10/31/2014

Ebola Preparedness at Alice Hyde Medical Center

While the risk of the Ebola virus presenting in upstate New York is low, staff at Alice Hyde Medical Center has been preparing for that possibility.  We are following the guidelines laid out by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and NYS Department of Health (DOH).  We are educating staff, training on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and drilling in response to a potential Ebola patient.  All reception staff will be screening incoming patients.

For the most up to date information on Ebola, and Ebola preparedness guidelines, please click on the following links:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

NYS Department of Health (DOH)

AHMC Ebola Preparedness Page

Staff at AHMC trains in proper use of Personal Protective Equipment

10/22/2014
Malone Goes PINK For ALICE
 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and most people know that Pink is the international color of breast cancer awareness. What you might not know is that, on average, 31 women in Franklin County are diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year. 
 
Crystine Perry, a hair stylist at Serendipity Salon & Spa, decided that she wanted to do something to help raise awareness for Breast Cancer. For the month of October, Crystine is offering pink hair extensions for $10 each.  Each of her patrons will also receive information about early detection, which was provided by Alice Hyde Women’s Health. She also came to Alice Hyde to offer extensions to Medical Center employees. So far Crystine has raised over $3,100.  Crystine is donating all proceeds from the extensions to the Patient Care Fund at the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center at Alice Hyde Medical Center. “I wanted to donate to something that would help make life easier for people at the Cancer Center,” said Crystine. To get an extension of your own and support Crystine’s goal, call Serendipity Salon and Spa at 518-483-1050.
 
At Mo’s Pub & Grill, they are working to raise awareness about Breast Cancer as well.  They are encouraging patrons to wear pink every Wednesday in October.  “Breast cancer has touched the lives of many people on our staff,” said Christine Monette, VP of Food and Beverage Operations at Mo’s Pub & Grill. In addition, Mo’s will be donating 10% of Wednesday food sales in October to the Patient Care Fund at the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center. “It was important to me to know that our donation would help local people.  We rely on the community to support our businesses, so this was our way of giving back,” said Monette.
 
The Franklin Academy Girls Varsity Soccer Team hosted their annual “Pink Game” on Wednesday, October 15 to raise awareness about breast cancer. There was a bake sale, raffles and drawings during the game.  The team raised $1,200 dollars during the game and are donating all of the proceeds to the Patient Care Fund at the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center. 
 
Alice Hyde Medical Center is co-sponsoring a breast cancer awareness event with the AHMC Ladies Auxiliary on Thursday, October 23.  “Pumped Up For Pink” is an evening of celebration and empowerment.  It will be held in the Adirondack Room at Mo’s Pub & Grill from 7-9 pm, and will feature The Dancing Divas, light refreshments, and a talk about breast cancer prevention. There will also be vendors on hand, and partial proceeds from their sales will be donated to the Patient Care Fund at the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center. 
 
The Patient Care Fund was developed to help alleviate the financial stress that cancer brings, so families can focus on healing. Community members can also contribute to the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center, which provides patients access to state-of-the-art medical equipment. If you would like to help Alice Hyde Medical Center meet the needs of local cancer patients, call 481-2432 or visit alicehyde.com and click on “Give A Gift.” 
 
 
Crystine Perry offered pink hair extensions to employees at Alice Hyde Medical Center on Monday, October 13.  Many generous employees are now wearing pink hair extensions in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
10/15/2014

Save the Date for the Next AHMC Blood Drive!

11:00 AM to 04:00 PM 
AHMC New Cafeteria Conference Room
Ground Floor, AHMC Main Building 

Let's give the most priceless gift of all... the gift of life!

Upcoming Date:
December 17, 2014

10/13/2014

Alice Hyde Medical Center Conducts Ebola Virus Drill

While Ebola is still rare in the United States, the key to preventing the spread of the virus is to identify and isolate potential cases as quickly as possible.  To help with this effort, Alice Hyde Medical Center is following the Ebola Screening guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Doctors and staff have been educated about the signs and symptoms of Ebola, and directed to screen potential patients about any recent travel. Check sheets have been developed to guide staff response to potential Ebola patients.

On Friday, October 10, a surprise drill was conducted at the hospital to test staff response. A person playing the role of a potentially infected patient presented to the Emergency Room with symptoms of the virus. She presented with joint and muscle aches, fatigue, vomiting and a fever of 102.  Staff immediately inquired if she had traveled recently. When she answered that she had traveled recently to Africa, she was rapidly identified as a potential Ebola patient and isolated.  She was immediately given a surgical mask and was quickly ushered to a negative pressure room.  From presentation at the Emergency Room desk to isolation, there was minimal contact between the potential patient and staff.  Actual patients were protected at all times from the potential patient.

The staff at Alice Hyde Medical Center handled the potential patient appropriately and worked as quickly and efficiently as possible to minimize exposure of the potentially infected patient.  Alice Hyde Medical Center routinely educates their employees on new and emerging threats and provides guidance and continuing education on proper infectious disease protocol.

 

10/2/2014
DR. WILLIAM LATREILLE APPOINTED AS CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER AT ALICE HYDE MEDICAL CENTER
 
William Latreille, MD, FACP, has been appointed to the position of Chief Medical Officer at Alice Hyde Medical Center effective September 22, 2014. 
 
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Latreille will oversee and implement medical staff development, collaborate on best practices in healthcare, participate in and support quality improvement initiatives, and will work closely between the Medical Staff and Administration on important healthcare issues. “This is a role that I greatly look forward to growing into, and I intend to make the most of this opportunity to promote community wellness,” said Dr. Latreille.
 
In addition to his role as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Latreille will continue as the Chief Managing Physician at Alice Hyde Medical Practices, where he currently provides clinical leadership, management, and administrative services related to Alice Hyde’s provision of primary care services. He will also continue to see patients at this Primary Care Office at 183 Park Street in Malone two days per week, and at the St. Regis Mohawk Health Services Center in Akwesasne, one day per week.  “I am confident that Dr. Latreille will bring the leadership necessary to ensure our medical staff continues to play an integral role in achieving our hospital’s strategic objectives,” stated Douglas F. DiVello, FACHE, President and CEO of Alice Hyde Medical Center. 
 
Dr. Latreille has been a member of the Alice Hyde Medical Center staff since 1980.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is a native of Fort Covington, NY, and an alumnus of Salmon River Central School, where he currently serves as school physician. Dr. Latreille received his undergraduate degree from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY and received his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY.  He did his Residency Training in Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Missouri and Robert Packer Hospital in Syre, PA. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association and the Franklin County Medical Society. He currently serves as a trustee in the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) as well as a Regional Delegate to the House of Delegates of MSSNY and represents New York physicians as a member of the New York delegation to the AMA. 
 
Dr. Latreille replaces Dr. Leonardo Dishman, who had been Chief Medical Officer since May 2008. Dr. Dishman will continue on in his function as Chief Pathologist and Full Time Clinical Laboratory Director. 
 
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