There are no plans to close down Massena Memorial Hospital, but changes are on the way. The hospital's operations were recently analyzed by Newpoint Healthcare Consulting, who has recommended reorganization which would result in stronger reimbursments from the government. It's also been suggested that MMH team up with other facilities. Other changes could include a limitation of 25 beds with stays only up to four days. These alterations would add millions to the Hospital's fund every year.
Two Canton men are under arrest after they allegedly sold methamphetamine to an undercover police officer in December. 19 year old Logan Sibbitts and 20 year old Keith Christy are facing felony counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling drugs to the officer while on the SUNY Canton Campus on December first. Both men were sent to county jail on one thousand dollars cash bail.
Yesterday marked the 199th anniversary for SUNY Potsdam. The University has announced that as they prepare for their bicentennial celebration, they have also increased their fundraising goal to 32 million dollars. Meanwhile the college has announced they'll be offering new bachelor's degree programs in international studies and graphic design.
New York State has announced their hiring season for lifeguards. The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will be hiring more than one thousand employees to watch over swimmers at area beaches and pools this summer. State park swimming areas include those located in Morristown, Waddington, and Massena. In particular, the state will be seeking high school and college students. Information can be found online at nysparks.com.
The Ontario Nurses' Association has released a statement warning Brockville General Hospital of the dangers of making any RN staff cuts. Although CEO Tony Weeks has said that the hospital has no plans to cut its staff at this time, budgetary constraints will not allow him or the administration to rule out that possibility. The ONA Statement stresses that short staffing is already an issue, and patient care and services could suffer if any more RNs are lost. The hospital will soon allow public discussion about its efficiency.
Brockville Residents and Businesses who use city water are being urged to keep their taps off for most of the day today. City workers are making emergency repairs to the water distribution system until 5pm today. That's due to a broken main in the Oak and Church Street area. The city says that no one should run their taps unless it is an absolute necessity.