ARE WE THERE YET?

August, 2021

THE TOPIC OF THE SUMMER is the border and what progress we can achieve toward reopening. And so, I am focusing on the border in this column, though I am writing it in mid-July, not knowing how all of our efforts may or may not impact things by the first of August. It’s like a read more


PUBLISHER’S VIEW

July, 2021

In these unprecedented times, it would be easy to focus a health care issue of Strictly Business on the effects of COVID, but we’ve chosen a different path. In this issue you will find stories about established North Country care providers that are here—and have been—taking care of us day in and day out. Our read more


IN THE GAME

July, 2021

WHEN ELIZABETH PEARL was in ninth grade, she was injured on the basketball court. The treatment recommendation at the time was to rest on the sidelines. Her time on the bench, spent watching her teammates, lasted for only two practices but for Pearl, “Two minutes of not being on the court was too many minutes.” read more


FORTY YEARS OF CARING

July, 2021

CHESTERTOWN IN WARREN COUNTY is like most charming Adirondack small towns—it’s located in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature and far away from its closest neighbors. Most folks are seasonal residents, resulting in limited access to grocery stores and other amenities. Considering the prevalence of vacation and second homes throughout the region, access to read more


BILL MEYERS

July, 2021

Curbside with Bill…Hometown: Industry, PAFamily: Wife, Wendy; children Hannah and Connor; two dogs, Oliver and BellaEducation: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Edinboro University of PennsylvaniaOccupation: Market Area Manager, Casella Waste ManagementCommunity Involvement: Chairman of the North Country Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Member of the Board of Plattsburgh College Foundation; Advisory Board read more


CLIMBING THE LADDER

July, 2021

MEADOWBROOK HEALTHCARE has come up with a creative way to address staffing needs while improving the company’s culture and employee retention by “growing their own” Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) through a training program with CV-TEC. The CNA-to-LPN Ladder Program allows Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) who are currently employed at Meadowbrook Healthcare to apply for the read more


EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO LIVE THEIR BEST LIVES

July, 2021

ACCORDING TO THE AMPUTEE COALITION, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington D.C., and dedicated to the needs of people with limb loss, approximately 570 people in the United States experience the loss of a limb each year. The three most common causes are vascular disease (54%), trauma (45%), and cancer (27%). Thirty-five percent of people read more


WHERE THERE IS A NEED

July, 2021

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT decisions a student makes during medical school is which specialty to choose. When Dino Santoro began his medical training, he had an open mind. He considered general practice, dermatology and pediatrics but colleagues and his professors urged him to consider psychiatry. “They thought I had the right personality,” he explained. read more


IT ONLY GETS BETTER

July, 2021

SHORTLY AFTER BEING WELCOMED TO THE BEAUTIFUL 19th century Mary DeVeau House, I was offered a tour. As we wound up and down the stairs, the stories of the home began to unfold. Tucked in an unassuming area of Plattsburgh, amidst some of the area’s historic homes, is the home where women who have achieved read more


At Least You Have Your Health

July, 2021

THERE ARE TIMES IN OUR LIVES WHEN ONLY ONE THING MATTERS. They are typically related to threats to our emotional or physical wellbeing. We’ve all gone through a period in our lives like no other any of us can remember. We’ve not had to experience war on our own soil, but what we’ve endured with read more