On November 22, five members of Clarkson University’s chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon presented a check in the amount of $2,379.00 to Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York. On October 31, the fraternity hosted a benefit concert featuring four musical groups which, according to organizers, was the most well attended on-campus event aside from commencement ceremonies.
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.
Samaritan Medical Center will host a lighted vigil in the Samaritan Healing Garden Rotunda as part of a national campaign to raise awareness for lung cancer on November 14th at 5:30 p.m. Watertown will join more than 90 communities across the nation in hosting a ‘Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil’ in partnership with the Lung Cancer Alliance.
‘Shine a Light On Lung Cancer Vigil’ is an annual event that occurs simultaneously nationwide. This year, communities in more than 30 states will participate in the event, which is designed to provide hope, support and compassion to the thousands who are diagnosed with lung cancer.
The vigil at Samaritan Medical Center will be a tribute to anyone who has been touched by lung cancer and will feature Jeff Cole as the emcee, comments from Dr. Robert Johnson, thoracic surgeon; Bonnie Trudeau, RN, Samaritan Oncology Nurse Navigator; and the personal testament from a local lung cancer survivor. The vigil is open to the community.
About Lung Cancer
Lung cancer kills more Americans than breast, colon and prostate cancers—combined. It is the leading cause of cancer death nationally and in New York. Nearly, 80 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer are people who have never smoked or former smokers who quit decades ago. Today, there is scientific validation that screening those at high risk with low-dose CT scans can save tens of thousands of lives a year, and recently a government panel recommended lung cancer screenings for populations considered at high risk.
About the Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Committee
The Samaritan Medical Center Circle of Hope Cancer Fund raisers and allocates funds toward improving the health and well-being of cancer patients throughout Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.
About Lung Cancer Alliance
Lung Cancer Alliance, www.lungcanceralliance.org is committed to ending injustice and saving lives through an alliance of advocacy, education and support. LCA provides live, professional support, referral and information services for patients, their loved ones and those at risk for lung cancer; conducts national awareness campaigns; and advocates for multiple millions in public health dollars for lung cancer research.
An agreement that officially appoints Samaritan Medical Center as temporary operator of North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC) has been finalized. The agreement, signed late last week by SMC, the New York State Department of Health and NCFHC is the result of the three parties working closely over the past several weeks to develop and implement a sustainable long-term solution that ensures NCFHC’s continued operation and provision of services to residents in the community.
As part of the agreement, SMC will manage the day-to-day operations at NCFHC for a period of not more than 180 days and subject to extension by DOH as it determines necessary. As operator, SMC has named Mrs. Joey Marie Horton interim executive director of the clinic. Mrs. Horton is currently the Director of the North Country Healthcare Providers Network and Deputy Director of the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization. She has experience past experience working as School-Based Health Program Coordinator at then-North Country Children’s Clinic.
The agreement also requires SMC to prepare and submit a work plan within the first 30 days, which identifies and offers solutions to NCFHC deficiencies, financial difficulties and a timeline for implementing the plan to DOH for approval.
The agreement enables SMC to step in on a temporary basis, under the guidance of the Department of Health, in order to continue uninterrupted services to the community while developing a long-term plan for North Country Family Health Center to become self-sustaining. At the end of the term of the agreement, it is expected the SMC will step down as temporary operator and return full operations of the Clinic to its leadership and Board. The ultimate goal will be to ensure that the Clinic is better and stronger than ever.
Throughout this entire process, the North Country Family Health Center reminds the community that all of their programs and services are fully staffed and operational in all locations, including school-based health clinics, adult care, pediatric care, pediatric dental care, behavioral health and WIC. Appointments for new and established patients are welcome and can be made by calling (315) 782-9450 or visiting the web-site at www.childrens-clinic.org.