Health

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 ...

Flu cases keep rising in N.Y.; hospitalizations down

ALBANY (AP) — State health officials say the number of New Yorkers with confirmed cases of the flu keeps rising but the number of people requiring hospitalization has declined. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that more than 16,800 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza ...

New York gives St. Joe’s $450K for 24-hour addiction center

SARANAC LAKE — St. Joseph’s Addiction and Recovery Center’s plans to open a 24-hour intake and intervention center on John Munn Road and got a big boost from the state Tuesday, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced $4 million in grants to establish “Open Access Centers” ...

New trustees join Adirondack Health Foundation

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Health Foundation added five new members to its board of trustees in 2018. Robert Beier, Daniel Kelleher, Matthew Norfolk and Peter Van Etten recently joined the board, and Russell Cronin began his first full term on the board after joining ...

State providing extra funds fight flu

ALBANY (AP) — Counties across New York are getting extra financial support to battle the influenza epidemic as the number of confirmed flu cases continues to rise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that he’s directing the Department of Health to provide reimbursement to local health ...

Report says oversight lacking at psych hospital

MARCY (AP) — A newspaper is reporting that a New York psychiatric hospital for inmates operated without legally required oversight while two inmate deaths, 40 assaults and 25 sex offenses triggered police responses between 2012 and 2016. The Journal News reports that there were 210 ...

Vaccinations urged as flu cases keep rising across N.Y

ALBANY (AP) — State health officials say laboratory-confirmed influenza cases topped 11,000 over the past week, with another 2,200-plus New Yorkers requiring hospitalization because of the flu. In releasing the latest flu statistics Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo again urged people to get the ...

New technology used to fight ancient enemy at Trudeau Institute

SARANAC LAKE — In 1874, the first winter Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau spent at his friend Paul Smith’s hotel, telegraph service from Saranac Lake ended when the telegraph operator went home for the winter. The ailing Trudeau had time on his hands, so with a book of Morse code and the ...

Schumer calls on feds to send flu team to N.Y.

ALBANY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on federal health officials to dispatch a flu surveillance team to New York as the number of cases increases. The Democrat announced his request to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday. He says a surveillance team ...

Advocates to discuss safe sites program for drug users

ALBANY (AP) — There are efforts underway in some states, including New York, to establish safe places where drug users can shoot up. A coalition known as “End Overdose NY” is holding a legislative briefing on Monday in Albany to discuss details of a program aimed at combatting ...

Order allows pharmacists to give flu shots to children

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken steps to make it easier for New Yorkers to get the influenza vaccine as the flu epidemic continues to spread across the state. The Democrat signed an executive order Thursday that allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to people ages two to ...

$2.25M for family of disabled man who died while aide texted

ALBANY (AP) — New York state will pay $2.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed after a disabled man choked to death in a state-run group home while an aide allegedly texted her boyfriend from the bathroom. Eddie Velasquez’s death in 2014 came one day after choking on turkey he took from ...

Citizen Advocates awarded funds for care collaborative

MALONE — New York State has awarded Citizen Advocates a $1.7 million grant to implement a tightly connected system of physical and behavioral health services by collaborating with a broad range of North Country agencies and healthcare providers. The funding support is part of a statewide ...