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Carthage Area Hospital Celebrates Long-Serving Employees

Leadership Mark Milestones with Service Awards during Annual Holiday Party

Carthage Area Hospital recognized 41 employees who celebrated service milestones during its annual holiday party in December.

Chief Executive Officer Rich Duvall and Carthage Area Hospital Director of Employee, Patient and Community Engagement and Interim Director, Carthage Area Hospital Foundation, Natalie Burnham, M.S.Ed., presented employees with lapel pins for five, 10, 15, 25, 35 and 40 years’ service to the hospital. Employees celebrating 25, 35 and 40 years also received a plaque to commemorate their service to the hospital.

“We are grateful that so many members of our hospital family have chosen to dedicate years of their lives to support our mission of health care excellence for those who need comfort and healing,” Duvall said. “While many organizations struggle to retain professionals, we are lucky to be a place where people spend years doing what they love.”

35 years: From left: Respiratory Therapy Department Manager and Assistant Administrator of Patient Care Services Edward Doldo, RT, and CAH Chief Executive Officer Rich Duvall.

Especially noteworthy were employees who celebrated 35 and 40 years’ service. Respiratory Therapy Department Manager and Assistant Administrator of Patient Care Services Edward Doldo, RT, marked 35 years’ service while Emergency Department Unit Coordinator Sandra Campany, Quality Assurance Team Member Catherine Hopper, RN, and Hospital Administrator of Specialty Services Joseph Millard, MHA, each marked 40 years’ service. (Note:  Photos were taken during the hospital’s annual holiday party, Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Watertown. Not all employees recognized for service were present.)


25 years: From left: Acute Inpatient Unit Nurse Leah Hitchcock, LPN; CAH Chief Executive Officer Rich Duvall; Emergency Department Nurse Twila Ottinger, RN; and CAH Director of Employee, Patient and Community Engagement and Interim Director, CAH Foundation, Natalie Burnham, M.S. Ed..

25-Year Service Award

Cathy Ebersol, Quality Assurance Team, medical staff coordinator; Leah Hitchcock, LPN, Acute Inpatient Unit; Twila Ottinger, RN, Emergency Department; and Lisa Sullivan, Community Relations Team, switchboard operator.

15-Year Service Award

Vicki Batsford, Operating Room, OR technician; Paula Hickey, RN, Nursing Administration, nursing supervisor; Melissa Parow, RN, Acute Inpatient Unit; Rhonda Petrus, LPN, Obstetrics, nurse; and Kathleen Piper, Administration, grant writer.


10 years: From left: Environmental Health & Safety and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Thomas Jaconski, and CAH Chief Executive Officer Rich Duvall.

10 Year Service Award

Sandra Anderson, Surgical Center, receptionist; Darby Ashcraft, RT (R), Medical Imaging, medical imaging technologist; Tiffany Burr, CNA, Emergency Department, ED technician; Tina Carr, Housekeeping, housekeeper; Randy Cowles, Operating Room, OR aide; Myra Fulin, Nursing Administration, executive assistant; Guy Gladle, Plant Operations, general maintenance; Gail Hutt, Housekeeping, housekeeper; Thomas Jaconski, Emergency Preparedness, environmental health & safety and emergency preparedness coordinator; Sherri LaPlante, BS, RT, ARRT, (R), (MR), Medical Imaging, medical imaging technologist; Karen Pate, Obstetrics, unit coordinator; Beth Spencer, Patient Accounting, cashier; and Lisa Storms, Corporate Compliance, director of quality audits.

5 years: From left: Clinical Informatics Coordinator Elizabeth Rhone, RN, BSN; CAH Chief Executive Officer Rich Duvall; CAH Director of Employee, Patient and Community Engagement and Interim Director, CAH Foundation Natalie Burnham, M.S.Ed.; and Beaver River School-Based Health Center Mental Health Counselor Melanie Bush, LCSW.

5-Year Service Award

Tyler Beach, Housekeeping, housekeeper; Katelyn Beyer, RN, Obstetrics, nurse; Bianca Boucher, LCSW, Behavioral Health, mental health counselor; Natalie Burnham, M.S.Ed., Executive Team, director of employee, patient and community engagement and interim director, Carthage Area Hospital Foundation; Melanie Bush, LCSW, Beaver River School-Based Health Center, mental health counselor; Danielle Campbell, Therapy Services, department secretary; Colleen Campbell, Patient Accounting, billing clerk; Kim Carr, RN, Clinical Informatics, nursing information coordinator; Somer Hall, LPN, Acute Inpatient Unit, nurse; Todd Ives, Plant Operations, department manager; Phillip Kneeland, Meadowbrook Terrace, cook; Jesica Nichols, RN, BS, Education Department, nursing education coordinator; Sara Nickles, Women’s Way to Wellness, receptionist; Elizabeth Rhone, RN, BSN, Clinical Informatics, coordinator of clinical informatics; Angela Walters, Human Resources, HR generalist.

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 formed a clinical affiliation with Crouse Health, Syracuse, in 2017.

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, neurosurgical, orthopedics, urology, physical therapy and behavioral health. Visit to learn more.