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Owens tours ECH during campaign

Congressman Bill Owens of Plattsburgh, center, speaks with Elizabethtown Community Hospital CEO Rod Boula, left, and Jim Forcier, President of the ECH Board of Directors, left. Boula said that if the federal government allows the, "sequester," to happen, cutting federal funding to programs like Medicare, hospitals like ECH would suffer.

Congressman Bill Owens of Plattsburgh, center, speaks with Elizabethtown Community Hospital CEO Rod Boula, left, and Jim Forcier, President of the ECH Board of Directors, left. Boula said that if the federal government allows the, "sequester," to happen, cutting federal funding to programs like Medicare, hospitals like ECH would suffer. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Congressman Bill Owens, R-Plattsburgh, who once worked as the lawyer for the Elizabethtown Community Hospital, returned Aug. 24 in the midst of campaigning to keep his seat.

Owens was a guest of ECH CEO Rod Boula, who had invited him to see the renovations that had been made to the site.

“I have a long-term history here having served as their legal counsel for 20 years,” Owens said. “I have some knowledge and background in the field and I think that they wanted to get together and show me what had changed as well as share some of their concerns.”

“We have done a lot since the last time he was here, and we wanted him to see that,” Boula said. “We wanted to show him what has been done and what we are about to do with telemedicine and MRI capabilities.”

Boula said that as the hospital expands its abilities, there are issues that need to be brought to the attention of representatives like Owens.

“There are issues that go along with new services and he needs to hear about those,” Boula said. “I hope that through the visit he can have a better understanding of what he can do to help us.”

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