To the editor:
On behalf of the local physicians and health care providers who compose the Adirondack Health Medical Staff, we would like to endorse a plan which would convert the existing Lake Placid emergency room into an enhanced care facility with more limited hours. This endorsement comes after a robust dialogue amongst our active members, many of whom have served our communities for many years. The overwhelming consensus of the Medical Staff is that the conversion of the Lake Placid emergency room would not jeopardize quality care or the accessibility to critical care services for patients in our community and the surrounding areas.
We strongly support a plan to maintain a high-quality facility to treat a wide range of non-critical health conditions. We further feel that, in light of current medical practice, the best care for critically ill patients is direct transport to a state-of-the-art facility that can render definitive care without delay.
We recognize the changing landscape of health care and the daunting regulatory and financial challenges that threaten the existence of small, rural hospitals like Adirondack Health, which are vital to communities. We feel that this move is both a safe and prudent way forward as health care rapidly evolves.
As representatives of the Medical Staff body, we are happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to an ongoing conversation with the community on this issue.
Waguih Kirollos, MD (president)
A.J. Dowidowicz, MD (vice president)
Adirondack Health Medical Staff