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Samaritan Medical Center will be hosting its first-annual Physician Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, April 10th. This event, supported by the SMC Foundation and Medical Executive Committee, will be held each year on or around National Doctors' Day (March 30th) to honor all active and retired physicians for their dedication.  As part of this new annual event, a physician will be selected each year to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, which has been 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 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Ronald G. Perciaccante, MD. Dr. Perciaccante, a pediatrician, moved to Watertown in 1968 and dedicated the next 44 years of his life to serving the medical needs of children in Northern New York. Those years included many leadership positions at SMC, including Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, numerous Medical Staff committees, and SMC Board of Trustees. He also served as the Medical Staff President at Mercy Hospital.

Though his career features numerous accomplishments, the successful establishment of the North Country's first Cystic Fibrosis Clinic is one of which he is most proud. To this day, Dr. Perciaccante is recognized as a local expert in the field, having served and participated locally as Director of a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation clinic. He retired from active practice in 2012.

"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 and other procedures, 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."

Samaritan also celebrates Doctors' Day at the hospital and other locations. The physicians are treated to a special brunch throughout the morning and afternoon and presented with a special gift of appreciation. Additionally, awards are given to ten physicians nominated by the staff in various light-hearted categories, such as Most Athletic, Most Compassionate and Best Dressed.

Approximately 200 people are expected at Wednesday's event, which is being held at 6 p.m. at the new Samaritan Summit Village. For more information, please contact the Medical Staff Relations Office at SMC at 779-5184.

Recently, the media has been reporting alarming lung cancer rates throughout the state of New York. Unfortunately, rates in Upstate New York are proportionately higher than communities in Downstate New York and across the country.

The introduction of a new, potentially life-saving program at SMC is being announced on the heels of this concerning news report. For a nominal cost of $200 and self-referral, community members (if they meet criteria) can undergo a screening CT scan of the lungs to detect any abnormalities before symptoms are even present.

Here's how SMC's Early Lung Cancer Screening Program works:

If you are over the age of 50 and a current or former heaver smoker, call 782-7001 (no referral necessary).

The program coordinator will help guide you through the process using National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines.

If criteria are met, you will be scheduled for a low-dose CT scan of the lungs.

During your appointment and prior to your scan, a physician will conduct a brief screening, confirm recommendations for the scan and complete order. The $200 payment will be due at your appointment.

Once scan is complete, follow up will be done within 48 hours with results and next steps.


SMC's Early Lung Cancer Screening Program is the result of months of planning and collaboration among members of our Medical Staff, radiology and others. Dr. Daniel DeBlasio (Radiation Oncology), Dr. Robert Johnson (Thoracic Surgery), Dr. Dean Phillips (Radiology), Dr. David Rechlin (Pulmonology), and Dr. Mario Victoria (Chief Medical Officer) have worked closely with staff to plan and launch this important new program.

Typically, lung cancer is detected in later stages when treatment may not be beneficial. SMC's Early Lung Cancer Screening Program was developed to detect any abnormalities before any symptoms may be present, thereby improving treatment options and prognosis. If you have a history of smoking and would like to take advantage of this program, please call 782-7001 today.


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

Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:20

Summit Village Opening Events

Samaritan Summit Village Community Open House

Tuesday, February 26th • 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the NEW Samaritan Summit Village on Outer Washington Street (19320 US Rt. 11), Watertown, NY. This event is free and open to the public. Help us celebrate the completion and opening of the new Samaritan Summit Village!
This much-anticipated community project will provide multiple levels of support for our local elderly population, including an entirely new level of care for the community - Assisted Living.

  • Take a tour and view model rooms.
  • Learn more about long-term care and assisted living. If you are considering long-term care for a loved one or thinking about your own future needs, this is a great opportunity to explore your options.
  • See for yourself how we're making aging better!


Samaritan Summit After Hours Mixer Event

Wednesday, February 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the new Samaritan Summit Village on Outer Washington Street (19320 US Rt. 11), Watertown, NY. This event is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP to this event.  Please call 315-785-4584. Help us celebrate the completion and opening of the new Samaritan Summit Village!

Join the New Vision Class at the McDonald's on State St. in Watertown on Thursday, February 21st from 5:00 - 8:00 pm to help raise money for the upcoming CMN Dance Marathon.  10% of sales will be donated to CMN during this time to help needy children and families.  Come support these great students and CMN!


McDonalds Fundraiser

Contact: Robert Seamon, CEO, CFH; (315) 848-4260

Krista Kittle, SMC;(315) 785-4504



Deal Expected to be Finalized This Summer

Star Lake, New York ----- After a thoughtful and deliberate process, the Board of Trustees and leadership of Clifton-Fine Hospital announce selection of Samaritan Medical Center as the preferred partner. Negotiations to formalize the affiliation are expected to conclude this summer.

"In the current healthcare environment, hospitals – particularly rural providers like Clifton-Fine Hospital – are facing unprecedented change. To be successful, hospitals must work together to cut costs, navigate an increasingly complex web of regulations, recruit physicians and deliver optimal and measurable quality of care," explains Walter Todd, Chairman, Clifton-Fine Hospital Board of Trustees. "This announcement is the culmination of many months of strategic planning in an effort to respond to growing challenges. We have embarked on this journey with SMC to ensure that we remain a strong and vibrant hospital for the benefit of our patients, physicians, staff and community."

As part of its strategic planning efforts, Clifton-Fine Hospital engaged Stroudwater Associates, a nationally recognized healthcare consulting firm. Stroudwater led the hospital's Board and leadership through careful planning and subsequent request for proposal (RFP) and selection process.

"Healthcare organizations are just beginning to experience the countless challenges that lie before us. In contrast to past practice, hospitals must be innovative in their thinking and find ways to collaborate rather than compete, explains Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center. "As the smallest hospital in New York State, Clifton-Fine Hospital is to be commended for its forward-thinking approach to ensure its ability to overcome these challenges and thrive – for the good of the many tight-knit communities it serves,"

Both organizations acknowledge that there is much to be done in order to finalize their affiliation. Due diligence and negotiations are expected to begin immediately and continue until a mutually agreeable partnership can be finalized.

"Throughout this process, we have made several trips to Star Lake and witnessed first-hand the dedication of the hospital's staff and efficiency of its operations," concludes Mr. Carman. "We are proud to welcome Clifton-Fine's staff, physicians and community into the Samaritan organization. There is much that we can learn from and share with each other in order to strengthen both organizations and communities."

"Teens for Miracles" – a charity fashion show, hosted by Miss Thousand Islands 2012, Allison Carlos, will be held Sunday, March 3rd, 2 p.m., at the new Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center located at 1291 Faichney Drive in Watertown (former Covidien facilty). A donation of $10 will be requested at the door to benefit Children's Miracle Network of Northern New York.

The fashion show features area high school teens who volunteer their time to model some of the latest prom and party styles from A Touch of Grace and Nelson's Tuxedo and Formal. Teens will show off their swagger on the runway with contemporary music provided by For Pete's Sake Entertainment. New this year will be younger girls modeling Sugarplum Ball dresses! There will also be give-a-ways including a gown from A Touch of Grace, a silent auction and much more.

Sunday, 02 December 2012 19:00

New Centralized Registration Area

First Stop for Outpatient Testing Services and Hospital Admissions.  Samaritan Medical Center is proud to unveil a new centralized registration area at the main hospital in Watertown. This newly renovated space will be the first stop for patients reporting to the hospital for some of the most utilized testing services. Featuring a dedicated entrance just outside the hospital's free parking garage, this new area brings several of the hospital's outpatient testing services together in one convenient, easy-to-find location. Please see our new Registration brochure and map to Registration area.

Ethan Chalupa knew exactly what he wanted for his 8th birthday. Instead of presents, he asked friends and family who came to his birthday party to bring donations for the Children's Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan Medical Center. Ethan got the idea after receiving a postcard in the mail announcing the new Peter Pan Birthday Club at Samaritan and raised over $200!

The Peter Pan Birthday Club was created with the idea that you don't have to be grown up to give. Showing our children the joy of giving can be the greatest gift of all. The club brings philanthropy to our youngest community members. Choosing to have birthday party guests make a donation instead of receiving gifts is a wonderful way to inspire young children to become philanthropists.

Joining the Peter Pan Birthday Club is easy:

Sign up for the Club by calling 315-785-4053.

To help organize the party the child will receive a "party pack" that includes invitations, donation envelopes, thank you cards and party favors.
After the birthday celebration simply call us to arrange the delivery of donations. Once a year, children who participate will be invited to take part in a "Kids are Heroes" celebration so that they may see how their gifts are helping real children in our community.

Additionally, parents may register their child in the national Peter Pan Children's Fund to receive a matching gift up to $100 in their honor. Donations made through the Peter Pan Birthday Club will benefit pediatric healthcare right here in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Funds will be used to help purchase state of the art equipment for Samaritan Medical Center and other area hospitals, as well as help families with children in a medical crisis.

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