Samaritan Health, Watertown, NY - Items filtered by date: September 2013

Watertown, NY ----- Winners of the Children’s Miracle Network Baby Photo Contest, presented by Creative Imaging Fine Photography, were announced during an awards ceremony at the Salmon Run Mall on Saturday, October 19. Many families and supporters gathered to hear who would take home the cash awards.

22,980 votes were cast for the 137 contestants from all over the North Country. The three contestants with the most votes were awarded with cash prizes. The winners are as follows: 3rd Place and recipient of $500, Contestant #117, Charley Weston, daughter of Lacie Robinson and Dillon Weston, Dexter, 2nd Place and recipient of $1,000, Contestant #105, Lauren Baker, daughter of Amy & Tim Baker, Beaver Falls, and 1st Place and grand prize winner of $2,000, Contestant #081, Lily Kowalcyzk, daughter of Elisa Cesario and Jay Kowalcyzk, Black River. Photos of the Top Ten Contestants can be viewed online at

With the support of the contestants’ families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and community members, the 2013 Children’s Miracle Network Baby Photo Contest, presented by Creative Imaging Fine Photography, raised a grand total of $24,735! Every single dollar will stay local and help children and families in need due to a medical crisis.

Contest sponsors include Creative Imaging Fine Photography, Salmon Run Mall, 7 News/Fox 28, The Border 106.7, Community Broadcasters, Watertown Daily Times, Kinney Drugs Foundation, Watertown Savings Bank, Timeless Frames, Northern Credit Union, and Community Bank, among other supporters.

Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for its 170 member hospitals, including Samaritan Medical Center. All contributions to Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan benefit children in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties by helping to purchase medical equipment for Samaritan and other hospitals located in the tri-county region. In addition, Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan is one of only five hospitals that provide direct assistance to families with children in a medical crisis. For more information, contact the Children’s Miracle Network office at 785-4053.

Officials at Samaritan Summit Village announced two leadership changes to the administrative team today. Dennis Casey, Interim Administrator of Skilled Nursing, has announced his retirement at the end of this week, and Elaine O’Brian, Director of Nursing, is no longer with the organization. No other changes to the leadership team are expected.

Barbara E. Morrow, Samaritan’s Assistant Vice President of Compliance, will assume responsibilities of Administrator until a search is conducted for a permanent replacement. Mrs. Morrow was instrumental in leading the Samaritan organization through its receivership of Mercy’s nursing home in October 2011. Her background, experience and leadership abilities helped to stabilize the Mercy organization until its closure in 2013 upon the opening of Samaritan Summit Village. Among Mrs. Morrow’s accomplishments was the significant improvement in Mercy’s quality of care and adherence to numerous regulatory requirements, ultimately resulting in the facility’s successful removal from the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) watch list.

Barbara Fargo, RN, MSN has been appointed as the new Director of Nursing for Samaritan Summit Village. Most recently, Mrs. Fargo served as Samaritan Medical Center’s Director of Nursing Practice from 2003-2013, when her position was eliminated as part of the hospital’s restructuring plan. During her tenure at Samaritan Medical Center, she held numerous leadership roles in nursing practice, education, and nursing oversight for the Joint Commission and Department of Health’s regulations. With her experience and background, Mrs. Fargo was quickly identified to fill the Director of Nursing position at Samaritan Summit Village.

“These leadership changes were necessary in order to move the Samaritan Summit Village forward in the wake of the unprecedented change that is on the horizon with healthcare reform,” explains Anthony Joseph, Vice President of Long-Term Care at Samaritan. “These two very experienced professionals will help us navigate through these challenges to ensure that our Residents and the community have continued access to the exceptional level of care offered at Samaritan Summit Village.”

Samaritan Gynecologist Dr. Nanci Hawkins sat among the top gynecologists in the nation, as well as some of the physicians who taught her in medical school, to take a Board-certification examination in a new sub-specialty.

Dr. Hawkins took the exam in June and was notified in September that she passed and is one of the first gynecologists in the nation to be Board-certified in this new medical specialty, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FTMRS). This sub-specialty includes treatment and procedures for conditions such as urine loss, incontinence and pelvic support issues, including pelvic prolapse.

“It is definitely an honor to be among the first group of physicians to achieve this certification,” explains Dr. Hawkins. “To know that my mentors and some of the best physicians in the field sat for this exam is very humbling.”

The FTMRS is jointly run by the American Board of Gynecologists and the American Board of Urology. This new subspecialty is primarily achieved by gynecologists and urologists.

One prerequisite for the examination is that the physician must already be Board-certified in either Gynecology or Urology. If that criterion is met, then the physician must further qualify by demonstrating that 50 percent of his/her caseload is within this sub-specialty.

“Because this is a new sub-specialty, experienced Board-certified physicians were able to take the exam as long as they could prove that they perform these types of procedures on a regular basis,” concludes Dr. Hawkins. “Now that the first class has been certified, any physician wishing to take the examination from this point forward, is required to take a fellowship (usually a two-year program) in order to even qualify to take the exam.“

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