ALBANY — Adirondack Health will receive more than $1.4 million in state funding for long-term care through the Vital Access/Safety Net Provider Program.
The state will provide the $1,422,649 for Adirondack Medical Center’s Uihlein campus in Lake Placid, a designated residential health-care facility.
“We are grateful to Sen. Betty Little for her instrumental role in helping Adirondack Health secure the Vital Access Provider award that will help us achieve meaningful reforms and preserve much-needed long-term-care services in the community,” Chandler Ralph, president and CEO of Adirondack Health, said in a statement.
She applauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo for establishing the program to support health-care organizations implementing “ambitious initiatives that ensure long-term sustainability of services in their communities.”
This is especially important in the North Country, where Adirondack Health is striving to achieve healthier communities with preventive care, supportive living and community-based services, according to Adirondack Health Communications Director Joe Riccio.
In 2012, Saranac Lake-based Adirondack Health proposed that services offered at Adirondack Medical Center’s Lake Placid hospital be consolidated at Uihlein.
The plan also included, according to the Adirondack Health release, “the right-sizing of long-term-care beds, a medical fitness center and supportive living services, such as short-term rehabilitation and assisted living.”
The proposal spurred controversy in the community because it included closure of the AMC’s Lake Placid hospital and conversion of its Emergency Department into an urgent-care center.
In response to local outcry, Adirondack Health was trying to work out a plan where the Emergency Department would remain open 12 hours a day.
Riccio said Wednesday that they “continue to work with the state on an administrative solution.” No decision has been made on that issue, he said.
The Lake Placid hospital remains open at this time.
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Changes at the Uihlein facility are still in preliminary stages.
“We are still conducting the background work on the Uihlein plan, and we are still very committed to achieving the vision,” Riccio said.
“There has been no ‘brick and mortar’ work started as of yet.”
Riccio noted that the Vital Access Provider awards specifically support multi-year projects submitted by hospitals, nursing homes, free-standing clinics and home-health providers.
This round of funding brings the program’s total to $157 million.
“Creating healthier communities is one of my administration’s highest priorities, and ensuring that New York’s most vulnerable populations have access to quality medical services is vital to fulfilling that goal,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“This funding will improve health care in communities across the state by providing the necessary support to these facilities, and allow them to continue delivering much-needed services to New Yorkers.”
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$1.4 million Amount Adirondack Health will receive in state funding