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From left, Jim Brady, BS, RPh, Carthage Area Hospital director of pharmacy; Danielle Eisel, pharmacy student intern, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Christopher M. Bradley, PharmD, MBA, RPh, Carthage Area Hospital clinical pharmacist; Jamie Taylor, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputy; and Bonnie Fikes, New York State Sen. Patty Ritchie’s office. The group held a successful prescription drug take-back event on Thursday, May 4, collecting nearly 65 pounds of drugs at the main entrance of the hospital.

‘Shed the Meds’ Prescription Drug Take-Back Collects Nearly 65 Pounds of Unused, Unwanted and Expired Meds

Representatives from Carthage Area Hospital, State Sen. Patty Ritchie’s office and law enforcement collected 62.5 pounds of unused, expired or unwanted prescription medications during a “Shed the Meds” event at the hospital May 4.

The three-hour drug take-back held at the hospital’s main campus helped to eliminate the potential abuse of unwanted prescription medications while also protecting the environment and regional waterways from improper disposal.

“Responsibly disposing prescription drugs that are expired or unwanted is critical to protecting the environment, as well as public health and safety,” Sen. Ritchie said. “My sincere thanks to Carthage Area Hospital and local law enforcement for teaming up to help people ‘shed the meds,’ and safely get rid of medications they no longer need.”

The event offered people a safe, legal way to dispose of medications. Thursday was at least the third time since 2014 that Carthage Area Hospital, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Village of Carthage Police Department joined Sen. Ritchie to help North Country residents ‘shed the meds.’

“Last week’s hospital event was a huge success for the second consecutive year. It demonstrates our commitment to proper medication use as well as keeping our communities safe while guarding against unused and potentially dangerous prescription drugs falling into the wrong hands,” said hospital Clinical Pharmacist Christopher M. Bradley, PharmD, MBA, RPh. “My thanks to Sen. Ritchie’s office, as well as the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Department for coordinating the event with us.”

The hospital strives each day to promote the health and well-being of its communities. In June 2016, a similar event collected roughly 92 pounds of unwanted prescription medications. Sen. Ritchie’s office also facilitated that event.

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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From left, Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary member Ann Hancock introduces Michel Camidge, center, as the auxiliary “Senior Volunteer” award recipient while Yolanda Skvorak, Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary interim president, looks on.

Hospital Auxiliary Donates $6,000, Names Michel Camidge ‘Senior Volunteer’ of Year

A $6,000 gift from the Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary will help the hospital purchase additional patient transport wheelchairs.

From left, Yolanda Skvorak, Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary interim president, presents hospital CEO Rich Duvall with a $6,000 donation. The money will help the hospital pay for additional patient transport wheelchairs for use in hospital.

From left, Yolanda Skvorak, Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary interim president, presents hospital CEO Rich Duvall with a $6,000 donation. The money will help the hospital pay for additional patient transport wheelchairs for use in hospital.

The all-volunteer hospital auxiliary presented Carthage Area Hospital CEO Rich Duvall with a check during its annual meeting April 27 at the West Carthage Municipal Building.

“We appreciate the support of our very dedicated auxiliary. Our hospital is made stronger each day because of people like our volunteers who support our mission,” Duvall said. “Whenever the hospital needs something — big or small — our auxiliary never fails to answer the call to give. For that and so much more, we are sincerely grateful.”

The auxiliary also honored longtime member Michel Camidge, presenting her with a certificate of appreciation as its “Senior Volunteer” for her 25 years of volunteer service to the hospital. Camidge began volunteering at the hospital in 1988 and has continued off and on since.

“I am honored and humbled,” she said as auxiliary member Ann Hancock presented her with the award. “The hospital is a tremendous asset to the Carthage community. We are very lucky to have it here and it needs our support.” Camidge will continue to serve as the auxiliary’s vice president for the 2017-2018 year as well.

From left, Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary member Ann Hancock introduces Michel Camidge, center, as the auxiliary “Senior Volunteer” award recipient while Yolanda Skvorak, Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary interim president, looks on.

From left, Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary member Ann Hancock introduces Michel Camidge, center, as the auxiliary “Senior Volunteer” award recipient while Yolanda Skvorak, Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary interim president, looks on.

About the CAH Auxiliary

The Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary is comprised of men and women who volunteer to support the hospital and believe that it’s an integral part of their communities. Through their efforts, the auxiliary helps to purchase much-needed hospital equipment.

The auxiliary presents opportunities to interact with and meet new people, try out skills and uncover hidden talents to make valuable, personal contributions that help to improve the hospital. How much a member volunteers is up to the individual — a few hours a day, week, or month, or on a special project.

The cost to join is minimal: $5 for regular membership; $4 senior citizen and $50 for life membership. The auxiliary also manages the hospital gift shop, which provides moderately priced merchandise for staff and patients.

Contact the Auxiliary Membership Committee, 315-493-1000, ext. 5207, to learn more about becoming an auxiliary member.

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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‘Stroke Awareness: Always Hope’ Provider Forum Scheduled for May 24

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Carthage Area Hospital continues its monthly Community Engagement Series on Wednesday, May 24, with a provider discussion focused on stroke prevention, awareness, care and rehabilitation.

“Stroke Awareness: Always Hope” 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 and beverages.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report stroke as the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, linked to some 130,000 fatal cases annually,” said Natalie Burnham, Carthage Area Hospital director of patient, community and employee engagement. “Knowing what to do if a stroke occurs is critical. Our clinical team will present life-saving information that could make all the difference when you need it most.”

Through the Community Engagement Series, Burnham said, hospital officials hope to connect residents with providers in a casual setting where people can comfortably ask questions and engage more completely with clinicians. The stroke event is the third of 10 slated this year.

“We have a wealth of information to share that can improve people’s health,” she said. “This is a chance for residents to access our providers when they aren’t being seen for an appointment.”

The hospital is pleased to introduce four highly qualified speakers from its team who will discuss a range of stroke-related topics, including: prevention, awareness, nutrition, rehabilitation and medications.

Dr. Leilani Garcia, internal medicine, will present “Stroke: Everything you should and need to know;” Susie Kim, MS, RD, CDN, a Board Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, will discuss the role of nutrition in stroke prevention and treatment; Cheryl Tousant, PT, DPT, Carthage Area Hospital’s director of physical therapy, will discuss physical activity, its impact on stroke prevention, and physical rehabilitation after a stroke; and Christopher Bradly, PharmD, MBA, will present “Stroke prevention: A Pharmacists’ perspective.”

Space is limited. Call 315-493-1000, ext. 5209, to reserve your seat today or register online at www.carthagehospital.com/stroke. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, May 19. WWNY TV 7 and WNYF Fox 28 is a proud media sponsor of the Community Engagement Series.

Speaker Information:

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Leilani Garcia, M.D. – Internal Medicine and Hospitalist Program Director

Topic: Stroke: Everything you should and need to know

Bio: Dr. Leilani Garcia is a doctor of internal medicine who joined Carthage Area Hospital in 2015. She earned a Doctor of Medicine from The American University of Antigua’s College of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine with Pinnacle Health Systems, Harrisburg, Pa. Her specialty has required extensive training in the management of both acute and chronic health disorders. She provides short- and long-term, comprehensive medical care in managing both common and complex illnesses of adolescents, adults and the elderly. Dr. Garcia is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She also serves as Carthage Area Hospital’s Hospitalist Program Director.

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Susie Kim, MS, RD, CDN, CNSC – Clinical Nutritionist

Topic: The role of nutrition in stroke prevention and treatment

Bio: Susan “Susie” Kim is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist and Board Certified Nutrition Support Clinician who joined the Carthage Area Hospital’s Clinical Nutrition team in 2017. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She earned a Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Colorado State University. Susie is a Denver, Colo., native who moved to the North Country with her fiancée in 2016. She provides nutritional services in the community and the hospital’s school-based health centers. Susie enjoys gardening, animals, cooking and baking and has a knack for arts and crafts.

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Cheryl Tousant, PT, DPT – Doctor of Physical Therapy and Director of Physical Therapy

Topic: Physical activity, its impact on stroke prevention, and rehabilitation after a stroke

Bio:  Cheryl Tousant, PT, DPT, is the Director of Physical Therapy at Carthage Area Hospital. She graduated from Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Doctor of Physical Therapy. She joined Carthage Area Hospital in 2009 and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She specializes in geriatric care for the older adult population (ages 65-plus), including interventions and education for fall risk reduction, and reconditioning older adults. She is an advocate for Evidence-Base Practice, which combines cutting edge assessments using standardized outcome-based measurements and functional interventions. She is a firm believer in patient-centred care.

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Dr. Christopher Bradley, PharmD, MBA – Clinical Pharmacist

Topic: Breathing Better: An overview of Respiratory System Medications

Bio: Dr. Christopher Bradley is the Clinical Pharmacist at Carthage Area Hospital. A Watertown native, he joined the hospital team in 2015. 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 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.

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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Community Event will ‘Clear the Air’ on Asthma

Carthage Area Hospital continues its 2017 Community Engagement Series on Wednesday, April 26, with a focus on asthma awareness and respiratory health.

“Let’s Talk About Asthma” 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 buffet dinner and beverages.

“This series is presented as a public service to encourage residents to take an active role in their health,” said Natalie Burnham, Carthage Area Hospital director of patient and community engagement. “An informed patient fills an important seat on his or her healthcare team.”

The Hospital is pleased to introduce five dynamic speakers from its staff of providers who will discuss a range of asthma-related topics, including: childhood asthma, adult asthma, respiratory medications, and the impact that respiratory conditions have on breathing.

Dr. Diane Jones, D.O., pediatric physician and director of the Carthage Pediatric Clinic, will speak about childhood asthma; Christopher Mueller, RPA-C, and Kelsey Mollura, PA, both physician assistants at the Carthage Family Health Center, will speak about adult asthma; Dr. Christopher Bradley, PharmD, MBA, a clinical pharmacist at Carthage Area Hospital, will provide an overview of respiratory system medications; and Dr. Cheryl Tousant, PT, DPT, director of physical therapy at Carthage Area Hospital, will discuss how breathing affects respiratory conditions.

Space is limited. Call 315-493-1000, ext. 5209, to reserve your seat today or register online at www.carthageareahospital.com/asthma. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, April 21. WWNY TV 7 and WNYF Fox 28 is a proud media sponsor of the Community Engagement Series.

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Dr. Diane Jones, D.O. – Pediatric Physician

Topic: Childhood asthma

Bio: Dr. Diane K. Jones, D.O., is director of the Carthage Pediatric Clinic. She graduated from Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1998. She earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, in 2001 and completed her pediatric residency at The Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. She is Board-Certified in Pediatrics and has practiced pediatric medicine for 15 years. Dr. Jones joined Carthage Area Hospital after completing 19 years of active military service with the United States Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. While serving in the Army, she was Chief of Pediatrics at the United States military Academy at West Point, and later, Chief of Pediatrics at Fort Drum, N.Y. She was responsible for delivering top-notch care and attending to the medical needs of active duty family members in busy, high-profile pediatric clinics. Dr. Jones is returned to Northern New York with her husband, Jason, and their children, Ethan, Connor and Meghan.

 

Christopher Mueller, RPA-C – Physician Assistant

Topic: Adult asthma

Bio: Mr. 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.

 

Dr. Christopher Bradley, PharmD, MBA – Clinical Pharmacist

Topic: Breathing Better: An overview of Respiratory System Medications

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.

 

Dr. Cheryl Tousant, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist

Topic: How breathing affects respiratory conditions

Bio:  Dr. Cheryl Tousant, PT, DPT, is the Director of Physical Therapy at Carthage Area Hospital.

Dr. Tousant graduated from Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Doctor of Physical Therapy. She joined Carthage Area Hospital in 2009 and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She specializes in geriatric care for the older adult population (ages 65-plus), including interventions and education for fall risk reduction, and reconditioning older adults. She is an advocate for Evidence-Base Practice, which combines cutting edge assessments using standardized outcome-based measurements and functional interventions. She is a firm believer in patient-centred care.

 

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.

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