SARANAC LAKE —
The largest employer in the Adirondacks, Adirondack Health and its affiliates employ nearly 900.
In addition, the report found “Adirondack Health spends about $32 million per year on goods and services necessary to provide health care. Employees and the jobs supported indirectly by Adirondack Health facilities generated $5.7 million in federal income tax and $2 million in state and local income taxes in 2010.”
NO DECISION ON ER
Beyond job cuts, Adirondack Health is assessing hospital services, and, last June, announced it may move emergency services out of Adirondack Medical Center Lake Placid into Uihlein Living Center.
Riccio said Friday that the hospital has made no final decision yet about that move or reducing hours of emergency-room operation in Lake Placid.
“We have to evaluate all our programs and services to make sure long-term patients are receiving highest level of care in the appropriate setting at the appropriate time,” he said. “We have to do what is best for all of the patients.”
The loss of health-care jobs and cuts to health-care revenue comes as private payers in private sector jobs, along with schools and public-service jobs, face continued double-digit increases in health-insurance premiums.
“Hospitals agreed to $155 billion in reduction as part of the Affordable Care Act,” Riccio said. “Part of that measure was to expand coverage to 32 million Americans, and that’s doing the right thing.
“We want to lower costs and improve patient outcomes. It’s very difficult to do that when you face revenue reductions. And if you continually cut reimbursement for health care, it makes our job all the more difficult.
“It’s a very challenging fiscal environment right now,” he said.
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Adirondack Health operates eight regional facilities:
- Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake
- Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid
- Mountain Health Center in Keene
- Lake Placid Health Center
- Tupper Lake Health Center
- Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake
- Uihlein Living Center in Lake Placid
- Adirondack Dental Service in Lake Placid