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May 28, 2015 

Seeking community members to serve on Council, offer input to enhance healthcare experience for patients and family members

Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center is seeking community members to serve on its new Patient and Family Advisory Council, which will advise the hospital, its leadership and staff on ways to enhance the experiences that patients and families have when seeking services through Samaritan.

“Patient Family Advisory Councils are becoming more and more common in healthcare today,” explains Rachel Holmes, Manager of Patient Engagement and Community Relations at Samaritan Medical Center. “These councils are composed of patients and family members from a variety of backgrounds to ensure that hospitals and caregivers are addressing all of the patient’s needs during their healthcare experience. This approach is a best-practice for high performing hospitals, and we are excited to implement it here at Samaritan Medical Center. Who better to ask about their healthcare experience than the very people who entrust us with their care?”

Hospitals utilize the feedback and suggestions from Patient Family Advisory Councils in a variety of ways, including evaluation and design of facilities, processes, services, environment, equipment and various forms of patient communication.

In order to form its first Patient Family Advisory Council, Samaritan Medical Center is seeking potential Council members interested in serving for at least one year, including monthly Council meetings. Council members should be solution-focused, open minded, actively engaged and collaborative.

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Samaritan will be accepting applications and nominations through the end of June 2015. Selection of Council members will occur over the summer months, with the first Council meeting slated for September 2015.

For more information please call, Rachel Holmes at (315) 779.5230 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact: Krista A. Kittle
(315) 785-4504

May 21, 2015

The Samaritan Auxiliary has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Justin Farman, a Samaritan Medical Center staff member currently advancing his education. Mr. Farman, an aid in the Emergency Department, has worked for Samaritan Medical Center since 2011. He will graduate in May with an Associates’ degree in Nursing from Jefferson Community College. After his graduation Mr. Farman will be eligible for licensure as a registered nurse (RN).

“Today, more than ever before, education plays a vital role in career advancement, especially in the field of healthcare,” says Renee Waterbury, Samaritan Auxiliary Board President. “Working and going to school at the same time is never easy. This scholarship is one way we can support the Samaritan employees who are pursuing a degree to advance within their current field or to enter a new healthcare field.”

Each year the Auxiliary proudly awards scholarship funds to a Samaritan employee wishing to further his or her education in the healthcare field. The scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement. Funds for the scholarship are raised through the Auxiliary’s Gift Shops at Samaritan Medical Center, Samaritan Keep Home and Samaritan Summit Village and other fundraising activities.

Contact: Krista Kittle
(315) 785-4504


As part of its National Nurses’ Week celebration activities, Samaritan Medical Center and its Medical Staff hosted a reception and award presentation on Thursday, May 7th at Samaritan Summit Village to recognize outstanding achievements by nursing professionals. This included a Lifetime Achievement award presented to Theresa Quintin, RN, Director of Healthcare Resource Management. Ms. Quintin has worked at Samaritan Medical Center for 38 years. In addition to her current role, she has also served as Assistant Director of Nursing and Director of Nursing. She is a past recipient of the Quality & Safety Nurse Recognition Award.

For this year’s recognition awards, physicians, employees and Trustees from Samaritan were invited to nominate nurses based on their outstanding contributions to the professional practice of nursing in the areas of: Quality and Safety, Education and Mentorship, Leadership, Excellence in Nursing Practice, Innovation and Leading Change, and Rookie of the Year. A total of 41 nurses were nominated for awards in six different categories. Eight nurses were chosen by the selection committee as the 2015 recipients.

“We have an incredibly gifted, committed, wonderful nursing staff at Samaritan, and National Nurses’ Week is the ideal time to celebrate their service to our patients and residents,” states Dr. Collins Kellogg, Jr., Internal Medicine, SMC Department of Medicine.

“As physicians, we know full well the kinds of connections that are formed and how valuable all of our nurses are to Samaritan and to our patients,” adds Dr. Jason White, Family Practice, SMC Department of Medicine. Dr. White served as emcee for the award presentation.

The 2015 award categories and recipients are as follows:

• Leadership Award – One who consistently promotes the mission and vision of Samaritan; demonstrates commitment to organizational goals, priorities and strategies; promotes a culture in which employees are positive, challenged and involved; works collaboratively with other departments within the organization, and; positively promotes Samaritan within the community.
Recipient: Julie Hulbert, RN, Surgical Services, 15 years at Samaritan

• Education & Mentorship – One who actively shapes and promotes the career of a nurse; participates in mentorship of students or orientation of new graduates, nurses, nursing assistants, and other members of the healthcare team in supporting the provision of exceptional patient care; role models behaviors of exemplary nursing practice in an effort to improve patient care, and; advances own professional development and encourages peers.
Recipient: Hillary Middlemiss, RN, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 24 years at Samaritan

• Innovation & Leading Change – One who participates in advocacy for change of policy/procedure/standard on an organizational or unit level; introduces innovative ideas in patient care; is viewed as a formal or informal leader by staff; actively participates in the successful implementation of a new program/procedures, and; works collaboratively with other departments within the organization.
Recipient: Staci Michelson, RN, Emergency Department, 23 years at Samaritan

• Quality & Safety – One who leads and encourages shared decision-making when dealing with issues of quality, cost and patients/staff satisfaction; promotes patients and staff safety first in all activities, and; demonstrates a strong sense of inquiry and participates in/promotes evidence-based nursing practice and quality outcomes.
Recipient: Bruce Smith, RN, Assistant Nurse Mgr 5Pratt/4Pratt, 9 years at Samaritan

• Excellence in Nursing Practice (SMC, SKH, SSV, Family Health Centers) – One who provides direct patient care at least 50% of the time; promotes flexibility and adaptability to situations; provides a positive work environment; serves as a role model to staff; utilizes current research and professional literature in practice; promotes change in the healthcare environment for improvement of healthcare; collaborates with nursing colleagues and other health-related professionals to facilitate quality care, and; promotes a professional image of nursing.
Recipients: Deborah Barney, LPN, Maternity, 35 years at Samaritan
Lori Hanno, RN, Progressive Care Unit (PCU), 27 years at Samaritan
Shanin Maitland, LPN, Samaritan Keep Home 8th Floor, 31 years at Samaritan

• Rookie of the Year - Rookie of the Year – One who has entered into practice within the past two years; consistently demonstrates excellence in his/her professional practice as a new nurse; demonstrates responsibility for own professional development, and; displays strong interpersonal relationships and communication skills.
Recipient: Timothy Lehman, RN, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 1 year at Samaritan

Contact: Krista A. Kittle
(315) 785-4504

Since January, students in the New Vision: Health Careers Class of 2015 have been hard at work coordinating various fundraisers for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Northern New York at Samaritan. Their final fundraising effort will take place on Saturday, May 9 at the Fairgrounds YMCA in Watertown. The event will feature family-friendly fun including a cake walk, raffle, and a bounce house. The event is being held in the Basketball Gym at the YMCA and goes from 6 – 9 p.m. Admission is $5. At the conclusion of the event, students will reveal the total dollar amount raised during the NNY Mini Marathon.

The NNY Mini Marathon is a student-run fundraising marathon led by the students in the New Vision: Health Careers Class of 2015. Their goal is to raise $10,000 for Children’s Miracle Network at Samaritan and to make a lasting impact on the community. Fundraising efforts have included spaghetti dinners held at Savory Downtown, Dine and Donate evenings held at Buffalo Wild Wings and Tilted Kilt, can and bottle collections, coin drives and bake sales. In addition, many local businesses have supported the effort through sponsorships. Among these sponsors is Washington Summit Associates, LLC.

For more information on the final fundraiser or how you can support the NNY Mini Marathon, please contact Morgan Bocciolatt, Children’s Miracle Network Development Manager at Samaritan Medical Center, at 315-785-4053.

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