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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2014
Contact: Morgan Bocciolatt
(315) 785 – 4053

Watertown, NY ----- More than 60 models of all ages will step on the runway to showcase the latest styles in bridal, prom, and formal wear fashion during the “Bridal, Prom & More” Fashion Show to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. The annual show will take place once again at the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center off Faichney Drive at 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 9.

The fashion show, formerly known as “Teens for Miracles”, will feature high school age models to showcase prom wear, as well as children and adults who will be featured in bridal and other formal wear. “Bridal, Prom & More” will be hosted by Olivia Grant, Miss Thousand Islands 2014.

The cost to attend is $10 per person, a charitable donation to Children’s Miracle Network. Guests can reserve their seat in advance by making their charitable donation online at www.samaritanhealth.com/cmnfashionshow.

Fashion show sponsors include A Touch of Grace, Nelson’s Formal Wear, Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center, R and H Creations, Sherwood Florist, CabanaBay Tanning, Corleone Limo Service, Barbara Yerdon-Mary Kay, D.J. Shamrock, and The Beauty Bar.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Janelle Bossuot
315-779-5230

Watertown, NY – The surgical team at Samaritan Medical Center is proud to provide patients with the most minimally invasive surgical options, including single-incision gallbladder removal using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. During a da Vinci® Single-Site™ Cholecystectomy a patient’s gallbladder is removed through one tiny incision in the belly button, approximately one inch, making the procedure virtually scarless.

Potential benefits of Single-Site gallbladder surgery may include virtually scarless surgery, minimal pain, low blood loss, fast recovery, a short hospital stay and high patient satisfaction.

"Neither robotic-assisted surgery nor single-incision surgery is new, but combining the two to remove the gallbladder requires additional training and special equipment," says Dr. Robert O. Kimball. "To offer this technically advanced surgery demonstrates Samaritan’s leadership in providing patients with the most minimally invasive surgical options."

“Single-Site instruments used with the da Vinci Surgical System are the next step in the evolution of surgical technologies,” Dr. Eduardo B. Barayuga said. “We are truly excited to be a leader today in the surgical treatment of tomorrow.”

Both Drs. Barayuga and Kimball of Samaritan General Surgery Practice perform Single-Site robotic-assisted gallbladder surgery.

Unlike traditional robotic surgeries requiring three to five small incisions, this technology allows for a single incision in the belly button where instruments are placed and the diseased gallbladder is removed.

Gallbladder disease affects 10-15% of adults in the United States and Europe. According to the American College of Surgeons, surgery is the recommended treatment for gallbladder pain from gallstones and non-functioning gallbladders. More than 1 million people in the U.S. have their gallbladder removed each year. Many people who require gallbladder removal are candidates for the robotic-assisted, single-incision surgery.

Samaritan offers various types of robotic-assisted surgeries. In addition to gallbladder removal, surgeons perform robotic-assisted surgery in urology, general surgery and gynecology. Samaritan also offers a wide range of minimally invasive conventional laparoscopic surgeries.

For information on robotic and other minimally invasive surgeries at Samaritan Medical Center, visit our web site at www.samaritanhealth.com/robotics.

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News Release 14-002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2014
Contact: Janelle Bossuot
315-779-5230

NEW VIDEO GOGGLES HELP PATIENTS RELAX DURING MRI EXAMS

Watertown, New York ----- Imagine being able to watch your favorite movie during an MRI. This is now a reality for patients at Samaritan Medical Center with the new Cinemavision MRI video from Resonance Technology. These innovative "goggles," accompanied with MRI safe headphones, immerse patients in a video of their choice and ultimately help patients remain calm during the noisy MRI scan. This will allow technicians to obtain better imaging results without the use of sedation or anesthesia.

"Our hope is that this technology will decrease the number of instances in which we have to give our patients sedatives," said Cicero Holmes, Director of Imaging Services at Samaritan Medical Center. "MRI tests can make some patients feel anxious, and we want to do our best to put them at ease and provide the best experience possible during their exam."

The MRI goggles produce a video image similar to what a person would experience from a five foot display set while standing ten feet away. So the image will appear as if it is being projected from a distance to prevent any feelings of claustrophobia. Patients will have the option to view a pre-selected video. Additionally, the MRI technician can communicate via a microphone and project a video image of themselves in the goggles so the patient can see and hear the technician.

Adults and children who suffer from claustrophobia or anxiety during MRI examinations will benefit from the use of the goggles. According to a study in Applied Radiology, the use of these goggles will reduce the need to sedate children younger than seven-years-old during MRI exams by 35 percent.

The Cinemavision MRI video goggles have been installed in the Medical Center’s traditional MRI suite and the new mobile Open MRI.

Samaritan Medical Center is the first in Northern and Central New York to offer this new and innovative technology.

 

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Our New Year's baby, Allison Marie House, was born on January 1st at 2:42 pm to her proud parents, Faith Ferguson and Derick House! She weighed 8 lbs and 2 ozs and is beautiful. We hope Mom and Dad enjoy the special gifts from our Maternity Department too!

Happy New Year to everyone!

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