Children's Clinic Optimistic About Future

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Due to financial problems, the North Country Children's Clinic was supposed to close Friday.

"Of course, it's been emotional, but people have come together and I think the mood is very optimistic and positive and we're looking forward to going forward," said Elaine Garvey of the clinic.

On Thursday, Samaritan Medical Center agreed to loan the clinic $200,000 and keep the agency open through the end of the month.

SMC is supervising the operation for at least 180 days while the clinic restructures.

So what are the financial problems that led to the clinic being in dire financial straights?

Executive Director Dan Wasneechak has said a huge part is the clinic is waiting on federal grants and Medicaid reimbursements.

But state Senator Patty Ritchie says it's more than that.

"From what Iv'e seen, the children's clinic issues far reach just the timeliness of some possible payments," she said.

The clinic wouldn't release many details on the restructuring, but said meetings are still going on between Samaritan, the state Department of Health and the children's clinic.

Monday, September 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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