Northern New York Gives Back group donates to Center for Cancer Care

SUBMITTED PHOTO Back row, left to right: Mark Serago, Director, Center for Cancer Care; Darien VanOrnum, RN; Courtney Weaver, RN; Chris Sabin, Stephanie Gebo (present in memory of Shaun O’Brien), Bridget TeRiele, RN; Anne Geromini, RN, Patient Navigator; Vicki Emburey, Senior Patient Representative; Barb Durkin, LPN; Alex Ashley, radiation therapist. Front row, left to right: Lisa Cook, Manager, Medical Oncology; Dr. Vel Matthews-Smith, Heather Sienkiewycz, independent director with Thirty-One Gifts, Anna Brothers, radiation therapist; Laura Fuller, radiation therapist.

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Back row, left to right: Mark Serago, Director, Center for Cancer Care; Darien VanOrnum, RN; Courtney Weaver, RN; Chris Sabin, Stephanie Gebo (present in memory of Shaun O’Brien), Bridget TeRiele, RN; Anne Geromini, RN, Patient Navigator; Vicki Emburey, Senior Patient Representative; Barb Durkin, LPN; Alex Ashley, radiation therapist. Front row, left to right: Lisa Cook, Manager, Medical Oncology; Dr. Vel Matthews-Smith, Heather Sienkiewycz, independent director with Thirty-One Gifts, Anna Brothers, radiation therapist; Laura Fuller, radiation therapist.

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August 2016 Feature Story: Urgent Care

An acute care backstop

Dr. Walter Mineart, M.D., owner and physician at North Country Urgent Care opened his practice in 2003. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Dr. Walter Mineart, M.D., owner and physician at North Country Urgent Care opened his practice in 2003. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Urgent care facilities ease strains on hospital ERs

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

Although a recent phenomenon in the health care industry, urgent cares have been on a roller coaster journey since the concept began in the 1970s, but after a decline in the ‘80s, they didn’t take hold in the U.S. until about two decades ago. [Read more…]

Job fair Monday in Canton will connect job seekers with employers

CANTON — More than 20 employers, mostly in the health care and education-related fields, will participate in a job fair scheduled for Monday at the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services Center, 40 W. Main St. [Read more…]

May 2016 Cover Story: Economic Development

Securing a stronger future for the north country

COR Development’s Mercy Health Center Redevelopment project is set to begin its first phase of construction this summer on 30,000 square feet of commercial space and 108 apartments. Overall, the project will house 168 units and a community center on the grounds of the former Mercy Hospital in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

COR Development’s Mercy Health Center Redevelopment project is set to begin its first phase of construction this summer on 30,000 square feet of commercial space and 108 apartments. Overall, the project will house 168 units and a community center on the grounds of the former Mercy Hospital in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Despite workforce challenges, regional economic development continues to power positive growth across Northern New York

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

A rural and historically challenged region where economic development was often stagnant, the Great Recession dealt a significant blow to New York’s north country as its counties saw a spike in unemployment and manufacturing jobs disappear, including about 600 from Jefferson County alone. [Read more…]

New imaging equipment gives Canton-Potsdam Hospital a ‘clear view’ of the future

Danielle Parent, an MRI technologist at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, speaks with Violet Tiernan, of Potsdam, following her MRI on Thursday at the hospital. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

Danielle Parent, an MRI technologist at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, speaks with Violet Tiernan, of Potsdam, following her MRI on Thursday at the hospital. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times.

New medical imaging equipment at Canton-Potsdam Hospital is giving physicians a clearer view of patient care and the future of medicine. [Read more…]

February 2016: Nonprofits Today

Nonprofits on front lines of heroin war

Bob Gorman

Bob Gorman

In her office at Pivot, Anita Seefried-Brown has created a collage with the faces of bright and promising young adults, all now dead from heroin and other opiate overdoses. One of the photos is of her late son, Herbie. [Read more…]

January 2016 Cover Story: Economic Outlook

Slow and steady
growth wins the race

OUTLOOK 2016 / MILITARY: A soldier salutes during the presentation of the colors last year in an activation ceremony for the 10th Mountain Division Divarty. As the post avoided major cuts in 2015, Fort Drum officials remain positive that 2016 will be a healthy year for one of region’s top economic sectors. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

OUTLOOK 2016 / MILITARY: A soldier salutes during the presentation of the colors last year in an activation ceremony for the 10th Mountain Division Divarty. As the post avoided major cuts in 2015, Fort Drum officials remain positive that 2016 will be a healthy year for one of region’s top economic sectors. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Despite a few challenges, experts say the region is on pace for a positive year in 2016. Six sectors of the north country’s economy are ripe with opportunities for growth.

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

A grim fate cast a pall over the north country in early 2015, as federal budget sequestration threatened to cut up to 16,000 personnel from Fort Drum in an effort by the army to trim its active duty force from 490,000 to 450,000 by fiscal year 2017. [Read more…]

Massena Town Council allows hospital to move forward with privatization

Clyde Leffler, Massena, a 20-year employee at Massena Memorial Hospital who works as a clerk in the endoscopy unit, protests against the proposed privatization of the hospital Wednesday night before a Massena Town Board meeting at the Massena Town Hall. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times

Clyde Leffler, Massena, a 20-year employee at Massena Memorial Hospital who works as a clerk in the endoscopy unit, protests against the proposed privatization of the hospital Wednesday night before a Massena Town Board meeting at the Massena Town Hall. Photo by Jason Hunter, Watertown Daily Times

MASSENA —Town Council members voted Wednesday to allow Massena Memorial Hospital to move forward with becoming a nonprofit facility, but it doesn’t commit them to actually shedding their municipal status. [Read more…]

August 2015 20 Questions: David B. Acker, St. Lawrence Health System and Canton-Potsdam Hospital

A vision for rural health care

St. Lawrence Health System president and CEO David B. Acker talks about health care reform at his Potsdam office. Photo by Melanie Kimbler-Lago, NNY Business.

St. Lawrence Health System president and CEO David B. Acker talks about health care reform at his Potsdam office. Photo by Melanie Kimbler-Lago, NNY Business.

David Acker, St. Lawrence Health CEO sets pace to improve system

The north country’s health care system has undergone major changes in the recent years, from provider consolidations to the complex reforms mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act that address efficiencies with an emphasis on prevention. For our annual health care issue, St. Lawrence Health System and Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s CEO David B. Acker sat down to discuss what health care reform means for the dozens of rural communities in St. Lawrence County and beyond, how new models for the delivery of care are morphing and his goals for his organization’s future. [Read more…]

August 2015 Cover Story: Health Care

Partnerships critical to continuum of care

Kammi Hernandez holds her 2-year old son,  Joseph, outside Gouverneur Hospital last month. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

Kammi Hernandez holds her 2-year old son,
Joseph, outside Gouverneur Hospital last month. Photo by Jason Hunter, NNY Business.

North country hospitals align with Syracuse facilities to manage major trauma, specialty cases

By Norah Machia, NNY Business [Read more…]