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…]

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…]

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…]

North country hospitals receive $54 million in state grant funding

Several north country hospitals were recently awarded more than $54 million in grants from the state Department of Health. [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…]

Massena Memorial Hospital recognizes employees during National Hospital and Nurses Week kickoff

MASSENA — Two members of Massena Memorial Hospital’s nursing staff were recognized Monday morning as the organization kicked off National Hospital and Nurses Week. [Read more…]

Massena Memorial Hospital realignment to affect about 15 jobs

MASSENA — Massena Memorial Hospital officials have announced a realignment of staff that they say is designed to “right size the organization.”

As part of the cost-saving move, 15 full-time equivalent positions will be affected this month through realignment in six departments: Administration, Fiscal Services, Support Services, Ancillary, Outreach and Nursing Services. The changes will take effect in mid-February. [Read more…]

Business Briefcase – Oct. 2013

Clarkson University’s entrepreneurship program honored

Clarkson University’s entrepreneurship program has been named in the top 15 in the nation, according to the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. It ranks 14th on both publication’s 2014 list of “Top 25 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Programs” based on surveys of business school administrators at more than 2,000 institutions.

The lists are based on schools’ level of commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom, the percentage of faculty, students and alumni actively involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, the number of their mentorship programs, and funding for scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies and projects, according to a release from the university.

Clarkson was also ranked first on U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 list of schools that produced the largest percentage of interns among the class of 2011, with 86 percent. The university reports that 96 percent of students in its class of 2012 who used the campus Career Services Center said they were placed in their field of study or career aspiration in the first year after graduation. [Read more…]

Business Briefcase – Sept. 2013

Lewis Chamber accepting nominations for Business Person of the Year Award

The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is accepting nominations for the Lewis County Business Person of the Year Award for 2013. This is the 32nd consecutive year the award will be presented to an individual that has demonstrated outstanding civic contributions to the Lewis County community.

Candidates will be judged on business and community involvement, as well as on leadership, dedication, motivation, achievements and citizenship.

The award will be formally presented at the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Person of the Year Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 21. [Read more…]