August 2016 Feature Story: Nursing Shortage

Closing the workforce gap

CNA student Kasey Rivers practices for his clinical skills test at Samaritan Medical Center last month. Samaritan manages its own resident CNA training program. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

CNA student Kasey Rivers practices for his clinical skills test at Samaritan Medical Center last month. Samaritan manages its own resident CNA training program. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Aging population drives demand for health workers

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

The U.S. health care industry has found itself in the midst of a dilemma. As baby boomers age and the need for health care grows, the nation is struggling to expand capacity, particularly in nursing. [Read more…]

Samaritan Summit Village open house attracts hundreds

People tour a community area at the new Samaritan Summit Village Tuesday in Watertown. Photo by Justin Sorensen/Watertown Daily Times.

The community’s dream of having assisted-living complexes in Jefferson County is now a reality, twice over.

A Tuesday ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for Samaritan Summit Village marked the second assisted-living facility in Jefferson County to open this month, along with Meadowbrook Terrace, Champion.

“This is a project that’s been talked about for the better part of 20 years,” Samaritan Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Carman said. “It really was a community partnership.” [Read more…]