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In anticipation of the increased demand for primary care services as a result of the Affordable Care Act, Samaritan Medical Center’s Family Health Network has expanded its ability to care for more patients. With increased appointment availability, the Plaza location in Watertown is now accepting new patients.

“As providers, we expect to see a dramatic increase in the demand for healthcare services – especially in primary care – because more people will be insured as part of the Affordable Care Act,” explains Joseph Wetterhahn, MD, Family Practice Physician with Samaritan’s Plaza Family Health Center. “We know this is coming, and we want to ensure that Samaritan is positioned to provide high quality care to as many people as possible. We’ve made many proactive improvements in our schedule and in the way we deliver care within our primary care network.”

Samaritan is planning to make similar changes in all of its primary care clinics; however, its busiest clinic at the Samaritan Medical Plaza on Washington Street in Watertown is the first to implement the improvements. In addition to increased appointment availability, the clinic is shifting its resources to offer a team-based healthcare model that effectively coordinates patient care across all healthcare providers and services. This approach means that the entire care team works together with patients to achieve the best possible care. Additionally, these improvements provide same day/next day appointments, timely access to healthcare professionals, electronic access to patient records, lab results and health information and more.

Samaritan’s Plaza clinic in Watertown is one of four in the Samaritan Family Health Network that has received the federal government’s Level III Patient Care Medical Home designation, which requires each to meet and maintain rigorous standards in quality, access and coordination of care – ensuring patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time. The network’s two newest locations in Cape Vincent and Sackets Harbor are currently in the process of becoming a designated site.

“Samaritan has already experienced tremendous change as a result of healthcare reform,” concludes Dr. Wetterhahn. “This is just one more way that we have responded. Ultimately, it means that more people in our community will have better access to improved healthcare.”

The Plaza Family Health Center currently has ten providers on its healthcare team, including physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. The clinic is located at 1575 Washington Street in Watertown and offers a full range of primary care and family medicine services for people of all ages. For appointments at the Plaza Family Health Center, please call 786-7300. New patients welcome.

Anyone who has tried quitting smoking knows giving up cigarettes can be an extremely difficult challenge. That is why Samaritan Medical Center is partnering with the Tobacco Cessation Center of Northern New York to offer free smoking cessation classes to the North Country community. The first class is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28th, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in Conference Room #4 at Samaritan Medical Center. Registration is not required.

The class, led by Beth Gero of the Tobacco Cessation Center of Northern New York, is designed to teach smokers how to prepare to be a non-smoker by providing skills and techniques to quit smoking. Participants will learn what their level of addiction is and will leave with their own personal “prescription for success.”

Monthly classes have been scheduled throughout the rest of the year; Wednesday, September 25; Wednesday, October 30; Wednesday, November 13; Thursday, December 19.

The need for a smoking cessation program was identified through Samaritan’s Early Lung Cancer Screening program. Many of the participants of the program are smokers who indicated that would like to quit smoking. Samaritan is able to offer this program to the community, free of charge through a grant from New York State.

For more information about the smoking cessation classes and Samaritan’s Early Lung Cancer Screening program, visit http://bit.ly/19GJIDV

The Samaritan Medical Education department welcomes four new residents into the DO residency programs in Internal Medicine and Family Practice. Internal Medicine welcomes Dr. Kelsey McAnally, a 2013 Graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Dr. Yu Sung a 2013 Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.

Family Medicine welcomes Dr. Caitlin Donagan is a 2013 graduate from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Tad Lanagan is a 2010 graduate University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM).

In addition to our new residents, we are welcoming eight 3rd year medical students from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and two 3rd year medical students from University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Please welcome these new young physicians and students to the area!

Dr. Kevin Biglan, a published expert and researcher in the field of Parkinson disease, will be speaking on Monday, August 5th from 1-3 p.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 782-6800.

 

Mr. Biglan's Biography:

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Kevin Biglan, MD, MPH

Dr. Kevin 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, he has been actively involved in the development of telemedicine for the provision of care in patients with Parkinson disease. Over the last 6 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, NY and at the Susquehanna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Johnson City, NY. 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.

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.

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Announcing the BetterU Challenge – A 12-Week Go Red Makeover to Improve Your Health
Accepting applications from local women through August 30th

WATERTOWN, NY (August 1, 2013)—Everybody loves a free makeover. This one is different; it can save your life. The American Heart Association is now accepting applications for a new program in the North Country. The Go Red For Women BetterU program, sponsored by Samaritan Medical Center, is a heart-healthy makeover from the inside out. Ten women will be selected to highlight their participation in a 12-week program that helps you transform your overall health through small, simple choices. Toss out fad diets and trendy exercise regimens. We're going to launch you on the path to a BetterU.

The 10 women will be selected based on their applications, and highlighted along their journey. We are currently seeking applications from local women looking for a unique way to kick-start the change to more heart-healthy habits.

In addition to the 12-week heart health makeover, the ten selected women will be supported by a personal trainer, have access to the YMCA gym, meet with a doctor from Samaritan Medical Center to identify key target areas to reduce immediate risks, and attend educational sessions on how to live a healthier lifestyle. Applications are due Friday, August 30th, and participants will be celebrated at the North Country Heart Walk Kickoff in January. The 12-week program will run from September – December.

Visit www.heart.org/northcountrybetteru to apply online. You may also call North Country Heart Walk Director Stacy Spaziani at 315-783-4116 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S., taking the life of one in three women – almost one woman every minute. However, research shows that 80 percent of cardiac events in women are preventable with simply lifestyle choices involving diet, exercise and smoking.

The North Country BetterU program is sponsored by Samaritan Medical Center, the YMCA, and media sponsors Watertown Daily Times, Stephens Media Group, 7 News WWNY and Fox 28 WNYF.

About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association's solution to save women's lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is largely preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premier source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The movement is nationally sponsored by Macy's and Merck & Co., Inc.

About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, we're the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America's No. 1 and No. 4 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.

Contact: Kristy Smorol, Communications Director
Office: 315.234.8252 or Cell: 315.243.5705
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Samaritan Medical Center and the SMC Foundation of Northern New York announce the appointment of Morgan O’Brien Bocciolatt as the new Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals Development Manager. As the CMN Development Manager, Miss Bocciolatt will be responsible for fundraising, sponsor/donor relations and overall awareness of CMN’s mission of helping North Country children. She will be responsible for planning and implementing all CMN events, fostering relationships with CMN national and local sponsors, building a core group of CMN volunteers and assisting families of children facing a medical crisis.

“We are very pleased to have Morgan join our team,” explains Beth Fipps, Vice President, Samaritan Foundation and Community Services. “The search for the new CMN Development Manager was very inclusive. Members of the Foundation Board, CMN Allocations Committee, department managers and staff participated in the interviews and ultimate selection of the candidate. Morgan’s background, knowledge of the CMN organization and enthusiasm make her an excellent choice for this important position. We are excited to grow CMN throughout the tri-county region, as well as maximize awareness and significance for North Country children.”

Prior to her appointment as CMN Development Director, Miss Bocciolatt was Director of Sales and Events at Savory Downtown. She is a North Country native growing up in Chaumont, New York where she remains active in the Lyme Community Foundation as a volunteer and spokesperson and the Lyme Community Theatre as producer and volunteer. Miss Bocciolatt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Management and Design from Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communication, and was crowned Miss Thousand Islands in 2011.

“My involvement in the Miss Thousand Islands Scholarship Pageant was my first introduction to the CMN organization,” states Miss Bocciolatt. “To now be managing such a valuable community organization brings full circle my passion for CMN and for the health and well-being of children in our community. I am looking forward to meeting the many sponsors, supporters and families who help to make CMN what it is today.”  Miss Bocciolatt will begin her new role on Wednesday, July 24. Her office will be located in the Foundation office at SMC, and she can be reached at 315-785-4053.

Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan Medical Center raises funds to support child-centered areas of SMC and other qualified healthcare organizations in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. 100% of all funds raised through CMN remains locally to benefit children in our area. SMC is one of only five CMN-affiliated hospitals in the nation that provides direct assistance to children and their families in need of assistance as a result of a medical crisis.

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

Samaritan is proud to invest in the future of our employees by providing financial assistance to individuals interested in enhancing job knowledge, developing skills that foster professional growth, or promoting career growth and opportunities in healthcare careers.

Each year the Samaritan Auxiliary has presents a $1000 scholarship to a local student who is pursuing advanced education. The Samaritan Auxiliary partners with the Samaritan Human Resources Department in selecting a student who is pursuing advanced education, is also enrolled in the Samaritan Hot Jobs Tuition Reimbursement Program, and has maintained a B average. Congratulations to the recipient of the 2013 Auxiliary scholarship, Jenny Lewis, who has been an LPN at Samaritan Keep Home for the past six years. Jenny is studying to become an RN in the nights and weekend RN program at JCC.

(L to R)Jenny Lewis, LPN is presented the scholarship check by Christine Cisco, SMC Auxiliary Member.

Samaritan Medical Center and the SMC Foundation hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Healing Gardens, as well as a formal dedication of the new connector between the hospital and nursing home in memory of Mary S. Macsherry on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

The Samaritan Healing Gardens are one of the final projects to be completed as part of SMC's multimillion dollar expansion and modernization project. The addition of these gardens to the Samaritan campus was intended to create a relaxing and therapeutic environment for all to enjoy. The Healing Gardens are generous gifts of three families: Mary and Ted Mascott, Lee and Deborah Hirschey, and Urban and Sally Hirschey.

The Macsherry Connector was constructed to join together Samaritan Medical Center and Samaritan Keep Home as a way to share services and create new places of respite for patients, family and staff to enjoy. This two-level structure was designed to provide a visual connection to the Healing Gardens so that they can be enjoyed from many different vantage points during all seasons.

Samaritan Medical Center recently graduated three Residents from our Graduate Medical Education program. Drs. Campbell, Bordeau and Overdorf all have completed their Internal Medicine Residency at Samaritan Medical Center.

Dr. Campbell will be staying with Samaritan Medical Center as a Hospitalist, Dr. Overdorf will be continuing her training as a Critical Care fellow at Genesys Hospital in Michigan, and Dr. Bordeau is looking to continue her training as a fellow in Hematology/Oncology. Our graduates were honored at a recent dinner with many of the teaching faculty and their families. SMC is fortunate to be a successful teaching hospital right here in the North Country.


Pictured above are many of our Doctors that teach the students.

From left to right - front row: Drs. Rudd, Overdorf (graduate), Grybowski, Cohen and Sears.
Back row: Drs. VanDeWall, Bordeau (graduate), Johnson, Maloney, Romano, Campbell (graduate) and Rechlin.

Pulaski, NY --- The Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York held its 16th Annual Thousand Islands Golf Classic event on June 2 and 3, 2013 at the Thousand Islands Country Club on Wellesley Island. The event also included a pre-tournament Traditional Shore Dinner and Auction on Sunday evening at the Wellesley Island home of Joe and Lisa Weber.

The tournament featured a hole-in-one contest at the 16th hole, a 166-yard par three. Mr. Rick Rudmann of Knowlton Technology scored the hole-in-one to win a 2013 Chevy Malibu, valued at $26,000 and sponsored by F. X. Caprara Car Companies, and $500 in groceries sponsored by Price Chopper.

The Samaritan Medical Center Foundation’s mission is to ensure the advancement of healthcare in the communities served by Samaritan Medical Center and its affiliates. Donated funds are allocated for equipment and programs that enhance patient care, promote health education and improve the quality of life in the region. Over 180 supporters attended this year’s dinner and auction, and the golf tournament was full with 144 players participating.

This year’s tournament set a new fundraising record at over $134,000.

For more information about this event, please contact the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation office at 785-4584 or visit www.samaritanhealth.com

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