August 2016: Economic Snapshot

Economic Indicators

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August 2016: Small Business Success

Understand options for crowdfunding

Jennifer McCluskey

Jennifer McCluskey

Crowdfunding, using various internet platforms like GoFundMe and Kickstarter to reach multiple investors, has been increasing by leaps and bounds over the last few years. So is crowdfunding a possibility for your business?

Certain types of products or businesses work better for crowdfunding than others. New and exciting businesses and products, nonprofits that can help people connect to a cause, or anything else that could get regular people excited to donate their hard-earned money may do well with crowdfunding. [Read more…]

August 2016: Business Tech Bytes

Health care IT advances across region

Jill Van Hoesen

Jill Van Hoesen

Health care IT is undoubtedly a north country industry that has seen scores of advances. This year, you have most likely found that health care providers have successfully transitioned from a primarily paper-based system to a technology-driven digital one.

Where consumer health care cost savings is questionable, better patient care, which allows patients to be more actively engaged in their own care and ultimately healthier, can be credited to these IT advances. [Read more…]

August 2016 20 Questions: Ben Moore III, River Hospital

Critical care redefined

River Hospital CEO Ben Moore III in talks about the future of health care in the north country in his Alexandria Bay office last month. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

River Hospital CEO Ben Moore III in talks about the future of health care in the north country in his Alexandria Bay office last month. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Alexandria Bay’s River Hospital finds its niche in changing landscape

For River Hospital the last 10 years since Ben Moore III became CEO has been a transitional period as it experienced financial challenges, backlash from the Medicaid reimbursement changes, and then growth with the help of programs like the outpatient program for soldiers with PTSD coordinated with Fort Drum and TRICARE. Mr. Moore sat down with us this month to discuss how River Hospital overcame the challenges facing it and the future for the hospital and the north country’s health care industry as a whole. [Read more…]

August 2016 Feature Story: Children’s Miracle Network

A new ‘miracle’ worker

Kristin M. Stockwell was named development manager for Samaritan Medical Center’s Children’s Miracle Network program in June. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Kristin M. Stockwell was named development manager for Samaritan Medical Center’s Children’s Miracle Network program in June. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Personal experience motivates CMN development manager

By Joleene Moody, NNY Business

The north country is about to experience the Children’s Miracle Network like never before. In June, Samaritan Medical Center appointed Kristin M. Stockwell as its CMN development manager. [Read more…]

August 2016 Feature Story: Hospital Networks

A push for ‘balance’

Dr. John Poggi, a board-certified hematologist and oncologist and director of medical oncology at Samaritan Medical Center, moved his private practice under Samaritan’s umbrella in 2014, having previously worked for Samaritan from 1984 to 1999. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Dr. John Poggi, a board-certified hematologist and oncologist and director of medical oncology at Samaritan Medical Center, moved his private practice under Samaritan’s umbrella in 2014, having previously worked for Samaritan from 1984 to 1999. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Doctors who leave private practice for hospitals, networks on rise

By Gabrielle Hovendon, NNY Business

To be in private practice, or not to be? That is the question — and it’s an increasingly common one for north country physicians. [Read more…]

August 2016 Feature Story: Farm-to-Table

Farm-to-table wellness

James Good, of Down to Earth Garden Co-op, restocks produce bins at the Carthage Area Hospital farmers market. Mr. Good and his wife, Rebecca, have partnered with th ehospital to provide fresh produce from local farms to feed patients, hospital staff and visitors. Photo by Elaine Avallone, NNY Business.

James Good, of Down to Earth Garden Co-op, restocks produce bins at the Carthage Area Hospital farmers market. Mr. Good and his wife, Rebecca, have partnered with the hospital to provide fresh produce from local farms to feed patients, hospital staff and visitors. Photo by Elaine Avallone, NNY Business.

Carthage Area Hospital launches new initiative

By Elaine Avallone, NNY Business

Carthage Area Hospital has embarked on a locally grown produce initiative with a farm-to-table program. [Read more…]

August 2016: Business Scene

History in the Garden, The Walton Homestead, Watertown

The Waltons hosted the Jefferson County Historical Society’s “History in the Garden” event on Saturday, July 9, at their homestead and gardens on Rome State Road, Watertown. The Historical Society presented its annual Awards of Distinction at the event. Photos by Ken Eysaman, NNY Business. [Read more…]

August 2016 Feature Story: Real Estate

Mixed bag in Q2 real estate report

Jefferson up, Lewis down, St. Lawrence flat

By Marcus Wolf, NNY Business

Second quarter home sales in Jefferson County are up from the same quarter last year, but are down in Lewis County and relatively the same in St. Lawrence County. [Read more…]

August 2016 Feature Story: Community Clinic of Jefferson County

Celebrating a milestone

Jennifer Earl is director of clinical operations at the Community Clinic of Jefferson County, an affiliate of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County. The clinic marks its fifth anniversary this year. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Jennifer Earl is director of clinical operations at the Community Clinic of Jefferson County, an affiliate of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County. The clinic marks its fifth anniversary this year. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Community Clinic of Jefferson County marks its fifth year

By Joleene Moody, NNY Business

When Mercy Behavioral Health and Wellness closed its doors as a mental health provider in June 2011, officials blamed poor Medicaid reimbursement as the culprit. The shuttered clinic left a gaping hole in the community for severely mentally ill patients. So when the Community Services Board in Watertown opened a bid for proposals for a county entity to acquire the operation, the Children’s Home of Jefferson County applied. They were humbly selected. [Read more…]