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Immunizations Community Engagement Series Forum Canceled This Week

Carthage Area Hospital’s Community Engagement Series forum “Immunizations: What’s Required for School & College,” scheduled for this Wednesday, July 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Carthage Elks Lodge, is canceled.

The hospital will consider the topic at a future Community Engagement Series event. Information will be posted to the hospital’s website and social media channels as it becomes available.

The next Community Engagement Series forum, “Healthy Babies, Healthy Moms,” is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the main courtyard at the hospital, 1001 West St., Carthage. The event is a baby shower-themed evening aimed educating new and expectant mothers about resources available to care for their newborn children. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, Aug. 18. Call 315-519-5209 to register today or visit carthagehospital.com to learn more.

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, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. Each month, 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 autumn 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., unless otherwise noted 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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Carthage Area Hospital Launches ‘Health Beats’ News Magazine

Twice Annual Publication Connects Community,
Patients with Hospital Services, Health Education  

Carthage Area Hospital this month unveiled the premiere issue of “Heath Beats” magazine, an upscale publication aimed at educating the community and patients on available hospital services and providers.

The hospital will publish “Health Beats” twice annually, once in the summer and once in the fall. The next issue is scheduled for release in mid-October. The premiere issue is 16 pages and was mailed to roughly 13,000 households across the hospital’s service area and distributed to internal and external stakeholders.

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The cover story offers readers an exclusive look at the hospital’s orthopedic services and profiles upper extremity specialist and surgeon Dr. Nata Parnes. Feature stories include spotlights on the hospital’s emergency, obstetrics and clinical nutrition teams, as well as a look at Carthage Area Hospital’s  Meadowbrook Terrace assisted living facility, the Hospital Auxiliary and Foundation.

“I am excited to introduce ‘Health Beats’ to our communities,” Carthage Area Hospital CEO Rich Duvall said. “Each day, our nearly 450 dedicated employees contribute in inspiring ways to the Carthage Hospital story. Our magazine gives us a new vehicle to help tell our story and educate residents about our talented, compassionate staff and wide range of services available right here in Carthage.”

Contact the hospital’s marketing team to be added to the mailing list for future issues at tscanlin@cahny.org or keysaman@cahny.org. Visit issuu.com/cahhealthbeats/docs/summer2017 to read a digital edition of the magazine.

Nearly four months in development, the magazine is an undertaking of the hospital’s marketing team and was led by Ken Eysaman, Carthage Area Hospital strategic communications associate. Eysaman joined the marketing team in February after a 21-year career in media that included the last six years as founding editor of Johnson Newspaper Corporation’s NNY Magazines among other assignments as a daily and weekly news reporter and editor in the Boston, Denver and Atlanta markets.

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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‘Brews & Bros’ Men’s Health Awareness Speaker Forum Set for June 28

To commemorate national Men’s Health Month, Carthage Area Hospital will feature a provider discussion on Wednesday, June 28, focused on common men’s health issues as part of its monthly Community Engagement Series.

“Man Up for Your Health with Brews & Bros” 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 and craft beer tastings. All ages are welcome to attend, though complimentary beer tastings are limited to those 21 and older.

“Many health statistics about our population’s men are alarming. The good news is that education and awareness can help those we love from becoming statistics,” said Natalie Burnham, Carthage Area Hospital director of patient, community and employee engagement. “Early detection begins with regular checkups and screenings and can prevent many conditions.”

Carthage Area Hospital began its Community Engagement Series this year in an effort to bring residents and providers together in a stress-free environment and to offer an opportunity for people to engage with clinicians and comfortably ask questions. The men’s health event is the fourth of 10 events scheduled this year.

“People are more likely to walk away having learned something valuable when the event is relaxed and informal,” Burnham said.

The hospital is pleased to introduce a pair of highly qualified speakers from its team who will discuss a range of men’s health-related topics, including overall men’s health and prostate health.

Dr. Felix T. Oben, FACS, board-certified urologist, will present “Prostate health: What you should know at any age” and Christopher Mueller, RPA-C, a primary and emergency care physician assistant, will present “Overall men’s health: From prevention and wellness to common issues men face as they age.”

Attendees will be given the chance to submit written questions anonymously to both providers when they check in for the event.

Space is limited. Call 315-519-5209, to reserve your seat today or register online at www.carthagehospital.com/bros. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, June 23. WWNY TV 7 and WNYF Fox 28 is a proud media sponsor of the Community Engagement Series.

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Speaker Information:

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Felix T. Oben, M.D., FACS — Board-Certified Urologist

Topic: Prostate health: What you should know at any age

Bio: Dr. Felix T. Oben is a Board-Certified urologist who joined Carthage Area Hospital in June 2015. He earned a Medical Doctorate at the University of Yaounde, Republic of Cameroon, in October 1990. In 1998, he earned permanent certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. From 1998 to 1999, Dr. Oben was a surgical intern at Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C., completing a general surgery residency in 2000. In 2002, he passed his United States Medical Licensing Exam. In 2004, Dr. Oben completed a four-year residency in urology at Howard University Hospital. Dr. Oben maintains active medical and surgical licenses in New York, is a member of the Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology.

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Christopher Mueller, RPA-C — Primary & Emergency Care Physician Assistant

Topic: Overall Men’s Health: From Prevention and Wellness to Common Health Issues Men Face as They Age

Bio: Christopher M. Mueller is a nationally certified physician assistant at Carthage Family Health Center and the Carthage Area Hospital Emergency Department. Mr. Mueller earned an Associate of Applied Science from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn., and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants and the Society of Army Physician Assistants. He recently retired from the United States Army after 22-plus years of active duty service, serving in multiple capacities. He lives in the North Country with his wife and four children.

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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Carthage Area Hospital’s Weekly Farmers Market Returns for the Season

Local residents can once again enjoy seasonal fresh, locally grown produce from “Down to Earth” Gardens Co-Op as the farmers market returns Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the former lobby at Carthage Area Hospital, 1001 West St.

As part of its farm-to-table initiative launched in 2016, the hospital established a weekly farmers market to accommodate its employees and the community at large who were unable to attend the Carthage Famer’s Market on Fridays at the Carthage Pavilion.

“Hospital Dietary Director Richard Fields approached me with this idea in 2015 and he worked diligently with his team for more than a year before it was thoughtfully introduced last June,” Carthage Area Hospital CEO Rich Duvall said. “This fresh market program aligns with the population health initiative the Department of Health has instituted. It’s a great alternative for our patients and our communities while also supporting local farmers at the same time.”

“Down to Earth” Garden Co-op is comprised of several regional Amish families. This collaboration allows them to meet the hospital’s demand. Their goal was to “help keep the small family farms stay alive.”

The variety of foods available varies depending on what’s in season at the moment to include lettuce, kale, spinach, strawberries, and more. Free valet parking is available at the hospital. Patrons should bring their own bag for their produce and cash as the market does not accept other forms of payment.

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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Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry to Provide ‘Hugs of Love’ Pendants to Mothers of Newborns at Carthage Area Hospital

Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry, Watertown, and Carthage Area Hospital announced this week a partnership to provide complimentary “Hugs of Love” pendants to mothers of newborns.

The sterling silver pendants and chain depict parents hugging their children, celebrating the first moment a parent holds their child. The necklaces are available in one- and two-parent versions with up to four children.

The hospital’s maternity staff will provide each mother with a certificate to redeem for a “Hugs of Love” pendant of their choice at Perrywinkle’s after their stay and recovery. The Watertown store is located at 21875 Towne Center Drive at the entrance to Target Plaza.

“We just want to be a part of their growing family,” said Shana Bates, Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry sales manager.

A close-up shot of the “Hugs of Love” pendants. Mothers may choose from one- and two-parent versions with up to four children. The pendants also symbolize the importance of skin-to-skin contact for a baby.

A close-up shot of the “Hugs of Love” pendants. Mothers may choose from one- and two-parent versions with up to four children. The pendants also symbolize the importance of skin-to-skin contact for a baby.

Carthage Area Hospital Obstetrics Nurse Manager Mindi Beebe, R.N., said she and the maternity team “sincerely appreciate the new partnership with the jewelry store.”

“This is a very special way to celebrate our mothers,” Beebe said.

The hospital’s obstetrics unit this year celebrates the 10th anniversary of a major renovation that transformed its patient rooms into eight private labor, delivery and recovery 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. Several suites also contain Jacuzzi tubs, in which women may labor.

About Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry

Burlington, Vt.-based Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry is part of the Sporn Co., a growing company of fine jewelers led by CEO Perry Sporn. In 2016, the Sporn Co. purchased Bixler’s Jewelers, Allentown, Pa. Founded in 1785, Bixler’s is considered the oldest jewelry store in the United States. Perrywinkle’s operates retail stores in Watertown, Plattsburgh and Burlington.

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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Nursing Supervisor Manager Mary F. Kleinhans, RN, BSN, Caps 44-year Career in Retirement from Carthage Area Hospital

Hospital leadership, medical, and support staff gathered this week to honor Mary F. Kleinhans, RN, BSN, for her 16 years of service to Carthage Area Hospital, its patients and the community during a retirement celebration.

Kleinhans retired today after 44 years as a registered nurse, supervisor and manager, first at the former E.J. Noble Hospital in Alexandria Bay, and at Carthage Hospital since 2001.

“We come together to honor a woman who has served our patients with compassion and professionalism,” Chief Executive Officer Rich Duvall said. “We sincerely thank you, Mary, for your dedicated service during an honorable career as a registered nurse.”

Carthage Area Hospital Chief Executive Officer Rich Duvall congratulates hospital Nursing Supervisor Manager Mary F. Kleinhans, RN, BSN. Kleinhans retired this week after 16 years at Carthage Hospital and 44 years working as a nurse in Northern New York.

Carthage Area Hospital Chief Executive Officer Rich Duvall congratulates hospital Nursing Supervisor Manager Mary F. Kleinhans, RN, BSN. Kleinhans retired this week after 16 years at Carthage Hospital and 44 years working as a nurse in Northern New York.

Duvall said nurses like Kleinhans embody the character of such figures as Florence Nightingale, a 19th-century English woman widely known as the “founder of modern nursing.” Nightingale was instrumental in helping to shape the nursing profession for women. Duvall presented Kleinhans with a plaque “for meritorious service” and a certificate of merit from New York State Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, R-Black River, honoring her career.

“We will miss Mary’s tireless hand and experienced voice as a leader and mentor to so many of our younger nurses and staff,” Duvall said. “She is a passionate caretaker of those who seek help at our hospital,”

Kleinhans said she was drawn to nursing as a young woman while growing up in the St. Lawrence County community of Morristown. She graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1973 as a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

“I always had an interest in the sciences,” she said of her career choice. “Then it gelled into nursing science while I was in college.”

While she plans to “finally tackle several house and garden projects,” Kleinhans said she will “genuinely miss the people” with whom she’s worked at Carthage Hospital.

To those considering a call to the nursing profession, Kleinhans offered some advice: “Really look at all the different aspects of nursing that are available today. There are so many more opportunities for young people than when I started.”

Kleinhans is married to Eugene “Gene” Kleinhans. The couple lives in Redwood.

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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