Carthage Area Hospital (CAH) was established as a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) rural community hospital
in 1965. This 78-bed acute care facility includes a 30 bed Skilled Nursing Unit and serves approximately 83,000 residents living in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence Counties. The Hospital is proud to serve both civilian and military personnel and their families at Fort Drum. The 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum is one of two military bases within the United States that does not have its own military hospital. We continue efforts to expand and improve needed healthcare services and technologies for our dedicated warriors in the 10th Mountain Division. We value and appreciate these military families and do our most to assist them in becoming an integrated part of our community; while using the services of our facility.
In 1995, the Hospital completed a 6,000 square foot expansion/renovation of its Emergency Department (ED). In Sept 2007, The Hospital completed a major expansion and renovation in September 2007 which included; a 24,000 square feet building expansion to accommodate a new birthing center, surgical suites, lobby and small administrative services area for medical records, data processing and general accounting suites. The Hospital serves the community in two capacities; it is a Sole Community Hospital provider and it is the on of the largest employers within the community. CAH employs nearly 500 with an annual payroll of over $22,000,000.
The CAH Community Partners Primary Healthcare Network continues to improve healthcare access to residents within its primary and secondary service area through collaborating partnerships with local governments, schools, churches, civic organizations and neighboring healthcare providers. As a result of these partnerships, we are now operating twenty three primary/specialty article 28 clinics throughout the region. This includes primary care clinics in Adams, Carthage, Harrisville, Evans Mills, Sackets Harbor, and Cape Vincent Family Health Center. Through these partnerships we are able to work in unity with various communities and improve basic healthcare access for the respective and individualized communities we serve. CAH has been instrumental in developing partnerships with various schools to open School Based Health Clinics (SBHC) within the respective school buildings. This past year we have added the LaFargeville Central School and Edwards-Knox Central Schools to our program. Currently, we have SBHC’s at eight schools; most of which have dental and mental health services.
In March 2010, CAH completed Phase I of CAH Community Health Center located at 117 North Mechanic Street in Carthage, New York. The new 6,000 square foot one story building houses the CAH’s Women’s Way to Wellness Center and (temporarily) the CAH Pediatric Center. Phase II construction of the second Community Health Center Building is currently underway. This building will house CAH Medical Center (primary care) and will permanently house CAH Pediatrics. It will be complete in November of this year. These two sites are constructed through federal and state grant funding totaling slightly over $2 million. When fully developed, we estimate over 24,000 annual patient visits at the multi-specialty center. In addition to improving basic healthcare services for the surrounding communities; this Center serves as a major economic stimulant for our downtown business district; again providing an opportunity to serve as a business partner with our community.
The Hospital is accredited by DNV Healthcare Inc and the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) and to date is the only Hospital to receive dual certification by both Hospital Accreditation Programs in Northern New York. The hospital also has a 10 bed Acute Rehabilitation Unit which is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).