Samaritan Health, Watertown, NY - Items filtered by date: March 2013

Samaritan Medical Center will be entering into a management agreement with HCA/Genesis, Inc. to manage Genesis Home Health Care. The agreement will remain in place until a final purchase agreement and certificate of need is approved by the New York State Department of Health, when the home healthcare agency will become a Samaritan corporation.

Until yesterday, the Genesis Home Health Care offices were the last remaining tenant in the Mercy building at 218 Stone Street. The office was relocated to 199 Pratt Street, an office building on Samaritan's main campus in Watertown. There was no disruption in business as a result of the move, and the agency is still accepting new clients. The staff and office phone number (782-0415) remain the same.

"Genesis Home Health Care provides a vital service to the community," explains Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center. "With the uncertain future of the HCA/Genesis organization, we wanted to ensure that this service remains available and stable in the community. As we look toward the future of healthcare reform, home health care is now more than ever a critical service in the continuum of care provided in the community."

SMC expects that the process to acquire the home health agency will take up to a year.

Genesis Home Health Care continues uninterrupted service to its current patients, and new patients are being accepted.

Antwerp, New York --- Antwerp Primary Schools second graders sponsored a school-wide fundraiser this March and April to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.  The children contributed by bringing in pennies and filling an aquarium.  A total of $201.00 was collected and presented to Mrs. Michelle Nickles, Community Relations Coordinator and Ms. Joanna Jordan, Intern, both from the Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan.  Mrs. Nickles expressed her gratitude to all students, and shared highlights of how their donations will be used to help sick children in the Jefferson Lewis and St. Lawrence area.  This is among one of many fundraisers the students do. 

Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for its 170 member hospitals, including Samaritan Medical Center. All contributions to Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan benefit children in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties by helping to purchase up-to-date equipment for Samaritan and other hospitals located in the tri-county region. In addition, Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan is one of only five hospitals that provide direct assistance to families with children in a medical crisis.  For more information, contact the Children’s Miracle Network office at 785-4584.

Pictured above are (from left to right): Dr. Allan O’Brien, Principal of Antwerp Primary, Joanna, Jordan Intern at Children’s Miracle Network, Michelle Nickles, Community Relations Coordinator at Samaritan Medical Center Foundation with the second grade classes of Ms. Patti Frerichs, Ms. Mona Campbell, Ms. Erin Frederick , and Ms. Elisa Cesario of Antwerp Primary. 

It’s Your Future. Be a Part of Something Good.

Come to Samaritan's Nursing Open House on Thursday, April 18th from 4:00PM to 6:00PM at Samaritan Medical Center, Conference Rooms #2A & #2B, 2nd Floor - Pratt Bldg

At Samaritan, everyone’s job is critical to the successful care of our patients and residents. We invite you to learn more about a career as a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, certified nursing assistant or unit clerk. If you are searching for a dynamic opportunity within our nursing division, plan on attending our nursing open house. Managers and staff will be available to answer questions you may have about career opportunities, our facilities, services and compensation and benefits. Anyone seeking a career as a RN, LPN, CNA or Unit Clerk is welcome to attend.

Samaritan is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, disabled and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Samaritan Medical Center

Human Resources Department

830 Washington St.

Watertown, NY 13601



Samaritan Medical Center will be hosting its first-annual Physician Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, April 10th. This event, supported by the SMC Foundation and Medical Executive Committee, will be held each year on or around National Doctors' Day (March 30th) to honor all active and retired physicians for their dedication.  As part of this new annual event, a physician will be selected each year to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, which has been 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 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Ronald G. Perciaccante, MD. Dr. Perciaccante, a pediatrician, moved to Watertown in 1968 and dedicated the next 44 years of his life to serving the medical needs of children in Northern New York. Those years included many leadership positions at SMC, including Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, numerous Medical Staff committees, and SMC Board of Trustees. He also served as the Medical Staff President at Mercy Hospital.

Though his career features numerous accomplishments, the successful establishment of the North Country's first Cystic Fibrosis Clinic is one of which he is most proud. To this day, Dr. Perciaccante is recognized as a local expert in the field, having served and participated locally as Director of a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation clinic. He retired from active practice in 2012.

"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 and other procedures, 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."

Samaritan also celebrates Doctors' Day at the hospital and other locations. The physicians are treated to a special brunch throughout the morning and afternoon and presented with a special gift of appreciation. Additionally, awards are given to ten physicians nominated by the staff in various light-hearted categories, such as Most Athletic, Most Compassionate and Best Dressed.

Approximately 200 people are expected at Wednesday's event, which is being held at 6 p.m. at the new Samaritan Summit Village. For more information, please contact the Medical Staff Relations Office at SMC at 779-5184.

Recently, the media has been reporting alarming lung cancer rates throughout the state of New York. Unfortunately, rates in Upstate New York are proportionately higher than communities in Downstate New York and across the country.

The introduction of a new, potentially life-saving program at SMC is being announced on the heels of this concerning news report. For a nominal cost of $200 and self-referral, community members (if they meet criteria) can undergo a screening CT scan of the lungs to detect any abnormalities before symptoms are even present.

Here's how SMC's Early Lung Cancer Screening Program works:

If you are over the age of 50 and a current or former heaver smoker, call 782-7001 (no referral necessary).

The program coordinator will help guide you through the process using National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines.

If criteria are met, you will be scheduled for a low-dose CT scan of the lungs.

During your appointment and prior to your scan, a physician will conduct a brief screening, confirm recommendations for the scan and complete order. The $200 payment will be due at your appointment.

Once scan is complete, follow up will be done within 48 hours with results and next steps.


SMC's Early Lung Cancer Screening Program is the result of months of planning and collaboration among members of our Medical Staff, radiology and others. Dr. Daniel DeBlasio (Radiation Oncology), Dr. Robert Johnson (Thoracic Surgery), Dr. Dean Phillips (Radiology), Dr. David Rechlin (Pulmonology), and Dr. Mario Victoria (Chief Medical Officer) have worked closely with staff to plan and launch this important new program.

Typically, lung cancer is detected in later stages when treatment may not be beneficial. SMC's Early Lung Cancer Screening Program was developed to detect any abnormalities before any symptoms may be present, thereby improving treatment options and prognosis. If you have a history of smoking and would like to take advantage of this program, please call 782-7001 today.


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

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