Ritchie: EJ Noble Priorities Are Restoring Quality Care & Jobs

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State Senator Patty Ritchie says everyone involved in the reorganization of the financially troubled E.J. Noble Hospital in Gouverneur is working towards the same goal - restore quality patient care and get laid off workers back on the job.
 
Ritchie was among several local community and union leaders who met with state Department of Health officials last week to discuss the hospital's status.

E.J. Noble is awaiting approval of a management agreement with Canton-Potsdam Hospital by the National Automatic Sprinkler Pension Fund, which holds a major financial interest in the Gouverneur hospital.

E.J. Noble is continuing to operate with limited services.

Samaritan Medical Center is overseeing the laboratory operation, but the hospital's blood bank remains non-operational with limited surgeries and a closed maternity ward.

The Senator says the hospital's financial situation is a critical concern.

"Making sure that the community has access to quality health care is a priority," said Ritchie (R. - 48th District).
 
E.J. Noble has won court approval to use three trust funds to help meet its financial obligations.

See our earlier report

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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