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The Best Remedies for a Cold

Whether you’re snuggled up in bed or burning the midnight oil on a high-priority work project, getting sick with a cold is never a fun experience. However, there are a few at-home cold remedies that can help alleviate your symptoms and get you back on your feet in no time.

Chicken Soup

Relieve upper respiratory symptoms with a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup. This well-known home remedy not only helps clear nasal congestion, it also keeps you hydrated. Chicken soup also possesses mild anti-inflammatory properties.

Honey

This sticky and sweet substance contains various antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Honey is also an effective cough suppressant. Add it to your tea or eat a spoonful periodically to relieve a sore throat.

Vitamin C

Limes, grapefruit, leafy greens and lemons all contain this essential vitamin that your immune system needs. Help alleviate your cold symptoms, including congestion, by mixing fresh lemon juice into your water or consuming fruits high in vitamin C.

Over-the-Counter Medicine

When you have a cold, turn to OTC cold medicines to soothe your symptoms. Anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen, can help combat inflammation and reduce fevers, headaches and muscle aches. If you have a stuffy nose, look for decongestants, expectorants or nasal sprays. You may also want to pick up a cough suppressant to relieve an irritated throat. Unsure of which cold medications are right for you? Ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider.

When to See a Doctor

If you’re still sick after a few weeks or your sickness is coupled with difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, faintness or other severe symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor right away. At the Carthage Family Health Center, our primary care professionals can diagnose and treat your illness to put you on the road to recovery. Call us today at 315-493-4187 to schedule your sick visit.

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How to Avoid Slips and Falls

From tripping over a loose carpet to slipping on ice, accidents are just waiting to happen, and if you’re not careful, a slip and fall can lead to serious injury. Help prevent slip and fall accidents while at home and out and about with these suggestions.

Declutter Your Space

Piles of books and newspapers on the floor, phone cords and even pet bowls present a potential risk when it comes to slip and fall accidents. By removing unnecessary odds and ends from walkways, stairwells and other high-traffic areas, you can create a safe zone free of potential trip-causing objects.

Hold Onto Railings

Whether you’re climbing the stairs inside your home or walking up and down a ramp during the winter months, make sure to hold onto the rails to stop yourself from taking a tumble.

Use Proper Lighting

Walking around a dark room without any lights on is a recipe for disaster. Avoid hazards by ensuring that your home has adequate lighting, both inside and out. Porch lights are especially helpful when returning home after dark.

Rid Your Home of Throw Rugs

Just one wrong step on an unsecured throw rug can have you slipping and sliding. Stay out of harm’s way by removing throw rugs from your house. If you decide to keep your throw rugs, use double-sided tape to secure them to your floor.

Wear Proper Footwear

As you traverse icy or snowy terrain, it’s essential that you wear boots that supply you with greater traction. Around the house, you should also do away with flimsy slippers that can throw you off balance. Look for sturdy, solid footwear instead.

In the unfortunate event that you’re involved in a slip and fall accident, turn to Carthage Area Hospital’s in-patient and out-patient therapy services. Performed by NYS-licensed physical therapists and occupational therapists, our physical and occupational therapy services offer the highest quality of care. To learn more about our physical therapy program, call us today at 315-493-1000.

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THREE NORTHERN NEW YORK HOSPITALS ENTER INTO CLINICAL AFFILIATION AGREEMENTS WITH CROUSE HEALTH

Pact between Carthage Area Hospital, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, River Hospital and Crouse Health Strengthen Community Health Care Quality and Access While Maintaining Local Governance

NORTH COUNTRY, N.Y. – Today, the boards of directors of Carthage Area Hospital, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, River Hospital and Crouse Health announced clinical affiliations to enhance health care quality and access in Central and Northern New York. The agreement allows the three Northern New York hospitals to develop strong professional and clinical relationships between one another and Crouse Health in Syracuse. The affiliations do not represent a merger or acquisition, but instead will allow each institution to strengthen patient services and share best practices and expertise.

Under the affiliations, each institution will continue to operate as an independent, separately licensed community-based hospital and maintain its existing board governance structure. Additionally, each partner will continue singular responsibility for assets, operations, liabilities and budget. Labor agreements between each institution and its professional unions are unaffected.

“During the past three years, our team has worked hard to strengthen Carthage Area Hospital and cement a sustainable future,” said Richard A. Duvall, chief executive officer, Carthage Area Hospital. “From realigning the organization to serve its communities more efficiently and effectively to improving staff and finances, the board and leadership are confident that a clinical affiliation with Crouse Health, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and River Hospital will strategically position us for years to come.”

“Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center is committed to sustaining and enhancing the services we provide to our community,” said Nate Howell, president and chief executive officer, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center. “An affiliation with Crouse Health, further backed by Northwell Health, will provide the tools we will need to successfully navigate upcoming health care challenges. I am excited that this partnership will further align CHMC with Carthage and River Hospitals, as it will enable us to tailor efforts for the North Country as a region.”

“The river communities we serve are deeply aware of the need for, and value of, a strong local Critical Access Hospital. The affiliation strengthens River Hospital by providing our patients access to a whole new level of specialized care,” said Ben Moore, chief executive officer, River Hospital. “With the ability to access physicians at partner institutions and the availability of advanced telemedicine supported through Crouse Health’s affiliation with Northwell Health, our patients and neighbors will receive an unprecedented level of comprehensive and compassionate care through a trusted local institution.”

“Crouse Health is proud to be affiliating with Carthage Area Hospital, Claxton-Hepburn Hospital and River Hospital to enhance access to health care services in the North Country. Crouse shares many of the same attributes as these hospitals, including similar missions, open and transparent cultures and a focus on physician and employee engagement,” said Kimberly Boynton, Crouse Health president and CEO.

“Our focus will be on keeping health care local, where it belongs, but also offering the three hospitals the ability to develop relationships with Crouse for clinical programs or services that may not be available in the North Country, improve coordination of care, and take advantage of our partnership with Northwell Health,” said Seth Kronenberg, M.D., Crouse Health Chief Medical Officer. “The hospitals will also be able to collaborate to share best practices, both clinical and operational, and benefit from other economies of scale to ensure long-term financial, quality and operational sustainability.”

Through the affiliations, patients will gain access to specialized care and physicians throughout Central and Northern New York. They will be able to see specialists from the hospitals participating in the agreement when needed, either in the hospital, in physicians’ offices or through advanced telemedicine, which will be supported through Crouse Health’s affiliation with Northwell Health. This will enable quality diagnosis and treatment while eliminating unnecessary travel time or delays for patients in the North Country.

Crouse Health is a leading regional health care provider and a top 10 employer in Central New York, with 3,300 employees between two hospitals, Crouse and Community Memorial in Hamilton, N.Y., a combined medical staff of more than 900 physicians and multiple primary care sites.

The four institutions involved in the affiliations have a history of collaboration with each other and across the region. Such approaches are considered an important part of the future of health care.

In 2015, River Hospital and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center entered into a cooperative agreement to affiliate. Like the agreement announced today, the arrangement protects and enhances each organization’s respective mission, enhances the quality of services, increases efficiencies and lowers the cost of health care delivery in the St. Lawrence River region.

Carthage and Claxton-Hepburn obstetrics departments already partner with Crouse Health to ensure Northern New York patients receive the best possible perinatal and neonatal intensive care through Crouse’s state-designated regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and status as a Regional Perinatal Center. Because of this partnership, many Carthage and Claxton-Hepburn infants are treated in Crouse’s NICU every year.

River Hospital currently operates the country’s only civilian hospital-based outpatient PTS treatment program for active-duty military. Launched in February of 2013, the program initially served 10 soldiers a day from Fort Drum. Over the past three years the program has increased significantly. In 2016, River Hospital opened this program to veterans suffering from PTS.

In May, Crouse Health signed a similar clinical affiliation agreement with New Hyde Park, N.Y.–based Northwell Health. Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 22 hospitals, more than 550 outpatient practices and 62,000 employees. Northwell is also the nation’s 14th largest health system.

Northwell has significant experience and expertise in areas such as care management, quality improvement, population health, data analytics and other key areas that will be of significant benefit to both Crouse and the three partner hospitals as health care transitions from a fee-for-service to a value-based model of care delivery.

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 and employing more than 450 physicians, nurses and support staff. It is a top employer in Jefferson County with an annual payroll of roughly $26 million. 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.

About Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 115-bed community hospital. Claxton-Hepburn includes 67 acute-care beds, a 10-bed intensive care unit, a 10-bed birthing center, and a 28-bed mental health center. The Medical Center provides primary care to nearly 40,000 residents of Ogdensburg and surrounding communities and regional services to the 110,000 people of St. Lawrence County. It is the largest employer in Ogdensburg and in the top five employers in St. Lawrence County with nearly 800 employees. Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center has an active medical staff of more than 50 physicians representing most specialties. Regional and countywide services include radiation and medical oncology provided by the Richard E. Winter Cancer Center, dialysis treatment provided by the Dr. Ravinder N. Agarwal Renal Center, the Rev. Thomas T. Patterson Wound Healing Center, and a robotics surgery program.

About River Hospital

River Hospital was designated as a Critical Access Hospital in 2003. Licensed for 15 acute care and nine swing beds, River Hospital also operates an active Emergency Room. Primary Family Health Care; Behavioral Health Services including Child and Adolescent, Adult, Intensive Outpatient Program for Veterans and a Partial Hospitalization Program for Active-Duty Military; Laboratory; Physical Therapy; Respiratory Therapy; Ambulatory Surgery and Radiology services are available. In addition, River Hospital offers a variety of on-site specialty services, improving access to care and reducing the need to travel outside of this area for such quality care. For additional information, visit our website at www.riverhospital.org or call (315) 482-2511.

About Crouse Health
Crouse Health is a leading regional health care provider and a top 10 employer in Central New York, with 3,300 employees between two hospitals (Crouse and Community Memorial), a combined medical staff of more than 900 physicians and multiple primary care sites. Crouse is Central New York’s largest provider of maternity care services, delivering 4,000 babies annually, and is the designated regional referral center for high-risk neonatal intensive care services. Other areas of specialty include comprehensive diagnostic and interventional cardiac care (Crouse is home to CNY’s only pediatric cardiac catheterization program); internal medicine; surgical services (including the latest advancements in bariatric, GYN oncology and robotic surgery); orthopedics; neurosciences/stroke care; oncology; and the region’s only hospital-based chemical dependency treatment services for adolescents, adults and seniors. Crouse also operates the Pomeroy College of Nursing, providing nursing education to more than 300 students annually.

About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer and the 14th largest in the country, with 22 hospitals and more than 550 outpatient facilities. Its team cares for more than two million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Some 62,000 employees—15,000-plus nurses and nearly 3,400 physicians, including nearly 2,700 members of Northwell Health Physician Partners—are working to change health care for the better. Staff is making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute and training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.

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Carthage Area Hospital Sets Opening of New Hospital-Based Surgical Clinic for Oct. 23, Expands Group of General Surgeons

Carthage Area Hospital on Monday, Oct. 23, will open its new surgical clinic at the main hospital campus, 1001 West St., Carthage, providing patients with expanded access to care and more than doubling the number of general surgeons on staff.

The hospital’s present surgical clinic at 3 Bridge St. in the Carthage Professional Building will relocate from clinical space it has occupied since early 2008. The change brings the general surgery team to the hospital, under the same roof as its Ambulatory Surgical Unit, laboratory and medical imaging facilities.

The New York State Department of Health approved a Certificate of Need for the new surgical clinic early in October after a department official inspected the recently renovated clinical space in the hospital.

The move welcomes two new general surgeons, who in recent weeks began seeing patients at the Bridge Street location. They join the general surgery team through a partnership Carthage Area Hospital has forged with Bozeman, Mont.-based Synergy Surgicalists. The additional staff allows the hospital to provide patients with 24-hour access to general surgery for emergency procedures. It is also expected to lead to shorter wait times for patients who are seeking care for routine outpatient surgeries.

“Months in development, this investment puts our patients first while improving their access to quality surgical care in the local area,” Carthage Area Hospital Chief Executive Officer Rich Duvall said. “Patients can expect a greater availability of highly qualified surgeons and improved service without the burden of unnecessary travel to a facility out of the region.”

Joining the Carthage Surgical Clinic are Board-Certified General Surgeons Dr. Virginia McDougall and Dr. Jared Tomlinson. Dr. Marcia Chung, a general surgeon who has operated at Carthage Area Hospital since January 2014, remains on staff and will join Synergy’s Carthage-based team in November.

Some common surgeries the new team will perform include, but are not limited to: Cutaneous malignancies, lesions and infections; Soft tissue mass, infections and wounds; Breast biopsy (mass, infection) and mastectomy; Thyroid and parathyroid mass and surgical management; Gallbladder diseases; Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube; Small and large intestinal malignancies; Laparoscopic procedures (cholecystectomy, appendectomy, ventral hernia repairs); Advanced laparoscopic procedures (inguinal hernia, Nissen fundoplication, colectomy); Upper and lower endoscopies (colonoscopy); MediPort and central venous access; and Varicose veins.

The surgical clinic participates with most insurance programs, including TRICARE, Martin’s Point, Medicare and Medicaid. Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Call (315) 493-0110 for information how to obtain a referral to the Carthage Surgical Clinic today.

 

Carthage Surgical Clinic Providers

Virginia H. McDougall, M.D., FACS

Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine

General Surgery Residency: Louisiana State University School of Medicine

BSN: Louisiana State University School of Medicine

MSN: Louisiana State University School of Medicine

 

Marcia A. Chung, M.D.

Medical School: Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas, La Habana, Cuba

Internship: Georgetown Public Hospital, Georgetown, Guyana; Internship: The Brooklyn Hospital Center; General Surgery Residency: The Brooklyn Hospital Center

 

Jared A. Tomlinson, M.D.

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

General Surgery Residency: University of Rochester

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Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary to Host Dinner Theatre Event at Belva’s Sahara

Show dedicated to the late JoAnn Zando, longtime hospital employee

The Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary will host a dinner theater event featuring two one-act comedies at Belva’s Sahara Restaurant, Carthage, in September.

Guests will have two opportunities to catch the show. The first show is Sunday, Sept. 24, with lunch at 1 p.m. and the show at 2 p.m. The stage is set for the second show on Monday, Sept. 25, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m. Guests will be served a delicious harvest turkey meal at each performance and can buy tickets for a 50/50 raffle and gift baskets. Tickets are $25 per person for dinner/show.

Featured shows are: “A New Sunrise” by Herman Coble, produced through arrangements with Samuel French, Inc., and “I’m Herbert” by Robert Anderson, produced through arrangements with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Reservations must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18. Contact Yolanda Skvorak, Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary president, 315-493-2207 or Lori Ashcroft, Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary recording secretary, 315-519-5207 to buy tickets and select which day to attend.

Event proceeds benefit the Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary in memory of JoAnn Zando. Ms. Zando was tragically killed in a car crash last February and was a decades-long employee of Carthage Area Hospital and its Foundation.

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.  Membership dues assist with purchasing 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, special project or even belong as an inactive member.

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

Contact the Auxiliary at 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. Visit carthagehospital.com to learn more.

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Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary Mum Plant Sale Slated for September 7

The Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary’s Mum Sale is scheduled for Thursday, September 7, 2017, from noon to 6 p.m. in the hospital’s former entrance off West Street in Carthage.

Colors available this year include yellow, orange, violet, and burgundy. The cost per Mum plant is $6 for a 9-inch pot. Pre-sale orders can be made by calling Evelyn Peckham, 315-493-1223, or by contacting any other CAH Auxiliary member.

Sale proceeds benefit the Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary.

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. Visit carthagehospital.com to learn more.

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New York State Department of Health Approves Plan for Carthage Area Hospital to Close its Skilled Nursing Unit

Hospital to Relocate Residents; Staff have Opportunities for Reassignment

The New York State Department of Health today approved a plan for Carthage Area Hospital to close its Skilled Nursing Unit and begin a process of transferring residents to other local skilled nursing facilities in the region.

The hospital submitted a plan to the Department of Health in late March to close its Skilled Nursing Unit, citing long-term financial challenges brought by changing state and federal mandates. The hospital’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the closure plan before it reached state officials.

Numerous regulations with which nursing homes must comply have tightened financial pressures on facilities like the one at the hospital. Escalating costs have also driven smaller skilled nursing homes that lack economies of scale to evaluate efficiencies and make difficult business decisions. This, combined with declining cost-based reimbursement for services provided to nursing home residents, has made the hospital’s decision essential.

“Despite our unwavering commitment to quality resident care, it has grown evident in recent years that we are unable to continue to operate the unit,” said Rich Duvall, Carthage Area Hospital chief executive officer. “This decision, while heart-wrenching, will strengthen the long-term viability of Carthage Area Hospital for our communities and the many patients we serve.”

As articulated in its closure plan, Duvall underscored the hospital’s commitment to relocate each of its residents to other local facilities whenever possible in order to reduce stress on residents and families.

“We are saddened that our residents will have to be relocated,” Duvall said. “Our team will help each resident and his or her family through this process in an attempt to make the transition as seamless as possible.”

Each of the hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit’s 23 residents has been notified, as have their family members. Hospital staff is working with nearby facilities, including the 90-bed Country Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre adjacent to the hospital, to facilitate relocations.

Lewis County General Hospital’s 160-bed Residential Health Care Facility is another local facility that has offered to help. Michele Prince, interim chief executive officer in Lowville, pledged support to Carthage Hospital in its “request to the NYS DOH to close your Skilled Nursing Unit.”

“Our residential Health Care Facility is a family-oriented facility offering warm, state-of-the-art, comfortable care to individuals who need long-term or short-term 24-hour a day care,” Prince wrote in an April 3 letter to Carthage Hospital’s CEO.

Carthage Hospital has also sought support from leadership at Watertown’s Samaritan Health. Should space become available in one of the Samaritan facilities, the leadership there has offered to help.

Meanwhile, Carthage Hospital remains committed to delivering the highest quality resident care until its last resident is transferred.

“This decision will not impact the quality of our resident care or the compassion with which our staff provides care to our residents,” Duvall said. “Our team is fully invested until each resident is safely transferred.”

 

Impact to Carthage Hospital staff

The hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit presently employees a full-time staff of 17, a part-time staff of four and a per diem staff of three. All employees except one manager are each members of the Upstate/WNY Division of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East-New York. Hospital and labor union leadership are working together on opportunities for staff reassignments in other hospital departments.

“This move is not about eliminating jobs to save money,” Duvall said. “In fact, it’s quite the opposite. We remain optimistic that we have the potential to preserve jobs. It is a process that all parties are committed to seeing through.”

The hospital has identified several open positions throughout the organization at various skill levels and plans to offer new positions and/or transfers to those affected by the unit closure. The total number of job losses, if any, won’t be calculated until reassignments are confirmed and all Skilled Nursing Unit patients are transferred.

Hospital leadership has also garnered support from state legislative leaders, including Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, R-Black River, who said he would work to help the hospital limit the number of displaced workers.

 

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 Posts Positive Operating Performance, Board of Directors Approves Calendar Year Financial Audit

Hospital Closes 2016 with Operating Profit, Trend Continues in First Quarter

Carthage Area Hospital’s audited financial statements for calendar year 2016 report an operating profit of $432,188, the first time since 2009 that the organization has posted positive year-end operating performance.

The Board of Directors approved the calendar year 2016 audit during its monthly meeting in May. The hospital ended calendar year 2015 with an operating deficit of approximately $1.9 million. Hospital leadership attributes the financial improvement to continued stabilization since restructuring operations as well as increased utilization, especially in specialty care.

Operating income continues to show a positive trend in 2017. Quarterly operating profits at Carthage Area Hospital were $123,482 in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $839 for the same period last year. It is the first time since 2009 that the hospital posted an operating profit in successive months of a single quarter.

“While we are pleased with our continued positive financial results as we move into 2017, we are mindful of the work that must continue to cement a long-term sustainable future,” Carthage Area Hospital CEO Rich Duvall said.

Duvall added that evaluating service lines and hospital programs for efficiencies and financial wellness is an ongoing process that will ensure the organization’s continued fiscal health.

“Team members at all levels are encouraged to innovate in ways that transcend organizational health,” he said. “We can no longer assume that profitable service lines will cover our losses in areas that aren’t profitable. Our recent positive financial performance, while exceptional given how far we’ve come, does not insulate us from difficult decisions in the future.”

Duvall noted that the hospital’s capacity to serve the region is positive as it continues to invest profits from operations back into the organization to improve equipment and services.

“Our providers and patient services remain strong,” he said. “We are ready and open to accommodate and respond to a wide range of patient care that our communities demand.”

 

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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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.

 

Winners:

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 northcountryheartwalk.org 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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