Alice Hyde Medical Center Earns ACR Accreditation

Alice Hyde Medical Center’s (AHMC) Medical Imaging Department has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) as the result of a review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of medical imaging quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. “Alice Hyde Medical Center has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process to ensure that we continue to meet nationally accepted standards of care,” said Douglas F. DiVello, FACHE, AHMC President/CEO.
Additionally, image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. “This achievement recognizes the exceptional care and expertise of our Medical Imaging team and the services they provide our patients every day,” said DiVello. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce three-dimensional images of internal body parts.  CT scanning is also a noninvasive medical test using a sophisticated x-ray procedure. Multiple images are taken during a CT scan, and a computer compiles them into pictures of soft tissue, bone, and blood vessels. Both tests help physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Alice Hyde Medical Center announces the opening of its new walk-in clinic to provide easy and affordable access to patients with non-life threatening health concerns.

 Patients seeking care for non-life threatening medical problems can visit the Alice Hyde Health Center walk-in clinic located at 134 Park Street, in the rear of the Campbell Medical Building. The walk-in clinic will be open Monday through Saturday from 8:00am to 8:00pm and on Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm. No appointment necessary.
The walk-in clinic is designed for patients experiencing symptoms that do not require an Emergency Department visit such as fever, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, ear pain, rash, headache; injuries such as cuts, sprains, and wounds as well as treatment of allergic reactions, and eye irritations .
For more information please call 518.481-2800. The Campbell Medical Building also houses the Alice Hyde Dental Center.


AHMC Weclomes New Cardiologist

Keon Menzies, MD, a cardiology specialist, is providing care in the cardiology practice at Alice Hyde Medical Center. 

Dr. Menzies is a member of the University of Vermont Medical Group at Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT.  He will also hold a faculty appointment at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Dr. Menzies completed his medical training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at the Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in Cardiology at Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the Mount Sinai Graduate School of Biological Sciences of NYU, and a Masters of Public Health, Clinical Investigations and Epidemiology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. “I look forward to working with the Malone community and their primary practitioners in caring for cardiovascular needs of the patients with special emphasis on primary and secondary preventative care of cardiovascular diseases, said Dr. Menzies”.

For more information please call 518.481.2545.



Clermont Scholarship Awarded

The Alice Hyde Medical Center Auxiliary recently awarded the William Clermont Scholarship to Josy Delaney. This is a $500 scholarship in memory of Mr. Clermont who was the hospital Administrator from 1957-1974. Under his guidance and direction, several major additions and enhancements were made to the original hospital including the creation of the Alice Hyde Nursing Home.  His outstanding leadership and contributions to the advancement of health care is continued with his scholarship for Medical Center employees.

Josy Delaney, Community Wellness Specialist, has been employed at Alice Hyde Medical Center since January, 2005. She will be completing the Certificate of Graduate Studies in Public Health program, SUNY Albany, in December.

Please contact the Communications/Philanthropy Department at 518.481.2248 to make a contribution to the William Clermont Scholarship.

Pictured from left, Josy Delaney, Community Wellness Specialist; Linda Sprague, AHMC Auxiliary Scholarship Chairperson.



 AHMC Welcomes Family Nurse Practitioner
Deborah Norris, Family Nurse Practitioner, has joined the Alice Hyde Medical Center medical team and is providing care at the Dwyer Health Center in Moira, NY.
Ms. Norris most recently practiced as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Hilton Head Island, SC where her clinical experience included geriatric care at the Cypress Club Clinic, an outpatient clinic and it its skilled nursing facility and Alzheimer’s unit, Preston Health Center. Prior to that, she provided pediatric care for the Community Caring for Children program in Head Island, SC. Additionally, Norris provided family health care services at Slocum-Dickson Medical Group in New Hartford, NY and in-patient psychiatric care at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, NY. 
Ms. Norris graduated with her Master of Science in Family Nursing with a Functional Role as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the Decker School of Nursing at SUNY University at Binghamton in Binghamton, NY. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica, NY. "My husband and I are very excited to return to New York State and to make our home in the North Country,” said Norris. “I look forward to getting to know everyone and to making a positive contribution to the community."
 Ms. Norris provides 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. To make an appointment at Dwyer Health Center, please call (518) 481-2600, or walk-in for same-day care. The Dwyer Health Center is located at 969 Rte. 11, Moira.



Alice Hyde Medical Center Awarded Accreditation From the Joint Commission










Alice Hyde Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in laboratories. The accreditation award recognizes Alice Hyde Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. “For our organization and laboratory professionals, achieving Joint Commission accreditation is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide,” said Douglas F. DiVello, FACHE, AHMC President/CEO.

Alice Hyde Medical Center’s laboratory underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey earlier this year.  A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the laboratory for compliance with standards of care that directly affect the quality and safety of diagnostic services and patient care.
"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Alice Hyde Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," said Jennifer Rhamy, M.B.A., M.A., M.T. (ASCP) SBB, HP, Executive Director, Laboratory Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Alice Hyde Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Dr. Leonardo Dishman, AHMC Chief Medical Officer and Laboratory Director. The Joint Commission’s laboratory standards emphasize the results a laboratory should achieve instead of emphasizing the technical methods of performing testing, and were developed with input from professional laboratory organizations. Joint Commission standards address processes that follow laboratory specimens from the doctor’s order into the laboratory from specimen collection then back to the patient through result reporting, focusing on the provision of high quality, safe laboratory services integrated with patient care. These standards highlight the essential nature of laboratory services on the actual care and service delivery processes that contribute to and support the overall health care delivery system.
Alice Hyde Medical Center, a non-profit organization, works to fulfill its Mission of Building a Healthier Community Together 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year. The Medical Center located in Malone, New York, is comprised of a 76-bed acute care facility and the Alice Hyde Nursing Home, a 75-bed long-term care facility, as well as, specialty care services including four family health centers, a cancer center, a dental center, a family maternity center, an orthopedic and rehabilitation center, a cardiac rehabilitation center, and a hemodialysis unit. The Medical Center is an affiliate and health partner of Fletcher Allen Health Care, a premier academic tertiary care center in Burlington, Vermont. Since opening its doors in 1913, AHMC has been providing high-quality health care to the more than 55,000 residents of northern Franklin County, western Clinton County, and eastern St. Lawrence County. Throughout the past century, Alice Hyde Medical Center’s focus has been on keeping the community healthy through primary and emergency care, disease prevention, and education. AHMC is a leader in improving the health and wellness of the residents it serves.
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

 Benware Scholarship Awarded

The Alice Hyde Medical Center Auxiliary recently awarded the Thelma Benware Scholarship to Megan Liechty, a 2012 graduate of Saranac Central School. She will begin the Health Studies Program at Clinton Community College later this month and will continue her studies to become a Registered Nurse. “I am honored to receive this scholarship towards my future education,” said Liechty. Liechty is the daughter of Sam and Rhonda Liechty of Morrisonville, NY. This scholarship was established in memory of Mrs. Thelma Benware who was an LPN at Alice Hyde Medical Center for many years. Family and friends have and may continue to donate to this scholarship through the Medical Center Auxiliary.

 Pictured from left is, Auxilian Sue Spaulding, Auxilian Karen Mahoney, Megan Liechty, Auxilian Clarice Champagne, and Auxilian Linda Sprague.


 Dental Center Now Offering Invisalign

Alice Hyde Medical Center (AHMC) is pleased to announce that its Dental Center is now offering Invisalign.
The Dental Center is offering a dental treatment called Invisalign, a modern technique for straightening and realigning teeth. This is done with a virtually invisible and comfortable plastic tray that is worn over the patient’s teeth.  These custom made aligners can correct a variety of mal-alignments including but not limited to crowding and spacing of the teeth.
There are advantages of using Invisalign when compared to traditional braces—one is able to brush and floss their teeth normally because the aligners can be removed at any time.
This treatment is offered by Nicola Henry, DDS, an Invisalign certified dentist. A free consultation is available to evaluate an individual’s teeth to determine the best course of treatment for the correction of their teeth.
Patients can contact their insurance providers to check what coverage is available for dental procedures.
Please call the Alice Hyde Dental Center at 518.481.2347 for a free consultation or for more information.

Alice Hyde Medical Center is pleased to announce a new President and CEO of Administration.

Douglas F. DiVello, MPH, FACHE is a seasoned health care professional with more than 25 years of senior management experience leading hospital teams to high performance and exceptional care. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are very pleased that we have been able to recruit an individual of Doug’s caliber,”
said Dean Johnston, AHMC Board of Directors Chair. “We believe he will be a dynamic asset to the Medical Center and instrumental in building on our achievements as we continue to fulfill our mission of building a healthier community together.”

Before joining Alice Hyde Medical Center, Mr. DiVello served as Vice President of Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine since 2002. Prior to that, he served in a number of key administration roles in community and academic health care organizations including Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Maimonides Medical Center in New York, and Kennedy Memorial Healthcare and St. Joseph’s Hospital in New Jersey.
Mr. DiVello received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Western Maryland College and his Master’s Degree in public healthcare administration from Long Island University. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the Alice Hyde Medical Center family and look forward to working with the Board, employees, and the Medical Staff, along with the greater community to continue the organization’s tradition of success,” said DiVello. “Alice Hyde Medical Center is clearly devoted to high quality patient care and to service excellence. “All those whom I met, from the search committee, to senior leaders, physicians, and hospital managers and staff, possess a great energy and spirit of devotion to the Medical Center’s mission, to its patients and to the community. They recognize their role in assuring that the Medical Center continue to be an organization committed to elevating the region’s health status, and as a driver in the local economy. That is precisely the kind of organization I want to be a part of and to continue to help lead and nurture. My wife Cathy and I, and our family, look forward to relocating to the community and meeting many new people as well as enjoying the local beauty.”
Mr. DiVello succeeded Mr. John Johnson as President/CEO on July 9.



Alice Hyde Medical Center (AHMC) is pleased to announce that its Dental Center is now offering Invisalign, a modern technique for straightening and realigning teeth. This is done with a virtually invisible and comfortable plastic tray that is worn over the patient’s teeth.  These custom made aligners can correct a variety of mal-alignments including but not limited to crowding and spacing of the teeth.

There are advantages of using Invisalign when compared to traditional braces—one is able to brush and floss their teeth normally because the aligners can be removed at any time.

This treatment is offered by Nicola Henry, DDS, an Invisalign certified dentist. A free consultation is available to evaluate an individual’s teeth to determine the best course of treatment for the correction of their teeth.

Patients can contact their insurance providers to check what coverage is available for dental procedures.

Please call the Alice Hyde Dental Center at 518.481.2347 for a free consultation or for more information.



Alice Hyde Medical Center has streamlined its primary and non emergent care delivery systems to improve patient care. 

Dr. Anila Khaliq of the Alice Hyde Health Center (AHHC) is providing primary care services at a new location, 183 Park Street, Suite 3. Dr. Khaliq provides comprehensive primary care services for infants, children, adolescents, and adults, including well-child exams, immunizations, and the treatment of acute and chronic illness. With this relocation, the AHHC has new hours of operation: Tuesday-Friday from 8:00am to 6:30pm. To make an appointment, or become a patient of Dr. Khaliq, please call 518.481.2600.
Patients seeking care for non life-threatening medical concerns will be treated by additional providers in the Emergency Department. These providers are located in the ED to treat patients who do not require emergency care but who may have symptoms such as fever, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, ear pain, rash, headache; injuries such as cuts, sprains, and wounds as well as treatment of allergic reactions, and eye irritations. This new service is available seven days a week from 12:00 noon to 10:00pm. For more information please call 518.483.3000.
The Medical Center now has a new phone number to be used for scheduling primary care appointments—Medical Office Provider Scheduling, 518.481.2600, allows patients to make appointments with providers at the Martin J. Leroux Health Center in Fort Covington, Dwyer Health Center in Moira, Bessette Health Center in Chateaugay, Tower Health Center in St. Regis Falls, as well as, with Dr. Anila Khaliq, Dr. William Latreille, Dr. Craig Richards, Dr. Myrna Sanchez, Andrea Farrell, FNP, and Stephanie Leffler, FNP. Patients may contact providers directly for test results, questions, or concerns.


AHMC Welcomes New Radiation Oncologist
Alice Hyde Medical Center announces that Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Anthony Vaccaro, has joined its medical staff.
Dr.Vaccaro, board certified in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology, is caring for patients at the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center and serves as its Medical Director.
Dr. Vaccaro completed residencies in pediatric oncology and radiation oncology at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, TN and at the Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, respectively. He is American Cancer Society Clinical fellow starting his oncology research at the Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Hospital, in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Vaccaro earned his medical degree at the University of Leicester in Leicester, England. A radiation oncologist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of cancer patients, using x-ray energy. Radiation therapy is commonly applied to the cancerous tumor because of its ability to control cell growth.
Dr. Vaccaro has served as the Medical Director of Hospice of Clinton County in the past. He is a Principal Investigator for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group which is part of the National Cancer Institute, the Director of Radiation Oncology for the Fitzpatrick Cancer Center. Additionally, he is a member of the Clinton County Medical Society, American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the American College of Radiation Oncology.
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. In 2011 AHMC installed a new linear accelerator at the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center, expanding its scope of treatment to include Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). This equipment provides radiation doses to a tumor or specific areas, minimizing the radiation delivered to the surrounding tissues.
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 well experienced and trained therapy staff, a superb ancillary staff dedicated to patient care, and a Medical Physicist with many years experience.




 AHMC Recieves Award to Help Children and Familes Maintain a Healthy Weight
In an effort to help address the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, Alice Hyde Medical Center has received an award from the We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition)® childhood obesity prevention program. Developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), We Can! supports local efforts to help children and families maintain an active lifestyle and a healthy weight. Childhood obesity is a public health crisis in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aproximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled.
Alice Hyde Medical Center has been teaching parents and caregivers how to get the entire family to eat right, move more and spend less time in front of the screen since they joined the We Can! movement in July 2009.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant to partner with the Malone Middle School on this project, We Can! Get Moving!,” said Project Coordinator Josy Delaney, AHMC Community Wellness Expert. “The main goals of this project are to promote, encourage, and support physical activity and healthy eating for all residents of Malone and the surrounding communities. It’s a great way to support AHMC’s mission statement: “Building a Healthier Community Together"”  
Alice Hyde Medical Center is one of 18 registered We Can! community sites across the country to receive community assistance support of up to $10,000 to implement programs that:
The overall objectives of this assistance program are to help We Can! community sites:
·         Implement We Can!’s parent and/or youth curricula
·         Build organizational and/or community capacity to implement We Can! curricula
·         Expand existing community health efforts, programs, events, or activities to include We Can! messages and materials
·         Sustain the programs after the funding period ends.
The We Can! Get Moving! initiativeconsists of four projects: the SPARK Training Program (Sport, Physical Activity, and Recreation for Kids) for the Malone Central School District physical education teachers; the SPARK Middle School curriculum and equipment for the Malone Middle School students; the We Can! Parent Program (three 4-session programs) for parents of children ages 8 to 13, but all parents will be welcome; and the Move to Improve—Active Living Pedometer Program for Malone Central School District staff.
Launched in 2005 by NIH, the We Can! program provides science-based strategies and resources for parents, caregivers and communities to help youth ages 8–13 stay at a healthy weight by improving nutrition, increasing physical activity and reducing screen time. 
The 18 sites that received funding under the 2012 We Can! Assistance Program include:

·         Alice Hyde Medical Center, NY
·         Annette Island Service Unit, AK
·         Cobb & Douglas Public Health, GA
·         Colorado Black Health
Collaborative, CO
·         ENEMY Swim Day School, SD
·         Feeding South Florida, FL
·         Fit Kids Playground, FL
·         Gary Comer College Prep, IN
·         Healthy Heart Community Prevention Project, LA
·         Indian River County Health Department, FL
·         Inlet View Elementary School, AK
·         Knoxville Area Coalition on Childhood Obesity, TN
·         Mercy Medical Center, IA
·         Neighborhood HealthSource, MN
·         St. James-Santee Family Health Center, Inc., SC
·         United Health Services, NY  
·         Westside Health Authority, IL
·         6KidsNFit, FL

In addition to the We Can! Assistance Award, Alice Hyde Medical Center received a grant in the amount of $4,405 from Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network (www.eahcn.org) and a Walmart grant of $750 to support this project.
For more information about We Can!http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov.
For more information aboutAlice Hyde Medical Center: alicehyde.com or visit Alice Hyde Medical Center on Facebook.
We Can!®is a science-based national education program developed by NIH—a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—to help children ages 8–13 stay at a healthy weight through improving food choices, increasing physical activity, and reducing screen time. The program offers flexible, easy-to-implement resources complete with partnership ideas and outreach opportunities to unite community organizations. Four of the National Institutes of Health have combined their unique resources and activities to create We Can!: the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; and the National Cancer Institute. For more information, visit http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov or call toll-free 866-35-WE CAN (866-359-3226).

Alice Hyde Medical Center’s (AHMC) patient care experience for its medical and surgical patients is undergoing a change. The Medical Center is implementing “patient centered care” and converting to private rooms in an effort to improve patient and family satisfaction. These changes promote healing and reduce infections, as well as, increase patient safety by reducing falls, medical errors, and improve the quality of care delivery model.

Health care facilities are more aware of the growing body of scientific evidence that shows that there are benefits to a quiet, calming, and healing environment. The word “healing” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word haelen, which means to make whole. One way to understand the term is harmony of the whole person including the mind, body, and spirit. “As health care providers we need to make design changes toward a more patient-centered and holistic care-delivery model that takes into consideration the needs and preferences of patients, family members, and staff,” said Linda Mcclarigan, RN, BSN, MS, AHMC Vice President of Patient Care Services.

A noisy, confusing hospital room might leave a patient not only feeling worried, sad, or helpless but also might raise his or her blood pressure and heart rate and increase muscle tension. Hormones released in response to stress could suppress the patient’s immune system causing wounds to heal more slowly. Healing environments can reduce stress and anxiety, which positively affects our health in a number of ways. “We will continue to incorporate features and services moving forward in all of our future facility designs that will reduce stress for the patient, promote healing, and improve patient satisfaction,” continued McClarigan.

Implementing private rooms can lessen noise from paging systems, equipment, alarms, roommates, and staff, in turn, making hospitalization less stressful and more restful for patients. All but six of the medical and surgical rooms are equipped with a single bed and new furniture purchased by the AHMC Auxiliary, including bedside stands, over-bed tables, and room chairs for patients and their family members. The Auxiliary is generously donating $74,000 over the next to years so that patients may benefit from the amenities and comfort that private rooms offer. In addition, the patient rooms will be decorated with donated artwork and photographs featuring nature scenes to add to the calming effect of the new “patient centered care” experience.

The Medical Center is expanding its new Bedside Medication Verification (BMV) system to the new medical surgical single patient rooms. This system is used to administer patient medications in the safest manner possible. The BMV practice is already in place in the AHMC Intensive Care Unit and Family Maternity Center.

In addition to having more privacy at a time when patients are most vulnerable, patients in private rooms have less sleep interruptions and can talk more freely with caregivers when discussing confidential matters. Additional amenities for loved ones, if needed, reclining chairs, folding beds, and guest access to the Internet are also available. “Please give us your feedback when you are here as our hospital team welcomes your suggestions as we are committed to provide you the best possible patient experience at AHMC,” said McClarigan.

The BMV system results in safer, more accurate, and more efficient medication/transfusion administrations. Physicians and health care providers also have faster and easier access to critical patient information. The implementation of the BMV system is part of Alice Hyde Medical Center’s efforts to improve the quality and satisfaction of its patients.
This system contributes to safe administration through the “Five Rights” of medication management:

• Right Patient
• Right Medication
• Right Dosage
• Right Route (meaning how the patient receives the medication)
• Right Time

Pictured Auxilians and nursing staff, sitting from left, Becky Livernois, Molly McKee, Theresa Bashaw, Linda Sprague, Tammy Reynolds, RN, Director of Medical Surgical Services; Standing from left, Linda McClarigan, RN, BSN, MSHA, VP of Patient Care Services, Cindy Soper, Shirley Davis, Clarice Champagne, Sherry Langdon, Lynda Basiliere, Kathy Evans, Theresa LeRoy, Pat Maneely, Auxiliary President, Denise MacDonald, LPN, Jill Benware, RN, Emily Rivera, Nurse Aide




Alice Hyde Medical Center is pleased to announce a new Vice President of Administration. John Aufdengarten, BSN, MSN, MBA, brings more than twenty years of progressive leadership experience in the health care field.  As a member of the senior management team, Aufdengarten will oversee the operation of several Medical Center health services: physician practices and five health centers as well as cardiopulmonary, laboratory, medical imaging, rehabilitation, and dental services.
Prior to joining Alice Hyde Medical Center Aufdengarten completed a successful assignment as an interim management consultant at a 240 bed Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona where his dynamic experience was a crucial component of their success. “I am pleased to welcome John into his role and am confident that his knowledge and broad expertise will be vital to the success of Alice Hyde Medical Center in 2012 and beyond,” said John Johnson, AHMC President/CEO.
Aufdengarten brings vast clinical and senior management experience, previously holding positions of Registered Nurse, Nurse Supervisor, Vice President of Patient Care/Chief Nursing Officer, and Vice President of Operations. “I am very excited to be a part of the Alice Hyde Medical Center team and appreciate the warm welcome from the community,” said John Aufdengarten, Vice President of Administration. “I am committed to furthering the Medical Center’s efforts to provide the best care possible to those we serve.”
During his career Aufdengarten worked for several large health care facilities including St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, MA, Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Emergency Department in Providence, RI, Concord Hospital in Concord, NH, and Owensboro Medical Health System in Owensboro, KY. Aufdengarten earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Marymount College of Kansas in Salina, Kansas, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Colorado, Graduate School of Nursing, in Denver, Colorado, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Centenary College, Graduate School of Business in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Aufdengarten’s personal interests include spending time with his wife Kathy, their five children and five grandchildren as well as golfing, boating, and flying. 



Alice Hyde Medical Center is pleased to announce that Bryan J. Hughes has joined Alice Hyde Medical Center’s Board of Directors. He serves on the thirteen member Board that provides guidance and direction to leadership of the Medical Center, and he currently serves on its Philanthropy Committee.
As Board members, their responsibilities include reviewing and approving the annual budget and major organization decisions, working with the Medical Center President and other members of management to achieve the Medical Center’s mission of ‘Building a Healthier Community Together’. “We are pleased and fortunate to have Bryan on the Board of Directors; his stewardship will have a significant influence on our efforts to fulfill our mission,” said John Johnson,” AHMC President/CEO.
Mr. Hughes graduated Summa Cum Laude from Providence College in 1966 and Notre Dame Law School in 1969. That year, he became an associate with the Malone law firm of Herron, Lawler and Fischer, and has practiced law in Malone continuously since 1969. He is currently a Partner in the firm of Hughes Stewart & Race, P.C., located at 31 Elm Street in Malone. His practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning, corporate, real estate, and business matters.
Mr. Hughes has been very active in community affairs, including the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, American Legion, Elks Club, and Holy Family School. He served on the Board of North Country Community College for several years, and is currently a Member of the SUNY Potsdam College Council, all as Governor’s appointments.
He has been a driving force in several local fund-raising drives, to include North County Community College (Ballard Mill), Holy Family School, Veteran’s Park, and Alice Hyde Medical Center.
Mr. Hughes stated that he “feels an allegiance to the Medical Center, which is an integral part of the Malone Community and without which Malone would suffer terribly.” He has special regard for the Emergency Department, noting that “they saved his life on one occasion and have treated members of his family with compassion and professionalism.”
He believes that one of his roles will be to receive input as to the Medical Center’s strengths and weaknesses, as perceived by the public, in order to act upon these comments for the mutual benefit Alice Hyde Medical Center and Malone community.


Alice Hyde Medical Center announces that Internal Medicine and Nephrologist specialist, Dr. Grace Chibesakunda, has joined its medical staff.
Dr. Chibesakunda, board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, recently completed a fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Nephrology is the medical specialty that focuses on the treatment of kidney conditions. Dr. Chibesakunda completed her Internal Medicine residency at the J.H. Stroger Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She received her medical degree from the Medical Academy of Gdansk in Poland, passed her membership examinations to the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom, and obtained her international health certification from the University of Oslo in Norway.
With the addition of Dr. Chibesakunda to Alice Hyde’s Medical Staff, in-patient dialysis services will be available in the hospital. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Chibesakunda to our great team of health care providers,” said John Johnson, AHMC President/CEO. “She will provide services and expertise that are greatly needed within the community.”
Dr. Chibesakunda is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, American College of Physicians, and the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom.
For more information, or to make an appointment, call 518.481.2864. Dr. Chibesakunda’s office is located at 20 Fourth Street, Suite 2 on the Alice Hyde Medical Center Campus in Malone.



Eric Sargent, M.D., a member of the Urology Division of the University of Vermont Medical Group at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vermont, and associate professor of Surgery at the University of Vermont, has established a urology practice and will begin seeing patients at Alice Hyde Medical Center, effective today, January 9.  He will be located at the Alice Hyde Urology office, 16 Third Street, Malone.
“Dr. Sargent will meet a tremendous need in our communities—we are pleased to collaborate with Fletcher Allen Health Care to provide first-rate urology in Malone,” said John Johnson, AHMC President/CEO.
Dr. Sargent received a medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine followed by an internship at the University of Rochester and a residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Urology. He received further training in a Fellowship at University of California – Irvine and is board certified in urology. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 518-481-2893.
About AHMC
Alice Hyde Medical Center, (AHMC) located in Malone, New York, is comprised of a 76-bed acute care facility and the Alice Hyde Nursing Home, a 75-bed long-term care facility, as well as specialty care services including five community health centers, a cancer center, a dental center, a family maternity center, an orthopedic and rehabilitation center, a cardiac rehabilitation center, and a hemodialysis unit. The Medical Center is an affiliate and health partner of Fletcher Allen Health Care, a premier academic tertiary care center in Burlington, Vermont. For more information about AHMC, visit alicehyde.com.
About Fletcher Allen
Fletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’s academic medical center. Fletcher Allen, along with Central Vermont Medical Center, are members of Fletcher Allen Partners, established to develop a more coordinated system of care throughout the region. Fletcher Allen’s mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen also serves as a regional referral center -- providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York -- and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information about Fletcher Allen, find us online at http://www.fletcherallen.org or on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at www.fletcherallen.org/socialmedia.




Nalie Nguyen, DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) has joined the Alice Hyde Medical Center (AHMC) Medical Staff and will provide dental services at the Alice Hyde Dental Center in Malone.

Dr. Nguyen comes to Malone after completing her residency in general dental practice at the S.U.N.Y. Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the University of Montreal. Prior to dental school, she completed a year in the Bachelor of Nursing program at McGill University in Montreal, QC, where she received academic awards for her accomplishments. "Dr. Nguyen will meet critical dental service needs in the North Country. She is joining a dynamic team at the Alice Hyde Dental Center," said John Johnson, AHMC President/CEO.
Dr. Nguyen will provide comprehensive dentistry services at Alice Hyde Dental Center, including exams, oral surgery, veneers, root canals, restorations, fixed and removable prosthetics, and the management of dental emergencies. "I am proud to be a part of the top-notch dental professionals and staff at the Alice Hyde Dental Center," said Dr. Nguyen.
Dr. Nguyen is now seeing patients at the Alice Hyde Dental Center located at 134 Park Street in the Campbell Medical Building. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call 481-2347.


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