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Massena Turns to Consultant to Aid Hospital Decision

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Massena Turns to Consultant to Aid Hospital Decision
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MASSENA, N.Y. -- Massena Memorial Hospital has been losing hundreds of thousands of dollars every month.

Added up, more than $2.5 million of operating losses this year, a number that has the hospital's future up in the air.

"We'd like to preserve as many services as possible, and preserve the hospital in the state that it is today," town supervisor Joe Gray said. "That may not be possible."

The town is turning to a national healthcare consultant to find out. Newpoint Healthcare will look into all factors of Massena Memorial, beginning with what the community wants in a hospital.

"What we try to do is first talk to and listen to the community, the business leaders, clients, the hospital board administration, and especially the physicians," Newpoint Healthcare Chairman Joseph Lupica said. "We want to find out what they want their hospital to be."

The consulting group will then work towards finding a direction for the hospital moving forward. One of the questions the town hopes to have answered is how can public Massena Memorial partner with private hospitals."

"I don't think there's any doubt that a Massena Hospital in the future will have to be affiliated or partnered with someone else," Gray said. "Whether it's a local hospital, whether it's a bigger regional hospital, that will be looked at in the next few weeks."

"There's strength in numbers in this business," Lupica said. "It's important to have a very smooth network for transfers, a smooth network for support of best practices. So if our hospital's doing something really well there's an advantage to a whole partnership if its a network that we join."

Town officials are hoping to also see advantages financially. They're hoping to get a recommendation in about a month.

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