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

2015 Symposium Poster

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.

a bravaganza posterWEB FINAL

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!

2015 Colorectalposter

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.

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