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July 27, 2013

Adirondack Health moves to trim ER hours

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SARANAC LAKE —

“Today, I have over 20,000 people visiting Lake Placid for Ironman; that’s four times the volume of people (living) in this community. 

“To not have emergency-room access here makes no sense.”

NO FIRM DATE

The mayor said the community recognizes the financial challenges faced by the health-care consortium.

“We get that,” he said. “We still, in this community, have to be able to have some kind of local health-care access if somebody needs to be seen. 

“Not everyone has the type of emergency situation where they call for an ambulance. And the only place they can go after hours is the Lake Placid emergency room. 

“That is the piece of this puzzle that has to be figured out.”

In an interview, Riccio said they have not set a firm date to move Lake Placid’s ER to part-time operation.

They also have not determined what hours it would remain open.

“We’re going to take the time necessary to develop a thoughtful and thorough plan that will meet the needs of the community,” Riccio said.

COMMUNITY INPUT

Riccio wanted to be clear that the Emergency Department’s current hours will not change while final plans are under review.

“The Lake Placid ER will continue to operate as it currently does during this process. There will be no change in the current status of 24-hour operation.

“In addition,” he said in the statement, “an ad hoc transition team of community members is being formed to provide advice and assistance during the transition process.”

The ad hoc committee, Randall said, promises community input to the Adirondack Health Board.

“It is encouraging — there seems to be a door opening for community input. The ad hoc committee is something that the North Elba supervisor (Roby Politi) and I had advocated for with the hospital organization and their board, to allow the community to have an advocate forum to see what we can put together here.”

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