August 2016 Cover Story: Telemedicine

Technology connects patients with care

The telemedicine machine utilizes a camera, top, that can be controlled remotely by a distance doctor, to analyze a patient and run tests for stroke diagnostics. The display of the doctor would be on the main computer screen, and the patient and location nurse can be seen in an inset screen, seen at bottom right. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

The telemedicine machine utilizes a camera, top, that can be controlled remotely by a distance doctor, to analyze a patient and run tests for stroke diagnostics. The display of the doctor would be on the main computer screen, and the patient and location nurse can be seen in an inset screen, seen at bottom right. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Telemedicine another tool working to improve
access to specialists for rural residents

By Norah Machia, NNY Business

A patient recently came into Samaritan Medical Center’s Emergency Department presenting with symptoms of a possible stroke. Although a CT scan was done to rule out other causes, the physician treating the patient was still not completely convinced that stroke was the correct diagnosis. [Read more…]

August 2016 Feature Story: FDRHPO

A ‘mission-focused’ agency

Denise Young is the executive director for Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization. The agency, which was formed in 2005 and today employs a staff of 36 full- and part-time people, works to improve the health of the region’s residents through a variety of initiatives. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Denise Young is the executive director for Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization. The agency, which was formed in 2005 and today employs a staff of 36 full- and part-time people, works to improve the health of the region’s residents through a variety of initiatives. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

FDRHPO works to fill gaps in region’s health care

By Norah Machia, NNY Business

The growth of telemedicine is just one of several goals that the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization continues to accomplish on its mission to improve the health of north country residents. [Read more…]

North Country Initiative, FDRHPO highlight DSRIP inaugural year success

The North Country Initiative, in partnership with the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, is reporting a solid first year under the state’s five-year Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program. [Read more…]

Local experts discuss north country’s economic outlook at Chamber event

The Economic Forecast event featured a panel of five speakers discussing the economic trouble spots and assets in the north country.

The Economic Forecast event featured a panel of five speakers discussing the economic trouble spots and assets in the north country. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Trying to get a glimpse of the local economic future is more like staring into an opaque globe than a crystal ball, noted Donald C. Alexander, chief executive officer of Jefferson County Economic Development. [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…]

Young professionals inspired to lead by example at 20 Under 40 luncheon

Keynote speaker Denise K. Young read a quote that motivated her as a young professional during the 20 Under 40 luncheon Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn, hosted by NNY Business, a magazine owned by the Johnson Newspaper Corp.

The Copenhagen native, who is executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, recited a quote from Clarence Francis, former board chairman of General Foods Corp. She said she found it in an issue of Reader’s Digest magazine when she was a 22-year-old high school dropout earning a living as a production worker at a paper mill.

“You can buy a person’s time; you can buy his physical presence in a given place; you can even buy a measured number of his skilled muscular motions per hour,” she said. “But you cannot buy enthusiasm. You cannot buy initiative. You cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds and souls. You have to earn those things.”

Mrs. Young said she kept the quote in her pocket for years to motivate her as a young professional.

The fourth annual luncheon honored 20 emerging leaders under age 40 in the north country for 2014. The 20 were selected from a pool of 63 people nominated by the public and reviewed by a committee of Times and NNY Business personnel.

She said she found the quote helped inspire her after a disconcerting incident at the paper mill. She said that during a meeting one day, a manager saw her “dirty boots” on the carpet of the conference room and looked at her in a way that suggested the boots somehow reflected her self worth.

“He looked up at me like I was dirty,” she said. But she was quickly inspired to change her outlook after she read the quote by Clarence Francis in the break room of the paper mill.

“I held it in my pocket for 15 years. And I said that if I ever get the chance to be a leader, I’m going to have to earn it,” she said.

Mrs. Young, who held a laminated copy of the quote in her hand during her speech, issued a challenge to the crowd: “I’m going to give it to the first person in this room who raises their hand and can tell me what the front-page headline was today in the Watertown Daily Times.”

Responding correctly to the question was Meredith E. Fiorentino, who answered that Wednesday’s headline in the Times was about U.S. Rep-elect Elise M. Stefanik being appointed to the House Armed Services Committee. Ms. Fiorentino, a 33-year-old who works at Watertown Savings Bank, told Mrs. Young after the luncheon that she would put the quote on her office desk as inspiration.

“I think the quote is spot on,” the Clayton resident said. “You can’t earn people’s respect overnight.”

This year’s youngest recipient of the award was 22-year-old Allison I. Carlos, who was hired last year as director of business development for Washington Street Properties in Watertown. She said Wednesday she was excited to be recognized as a member of the business community at such a young age.

She said employers in the north country can retain talented young employees by giving them the freedom to share their ideas, enabling them to have meaningful input into decisions that are made. She said the owner of the commercial real estate firm, Brian H. Murray, has allowed her to do that.

“Brian and I talk a lot, and he encourages independence,” the Watertown native said. “He gives me a lot of flexibility with what I do and encourages my fresh ideas.”

Mr. Murray, for his part, said Ms. Carlos’s entrepreneurial spirit has been an asset to the firm.

“She’s very entrepreneurial, and that’s good for us because we’re growing really fast,” he said. “It’s very valuable to have someone who’s self-driven.”

In addition to the Times, event sponsors were New York Air Brake, Watertown Savings Bank, Bernier, Carr & Associates, Hilton Garden Inn, Northern New York Community Foundation, Jefferson County Economic Development, Slack Chemical, Timeless Frames, Greater Watertown Jaycees, Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization, Tunes 92.5 and the YMCA.

 

By Ted Booker, Times Staff Writer

20Q: Denise K. Young

Denise K. Young, Executive Director of Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, in her Washington Street office. Mrs. Young has been with the organization since 2007 when it first had staff. Justin Sorensen/ NNY Business

Targeting gaps in region’s health: FDRHPO director sees value in data analysis [Read more…]