Dr. Novello Announces $692,324 for Adirondack Medical Center

$1.85 Billion Earmarked for Health Care Facilities Statewide

Albany, February 15, 2002 – New York State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. today announced that Adirondack Medical Center will receive nearly $700,000 in funding from the Health Care Workforce Recruitment and Retention Act to help it continue delivering high quality health care to community residents.

State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., said, "I congratulate the Governor for his leadership in making sure that hospitals all across New York have the resources they need to help them continue to provide the best health care in the nation. Health care is a noble profession chosen out of altruism and compassion. Governor Pataki has demonstrated that such an unselfish commitment to serve others deserves to be recognized and rewarded."

Chandler Ralph, President and CEO of Adirondack Medical Center, said, "We applaud Governor Pataki and the State Legislature for their foresight in enacting the Health Care Workforce Recruitment and Retention Act, authorizing significant funding for recruitment and retention of health care workers throughout the State. The nearly $700,000 available over the next three years for Adirondack Medical Center will help us through one of the toughest recruitment times in health care history. As usual, Governor Pataki and State Health Commissioner Novello are proactive in addressing the health care needs of all New Yorkers."

The funds are the result of historic legislation signed by the Governor last month. They will help the hospital to keep highly qualified health care workers on the job, attract new employees and offer training opportunities to enhance health care workers' skills. They will also help ensure that the hospital, which has facilities in both Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, continues to provide quality health care, as well as valuable employment opportunities for the local community.

Hospitals, nursing homes, personal care services providers and community health centers throughout New York will receive $1.85 billion through the Health Care Workforce Recruitment and Retention Act to address the health care worker shortage. Funds may be used to increase workers' salaries to make staying in health care jobs more attractive; to support training opportunities to help employees acquire additional skills and advance in their profession and increase their earning power; or to supplement hiring packages to encourage workers to enter the health care field. A total of $692,324 will be provided to Adirondack Medical Center.

The initiative is funded through the landmark Health Care Reform Act, which also funds Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus to ensure that uninsured New Yorkers get the health care coverage they need.

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