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: 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 Feature Story: North Country Family Health Center

Back from the brink

Joey Marie Horton is the executive director of North Country Family Health Center, Watertown. The center has clawed its way back from near closure three years ago.  Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Joey Marie Horton is the executive director of North Country Family Health Center, Watertown. The center has clawed its way back from near closure three years ago. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

North Country Family Health Center turns corner

By Gabrielle Hovendon, NNY Business

How healthy is the North Country Family Health Center? Take a look at its numbers. [Read more…]

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…]

Samaritan looks to fall groundbreaking for cancer center

Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, is starting a new advisory council that will include former patients as members. The health care provider aims  to receive feedback from people who have experienced care as consumers so hospital officials can better address patient needs and solve problems. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, is starting a new advisory council that will include former patients as members. The health care provider aims to receive feedback from people who have experienced care as consumers so hospital officials can better address patient needs and solve problems. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Samaritan Medical Center officials hope to break ground in the fall on a new comprehensive cancer treatment center. [Read more…]

Caprara aims to open Henderson Harbor waterfront restaurant in May

The site plan for Harbor Waterside Bar Pub — a restaurant that William F. Caprara plans to open in mid-May — was approved Tuesday by the Henderson Town Planning Board. Exterior and interior renovations at the two-story building on County Route 123 have been completed, said Mr. Caprara, who is a co-owner of F.X. Caprara Auto Sales. The waterfront building formerly operated as the Harbor Inn. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

The site plan for Harbor Waterside Bar Pub — a restaurant that William F. Caprara plans to open in mid-May — was approved Tuesday by the Henderson Town Planning Board. Exterior and interior renovations at the two-story building on County Route 123 have been completed, said Mr. Caprara, who is a co-owner of F.X. Caprara Auto Sales. The waterfront building formerly operated as the Harbor Inn. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

The site plan for Harbor Waterside Bar Pub — a restaurant that William F. Caprara plans to open in mid-May — was approved Tuesday by the Henderson Town Planning Board. [Read more…]

DPOA, organizations will have to obtain vendors for arena

Foundation President Joseph L. Rich was surprised to find out Thursday morning that the Disabled Persons Action Organization will have to get its own concession stand vendor for its May 24 Kenny Rogers concert at the renovated Watertown Municipal Arena. [Read more…]

NNY hospitals say state aid will help reduce debt

North country hospitals say that millions of dollars awarded to them Friday by the state Department of Health will assist with paying off debt. [Read more…]