NY Lawmakers Consider Letting Lake Placid ER Go Part-Time

NY Lawmakers Consider Letting Lake Placid ER Go Part-Time

Tucked away from Lake Placid's busy downtown, sits a hospital.
An important facility not only to people who live there, but the thousands of tourists who visit each year.

But now the 24-hour emergency room might be open just half the time.

That isn't sitting well with some people.

"I think it should be full-time because emergencies are emergencies and you don't know when it's going to happen," said Olivia Pridell.

"I think it would be a pretty horrible idea because people around here need emergency care when they need it," said Yarosis.

For month's hospital leaders have debated what to do with the building, closing it is even a possibility.

State leaders say nights are slow, and doesn't make fiscal sense to keep the ER running.

That's why they've proposed allowing it, to reduce hours.

In order to go part-time here it needs state approval.

It already got an overwhelming approval Thursday from the state senate, but it's stalled in the assembly and some fear if it doesn't pass this weekend it might not happen for months.

To give an idea of what this could mean.

Say you live in Jay; a drive to the Lake Placid ER is 17 miles.

But now, you'd have to drive more than 30 miles to Plattsburgh.

State leaders say at least 12 hours at this location is better than the alternative, especially with so many large events taking place.

"It's better to have some hours than none," said Yarosis.

Hospital leaders won't say if they support the legislation.

If passed, lawmakers say the hour change wouldn't happen until this fall.
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