Our Healing Heritage
Carthage Area Hospital (CAH) was established as a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) rural community hospital in 1965.
This newly accredited, 25-bed Critical Access Hospital serves approximately 83,000 residents living in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence Counties. Originally, Carthage Area Hospital was a 78-bed facility until it applied for Critical Access Designation in the Spring of 2014 and received the designation in the Summer of 2014. 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 a few 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 15 clinics throughout the region. This includes primary care clinics in Adams, Carthage, and Evans Mills,. 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. Currently, we have SBHC’s at Carthage Middle and High School; most of which have dental and mental health services.
In March 2010, CAH opened the 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, CAH Pediatric Center and a Primary Care office. Also completed in 2010 was the opening of the Professional Building. Services housed at the Professional Building include Behavioral Health, Dental, Orthopaedics, Physical Therapy, and Surgical services. The Hospital Foundation is also located in the professional building. The construction of these two buildings was supported through federal and state grant funding totaling slightly over $2 million. In addition to improving basic healthcare services for the surrounding communities; the expansion of services 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 The Joint Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Organization (JCAHO). The hospital also has an Assisted Living facility located on Cole Road in Carthage.