Health

Nurses earn elite Pathway to Excellence designation

SARANAC LAKE – Following a rigorous, three-year application process, Adirondack Health has been awarded the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Pathway to Excellence designation. The Pathway to Excellence program recognizes a healthcare organization’s commitment to creating a ...

Moses Ludington Hospital joins UVM

TICONDEROGA — Moses Ludington Hospital has become part of the University of Vermont Health Network, under the auspices of Elizabethtown Community Hospital. Moses Ludington staff, board members, network officials, state Sen. Betty Little, Assemblyman Dan Stec and local leaders celebrated ...

LABOR GAP: Shortage of home health care aides is serious, agency says

SARANAC LAKE — By taking care of elderly and disabled people in their homes, home health aides contribute mightily to the economy. That’s not why they do it, though. “If I can make somebody happy, that makes me happy,” said Karla Clark. She has been working as a home health ...

Elderwood takes over two homes for seniors

TICONDEROGA — Post Acute Partners, which operates under the Elderwood brand, is expanding with the addition of two Ticonderoga facilities formerly run by Inter-Lakes Health under the auspices of the Moses Ludington Hospital. Elderwood at Ticonderoga, formerly Heritage Commons, and ...

March births at Adirondack Medical Center

Pickering: A son, Keegan Darwin, born March 2 at 6:18 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces, to Nicole and Kevin Pickering of Conifer Leon: A son, Finnic Kennedy, born March 4 at 12:29 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces, to Lauren and Jason Leon of Lake Placid Joyner: A daughter, Ruth ...

Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer Training Program scheduled for May

LAKE PLACID — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is recruiting new volunteers and has scheduled a Friendship Volunteer Training Program in Lake Placid on the mornings of May 3 and 10. The training sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Both mornings are required to complete the ...

Some piercing insight on tattoos and piercings

Parents have been pinning me down with questions about what to say to their teen who wants a piercing or tattoo. We should no longer associate piercing and tattooing in teens with their being at an increased risk for using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs. Nowadays teenagers see body art such as ...

New warning about synthetic pot

After new and dangerous side effects of synthetic marijuana usage were recently reported in five states, New York’s Department of Health issued an advisory to hospitals about new dangers associated with the drug. The reports were out of Illinois, Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana and ...

Are the ticks winning?

QUEENSBURY — After two years of research and writing, Mary Beth Pfeiffer started a book tour last week that could also be described as a warning: The ticks are coming. “There is right now a massive army of ticks, ticks by the billions, moving around the planet,” she said last ...

Three healthcare scholarships offered by Ad’k Health Foundation

SARANAC LAKE – The Adirondack Health Foundation is still accepting applications for three scholarships designated for area students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. The $3,500 scholarships will be awarded to students who have been accepted into a course of study leading to a ...

LeBeau to head CVPH, Alice Hyde hospitals

PLATTSBURGH — A woman who worked her way up the ladder at the hospital here will take the helm both in Plattsburgh and Malone. Michelle LeBeau, a registered nurse with a Master of Science in Human Resource Management, has been named president and chief operating officer of Champlain ...

Gillibrand demands details on VA doctor’s alleged sex crimes

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., sent a letter on Friday to leaders of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs demanding more details about sex crime allegations against a physician who was employed at the VA medical facility in Watertown. State police charged Dr. Jerome Cuyler, 74 , ...

Dr. Eve Burns comes back home to Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — There is a new, full-time doctor delivering babies at Adirondack Health’s Stafford New Life Center in Saranac Lake, but for many patients and staff, she’s a familiar face. Eve M. Burns, a doctor of osteopathy and fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and ...

Trump: death penalty for drug dealers

MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Donald Trump promised Monday that the “scourge of drug addiction in America will stop,” and proposed a new course of “toughness” for drug dealers that would include the death penalty. “Some of these drug dealers will kill thousands of people during ...

Senate approves Lake Placid Ironman bill

ALBANY — As it does every year, the state Senate on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Betty Little that will allow out-of-state health care professionals to provide services for athletes competing in this year’s two Lake Placid Ironman triathlons. The exception, sponsored by ...

Been there, done that, ain’t going back

SARANAC LAKE — Peer counseling for addiction recovery has probably been around since the Mesopotamians discovered that poppy plants could alleviate pain in 3400 B.C. But, according to the National Institute of Health, the latest versions of that old painkiller — synthetic opioids created ...

State grants St. Joe’s $1.2 million for detox

SARANAC LAKE — A $1.2 million state grant, announced Tuesday, will let St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers build a 10-bed drug and alcohol detox center on John Munn Road — only the second such facility in all of northern New York. “There’s a seven-bed facility in ...

Elderwood brand adds North Creek nursing home

NORTH CREEK — In late January, the Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was purchased by Post Acute Partners for nearly $3 million. The price covers the purchase of the 82-bed facility in North Creek — which serves Hamilton, Warren and Essex counties — and its operating ...

Franklin County joins opioid suit

The Franklin County legislature voted Thursday to hire the Napoli Shkolnik PLLC law firm to represent the county in a suit against pharmaceutical companies whom many believe caused the national opioid epidemic through aggressive marketing practices. The lawyers will argue that the ...