Health

New York removes abortion from criminal code

On the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case enshrining abortion rights into federal law, New York leaders updated the state’s laws on abortion, which predate even Roe. The state Senate passed the Reproductive Health Act in a 38-24 vote. The Assembly passed it, too, and ...

At long last, Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center is about to open

LAKE PLACID — Adirondack Health’s long-awaited Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center is set to open its doors and start seeing physical therapy patients by Wednesday. The whole facility will open in stages as services are moved from the old Adirondack Medical Center in Lake ...

St. Joe’s purchases site for new detox center

SARANAC LAKE — St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers purchased a property which will become a detox center, 24/7 open access center and permanent home outpatient clinic. In addition to short-term detox services, the open access center will offer those suffering from ...

Second-generation doctor moves practice to Adirondack Health

SARANAC LAKE — Dr. John Decker, an ear, nose and throat specialist who has been practicing here since the 1990s, started working for Adirondack Medical Center Jan. 1. He and his wife Martha previously operated a private practice on Old Lake Colby Road, just behind AMC, for 15 years. ...

$10M in addiction treatment funding available from state

ALBANY (AP) — Millions of dollars in additional state funding is available for expanding addiction treatment services across New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says up to $10 million will support development of dozens of new withdrawal and stabilization or residential treatment beds. The ...

A how-to: N.Y. Marketplace health insurance

Open enrollment for health insurance coverage through the New York State of Health Marketplace ends on Jan. 31. State health insurance exchanges were started through the U.S. Affordable Care Act. New York’s opened in 2013. The marketplace announced on Friday that more than 254,000 New ...

State law requires drug take-back programs start this week

In yet another initiative to combat the ongoing problem with opiates, a new state law will require pharmacies and drug manufacturers to offer drug take-back programs. The program will allow people to drop off surplus prescription and non-prescription drugs, not including controlled ...

Dr. John Decker moves practice to Adirondack Health

SARANAC LAKE – John Decker, M.D., has accepted an offer of employment made by Adirondack Health, effective Jan. 1. Dr. Decker specializes in medical and surgical treatment of conditions affecting the ears, nose and throat. He and his wife, Martha, have operated a private medical ...

Confirmed cases of flu rising across N.Y. state

ALBANY (AP) — The Cuomo administration says the number of confirmed cases of influenza is rising across New York state, with more than 5,400 people coming down with the illness so far this season. The state Department of Health says as of Thursday new cases of flu have been reported in 58 ...

Secret Santas: Charity buys and erases past-due medical debt

ALBANY (AP) — After a lifetime collecting debts, Jerry Ashton and Craig Antico are eliminating them. The co-founders of RIP Medical Debt buy millions of dollars in past-due medical debt for pennies on the dollar. But instead of hounding people to pay, they send letters saying the debt is ...

Tupper Lake Health Center closed until Friday

TUPPER LAKE — Elevated carbon monoxide levels that triggered an evacuation of Adirondack Health’s Tupper Lake Health Center Wednesday morning have returned to zero, but the building will stay closed until Friday as employees and the clinic’s fuel provider investigate the ...

E’town hospital warns of possible unauthorized data view

ELIZABETHTOWN — For a brief time, an unauthorized user remotely accessed an email account of an employee at University of Vermont Health Network, Elizabethtown Community Hospital that contained some personal information, including Social Security numbers. While no evidence has been found ...

Stefanik, other congresspeople call for investigation into Justice Center

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, along with several other New York congresspeople, wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Monday asking Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband to investigate the state Justice Center, which investigates the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities ...

State warns Tupper of uptown water

TUPPER LAKE — Residents of this village received a notice last week that the municipal water, which was switched over to well water sourcing in June, exceeded the safe zone of by-products of the disinfection process. While all village customers received the notice, which is mailed out ...

Sunmount resident release proves a challenge

An incident involving a man released from the state Sunmount facility in Tupper Lake caused tension for several days this week at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, as well as for state and local police. He had been evaluated at Sunmount, an institution that’s part of the state ...

Tupper Lake Friendship Volunteer training offered

LAKE PLACID — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is recruiting new volunteers and has scheduled a Friendship Volunteer Training Program in Tupper Lake on the mornings of Jan. 8 and Jan. 15, 2019. The training sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both mornings are required to ...

Speaker: U.S. likely to exceed 70,000 overdoses in 2018

SARANAC LAKE — At a Tri-Lakes Community Alliance for Addiction Prevention event Monday night a consultant in substance abuse and education outlined the effects of addiction on the brain and discussed modern stressors and drugs plaguing American youth. “I will tell you that there are ...

Adirondack Health welcomes New Vision students

SARANAC LAKE — Eleven students from Tri-Lakes regional high schools are participating in the Adirondack Education Center’s New Vision Health Careers curriculum at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake this year. The program offers high school seniors the opportunity to shadow ...