Samaritan Health, Watertown, NY - Items filtered by date: February 2014

March 26, 2014

Watertown, New York ----- Carthage Area Hospital and Samaritan Medical Center today announced plans to form an affiliation.

Leadership and Boards of Carthage Area Hospital and Samaritan Medical Center, in consultation with the New York State Department of Health, have been in discussions about how Samaritan Medical Center could assist Carthage Area Hospital to stabilize its finances, as well as to create a collaborative partnership to enhance the healthcare delivery system for the region.

These discussions have resulted in Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Samaritan Medical Center and Carthage Area Hospital, which establishes a contractual relationship between the two organizations that will ultimately result in a formal affiliation. To finalize the affiliation, Samaritan Medical Center and Carthage Area Hospital will move forward to complete the required due diligence and Certificate of Need process.

“Our management teams will work closely together over the next several months to explore options and to identify strategies to enhance the long-term viability of Carthage Area Hospital and healthcare in the region,” explains Adil Ameer, Carthage Area Hospital Strategic Advisor/Interim CEO.

“Both organizations play crucial roles in the community in terms of access to healthcare services and economic impact,” states Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center. “It is critical to the entire North Country that we work together to develop a long-term solution for a sustainable healthcare system throughout the region. This is the first step to accomplishing that goal.”

One leadership change will occur at Carthage Area Hospital. Adil Ameer will step down from his role as Interim CEO at Carthage Area Hospital and will serve in a consultative capacity, effective Monday, March 31, 2014. That role will remain unfilled until the formal affiliation is finalized.

News Release #14-008 

Contact: Natalie Burnham, CAH
(315) 493-0114

Krista Kittle, SMC
(315) 785-4504

March 25, 2014

Watertown, New York -----The Sleep Disorders Center of Northern New York at Samaritan Medical Center has been re-accredited for another five years by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The AASM accreditation is the gold standard by which the medical community and public can evaluate the services provided by a sleep center. Currently, only one percent of all sleep labs located in the United States is accredited.

“We are the only accredited sleep center in the tri-county area,” states Dr. David Rechlin, Sleep Center Medical Director. “We are a sleep center, not just a sleep lab. Sleep centers provide ongoing care of patients with all sleep disorders, while sleep labs provide only testing for patients with sleep disordered breathing,” he added.

All sleep centers are required to have one registered polysomnographic technologist (RPSGT) on staff. SMC currently has three, which allows coverage both day and night.

Numerous sleep disorders exist including obstructive sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, insomnia, and central sleep apnea. Untreated sleep disorders can lead to heart attacks, impotence, stroke, and even death. Some studies suggest 40 percent of adults in the United States have some type of sleep disorder. Even snoring is a warning sign of a sleep disorder. Many people do not realize they have a sleep disorder unless brought to their attention by a spouse or significant other. It is estimated of the ten million with sleep apnea alone, 90 percent are undiagnosed and only about one percent are seen by a physician.

SMC currently tests up to six patients per night, seven days a week. If you believe you or a loved one might have a sleep disorder, discuss with your physician.

For more information about sleep disorders, please call the Sleep Disorders Center at 315-786-4930 or visit our Sleep Disorders Center web page.

News Release #14-007
Contact: Janelle Bossuot
(315) 779-5230


Renee Waterbury, Samaritan Auxiliary Board President presented a check for $51,307.38 to Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center, Dr. Alejandro Rodriguez, Chief of Urology and Urologic Oncology - Director of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Cheryl Fazio, Director of Surgical Services at Samaritan, from the proceeds of the 2013 One Night, One Diamond event held March 23, 2013 at The Commons on Fort Drum, toward the purchase of equipment to support Samaritan Medical Center's daVinci Robotic Surgery program.  The equipment will perform single site surgeries to be used by multiple specialty surgeons, instrument sterilization trays for the single site robotic surgery, vessel sealer upgrade that allows surgeon to cut and seal tissues with the same instrument, thereby saving time for both the surgeon and patient and several other supporting pieces of equipment for this service. 

Picture above from left to right are:  Cheryl Fazio - Director of Surgical Services at Samaritan, Renee Waterbury - Samaritan Auxiliary Board President, Thomas H. Carman - President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center, Dr. Alejandro Rodriguez - Chief of Urology and Urologic Oncology and Director of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Elizabeth Fipps - Vice President, Foundation and Community Services of Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York, Inc.


March 18, 2014


Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center will be hosting its second annual Physician Recognition Dinner on Thursday, April 3, 2014. This event, supported by the SMC Foundation and Medical Executive Committee, is held on or around National Doctors’ Day (March 30th) to honor Samaritan’s active and retired physicians for their dedication.

As part of this event, one physician is selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was 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 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is David O. VanEenenaam, MD. Dr. VanEenenaam, an orthopaedic surgeon, moved to Watertown in 1968 and dedicated the next 43 years of his life to serving the healthcare needs of the Northern New York region. He was a founding member of the North Country Orthopaedic Group.  Those years included leadership positions at SMC, including Chairman of the Department of Surgery and numerous Medical Staff committees. He also served on the Board of Directors at Mercy Hospital. He retired from active practice, with the North Country Orthopaedic Group, in 2011.

Dr. VanEenenaam established the Muscular Dystrophy Clinic at Mercy Hospital in the early 1970’s. He was a delegate to the Medical Society of the State of New York and past president of the New York Medical Political Action Committee. He has served on numerous Boards of community organizations, including Black River Valley Club, Children’s Home of Jefferson County, Ives Hill Country Club and Ives Hill Land Company. Dr. VanEenenaam was the long-time team physician for Watertown High School football, Red and Black Semi-professional Football, and Watertown Boxing Club. He is a past fundraising chairman for the United Way.

“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. 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 Likely to Star in a TV Cooking Show” and “Most Likely to Ride a Bike to Work.”

The Physician Recognition Dinner is being held at 6 p.m. at the Black River Valley Club. For more information, please contact the Medical Staff Relations Office at SMC at 779-5184.

News Release #14-006
Contact: Krista A. Kittle
(315) 785-4504

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