Health

Plattsburgh airbase leaves legacy of tainted wells

PLATTSBURGH — The former Plattsburgh Air Force Base property has been identified as one of 106 sites nationwide that have contaminated groundwater. As a result, the wells of four homes near the base property are being treated. “Of course, I worry after all these years,” said Janet ...

Audit: Bad billing system costs Glens Falls Hospital $38M

GLENS FALLS — A new billing system at Glens Falls Hospital malfunctioned in 2017, costing the hospital $38 million, according to an audit. As the hospital’s financial condition worsened during the year, officials reduced operating costs and laid off employees. But nothing could make up ...

Elderwood improves staff recruitment, retention

LAKE PLACID — As the first quarter of 2019 nears its end, Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid is planning projects such as a private shuttle bus for its employees with long commutes, increasing pay for nurses, and updating job and customer training programs for new employees, all in the hope ...

Citizen Advocates wants a new building

SARANAC LAKE — Citizen Advocates is looking at demolishing its building on Petrova Avenue and building a new, multi-organization facility in its place. “Right now it’s very early in the blue-sky phases,” said Joe Riccio, director of communications and government affairs for Citizen ...

NCCC grows EMT training program

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College is adding EMT and Advanced EMT courses to address workforce and public safety needs in the region. This spring, 31 students are taking Advanced EMT classes offered at the college’s Malone and Saranac Lake campuses. This follows the ...

Police: Sunmount employee falsified accusations to get paid leave

TUPPER LAKE — State Police say a Tupper Lake woman working at Sunmount made false anonymous abuse allegations against herself and her co-workers to get put on paid administrative leave for an extended period of time. On Feb. 6 a joint investigation determined that Jesse L. Fletcher, 46, ...

Police: Sunmount worker made up abuse

State Police arrested a Tupper Lake woman after a lengthy investigation of alleged abuse at Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services Office in Tupper Lake, where she worked. What they found, though, Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said in a press release, ...

Citizen Advocates recognizes top employer for career visions

MALONE — Citizen Advocates recently took time out to recognize one of the most crucial components of its Career Visions program: the employers. The Career Visions Program at Citizens Advocates, through its offices in Malone and Saranac Lake, offers multi-faceted employment and ...

Powassan virus on the up-tick

PAUL SMITHS — A group of Paul Smith’s College students, researching the tick-borne Powassan virus for the state, has discovered that the disease is prevalent throughout the North Country. Though professor Lee Ann Sporn said research on the Powassan spread is just starting, the group ...

N.Y. has ID cards for people with developmental disabilities

ALBANY (AP) — New York state is now issuing identity cards for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The free ID cards are designed to help police, firefighters and emergency personnel interact with people who may not be able to communicate effectively. The cards ...

Tupper Lake Health Center reopened after brief lockdown

TUPPER LAKE — Adirondack Health’s Tupper Lake Health Center was locked down for a short time Wednesday as officers located a man who they said had made a comment that was interpreted as a threat. The man made the comment during an office visit Tuesday, according to village police Chief ...

N.Y. man warns others to quit smoking in his obituary

ALBANY (AP) — An upstate New York man who recently died of lung cancer has a simple message in his obituary: “If you’re a smoker — quit now.” The Times Union of Albany reports 66-year-old Geoff Turner wanted to warn others not to make his mistake in a self-written obituary ...

Tupper Lake Health Center reopened after brief lockdown

TUPPER LAKE — Adirondack Health’s Tupper Lake Health Center was locked down for a short time Wednesday as officers located a man who they said had made a comment that was interpreted as a threat. The man made the comment during an office visit Tuesday, according to village police Chief ...

‘Ray of sunshine’: NCCC student remembered by instructors, peers

SARANAC LAKE — Andie Carpenter, a 20-year-old North Country Community College sophomore in her last semester of the Radiologic Technology program, died last week. “What I would say about Andie is that she’s true to her word and she lights up the room,” said Becky LaDue, Rad Tech ...

Citizen Advocates supports ski patrols with locker donations

MALONE — Upgrades to the boot and ski room for the Whiteface Volunteer Ski Patrol and Titus Mountain received a lift from Citizen Advocates in Malone in the form of much need locker space. The ski patrol for Whiteface Mountain Ski Area has been modernizing the boot and ski room, which ...

The cost of driving 55 mph in snow and ice

SARANAC LAKE — New York salts its roads more than any other state — not only in higher amounts, but also at the highest rate. This has resulted in salinization of this region’s lakes, streams and groundwater downslope from roadways, according to research by Dan Kelting, executive ...

A tour of Adirondack Medical Center’s new surgical wing

SARANAC LAKE — A group made up mostly of village board members gathered around a medical-grade dumbwaiter in “bunny suits”: white coveralls, puffy blue caps and blue booties. Arthur Handley, director of perioperative services at Adirondack Medical Center, started the tour of the ...

Addiction services providers get $5M in state funding

ALBANY (AP) — Dozens of hospitals and other providers of services for New Yorkers seeking help with alcohol and drug addictions are splitting millions in funding from a state agency. The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services says nearly $5 million in funding will assist ...

St. Joe’s fired staffer accused of intimacy with patient

SARANAC LAKE — St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers officials say they told police one of their employees had been romantically involved with a patient and subsequently fired the worker. “On Dec. 29, 2018, St. Joseph’s administration became aware of alleged ...

Lake Placid’s ER services move to new building on Old Military Road

LAKE PLACID — The hospital emergency department in this village is now in a new location as of Tuesday morning, according to Adirondack Health officials. Adirondack Health Communications Director Matt Scollin said hospital staff at Adirondack Medical Center-Lake Placid — the old ...