Friday Fix: May 11, 2018

An Interim CEO at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, "Thirdhand Smoke" Can Be An Issue For Indoor Spaces, and Resources for Stressed Out Farmers

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We get it – keeping up with daily news is hard.

That’s why every other week, North Country Vitals picks three pieces of important healthcare news and compiles them into the Friday FixSome are local and others affect our state, country, or world. We even do our best to break down complicated subjects and offer commentary to help you understand how the news affects your daily life.

So, what has been making headlines in healthcare recently? Here’s what we found:

1. “Interim CEO named at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg”

On Wednesday, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center announced it had chosen an interim CEO to take over for current CEO Nathan Howell when he resigns effective today (May 11). According to this article from the Watertown Daily Times, Charles Gijanto will assume the temporary position until a permanent replacement is found.

Mr. Gijanto has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare administration, serving as CEO, CFO, and COO for various hospital systems, including: Fletcher Allen Health Care, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Massena Memorial Hospital, and Baystate Health in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Mr. Howell will go on to serve as CEO for Southern Maine Health Care, in Biddeford, Maine. To read more, click here.

2. “Tobacco Smoke Residue Can Become Airborne Again Indoors”

Chemical residue from tobacco smoke that is left on clothing, furniture and other indoor surfaces may still be harmful for years after the smoke clears, according to a recent study from Drexel University.

The study, featured in this report from NPR News, claims that this residue — known as thirdhand smoke — can stick to indoor surfaces for several years. When it is exposed to another chemical (likely ammonia from cleaning products, or people’s breath or skin) it becomes gaseous again and enters the air we breathe.

“The chemistry of this is very interesting,” Neal Benowitz, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco told NPR. “What this study shows is that thirdhand smoke moves around the room.”

Click here to read more about this study on NPR.

3. “Help Available For Stressed Out Farmers”

This report from 7 News/Fox 28 recaps a recent seminar at Old McDonald’s Farm in Hounsfield, titled “Stressful Times in Agriculture.” The event — offered by NY FarmNet — was held to help farmers, farm families and other agricultural workers “manage the challenges that come with owning a farm.”

“Right now we’re in a depressed period of low milk prices for the past four years so that’s causing considerable stress, trade policies and other issues so in addition to the financial stress there are other factors that are beyond their control,” New York FarmNet Director Ed Staehr told 7 News.

Click here to see the full broadcast and learn more about resources available for farmers.

Come back May 25th for the next Friday Fix!

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