WATERTOWN Care for seniors was the key discussion point Thursday during a meeting of north country health care providers.
Joseph W. Millard, administrator of Meadowbrook Terrace, Champion, said Carthage Area Hospitals recent affiliation with Samaritan Medical Center could mean some kind of reorganization or expansion. He said more discussions are coming this year about the future of the facility, which opened last year.
Every day is a little different, and you learn from it, he said of the assisted-living facilitys first year.
The updates were presented at a monthly educational series meeting for the North Country Council of Social Agencies, held Thursday at the Italian-American Civic Association, Bellew Avenue.
Anthony E. Joseph, Samaritans vice president of long-term care, said the hospitals training program for certified nursing assistants is critical for filling the need of medical facilities in the county, including Samaritan Summit Village and Samaritan Keep Home.
Diana K. Woodhouse, chief executive officer of Hospice of Jefferson County, said one of her groups major goals is to strip away the discomfort people may have when thinking about Hospice programs.
She also said her group is looking to get more people to start planning their own end-of-life care.
Ian D. Grant, rural health program manager with the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, updated attendees about the North Country Health Compass, an online community health tool launched in March.
He said the website allows groups to understand local health problems.
Its really rounding out the picture, he said.
Kim Thibert of the North Country Family Health Clinic outlined her organizations outreach work and its plans to launch telepsychiatry services.