Interview: New Clifton-Fine Hospital Chief On Hospital's Future


Ask him about the future, and the new head of the Clifton-Fine Hospital in Star Lake says "I see us being here for a long time."

Robert Seamon sat down with 7 News reporter John Friot last week to talk about the hospital.

Seamon, who comes from running a hospital in Wellsville, New York, has been on the job for two months. He's leading a hospital that, according to the state comptroller's office, lost about a million dollars over the last three years.

"I think the future is about collaboration and comaraderie, versus competition," Seamon said. He points to a recently announced partnership with Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown.

Although the details of that partnership haven't been announced, Seamon believes the alliance will allow Clifton Fine to do more.

"We're really looking, with our partnership with Samaritan, to be able to expand specialty services - either on a part-time basis or maybe through a 'tele-health' program."

("Tele-health" or "tele-medicine" refers to medical treatment in which a doctor sees a patient long distance, using video cameras and microphones as the physician's eyes and ears.)

One thing that will help the hospital's finances: Clifton Fine is making progress in switching to "non-profit" status, which will allow it to opt out of the state retirement system for its employees.



Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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