Update on May 29, 2014
More than 150 high school students danced, played games, hooped, and enjoyed performances by local entertainers for 12 hours on April 26 all for an important cause – Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York. Students from area high schools in grades 7 – 12 fundraised a minimum of $30 to participate in the 12-hour dance marathon, Glowathon, though many students went above and beyond that minimum. An annual event, the Glowathon was put on by the New Visions Class of 2014 as a class project. In total, the students raised more than $10,000 for Children’s Miracle Network locally.
April 25, 2014
Watertown, NY ----- Students in the New Visions Class of 2014 will host the annual 12-Hour Dance Marathon, Glowathon 2014, on Saturday, April 26 from noon to midnight at the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center. More than 125 students in grades 7 – 12 from area schools will participate in the event, raising money for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) of Northern New York and honoring sick and injured children helped by the organization by staying awake and on their feet for 12 hours.
Glowathon, which is almost completely student-run, will feature many activities and performances, including dancing, throughout the event. With a glow-in-the-dark theme, the event is sure to be great fun, with special performances by Fire Magick, local musicians and dance groups, glow-in-the-dark face painting, high-energy music, and more. The students who will be attending have raised a minimum of $30 each for CMN.
Glowathon sponsors include the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center, Northern Credit Union, Fairfield Inn & Suites, and Candlewood Suites, among many supporters.
News Release #14-010
Contact: Morgan Bocciolatt
(315) 785 – 4053
Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan is hosting a Nursing Open House on Monday, April 21st, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Conference Room #4 on the fourth floor of the Medical Center. Anyone seeking a career as a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant or Unit Clerk is invited to attend.
Managers and staff will be available to answer questions about career opportunities, our facilities, services, and compensation and benefits.
For more information regarding the Open House, contact the Samaritan Medical Center Human Resources Department at 1-800-892-4785.
Contact: Janelle Bossuot
News Release #14-009
April 9, 2014
Watertown, New York ----- Dr. Kevin Biglan, a published expert and researcher in the field of Parkinson disease, will be speaking on Saturday, April 12th from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. at Samaritan Summit Village. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Biglan is an Associate Professor of Neurology and the Associate Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York. He also serves as Director of the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence and Director of the Huntington Disease Society of America Center of Excellence at the University of Rochester.
Since 2007, Dr. Biglan has been actively involved in the development of telemedicine for the provision of care in patients with Parkinson disease. Over the last six years, he has established a telemedicine network centered at the University of Rochester with two spoke sites located at the long-term care facilities at the Presbyterian Home in New Harford and at the Susquehanna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Johnson City. He has been at the forefront of establishing the feasibility of telemedicine in Parkinson disease and Huntington disease, the expansion of its use for clinical care, and the validation of clinical trial outcomes assessed via telemedicine.
Telemedicine offers a unique opportunity for senior care in the community and is something that Samaritan’s Vice President of Long-Term Care Services sees as a benefit for Residents in Samaritan’s two nursing homes. “Telemedicine capabilities will make available a level of expertise in these movement disorders that otherwise would not be available without long distance travel,” explains Tony Joseph. “After having worked closely with Dr. Biglan in the past, I’ve seen first-hand how this can benefit our Residents. It is a service we are working diligently to implement here in Watertown.”
Dr. Biglan’s current research interests focus on identifying clinical phenotypes in pre-manifest Huntington’s disease, identifying disease modifying therapies in Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease and enhancing the delivery of care to patients with chronic neurodegenerative disorders.
For more information about Dr. Biglan’s presentation, please call Samaritan Summit Village at 785- 4422.
News Release #14-008