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Community Health Forum to Offer Help for the Hectic Holiday Season

Behavioral Health, Primary Care Teams to Present Advice,
Tips to Handle Stress and Maintain Wellness

Just in time for the busy holiday season, Carthage Area Hospital will feature an educational panel that will share tips and tools to manage holiday stress and beat the winter blues on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

“Handling Holiday Stress” is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St. The event is free and open to the public and includes complimentary light food, beverages. Email nburnham@cahny.org or call 315-519-5209 to reserve your seat today or register online at carthageareahospital.com/stress.

The event is the last in the hospital’s 2017 Community Engagement Series that kicked off in April and has covered topics ranging from men’s health to asthma and stroke and diabetes prevention and awareness.

Theresa Kiernan, MS, a Mental Health Counselor with Carthage Area Hospital’s School-Based Health Center at Carthage Middle School, will focus her talk on holiday stressors, battling the winter blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder and recovering from the holidays while staying well until spring.

“As joyful as the holiday season can be, many people struggle to manage constantly shifting demands on time and activities, which can take a toll on mental health and well-being as winter brings fewer hours of daylight,” Kiernan said.

Stress can also present physical symptoms and impact wellness, said Kelsey Mollura, R-PAC, a physician assistant with Carthage Area Hospital’s primary care team at the Carthage Family Health Center. Mollura will present the talk: “Managing physical health during stressful times: The signs, symptoms and limits.”

“We encourage all members of our communities to take a break from their holiday schedules and join us for a helpful session that will empower people to stay well during the holiday and winter seasons,” said Natalie Burnham, Carthage Area Hospital director of employee, patient and community engagement. “Remembering to take care of ourselves can be challenging and even more so during the busy holiday season.”

Carthage Area Hospital’s Community Engagement Series is presented as a public service to encourage residents to take an active role in their health. WWNY TV 7 and WNYF Fox 28 is a proud media sponsor of this year’s series.

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 has featured a different health topic to empower residents to make more informed decisions about their health and wellness and care.

Visit carthagehospital.com and follow us on social media for information about the hospital’s 2018 Community Engagement Series.

Speaker information

Kelsey Mollura, R-PAC– Physician Assistant

Topic: Managing physical health during stressful times: The signs, symptoms and limits.

Bio: Ms. Kelsey Mollura is a nationally certified physician assistant at Carthage Family Health Center who joined the staff in July 2016. Ms. Mollura earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa., and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Arcadia University, Glenside, Pa. She previously worked in an Internal Medicine/Geriatric office in Pittsburgh and in an ENT/Sleep Medicine office in Greenbelt, Md. She lives in the North Country with her husband and four children. In her spare time, her family raises chickens and honey bees. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Theresa Kiernan, MS, LMHC-P – Mental Health Counselor

Topic: Holiday stressors, battling the winter blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder and staying well.

Bio: Theresa Kiernan is a 2002 graduate of South Lewis High School. She earned an Associate degree in Liberal Arts from Jefferson Community College in 2004; a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from SUNY Oswego in 2006; and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY Oswego in 2015. Ms. Kiernan completed internships at Even Start Literacy Program in Oswego; the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter for Youth in Sydney, Australia; and Creekside Counseling Services in Oswego. Her undergraduate-level work experience includes direct care with youth in a residential program, training and recruiting foster parents, and case coordination in a waiver services program. She was also employed as a therapist in a community clinic prior to her joining Carthage Hospital’s School-Based Health Center at Carthage Middle School in March 2016. Ms. Kiernan uses a person-centered approach with interventions based on wellness, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. Outside of work, Ms. Kiernan enjoys attending concerts, spending time with her children, and relaxing on or near the water.

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 Names New Employees of the Quarter

 Employee-Based Selection Process Lauds Peers, Recognizes ‘Best Among Us’ for Second Quarter

Carthage Area Hospital recently recognized three team members who embody the organization’s values as employees of the quarter for the second quarter.

Hardik I. Patel, M.D., a provider at Carthage Area Hospital’s Family Health Center and Director of the hospital’s Department of Medicine; Lorena Pallotta, a Licensed Practical Nurse with the hospital’s Acute Inpatient Unit; and Heather Hulbert, a hospital Patient Registration Clerk were honored in September.

From left: Jerian O’Dell, MBA, Carthage Area Hospital clinic manager, Hardik I. Patel, M.D., Carthage Family Health Center primary care physician and CAH Department of Medicine Director, and Mark DeCilles, CAH director of outpatient clinics.

Hardik I. Patel,M.D., Family Medicine Provider

Hardik I. Patel, M.D., is a native of India who moved to Lowell, Mass., with his family when he was in high school. He is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine, Portsmouth, Dominica.

Dr. Patel completed an internship at Aultman Hospital, Canton, Ohio, where he also completed residency in family medicine. He is board-certified in Family Medicine. He joined the hospital’s primary care team in January 2011 as a member of the National Health Service Corps.

One nominator said of Dr. Patel: “He is not only an integral part of the Carthage Family Health Center team, but critical to the entire hospital’s success. Whether he is in the clinic, rounding in the hospital/ER, or being consulted by Country Manor, he is always willing to provide guidance and mentorship, despite his sometimes overwhelming schedule, all while providing compassionate care to each of his patients.”

Dr. Patel and his wife, Kunjal have a 4-year-old daughter, Aarovi, and are expecting the arrival of their second child this fall. Outside of practice, he enjoys football, nature and the outdoors and camping.

Lorena Pallotta, LPN, Carthage Area Hospital Acute Inpatient Unit, and Steven A. Olsen, RN, MSN, MHA, administrator of patient care services and director of nursing.

Lorena Pallotta, LPN, Acute Inpatient Unit

Lorena Pallotta is a North Country native who lives in Beaver Falls with her husband, Michael, and 16-year-old son, Derek, a Beaver River High School student.

Pallotta joined Carthage Area Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit in March 2016 and in August transferred to the Acute Inpatient Unit.

Pallotta grew up in Croghan and graduated from Beaver River High School, completing a Licensed Practical Nurse program at Lewis County BOCES and later graduating from SUNY Canton with an Associate of Applied Science degree.

As a nurse, Pallotta said she enjoys “helping patients to feel as best they can while they’re receiving care, whatever their ailments.”

One nominator said of Pallotta: “She is the true meaning of what a nurse should be. Always with a smile on her face, she is a consistent help to patients and peers.”

On advice to others considering a call to the nursing profession, Pallotta said young people “should experience a wide variety of nursing and learn as much as they can to gain valuable knowledge that will make you a good nurse.”

Heathet Hulbert, Hospital Registration Clerk

Heather Hulbert  is a native of Beaver Falls who lives in Lowville with her husband, Jesse, a former Army soldier, son, Jared, 16, and daughter, Jordan, 13.

Hulbert joined the hospital registration team in October 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from American Military University.

Hulbert said she finds the environment and pace of work at the hospital and enjoys “helping people and interacting with many different types of patients. It’s a fast pace and we never see the same thing one day to the next.”

On managing patients in times of stress, Hulbert said “it is important to make them feel comfortable; like you genuinely care about them. You don’t want them to feel any worse than they already do when they arrive at the hospital.”

One nominator said of Hulbert: “Heather is a great team player and excellent with customer service. She strives to make patients happy in difficult situations and ensures that the hospital’s Registration Department is always operating at its best.”

In her free time, Hulbert enjoys kayaking and spending quality time with her family.

Natalie Burnham, Carthage Area Hospital director of community, patient and employee engagement, said the three team members embody the values that Carthage Hospital encourages its staff to live each day.

“Our core values — accountability, professionalism, compassion, customer service, and teamwork — are standards of conduct that we hope all employees strive to live,” Burnham said. “When we recognize members of our team who live our values, they inspire others to follow.”

Nomination, Selection Process

All team members employed for more than one year are eligible for nomination by fellow employees, supervisors, auxiliary members, patients, patient family members or visitors.

Nominations are reviewed based on each nominee’s embodiment of Carthage Area Hospital’s five core values — professionalism, accountability, compassion, customer service and teamwork.

This year, the hospital’s Rewards and Recognition Committee implemented a new selection process that emphasizes the hospital’s values through an anonymous vote open to the entire staff. A narrative of each nomination that omits employee name, gender and department is published on an online portal open for a two-week voting period. The top three nominees are then selected for recognition as employees of the quarter.

Each employee received a $25 gift card, a gift basket, valet parking for a month at the hospital — off-campus employees receive a reserved parking space for a month — a plaque and an invitation to join the senior leadership team for lunch.

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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Diabetes Awareness Luncheon Offers Valuable Education for All

Members of Hospital’s Clinical Team Will Focus on Prevention, Management of Disease

Carthage Area Hospital invites the public to attend an educational luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 15, that will empower guests with information on the risks for diabetes, tips to prevent the disease and how those living with it can thrive.

The free luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St. A complimentary lunch will be served. Email nburnham@cahny.org or call 315-519-5209 to reserve your seat today or register online at www.carthageareahospital.com/diabetes.

November is National Diabetes Month so individuals, health care professionals, organizations, and communities across the country can bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year. Through proper education and training people with diabetes can thrive.

“Knowing the risks for diabetes and making healthier choices can make a huge difference in preventing diabetes and living well with the disease,” said Carthage Area Hospital Nutrition Services Director Carly R. Draper, RD, CDN, CDE. Draper, a Certified Diabetes Educator, is one of three members of the hospital’s clinical team scheduled to speak during the event. She will present an overview of the disease and outline steps to manage nutrition with diabetes.

Clinical Pharmacist Christopher Bradley, PharmD, MBA, will discuss effective medication choices for Type 1 & Type 2 diabetes and Therapy Specialist William Blunden, PT, will talk about managing diabetes through physical therapy and exercise.

“We welcome all members of our communities to join us for a dose of education on a disease that impacts the lives of many of our friends, family members and colleagues,” said Natalie Burnham, Carthage Area Hospital director of employee, patient and community engagement.

Carthage Area Hospital’s Community Engagement Series is presented as a public service to encourage residents to take an active role in their health. WWNY TV 7 and WNYF Fox 28 is a proud media sponsor of this year’s series.

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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.

The final event of the 2017 Community Engagement Series is “Handling Holiday Stress” set for Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Carthage Elks Lodge. Ccomplimentary light food and beverages will be served.

Speaker information

Carly R. Draper, RD, CDN, CDE – Director of Clinical Nutrition

Topic: General overview of the disease and steps to manage nutrition with diabetes

Bio: Carly R. Draper is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator who joined Carthage Area Hospital’s Clinical Nutrition team in 2009. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Food Science. She completed an internship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. Through her studies, and having lived in both urban and rural communities, she has developed a passion for nutrition education and improving the health and wellness of all patients. She lives in Watertown with her husband, Andrew, and two daughters.

Dr. Christopher Bradley, PharmD, MBA – Clinical Pharmacist

Topic: Effective medication choices for Type 1 & Type 2 diabetes

Bio: Dr. Christopher Bradley is the Clinical Pharmacist at Carthage Area Hospital. A Watertown native, he graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2010 and earned a MBA from Endicott College, Beverly, Mass., in 2012. While a pharmacy student, he trained extensively at Albany Medical Center in various units. He joined Carthage Area Hospital in 2015 and specializes in antibiotic therapy, medication reconciliation, provider/patient education and new treatment guidelines. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and their two corgis.

Bill Blunden, PT – Physical Therapist

Topic: Managing diabetes through physical therapy and exercise

Bio: Bill Blunden is a Physical Therapist with the Carthage Therapy Services team. He is a Carthage native who graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Upon graduation, he joined the staff at Carthage Area Hospital as a Physical Therapist. In 1987, he joined the therapy staff at Lewis County General Hospital where he served as Director of Rehab until 2007. From 2007 to 2015, he worked for Kraft Foods in Lowville. He returned to the Therapy Services staff at Carthage Area Hospital in 2015 and specializes in industrial medicine and the rehabilitation of sports injuries. In his free time, he collects and restores antique fire trucks and raises a variety of small animals, including chickens and turkeys. He lives in Carthage with his wife, Barbara, and is the father of two grown sons.

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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Allstate Foundation Awards CAH Foundation $1K ‘Helping Hands’ Grant

Contribution Recognizes Service of Local Agent, Hospital Board Member

The Allstate Foundation recently awarded the Carthage Area Hospital Foundation a $1,000 Helping Hands Grant in honor of community service provided by Independent Agent Adam J. Fuller of Fuller Insurance Agency, Inc., Carthage and Canton.

“It’s a tremendous honor to see this grant awarded to an organization so close to my heart,” said Fuller, agency principal. “Allstate recognizes that its agents are active participants in the communities they serve. The Helping Hands Grant shows Allstate is just as active and committed as we are.”

Fuller served on the Carthage Area Hospital Foundation Board of Directors from 2007 to 2017, including two years as board president. He is presently a member of the Carthage Area Hospital Board of Directors and in September took a seat on the Meadowbrook Terrace Board of Directors. He remains an active foundation volunteer.

“We are grateful for all the support of our foundation volunteers,” said Natalie Burnham, CAH Foundation interim executive director. “Adam has been a committed partner for many years. Wesincerely appreciate his efforts to strengthen the hospital.”

Fuller Insurance Agency, Inc. is an independent insurance agency founded in 1980 by Wilfred T. Fuller with locations at 110 S. School Street, Carthage, NY and 10 Court St., Canton, NY.  Fuller Insurance Agency, Inc. represents numerous insurance carriers including Allstate, Northbrook, Ill.

The Allstate Corp. is the nation’s largest publicly held personal insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households. In 2016, the Allstate Foundation gave $25 million to nonprofits across the nation and has contributed $400 million since its founding in 1952.

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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‘Think Pink’ Luncheon Honors All Who Have Been Touched by Breast Cancer

Keynote Speaker Deanna Genito to Share Story of Hope, Survival

Carthage Area Hospital invites the public to attend its annual Think Pink Breast Cancer Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 25, to honor survivors, recognize those who are fighting breast cancer, and to remember all who the community has lost to the disease.

The free luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St. Complimentary food and beverages will be served. Email nburnham@cahny.org or call 315-519-5209 to reserve your seat today or register online at www.carthageareahospital.com/thinkpink.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to National Breast Cancer Foundation, more than 252,700 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year while one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

“Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment save lives,” Carthage Family Health Center Nurse Practitioner Tina O’Neill said.

Breast cancer survivor Deanna Genito of Carthage Savings & Loan will share her story as the luncheon’s keynote speaker. In addition, Tina O’Neill will provide attendees with valuable information on early detection and the importance of annual breast screenings. Hospital Chief Executive Officer Rich Duvall is also scheduled to address the luncheon with an update on hospital activities and operations.

“We encourage men and women to join us because breast cancer is not a disease that exclusively impacts women,” said Natalie Burnham, Carthage Area Hospital director of employee, patient and community engagement. “While less common, men can also develop breast cancer. But when our women face the disease, the men around them play an important support role.”

Carthage Area Hospital’s Community Engagement Series is presented as a public service to encourage residents to take an active role in their health. WWNY TV 7 and WNYF Fox 28 is a proud media sponsor of this year’s series.

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, 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.). Both events are scheduled at the Carthage Elks Lodge 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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‘A Weigh of Life’ Weight Management, Healthy Lifestyles Program Now Enrolling Participants in New Fall Session

12-Week Course Empowers Wellness, Starts Oct. 3 at Carthage Hospital’s Main West Street Campus

As the holiday season fast approaches, Carthage Area Hospital’s Nutrition Services team welcomes members of the community to “fall into wellness” and enroll in its “Weigh of Life” weight-management and healthy lifestyle program.

A new 12-week class kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m. at the hospital’s main campus, 1001 West St., Carthage.

“The holidays can be a stressful time of the year for anyone who’s working to improve their health and lose weight,” said Director of Nutrition Services Carly R. Draper, RD, CDN, CDE. “A Weigh of Life empowers participants to develop healthy habits and prepares them for lasting success. This is a great opportunity to gain new tools before an often stressful time of the year.”

Draper is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator and will lead the fall program. Classes typically run an hour and are held weekly through Dec. 18.

Each session features an interactive lesson, food diary review, a weigh-in, and an opportunity to ask and receive feedback and coaching from a supportive instructor. The course includes a wide range of topics aimed at helping participants succeed in making a lasting lifestyle change.

During the 12-week program, participants will learn, among other topics: Steps to successful weight management; What fad diets are and why they don’t work; How to manage portions and read nutrition labels; Tools to overcome obstacles; The connection between food and mood; The power of positive thinking; How to control your weight without being hungry; Healthy ways to boost physical activity; The benefits of vegetarian proteins; How to eat healthy without breaking the bank; Tips to dine out sensibly; Smartly navigate the grocery store; Ways to maintain motivation and set reasonable goals.

Course registration is $60, or $5 per class — less than the cost of a typical meal at a fast-food restaurant. Some insurance providers cover weight-loss programs; contact them for details about policy benefits. The course fee is due in full at the first class meeting.

How to Register

Interested participants may register online at carthagehospital.com/weighoflifeform or email cdraper@cahny.org. Call 315-493-1000 and ask for the Nutrition Department to learn more or to register by phone. The deadline to register is noon, Monday, Oct. 2; space is limited.

Carthage Area Hospital’s Nutrition Services Team

Carthage Hospital’s team of Registered Dietitians guide patients in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They offer a personalized approach to meet individual nutrition needs and create eating plans that are easy to follow and monitor.

The hospital’s dietitians are food and nutrition experts who provide medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education for a wide range of medical conditions, including: diabetes, weight management, obesity, eating disorders, food allergies and nutritional support among others.

Registered Dietitians are available to meet patients at the hospital’s main campus, 1001 West St., as well as in outpatient clinics by appointment. Call 315-493-1000, ext.5468, 5470 or 5589 to schedule an appointment.

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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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.

Purchase Tickets Today

Call 315-493-0114 or email nburnham@cahny.org

 

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.

 

Dueling Pianos Sponsors

 

Presenting Sponsor

 

Baby Grand Sponsors

 

 

 

Anne Rohr

 

Upright Sponsors

 

 

 

Media Sponsors

 

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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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