Health

NY eyes plan to be first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

ALBANY — New York state is taking steps to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes in the hopes of curbing a sharp rise in the use of vaping products by young people, the Cuomo administration said Friday. “As the governor previously said, he’s very concerned about the rise in ...

AHI offers free health insurance enrollment help

GLENS FALLS — Adirondack Health Institute is offering free health insurance enrollment assistance services to individuals, families and small business owners in seven North Country counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington. Open Enrollment for ...

Old Lake Placid hospital to become sports facility

LAKE PLACID — With a new Adirondack Health hospital to open soon, the current Adirondack Medical Center facility on Church Street will revert back to the town of North Elba. The town, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority and the United States Olympic Committee are in talks to ...

Police: CVPH theft accomplished with an altered deposit slip

PLATTSBURGH — A former accountant for University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital stole thousands from the company. Sarah Montano, 29, of Texas appeared in Plattsburgh City Court on Oct. 25, where she pleaded guilty to petit larceny and third-degree forgery, ...

NCCC gets grant to make campuses tobacco-free

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College will use an $18,800 grant to help go tobacco-free on all three of its campuses — Malone, Saranac Lake and Ticonderoga — by 2020. The grant was awarded by the Truth Initiative, a nonprofit public health organization dedicated to making ...

National experts to present at Mercy Care’s Nov. 15 Educational Forum

PAUL SMITHS - A day-long educational forum at Paul Smith’s College on Nov. 15 will focus on age-friendly health systems and age-friendly communities in the Adirondacks. Hosted by Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, with support from Adirondack Foundation and Eastern Adirondack Health Care ...

New Schuyler Falls detox center ‘a beacon of light’

SCHUYLER FALLS — The region’s first inpatient detox facility is being hailed as a beacon of hope for those taking their first steps on the road to addiction recovery. With a growing heroin and opioid epidemic devastating families across the North Country, officials hope the new 18-bed ...

Healthy growth

SARANAC LAKE — Rows upon rows of shelving stacked high with file storage boxes, alongside filing cabinets, beside two days’ worth of water and other emergency supplies currently sit at the future site of the Adirondack Medical Center’s consolidated rehabilitation center. “We have ...

Albany Med threatens to halt autopsies, then hikes prices

Albany Medical Center notified local coroners in recent days that it planned to halt its autopsy program effective at the end of the month, but pushback from law enforcement and municipal leaders has resulted in the hospital backing off the plan. Instead, the hospital notified coroners ...

Veteran support service secures new home

SARANAC LAKE — The village board agreed Monday night to lease a building on Depot Street to a nonprofit veteran support organization. Homeward Bound Adirondacks offers services such as transportation to medical appointments, crisis outreach, support groups and retreats to veterans. It ...

Gillibrand wants to expand federal basic health coverage

WATERTOWN — For the second time this year, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited the city on Monday to talk about Health care reform. At the North Country Family Health Center, Gillibrand, D-N.Y., spoke about a bill she is co-sponsoring to make health care more affordable. “Health ...

Health-care advocates push for universal coverage

QUEENSBURY — Queensbury resident Sara Carpenter held up a bottle of her husband’s medication used to treat his chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The drug Imbruvica costs $144,000 per year and is covered by her insurance. However, Carpenter said the high cost of medications is straining the ...

A collaborative link: Trudeau, Upstate Med

SARANAC LAKE — The Trudeau Institute and SUNY Upstate Medical University’s strong relationship, demonstrated by co-organizing global health summit in early October, has evolved through collaborative research. “I’d contend that Trudeau and Upstate are in a great place,” said Dr. ...

Trudeau Institute hosts global health summit

SARANAC LAKE — The Trudeau Research Network at the Trudeau Institute recently hosted nearly 40 representatives and experts from industry, academia, medical research and health care for a summit to discuss what’s needed to fight the spread of infectious diseases on a global scale. The ...

Two upstate hospitals forging stronger partnership

GLENS FALLS (AP) — One of the largest hospitals in upstate New York is forging a stronger partnership with another hospital to improve medical care for residents of the state’s eastern areas. Officials from Glens Falls Hospital and Albany Medical Center held a news conference Wednesday ...

Fact check: Stefanik’s statements on health care are misleading

SARANAC LAKE — When U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik talked with the Enterprise editorial board on Oct. 5, she made a claim about her health care voting record that doesn’t check out after some post-interview research. In the face-to-face interview, Stefanik said there were several lies being ...

Stefanik holds opioid forum

GLOVERSVILLE — With fatalities of opioid overdoses increasing, a roundtable was held at the Paul Nigra Center on Thursday with several local representatives from Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties discussing the crisis. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Fulton County Sheriff Richard ...

Where NY-21 candidates stand on health care

The three candidates on the November ballot in the NY-21 Congressional District race want to expand access to health care and lower costs, but they differ on how large of a role government should have. Democrat Tedra Cobb and Green Party candidate Lynn Kahn support the “Medicare for ...

Citizen Advocates names Reid Anthony as new CEO

MALONE — A Franklin County company that provides developmental disability and behavioral health supports and services has hired a new CEO. Citizen Advocates Inc., which has four administrative offices in Malone where it is based and two in Saranac Lake, has hired Reid Anthony as its new ...

Adirondack Arc receives $15K grant

TUPPER LAKE — The Adirondack Arc, the Franklin-Hamilton Chapter of NYSARC Inc., has been awarded $15,000 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to provide recreational opportunities for people receiving services from The Adirondack Arc. Last year the ...