River Hospital expansion project hits a parking hiccup

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This rendering of the expansion project by BCA Architects and Engineers shows the River Hospital campus in Alexandria Bay with the new medical office building.

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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: 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 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…]

June 2016: People on the Move

Children’s Home director certified as human resources professional

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Roshia

Jesse Roshia, Children’s Home of Jefferson County director of human resources, recently passed the Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional Exam. [Read more…]

June 2016: Real Estate Roundup

Realtors meet members of Congress

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Lance Evans

From May 9 to 14, the National Association of Realtors held its Realtor Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. Approximately 8,500 attendees from across the country and around the world attended the annual conference. The week included about 200 meetings and events that covered many real estate topics and allowed NAR members to take an active role in advancing the real estate industry, public policy, and the association. [Read more…]

River Hospital announces $7.25 million expansion project

River Hospital has unveiled a $7.25 million plan to renovate its existing hospital building and construct a new facility aimed at integrating primary and behavioral health care.

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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…]

March 2016 Feature Story: Success

Success is a process that takes patience

By Joleene Moody, NNY Business

Success is a funny word. It’s one of those words that means something different to everyone, despite its textbook definition. For some, success is measured by money and popularity. For others, it is measured by how quickly we can reach our goals. Both of these definitions lack luster and come with entirely too much stress and anxiety.

The most realistic definition of success should exclude all pressures and include only the joy of the experience. In a word, success should be about reaching a place of ultimate satisfaction while accepting the journey and the grace that goes with it. While that sounds magical and wonderful, the woman who is constantly trying to control how her path to success unfolds, rarely attains it.

Laurie Smith knows this story all too well. She is a certified strategic interventionist and mindset coach, trained to help people unravel their interal struggles. Mrs. Smith has seen how crippling it can be when her clients attach expectations to specific outcomes.

“A lot of the conflict and pain we experience comes from when our expectations and circumstances don’t align,” Mrs. Smith said. “For instance, if someone dreams of traveling all the time but can’t because they have children, it makes that dream difficult. Instead of blaming and resenting their circumstance as the reason they can’t fulfill that dream, they have to be willing to tweak the vision and trust they will still get there.”

Mrs. Smith has five children between the ages of 5 and 24. A former hairdresser with a passion to work with and realign the troubled mind, she understands a moving target. Her desire to build a destination where men and women can retreat to soothe the mind, body, and soul, has been percolating within her for some time. She will build it, no doubt, because she refuses to let her present circumstances be any kind of deterrent. She chooses to tweak the vision.

“Having five children was my choice,” she said. “I never thought I would be working through my current process with a five-year-old. Nonetheless, I made that choice. I also made the choice to take time off to start this new journey and career as a coach. It’s definitely not easy. But it’s worth it.”

No journey is the same. No destination is the same. Amanda Sweet, a psychologist at River Hospital in Alexandria Bay, said that if we continue to look outside of ourselves for things and people to make things happen, we will never find true success. But learning to accept the present moment will.

“There is a theory in psychology called the Adaptation Principal,” Ms. Sweet said. “It says that even after we achieve something we desire, we grow used to it and then we grow unsatisfied. The reason for that is because people look for satisfaction outside of themselves when really, satisfaction is rooted in mindfulness. Its rooted in being in the moment.”

Living in the moment means we have to release control and trust the process that unfolds before us. For those that struggle with this, they will have to let go of old beliefs and control tactics so they can experience success as it is meant to be.

“We are preconditioned to hold onto certain beliefs,” Mrs. Smith said. “Our work begins when we are willing to recondition the way we think and become open to new beliefs. We do this by reconditioning our inner dialogue, our beliefs, and removing blocks and people that don’t serve us.”

Mrs. Smith offers a few tips:

Gratitude — Practice daily gratitude. When you have gratitude in your heart there is little room for anything else. Find the things that serve you and you are grateful for and focus on them.

Exercise — Physical strength helps build up inner strength. Even if it’s a 30-minute walk three times a week, start moving.

Meditation — Practice going within. Meditation is different for everybody. Don’t think there is just one way. Find a practice that allows you to relax and release.

Mantra — Find a mantra and stick with it. Mine is, ‘Just keep swimming.’ Say your mantra when the going gets tough. We need reminders to put us in check.

By releasing our timelines, expectations, and old beliefs, we will find ourselves in a place where we have ultimate satisfaction in success while accepting the journey, and the grace that goes with it.