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Sweet Music Echoed Support for the American Heart Association at Carthage Area Hospital’s 2nd Annual Karaoke Contest

With 30 acts and more than 100 people in attendance, the 2nd annual “Sing Your Heart Out” Karaoke Contest was a hit with karaoke lovers and spectators alike. Approximately $1,100 was raised from entry fees, donations, and a 50/50 raffle for the American Heart Association.

The contest kicked off at 7:30 p.m. at Savory Downtown, Watertown. Carthage Area Hospital Marketing Director Taylour L. Scanlin and Tunes 92.5 FM’s DJ Johnny Keegan opened the night with a short rendition of “Don’t go breaking my heart,” by Elton John. Karaoke was provided by Constant Velocity DJ Service.

Contestants competed for top prizes, including “Best Solo,” “Best Duo,” and “Most Entertaining.” They were scored based on vocal ability, stage presence, and crowd response. Celebrity judges sat on the sideline while offering their opinions on several acts. Judges included Stacy Spaziani American Heart and Stroke Association regional director; ABC 50 TV personality Alex Hazard; and local musician Chris LaVancha.



Best Solo – Gabrielle Daniels, Watertown – “Hallelujah” by Alexandra Burke – $100

Best Duo – Bill Blunden, Carthage, and Danielle Campbell, Harrisville – “Love Shack” by the B-52’s – $50/person

Most Entertaining – Jessica Whitemore, Black River – “Last Dance” by Donna Summer – $50


“Carthage Area Hospital has been a strong supporter of the North Country Heart Walk and American Heart Association. We all had a great time and are incredibly grateful for their donation,” said Stacy Spaziani, Regional Director of the American Heart and Stroke Association.

Sponsors included Tunes 92.5 FM, Savory Downtown, and ABC 50 TV and Constant Velocity DJ Service.

Carthage Area Hospital is a major sponsor of the North Country Heart Walk and raises money throughout the entire year to support the cause.

This year’s Heart Walk takes place Saturday, April 29 at Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown. Visit to learn more about the North Country Heart Walk, sponsor a team, or join the effort today. The Heart Walk is one of the largest single-day fundraisers for the American Heart and Stroke Association, raising more than $250,000 annually. This year’s fundraising goal is $280,000.


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Sing Your Heart Out for Heart Disease at Carthage Area Hospital’s 2nd Annual Karaoke Contest

It’s time to sing your heart out for heart disease at the 2nd Annual “Sing Your Heart Out” Karaoke Contest on Friday, April 7, 2017, at Savory Downtown starting at 7:30 p.m. to benefit the North Country Heart Walk.

Karaoke lovers are invited to belt out their favorite tune for cash prizes. Contestants can win $100 for “Best Solo Performance;” $50/person for “Best Duet,” and $50 for “Most Entertaining.” However, if singing isn’t your forte, the public is invited to sit back and enjoy a night of entertainment for a great cause.

Singers and spectators can RSVP online at, call 315-519-5211 or email with their name, phone number, and song choice, if applicable. Singers must submit their song choice ahead of time to ensure the DJ has the song available. If a song is not chosen ahead of time, the contestant will have to pick from the DJ’s list of available songs. Admission for singers and spectators is $10/person or $15/couple.

Tunes 92.5 FM’s DJ Johnny Keegan and Carthage Area Hospital’s Marketing Director and local singer Taylour Scanlin will host the event. There will also be celebrity judges. Judges include Alex Hazard from ABC50 TV, Chris LaVancha, local musician and Stacy Spaziani, North Country Heart Walk organizer.

Sponsors include Tunes 92.5 FM, Savory Downtown, and ABC50. Constant Velocity will provide DJ services.

Carthage Area Hospital is a major sponsor of the North Country Heart Walk and raises money throughout the entire year to support the cause.

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Carthage Area Hospital Foundation Sets the Stage with Comedy Night

The Carthage Area Hospital Foundation is proud to host its 9th annual Comedy Night Show on Saturday, April 1, at the Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St.

Comedy Night is a live, fall-out-of-your-seat laugh fest that features the incredible hilarious comedic talents of two national and New York City circuit comedians.

The event continues to gain traction as an evening of community fellowship and laughter with proceeds benefitting the Carthage Area Hospital Foundation. Money raised from this year’s event has been earmarked to purchase a GE Panda Infant Warmer for the Hospital’s Obstetric (OB) Unit.

The evening kicks off with a “mix-and-mingle” happy hour followed by an Italian-themed buffet dinner prepared by Chef Kyle Pleskach.

Event host and Carthage native Matt Rohr will provide witty banter and laughs with professional comedians Vinnie Mark and Kevin Downey Jr. who will keep the crowd roaring with their sidesplitting comedic style.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a “mix-and-mingle” hour to get the “funny bones” nice and loose; Italian-themed buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. and featured show at 7:30 p.m.

Comedy Night is made possible through the generous support of Slack Chemical, presenting sponsor, and many other business partners, including: Caskinette’s Ford, CREG Systems, Promised Land Retreat Center & Leeann’s Therapeutic Massage, Community Bank, Bousquet Holstein PLLC, Burke Group, Northern Credit Union, AmeriCU Credit Union, Bowers & Company CPAs, Fuller Insurance Agency, and Barrett Paving Materials.

Tickets for 250 guests are on sale through the Carthage Area Hospital Foundation, 315-493-0114, or e-mail The deadline to RSVP is Tuesday, March 28.

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

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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Families Rest Easy With Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary Donation

Thanks to a generous gift from the Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary, family members of those admitted for inpatient care can comfortably rest alongside their loved ones.

In December, the Hospital’s Auxiliary announced that it would donate $10,000 to purchase equipment or supplies aimed at improving patient care and the healthcare experience. Through an internal needs assessment, hospital staff determined that the purchase of sleeper chairs for patient rooms would bolster the family-friendly environment of Carthage Area Hospital.

The Auxiliary donation financed six hospital-grade sleeper chairs from Stryker, a Kalamazoo, Mich.-based medical equipment supplier, which were delivered in early 2017 and placed in patient rooms. Like a traditional sofa bed, each chair easily folds out to a 6-foot-long twin bed that comfortably sleeps a single adult. Previously, the Hospital had only one sleeper chair.

Carthage Area Hospital Acute Inpatient Unit Nurse Manager Steve Hartley, R.N., said such thoughtful accommodation helps to reduce stress on patients, their family members and visitors, which often leads to improved patient outcomes.

“It’s much easier when you have the right equipment in place,” Hartley said. “A nurturing environment where family members are not pressured to leave adds a sense of calm.”

Caring for patients’ families is a hallmark of service at Carthage Area Hospital. Family members who wish to stay at the hospital with their loved ones need only ask Hospital staff and a sleeper chair will be moved into their room and made into a bed for them with clean linens and pillows.

Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary Vice President Michel Camidge said the sleep chairs have already made an impact on families and proven a worthwhile investment.

“The Auxiliary is proud help the Hospital improve its accommodations for patients and family members, especially when it means extra comfort during difficult times,” Camidge said.

Hartley thanked the Auxiliary for its support and added that the Hospital hopes to eventually equip each of its 17 Acute Inpatient Unit rooms with sleeper chairs.

“The Auxiliary is one of the most overlooked aspects of the Hospital,” Hartley said. “Their members do a tremendous amount of work for us.”

In March 2015 the Hospital purchased eight nightfall daybeds and mattresses for the maternity unit with a $6,000 Auxiliary donation.

The Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary is comprised of men and women volunteers who 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.

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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Patricia ‘Patty’ farmer, CNA Retires after nearly 31 Years of Service at Carthage Area Hospital

(Pictured left to right: Rich Duvall, CEO; Patricia Farmer, CNA; Beth Barnes, RN, COO; Mary Kleinhans, RN, Skilled Nursing Unit Manager)

Hospital staff, leadership and well-wishers gathered Thursday, March 2, 2017, to congratulate Patricia “Patty” Farmer, CNA, on nearly 31 years of service to Carthage Area Hospital, its patients and the community during a retirement celebration.

Chief Executive Officer Rich Duvall addressed the crowd: “We sincerely appreciate the more than three decades of continuous service that Patty gave our patients, the hospital and her community,” Duvall said.

“On March 1, Patty capped a career with the hospital team that she started in 1986. Her time was marked by faithful service and dedication to others, especially patients and residents of the Skilled Nursing Unit,” Duvall said.

Carthage Area Hospital operates a 30-bed Skilled Nursing Unit that provides 24-hour resident care in a nursing home setting on its main campus at 1001 West Street.

Mrs. Farmer worked in the Skilled Nursing Unit from September 1986 until her retirement. A Natural Bridge resident, she was educated in Carthage Central Schools and completed Certified Nursing Assistant training at Carthage Area Hospital shortly after she was hired.

Mrs. Farmer said “being with the people and the residents” at the hospital is a highlight of her service that she will genuinely miss. “Each day was great here,” she said.

Mrs. Farmer is married to Patrick Farmer, with whom she has two daughters, a son and four grandchildren. Her immediate plans include traveling to North and South Carolina, spending quality time with family and continuing her hobbies of gardening and knitting.

Carthage Area Hospital wishes Mrs. Farmer the best in happiness and health in her retirement.


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Cheryl VanCour, LPN Retires After 41 Years of Service at Carthage Area Hospital

Cheryl VanCour, LPN was greeted by a room full of her peers on Thursday, February 9, 2017 with a surprise party to celebrate her 41 years of service at Carthage Area Hospital.

Director of Patient and Community Engagement, Natalie Burnham addressed the crowd. “Today we have the pleasure of honoring Cheryl VanCour as she begins a new phase of her life,” Burnham said. “Cheryl has been a dedicated and hardworking employee at Carthage Area Hospital for 41 years. Always willing to do what is needed to take care of her patients and her co-workers.”

School Based Health Center Program Director, Melanie Saber echoed the sentiment. “We appreciate all of her hard work, dedication and passion for helping the children at the schools. She will be missed dearly by her entire team.”

Mrs. VanCour has worked in the following Departments/Clinics at Carthage Area Hospital: Medical/Surgical/Pediatrics (MSP), Critical Care Unit (CCU), Emergency Room (ER), the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Clinic and Beaver River School Based Health Center (SBHC).

“The hospital is pleased to have had Cheryl as a member of the hospital’s team for all of these years. We’re thankful for all that she has done for us, for being such an incredible employee, leader and role model,” Chief Operating Officer Beth Barnes said.

Carthage Area Hospital wishes Cheryl the very best, in happiness and health in her retirement.


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In Memoriam of JoAnn Zando

Unfortunately it is with a heavy heart the Carthage Area Hospital Foundation has to say good-bye to a wonderful community member and true Philanthropist, JoAnn Lyn Zando.  Life can certainly present brilliant and joyful people in our circle of friends and co-workers, and we were certainly blessed by having JoAnn as a Carthage Area Hospital Employee enriching our lives.

JoAnn L. Zando and her family established roots in the North Country moving to Carthage at the age of six years old.  In 1965 she married the love of her life Gino Zando, and had two children Craig and Christopher.  She was an intelligent woman with poise and grace earning an Associates of Science Degree in Accounting and Administration from Powelson Business Institute, Syracuse NY.  JoAnn worked in our community at Champion International in Deferiet prior to helping establish the Carthage Area Hospital Foundation in 1995 until her unfortunate passing January 30, 2017.  She truly was the Foundation “Cornerstone”, involved with every aspect of Foundation operations from the start!  JoAnn worked tirelessly with a level of detail to ensure fundraising events, building Campaigns / improvements, and other administrative tasks were always taken care of to the benefit of our Hospital.  Anyone that knew of the Foundation and its mission immediately could associate JoAnn’s name and personality being integrated with every aspect of bettering the Hospital and the Carthage Community.  JoAnn was that person to put her heart and soul into everything she did for the Foundation.  Quite simply she was kind, approachable, always willing to help out, and just made life better for those around her.

JoAnn was a community volunteer and was serving on her seventh term as a Deferiet Board of Trustee.  She also served 15 years as a Board of Directors on the Miss New York State Scholarship Organization, and was an active member for over 20 years in the Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary serving on multiple committees in the Hospital.

JoAnn continually talked of family and her love as a mother and grandmother to her three grandchildren Marco, Ava, and Lucas who all live in New Jersey.  Our Carthage Area Hospital Family will certainly miss JoAnn Lyn Zando and know it’s a great loss for her family, the Foundation, and our community.  We are going to honor her memory by creating one of our Foundation Healthcare Scholarships in her name, a great legacy to remember and carry forward!

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Key to Your Heart Luncheon

Carthage Area Hospital is pleased to introduce its 2017 Women’s Wellness Series sponsored by a women’s health initiative grant from NYS Senator Ritchie’s Office.

Women of all ages are invited to learn how to live happier, healthier lives.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Heart Health Luncheon

Carthage Elks Lodge


It’s Carthage Area Hospital’s Annual Heart Health Luncheon! Learn how to prevent, manage, and control heart disease from the experts at Carthage Area Hospital. There will be heart health education, nutrition tips , and more– all things to help keep your heart healthy at any age.

Topics include:

  • Understanding Hypertension
  • Knowing Your Medications
  • Low Sodium/Low Fat Diet

To register, please register by clicking on the link below or call 315-493-1000 ext. 5211 and leave your name, event you’d like to attend, and a phone number. These is a free event and food and snacks are included.

Registration is Closed.


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Tiffany Cheal Named 2016 Employee of the Year at Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital has the honor of announcing Tiffany Cheal as the “2016 Employee of the Year.”  Tiffany has been with the organization for about 18 months.  She has served in multiple departments across the Hospital including Education, Accounting, Medical Records, Social Work, and now Human Resources.  She is gracious and kind to everyone and models the values of the organization.

“Tiffany is humble, hardworking, and is never afraid to roll-up her sleeves and get the hard work completed.  She’s a team player, is extremely helpful, and we are lucky to have her,” said Gary Rosenberg, Administrator of Support Services.

In 2016, the hospital recognized 23 people from across the organization as “Employees of the Month.”  They each deserve recognition. They include:  Shannon Zehr, Ryan Johnson, Ray Narrow, Tina Woodfolk, Bianca Boucher, Steve Hartley, Richard Fields, Chelsea Allen, Rob Nutter, Danyelle Mono, Jessica Harris, Tony Medina, Amber Siegel, Thea Durant, Tiffany Cheal, Kaitlyn Lee, Bonnie Walters, Joe G. Millard, Barb Rice, Rachael Hadley, Valerie Gamble, Sandy Allison, and Terrie Wood.  The hospital congratulates Tiffany and the entire 2016 roster of “Employees of the Month.” These awardees are shining examples of commitment to service and dedication to Carthage Area Hospital and the patients the hospital serves.

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Carthage Hospital Pediatrician Receives Board Certification

Carthage Area Hospital congratulates Pediatrician, Dionne Donald, M.D. on receiving her Board Certification in Pediatrics, conveying her continued devotion to expanding her proficiency in her specialty. She is now a “Diplomate” of the American Board of Pediatrics and is applauded by her fellow board certified colleagues.

Dr. Donald joined the Carthage Area Hospital team in 2014. She is a graduate from St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey, where she completed three years of training at their esteemed Pediatric Residency Program.  She received her Medical Degree from St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies.

Carthage Pediatrics’ Clinic Board Certified Staff Includes:

  • Diane Keating Jones, D.O., FAAP
  • Marlene Hajal-Mouaikel, M.D.
  • Dionne Donald, M.D.
  • Brandi Torres, MSN, CPNP-PC
  • Andrea Turo, RPA-C

Contact Information

The Carthage Pediatric Clinic is located at 117 N. Mechanic St. in Carthage. Patients can call 315-493-4187 to schedule an appointment. The Clinic is open Monday-Friday 7:00am – 5:00pm and is accepting same day and same week appointments. Little ones receive a free book after each visit. Books are donated by the Carthage Free Library. Click here to learn more.

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