Stephanie PetersWatertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner will be held Thursday, October 16th at the Hilton Garden Inn at 1290 Arsenal Street in Watertown.  Informational and vendor booths will open at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner and entertainment at 6:30 p.m.  Cost is $30 per person.  Seating for the event is limited, and reservations are required by October 1st.  Tickets may be purchased online at samaritanhealth.com/bcd. 

Along with some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women in the United States, no matter your race or ethnicity.  It is the second most common cause of death from cancer among women, after lung cancer.  About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.  The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

Each year, Samaritan hosts its Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner as an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.  The dinner gives the community the chance to come together to learn more about this deadly disease, celebrate life for those who have conquered it, and honor those individuals who have lost their battle. 

The theme of this year’s event is “Hammer Out Cancer”.  General Surgeon Dr. Robert Kimball will serve as emcee for the evening, with comedian Stephanie Peters providing entertainment following the dinner. 

Ms. Peters, who also entertained guests at Samaritan’s 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness dinner, has performed in numerous comedy clubs across the country.  She has been featured on The View, Access Hollywood, the HBO documentary “When Standup Stood Out”, and in “Comedy Food Segments” on FOX NEWS.  Ms. Peters has shared the stage with numerous comic legends, including the late Joan Rivers, Denis Leary, Caroline Rhea and Joy Behar to name just a few.  She is also an avid supporter of breast cancer awareness, as two of her family members are breast cancer survivors. 

The money raised by the Hammer Out Cancer Breast Cancer Awareness dinner will go to support the Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Fund. This fund allocates money to improve the health and well-being of cancer patients throughout Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties.

For more information, please visit samaritanhealth.com/bcd or call 315-785-4584.

Watertown, New York ----- Get behind the controls of the technology that is changing the experience of surgery with less pain, less scarring, a reduced risk of complications, and a faster recovery for patients. Samaritan Medical Center is providing community members with an exciting and unique opportunity to “test drive” the da Vinci robotic surgical system.

On Saturday, September 13th, Samaritan Medical Center will be on-site at the Salmon Run Mall with a complete da Vinci robotic surgical system, identical to the one used by surgeons at the hospital.  The Samaritan display is part of the Mall’s first annual Health & Wellness Expo, which will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public. 

During the Health & Wellness Expo, visitors to the Samaritan booth will get a chance to have a hands-on experience with the device by actually sitting at the surgeon’s console and performing “surgery” on tiny inanimate objects.  Samaritan surgeons and surgical technicians who are now using the da Vinci technology to perform complex and delicate operations will be on hand for demonstrations and to answer questions. 

The da Vinci technology provides an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform.  Although it is called “robotic,” it still takes a skilled surgeon with knowledge and experience to maneuver the da Vinci technology.  In fact, every movement of the da Vinci system’s four robotic arms is directed and controlled by the surgeon.  

Since implemented in Fall 2012, more than 300 robotic-assisted cases have been completed at Samaritan Medical Center, including OB/GYN, urological, and general surgical procedures.

MWhalenWatertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center is proud to announce the appointment of Mary Whalen as the hospital’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Whalen will lead the day-to-day operations for Samaritan Medical Center and be responsible for ensuring that all hospital operations produce the necessary outcomes to support the highest quality patient care and safety.  She started her new role September 2nd.

7-31-2014

Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Summit Village is proud to expand its senior living and long-term care services to include a Respite Care option for community members who need short-stay accommodations.

Individuals and families caring for an elderly loved one in their home or providing a high level of support to those still living independently often find it difficult to plan vacations or other absences from their homes.

This new program allows caregivers a break from the constant demands that come with caring for an aging loved one. It can be used when a caregiver is traveling, during holidays, vacations, or when there is a need to rest from these responsibilities, or tend to their own personal matters,” explains Anna Patterson, RN, Samaritan Summit Village Administrator, Assisted Living. “Our Respite Care guests have the opportunity to interact with other seniors and make new friends while experiencing a different option for care. At the same time, caregivers can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are safe and well cared for. We’re happy to be able to extend the welcoming, home-like environment of Samaritan Summit Village to area seniors who need short-stay accommodations at an affordable rate.”

The Respite Care program provides a fully furnished one bedroom apartment, three meals a day, laundry and housekeeping services, plus experienced staff members who are available to offer personal assistance with daily needs, such as bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, assistance with eating, mobility, medication management and more.

Respite Care guests experience all of the same services and amenities available to permanent residents at Summit Village, including an on-site beauty salon, gift shop and café. They may also participate in any of the social, educational, devotional and recreation activities scheduled daily for residents.

To be eligible for the Respite Care program, you must not require 24-hour care. There is a one week minimum stay, and pre-registration is required. The Respite Care program is private pay.

Persons interested in receiving more information may contact Dawn Johnson, Admissions Director at Samaritan Summit Village by calling 315-782-7033.

July 22, 2014

Watertown, New York ----- The Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York has launched a new resource guide to help visitors and summer residents in the North Country find the healthcare services they may need – for themselves or their family.

“There are few things worse than getting sick or injured when away from home and familiar surroundings,” explains Beth Fipps, Vice President Foundation & Community Services at Samaritan. “While we hope that visitors or summer residents don’t need medical care while they’re in our area, it’s always better to be prepared. Your Guide to Healthcare in Northern New York makes sure the necessary information is readily available should they need it.”

Your Guide to Healthcare in Northern New York is available at no cost to print or download at nnyhealthguide.com. This essential resource includes information about what to do in a medical emergency; emergency medical services; non-emergency healthcare services such as primary care, dental care, drug stores, veterinary care and more; non-emergency transportation; other useful area contacts; and a handy map to help visitors identify the services that are closest to their location.

The information provided is not limited to Samaritan facilities, but also includes other North Country hospitals and medical practices.

“We’re depending on our community members to help spread the word about this new resource,” adds Ms. Fipps. “If you own a cottage or camp that you rent to visitors, or if you have family or friends who come to stay, please tell them about Your Guide to Healthcare in Northern New York.”

News Release #14-014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Krista Kittle, SMC
(315) 785-4504

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