October 20, 2013

Business briefs: Oct. 20, 2013


Olympic affiliation

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health and Lake Placid Sports Medicine have joined the U.S. Olympic Committee’s National Medical Network, an affiliation of national and regional medical centers that provide care to elite U.S. athletes.

Through the network, athletes receive orthopedic care, primary medical and dental care, neurosurgery and more. Adirondack Health is the only full-service health system in the Adirondack Park, and Lake Placid Sports Medicine provides a full range of orthopedic surgical services.

“We are extremely pleased to have Adirondack Health and Lake Placid Sports Medicine join the National Medical Network,” said Alan Ashley, USOC chief of sport performance. “The purpose of this medical network is to provide convenient and quality services for world-class athletes. The variety and value of services that this collaborative project will provide is a true game changer for Team USA.”

Chandler Ralph, Adirondack Health’s president and chief executive officer, said they are proud that the caliber of their care has been recognized by the USOC.

“Meeting the needs of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes who live, train and compete in our area is an integral part of what Adirondack Health does. We’re equally committed to our local athletes, whose passions range from skiing to school athletics and everything in between.”

Dr. Eugene Byrne, who along with Dr. William Smith and Dr. Daniel Bullock, are orthopedic surgeons with Lake Placid Sports Medicine, said their organization will continue to provide Team USA with the highest level of orthopedic care to allow elite athletes to train and compete at the highest level possible. 

Forum presented

LAKE PLACID — The North Country Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Dragon Benware CPAs and NBT Bank are co-sponsoring a presentation on legal forms of ownership for businesses.

The event, called Choosing the Right Form of Business Ownership, will be presented by Doug Hoffman, managing Partner with Dragon Benware. Attendees will learn the difference between C-Corp, S-Corp, LLC and other types of legal entities, learn about the legal and tax implications of each and discover which potential form of business ownership is best.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Lake Placid Beach House at 49 Parkside Drive, Lake Placid.

This seminar is free and open to the public. Registration and networking will begin at 7:30 a.m. with light refreshments provided by NBT Bank. To register, contact the North Country SBDC by calling 564-2042 or register by email at Visit the North Country SBDC online at

The North Country SBDC is part of a statewide program funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the North Country SBDC, 194 US Oval, Plattsburgh, at 564-2042.

Award received

PLATTSBURGH — A project constructed by Murnane Building Contractors, Syracuse office, The Herbert Johnson Museum of Art, Addition and Alteration at Cornell University in Ithaca was recently named as a winner of the International Architecture Awards for 2013 by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

The program, the most prestigious in the world, honors new skyscrapers, commercial buildings, urban plans, private residences and real-estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, planning and sustainability and promote the best practice in all types of real-estate development for the private and public sectors, including new skyscrapers, high rises, corporate and institutional buildings, commercial projects, city planning, restorations and adaptive reuse, religious and civic buildings and interiors.

Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP of New York City, the addition includes a 150-seat lecture room, a studio, galleries, art storage and office space. Concurrent renovations to the existing building expanded the gallery space of the fifth-floor Asian art collection.

The project also won a Concrete Gold Medal from the American Concrete Institute and a Historic Ithaca Preservation Award.

Workshop offered

PLATTSBURGH — UFirst Federal Credit Union is hosting a free Homebuyers Workshop on Thursday, Nov. 14, at The West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Road, Plattsburgh. Guest speakers are Tom Iuorno, a licensed mortgage loan officer, and attorney Gary Favro of the Law Offices of Gary L. Favro, PLLC. Registration is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and the workshop is from 6 to 8 p.m. This workshop is open to the public.

Anyone getting ready to buy their first home, or anyone wanting to learn more about refinancing, will benefit from this workshop. Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to sign up early.

To register, contact Jody Carpenter at 324-0611 or by Friday, Nov. 1. Leave your name, email address and phone number where you can be reached or stop by a branche to sign up at 274 Rugar Street, Plattsburgh, or 72 Champlain St., Rouses Point.

Appointment announced

PLATTSBURGH — Stephens Mundy, president and CEO of CVPH Medical Center, will serve on the 2014 Board of Trustees for the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS).

The only statewide hospital and continuing-care association in New York State, it represents 500 nonā€profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home-care agencies and other health-care organizations. Mundy is currently the treasurer of the organization and will continue his role as an officer serving as its secretary in 2014.

“I’m pleased to continue my role with the Healthcare Association of New York State as its mission compliments that of CVPH; to advance the health of individuals and communities by providing leadership, representation and service to health-care providers and systems across the entire continuum of care,” Mundy said.

Networking event

PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Young Professionals (ADK YP), a nonprofit organization focusing on attracting and retaining young professionals in the area, will be hosting their monthly networking event on Thursday at Olive Ridley’s in Plattsburgh from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

ADKYP is looking to shift gears in 2014 and will be making a few exciting announcements at this networking mixer.

The event is free to members and $5 for members of the public.

Attendees are invited to come down and share a drink with other young professionals and learn more about what the ADKYP can do.

For more information, contact Hannah Provost at (802) 355-8578 or via email at Or, visit their Facebook page at for additional information.