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5th Annual Dueling Piano Show Set to Entertain Saturday, Oct. 7

Event Benefits Carthage Area Hospital Foundation, Promises Interactive Fun for All

 A fun-filled evening of live entertainment is on tap Saturday, Oct. 7, as the Carthage Area Hospital Foundation and Slack Chemical present the 5th annual Dueling Pianos Show at the Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St.

The event kicks off with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. that includes a cash bar and complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Chef Kyle Pleskach. The piano showdown begins at 7:30 p.m. with entertainers from Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos at the keys of two baby grand pianos.

Now in its fifth year, the event has gained popularity as an evening of first-rate family-friendly entertainment. The high-energy, sing-along show is a lively, interactive experience as pianists take audience requests and incorporate a wide range of musical tunes. To view past performances, visit cuttingedgeduelingpianos.com.

All event proceeds — ticket sales, basket auctions, and sponsor donations — benefit the Carthage Area Hospital Foundation, which aids in capital investments to improve health care at Carthage Area Hospital.

Tickets are $30 each and are on sale for 250 guests. Call the Carthage Area Hospital Foundation, 315-493-0114, for reservations and tickets or email Natalie Burnham, nburnham@cahny.org, no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The 5th annual Dueling Pianos Show is made possible through the generous support of Slack Chemical, presenting sponsor, and business partners Caskinette Ford, Northern Credit Union, Syracuse Biomedical Services, Community Bank, Fuller Insurance Agency and Barrett Paving Materials; and media sponsors Tunes 92.5 FM WBLH Radio and Newzjunky.com.

About the Carthage Area Hospital Foundation

The Carthage Area Hospital Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable corporation that promotes charitable gifts to ensure continued excellence in community health care. The Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that the Carthage area retains a local hospital that delivers quality, primary health care to the local community and its neighbors.

About Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital was established as a not-for-profit rural community hospital in 1965. It operates today as a fully accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, serving approximately 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence counties.

The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic and Women’s Way to Wellness and provides a range of specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, physical therapy and behavioral health, Visit carthagehospital.com to learn more.

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Women’s Health Fair Sets the Stage for Evening of Wellness, Fashion and Fun

Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry and Carthage Hospital Present Community Engagement Event on Sept. 27; Commemorates 16th Annual National Women’s Health & Fitness Day

Carthage Area Hospital and Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry invite the public to attend a Women’s Health Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St.

Presented by Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry, Watertown, the exposition-style event is part of the hospital’s 2017 Community Engagement Series and will feature information and education on a range of topics, including health and wellness, healthy lifestyles, and fashion and beauty. Sept. 27 is also the 16th annual National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, which the event recognizes.

“We welcome all members of our communities to join us for a fun-filled evening focused on women’s health that we hope will empower and inspire people to improve their overall health and wellness,” said Natalie Burnham, Carthage Area Hospital director of patient, community and employee engagement.

Scheduled exhibitors include: Health and wellness Carthage Area Hospital Medical Imaging Department, Women’s Way to Wellness Clinic, Carthage Family Health Center, Carthage Behavioral Health, Cancer Services of Lewis County, the American Heart Association, and Heartbeats for Madden. Healthy Lifestyles The Fringe Hair Studio & Day Spa, Young Living Essential Oils by Kindra Mosher, Jordan Essentials by Amy Scee, Carthage YMCA, Juice Plus by Jen Sparks, Northern Credit Union, and Fidelis Care. Fashion and Beauty Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry, LulaRoe Clothing by Jennifer Lynn and Independent Beauty Consultant Alicia Hollenbeck, Mary Kay.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Complimentary light food and beverages will be served, including vegetable, cheese and cracker platters; pinwheel sandwiches; hot apple cider, water, assorted cookies and tea and coffee.

Through the Community Engagement Series, the hospital and its partners bring together clinical staff and local residents in a casual setting where people can freely engage and ask questions without the stress and time constraints of a typical medical appointment.

The Women’s Health Fair is the sixth of nine Community Engagement Series events slated this year. Previous events have engaged more than 150 Carthage-area residents in heart heath, asthma, stroke, men’s health, and maternity and pediatric health.

WWNY TV 7 and WNYF Fox 28 is a proud media sponsor of the hospital’s 2017 Community Engagement Series.

National Women’s Health & Fitness Day

On Sept. 27, an estimated 50,000 to 75,000 women of all ages will participate in local health and fitness events at more than 500 community locations across the country as part of the 16th annual National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. This event is always held the last Wednesday in September as part of National Women’s Health & Fitness Week celebrations across the country.

Organized as a public/private good health partnership by the Health Information Resource Center, National Women’s Health & Fitness Day offers fitness and health events for women at community locations that include hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation departments, health departments, schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, senior centers, and others.

About the Community Engagement Series

Carthage Area Hospital’s 2017 Community Engagement Series is a population health initiative aimed at educating residents in the hospital’s 83,000-person service area of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties. Each month, from April through December, the hospital features a different health topic to empower residents to make more informed decisions about their health and wellness and care.

Dates and topics for the remaining events are: Wednesday, Oct. 25, “Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness” (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.); Wednesday, Nov. 15, “Diabetes Prevention and Education” (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.); and Wednesday, Dec. 6, “Handling Holiday Stress” (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.). All events are at the Carthage Elks Lodge and include complimentary light food and beverages.

About Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital’s obstetrics unit this year celebrates the 10th anniversary of a major renovation that transformed its patient rooms into six private labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum suites and two observation suites. Each suite also contains a private bath and shower as well as a daybed for spouses and loved ones to comfortably stay in the room while mothers and newborns recover. Three suites contain whirlpool bathtubs, in which women may labor, while five have private stand-up showers.

Carthage Area Hospital was established as a not-for-profit rural community hospital in 1965. It operates today as a fully accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, serving approximately 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence counties.

The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic and Women’s Way to Wellness and provides a range of specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, physical therapy and behavioral health. Visit carthagehospital.com to learn more.

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Carthage Area Hospital Completes Skilled Nursing Unit Closure, Resident Transfers Ahead of Projected Schedule

Nearly All Affected Employees Accept Offers for Retention
and Reassignment in Other Hospital Departments

Carthage Area Hospital this week completed the closure of its Skilled Nursing Unit, turning in to the state Department of Health an operating certificate nearly three weeks ahead of its projected schedule and delivering on a commitment to help keep affected residents in the region.

The last of the unit’s 23 residents was transferred to another local skilled nursing facility last week, completing a process that began June 16 and involved members of the hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit, Social Work Services, Therapy Services and Accounting departments, as well as senior administration, working together to secure the best possible outcome for residents and their families.

“We sincerely appreciate the understanding of our residents and their family members,” Carthage Area Hospital Chief Executive Officer Rich Duvall said. “We would not have succeeded without their trust and patience during a time of uncertainty and change.”

All resident transfers were made to facilities in Jefferson and Lewis counties, minimizing the impact on families affected by the moves, a pledge hospital leadership made when it announced plans to close the unit. Facilities operated by Samaritan Health, Watertown, Lewis County General Hospital & Residential Health Care Facility, Lowville, and Country Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, Carthage, each accepted residents for care.

“Our closure process was 100 percent focused on doing our best for each resident and limiting the burden of a decision that was, while extremely difficult, necessary to strengthen the long-term sustainability of our hospital,” Duvall said. “The fact that all residents are settling within 20 miles of Carthage is a testament to the many partnerships we have worked to develop with other local facilities. We value the efforts of all who work together to serve those who seek care.”

What’s more, Duvall noted, the capacity of local facilities to accept transfers from Carthage Area Hospital also proves prudent the decision to close the Skilled Nursing Unit and eliminate redundancy in the market, allowing more modern facilities to operate with greater occupancy.

Duvall added that the smooth transfer of skilled nursing residents would not have been so without the commitment of dozens of hospital staff who are invested in delivering first-rate care to all whom the hospital serves.

“Staff worked with compassion to accommodate each resident, minimize stress and maintain a high standard of care,” Duvall said. “For many staff, whose own futures were uncertain, this was a trying task, but one that was met with boundless professionalism.”

In accordance with the Skilled Nursing Unit closure plan, staff from the hospital’s Social Work Services Department will continue weekly resident follow up for 30 days after transfer to ensure residents have properly adjusted and no longer need assistance from the hospital.

Each of the hospital’s 24-member Skilled Nursing Unit staff was presented with options for retention and reassignment within Carthage Area Hospital. Only one employee chose not to pursue opportunities with the organization.

The remaining Skilled Nursing Unit employees have filled various openings throughout several different departments at Carthage Area Hospital and are presently working in their new positions while also receiving training.

Meanwhile, hospital leadership is in the process of finalizing plans with architects for adaptive reuse of the former Skilled Nursing Unit as clinical space. Mandates included in New York State’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program call for a shift in clinical space utilization to a “medical village” concept. That has helped to guide the decision-making process and determine what new or existing services the space will house.

On June 16, the New York State Department of Health approved a plan for the hospital to close its Skilled Nursing Unit and begin the process of transferring residents to other local skilled nursing facilities in the region.

Numerous regulations with which nursing homes must comply tightened financial pressures
on facilities like the one the hospital managed. Escalating costs had also driven smaller skilled nursing homes without economies of scale to evaluate efficiencies and make difficult business decisions. That, combined with declining cost-based reimbursement for services provided to nursing home residents, made the decision to close the Skilled Nursing Unit essential.

About Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital was established as a not-for-profit rural community hospital in 1965. It operates today as a fully accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, serving approximately 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence counties.

The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic and Women’s Way to Wellness and provides a range of specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, physical therapy and behavioral health. Visit carthagehospital.com to learn more.

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Carthage Area Hospital Welcomes Expectant Parents as Staff Shares Advice in Baby Shower to Honor Motherhood

Next Community Engagement Series Event Set for Sept.27
at Carthage Elks Lodge Focusing on Women’s Health

Nearly three-dozen new and expectant mothers and fathers joined obstetric, pediatric and nutrition staff this week for a baby shower at Carthage Area Hospital to honor motherhood.

About 35 pregnant women and fathers-to-be attended the second annual free event, “Healthy Babies, Healthy Moms” on Thursday, Aug. 24, in the hospital’s main campus courtyard, 1001 West St.

“It is exciting to see so many soon-to-be parents take advantage of this opportunity to engage in prenatal and pediatric health,” said Natalie Burnham, Carthage Area Hospital director of patient, community and employee engagement. “We are particularly proud of our obstetrics team, which works hard to provide best-in-class care to all the hospital’s moms and new babies.”

Dr. Diane Jones, director of Carthage Area Hospital’s Department of Pediatrics, meets parents of a six-week-old boy during the hospital’s “Healthy Babies, Healthy Moms” baby shower on Thursday, Aug. 24, in the main courtyard. The event was part of the hospital’s 2017 Community Engagement Series.

The open house-style event was part of the hospital’s 2017 Community Engagement Series and featured information and education on a range of topics, including newborn and infant care and safety, breastfeeding, infant and mother nutrition, and postpartum and parent wellness.

A meet-and-greet with the hospital’s team of obstetric and pediatric care providers kicked off the evening. Attendees also had the chance to meet the obstetrics department nurse manager and tour the hospital’s one-of-a-kind maternity unit, which features private labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care suites.

Guests enjoyed complimentary light food and beverages. Several gift packages were also given away in a raffle.

Representatives from Martin’s Point HealthCare, the North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council and Heartbeats for Madden were on hand to answer questions and provide information about support, services and local resources.

North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council representatives, from left: Jenna Mooney, Heartbeats for Madden, Briana Perez, Healthy Families Jefferson County family assessment worker, and Brooke Pate, M.Ed., director of Maternal and Infant Health Services. North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council presented information to new and expectant parents during the hospital’s “Healthy Babies, Healthy Moms” baby shower on Thursday, Aug. 24, in the main courtyard. The event was part of the hospital’s 2017 Community Engagement Series.

The event featured three speakers from the hospital’s medical and clinical staff who discussed a range of prenatal and pediatric care topics, including: Dr. Kimberly Ginyard, director of

Carthage Area Hospital’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who spoke about prenatal care and what expectant mothers should do before, during and after pregnancy; Dr. Diane Jones, director of the hospital’s Department of Pediatrics, who spoke about infant, toddler and child care issues and services; and registered Dietician Carly R. Draper, RD, CDN, CDE, director of the hospital’s Clinical Nutrition Department, who spoke about proper nutrition during and after pregnancy as well as newborn and infant nutrition.

The next event, a women’s health fair, is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St., which will focus on a wide range of women’s health issues and servcies. The event will include complimentary light food and beverages.

Space is limited. Register online at carthagehospital.com/healthywomen or call 315-519-5209, to reserve your seat today. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, Sept. 20. WWNY TV 7 and WNYF Fox 28 is a proud media sponsor of the hospital’s 2017 Community Engagement Series.

About the Series

Carthage Area Hospital’s 2017 Community Engagement Series is a population health initiative aimed at educating residents in the hospital’s 83,000-person service area of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties. Each month, from April through December, the hospital features a different health topic to empower residents to make more informed decisions about their health and wellness and care.

Dates and topics for the remaining events are: Wednesday, Sept. 27, “Women’s Health Fair;” Wednesday, Oct. 25, “Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m.); Wednesday, Nov. 15, “Diabetes Prevention and Education (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.);” and Wednesday, Dec. 6, “Handling Holiday Stress.”

All events are at the Carthage Elks Lodge from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and include complimentary light food and beverages.

About Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital was established as a not-for-profit rural community hospital in 1965. It operates today as a fully accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, serving approximately 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence counties.

The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic and Women’s Way to Wellness and provides a range of specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, physical therapy and behavioral health. Visit carthagehospital.com to learn more.

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Ambulatory Surgery Nurse Rita LaBarge, RN, BSN, Celebrates Retirement After 39-year Career at Carthage Area Hospital

Teacher and Mentor to Many Younger Nurses Spent Nearly Four Decades at Hospital

Hospital leadership and staff today honored veteran Ambulatory Surgery Nurse Rita LaBarge, RN, BSN, for 39 years of continuous service to Carthage Area Hospital, its patients and the community during an award presentation.

LaBarge retired Friday after nearly four decades as a registered nurse at Carthage Area Hospital, working in Medical Surgery, Obstetrics and, most recently, Ambulatory Surgery. She joined the Medical Surgery team as a nurse on March 13, 1978.

“Today, we honor a woman who has consistently given this hospital her best while serving countless patients with empathy and kindness for four decades,” Chief Executive Officer Rich Duvall said. “It’s not often that we say goodbye to a nurse who has been a member of our hospital family for as long as you, Rita. Your family here will sincerely miss your experience and nurturing hand.”

Duvall said nurses like LaBarge are “rare gems who we hate to lose.”

“There is no easy replacement for a nurse of Rita’s character and experience as a leader and mentor to so many younger nurses and staff,” Duvall said. “If we could find someone with just an ounce of her drive and perseverance, we would be so lucky.”

Steve Olson, RN, MSN, MHA, Carthage Area Hospital director of nursing and administrator of patient care services, left, congratulates Ambulatory Surgery Nurse Rita LaBarge, RN, BSN, center, with hospital Operating Room Nurse Manager June Arndt, RN, CNOR. LaBarge retired Friday after 39 years at Carthage Hospital working as a nurse in various departments.

Duvall presented LaBarge with a plaque “for meritorious service” and a certificate of merit from New York State Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, R-Black River, honoring her career.

LaBarge said she sought a job at Carthage Area Hospital after she earned a nursing degree at St. Elizabeth College of Nursing in Utica and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the former State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome because the hospital was close to her family in nearby Champion.

She chose to stay at Carthage because of family and the life that she and her husband, Peter, had made in the area. The two have been married for 34 years and together have two daughters, Nicole Piche, 32, Cordova, Alaska, and Megan, 28, of Long Beach, Long Island, who is engaged to wed this month.

On mentoring younger, less experienced nurses, Labarge said it was important to help them gain confidence. “Young nurses come insecure and it was important to teach them good assessment skills and be a resource for them. You need resource people your whole life.”

In retirement, LaBarge said she looks forward to traveling to visit her daughter in Alaska later this year and spending more time gardening, selling cut flowers and working at her “first love” of landscape architecture on her 65-acre property in Champion.

To those considering a call to the nursing profession, LaBarge offered some advice: “If you really like people and science and have good organizational skills, go for it,” she said. “But it isn’t easy; you have to be good at multitasking and comfortable on your feet 12 hours a day.”

About Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital was established as a not-for-profit rural community hospital in 1965. It operates today as a fully accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, serving approximately 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence counties.

The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic and Women’s Way to Wellness and provides a range of specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, physical therapy and behavioral health. Visit carthagehospital.com to learn more.

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Carthage Area Hospital Foundation Sets Records with 28th Annual Carthage Savings and Loan Association Golf Classic

Tournament Draws 168 golfers. Dozens of Volunteers, Sponsors who Helped Raise $35k 

    The Carthage Area Hospital Foundation posted new records in fundraising and participation on July 28 as it hosted the 28th annual Carthage Savings and Loan Association Golf Classic at Carlowden Country Club.

    “The tournament played out with high energy from all involved and Carlowden Country Club’s new owners of did an outstanding job supporting the event,” said Brian Serota, Carthage Area Hospital Foundation executive director. “The foundation’s ‘measuring stick of success’ does not just emphasize the financial performance of our events, but the level of community support and fellowship as well; this event really raised the bar.”

    This year was a banner year as 38 supporting sponsors, 42 four-member captain-and-crew golf teams (168 individual golfers), and 25 volunteers from Carthage Area Hospital and community combined to raise more than $35,000. What’s more, Friday’s course conditions were exceptional as the weather cooperated with plenty of sunshine.

Event proceeds are earmarked for the purchase of eight new stare-of-the-art emergency room patient beds. All efforts from the Golf Classic — special hole contests, auction items, donations, participation, and generous partnerships — will also help to ensure that Carthage Area Hospital will continue to deliver excellent health care for our communities.

From left, Kent Burto, RealtyUSA Broker; Rob Bloom, Carthage Area Hospital CFO; Thomas Piché, Carthage Savings and Loan Association President & CEO; Ryan Piché, Lewis County Manager; John Valentino, Bousquet Holstein PLLC; Richard Duvall; Rich Duvall, Carthage Area Hospital CEO; and Bruce Bezanilla, Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home.

Carthage Area Hospital and its foundation credit the tournament’s success to the continued generous support of presenting sponsor Carthage Savings and Loan Association President Tom Piche and his team.

The foundation and hospital also thanks the many other businesses that invested support, including: Kinney Drugs, Fust Charles Chambers LLP, Advance Media New York, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, Bousquet Holstein PLLC, BPAS Actuarial & Pension Services, Community Bank, CREG Systems, Fuller Insurance, IMEC, KeyBank, LUNCO Corp., M.S. Hall & Associates, New York Air Brake, Anne Rohr, Carthage Elks Club 1762, Barrett Paving, Burke Group, Caskinette’s Ford, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, LifeNet of New York, Northwestern Mutual – Brian Wilcox, OneGroup, RBC Wealth Management, Lube Express Service Center, Advanced Business Systems, Connecticut On-Line Computer Center Inc, Johnson Lumber, MLMIC, M.R. Gaebel Inc, Northern Radiology Associates, and Craig Zando in memory of Gino & JoAnn Zando.

Golfers experienced a new twist this year as they tested their skills against comedian Vinnie Mark to outshoot him on the sixth hole for a chance to beat the comic. The foundation provided golfers with a healthy snack bag packed with fruit, nuts, granola bars, a low-fat snack, and drink, as well as other gifts and a commemorative beverage tumbler.

While no golfer walked away with a hole-in-one prize, contest sponsors Caskinette’s Ford provided a 2016 Ford Mustang premium and Gamble Distributers provided a 7000 Series Ferris zero-turn riding mower.

Foundation leadership also thanks the Carthage Savings Golf Classic Committee that freely gave time volunteering to plan, coordinate and execute the event — Michelle Ames, Sylvia DeVita, Teri Ellis, Adam Fuller, Wendy Hinman, April LaRock, Vicky Moore, Barb Park, Cheryl Schroy, and Patty and Tim Turpin. The selfless service of committee members and the hard-working golf day volunteers sincerely made the event a great success.

Contest rankings for the day were: A flight — 1st place, LUNCO Corp. (56); 2nd place, Stebbins Engineering Co., (60 matched cards). B flight — 1st place, Adam Fuller’s Fuller Insurance Team (65 matched cards); 2nd place, CREG Systems (65 matched cards). C flight — 1st place, The Bonadio Group (71 matched cards); 2nd place, Advance Media New York (71 matched cards). Closest to the hole: Men’s — Jay Feeley (4’ 6”); Women’s — Maggie Lavancha (11’ 7”).

Call the foundation office, 315-493-0114, to learn how to sponsor future events or to get involved with foundation operations.

About Carthage Area Hospital Foundation

The Carthage Area Hospital Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable corporation that promotes charitable gifts to ensure continued excellence in community health care. The foundation is dedicated to ensuring that the Carthage area retains a local hospital that delivers quality, primary health care to the local community and its neighbors.

About Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital was established as a not-for-profit rural community hospital in 1965. It operates today as a fully accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, serving approximately 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence counties.

The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic and Women’s Way to Wellness and provides a range of specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, physical therapy and behavioral health. Visit carthagehospital.com to learn more.

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Fishing for Freedom Thousand Islands Kicks off with Downtown Block Party Friday, Aug. 4; Tournament Set Aug. 5

 4th Annual Event Honors Military, Celebrates Freedom, Recreation; Benefits USO Fort Drum and Carthage Hospital

Registration is now open for military and civilian anglers to participate in a unique professional-grade, amateur bass and walleye tournament in the magnificent Thousand Islands.

The 4th annual Fishing for Freedom Thousand Islands Bass & Walleye Tournament, hosted by Carthage Area Hospital and presented by Waite Toyota is set for Saturday, Aug. 5, at Bonnie Castle Resort & Marina, 31 Holland St., Alexandria Bay. The two-day event pays homage to Fort Drum, our military and their families by celebrating freedom and outdoor recreation in Northern New York.

With spectacular views of the Thousand Islands, the St. Lawrence River is home to plentiful smallmouth and largemouth bass and walleye. Anglers can compete for the largest bass and walleye of the day for a $400 purse and for the top four bass and walleye during three event weigh-ins at 9 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Weigh-in prizes are $200, $150, $100, $75, for first through fourth place, respectively, and are up for grabs at each of the day’s three weigh-ins.

This year’s celebration kicks off Friday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m., with fun for the entire family during a downtown block party and public auction in Alexandria Bay. The block party features food, entertainment and a live auction with proceeds shared between the USO Fort Drum and Carthage Area Hospital’s Foundation. All are welcome to attend, not just registered anglers.

This professional-grade, amateur tournament is run by the New York B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation. The tournament is open to all amateur anglers. Registration is $60 for active and retired military and $65 for all other anglers. Visit fishingforfreedomti.com to download a complete copy of 2017 tournament rules and registration forms.

The 2017 Fishing for Freedom Thousand Islands Bass & Walleye Tournament is sponsored by Waite Toyota, AmeriCU Credit Union, Martin’s Point Health Care, Bonnie Castle Resort & Marina, AUSA Northern New York-Fort Drum, Hutchinson’s Boat Works, Uncle Sam Boat Tours, Dark Island Spirits Distillery, the Carthage Area Hospital Medical Staff, Carthage Area Hospital, New York B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation and Army Bass Anglers, Staie on the Seaway Real Estate Services and Nav’s Popcorn Thousand Islands. WWNY TV 7 and WNYF Fox 28, Froggy 97, and Newzjunky.com are proud media sponsors of this year’s tournament.

The 2016 Tournament hosted roughly 94 anglers in Alexandria Bay on the majestic St. Lawrence River.

About Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital was established as a not-for-profit rural community hospital in 1965. It operates today as a fully accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, serving approximately 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence counties.

The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic and Women’s Way to Wellness and provides a range of specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, physical therapy and behavioral health, Visit carthagehospital.com to learn more.

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Carthage Hospital Presents ‘Your Health, Your Choice’ 3rd Annual Community Health Fair July 22 in Carthage Park

All are Welcome to Enjoy a Free Cookout, Giveaways,
Health Screenings, Education and Much More

    When it comes to managing your health, a good dose of education may be just the prescription you need to finally take charge and live your best life.

Carthage Area Hospital is pleased to invite the public to “Your Health, Your Choice,” its 3rd Annual Community Health Fair Saturday, July 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Carthage Park, 2 Park Drive, off the east end of Route 3 in Carthage.

Enjoy a fun-filled day of valuable health education, screenings and information for the entire family. Here’s what’s on tap this year:

  •     Posture and fall screenings with our Physical Therapy Team — know your risks for falls and learn how to maintain a healthy, comfortable posture.
  •     Body fat analysis with our Clinical Nutrition Team — learn your healthy body mass target and safe weight management through proper nutrition as well as diabetes and nutrition education, including self-management, important numbers to watch, food models, healthy meals and eating.
  •     Meet the Program Manager for our new Health Home Program and learn how Carthage Area Hospital is linking community and social supports with health care.
  •     Learn about the hospital’s Community Sharps Program from the CAH Housekeeping Team and receive a free Sharps Container when you visit.
  •     Enjoy a FREE cookout from our Dietary Services Team, including: hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, mac salad, apples and water.
  •     Learn how the Carthage Area Hospital Foundation supports the hospital to help deliver quality local health care.
  •     Children’s activities and giveaways — Visit each booth for a sticker to receive free gifts!
  •     Insurance information from Martin’s Point Health Care, Fidelis Care, and MVP Health.

It’s “your health, your choice.” The Carthage Community Health Fair is a population health initiative presented by Carthage Area Hospital as a community service and sponsored by WWNY TV 7 and WNYF Fox 28. The event is scheduled to take place rain or shine.

About Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital was established as a not-for-profit rural community hospital in 1965. It operates today as a fully accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, serving approximately 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence counties.

The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic and Women’s Way to Wellness and provides a range of specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, physical therapy and behavioral health, Visit carthagehospital.com to learn more.

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Carthage Area Hospital Partners with Wellness Network for Postpartum Education on the Newborn Channel

In-Room Televisions Seamlessly Become
Valuable Resources for Mothers and Families

The Newborn Channel is now available for maternity patients and their families at Carthage Area Hospital. The network transforms in-hospital televisions to powerful educational resources that offer essential newborn and parenting information to help prepare new moms when they need it most.

Whether first-time or seasoned parents, mothers and their families can enjoy easy access to highly trusted, professionally endorsed content on topics such as infant and mom care, siblings and family living, work-life balance, breastfeeding and infant nutrition, and much more. Important safety education is also available, including topics like car seat safety, smoking cessation, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and more.

Programs and transcripts from the Newborn Channel are also available for new parents on demand before, during and after their hospital stay.

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“The Newborn Channel helps supplement our patient education efforts,” said Carthage Hospital Obstetrics Nurse Manager Mindi Beebe, RN, BSN. “Because it is always available, our nursing and education staff is able to recommend quality, timely education when new parents need it most.”

Educational content on the Newborn Channel is overseen and reviewed by a Medical Advisory Board, which works diligently to ensure all content is up-to-date and presented in a clear and understandable way for patients and their families.

“The Newborn Channel’s baby care and postpartum programming is available in more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals,” said Dave Ross, chief operating officer of The Wellness Network. “Having a baby, especially the first time, can be a little scary for new parents. Our videos are meant to help demystify diapering, feeding, and caring for both mom and baby. Moms and dads can view programs and talk to the hospital’s educators with their questions before they return home on their own with their new baby.”

Visit thenewbornchannel.com to learn more about the Newborn Channel.

Carthage Area Hospital’s obstetrics unit this year celebrates the 10th anniversary of a major renovation that transformed its patient rooms into six private labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum suites and two observation suites. Each suite also contains a private bath and shower as well as a daybed for spouses and loved ones to comfortably stay in the room while mothers and newborns recover. Three suites contain whirlpool bathtubs, in which women may labor, while five have private stand-up showers.

About Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital was established as a not-for-profit rural community hospital in 1965. It operates today as a fully accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, serving approximately 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence counties.

The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic and Women’s Way to Wellness and provides a range of specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, physical therapy and behavioral health. Visit carthagehospital.com to learn more.

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Carthage Area Hospital’s School-Based Health Center Expands Patient Hours for Enrolled Students in Summer Months

Carthage Middle School to Host Services
in July, August; All Grades Welcome

Carthage Area Hospital’s School-Based Health Center at Carthage Middle School, 21986 Cole Road, will deliver health care services to all enrolled students from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays in July, beginning July 12, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in August.

Clinic staff can accommodate immunizations, athletic physicals, new student physicals, mental and preventative health services, and less acute, non-life-threatening cases. Enrolled students from Beaver River School, Carthage Middle School and Carthage High School are welcome at the summer clinic.

“We are pleased to offer the same quality care and services that students receive during the school year through the summer months at our Carthage Middle School clinic,” said Melanie Saber, LMSW, Carthage Area Hospital’s School-based Health Center program director. “We wish a safe and healthy summer break for all our students and hope parents rest assured knowing that care is available should their children need it.”

A nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant and a licensed practical nurse staff the clinic. Students who are not enrolled in the program can enroll during the summer. Parents can pick up enrollment packets at the school. Appointments are available on a walk-in or call-ahead basis.

About School-Based Health Centers

Carthage Area Hospital’s School-Based Health Centers provide comprehensive physical, mental, and preventative health services to school-aged youth in the school setting. Clinic staff delivers quality, primary and preventative health care services to enrolled students. The school-based program improves access to care for students and helps to increase access to specialist referrals and other related services.

Carthage Area Hospital’s School-Based Clinics participate in most forms of health insurance. There are no co-payments or out-of-pocket expense for clinic services; the clinic accepts the amount paid by the insurance. Any services performed outside of the School-Based Clinics, such as labs or X-rays are subject to payment. Call 315-493-5944, or visit carthagehospital.com/service/school-based-health-care, to learn more about Carthage Area Hospital’s School-Based Health Centers.

 About Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital was established as a not-for-profit rural community hospital in 1965. It operates today as a fully accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, serving approximately 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence counties.

The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic and Women’s Way to Wellness and provides a range of specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, physical therapy and behavioral health.

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