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The Sleep Disorders Center of Northern New York at Samaritan is pleased to announce the introduction of two new programs to help diagnose sleep disorders - home sleep testing and a pediatric sleep program for children age 8 and older.

Home Sleep Testing (HST) is an option for some patients who meet the medical criteria. HST is a reliable, fast and easy first step in diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea (temporary interruptions of breathing on and off all night). It allows the patient to use home testing equipment provided by the Sleep Center after receiving thorough instruction from one of Samaritan’s registered technologists. The patient applies the sensors as instructed prior to going to sleep, and the following morning, the equipment is returned to the Sleep Disorders Center for analysis. A home sleep test requires a physician referral, which can come from the patient’s family physician or a specialist. It is important to note that many insurance companies (MVP, United, BlueCross Blue Shield, etc.) are now requiring a home sleep test before they will authorize a full in-lab test in the Sleep Center.

The Sleep Disorders Center of Northern New York at Samaritan is also the only facility in the area to offer pediatric sleep testing, accepting patients as young as 8 years old. A good night's sleep is essential for a child’s growth and development, but sometimes breathing problems, insomnia, sleep terrors, sleepwalking and other conditions can interrupt normal sleep patterns. In those cases, proper diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders is vital to help children get back on track to restful sleep.

Sleep disorders in children and adolescents can seriously affect their health, school performance and behavior. Pediatric sleep disorders can also complicate other medical conditions such as epilepsy, autism, asthma, and neuromuscular disorders. In adults, chronic lack of sleep can increase blood pressure, contribute to stress and weight gain, lower your sex drive and affect your judgment, leading to accidents and poor work performance. It’s also tied to a number of chronic diseases, such as depression, diabetes, congestive heart failure and stroke.

“Millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorders, but many don’t know it – or they don’t take the symptoms seriously enough to seek treatment,” explains Steve Doe, RPSGT, RRT, RT, Technical Coordinator of the Samaritan Sleep Center. “It’s important to realize that diagnosing and treating your sleep problems can significantly improve your overall quality of life.”

The Sleep Disorders Center of Northern New York provides testing and treatment for more than 80 recognized types of sleep disorders. It is one of just two American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) accredited sleep centers between Syracuse and Plattsburgh, meeting or exceeding national standards in areas such as testing procedures, patient safety, and staff training. It has been accredited since 1999.

For more information, please visit samaritanhealth.com/sleep or call 315-786-4930.

Contact:   Krista Kittle, SMC, (315) 785-4504

 

April 29, 2015

Many individuals with serious health conditions manage their care at home. For example, people with diabetes use lancets to test their blood glucose every day. However, disposing of used lancets, needles, and syringes (called “sharps”) and other medical waste isn’t simple. You can’t simply toss them into the trash or recycling bin, even if they’re inside a plastic container.

As a service to our community members, Samaritan offers a free program that provides convenient locations for the safe disposal of used sharps and other medical waste such as blood soaked bandages and dressings. These locations are:

Samaritan Medical Center (830 Washington Street, Watertown)
The red Sharps Kiosk just inside the Sherman Street entrance at the back of the hospital
Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 2:30 pm

Samaritan Keep Home (133 Pratt Street, Watertown)
At the Main Information Desk in the Lobby
Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm

Samaritan Summit Village (22691 Summit Drive, Watertown)
At the Main Information Desk in the Lobby
Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm

Used sharps must be stored in a puncture-proof, thick plastic container, such as a laundry soap bottle with a screw-on cap or an approved “red” sharps container. Samaritan cannot accept used sharps in glass bottles, soda bottles, milk jugs, aluminum cans, bags, cardboard boxes or coffee cans. When the sharps container is ¾ full, secure the screw-on cap with tape and, as a courtesy, label the container with “Contains Sharps.”

All blood soaked material must be stored in a red biohazard bag, typically available through the patient’s pharmacy or home healthcare company. Bags must be strong enough to hold material and be leak-proof. Samaritan cannot accept any medical waste giving off offensive odors or any container that is dirty. Full bags should be sealed with tape and then placed in a plastic container lined with a second red bag.

When sharps and other medical waste are thrown away with household trash, there is a risk of accidental “needle sticks”, other injuries or transmission of blood-borne diseases to family members, sanitation workers, and recycling facility employees. Careful disposal prevents this as well as the re-use of syringes that can spread infections.

For more information on the Samaritan Household Medical Waste & Sharps Disposal Program, please contact Samaritan’s Emergency Management/HazCom Coordinator at 315-785-4133 or download our brochure.

Contact: Krista Kittle
(315) 785-4504

 

 

April 17, 2015

Watertown, New York ----- Dr. Raymond Dorsey, a published expert and researcher in the field of Parkinson’s disease, will be speaking on Saturday, April 25th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Samaritan Summit Village. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Dorsey is the David M. Levy Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. He also serves as Director of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics and the Center for Health and Technology. Dr. Dorsey is helping investigate new treatments for movement disorders. Using telemedicine, he and his colleagues are seeking to provide care to individuals with Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases anywhere that they live. Telemedicine is the use of technology to provide healthcare to people who are located some distance from the specialized provider.

“The idea that we can provide care to individuals with Parkinson’s disease regardless of where they live is both a simple and revolutionary concept,” says Dr. Dorsey. “By employing essentially the same technology that grandparents use to talk to their grandchildren, we can expand access to the specialized care that we know will improve patients’ quality of life and health.”

Dr. Dorsey previously directed the movement disorders division and neurology telemedicine at Johns Hopkins and worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company. He completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and business school at the Wharton School. Dr. Dorsey’s research has been published in the leading medical, neurology, and economic journals and has been featured on National Public Radio, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Dorsey is one of two physicians from the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center currently working with Samaritan Medical Center to offer a telemedicine program for people with movement disorders. Specialized two-way video conferencing equipment has been installed at both Samaritan Keep Home and Samaritan Summit Village, providing area residents with two convenient locations to access care.

According to Anthony Joseph, Samaritan’s Vice President of Long-term Care Services, geography is often a determining factor in whether a person with Parkinson’s sees a neurologist with specialized training in movement disorders. “These physicians tend to be concentrated in major academic medical centers, and the nature of the disease – particularly the impact on movement, balance, and coordination – can make a long trip to the doctor’s office practically impossible. Telemedicine allows us to break down this geographic barrier, bringing expert care right here to our community,” he explains.

The April 25th event is made possible through a partnership with the North Country Coalition for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders. For more information about the event, please call 785-4422.

Contact: Krista Kittle, SMC
(315) 785-4504

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Watertown, New York ----- The call has gone out for creative and caring designers from all backgrounds to create their own themed “bra art” for a thought-provoking and “seriously uplifting” exhibition. BRAvaganza is an exciting new community event and art exhibition that will raise money to benefit the Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Fund and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer/ American Cancer Society.

“BRAvaganza is a way for community members of all ages and levels of artistic talent to have some fun and show off their creativity while supporting the very serious issue of breast cancer,” explains Maureen Lundy-Way, co-chair of the event. “Breast cancer does not discriminate. It affects both women and men. So we’re asking people to draw upon their personal experience with breast cancer — as survivors, family members, friends of survivors, or simply as supporters of the cause — and use that inspiration to create a theme with which to decorate a basic bra.”

The decorated and designed bras will be on display for the public accompanied by stories from their creators describing why they chose their theme and who it might honor or memorialize. The exhibition, held at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, will kick-off with an Opening Night Event on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 5-8pm. Opening Night tickets are $10 for students/participating artists and $20 for general admission through Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Pre-sale tickets are available at Kinney Drugs (Jefferson County locations), the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York office, or online at samaritanhealth.com/bravaganza. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event for $25.

During Opening Night prizes will be awarded in various categories and many of the decorated bras will be auctioned off to help raise additional funds. Following Opening Night, the exhibition will be open to the public free of charge from 9am-6pm through Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

For those interested in designing a bra, the registration fee is $25. Deadline for registration is Thursday, May 14, 2015 for fee, story and photo (if possible). All final designs must be delivered to the Dulles State Office Building Box Office on Thursday, May 21, 2015 between 11am-6pm.

For more information, bra entry registration forms and online ticket sales, please visit samaritanhealth.com/bravaganza or call 315-778-7060.

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Watertown, New York - Samaritan Medical Center (SMC) will be hosting its third annual Physician Recognition Dinner on Monday, April 13, 2015. This event, supported by the SMC Foundation and Medical Executive Committee, is held on or around National Doctors’ Day (March 30th) to honor Samaritan’s active and retired physicians for their dedication.

As part of this event, one physician is selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was established to recognize a Samaritan physician for his/her leadership and service to the health and well-being of the Northern New York community. Whether in their private practice, hospital duties, Board or Medical Staff leadership positions or volunteer work, Samaritan’s physicians dedicate their time and talent to making the community a better place to live.

The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is David P. Rechlin, DO. Dr. Rechlin, a pulmonologist, has been a member of the SMC Medical Staff and the Watertown community since arriving with his wife and children in 1989. His initial practice was based in a small suite within the Samaritan hospital. In 1993, Pulmonary Associates of Northern New York purchased 37 acres on Washington Street, a property that would grow to 67 acres over time. The office was moved to the farmhouse, marking the humble beginning of Washington Summit. In collaboration with local builder/developer Mike Lundy the first new office building was constructed in 2004. Washington Summit is now home to eleven medical practices, x ray and lab facilities and a dialysis center. A portion of this property was given to SMC in 2010 for the construction of Summit Village, a project that Dr. Rechlin is very pleased to see become a reality.

During the 26 years (and counting) that Dr. Rechlin has practiced medicine in Watertown, he has held several leadership positions at SMC, from chairman of the department of Medicine to President of the Medical Staff. He founded the Sleep Disorders Center of NNY in 1991 and helped several other physicians in the region develop sleep medicine programs. As director and co-director of Samaritan’s inpatient critical care unit Dr. Rechlin has helped SMC maintain the highest quality of care for the patients in our region. In 2001 Dr. Rechlin began the first formal program in graduate medical education at SMC with two interns (one of which returned to our area, Dr. Deborah Norris). The program has grown to now offer twelve residency positions in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine and, since 2012, Dr. Rechlin is once again serving as the director. More than 20 Resident Physicians and Medical Students from schools across the nation receive training at SMC and many have stayed to serve our community.

After assisting with a project that brought electronic health records to most medical offices in our region, Dr. Rechlin was invited to serve as a physician representative to a collaborative group that has become the North Country Initiative. This group of hospital administrators and physicians has initiated the process of reforming the healthcare delivery system for the benefit of our region.

Dr. Rechlin continues to practice at Pulmonary Associates of NNY with Drs. Lawrence Kramer, Rory Sears and Anna Melynne Youngblood.

“This event has been established to offer the entire community an opportunity to recognize and thank our physicians for their time, talent and commitment,” states Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center. “We ask a lot of our physicians. In addition to the day-to-day work in their offices or here at the hospital doing rounds or performing surgery, our physicians actively participate in other initiatives, such as Medical Staff committees, Boards, and other leadership roles. Our community is fortunate to have a Medical Staff of this caliber.”

The Physician Recognition Dinner is being held at 6 p.m. at Samaritan Summit Village. For more information, please contact the Medical Staff Relations Office at SMC at 779-5184.

Samaritan is pleased to partner with several Northern New York partners to offer our community Free Colorectal Cancer Screening Kits.  

Pick up your kit at any of the local Kinney Drug stores in the tr-county region - from Adams to Potsdam! Learn more by clicking here.

In addition, Samaritan's Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Committee is hosting a public event to learn more about the and talk with hospital staff and doctors about screenings and what you need to know.  Join us Tuesday, March 24th from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm in the Carman Conference Room at the Medical Center to learn more!

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Advancements in technology detect sentinel lymph node, reduce complications

Watertown, New York ----- Hearing the words “You have breast cancer” is overwhelming and terrifying. Those words mark the beginning of a long journey of testing and treatment until the day comes when you hear the welcome words, “You are now cancer-free.” One of the steps along that journey is now a little easier thanks to updated technology used during breast cancer surgery, which identifies lymph nodes that may be affected by cancer cells.

The Neoprobe Gamma Detection System assists breast surgeons in detecting the sentinel lymph node, or the first node to which the cancer may have traveled. The identification of the sentinel node is key to accurately determining the degree of lymph node involvement.

“The benefit of sentinel node identification is that it allows for non-involved lymph nodes to be left intact, thereby minimizing the risk of lymphedema and other complications,” explains Irene Carman, “One Night, One Diamond” Event Chair. “This equipment is a testament to Samaritan’s commitment to investing in the most current technology. For Samaritan Auxiliary volunteers, it is a privilege to be able to provide the hospital’s breast cancer program this technologically advanced system with the generous support of so many from the community and beyond.”

Once again, The Commons on Fort Drum is the setting for “One Night, One Diamond,” an elegant evening of dining, dancing, and a chance to win an exquisite half-carat diamond donated by Waterbury Fine Jewelers. Additionally, someone will win a two-night getaway package donated by Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake Inn.

Presenting Sponsors for “One Night, One Diamond” are Dr. Deborah and Larry Norris, Pepsi of Watertown, Purcell Construction and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. Media Sponsors are the Watertown Daily Times and 7News WWNY/Fox 28 WNYF. Other top sponsors include Bernier, Carr and Associates, Coca-Cola Company, FX Caprara Car Companies-The Caprara Family, Hancock Estabrook, KeyBank, and Renzi Foodservice. The event receives additional support from numerous other sponsors at the Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire levels.

“One Night, One Diamond” is being held on Saturday, March 21st from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at The Commons on Fort Drum. Tickets are $150 per couple, which includes dinner, dancing and an opportunity to win the real diamond, as well as two relaxing nights at the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid. Live music will be provided by the popular band “Atlas.” For more information, please contact event chairperson Irene Carman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the event web-site at www.samaritanhealth.com/onod . Responses with names of attendees and date of birth for entrance onto Fort Drum must be received by March 13, 2015.

February 4, 2015

Watertown, NY ----- Five North Country healthcare organizations, including four hospitals and one clinic, were the recipients of capital grants from Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York (CMN) totaling $41,414 during a formal presentation today at Samaritan Medical Center.

“This is just one more way that North Country healthcare organizations can partner together to ensure access to quality healthcare services for our communities,” said Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center. Since the Capital Grants Program began in 2000, CMN has allocated more than $300,000 to numerous hospitals and healthcare organizations with child-centered needs throughout Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. (See list below). CMN of Northern New York is the only CMN hospital in the United States and Canada to provide such grants to agencies outside of their own.

Samaritan Medical Center received a total of $97,587 in equipment this year. CMN has also continued its pledge of $90,000 per year to help fund renovations for the Maternity and Pediatrics units. Additionally, the CMN Allocations Committee approved $53,081 in direct family assistance grants. Families can request up to $3,000 per child per year in financial assistance to help with travel expenses, medical services, and equipment not covered by insurance.

Healthcare Organization Description Grant Amount
Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Isolette – to be used in the CHMC Birth Center $10,000
Lewis County Hospital Equipment Strengthening – various pediatric equipment to be used throughout the hospital to care specifically for children $8,445.62
Carthage Area Hospital Infant Warmer System – to be used in the Obstetrics Department $8,000
North Country Family Health Center Equipment Strengthening – various pediatric equipment to be used at the Watertown Pediatric Primary Care Clinic, the Lowville Family Practice Clinic, and the Wilson School-Based Health Center $4,969
Gouverneur Hospital Pediatric Vein Illumination System –to be used in the Emergency and Medical Surgical Departments to help locate veins in pediatric patients $10,000
Total Grants Awarded $41,414.62

 

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Representatives from recipient healthcare organizations are pictured above with Samaritan Medical Center CEO, Tom Carman, Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of NNY, Inc. Chairman, Martin Yenawine, and CMN Development Manager, Morgan Bocciolatt.
(Back Row) From Left to Right: Brian Serota (Carthage Area Hospital Foundation), Nick Hanno (Lewis County General Hospital), Gale Grunert (Lewis County General Hospital), Martin Yenawine, Jill Guiles (North Country Family Health Center), Tom Carman, JoAnne Rhubart (Lewis County General Hospital), Jim Michaels (Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center); (Front Row) From Left to Right: Kim Thibert (North Country Family Health Center), Morgan Bocciolatt, Marlinda LaValley (Gouverneur Hospital), and Krista LaRock (Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center)

Contact:
Morgan Bocciolatt
(315) 785 – 4053

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Fashion Show & Miracle Balloon Sales Benefit Children’s Miracle Network at Samaritan

Watertown, NY ----- For several years, Kathy Lettiere, owner, A Touch of Grace, Watertown, has organized the Teens for Miracles Fashion Show to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at Samaritan. In 2014, she decided she wanted to continue fundraising even after the annual fashion show had taken place.

During the months of March, April, and May she sold CMN Miracle Balloons in her shop, collecting more than $2,000 to benefit CMN at Samaritan. Mrs. Lettiere presented a check in the amount of $2,066 to Morgan O. Bocciolatt, CMN Development Manager. “Kathy’s commitment to helping local sick and injured children is incredible. We are so grateful for her service to Children’s Miracle Network,” says Ms. Bocciolatt.

According to Mrs. Lettiere, it all started with her first fashion show in 2007. The first fashion show had about 40 models sporting the latest prom styles. Since then, hundreds of local teens have walked in the Teens for Miracles Fashion Show showing off both bridal and prom fashions while also raising money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network at Samaritan. The event has truly become an annual tradition for local teens.

The 2015 Teens for Miracles Fashion Show will be held at the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center on Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. It will be hosted by Miss Thousand Islands 2015, Allison Carlos and will feature nearly 100 local high school students.

Contact: Morgan Bocciolatt
315-785-4053

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Kathy Lettiere presents a check in the amount of $2,066 to Morgan Bocciolatt, CMN Development Manager.

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