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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

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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Carthage Area Hospital Introduces Upcoming Women’s Wellness Series

Carthage Area Hospital is pleased to introduce its 2017 Women’s Wellness Series. These events are 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. All events are presented by experts at Carthage Area Hospital.


Women’s Wellness Series



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

“Staying Spunky Till Spring”

Carthage Elks Lodge


It’s dark. It’s snowing. It’s the doom and gloom. Let’s learn how to “Stay Spunky Till Spring”! Experts from Carthage Area Hospital’s Behavioral Health Center will give tips and tricks on how to stay positive and learn about ways to get through the dreaded dreary months of winter.

 Click here to register



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 exercise demonstrations to nutrition tips – all things to help keep your heart healthy at any age

 Click here to register


To register for any of these events, please click on any of the links above or call 315-493-1000 ext. 5209 and leave your name, event you’d like to attend, and a phone number. These are free events and food and snacks are included.


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Carthage Area Hospital Welcomes New Nutritionist

Susan Kim, MS, RD, CDN, CNSC is the newest addition to the Clinical Nutrition Department at Carthage Area Hospital.  Susie is a Denver native who just moved to the North Country this summer with her fiancée and has been working to provide additional nutritional services in the community and at the hospital’s school-based health centers. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  She then continued her education through Colorado State University where she received her Master’s Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition.  Susie is also a Board Certified Nutrition Support Clinician.

Susie loves gardening, animals, cooking & baking, and has a knack for arts and crafts.  “I’m excited to explore Northern New York and get to know the community,” Kim said.

“Susie has great passion for community health and nutrition and comes to us with some new and fun ways to get involved in the community.  We are excited to welcome Susie to our team and look forward to the new projects and programs that we’ll be able to achieve having her support,” said Carly Draper, RDN, CDE, and Director of Clinical Nutrition.

To learn more about Carthage Area Hospital’s Nutrition Department, please visit or call 315-493-1000.

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Carthage Behavioral Health Introduces New Providers

Carthage Area Hospital is pleased to introduce, Jenna Evans, LMSW and Andrew Petersen, Psychotherapist, LMSW to their Carthage Behavioral Health team located at 3 Bridge St. in Carthage. Both providers are now seeing patients.



Jenna Evans, LMSW

Ms. Evans, LMSW, originally from Cortland, NY, obtained her Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California. She comes to us from the Community Clinic of Jefferson County. In her leisure time, she enjoys being by the water, spending time with her family, and watching movies. Jenna’s specialties include Military Social Work to include children, families, and adults.


Andrew Petersen, Psychotherapist, LMSW


Mr. Peterson, LMSW, originally from Queens, NY, obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and his Masters of Clinical Social Work from Touro Graduate School of Social Work in New York City. Mr. Peterson comes to us from the Children’s Home of Jefferson County where he was a Pediatric Therapist. He is continuing his education at Jefferson Community College with the intention of starting the RN to MS Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. Mr. Peterson’s specialties include Attachment and Psycho Dynamic Therapeutic Orientation, Trauma, Children and Adolescence, Personality Disorders, Couples, Families, Foster Care, and Reactive Attachment Disorder. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing guitar, harmonica, singing, video games, literature, and continued work through self-study and training to better hone his skills as a psycho-dynamic therapist.


Contact Information

The Carthage Behavioral Health Clinic is located at the Hospital’s Professional Building at 3 Bridge St. in Carthage. Patients can call 315-493-3300 to schedule an appointment. The Clinic is open Monday-Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm. Click here for more information on Carthage Behavioral Health.

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Carthage Area Hospital Bringing Back 12-week “Weigh of Life” Weight Management Course to the Community

There’s no better time to ensure you keep your New Year’s Resolutions than by joining Carthage Area Hospital’s “Weigh of Life” course – a 12-week weight management program to begin immediately following the start of the New Year on Monday, January 2, 2017. The course will be held each Monday from 5pm-6pm until March 20, 2017 and taught by a Registered Dietician. There’s a small fee of $5/class for a total of $60 for the entire program. That’s the cost of what you would pay for two medium-sized coffees from your local coffee shop.

How Can You Sign Up?

Participants can register by emailing or by calling 315-493-1000 and asking for the Nutrition Department. Registrations are due by the 28th of December

Cost is $60

What You Receive

Each session will include an interactive lesson, food diary review, weigh-in, and an opportunity to ask and receive feedback from a Registered Dietitian (RD). Participants will receive all the tools they need to make a long-term lifestyle change. During the 12 weeks, participants will learn the following:

  • Steps to successful weight management
  • What are fad diets & why they don’t work
  • Portion control & reading nutrition labels
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • The connection between food & mood
  • Thinking positively
  • Control your weight without being hungry
  • Boosting physical activity
  • Vegetarian proteins
  • Eating healthy without breaking the bank
  • Eating out sensibly
  • Maintaining your motivation.


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Auxiliary’s Holiday Bazaar Scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2016

The Holiday Season brings the popular Holiday bazaar and bake sale held by the Carthage Area Hospital (CAH) Auxiliary. Mark your calendar for Friday, December 2, 2016 from 8am-3pm. The event will be held in the hospital’s main entrance.

A large variety of homemade baked goods, candies, crafts, and Holiday decorations will be on sale. Christmas wreaths and mistletoe are available, but must be ordered as soon as possible by calling 315-788-9266. Public donations are welcome. Donations should be brought to the hospital the evening before or the morning of the sale. Please do not bring items that need refrigeration.

There will also be raffle items, including a Roomba mopping system, floral arrangements, and gift baskets with everything from hair care, tea, and wine.

Monetary donations may be made to the CAH Auxiliary and mailed to Debbie Owens at 30428 Route 12 Watertown, NY 13601.



Media Contact:                                                               

Donna Hansen

CAH Auxiliary

Publicity Chair


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