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Diabetes Awareness Luncheon Offers Valuable Education for All

Members of Hospital’s Clinical Team Will Focus on Prevention, Management of Disease

Carthage Area Hospital invites the public to attend an educational luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 15, that will empower guests with information on the risks for diabetes, tips to prevent the disease and how those living with it can thrive.

The free luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St. A complimentary lunch will be served. Email or call 315-519-5209 to reserve your seat today or register online at

November is National Diabetes Month so individuals, health care professionals, organizations, and communities across the country can bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year. Through proper education and training people with diabetes can thrive.

“Knowing the risks for diabetes and making healthier choices can make a huge difference in preventing diabetes and living well with the disease,” said Carthage Area Hospital Nutrition Services Director Carly R. Draper, RD, CDN, CDE. Draper, a Certified Diabetes Educator, is one of three members of the hospital’s clinical team scheduled to speak during the event. She will present an overview of the disease and outline steps to manage nutrition with diabetes.

Clinical Pharmacist Christopher Bradley, PharmD, MBA, will discuss effective medication choices for Type 1 & Type 2 diabetes and Therapy Specialist William Blunden, PT, will talk about managing diabetes through physical therapy and exercise.

“We welcome all members of our communities to join us for a dose of education on a disease that impacts the lives of many of our friends, family members and colleagues,” said Natalie Burnham, Carthage Area Hospital director of employee, patient and community engagement.

Carthage Area Hospital’s Community Engagement Series is presented as a public service to encourage residents to take an active role in their health. WWNY TV 7 and WNYF Fox 28 is a proud media sponsor of this year’s series.

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About the Community Engagement Series

Carthage Area Hospital’s 2017 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. Each month, from April through December, the hospital features a different health topic to empower residents to make more informed decisions about their health and wellness and care.

The final event of the 2017 Community Engagement Series is “Handling Holiday Stress” set for Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Carthage Elks Lodge. Ccomplimentary light food and beverages will be served.

Speaker information

Carly R. Draper, RD, CDN, CDE – Director of Clinical Nutrition

Topic: General overview of the disease and steps to manage nutrition with diabetes

Bio: Carly R. Draper is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator who joined Carthage Area Hospital’s Clinical Nutrition team in 2009. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Food Science. She completed an internship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. Through her studies, and having lived in both urban and rural communities, she has developed a passion for nutrition education and improving the health and wellness of all patients. She lives in Watertown with her husband, Andrew, and two daughters.

Dr. Christopher Bradley, PharmD, MBA – Clinical Pharmacist

Topic: Effective medication choices for Type 1 & Type 2 diabetes

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.

Bill Blunden, PT – Physical Therapist

Topic: Managing diabetes through physical therapy and exercise

Bio: Bill Blunden is a Physical Therapist with the Carthage Therapy Services team. He is a Carthage native who graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Upon graduation, he joined the staff at Carthage Area Hospital as a Physical Therapist. In 1987, he joined the therapy staff at Lewis County General Hospital where he served as Director of Rehab until 2007. From 2007 to 2015, he worked for Kraft Foods in Lowville. He returned to the Therapy Services staff at Carthage Area Hospital in 2015 and specializes in industrial medicine and the rehabilitation of sports injuries. In his free time, he collects and restores antique fire trucks and raises a variety of small animals, including chickens and turkeys. He lives in Carthage with his wife, Barbara, and is the father of two grown sons.

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 to learn more.