Environmental Committee gives presentation on LL3 in Seneca Falls, steps taken to improve quality locally

On Wednesday, a special committee in Seneca Falls met to give a presentation on recently-enacted Local Law No. 3, as well as other environmental issues. While the committee is not officially sanctioned by the Town Board, this environmental committee acts to inform community members of the realities facing Seneca Falls. Wednesday’s educational session lasted a little more than one-hour and... more

Local vets taking closer look at new VA chief

President-elect Donald Trump picked VA undersecretary David Shulkin to head the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. An accomplished medical doctor, Shulkin would be the first non-veteran to head the VA. That’s not a deal-breaker for some local veterans who say they like what they hear so far about Shulkin and want to learn more. When veteran Tom Pridell of Macedon... more

Clifton Springs Urgent Care to close at end of month

The Urgent Care center at 430 Clifton Springs Professional Park will close its doors as of January 31st. The closing is due to the level of patient demand, according to FLH Medical, P.C. The organization operates Urgent Care centers in Geneva and Seneca Falls, where patient volumes have been double what they are at Clifton Springs, said Kim Kelsey Ilacqua,... more

Pair of promotions for longtime Newark-Wayne, Clifton Springs hospital employees

Rochester Regional Health announced a pair of promotions on Tuesday for two of their most-senior staff members. Trisha Koczent was promoted to Vice President of Operations for Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, and Teresa Glessner, became Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Rochester Regional Health’s Eastern Region. Koczent is responsible for the on-site, day-to-day operations of Newark-Wayne Community Hospital. She is... more

Drugs in schools: Anything to get high in Ontario Co.

It’s not unusual to imagine teenagers using marijuana and alcohol to get a buzz. But hair spray, oven cleaner, cough syrup, liquid plant food and anti-diarrheal medication, for example, might cause some surprise. Honeoye Central School Nurse Marybeth Tonkery learned from canvassing colleagues in other area schools and visiting students in health classes that this kind of list is more... more

Local law enforcement officials draft secondhand dealer law in Cayuga County

Years after the Cayuga County Legislature tabled a proposed secondhand dealer law, local law enforcement officials have once again come together to create a new draft. Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould, Undersheriff James Stowell, Detective Lt. Brian Schenck and District Attorney Jon Budelmann met Friday afternoon to discuss the draft, which would ultimately require secondhand sellers to register with the... more

Rep. Katko voted against Obamacare repeal process due to no replacement

Republicans in Congress took the first step towards dismantling the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as "Obamacare" – Friday, but did so without the support of Syracuse-area Congressman John Katko. By a vote of 227-198, the House of Representatives passed a budget that will allow Congress to move forward with a repeal of the Affordable Care Act without the... more

Auburn Community Hospital denies ‘false reports’ claim; lawsuit filed against facility, employees

Auburn Community Hospital was sent reeling this week after a lawsuit was filed by a former nurse, who now lives in Memphis. The allegation inside the suit claims that five employees filed false police reports on January 29th, 2016. The complaint was officially filed on January 5th by Franklin and Billi-Jo Orr. Their complaint filed against Auburn Hospital asserts emotional... more

NLRB hearing continues with testimony from nurse and patient’s sister

As testimony in the National Labor Relations Board case involving Cayuga Medical Center continued into a third day. After a patient being treated at Cayuga Medical Center complained about a blood transfusion she received in September, the hospital investigated the incident and terminated two nurses – Anne Marshall and Lauren Lamb. IthacaVoice.com: Read More more

Finger Lakes Health, Keuka College offer dual nursing degree

In a program being called one of the first of its kind in the state, Finger Lakes Health’s College of Nursing and Keuka College are partnering for a dual degree program that will allow students to earn degrees from both institutions. Students enrolled in the program will earn an associate in applied science degree in nursing as well as a... more

New York may create high schools for addicts

New York wants to create two “recovery” high schools for young people suffering from substance abuse. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday he would propose legislation to start the schools, one downstate and one upstate, to help high-school students recovering from addiction. IthacaJournal.com: Read More more

Syracuse teens sentenced to prison for possessing, intending to sell heroin in Auburn

Two Syracuse teens have been sentenced to prison for intending to sell nearly 50 bags of heroin in Auburn. According to Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann, 18-year-old Dyrell Ferguson, and 19-year-old Nahshon Nance, were traveling in a Chevy Equinox last fall when police found 47 bags of heroin in the vehicle. The Citizen: Read More more

Woodland Commons designed for people in mental health recovery, those needing affordable housing in Macedon

A Geneva-based agency is close to opening the doors to a $14 million housing complex that serves people recovering from mental health challenges, as well as affordable housing for the general public. Woodland Commons at 1950 Route 31 in Macedon is owned by Lakeview Health Services, which is based at 611 W. Washington St. in Geneva. The agency serves people... more

Peaceful place: Seneca County home for end-of-life care prepares to open

An eight-year effort to open a home for end-of-life care in Seneca County and the surrounding area is just about finished. Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes is still looking for volunteers to staff the two-patient home, but an open house on Sunday showed community members the renovations to a place intended to make the final days of those with... more

Ontario Co. officials focusing on health concerns

Over the next two years, Ontario County health officials hope to reduce obesity and tobacco use in the county. At the same time, there will be an emphasis on addressing mental health and substance abuse. Those issues are highlighted in the county’s 2016-18 community health improvement plan. It was developed after the public health department worked with area hospitals, the... more

COST SHIFTING: Gov. Cuomo says counties will be hit hard by lost funding if Obamacare is repealed

This week Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a series of impacts that would be felt throughout the state if the Affordable Care Act were repealed. In the Finger Lakes, the data showed that thousands would undoubtedly lose health coverage as result of an Obamacare repeal. Republican leadership promised a move toward repealing the health legislation, which has been called an overreach... more

Cuomo: Thousands would lose coverage in FLX if ‘Obamacare’ is repealed

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare was subject to a lot of debate during the most-recent presidential campaign. President-elect Donald Trump made repealing the Obamacare a hallmark of his campaign. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office released the data showing how repealing Obamacare would impact New York residents. The overall impact on the state budget would be $3.7 billion with individual counties across the... more
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