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Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic in Watertown updating an electronic mediacal record. Photo: Joanna Richards
Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic in Watertown updating an electronic mediacal record. Photo: Joanna Richards

New York working towards statewide health records system

Hospitals have been working for years to digitize patients' medical records, and now New York state is expanding a system to centralize the record-keeping of multiple hospitals.

A patient's medical history may be in the computer at their primary care doctor's office. And their records may be digitized at the hospital they've been treated at. "However, many of those systems can't easily or fluently communicate with one another," said Dr. Rainu Kaushal, who chairs the Weill Cornell Medical College's healthcare policy program.  Go to full article
Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny are vying for the Republican line in the 21st Congressional district.
Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny are vying for the Republican line in the 21st Congressional district.

NY-21: Stefanik, Doheny vie for North Country roots in first debate

The two Republicans seeking to represent the North Country in Congress came out swinging Tuesday night in their first debate before the June 24 primary. The one-hour debate was broadcast on Time-Warner Cable and taped in Albany.

Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny carved out few differences on policy. But they disagreed sharply on what's become the defining issue in this campaign - who can claim the deepest North Country roots.  Go to full article
Brett Bouchard was cleaning an industrial pasta maker at an Italian restaurant in Massena, New York, when the machine turned on and his arm got caught. Photo: Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe/Pool
Brett Bouchard was cleaning an industrial pasta maker at an Italian restaurant in Massena, New York, when the machine turned on and his arm got caught. Photo: Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe/Pool

Massena 17 year-old doing well with re-attached arm

Four weeks ago Friday, a med flight helicopter landed at Massachusetts General Hospital, carrying a 17-year Massena boy.

It was just after midnight. A hastily assembled team of surgeons, nurses and anesthetists was waiting to try to reattach Brett Bouchard's right arm, ripped off just below the elbow.

WBUR's Martha Bebinger picks up the story.  Go to full article
Republican Matt Doheny poses with Carol Enslow, left, and Chris Whitmarsh, two women who run the Am Vet post 11 Ladies Auxiliary Wednesday lunch. Photo: David Sommerstein
Republican Matt Doheny poses with Carol Enslow, left, and Chris Whitmarsh, two women who run the Am Vet post 11 Ladies Auxiliary Wednesday lunch. Photo: David Sommerstein

Doheny builds campaign for NY-21, one fish fry at a time

For the first time, the New York State primary will be on Tuesday, June 24, this year, months earlier than usual.

In the North Country's congressional district, it appears Democrat Aaron Woolf and the Green Party's Matt Funiciello will avoid primaries. The state board of elections invalidated the ballot petitions of both Democrat Stephen Burke and Green Party hopeful Donald Hassig. Burke continues to challenge the ruling.

But there will definitely be a Republican primary in the race to succeed retiring Congressman Bill Owens. And the early date is ratcheting up the pressure on candidates Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny when few voters are paying attention.  Go to full article
Last year, Glens Falls Hospital opened partnership talks with Albany Medical Center. The community's largest employer has experienced "significant strain" as admissions plummeted.
Last year, Glens Falls Hospital opened partnership talks with Albany Medical Center. The community's largest employer has experienced "significant strain" as admissions plummeted.

Will your North Country hospital survive health care reform?

Yesterday we reported that Lake Placid's emergency room will be the first in New York State to operate on a part-time basis. That experiment is part of a revolution in health care that's sweeping hospitals in the region.

From Ogdensburg to Saranac Lake to Glens Falls, hospitals are seeing far fewer patients and those who come through the door are staying for shorter periods of time. Experts say those changes are positive, meaning better care at a lower cost. But there's a risk that some hospitals won't survive the transition.  Go to full article

Report: More NYS children have health insurance

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new study shows continued gains in the numbers of New York children with health insurance, driven mostly by increased coverage through public programs.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report released Thursday shows the percentage of children without insurance dropped from 5.6 percent in 2008 to 4.3 percent in 2012.  Go to full article
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/caveman_92223/3410000930/in/set-72157624415963106">Chuck Coker</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Neon sign at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Photo: Chuck Coker, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Medical marijuana: What's coming for NYS?

Now that the state budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver caused a bit of a stir when he seemed to say that a bill to legalize medical marijuana might be dead for the year, saying he does not think "it has a future" in the 2014 session.  Go to full article
The former E.J. Noble Hospital and Kinney Nursing Home. Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both. Photo via <a href="http://www.fdrhpo.org/health-care-services/ej-noble/">Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization</a>
The former E.J. Noble Hospital and Kinney Nursing Home. Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both. Photo via Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization

Kinney Nursing Home supporters pack Gouverneur village meeting

Supporters of Kinney Nursing home packed into the Gouverneur village board meeting last night. The home has been operating at a loss, and St. Lawrence Health System, which owns it, filed the plan to close the home in late December. The New York State Department of Health is currently reviewing the plan.

Mayor Ron McDougall says people are really worried that the nursing home may close. "The overwhelming majority of people in the room understand it may be slipping away and we want to see what we can do to save the nursing home."  Go to full article
The former E.J. Noble Hospital and Kinney Nursing Home. Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both. Photo via <a href="http://www.fdrhpo.org/health-care-services/ej-noble/">Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization</a>
The former E.J. Noble Hospital and Kinney Nursing Home. Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both. Photo via Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization

Gouverneur residents fight possible nursing home closure

Kinney Nursing home in Gouverneur may close. The state health department is reviewing a closure plan submitted in late December. If the state approves the plan, then the nursing home could close within 90 days. That doesn't sit well with some Gouverneur residents, who are organizing to try and keep the nursing home open.  Go to full article
Carthage Area Hospital says the same pressures that are facing all hospitals these days forced it to restructure. Photo: Joanna Richards
Carthage Area Hospital says the same pressures that are facing all hospitals these days forced it to restructure. Photo: Joanna Richards

Carthage Hospital lays off 73 workers

Carthage Area Hospital is laying off 73 workers, part of its second restructuring in just the past few months. Forty-one of those were members of the Service Employees International Union Local 1199.  Go to full article

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