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Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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Lawmakers: Cuomo is moving to cut funds to fight cancer

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a $25 million reduction to programs that fight cancer, diabetes and other public health challenges — a move intended to eliminate inefficiencies that is being fought by some lawmakers and health advocates who oppose the cuts. Critics ...

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

Stefanik details health care laws she supports

PLATTSBURGH — Rep. Elise Stefanik is supporting bills she believes will improve health care as the issue continues to swirl as a point of contention between Republicans and Democrats in Washington. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, is a co-sponsor for H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness ...

An excavator works behind Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake Tuesday as part of the construction of the hospital’s new surgical services wing. Another major project for Adirondack Health, a proposed Health and Medical Fitness Center in Lake Placid, remains on hold until the spring.
(Photo provided — Adirondack Health)

Lake Placid medical facility work to start in spring

Construction of Adirondack Health’s new Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center has been pushed back to the spring as it awaits final approval from the state Department of Health. Meanwhile, renovations to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake that will create a new surgical ...

New Trustees join Adirondack Health, Adirondack Health Foundation boards

SARANAC LAKE — Two new members have joined the Adirondack Health Board of Trustees, and one new member has been elected to the Adirondack Health Foundation Board of Trustees. Craig Sheldon and Christopher Ericson will serve the Adirondack Health board, and Edward Bickford will serve on ...

Gifford named administrator at Elderwood of Uihlein

LAKE PLACID — Deborah Gifford has been named administrator at Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid. Gifford has been a licensed nursing home administrator for more than 25 years. She comes to Elderwood with extensive leadership experience and a broad knowledge of the health care ...

Sunmount resident walks off campus, is brought back in quickly

TUPPER LAKE — A resident of a Sunmount group home on Hosley Avenue left the premises on Monday afternoon. Sunmount staff called state police at 1:23 p.m. to help locate the resident, who was reportedly on voluntary placement at the facility, state police Troop B spokeswoman Trooper ...

Sunmount resident pleads not guilty to stabbing staffer in eye with fork

A Sunmount resident who allegedly stabbed a staff member in the eye with a fork has pleaded not guilty. A Franklin County Grand Jury indicted John Harvey, 37, in December on charges of second-degree assault, a class D felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a ...

Nick George, the new executive director of High Peaks Hospice, stands next to hospice Outreach Coordinator Tania McCabe at the organization’s administrative office in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

High Peaks Hospice hires new executive director

SARANAC LAKE — The new executive director of High Peaks Hospice says he wants to grow the organization’s patient census and staffing levels, incrementally. Nick George took over Jan. 1 following the retirement of Meg Wood, who had led hospice for three-and-a-half years. George ...

Dr. Charles Gibbs 
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Dr. Charles Gibbs retires from leadership post

SARANAC LAKE — Following more than two decades of active involvement in the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, Dr. Charles Gibbs recently announced his retirement as the organization’s Speaker of the House of Delegates.   NYSSA, the state’s representative body of anesthesia ...

Adirondack Health’s 2017 Smooth Strides Runners’ Clinics begin Feb. 16

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health's 2017 Smooth Stride Runners' Clinics are scheduled to begin on Thursday, Feb. 16, and will be offered by the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine departments of Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. The runners' clinics, sponsored by Adirondack Health, The Fallen ...

Deceil Moore, associate director of behavioral health services
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Moore hired as Citizen Advocates’ associate director of behavioral health

MALONE — Citizen Advocates is pleased to welcome Deceil Moore, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as its new Associate Director of Behavioral Health Services. In addition to outpatient care for mental health and substance use disorder, Behavioral Health Services at Citizen Advocates include ...

Report: 14 percent of taps at NY schools unsafe for lead

ALBANY (AP) — Statewide testing for lead in drinking water at schools in New York has found 14 percent of outlets sampled in nearly 3,000 schools outside New York City had unsafe levels of the toxic metal. Schools are required to turn off any outlet with lead levels above 15 parts per ...

Schools reach beyond ‘Just Say No’ on opioid drug dangers

TRENTON, N.J. — Schools are going beyond "Just Say No" as they teach students as young as kindergartners about the dangers of opioids in the hope that they don't later become part of the growing crisis. Some states have begun requiring instruction about prescription drugs and ...

Mercy Living Center resident Cecile McKenty and nurse Andrew James pose with Syrus, James’ Siberian husky, at the nursing home Wednesday.
(Enterprise photo — Kelly Carroll)

Four-legged employee

TUPPER LAKE — After roaming the halls of Mercy Living Center for approximately two-and-a-half years, Syrus James has been issued an employee badge by Adirondack Health. Andrew James is a nurse who works as Mercy’s minimum data set coordinator, which means he keeps up the ...

The sign atop the Hotel Saranac is seen from its rooftop in October 2016. 
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Hotel Saranac sign will be lit Feb. 11

SARANAC LAKE — The Hotel Saranac’s iconic rooftop sign will come back to life on one of the biggest days of the year in this village. A sign lighting ceremony is planned on the evening of Feb. 11, the same day of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Gala ...

Champlain National Bank President and CEO Steven Cacchio, left, 
and Community Hospital President John Remillard
(Photo provided)

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 ...