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It is the mission of River Hospital to provide compassionate, cost effective and accessible primary health care to the year round and seasonal residents, and visitors of the River Communities. The hospital prides itself on high quality outpatient, inpatient and specialty services to meet individual and community needs through partnerships with our patients and communities we serve.Find Out More
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We are located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River with magnificent views of the St. Lawrence Seaway shipping channel and Boldt Castle.
Accessible by boat and car, we pride ourselves on delivering high quality inpatient care, emergency services and outpatient services for routine and diagnostic testing. River Community Clinic offers a variety of primary care services, on premise, for the entire family. Our Ambulatory Surgical Unit offers same day surgery on an outpatient basis for a number of specialties.
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River Hospital to provide PTSD care
ALEXANDRIA BAY — Fort Drum soldiers may receive additional care for post-traumatic stress disorder closer to post with the announcement of increased services at River Hospital that could begin in the next few months.
“This is an area where there’s a lot of unmet need,” said Ben Moore III, the hospital’s CEO. “We’re very excited to do this.”
The hospital will offer a partial hospitalization program for active-duty military, in partnership with Holliswood Hospital, which offers inpatient mental health care at its Queens facility.
Holliswood Hospital will supply River Hospital with clinical and administrative assistance, quality control and assistance in recruiting and hiring, and will serve as project management consultant.
Mr. Moore said there was no similar outpatient program in the region.
Col. Mark W. Thompson, commander of Fort Drum’s Army Medical Department Activity, said in a statement that the new service was an “important addition” to treatment options available to soldiers on post.
The hospital initially intends to serve 10 soldiers in group and individual care for an average of two to three weeks. Over time, the hospital hopes to double the number of soldiers it can serve over two half-day sessions.
The program will be placed in former administrative space between the hospital and the primary family care practice. The space will be renovated, which will take a few weeks. Plans call for hiring a psychiatrist, a nurse practitioner, three social workers and an art therapist, and Mr. Moore said he hoped recruitment would take a few months.
“We’ll get it started and have it go as fast as we can,” he said.
The hospital was given approval to offer the services by the state Department of Health on May 31.
The project has been in the works since November, when it was proposed to the Jefferson County Community Services Board, which unanimously supported the measure.
The hospital will collaborate with soldiers’ health insurer TriCare to provide the service.
Mr. Moore said that should the program become a success, the hospital could branch out and offer extended mental health care for the general public.
Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012
Cynthia Simpson Retirement Announced
Friday May 11thCynthia Simpson, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, completed her duties as health care provider for River Hospital and River Community Clinic, and enters retirement. We are extraordinarily grateful for the service Cindy has given to our patients, our community, and our institution. We are planning a community event to thank Cindy and recognize her for her service, to be held on Thursday, May 31stat the American Legion, Post 904, Rock Street, Alexandria Bay from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.
A native of Alexandria BayCindy Simpson graduated from Jefferson Community College as a registered nurse in 1980, completed the Obstetric/Gynecologic Nurse Practitioner Program to become a Women's Health Care Specialist in 1993. She continued her studies at Community General Hospital in Syracuse and became Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified in1997. Cindy has served as the Health Officer for the Town of Alexandria. She has demonstrated loyalty and leadership in a variety of ways, including her service in the United States Army Reserves for 12 years.
During the years that the hospital, while under the name of Edward John Noble, was under threat of closure, Cindy Simpson was the mainstay of provider care at the institution. While she enjoyed the counsel of other providers and the support of the nursing staff, she worked long hours and was responsible for making critical medical decisions concerning the health of a large portion of the area’s population. She was among the first to respond to give whatever assistance necessary to keep the hospital open to the public.
Ms. Simpson was critical in the start-up of River Hospital. She helped raise money immediately for the “Concerned Citizens for EJ Noble Hospital” and held an office in that group until the papers for the hospital were signed. River Hospital was formed, and new board members were appointed. She saw patients tirelessly and patiently until other medical professionals and doctors could be recruited to join the effort to expand and improve healthcare in the region.
Cindy served as River Community Clinic Manager, as well as President of River Hospital’s Medical Staff Committee. And, while she served in her professional position as Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at River Hospital and River Community Clinic, her passion and efforts have reached beyond the activities of her employment. Ms. Simpson has made major contributions in the health of the rural communities of the area. She has performed numerous speaking engagements for various organizations, and countless hours in Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Awareness screening event, compensated by knowing she is educating and offering invaluable services to the community. With her own special mix of knowledge, common sense and good humor she has a remarkable ability to deliver health services with tenderness and compassion while talking to patients at their individual levels of understanding. She is highly respected by patients not only in the office setting, but also while she is seen throughout the community.
Today that passion continues. Cindy looks forward to spending time with her grandchildren and other family and friends. In addition, she looks forward to traveling, catching up on some reading and plans to do some gardening.
Cindy is naturally compassionate and a friend to all. Today, through the efforts of this community and special people like Cindy, River Hospital continues to grow and improve access to vital health services to this area.
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012
River Hospital Foundation and River Hospital Offices Moving to New Location
River Hospital Foundation and some River Hospital offices are relocating to 3 James Street, downtown Alex Bay beginning this week. The Foundation Office is scheduled to move from the current Route 12 location to the newly renovated space once occupied by CP Roman’s Night Club on Friday of this week, January 27th. The Post Office Box 567 mailing address, as well as telephone and fax numbers will remain the same.
Patient Billing and Finance offices currently located at Route 12 are scheduled to move next week, Monday January 30thto the 3 James Street location. The administrative offices currently located adjacent to the hospital are scheduled to be relocating to 3 James Street during the week of February 6th. The mailing address and telephone numbers for hospital staff will remain unchanged.
The relocation of offices will bring the hospital, Primary Care Clinic and Foundation staff closer together and will make additional on-campus space for new clinical services. “Because Critical Access Hospitals must retain all clinical services on the same campus, this makes the most business sense to relocate the non-clinical services and administration offices” says Ben Moore, River Hospital CEO. Recent additions to the growing list of health care offerings include Cardiology and Gynecology specialists. New services are already under serious consideration for the office space which will soon be vacated by the administration. The growth of our outpatient volume is critical to our plans to stabilize the financial condition of the institution in these challenging times for health care facilities.
A complete renovation of the 5,580 square foot ground floor will make an easy access for the public on the James Street side of the building. The hospital has entered into a 10 year lease agreement with Empire Management.
Posted on Monday, January 23, 2012