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Publishers View

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

Herb Carpenter

Where to begin? There are so many aspects of health care it was difficult to decide where to focus this issue of Strictly Business. As our cover feature, we chose the Northern New York Physicians Independent Practice Association (IPA), a business organization owned and operated by a member network. The group’s mission is to connect physicians, identify best practices, provide data analytics, and share information, all of which ultimately improve patient care.

Also, in this issue we are proud to bring you news of improvements in facilities and services in the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Department at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital along with a quick look at developments in the Cardiology Department.

For dog lovers we offer an article about how therapy dogs are making a difference in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and adult care facilities. Meet Laci Mae and understand how her presence has helped the Beekmantown Central School support attendance efforts during the pandemic.

The Plattsburgh YMCA has been a supporter of area families through its health and wellness offerings and as a leader in child care in the community. The Y is in a growth mode that will mean exciting opportunities for residents of all ages.

Learn about the SUNY Plattsburgh Communication Sciences & Disorders department which offers training for undergraduate and graduate students and services for the community.

We thank Donna Sauer-Jones of Hudson Headwaters Health Network for her timely article about dealing with stress.

Colin Read taps into his Canadian background to talk about the similarities and differences between the health care systems in the U.S. and our northern neighbor.

And then there is our Insight article featuring MaryAnne Bukolt-Ryder, a local attorney, musician and an avid community supporter.

Again, this month Garry Douglas wraps up our issue, this time with good news about how area business leaders view possibilities in 2022.

COVID has had a profound impact on our health care system, our individual health – both physical and mental --and our businesses over the past two years. As things begin to improve, we want to recognize the indomitable North Country spirit that led us through and look forward to better times ahead.

And that’s good for business.

Herbert O. Carpenter, Publisher

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