New York health system to close ER

Adirondack Health will close its emergency department in Lake Placid, N.Y., at 8 p.m. on Aug. 20 after receiving state approval. 

The Saranac Lake, N.Y.-based health system sought the closure in October because of limited use of the facility and losses associated with running it — even as a part-time emergency department, according to the Adirondack Explorer.

The closure will not result in any job cuts, the health system said in a July 31 news release. All employees will have the opportunity to work at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, or in outpatient departments across the system.

The New York State Department of Health also told Adirondack that it can close its Lake Placid dental clinic, which suspended operations in June due to staff shortages.

"It's difficult to reduce or eliminate service lines," Adirondack President and CEO Aaron Kramer said. "But sometimes it is necessary to preserve the sustainability of the overall system. We appreciated the community’s understanding and unwavering support."

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