SARANAC LAKE St. Josephs Human Resources Director Katie Kirkpatrick joined with New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Executive Deputy Commissioner Kathleen Caggiano-Siino in presenting Maximizing Employee Engagement on a Shoe-String Budget at the 10th annual Alcohol & Substance Abuse Providers of New York State conference held this past week in Niagara Falls. The conference attracted approximately 700 attendees for the four-day gathering. Kirkpatricks presentation included topics such as utilizing the best practices for promoting employee health, productivity, and job satisfaction. These broad subjects incorporate such areas as employee wellness, flexible scheduling, job sharing, and benefits. I feel its very encouraging that the Commissioner, under Governor Spitzer, is taking such an active role in employee retention issues, says Kirkpatrick. Keeping talented people can be a challenge, especially here in the North Country. Kirkpatrick has served at St. Josephs since 1997 having come from 15 years in the corporate banking field. I was drawn to St. Joes mission, she says. The Center provides a very real opportunity to help society. St. Josephs provides inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment services to promote healing and recovery for all persons who suffer from the disease of alcoholism and chemical dependency. For more information, call 891-3950.