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Carthage Hospital Welcomes Beaver River Community to Prevention Fair

Family-Friendly Fun on Tap with Educational Focus for Elementary-Aged Children

Carthage Area Hospital invites members of the Beaver River community to a free family-friendly, health and wellness prevention fair on Tuesday, March 20.

The educational event, which will feature interactive health presentations by children enrolled in the Beaver River After-School Program, is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., at Beaver River School, 9508 Artz Road, Beaver Falls. Complimentary healthy refreshments will be served and reservations are not required.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that Americans use preventive services at about half the recommended rate. Eating healthy, exercising regularly, avoiding tobacco, and receiving preventive services such as cancer screenings, preventive visits and vaccinations are just a few examples of ways people can stay healthy.

“The right preventive care at all stages of life makes a significant impact and helps keep people healthy and leading productive lives while delaying or avoiding the onset of chronic disease,” said Emmylu Royer, Carthage Area Hospital population health coordinator. “Our prevention fair is a chance for parents and children to engage with a wide range of clinical providers and local agencies and learn some important steps to safeguard their health.”

The following hospital staff and agencies are scheduled to attend and present information: Board-Certified Pediatrician Dr. Dionne Donald; Beaver River School-Based Health team: Anja Sanchez, FNP, Melanie Bush, LCSW, Jenna Shippee, LPN, and Dietitian Alyssa Scordo, MS, RD; Dental Sealant Program Manager Donna Farney, RDH; Lewis County Public Health; Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County; the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association; and the North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council.

The prevention fair is the second event in Carthage Area Hospital’s 2018 Community Engagement Series. Throughout the nine-month series, Royer said, hospital officials hope to connect providers with residents in a casual setting where people can comfortably ask questions and engage more completely with clinicians.

About the Community Engagement Series

Carthage Area Hospital’s 2018 Community Engagement Series is a population health initiative aimed at educating residents in the hospital’s 83,000-person service area of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties. For nine months, from February through December, the hospital features a different health topic to empower residents to make more informed decisions about their health and wellness and care.

Dates, topics for remaining events are: Wednesday, May 30, “Stroke Awareness & Prevention,” Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St.; Thursday, June 28, “Battle of the Sexes Health Trivia,” Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St.; Saturday, July 14, “Annual Health & Wellness Fair,” Carthage Park, 2 Park Drive; Thursday, Aug. 23, “Healthy Babies, Healthy Moms Baby Shower,” Carthage Area Hospital Main Courtyard, 1001 West St.; Wednesday, Oct. 24, “Think Pink Luncheon” Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St.; Wednesday, Nov. 14, “Diabetes Prevention & Awareness Luncheon,”  Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St.; Wednesday, Dec. 5, “Handling Holiday Stress,” Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St.

All Community Engagement Series events are free and open to the public and include light lunch or refreshments and beverages. Advance registration is preferred and opens on the hospital’s website,, at least four weeks prior to each event. Contact Emmylu Royer, Carthage Area Hospital population health coordinator, or 315-519-5907, for more information.

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, orthopedics, urology, neurosurgical care, physical therapy and behavioral health.