Alice Hyde Nursing Home Veterans Honored

November 17, 2011

Members of the Malone Lodge of Elks, Amvets, and American Legion joined together to express their appreciation and to recognize veterans at the Alice Hyde Nursing Home on Veterans Day. Each veteran received a bag of small gifts donated by the Elks Lodge, blankets donated by the Amvets and American Flags donated by the American Legion. Pictured from left (in front), Ralph Kriff, Daniel Bowen, Dr. Carl Sherwin, and Ralph Cardinal, (group in back), Craig Franz, Dennis Daly, Loren Gishui, Earl LaVoie, Chris Porras, Joe Dufort, Joe Cartwright, Steve LaVier, Greg Paye, Frank Riley, Ken Nephew, and Russ Clark.

 

 

Giving Back

November 16

William Simpson (93 years), a former patient of the Alice Hyde Nursing Home’s skilled rehabilitation unit, crocheted and donated nine lap robes for residents at the Nursing Home. Even after being declared legally blind, Mr. Simpson still enjoys making afghans and lap robes in his free time. He extends his best wishes to everyone at the Nursing Home. Mr. Simpson is pictured with Christy LaBelle, AHNH Activities Director.

 

AHMC OFFERS FREE DIABETES SCREENINGS

November 9, 2011

Malone – November is National Diabetes Month and Alice Hyde Medical Center’s In Touch with Health community wellness program is partnering with the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) to raise awareness about the importance of setting goals and making a plan to prevent type 2 diabetes and diabetes-related complications.

Diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans and an estimated 79 million people are at risk for developing the disease.  In Franklin County, diabetes affects more than 3,350 people.

During National Diabetes Month, Alice Hyde Medical Center (AHMC) will provide information via videos and other educational materials to help people make a plan to prevent diabetes and its complications.

“Even if you know what to do to improve your health, figuring out how to do it and fitting it into your daily routine can be a big challenge,” said Josy Delaney, AHMC Community Wellness Specialist. “That’s why it’s important to set goals and make a plan to prevent diabetes and its complications.”

Even small changes – such as losing a small amount of weight and becoming more active – can go a long way in preventing type 2 diabetes as well as managing the disease.

“Being physically active can help in the management of diabetes because it helps burn more calories and can help a person maintain a healthy weight.  For people at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, losing ten pounds – if you weigh 200 pounds – can make a big difference in lowering your risk,” added Delaney.

Making changes in how you care for your health is a matter of trying and learning. It is all about choosing a goal and working toward it. Making a plan and taking the first step will help you reach your goal.
1.      Think about what is important to your health. What are you willing and able to do?
2.      Decide what your goals are. What changes do you want to make? Choose one goal to work on first.
3.      Decide what steps will help you reach your goal.
4.      Pick one step to try this week.
 

AHMC’s In Touch with Health community wellness program will be on location at Walmart in Malone on November 15, from 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. Free 5-Minute diabetes screenings will be offered and information on Medicare coverage for future diabetes screenings will also be available.

To learn more about making a plan to prevent type 2 diabetes and diabetes-related complications, visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org or call 1-888-693-NDEP (6337); TTY: 1-866-569-1162.

For more information on the diabetes screenings offered at Walmart, please call AHMC’s Community Wellness Program at 518-481-2802.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the support of more than 200 partner organizations.

 

FOUR YEARS AND COUNTING

November 9, 2011

Malone—The Great American Smoke-Out on November 17th marks the four year anniversary of a completely tobacco-free environment at Alice Hyde Medical Center (grounds and buildings, including the parking lots and the sidewalks adjacent to the facility, and five community health centers).

Alice Hyde Medical Center is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for patients, residents, visitors, physicians, employees, and volunteers. To that end, in 2007, AHMC joined with other North Country hospitals in becoming completely tobacco-free. 

In celebration of the national Great American Smoke-Out, the Medical Center’s In Touch with Health community wellness program is promoting a ‘Countdown to Quit Day’ and will provide information on quitting tobacco and support materials for those interested. The information table will be available in the Medical Center’s main lobby from November 10 – 28.

AHMC encourages those who are considering giving up tobacco to try this ‘Countdown to Quit Day’ list of things to do to get ready to quit:
Day 7.     List what you love and what you hate about smoking  
Day 6.     List why you want to quit and how quitting will make your life better
Day 5.     Figure out how much you will save a week/month/year ($10 per pack per day = $300 per month = $3600 per year)
Day 4.     Tell your family, friends, and coworkers you are quitting. Buddy up with a friend to quit together. Build a support system at home and work
Day 3.     Know your triggers (times you want to smoke) and prepare by building a survival kit—sugar-free gum/candy, relaxing music etc. Include a list of things you can do instead of smoking
Day 2.     Make your home and car smoke-free. Throw out unused cigarettes, ashtrays, and lighters
Day 1.     Quit day! Plan to keep busy—use your list of things to do instead of smoking
 

Funding for this event provided in part, by North Country Healthcare Providers. For more information, please contact the Medical Center’s Education Department at 518-481-2247. For free coaching and support for quitting call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487).

 

NCCC LPN Students Welcomed at AHMC

November 4, 2011

North Country Community College Nursing Class of 2012 began their clinical rotations of North Country hospitals at Alice Hyde Medical Center. In 2012, the class will be eligible to take their NY State Boards which will enable them to receive their Practical Nursing licensure.

Pictured from right to left, 1st row: Carla Moulden, Bambi Gilmore, Kandie Murzin, Lora LaRochelle, Katie Dufrane, Kattie Nanticoke, 2nd row: Kelly Rock, Jennifer Poirier, Margie Tatlock, Kathy Sweet, Natalie Brand, Brittany Fish, Jacqueline Bryant, 3rd row: Sally LaBarr, Samantha Monaco, Julie Ryder, Melissa Russell, Alexise Peck, Liza Bilow, 4th row: Krystle Barnes, Alexis Russell, Deborah LaBrake, Katie Lucas, Jocelyn Planty, 5th row: Erika Sidor, Jessica Johnston, Kim Johnston, Dawn Karleskant, Lucia Rogers, 6th row: Joan Hong, Kaylee Williams, Christine Clookey, and John Marshall. Instructors (in white) are: Lorraine White RN BSN MA Assistant Professor Nursing, Tracy Posdzich RN, Sue McElwain RN, and Theresa Smith RN MA

 

 

 

AHMC Welcomes New Family Nurse Practitioner

October 20, 2011

Priya Bajracharya, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, has joined the Alice Hyde Medical Center medical team and is providing care at the Alice Hyde Health Center in Malone, NY.  Ms. Bajracharya is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
 
Ms. Bajracharya most recently worked as a Registered Nurse on the Medical Surgical Unit at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, New York. Prior to that, she worked as a Registered Nurse in the Transitional Care Unit at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, New York.
 
Ms. Bajracharya graduated with her Master in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) from the Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. She received her associate degree in Nursing from Clinton Community College at Plattsburgh, NY. She also has a Bachelor’s degree of Science and Arts in Environmental Science from the State University of New York Plattsburgh, NY.
 
To make an appointment, please call (518) 481-2800, or walk-in for same-day care. The health care providers at the Alice Hyde Health Center offer primary and preventive care for adults and children. Other services include well child exams, immunizations, and allergy injections. In addition, blood-draw services are available weekdaysfrom 7:30 - 9:30 a.m., with a health care provider lab slip.
 
The Alice Hyde Health Center, located at 134 Park Street (entrance in rear), is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  HMO members require a referral from a primary care provider.
 
Alice Hyde Medical Center Health Centers:
Bessette Health Center, Rte. 11, Chateaugay, (518) 497-6622
Dwyer Health Center: 969 Rte. 11, Moira, (518) 529-7847
Salmon River Health Center: 577 Cty. Rt. 1, Fort Covington, (518)358-3008
Tower Health Center: 76 N. Main St., St. Regis Falls, (518) 856-0033    

Family Maternity Center Receives Recognition for Vaccination Efforts
 
October 20, 2011
 
The Family Maternity Center recently received a special certificate of recognition from the Franklin County Department of Health. The certificate recognizes efforts to prevent perinatal transmission of the Hepatitis B virus.  Alice Hyde Medical Center had 100% compliance during a recent Medical Record review. Pictured from left, Linda McClarigan, RN, BSN, Janie Sevey, RN, and Taina Marlow, RN, Nursing Supervisor of the Maternity Center.

AHMC Silver and Black Gala raises funds for Cancer Treatment Center

October 14, 2011

 

Alice Hyde Medical Center recently invited the community to attend a special evening of celebration at its 2nd Annual Silver and Black Gala held at the Adirondack Room at Mo’s Pub & Grill in Malone. The evening, supported by Peter M. Neveu, DVM of North Franklin Veterinary Services, raised more than $31,000 in support of the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center and its efforts to maintain the most advanced treatment options possible.
 
Pictured from left, Sherry LaFave, Ginger Carriero, Aimeé LeRoy, and Julia Race.
 

 

AHMC Welcomes North Country Community College RN Students

October 11, 2011

North Country Community College Nursing Class of 2012 began their clinical rotations of North Country hospitals at Alice Hyde Medical Center. These students are Licensed Practical Nurses who are pursuing their Professional Registered Nurse status. The students, pictured from left are, Jill Cook, Heidi Graton, Brianne Gravell, Kate Madigan, Katie Preve, Elizabeth Kline, Lauren LePine; second row: Alice Genaway, Stephanie Alden, Christopher LaBrake, Kimberly Bradley, Jennifer Tice, April Denny, Bethany Barney; third row: Sarah Doyle, Amanda Rodriguez, Nicole Charter, Mark McCulloch, Erin Morris; fourth row: Marcy Miller, Meghan Walker, Pamela Sutphen, Nora Collins, Breonna Seifried; fifth row: Michael Stanton, Michel Hanna, Elizabeth Bouchard-Hall, Kayla King, Heather Daniels; sixth row: Donald Perryman, Joan Law, Holly Amell; seventh row: Amber Tuper, Stacy Snider, Kenzie Schwencke; eighth row; Kelley Doyle, Michael Chapman, Mark Harmon, Jessica Warner, Danielle Van Ness, Henry LaForest, Mary Jo Carter, Instructor

 

AHMC Welcomes New Physician to its Hospitalist Program

October 11, 2011

Dr. Aura Cernii has joined the Medical Center’s Hospitalist Program*, which is operated in collaboration with the nationally-renowned Apogee Physicians.

Aura Cernii, MD, comes to Malone from the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, CT, where she recently completed a fellowship in Nephrology. Prior to the fellowship, Dr. Cernii served as Chief Medical Resident of Ambulatory Care at Saint Raphael. Dr. Cernii earned her medical degree from State Medical & Pharmaceutical University, N. Testemitanu, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. In addition to her residency in Ambulatory Cared the Hospital of Saint Raphael, Dr. Cernii completed a residency in Internal Medicine, and an Oncology residency at the Republican Clinical Hospital/State Medical University Program, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.  

*A Hospitalist is a specialist in the field of internal medicine or family practice who cares only for hospitalized patients. Generally, Hospitalists have no patient care responsibilities outside the hospital, enabling them to focus exclusively on the acute care patients and their illnesses while hospitalized. Because members of the Hospitalist team are in the hospital, 24/7, they are able to respond quickly to any change in a patient’s condition. Another advantage for patients will be a shortened wait time to be admitted—they will not need to wait for their provider to admit them to the hospital—the Hospitalist facilitates this so care and treatment can start immediately. Hospitalists at AHMC work with patients’ primary care providers to develop a care plan, both for the hospital stay and for care once a patient leaves the hospital. 
 

 

AHMC Welcomes New Physician Assistant

October 10, 2011

Alice Hyde Medical Center welcomes Bang To, (PA-C) Certified Physician Assistant, to its Medical Staff.

Previously, Mr. To completed a broad range of clinical rotations at some of the leading medical centers in New York City including New York Presbyterian for Interventional Cardiology and Lenox Hill Hospital for General Surgery. He also participated on the Orthopaedic research team at the University of Vermont. 

Mr. To graduated with a Bachelor of Biological Sciences & Chemistry from the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. He earned his Master of Science and Physician Assistant Certification from Lenox Hill Hospital through the Pace University Physician Assistant Program in New York, NY.

A member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Mr. To is Physician Assistant Board Certified by the The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. In addition, he is a member of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants.

To make an appointment with Bang To, PA-C, please call (518) 481-2800, or walk-in for same day care. The health care providers at Alice Hyde Health Center offer primary and preventive care for adults and children. Other services include well child exams, immunizations, and allergy injections. In addition, blood-draw services are available weekdays from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m., with a health care provider lab slip.
 
The Alice Hyde Health Center, located at 134 Park Street (entrance in rear), is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. HMO members require a referral from a primary care provider.

Alice Hyde Medical Center Health Centers:
Bessette Health Center, Rte. 11, Chateaugay, (518) 497-6622
Dwyer Health Center: 969 Rte. 11, Moira, (518) 529-7847
Salmon River Health Center: 577 Cty. Rt. 1, Fort Covington, (518)358-3008
Tower Health Center: 76 N. Main St., St. Regis Falls, (518) 856-0033  

SUNY Canton Nursing Students at AHMC

October 6, 2011

The SUNY Canton Nursing Class of 2012 began their clinical rotations of North Country hospitals at Alice Hyde Medical Center—they are second year Associate Degree nursing students. The students, pictured from the bottom row (left to right), Pamela McDonald-Tilson, MS, RN, Instructor of Nursing, Margaret Riley, Ciera Barnett, Kate Terwilliger, Patti White, Brittany Wilson, Paul Grazioso, Joseph McCoy, Raymond Hassett   

 

AHMC Welcomes 12th New Vision Class

October 6, 2011

Alice Hyde Medical Center welcomes twelve new students from surrounding schools to the New Visions Program. Students from Brushton-Moira, Chateaugay, Malone, St. Regis Falls, and Salmon River are participating in the twelfth year of the New Visions Program, conducted in cooperation with Franklin, Essex, Hamilton BOCES.

This program offers area college-bound students a unique opportunity to see firsthand the rewards and challenges of being a health care professional.

Front Row, from left, Mackenzie Richards, Malone; Colleen White, Malone; Sylvie Choiniere, Malone, Erica Sauther, Malone; Teesha Mitchell, Salmon River; Emily Hutchins, Malone; Back Row, Dr. Patenaude, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton BOCES Instructor; Megan Barnes, Chateaugay; Jenna Bazdaric, St. Regis Falls; Sandra Martin, Brushton-Moira; Nick Debyah, Brushton-Moira; Ross Barber, Malone; and Pavel Medved, Malone.

Clermont Scholarship Winner Chosen

October 5, 2011

 

Alice Hyde Medical Center employee Derek Reynolds, Stress Lab Supervisor, has been awarded the Clermont Scholarship for 2011 to continue his education as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
 
This $500 employee educational scholarship is in memory of Mr. William Clermont who was hospital administrator from 1957-1974. Under his guidance and direction several major additions and enhancements were made to the original hospital complex including the creation of the Alice Hyde Nursing Home. His outstanding leadership and contributions to the advancement of health care will be continued with this scholarship.
 

 

AHMC Welcomes New Surgeon

October 5, 2011

Alice Hyde Medical Center welcomes Dr. Nikalesh Reddy, General and Laparoscopic Surgeon, to its Medical Staff. He is experienced in providing a broad spectrum of surgical options utilizing state-of-the-art technology. His main interests lie in providing Vascular, Video Assisted Thoracoscopic surgeries as well as Minimal Access procedures for Gallbladder, Colon, Stomach, Spleen, Foregut and Bile ducts.
 
Dr. Reddy completed his surgical residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, New York. Prior to St. Luke’s, he worked as a Hepatic Transplant Research Fellow at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York. Dr. Reddy also completed a Research Fellowship in Thoracic and Robotic Surgery at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center. During his residency he won several accolades, including Intern of the Year and Chief Resident of the Year. In addition, he was awarded several research medals, including the John Jones Research prize.
 
Dr. Reddy earned his Medical Degree at Madras Medical College in Madras, India and subsequently completed a Master of Surgery from the Kilpauk Medical College in Madras, India. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and is a Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) member. He has several publications in peer review journals, such as ‘The Use of Surgical Robotics in Skill Sets’. Dr. Reddy’s interests include the study of Receptor for Advanced Glycation End Product (RAGE).
 
Dr. Reddy’s office is located at 24 Fourth Street, Suite 4, on the AHMC campus. For more information call 518-481-2632.

 

AHMC WELCOMES NEW SURGEON

July 15, 2011

Alice Hyde Medical Center welcomes Dr. Rahul Gupta, General & Laparoscopic Surgeon, to its Medical Staff. He is experienced in providing a broad spectrum of surgical options utilizing state-of-the-art technology. His main interests lie in providing Minimal Access procedures for Gallbladder, Colon, Stomach, Pancreas, spleen, Foregut and Bile ducts.

Dr. Gupta Graduated from St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, University Hospital for Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He did further training in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatrics from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Boston. Apart from his current appointment at Alice Hyde Medical Center he also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Vermont.

Dr Gupta earned his Medical Degree at University College of Medical Sciences and subsequently completed Master of Surgery from the Lady Hardinge Medical College at the University of Delhi, India. He is Diplomate National Board for Surgery and Member of National Academy of Medical Sciences.

A member of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Gupta is board certified in general surgery. In addition, he is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and American Medical Association.Dr Gupta is also a member of Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and serves on its Technology committee. He recently authored the Chapter” Cholangiography” for SAGES Fundamentals, Vol. I, Basic Laparoscopy and Endoscopy, Third Edition, edited by Dr. Carol Scott-Connor, Dr. Ninh Nguyen, and Dr. Nat Soper. The Book is currently under print through Springer Publication Company, New York.

“Dr. Gupta is a great asset to our Medical Center and our community,” said John Johnson, AHMC President/CEO. “His expertise and experience builds on the already great team of physicians and surgeons that are a vital part in fulfilling our mission of ‘building a healthier community together’.”

Dr. Gupta’s office is located at 183 Park Street, Suite 3, on the AHMC campus. For more information call 518-481-2632.

AHMC Welcomes New Physician Assistant

July 5, 2011

Malone, NY—Alice Hyde Medical Center welcomes Linda Hunter, (PA-C) Certified Physician Assistant, to its Medical Staff.

Previously, Hunter served as a clinical instructor for the Physician Assistant Program at Marywood University in Scranton, PA.

After serving in the US Army as a Combat Medic and Patient Care Specialist, Hunter graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from Granite State College in Manchester, NH. She earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, MA.

A member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Hunter is National Physician Assistant Board Certified and National Physician Assistant Surgical Board Certified. In addition, Hunter is an honorary member of the Virginia Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad.

Linda Hunter, PA-C will be working at the Bessette Health Center, located at 6087 State Route 11, Chateaugay, NY 12920. For more information call 518-497-6622.

About Alice Hyde Medical Center
For nearly 100 years, Alice Hyde Medical Center has been providing high-quality, low-cost health care to the more than 55,000 residents in the North Country. Located in Malone, New York, the Medical Center is comprised of a 76-bed acute care facility, a 75-bed long-term care facility, five family health centers, a cancer center, an orthopedic and rehabilitation center, a cardiac rehabilitation unit, a hemodialysis unit, and a dental center. The Medical Center is an affiliate and health partner of Fletcher Allen Health Care, a premier academic tertiary care center in Burlington, Vermont. To learn more, visit alicehyde.com.
 

AHMC Celebrates with the New Visions Class of 2011

June 24, 2011

The recent graduation of eleven students from the Franklin Essex Hamilton BOCES New Vision program marked another successful year. During the year-long program, students from schools across northern Franklin County learned about the various aspects of the medical field through clinical rotations at Alice Hyde Medical Center while at the same time earning their high school diplomas. This year's graduates were from Malone, Salmon River, and Brushton-Moira Central Schools. A special ceremony in honor of the students' successful completion of the program was held at the Medical Center.

Pictured front from left, Joseph Tousignant, Malone; Natalie Brand, Malone; Brittany Marshall, Malone; Kayla Bashaw, Brushton-Moira; Mackenzie Wemette, Brushton-Moira; Emily Smith, Malone; Cody LaPage, Brushton-Moria; John Johnson, AHMC President/CEO; back row, Dr. Gib Patenaude, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton BOCES Instructor, Sarah Lamica, Malone; Kyle Flint, Brushton-Moira; Adrian Martin, Brushton-Moira; and Mercedes Jock, Brushton-Moira.

 

Auxiliary Gears up for 100th Anniversary

June 23, 2011

The Alice Hyde Medical Center Auxiliary is gearing up to celebrate its 100th anniversary.  July 6, 2011 was a pivotal day in the history of Alice Hyde Medical Center—a group of women, joined by the first president of the hospital, gathered to organize a ladies’ auxiliary. To kick-off a series of events celebrating the anniversary, the Auxiliary recently hosted its annual June luncheon at the Malone Golf Club with a theme of ‘100 Years of Service to the Community’.  Guest speaker Kalpana Reddy, Wholistic Care, shared a message on Living your Best Life: Keeping Your Passion and Senses Alive at Any Age.

The Auxiliary will continue its celebration with a performance by The Gibson Brothers on the evening of the Medical Center’s Triennial Health Fair this September 10th at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

The Auxiliary Board of Directors, pictured from left, front row, Susan Schrader, Cindy Soper (Recording Secretary), Linda Sprague, Theresa Bashaw, Clarice Champagne, second row, Becky Livernois (Director of Volunteer Services), Bev Marsden, Lynda Basiliere (2nd Vice President), Kathy Evans (Treasurer), Carole Holmes (Gift Shop Buyer), Pat Maneely (President), back row, Linda McClarigan, Amy O’Connor, Molly McKee, Sue Spaulding, Shirley Davis (Vice President), Karen Mahoney. Missing from photo:  Sherry Langdon, Marge Miller, Theresa LeRoy, Susy Cantwell

 

Cancer Survivors Celebrate Together

June 15, 2011

Stanley and Joan Jock, celebrated with cancer survivors, their families, and caregivers, at a special Cancer Survivors Day picnic held in their honor. The event, sponsored by the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center, was held on the grounds of Alice Hyde Medical Center. County Line Greenhouse donated a hundred flowering petunias for the picnic that were planted by Alice Hyde Nursing Home residents. From left, Jill Benedict, Reddy Cancer Treatment Center Specialist, Stanley Jock and Joan Jock, Cancer Survivor.

 

FIRST BABY BORN AT AHMC IN JUNE RECEIVES GIFTS FROM FRANKLIN COUNTY DAIRY PRINCESS

June 10, 2011

Sylvie Choiniere, 17, Franklin County Dairy Princess, kicks off National Dairy Month by presenting a gift basket to Debbie Green and Timothy Buckley (not pictured), of Massena, to honor the birth of their son, Alexander Thompson Buckley, the first baby born at Alice Hyde Medical Center in June.  Alexander, born June 1, 2010 at 4:41 p.m., weighed 7 lbs 4.3 oz and was 20.5 inches long. The gift basket they received contained: ‘got milk’ novelty items, toys, hygiene items, chocolates, blankets, and other special items to care for the baby. Pictured from left is Janie Sevey, RN, Family Maternity Center; Debbie Green holding Alexander, and Sylvie Choinier, Dairy Princess.

 

DR. CRAIG RICHARDS EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR PATIENT CENTERED CARE

June 9, 2011

Malone—Dr. Craig Richards, Internal Medicine Physician at Alice Hyde Medical Center has received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) under its Physician Practice Connections-Patient Centered Medical Home (PPC-PCMH) program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships.  

Dr. Richards is a member of the Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot, a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of health care delivery that aims to improve the quality and efficiency of care. PPC-PCMH identifies practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal clinicians, instead of treating patient care as the sum of several episodic office visits. Each patient's care is tended to by clinician-led care teams, who provide for all the patient's health care needs and coordinate treatments across the health care system. “I am honored to receive this recognition and thankful to be part of the team providing care at Alice Hyde Medical Center,” said Dr. Richards.

The Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot, which includes health care providers from Franklin, Clinton, Essex, and Hamilton Counties, demonstrate the benchmarks of patient-centered care, including open scheduling, expanded hours and appropriate use of proven health information systems. Early evaluations of the PPC-PCMH have shown promising results in improving care quality and lowering costs by increasing access to more efficient, more coordinated care. By avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits, these early results are producing savings for payers, purchasers and patients.

"The patient-centered medical home promises to improve health and health care," said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. "The active, ongoing relationship between a patient and a clinician in medical homes fosters an all-too-rare goal in care: staying healthy and preventing illness in the first place. PPC-PCMH Recognition shows that Dr. Richards’ Practice has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care at the right time."

To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Dr. Richards Practice demonstrated the ability to meet the program's key elements embodying characteristics of the medical home. The standards are aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

Dr. Richards’ Practice met key program components in the following areas:
• Written standards for patient access and enhanced communications
• Appropriate use of charting tools to track patients and organize clinical information
• Responsive care management techniques with an emphasis on preventive care
• Adaptation to patient's cultural and linguistic needs
• Use of information technology for prescriptions and care management
• Use of evidence-based guidelines to treat chronic conditions
• Systematic tracking of referrals and test results
• Measurement and reporting of clinical and service performance

ABOUT NCQA
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2010, NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA's Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.

CAPTION: From left, Joan Demers, LPN, Megan Reynolds, Medical Office Assistant, Dr. Craig Richards, Internal Medicine, Joanne Cassavaw, Practice Manager, and Mary Cromp, Biller.
 

WEAR BLUE FOR MEN’S HEALTH

June 2, 2011

June is National Men’s Health Month and Alice Hyde Medical Center (AHMC) employees will join thousands of Americans nationwide in celebrating National Wear Blue for Men Day on Tuesday, June 14.

Malone—On National Wear Blue for Men Day, women and men across the country wear blue to unite in the national movement to remind men of the importance of staying healthy. Everyone can participate in this life-saving awareness movement by wearing blue clothing or accessories.

The Medical Center’s In Touch with Health community wellness program also invites the public to stop by the new cafeteria conference room (located on the ground floor) from 1:30 – 4:00 pm on June 14, to receive free Diabetes, Cholesterol, and Blood Pressure screenings as well as men’s health information.

Men's Health Month aims to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular check-ups, medical advice, and early treatment for disease and injury.

For more information, please call AHMC’s In Touch with Health office at 518-481-2802.
 

The Medical Center’s Reddy Cancer Treatment Center is hosting its 13th Annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day Celebration.

May 31, 2011

Malone—a picnic is being held on Friday, June 10th in celebration of National Cancer Survivor’s Day (NCSD), the world’s largest and fastest growing cancer survivor event.

The free event will combine food, fun, friendship, and prize drawings. Prizes, donated by local businesses, include golf packages from the Malone Golf Course and Highland Greens; a picnic table from Smith Lumber; a duffel bag with free embroidering from Personal Touch; an arrangement from Gonyea’s Greenhouse, a half-gallon of maple syrup from Hollis and Debbie Hastings as well as gift certificates from Leroux Oil, Stewart’s, ForArtSake, Goss Tire, IBC, Italian Affair, Gallaghers, The Pines, Enchanted Forest Water Safari, Chez Madeline, and Nu-way Carwash. Attendees will also have an opportunity to sign up for this year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life event being held June 17th at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

This celebration is one of hundreds of events taking place across North America, Canada, and other participating countries to honor cancer survivors and those who support them, and to call attention to the issues of cancer survivorship. All cancer survivors, their loved ones, and caregivers are invited to join Alice Hyde as they celebrate living life to the fullest.

The NCSD Foundation defines a cancer survivor as anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. The Foundation reports that an estimated 12 million Americans are cancer survivors.

The non-profit NCSD Foundation supports hundreds of hospitals, support groups, and other cancer-related organizations that host National Cancer Survivors Day events in their communities, by providing free guidance, education, and networking. Its primary mission is to educate the public on the issues of cancer survivorship in order to better the quality of life for cancer survivors. All cancer survivors, their loved ones, and caregivers are invited to the celebration being held on June 10th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. near the gazebo on the Medical Center campus. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center at 518-481-2880.
 

Nursing Students to Graduate

May 19, 2011

Twenty-two students from the North Country Community College Practical Nursing Program, Class of 2010, successfully completed their final clinical rotation at Alice Hyde Medical Center. Following graduation these students will be eligible to take the New York State licensing exam enabling them to work in the health care community as Licensed Practical Nurses.

Pictured front row, from left, Elizabeth Kline; Kailey Prue; Lauren LePine; Jill Cook; second row, Mary Jo Carter, instructor; Brianne Gravell; Kaylee Gadway; Heidi Gratton; Nora Collins; third row, Lorraine White, Assistant Professor of Nursing; Lois Fernandes; Kelly Bracy; April Denny; Joy Patterson; fourth row, Theresa Smith, instructor; Alice Genaway; Kim Guerin; Bethany Berkman; fifth row, Sue McElwain, instructor; Heather Daniels; Amber Dishaw; Kayla King; back row, Chris LaBrake; Kenzi Schwencke; Michel Hanna; and Jaydyne Perry.

 

Nursing Home Residents Celebrate Nursing Home Week

May 20, 2011

B.J. Hughes, sponsored by Kinney Drugs, performed for Alice Hyde Nursing Home residents for National Nursing Home Week. Hughes sang old time music and played the piano. From left are Dorothy Dumas, Erma White, and Mary Todd.

 

Nurses Receive Awards

May 20, 2011

Alice Hyde Medical Center celebrated the eleventh Annual Nursing Excellence Awards on National Nurses Day, during National Healthcare Week. The Nursing Administration recognized the following nurses for upholding the Medical Center’s Mission of “Building a Healthier Community Together” as well as the Nursing Image, which is “a culture of professional growth and personal satisfaction that promotes excellence in patient care”. The ceremony also included a candle light memorial in honor of Nurses who have passed on.

(LEFT) Pictured are the nurses who won awards, from left, Sandy Mertz, RN, BSN, Director of Critical Care, ‘Excellence in Community Service’; Sherri Staib, RN, Intensive Care Unit, ‘Excellence in Geriatrics’; Elna Langdon, RN, Hastings Hemodialysis Unit, ‘Excellence in Service Delivery’; Denise Stark, RN, Family Maternity Center, ‘Excellence in Best Practice Development’; and Barbara LaBombard, RN, Nurse Manager Surgical Services, ‘Excellence in Nursing Leadership’. (RIGHT) Courtnee Zeigler, RN, Float Nurse, ‘Excellence in Clinical Care’; and Lisa Susice, RN, Clinical Educator, ‘Excellence in Education’.

 

Auxiliary Honored

May 20, 2011

Malone—The AHMC Auxiliary is among 53 recipients of the Healthcare Association of New York State’s (HANYS) Auxiliary Advocacy Recognition award.

The award honors auxiliaries that have committed significant time and effort to serving as advocates for their health care facilities and communities during 2010. To qualify, auxiliaries must meet specific criteria, including participation in HANYS’ legislative letter-writing campaigns and community outreach activities.

Through donations of time and funds, the Alice Hyde Medical Center Auxiliary has helped to shape and grow the Medical Center into a true community asset. The Medical Center Board of Directors, Administration, and staff are grateful for this support.

In 2010, the Auxiliary donated $46,700 to the Medical Center towards the purchase of a a Bariatric Stretcher for the Ambulatory Surgery Unit, two treatment chairs for the Hastings Hemodialysis Unit, a birthing bed for the Family Maternity Center, a defibrillator for the Operating Room and two patient warming systems for Recovery Rooms.

This year, the Auxiliary donated $42,500 for carts to be used for Bedside Medication Verification (BMV). The hospital is slated to implement a BMV system for the administration of patient medications later this year. The BMV system utilizes important safety checks to ensure that patients receive the correct medications during their hospital stay. Bedside Verification allows caregivers to utilize bar code scanning technology prior to administering medications, to confirm patient identity and medication information.

The Auxiliary provides gifts for pediatric and hemodialysis patients and sponsors the “Women’s Health” June luncheon.  They also sponsor programs for children and students such as the “We Have a Little Emergency” (WHALE) car seat identification programs, the Camp Med program, the “Mr. Yuk” poison prevention magic shows, and awards annual college scholarships to local students entering the medical field.

New York State has more than 75,000 health care auxilians who initiate, fund, and volunteer for a wide variety of patient and family care services—from outpatient clinics to intensive care units. They sponsor health fairs, blood banks and wellness lecture series; raise funds for hospital and nursing home equipment; and organize and underwrite outreach programs in their communities.

AHMC OFFERS CHRONIC CONDITIONS PROGRAM

May 12, 2011

AHMC is offering a free 6-session program, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, every Wednesday between June 1st and July 6th. The sessions will take place from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the AHMC Old Cafeteria Conference Room.

This course is for anyone who has a chronic health problem such as heart disease, COPD, asthma, diabetes, arthritis, or pain that won’t go away. Caregivers are also welcome to participate. Attendees will learn proven techniques in self-management of chronic conditions. Individuals who have completed the workshop have reported an increase in self-confidence, relaxation, and frequency of exercise as well as a reduction of pain, depression, and physician visits.

Course topics will include:
• Healthy lifestyle tips
• Goal setting and sharing of personal challenges
• Relaxation techniques and stress management
• How to get the most from your medical care
• Pain and fatigue management
 

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions is based on the Chronic Disease Self Management Program developed by Stanford Patient Education Research Center. The Medical Center is partnering with The Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network to offer this program. 

Enrollment in this workshop is limited. For more information or to register (by May 27th, 2011) please contact the AHMC Education Department at 518-481-2247.
 

CELEBRATING OUR CHAMPIONS OF CARE

May 2, 2011

Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone is gearing up to celebrate National Healthcare Week.

A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That’s the message organizers are touting with the 2011 National Hospital Week theme “Champions of Care.”

The event theme is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities across the country during the May 9–15 celebration.

“National Healthcare Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” said John Johnson, AHMC President/CEO. “We are extremely proud of each member of our staff, and we recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to our patients, nursing home residents, and our communities.”

The nation’s largest health care event, National Healthcare Week dates back to 1921 when it was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a community wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals. The celebration, launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.

A full slate of community activities is planned for 2011, including:
 Saturday, May 7th, Babysitter Safety Class: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Main Lobby (Participants must be 12 years of age. Registration required by May 5, 481-2247)

 Tuesday, May 10, Free (non-fasting) Blood Sugar Screening & Diabetes Risk Assessment: 9:00-11:00 a.m. Main Lobby; Free Blood Pressure Screening: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Main Lobby

 Wednesday, May 11, American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR AED Class: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Education Classroom-Ground Floor (Registration Required 481-2247)

 Thursday, May 12, FREE Blood Pressure Screening: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Main Lobby; American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid Class: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Education Classroom (Registration Required 481-2247)
 

Screening Seniors in Burke, NY for Diabetes

April 25, 2011

Alice Hyde Medical Center's In Touch with Health community wellness program, in collaboration with the Franklin County Office for the Aging, is hosting a special information session about Medicare coverage for diabetes screenings as well as free Diabetes Risk Assessments on April 28, 2011 from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. at the Burke Adult Center located at 1040 East Main Street in Burke, across from the fire station.

Senior citizens enrolled in Medicare can learn about the Medicare coverage available for diabetes screening. Josy Delaney, MS, CHES, AHMC Community Wellness Specialist, will discuss risk factors for diabetes, how to prevent/delay the onset of diabetes, and Medicare coverage of the screening. Diabetes risk assessments will be done on an individual basis, following the presentation.

Funding for this event is made possible by a $2,500 award the Medical Center received from the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project (MDSP), a national coalition of patient, nonprofit organizations, and corporate partners, that are leading the way in encouraging seniors to improve their health by getting checked for diabetes.

For more information please call AHMC’s Education Department at 518-481-2247. For directions to the Burke Adult Center please call 518-483-1089.
 

NEW TECHNOLOGY AT AHMC

April 20, 2011

Malone—Alice Hyde Medical Center has acquired the BioMedix PADnet™+, new screening equipment for peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Leg pain, cramping, swelling, numbness, or skin discoloration are common complaints that physicians hear from their patients.  About 33% of the estimated 9 million adults with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) experience physical signs or symptoms of such intensity or frequency that they should seek medical help, if they have not already.

PAD is often undiagnosed or unrecognized; however, it is a condition that can be treated. Understanding and managing PAD is a process that requires specially trained medical practitioners, who often use special testing equipment to help determine the cause of the symptoms. 

“Usually, patients will go to their primary care provider when they experience episodes of pain or discomfort in the legs or buttocks,” said Dr. Nader Elgharib, Alice Hyde Medical Center Cardiologist, Attending Cardiologist, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Assistant Professor, University of Vermont College of Medicine.  “With this new technology, I can now provide a baseline test to determine if further evaluation is required by the Medical Center’s Cardiovascular specialists.”

Leg pain is caused by many different health disorders.  The diagnostic process begins with the practitioner taking a thorough medical history of the patient.  Based on that history, the practitioner will decide upon a course of action that may include further diagnostic testing.


DIAGNOSING LEG PAIN

Specialized equipment is sometimes called for when diagnosing PAD.  A new development in diagnostic technology, PADnet™+, measures functional status of the limbs by recording segmental blood pressure and segmental blood volume and communicates results immediately via a web interface to specialists for interpretation; these measurements provide practitioners with a clear, measurable sign of what is going on with a patient’s lower extremity arterial system. PADnet+, is actually a group of tests that contributes to the overall diagnostic process. 

Elgharib recommends that anyone experiencing leg pain or discomfort should first seek medical advice from their primary care provider. 
 
PHOTO CAPTION: From left, Sandy Mertz, RN, Director of Critical Care Services; Jenna Law, Cardiopulmonary Services Technician; Christine Dominic-Rovito, Cardiopulmonary Services Technician; Dr. Nader Elgharib, Alice Hyde Medical Center Cardiologist, Attending Cardiologist, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Assistant Professor, University of Vermont College of Medicine; and Justin Stickney, Cardiopulmonary Services Technician.

Volunteer of the Year Award Presented

April 15, 2010

Margaret Premo was named Volunteer of the Year at Alice Hyde Medical Center for her work in the Volunteer Office and Gift Shop. Premo was honored for her spirit of giving, dedication, and contribution to the Medical Center’s success. As Volunteer of the Year, she received a flower arrangement donated by Nelson’s Florist, a $50 gift card from Walmart, donated by the AHMC Auxiliary, and a certificate of recognition. Her name appears on a “Volunteer of the Year” plaque that is on display in Medical Center’s main lobby. This is the second Volunteer of the Year award presented by Alice Hyde Medical Center.

Pictured with Premo (holding the plaque) from left are, John Johnson, President/CEO; Scott Monette, volunteer in the Maintenance Department; Rebecca Livernois, Director of Volunteers; Eleanor Bennett, volunteer in the Gift Shop and at the Information Desk; and Theresa Lamica,  volunteer in the Park Street Cafe. Not pictured was Shelly Lebow, volunteer in the Cardiopulmonary Department.

 

 

 

AHMC PROMOTES NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY

March 31, 2011

Alice Hyde Medical Center, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16, 2011 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).

As a participating organization, AHMC provides information and tools for the public to discuss their wishes with family, friends, and health care providers. Alice Hyde also provides advance directives (health care proxy and living will).  To find these resources follow the ‘Palliative Care’ link on alicehyde.com/Services.

From April 16 - 30, AHMC will have an advance care planning resource and information table available in the Medical Center’s main lobby with free information about advance care planning and forms for advance directives. 

Also, on April 27th, the Medical Center will host a special video session; Community Conversations on Compassionate Care, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Park Street Conference Room, located on the Ground Floor of the Medical Center. Light refreshments will be provided.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their health care decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Dr. Marie-Caroline Piche, Palliative Care Specialist.  “Fewer families and health care providers will have to struggle with making difficult health care decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance health care planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

For more information, contact the Medical Center’s Patient Advocate at 481.2301 or Patient Satisfaction Coordinator at 481.2258. To learn more about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit compassionandsupport.org.

Auxiliary Donates $42,500 to AHMC for Equipment

April 7, 2011

During the past year the AHMC Auxiliary raised $42,500 on behalf of Alice Hyde Medical Center. The Auxiliary’s generous donation was used for the purchase of mobile computerized medication carts. These carts are used for Bedside Medication Verification (BMV). The Medical Center is slated to implement a  BMV system for the administration of patient medications later this year. The BMV system utilizes important safety checks to ensure that patients receive the correct medications during their hospital stay. Bedside Verification allows caregivers to utilize bar code scanning technology prior to administering medications, to confirm patient identity and medication information.

Pictured from left are Auxilians, Linda Sprague; Lynda Basiliere, 2nd Vice President; Theresa Bashaw; Susan Schrader; Molly Mckee; John Johnson, AHMC President/CEO; Pat Maneely, Auxiliary President, Linda McClarigan, RN, AHMC Senior VP of Patient Care Services; Bev Marsden; Cindy Soper, Recording Secretary; Kathy Evans, Treasurer; and Susy Cantwell, Legislative Advisor.

 

A Heartwarming Donation

April 7, 2011

Because of the excellent care her great grandmother received at the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center, eleven year old Samantha Bailey of Burke, wanted to do something special to give back. So, she entered a drawing at a local hockey tournament in hopes of winning a coffee pot for the Cancer Center. And, to her surprise, she won! Now, thanks to the thoughtfulness of a young girl, the Cancer Center has a new coffee pot in its waiting area for patients and staff to enjoy. 
  
Pictured from left, Amy O'Connor, Director of the Cancer Center, Samantha Bailey, and Justine Chodat, Radiation Technologist.

REDDY CANCER TREATMENT CENTER TO INSTALL NEW EQUIPMENT

March 7, 2011

Malone—Alice Hyde Medical Center has begun the installation process for its new linear accelerator at the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center.

This three month project begins with the removal of the Medical Center’s current linear accelerator. The state-of-the-art machine will allow the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center to expand its scope of cancer treatment to include Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). 

IMRT is an advanced computer programming system that delivers precise radiation doses to a malignant tumor. IMRT allows for the radiation dose to conform more precisely to the three-dimensional shape of the tumor by controlling the intensity of the radiation beam in multiple small volumes. Because the ratio of healthy tissue dose to tumor dose is reduced to a minimum with the IMRT approach, higher and more effective radiation doses can safely be delivered to tumors with fewer side-effects compared with conventional radiotherapy techniques.

Throughout the construction and installation project, chemotherapy services will continue; however, radiation therapy will be temporarily suspended until the new linear accelerator is installed. Dr. John Gebert, Board-certified Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director at the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center, will continue to consult patients in Malone. The staff at the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center will assist each patient with choosing an alternate cancer treatment site in the North Country or Vermont.  The Cancer Center is expected to resume radiation therapy on May 30.

The Reddy Cancer Treatment Center, located on the Alice Hyde Medical Center campus, is a full service chemotherapy and radiation oncology facility, utilizing state-of-the-art medical technology in the fight against cancer. The Center is accredited by the American College of Radiation Oncology, one of less than 200 facilities accredited by this radiation oncology specific agency nationwide. The Center, as a service of Alice Hyde Medical Center, is also accredited by the Joint Commission. The Center is staffed by a director, a well experienced and trained therapy staff, a superb ancillary staff dedicated to patient care, and a full time Medical Physicist with many years experience.

 

Alice Hyde Celebrates Patient Safety Week

February 24, 2011

Malone--Alice Hyde Medical Center announced today that it will take part in National Patient Safety Awareness Week, which takes place this year from March 6 to 12.

This year, to raise awareness and promote patient safety, the Medical Center will host educational events for employees, during the week of the campaign.  The campaign, led by the National Patient Safety Foundation, is designed to encourage and strengthen the collaboration between patients, families, and health care providers.

"We are pleased to participate in Patient Safety Week by emphasizing to patients and staff the steps that can help ensure safety while hospitalized at AHMC," said Linda McClarigan, RN, BSN, MS, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services at the Medical Center. “This campaign highlights the need for all health care participants to be informed, involved, and invested in making health care safe.”

When patients are discharged from the hospital, the effects of their condition are not necessarily gone when they return home. If your loved one has recently been hospitalized, the following tips can help them remain safe during and after the discharge process:

  • Be involved in decision making: Talking with your loved one and primary care provider ensures that everyone has the same goals and information, which is an important step toward a safe and healthy recovery. 
  • Discuss medications: Before your loved one is discharged, talk with the doctor about the medications he or she will be taking. Discuss the purpose, dosage and side effects of each so both you and your loved one can be prepared if any complications arise. One of the main causes of a slower recovery is improper use of medications. 
  • Schedule follow-up appointments: Find out what follow-up appointments and tests are needed.  Keeping follow-up doctor’s appointments and having ordered tests completed are important to most patients’ recovery.

Patient Safety Awareness Week, a program of the National Patient Safety Foundation, is an education and awareness-building campaign for improving patient safety at the local level. Health care organizations across the country are encouraged to plan events to promote patient safety within their own organizations. Educational activities are centered on educating patients on how to become involved in their own health care, as well as working with organizations to build partnerships with their patient community.
 

ALICE HYDE MEDICAL CENTER PARTNERS WITH THE CENTER FOR DONATION & TRANSPLANT TO HONOR THOSE WHO DONATE LIFE

February 16, 2011

Malone—Alice Hyde Medical Center is partnering with the Center for Donation & Transplant (CDT) to honor patients and their families that choose to give the gift of life through organ or tissue donation. 

Alice Hyde Medical Center is recognizing its organ and tissue donors by flying a Donate Life Flag in their honor each time a donation is facilitated at the hospital in 2011.  After the flag has flown for a week it is given to the donor’s family in memory of their loved one, as part of an aftercare packet designed to help families cope with their grief. 

Alice Hyde Medical Center will also fly an organ donation flag during National Donate Life Month in April to help raise awareness of the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation.  “I am thrilled that Alice Hyde Medical Center is recognizing the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation by flying the Donate Life Flag in honor of their donors,” said Jeffrey Orlowski, Chief Executive Officer of CDT.  “The flags provide awareness of the importance of donation and also serve as a symbol of respect for those who have given the gift the life.  The families of our donors find it very meaningful to receive the flag in recognition of their loved one.”

To thank Alice Hyde Medical Center for its support of CDT’s mission, CDT has dedicated a rose in honor of Alice Hyde Medical Center’s donors that was placed on the Donate Life Float in the 2011 Rose Parade.  This year marks the eighth year that the donation and transplant community participated in the Rose Parade through the Donate Life Float, which is designed to inspire more than 30 million U.S. television viewers to give the gift of life.  Alice Hyde Medical Center’s dedicated rose joined hundreds of others from across the nation to create a living memorial called the “Family Circle Garden” that is incorporated into the float.

The Center for Donation & Transplant is the federally designated non-profit organization that coordinates the retrieval of donated organs and tissues at 43 hospitals throughout western Vermont and northeastern New York State.

Medical Center offers special session on Diabetes screenings covered by Medicare

February 10, 2011


Alice Hyde Medical Center's In Touch with Health community wellness program, in collaboration with the Franklin County Office for the Aging, is hosting a special information session about Medicare coverage for diabetes screenings as well as free Diabetes Risk Assessments on February 22, 2011 from 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. at the Constable Adult Center located on the corner of Route 122 and Route 30 in Constable.

Senior citizens enrolled in Medicare can learn about the Medicare coverage available for diabetes screening. Josy Delaney, MS, CHES, AHMC Community Wellness Specialist, will discuss risk factors for diabetes, how to prevent/delay the onset of diabetes, and Medicare coverage of the screening. Diabetes risk assessments will be done on an individual basis, following the presentation.

Funding for this event is made possible by a $2,500 award the Medical Center received from the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project (MDSP), a national coalition of patient, nonprofit organizations, and corporate partners, that are leading the way in encouraging seniors to improve their health by getting checked for diabetes.

This event is open to the public. For more information please call AHMC’s Education Department at 518-481-2247. For directions to the Constable Adult Center please call 518-483-0561.

Employees Show Support for Heart Disease Awareness

February 8, 2011

February is American Heart Month and AHMC employees joined millions of Americans nationwide in celebrating National Wear Red Day. Red is worn to raise awareness that Heart Disease is the #1 killer of women. In addition, the In Touch with Health community wellness program gave free blood pressure screenings, risk assessments, and heart health information to employees and community members. This is the 7th year the Medical Center has participated in Wear Red Day.

(above) Pictured from left, front row, Linda McClarigan, RN, VP of Patient Care Services; Brenda Snyder, Nutrition Services; Marsha Bergeron, Nutrition Services; Karrie Lyndaker, Pharmacy; Kristin Ellis-Wood, RD, Clinical Nutrition Services;, Michelle St. Hilaire, RD, Clinical Nutrition Services, Josy Delaney, Community Wellness Specialist; Roxanne Morter, Medical Imaging; Marsha Benware, Medical Imaging; Janice Bilow, Laboratory; second row, Patricia Angus, Nursing Home; Linda Maneely, Nursing Administration; Jill Benware, RN, Medical Surgical Unit; Jean Harrington, RN, Medical Surgical Unit; Darlene LaBarge, Nutrition Services;  Rebecca Livernois, Director of Volunteers; Ann Perry, Laboratory; Linda DeBeer, Nursing Administration; Joanne Cassavaw, Outpatient Medical Services; Jeanette Tuttle, Nursing Administration; Lyn Shatraw, Outpatient Medical Services; Lydia Brown, Communications/Media Relations; third row, Rose Marie Brooks, Nursing Home; Jennifer Phillips, Nursing Home; Ellen Koehler, Pharmacy; Kay Roy, Nursing Home; Allison McCarthy, RN, Information Services; Pam Heath, RN, Medical Surgical Unit; Sara Martin, Medical Surgical Unit; Rebecca Barrett, Nutrition Services;  Donna Andrews, Human Resources; Sheila Demers, Laboratory; Dorothy Zegarelli, Nursing Home Director; Anne McIllhenny, RD, Clinical Nutrition Services; Renee Lane, Pharmacy; back row, Mary Deragon, Pharmacy; Shawneen Buckley, Director of Outpatient Medical Services;  Neil Manus, Information Services; Bernie Bruyere, Information Services; Roger Livernois, Director of Maintenance; Carl Dunn, Environmental Services; Jerry Dumas, Education; John Shea, Director of Environmental Services; Bruce Conto, Materials Management; Deborah Sauve, Materials Management, and Matt Jones, Director of Materials Managment.

 

 

Alice Hyde Medical Center to Host Wear Red Day

January 24, 2011

Malone—February is American Heart Month and Alice Hyde Medical Center (AHMC) will join millions of Americans nationwide in celebrating National Wear Red Day by inviting its employees and community members to wear red on Friday, February 4, 2011. In addition, the Medical Center’s In Touch with Health community wellness program will  provide free blood pressure screenings, heart health information, and risk assessments at the Wear Red Day table in the Medical Center main lobby from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. The information table will be available from February 4 -7. This is the 7th year the Medical Center has participated in Wear Red Day.

National Wear Red Day is designated for people across the country to wear red in support for women's heart disease awareness. Everyone can participate in this life-saving awareness movement by wearing   red clothing or accessory such as a dress, shirt, or tie. A Red Dress Pin is available at heartruth.gov. "Wear Red Day is a great opportunity to alert women in our community about their personal risk factors for coronary disease. We invite businesses, organizations, and community members to join us in wearing red on the 4th—by joining together we can raise awareness locally about heart disease and help lead women on the path to prevention,” said John Johnson, AHMC President/CEO.

The Medical Center’s activities are in partnership with The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign warning women about their risk of heart disease.  The campaign is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with The Office on Women's Health (OWH) and other organizations committed to the health and well-being of women.

For more information about Alice Hyde Medical Center’s National Wear Red Day activities or heart disease, please call the Education Department at 481-2247.

About The Heart Truth
Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women that heart disease is their #1 killer (from 34 percent in 2000 to 69 percent in 2009) most fail to make the connection between its risk factors and their personal risk of developing heart disease. A nationwide campaign, The Heart Truth, is underway to raise awareness that women need to protect their heart.

The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wake-up call to American women. The Red Dress® reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action.

This national campaign is building awareness of women's heart disease and empowering women to reduce and prevent their risk. It is reaching women with important heart health messages in community settings through a diverse network of national and grassroots partner organizations.

For more information about women and heart disease, including materials such as The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women and fact sheets about women and heart disease, please visit http://www.hearttruth.gov or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301-592-8573.

You and Your Health Care Provider:  A Heart Healthy Partnership
A crucial step in determining your risk is to see your health care provider for a thorough checkup.  Your provider can be an important partner in helping you set and reach goals for heart health. Be proactive; ask about heart disease and your risk factors. 

Questions to ask your health care provider:

  • What is my risk for heart disease?
  • What is my blood pressure?
  • What are my cholesterol numbers?
  • What are my “body mass index” and waist measurements?
  • What can you do to help me quit smoking?
  • How much physical activity do I need to help protect my heart?
  • How can I tell if I am having a heart attack?

 

 

 

 

Diabetes Screening and Medicare Presentation

January 24, 2011

Alice Hyde Medical Center's In Touch with Health community wellness program, in collaboration with the Franklin County Office for the Aging, is hosting a special information session about Medicare coverage for diabetes screenings as well as free Diabetes Risk Assessments on January 27, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Malone Golden Age Club located at 329 Main Street in Malone.

Senior citizens enrolled in Medicare can learn about the Medicare coverage available for diabetes screening. Special guest, Josy Delaney, MS, CHES, AHMC Community Wellness Specialist, will discuss risk factors for diabetes, how to prevent/delay the onset of diabetes, and Medicare coverage of the screening. Diabetes risk assessments will be done on an individual basis, following the presentation.

Funding for this event is made possible by a $2,500 award the Medical Center received from the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project (MDSP), a national coalition of patient, nonprofit organizations, and corporate partners, that are leading the way in encouraging seniors to improve their health by getting checked for diabetes.

For more information please call AHMC¹s Education Department at 518-481-2247. For directions to the Golden Age Club please call 518-483-2881.

Leroux Family Honored for their Dedication to Medical Center

January 11, 2011

In the company of family members, Alice Hyde Medical Center (AHMC) Board members and employees, Mr. & Mrs. Phillip and Dolly Leroux were honored for their generous donations to the Medical Center. At a ceremony held at the Salmon River Health Center, a plaque was unveiled in recognition of their contributions and support. As part of the ceremony, John Johnson, AHMC President/CEO expressed his appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Leroux for their commitment to the Medical Center and for the many years spent in service of others.  Mr. and Mrs. Leroux reside in Fort Covington and have 5 children and 13 grandchildren. They are the owners of Leroux Oil in Fort Covington. Mr. Leroux is now an emeritus Board member after serving on the AHMC Board of Directors since 1991. He served as Fort Covington’s Town Supervisor for a decade and a term as a Legislator. He has volunteered for the Fort Covington Fire Department for 40 years and served on the parish council for St. Mary’s Church in Fort Covington. Mrs. Leroux has worked in the family business since 1989 after retiring from a 20-year career as an LPN at Alice Hyde.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year's Baby Welcomed at AHMC

January 3, 2011

Malone’s first baby of the year was born at 4:19 a.m. on January 1st at the Family Maternity Center in Malone. Eileen DelaSala, medical technologist in Alice Hyde Medical Center’s laboratory and husband Ryan Reyes, of Malone, are the new parents of a son, Liam Jacob DelaSala Reyes who weighed 8 pounds, 6.75 ounces and measured 19.5 inches at birth.

The Medical Center presented the parents with a collection of gifts, including a pack and play, changing pad, diapers, diaper bag, clothing, baby monitor, stuffed animals, blankets, and books.

Pictured clockwise, from top left, Sarah Garland, RN, Debbie Merrick, RN, CCE, CLC, and parents, Eilieen DelaSala with Liam Jacob DelaSala Reyes and Ryan Reyes.

 

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