Samaritan To Take Over Cape Vincent Health Clinic
Carthage Area Hospital's health clinic in Cape Vincent will be taken over this month by Samaritan Medical Center (SMC).
In a joint statement, officials from the two hospitals say they're waiting for approval from the state Department of health before the transfer is final.
“The transfer of our Cape Vincent clinic to SMC is another example of Carthage Area Hospital’s intent to streamline operations to best serve the communities in and around Carthage,” explains Adil Ameer, Carthage Area Hospital's chief executive officer.
The Carthage hospital has operated the clinic since 2002. It moved to a new facility in 2011.
“This should be a seamless transition for the current patients of the clinic,” said Thomas H. Carman, Samaritan's president and chief executive officer.
Carman said the Cape Vincent clinic will complement the one the hospital already runs in Clayton.
Local officials approached both hospitals proposing the changeover, fearing the clinic would close.
“We recognized that the clinic was a strain on Carthage’s finances, especially being outside its primary service area," town Supervisor Urban Hirschey said.
"So we proposed the idea to each of the CEOs, both of whom graciously agreed to consider,” Hirschey said.
The Cape Vincent health clinic is located at 782 East Broadway Street.
Carthage Area Hospital is also in line to receive a million dollars in loans to help the hospital's cash flow.
The Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency will vote Thursday on the last part of the loans, $250,000.
Other groups involved include the Development Authority of the North Country, the Carthage Industrial Development Corporation and the Economic Development Corporation of Carthage.
Alexander said the hospital "has made significant inroads to solving its problems," including getting a $9 million state grant that will allow it to pay off its bank loans.
Still, the hospital's money situation is tight. "There are 420 employees there," Alexander said. "All the economic development corporations are trying to make an accommodation."
The loans will be paid back over 10 years.
In a statement, Adil Ameer, chief executive officer of Carthage Area Hospital said "We are continuing to address challenges, streamline operations and work on revenue enhancements at Carthage Area Hospital.
"We appreciate the HEAL (state) grant that was awarded to us from the NYS Department of Health.
"We have been able to access our local Economic Development agencies to provide us with financial resources to support our transitional efforts and sincerely appreciate the opportunity."
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