Health

Champlain National Bank President and CEO Steven Cacchio, left, 
and Community Hospital President John Remillard
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Champlain National Bank makes major gift to E’town hospital

ELIZABETHTOWN — In a show of support for one of the area’s largest hospitals, Champlain National Bank has gifted $20,000 to Elizabethtown Community Hospital, which is part of the University of Vermont Health Network. “We feel it is important to support the hospital that takes care of ...

People walk along River Street in Saranac Lake Sunday with the local organizations Voters for Change and Now What? to support saving the Affordable Care Act and strengthening Medicare and Medicaid. 
(Photo provided — Jim Abendroth)

‘Day of Action’ healthcare rallies held in Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh

SARANAC LAKE — More than 160 voters from New York’s Congressional District 21 protested in front of U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s office in Plattsburgh on Sunday and signed a petition to voice their concerns about Congress’s vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The rally was a ...

Adirondack Health takes precautions to protect newborns against the flu

SARANAC LAKE — To protect newborns from the recent spike in flu and flu-like symptoms, Adirondack Health is restricting visitors to the Stafford New Life birthing center. Babies are among the highest at-risk group for complications from the flu. For their protection, only immediate ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Photo provided)

Stefanik wants three-year health care repeal and replacement process

The repeal and replacement of President Barack Obama’s health care reform legislation should be a multi-year transparent process that ensures no one is left without coverage, said U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik. “It would be a three-year window. Those who have signed up on Obamacare, we will ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Photo provided)

Stefanik wants 3-year health care repeal-replacement process

The repeal and replacement of President Barack Obama’s health care reform legislation should be a multi-year transparent process that ensures no one is left without coverage, said U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik. “It would be a three-year window. Those who have signed up on Obamacare, we ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Photo provided)

In early GOP win on health care repeal, Congress OKs budget

WASHINGTON — Ascendant Republicans drove a budget through Congress on Friday that gives them an early but critical victory in their crusade to scrap President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The vote trains the spotlight on whether they ...

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Cuomo warns of local ramifications if Obamacare repealed

At home in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given grave warnings this month about how he feels New Yorkers would be affected if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. In Essex County, the governor estimates that, based on current enrollment levels, 3,660 people are at risk of losing ...

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In early GOP win on health care repeal, Congress OKs budget

WASHINGTON — Ascendant Republicans drove a budget through Congress on Friday that gives them an early but critical victory in their crusade to scrap President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The vote trains the spotlight on whether they and Donald Trump can deliver on repeated ...

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Citizens Advocates names Johnston as new CEO

MALONE — Citizen Advocates has promoted a member of its leadership team to be its new CEO. Dean Johnston, who was most recently Citizen Advocates’ chief operating officer, was unanimously selected as CEO by the agency’s board of directors at its December meeting. The board made its ...

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Gothard joins Adirondack Health as population health coordinator

SARANAC LAKE — Sandy Gothard, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, recently accepted a position with Adirondack Health as population health coordinator. In this role, Gothard will work with Adirondack Health’s Grants and Strategic Projects Manager, Bonnie Ohmann, to coordinate the litany of new ways ...

Vice President-elect Mike Pence (Photo provided)

ACA repeal could have big impact on North Country

PLATTSBURGH — The threat of Republican leaders in Washington to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act has state and local officials watching closely. Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Wednesday that the first action of the new administration would be to try to do away with ...

Joseph Alan Yaworski is welcomed into the world during the morning of  New Year’s Day to parents Samantha LaFlamme and Joseph Yaworski of Tupper Lake. Joseph was born roughly three months premature.
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First baby of 2017 comes early at Adirondack Medical Center

SARANAC LAKE — A Tupper Lake woman gave birth to the North Country’s first baby of 2017 at 2:17 a.m. Sunday. Joseph Alan Yaworski was born approximately three months prematurely, weighing only 2 pounds and 3 ounces, mother Samantha LaFlamme said. LaFlamme, 23, and Joseph Yaworski, ...

Adirondack Health’s new Communications Director Matt Scollin
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Adirondack Health names new director of communications

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health has announced the selection of Matt Scollin as its new director of communications. Scollin recently assumed responsibility for Adirondack Health’s internal and external communications, marketing, community relations and government affairs. A ...

Influenza forcing hospitals to adjust visitation rules

ALBANY (AP) — More than a dozen hospitals in eastern New York have implemented visitation guidelines now that state health officials have declared the flu to be widespread and prevalent in the state. Restrictions include a maximum of two visitors in a patient’s room at any one time. ...

Groups seek constitutional right to clean air, water

ALBANY — Environmental and public policy groups in New York are calling for a state constitutional amendment that would guarantee residents a right to clean air and water. Environmental Advocates of New York and EffectiveNY are promoting the proposed amendment with online video ...

New York health officials declare flu ‘widespread’

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State health officials have declared the flu to be widespread and prevalent in New York state. The Department of Health says cases of the flu have been confirmed in 39 counties and in all five boroughs of New York City. Some 658 flu-related hospitalizations have been ...

Nurse indicted on rape charges

SARANAC LAKE — A licensed practical nurse who worked in the village has been indicted on rape charges in Franklin County Court. Jessica Dresser, 31, of Plattsburgh, had been employed by St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers when she allegedly raped a male resident in ...

Attendees of the annual Tri-Lakes Ministry and Clergy Summit pose for a photo with Adirondack Health President and CEO Sylvia Getman, back row sixth from left, and Dr. Anthony Tramontano, far right, in the hospital’s Redfield Board Room.
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Adirondack Health hosts Tri-Lakes Ministry and Clergy Summit

SARANAC LAKE — On Thursday, Dec. 15, Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake hosted the annual Tri-Lakes Ministry and Clergy Summit, a luncheon gathering of regional clergy members and pastoral care providers. Attendees, representing all area denominations, reflected upon the 2016 ...

OPWDD worker alleges retaliation after claim

Jeremy Willett has worked for the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities since November 2011, and up until this year he said he had not experienced any problems with his position. That changed when Willett, a direct support assistant at a group home in Lake Luzerne, ...