Lewis County General Hospital Gets Financial Shot In Arm

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Lewis County General Hospital now has financial breathing room. 

It has just received a critical access hospital designation.

That means Lewis County General Hospital will get $3 million a year. 

The financial shot in the arm comes because the hospital is mandated to close down 29 empty beds that normally aren't used.

"The beds that we're giving up were not in service...We are going to maintain the current menu of services and we're looking to build on that with the additional money," said Eric Burch, hospital CEO.

That additional money is to be used to recruit and build other services the hospital currently cannot afford. 

A new orthopedic surgeon has already been hired.

The new critical access designation comes as the health care industry shifts from inpatient to outpatient services. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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