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Community Event will ‘Clear the Air’ on Asthma

Carthage Area Hospital continues its 2017 Community Engagement Series on Wednesday, April 26, with a focus on asthma awareness and respiratory health.

“Let’s Talk About Asthma” is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St. The event is free and open to the public and includes complimentary buffet dinner and beverages.

“This series is presented as a public service to encourage residents to take an active role in their health,” said Natalie Burnham, Carthage Area Hospital director of patient and community engagement. “An informed patient fills an important seat on his or her healthcare team.”

The Hospital is pleased to introduce five dynamic speakers from its staff of providers who will discuss a range of asthma-related topics, including: childhood asthma, adult asthma, respiratory medications, and the impact that respiratory conditions have on breathing.

Dr. Diane Jones, D.O., pediatric physician and director of the Carthage Pediatric Clinic, will speak about childhood asthma; Christopher Mueller, RPA-C, and Kelsey Mollura, PA, both physician assistants at the Carthage Family Health Center, will speak about adult asthma; Dr. Christopher Bradley, PharmD, MBA, a clinical pharmacist at Carthage Area Hospital, will provide an overview of respiratory system medications; and Dr. Cheryl Tousant, PT, DPT, director of physical therapy at Carthage Area Hospital, will discuss how breathing affects respiratory conditions.

Space is limited. Call 315-493-1000, ext. 5209, to reserve your seat today or register online at The deadline to RSVP is Friday, April 21. WWNY TV 7 and WNYF Fox 28 is a proud media sponsor of the Community Engagement Series.

Click here to sign up!

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Dr. Diane Jones, D.O. – Pediatric Physician

Topic: Childhood asthma

Bio: Dr. Diane K. Jones, D.O., is director of the Carthage Pediatric Clinic. She graduated from Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1998. She earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, in 2001 and completed her pediatric residency at The Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. She is Board-Certified in Pediatrics and has practiced pediatric medicine for 15 years. Dr. Jones joined Carthage Area Hospital after completing 19 years of active military service with the United States Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. While serving in the Army, she was Chief of Pediatrics at the United States military Academy at West Point, and later, Chief of Pediatrics at Fort Drum, N.Y. She was responsible for delivering top-notch care and attending to the medical needs of active duty family members in busy, high-profile pediatric clinics. Dr. Jones is returned to Northern New York with her husband, Jason, and their children, Ethan, Connor and Meghan.


Christopher Mueller, RPA-C – Physician Assistant

Topic: Adult asthma

Bio: Mr. Christopher M. Mueller is a nationally certified physician assistant at Carthage Family Health Center and the Carthage Area Hospital Emergency Department.

Mr. Mueller earned an Associate of Applied Science from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn., and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants and the Society of Army Physician Assistants. He recently retired from the United States Army after 22-plus years of active duty service, serving in multiple capacities. He lives in the North Country with his wife and four children.


Dr. Christopher Bradley, PharmD, MBA – Clinical Pharmacist

Topic: Breathing Better: An overview of Respiratory System Medications

Bio: Dr. Christopher Bradley is the Clinical Pharmacist at Carthage Area Hospital. A Watertown native, he graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2010 and earned a MBA from Endicott College, Beverly, Mass., in 2012. While a pharmacy student, he trained extensively at Albany Medical Center in various units. He joined Carthage Area Hospital in 2015 and specializes in antibiotic therapy, medication reconciliation, provider/patient education and new treatment guidelines. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and their two corgis.


Dr. Cheryl Tousant, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist

Topic: How breathing affects respiratory conditions

Bio:  Dr. Cheryl Tousant, PT, DPT, is the Director of Physical Therapy at Carthage Area Hospital.

Dr. Tousant graduated from Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Doctor of Physical Therapy. She joined Carthage Area Hospital in 2009 and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She specializes in geriatric care for the older adult population (ages 65-plus), including interventions and education for fall risk reduction, and reconditioning older adults. She is an advocate for Evidence-Base Practice, which combines cutting edge assessments using standardized outcome-based measurements and functional interventions. She is a firm believer in patient-centred care.


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.