Medicine / Health

Adirondack Health Reveals 3 Year Strategic Plan

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Adirondack Health unveiled a strategic plan that embraces innovation and leadership in a new era of healthcare reform to ensure a continued commitment to building healthy communities in our region for years to come. The Adirondack Health Board of Trustees and Executive Leadership team worked with members of the community, physicians, and staff to develop…

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Blood Drives in March

The North Country Regional Blood Donor Program, with the support of local businesses and agencies, conducts several blood drives open to the community each month.  Blood collected at these drives stays in the North Country, helping hundreds of people.  There many opportunities to donate in March: Monday, March 2 Twinstate Technologies, 8 to 11 a.m.…

K&J – High Peaks Hospice Executive Director Meg Wood

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Today on the K&J show, we begin a series of conversations leading up to High Peaks Hospice Radio Day in June. Each year, WNBZ, in conjunction with sister stations WLPW and WRGR spend a day with the community talking about comfort and dignity for terminally ill patients at the end of life and how Hospice…

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Saranac Lake Fire Dept Enters Year of Recruiting in 2015

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The average age of a volunteer at the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department isn’t getting any younger.. That’s according to Fire Chief Brendan Keough.. “Right now the average age of our members is between like 45 and older members like me and 2015 is going to be a big year for recruiting younger firefighters.” Keough…

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Adirondack Health CEO Tops list of “CEOs to Know”

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For two years running, Chandler M. Ralph, President & CEO of Adirondack Health, has been named one of the “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review, which features some of the most impressive leaders dedicated to advancing healthcare in small towns and rural regions. Individuals on the list include CEOs and administrators…

Town of Plattsburgh Hears Presentation on Medical Marijuana for the North Country

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There are most likely going to be more than 100 applicants vying for just 5 certifications to grow medical marijuana in the state of New York… That’s according to a presentation from one group that hopes to become the North Country’s Seed to Sale Operator.. Douglas Butdorf is President of North Country Roots, he has…

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K&J – Plattsburgh Council Votes to Invite Medical Marijuana Growers to the City

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Plattsburgh is one of the first municipalities in the State of New York to actively invite Growers of Medical Marijuana to their community… In their initial approval of growers, New York State is planning to limit the number of certifications.. The City Council on Thursday evening voted unanimously for a resolution put forward by Councilor…

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Council May Invite Medical Marijuana Growers to Plattsburgh

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If you think back to July of last year, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill that allows the medical use of marijuana in New York State.. Thursday Night the City of Plattsburgh was introduced to a resolution that welcomes medical marijuana businesses..   Councilman Josh Kretzer says he would like to see the city reach…

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NIH Grants Tumanov Laboratory at Trudeau Institute $536,000

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The Trudeau Institute has been awarded $536,000 over a two-year period from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (part of the National Institutes of Health). The grant will support a research project of Alexei Tumanov, M.D., Ph.D., “Defining the role of lymphotoxin signaling in viral-induced lung immunopathology.” The Institute’s fundamental research on immunity fosters…

Open Enrollment Continues on New York Heath Exchange

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Today marks one of two deadlines for consumers in the North Country looking to sign up for health insurance in 2015… January 15th is the last day to sign up and become eligible for Health Insurance in February… Donna Frescatore, is the Executive Director, New York Health Benefit Exchange.. She says New York State is…

Dr Leah Werner Joins CVPH Partnership

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Leah Werner, MD has joined the Medical Staff of the University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital.  In addition to her medical practice at the Family Medicine Center (formerly the CVPH Health Center) she will play an integral role in developing the new Family Practice Residency Program slated to begin in 2015…

Give Blood – Get a Haircut

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Give blood at the North Country Regional Blood Donor Center or at any of its scheduled blood drives and get a haircut at Supercuts for just $5. This offer from the salon located in Consumer Square, Plattsburgh is available to blood donors who present their North Country Regional Blood Donor Center post donation information card…

A Story of Friendship from Mercy Care Adirondacks

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Jane Eagan and Bernie Clarke are friends.  They became friends when Jane requested assistance from Mercy Care for the Adirondacks to help her age in place more successfully.  Jane needed some help.  As she aged, she became visually impaired.  Bernie is a Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer and began assisting Jane about five years ago, and…

Religious leaders celebrate ministry at Adirondack Health

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An interfaith meeting of Adirondack regional clergy and pastoral care providers was held recently at Adirondack Medical Center.  Sponsored by Adirondack Health and hosted by Pastoral Care Director Rev. Steve Kovacevich, the annual event promotes knowledge and builds greater awareness around service, support and healing.  The gathering also offers pastors and pastoral care workers of…

High Praise from DOH for Alice T. Miner Center

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The Alice T. Miner Center for Women and Children (CWC) earned high praise from the New York State Department of Health for its efforts to reduce scheduled deliveries.  The CWC was recently awarded the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC) Obstetrical Improvement Project’s 2013 Quality Improvement Award.  The award supports the project’s mission of…

More Breakthrough Research at Trudeau Institute

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Researchers led by Trudeau Institute assistant member Alexei Tumanov, M.D., Ph.D., have made an important breakthrough in their research to find improved therapies for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Their findings have just been published in the scientific journal Mucosal Immunology. IBD involves chronic inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract and includes such debilitating chronic ailments as ulcerative…

Senator Little – A “Partner in Quality” for Seniors

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Adirondack Health, a leading provider of healthcare and services to older New Yorkers in the North Country, recognized Sen. Elizabeth Little with the prestigious “Partners in Quality” award for her work in securing and preserving high-quality services for New York’s seniors. “Sen. Little has provided exceptional support and leadership to protect and enhance long term…

Rabideau Proposes Handicapped Accessibility Grants

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Holiday Shopping for some may not be quite as easy for others.. It’s much harder than you might realize for someone in a wheelchair or a scooter to navigate downtown shopping centers and make their way in and out of stores, Saranac Lake’s Mayor Clyde Rabideau is looking to promote upgrades in the village for…

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K&J – A Forum on Smoking and College Students Against Cancer

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The third Thursday of November each year marks the anniversary of the “Great American Smokeout” sponsored by the American Cancer Society.. and in honor of the event, Students on the Advocacy Committee for Colleges Against Cancer at SUNY Plattsburgh participated in a forum to discuss exactly that. The Forum’s Panel is made up of Kelsey Darby,…

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Mercy Care Commissions New Friendship Volunteers

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Mercy Care for the Adirondacks commissioned new Friendship Volunteers Jeremiah Hayes, Sylvia Hough, Susan Stiles, Ellen Beideck, Heather McGinnis, Cathy Trudeau, and William O’Reilly.  The training and commissioning ceremony were held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Saranac Lake. They join with more than 100 Friendship Volunteers who have assisted elders in the…