Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s purchase of Gouverneur’s Noble Hospital and nursing home OK’d by state
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 5:22 pm

GOUVERNEUR -- Gouverneur Hospital, a new healthcare provider which has emerged from the difficulties at the village’s E.J. Noble Hospital, has been authorized by state court to purchase the old hospital’s assets and begin operation.

The new entity will operate the hospital and the Kinney Nursing Home, according to an announcement today from Canton-Potsdam Hospital, which, with Gouverneur Hospital, will make up the new St. Lawrence Health System.

New York State Supreme Court Justice David Demarest today authorized the newly created Gouverneur Hospital, a local not-for-profit organization governed by a board of community volunteers, to purchase the assets of the financially troubled Noble Hospital

Gouverneur Hospital is expected to complete the purchase of those assets on Dec. 31 and begin operating the hospital facilities and the nursing home on Jan. 1.

Gouverneur Hospital has posted job openings equivalent to the number currently employed by E.J. Noble Hospital and is in the process of offering jobs to current employees.

Marlinda LaValley, former vice president of administrative services at Canton-Potsdam Hospital who twice served as interim CEO at the hospital, has been appointed CEO of Gouverneur Hospital. She has led Noble Hospital since last March under a management agreement with C-PH. Noble Hospital will be dissolved as a corporate entity following the sale.

The members of the E.J. Noble Hospital Board of Governors have agreed to serve as the new hospital’s interim board of directors to facilitate the transition.

David Acker, president and CEO of St. Lawrence Health System and Canton-Potsdam Hospital, made the following statement:

“The healthcare system in St. Lawrence County just became a whole lot healthier. Months of hard work and determination by people across the County and in Albany will soon be rewarded with the creation of a new, financially sustainable hospital and comprehensive healthcare system that will benefit our entire region for many years to come by continually rethinking and improving the way care is delivered to people of all ages.

“The achievement of this historic milestone would not have happened without the hard work, dedication and perseverance of the talented and dedicated employees of E.J. Noble Hospital and Canton-Potsdam Hospital, our local and state elected officials, the New York State Department of Health, and the entire Gouverneur community.

“Through the creation of Gouverneur hospital and its joining with Canton-Potsdam Hospital under one parent organization, we are leading the way in delivering essential health care services — from primary care and wellness to emergency and acute hospital care — in a smarter, more quality-focused and more coordinated way. Our collaborative efforts will allow us to provide a more effective continuum of care throughout a person’s life, enable us to attract and retain high-quality medical professionals, and provide economies of scale that will help make this system financially sustainable and affordable.

“It is especially important that our system is based in and focused on the geographic center of St. Lawrence County and our college communities. Not only are we ideally positioned and suited to address the healthcare needs of area students, faculty and staff, we will continue to foster collaborative partnerships in research and learning opportunities that have far-reaching benefits to the health and economies of our region.

“As we begin the new year, the opening of Gouverneur Hospital will mark the beginning of a new era of quality healthcare in St. Lawrence County. We are proud to be at the forefront, and we look forward to caring for our communities in new and better ways for generations to come.”

The new healthcare system will focus on community-based services, including such things as primary care, wellness, and emergency and acute hospital care in a more well-coordinated and collaborative way, according to today’s announcement.