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April 10, 2013

ER at AMC Lake Placid may close

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LAKE PLACID —

And, Broderick said, “urgent care tends to be less costly for the patient.”

Simply walking into an emergency department adds about $600 to the medical bill, he said, while urgent care costs hundreds of dollars less.

Dr. A.J. Dowidowicz, director of emergency medicine at Adirondack Health, said medical staff at Lake Placid hospital support the prospect of building an urgent-care center.

“They don’t feel it would affect patient care at all,” he told the business owners.

“Urgent care is a much easier type of business to develop and grow. I think that is kind of exciting for the community.”

NO DECISION YET

The true goal at Adirondack Health, the doctors said, is to get the patient to the right facility with the right equipment for treatment quickly.

In many cases, coronary-care patients, for instance, are brought from this area to heart specialists at CVPH in Plattsburgh.

Patients needing advanced medical imaging or surgery are taken to Saranac Lake.

The doctors believe that adding urgent care to the slate of options achieves opportunity for growth in Lake Placid.

No final decisions have been made about closing Lake Placid’s hospital.

“We’ve studied the issue extensively,” Riccio said.

“We have a responsibility to hear from the community and make sure their needs are being met.”

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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PUBLIC MEETINGS

Adirondack Health has set up two public-information sessions at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on hospital closure and restructured emergency care, one at 6 p.m. May 1 and the other at 7 p.m. May 8.

Adirondack Health CEO Chandler Ralph is also available to meet with area civic or citizen groups to address concerns or questions. Reach her at 891-4141.

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