worker tests positive for Ebola

CDC says another member of staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for deadly virus A second worker at the Texas hospital where a Liberian man died of Ebola has tested positive for the disease, the Centers for Disease control and prevention said early Wednesday morning. The agency said the positive result was returned from…

Sanders at UVM – “VA Needs Doctors and Nurses”

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald met with medical students at the University of Vermont today as part of a recruiting drive to bring more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals into the VA. Legislation that Sanders shepherded through Congress in July includes $5 billion for…

Town of Plattsburgh Re-Affirms Support for Life Flight

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It’s been 25 years since the Town of Plattsburgh has been counting on North Country Life Flight for their continued support of emergency medical transportation in the region.. On Monday, the Town Board re-affirmed that relationship with a resolution approving the agreement for 2015..  Councilman Gerard Renedette says he can’t speak for the first 7 years…

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Consortium Schedules next Lecture Series Event

If you’re looking for a new acronym in the world of healthcare, try the word EXPLORE… Actually a consortium of organization already has.. (Experience, & Professional Learning Opportunities Result in Excellence) Consortium. EXPLORE is a collaborative effort of the Adirondack Chapter of Nurse Practitioners Association of New York State, Adirondack Health, Clinton Community College, The…

Community Blood Drives in October

The North Country Regional Blood Donor Program, in conjunction with community-minded sponsors, offers many opportunities to give blood in October. The following is a list blood drives open to the public: Monday, October 6, Lake Placid Masonic Lodge, 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, Ward Lumber, Jay, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, October…

K&J – North Country Life Flight

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In the North Country, there’s an organization called Life Flight which quite literally bridges the gaps between community and tertiary care by minimizing the time it takes for patients to reach the most appropriate facility based on their profile of injury or illness. Saturday October 4th, 2014, North Country Life Flight, in conjunction with the…

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A better healthcare experience for the youngest patients

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During her time as a high school senior in the New Vision program at Adirondack Health, Hanna Potter of Lake Placid gained valuable insight by working directly with healthcare.  Not only did the experience motivate her to continue her education in healthcare, she felt inspired to assist the youngest patients in the Emergency Department by…

Dr. Herard Joins AMC’s Pain Management Services

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Under the medical direction of Dr. Pierre R. Herard, Adirondack Health has expanded its comprehensive range of procedure-oriented pain management. Board certified in Pain Management as well as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Herard has joined Adirondack Health’s medical staff to direct pain management services at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.  Dr. Herard provides…

Sun Shines on the New Merkel Veterans Center

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It was more than fitting that the sun came out for the dedication of the new Dr David Merkel Veterans Center at St Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center in Saranac Lake on Wednesday. The new building will house 25 veterans in need of addiction treatment and recovery and will provide a comfortable setting with which to heal.…

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North Country Chamber Hosting Health Insurance Training

The Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce invite you to join us as our partner The North Country Chamber of Commerce offers a training on Health Care 2015 – Open Enrollment and What it Means to you.  Join us at the Paul Smith’s VIC on September 26th at 10AM. Presenting with Sandy Duquette will…

Gillibrand Introduces Asthma Legislation

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker today unveiled legislation to help adults and children with asthma lead healthier lives. Under the Family Asthma Act, states would create programs to better educate families on asthma management and prevention, and to improve asthma research and data collection. With enhanced research and education, this legislation would help…

Plattsburgh Fire Dept Wins AFG Grant

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Congressman Bill Owens has announced a $43,982 grant awarded to the City of Plattsburgh Fire Department through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FY 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This funding will go to supplying lightweight protective gear for the department’s ambulance service when responding…

Another $150,000 from USDA for Trudeau Research

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Congressman Bill Owens announces that an agricultural research project at the Trudeau Institute has been awarded a $150,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The funding will come through the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and will fund research into the protective role of T cells during Campylobacter colonization and infection. AUDIO…

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Dr Kristen Frank-Dixon Joins Tupper Health Ctr.

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Dr. Kristen Frank-Dixon, who was most recently caring for patients in Alaska, will be providing primary care to patients of all ages.  In addition to Family Medicine, Dr. Frank also brings a special interest in women’s health. Dr. Frank received her Medical Degree from Albany Medical College, and completed her residency in the Alaska Family…

Trudeau Institute Appoints Robert Curtis Executive Chairman

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Trudeau Institute’s Board Chairwoman Patricia Y. Tsien has announced the appointment of Robert A. Curtis, Pharm.D., to the position of Executive Chairman of the Trudeau Institute. The position was created to complement that of Ronald H. Goldfarb, Ph.D., President, Director and Chief Executive Officer as the institute moves towards aligning more closely with Clarkson University…

Volunteer Shortage Affects Ambulance Coverage

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There’s a shortage of emergency services volunteers in towns and villages throughout the North Country.. In Lake Placid, this issue became evident over the weekend as Mayor Craig Randal moved one of the Ambulances from it’s regular home at the ambulance garage to the fire station.. The effort was in response to the lack of…

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K&J – Touring the Lake Placid Ambulance Service

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In the K&J Show today, we’re speaking with Employee Supervisor Michael Marshall… A 19 year veteran at the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service.. The Ambulance Service is working to fine tune their approach to the new hours at the Emergency Department in Lake Placid and we’ll find out how it’s going and we’ll take a…

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Clinton County on the “Way to Wellville”

Clinton County has been selected as one of 10 finalists in a national Way to Wellville Contest. A look at The contest is sponsored by the group HICCup and they’re in town today for a special visit to the area.. HICCup is a nonprofit founded by angel investor Esther Dyson to encourage a rethinking of…

Colby Center Medical Director Honored

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Dr. Michael Upton, the medical director of the Colby Center for Behavioral Health at Adirondack Medical Center, was recently honored with a Service to Medicine and Community Award. The award was presented by the University of Vermont, College of Medicine at the 2014 Medical Alumni Association’s annual reunion.  The Service to Medicine and Community Award,…