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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 11, 2014

    UTICA – Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has made the following staff announcements.

     

    Barbara Folger, RN, MS, CPHQ, NEA-BC, CPPS, has been named assistant vice president of Quality and Outcomes Management for MVHS. In this role, she is responsible for Quality Management, Patient Safety, Regulatory Affairs and Infection Prevention for the system. Folger has been an employee at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare for 28 years, where she has served as a staff nurse, charge nurse, nurse manager and the director of nursing for Medical-Surgical and Maternal Child Services and has held positions as the Performance Improvement nurse administrator and the director of Quality and Performance Improvement and Case Management. Folger received her Master of Science in Health Services Administration and Bachelor of Science in Nursing at SUNYIT Utica-Rome in Utica, New York. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) and Board Certified Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC).

     

    Marianne Baker, MS, RN, CCM, CPHQ has been named director of Regulatory Affairs for MVHS.  In this position, Baker is responsible for meeting regulatory requirements and coordinating the efforts of identified committees, departments, and clinical service teams in providing feedback and input into responses to the Department of Health, DNV Healthcare and other accrediting bodies. She also oversees the Language Assistance Program and the Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Specialists. Baker has more than 30 years of healthcare experience beginning as a critical care nurse at Faxton Hospital.  She is also a certified emergency medical technician (EMT). Baker received her Master of Science in Health Services Administration and Bachelor of Professional Studies in Human Services from SUNYIT, Utica, New York, and her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree from Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York.

     

     

    Heather Bernard, BS, RN, CIC, has been named director of Infection Prevention for MVHS. In this position, Bernard oversees infection prevention programs at all MVHS locations, develops and executes annual infection reduction plans, and educates staff members on proper infection prevention practices. Bernard has been an employee at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) since 2008, serving as the nurse manager of the Vascular Access Department, as well as the director of Infection Prevention. Bernard is pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Infection Prevention and Environmental Safety at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Science from SUNYIT Utica-Rome in Utica, New York, and her RN/Associate of Applied Science degree from Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, New York.

     

     

    Rebecca Delahunt, BSN, RN, has been named Director of Case Management for MVHS. In this position, Delahunt is responsible for the Case Management services at MVHS with clinical oversight of acute care registered nurse (RN) case managers, social workers and care coordination assistants. Delahunt has been an employee of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare for more than 24 years. Prior to her current position, she held various nursing and case management positions throughout the organization. Delahunt received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNYIT Utica-Rome in Utica, New York, and her RN from St. Elizabeth College of Nursing in Utica, New York.

     

     

    Martha Kodsy, BS, MS, has been named administrative director of Risk Management and Resource Utilization for MVHS. In this position, Kodsy provides administrative leadership for Case Management, Social Services, Mental Health Counseling and Utilization Management. She also oversees the organization’s Risk Management program which includes the identification, control, reduction and analysis of risk as well as the patient relations and grievance program. Kodsy has been an employee at St. Elizabeth Medical Center since 1991, holding various leadership positions, most recently serving as director of Performance Improvement and Risk Management. She received her Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from New School for Social Research in New York City and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resource Management from Utica College of Syracuse University in Utica, New York.

     

     

    Kimberly Witchley, BS, has been named director of Social Services and Care Transitions for MVHS. In this position, Witchley provides oversight to the Social Services Department (which focuses on discharge planning and care coordination), collaborates with network affiliates to grow network referrals within the organization, works with community resources to increase community service availability, and works with the MVHS leadership team to streamline discharge processes. Witchley has been an employee at St. Elizabeth Medical Center since 2009. She has held various positions within the organization, most recently serving as director of Case Management. Witchley is pursuing a Master in Health Administration from Utica College in Utica, New York. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Studies from Utica College in Utica, New York, and her Associate of Applied Science from SUNY Canton in Canton, New York.

     

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    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org


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    From the Oneida County Health Department
    For Immediate Release, September 10, 2014
    Contact: Sandra Pejcic, (315) 798-5748

    The best defense against a rare virus that has caused severe respiratory illness in hundreds of children across about a dozen states is proper hand-washing, reminded health officials from the Oneida County Health Department and the county’s hospitals, Rome Memorial Hospital, St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.

    Although there are no laboratory confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 in New York State, the Oneida County Health Department and the county’s hospitals are prepared to respond if the virus continues to move east, said Oneida County Director of Health Phyllis D. Ellis.

    The rare respiratory virus known as Enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, is part of the family of viruses that includes the common cold. The virus likely spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:

    • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds;
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
    • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick;
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick; and
    • Stay out of crowds, and home from work or school, if you feel ill.

    Most children infected with this virus will appear to have a cold, with runny nose, sneezing and cough, which will resolve itself with rest and symptom management. There are not any antiviral medications available to treat the virus. Some children, especially those with asthma and other health problems, are at higher risk of complications and may need to be hospitalized to receive intensive treatment of the symptoms.

    The Oneida County Health Department has formed an internal response team to monitor guidance from the New York State Department of Health and the CDC to coordinate a response with external partners, according to Ellis. Surveillance activities are ongoing to identify potential outbreaks.

    Local hospitals are sharing information about the virus with staff and providers and reviewing resource levels of medications and any specialized pediatric supplies that could be needed.

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    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org


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    For Immediate Release

    Lorna Grant, MD, has joined the Eye Associates of Utica, PC.

    Dr. Grant received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Vermont College of Arts and Sciences and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, both in Burlington, Vermont. She completed an internship at Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program and a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, both in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Grant also completed a Medical Retina Fellowship at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa.

    Dr. Grant can be reached at the Eye Associates of Utica, PC, 2206 Genesee Street, Utica, New York at (315) 735-8358.

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    Contact:

    Caitlin McCann        
    Communications Specialist
    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare
    (315) 624-5433
    cmccann@mvnhealth.com


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    For immediate release: October 1, 2014

    Mohawk Valley Health System’s Campaign For Quality
    to Feature Family Obesity Specialist From NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”

    Events held at Hamilton College on Friday, October 17, are free and open to the public.

    Joanna Dolgoff, MD, the official family obesity specialist for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” will be at the Mohawk Valley Health System’s Campaign For Quality on October 17 at Hamilton College.

    At some point in most people’s lives, they have had the goal to lose five to ten pounds or maybe even more. It can be heartbreaking, however, when it is your own child dealing with a weight issue and it brings up the question of who is responsible for your child’s health.

    Childhood obesity is a national epidemic, and is not a problem that can be ignored. Joanna Dolgoff, MD, the official family obesity specialist for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” will be a featured speaker at the Mohawk Valley Health System’s (MVHS) Campaign For Quality (CFQ), an educational conference being held on Friday, October 17, at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Dr. Dolgoff’s presentation will take place at 1:30pm and registration is required. The conference is free and open to the public, and more information and registration details can be found at www.campaignforquality.com.

    Dr. Dolgoff, a physician and child and family obesity specialist, is the creator and author of “Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right,” a family weight loss program. She was featured in Parent Magazine’s article “Seven Pediatricians Making a Difference in 2013,” is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and Dannon Yogurt, and is medical director of Camp Shane, the nation’s longest-running weight loss camp.

    Since its creation in 2008, “Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right” has proved tremendously successful, helping children and adults from 46 states and four countries lose weight. Dr. Dolgoff and the program have been featured multiple times in several major news outlets including “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” CNN and Fox News’ ”Happening Now.” She has also been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Parent Magazine and People Magazine.

    In her presentation, Dr. Dolgoff will explain the main causes of childhood obesity. By highlighting the medical consequences, she will help the audience understand why parents should address their child’s weight issue with a healthcare professional as soon as possible. She will also discuss the best methods to teach children about healthy nutritional and exercise habits.

    About Campaign For Quality

    MVHS’s 2014 CFQ promises to give everyone in attendance a new perspective on today’s ever changing healthcare system.

    This popular educational event, celebrating its 13th anniversary, features international, national and local experts presenting on current trends in healthcare, patient experiences, population health topics and patient safety initiatives. The Friday portion, held at Hamilton College, is free to attend. A special evening presentation and dinner ($15 per person) will be held on Thursday, October 16, at the Radisson Hotel in Utica, New York.

    “Our community’s health is a shared responsibility – shared by our patients and residents, their families and our providers and healthcare staff,” said Scott H. Perra, FACHE, president/CEO of MVHS. “Joining forces for the fourth year with Iroquois Healthcare’s Annual Quality and Patient Safety Forum, the 2014 CFQ offers something for everyone.”

    The conference offers 12 presentations in total including topics on: stroke prevention in women, palliative care, communication in healthcare, readmissions, behavioral health, reducing diagnostic errors and more. It is open to all employees, medical staff and volunteers from hospitals across New York State, as well as the general public. In 2013, more than 430 physicians, healthcare workers, students and community members were in attendance. Twenty-three hospitals and 13 healthcare organizations located throughout New York State were represented at last year’s CFQ.

    “Any provider, any healthcare worker or anyone concerned about their health or the health of a loved one should make time to attend Campaign For Quality,” said Perra. “This educational series brings together speakers of incredible talent and experience … speakers you’d normally have to travel to hear in major cities and at major academic healthcare institutes. Even if you only attend one session, you will come away with knowledge that may help change your healthcare experience in a very positive way.”

    CFQ is coordinated by the Keith A. Fenstemacher Center for Continuous Learning at FSLH and is sponsored by MVHS (affiliates include FSLH and St. Elizabeth Medical Center) as well as their medical staffs, Iroquois Healthcare, Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (MLMIC), ProAct Inc. and Sodexo.

    For more information and to register, visit www.campaignforquality.com or call (315) 624-6174.

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    Erin Gigliotti 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations / Media Specialist
    (315) 624-5581
    egigliot@mvnhealth.com


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) Foundation is holding its 14th annual Lights of Love Campaign. The Candle Lighting and Remembrance Service will be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at 4:30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica. Co-chairs Bunny Gottuso and Christine Abbass invite the public to share in this special event at which people remember loved ones, honor individuals, say “thank you” to someone who has brightened a life through special care or service, or light a candle as a holiday gift. 

    Gifts may be made in memory or in honor of a loved one, in celebration of a birth or special event, in recognition of a patient, in honor and acknowledgment of SEMC staff, or as a friend of the hospital. SEMC will be illuminated by holiday lights, each representing the special people acknowledged through this year’s campaign. A minimum donation of $10 per honoree is encouraged. The deadline to be recognized in this year’s Lights of Love Campaign is Friday, November 21, 2014.       

    Proceeds from the event will used to update patient care rooms and patient safety and security for SEMC. For more information, please call the Foundation Office at (315) 734-4287, email bfilletti@stemc.org or you may also contribute online by visiting www.stemc.org/foundation. All contributions are tax deductible.

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    Contact
    Caitlin McCann
    Communications Specialist
    (315) 624-5433
    cmccann@mvnhealth.com


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Julie Betro Shkane, DO

    UTICA – St. Elizabeth Medical Center is pleased to welcome Julie Betro Shkane, DO, Family Medicine Physician, to a new role in the organization. She has assumed the role of Associate Program Director for Outpatient Education and Medical Director of the Sister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center (SRVFMC). Her new responsibilities include overseeing the daily clinical operations of the SRVFMC and resident education related to their practice at the center.
    Prior to this position, Dr. Shkane practiced as a Family Medicine Physician at St. Elizabeth Medical Group in East Utica and was a faculty member for the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program. She received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2010.
    She received her Doctor of Osteopathy from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY, completed an Osteopathic Internship at the St. Elizabeth-University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) Osteopathic Internship program and her Residency at the Bassett-St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Program. Dr. Shkane is also a clinical assistant professor of Medicine at UNECOM and a Physician at Utica College Student Health Center. 

    UTICA – St. Elizabeth Medical Center is pleased to welcome Julie Betro Shkane, DO, Family Medicine Physician, to a new role in the organization. She has assumed the role of Associate Program Director for Outpatient Education and Medical Director of the Sister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center (SRVFMC). Her new responsibilities include overseeing the daily clinical operations of the SRVFMC and resident education related to their practice at the center.

    Prior to this position, Dr. Shkane practiced as a Family Medicine Physician at St. Elizabeth Medical Group in East Utica and was a faculty member for the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program. She received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2010.

    She received her Doctor of Osteopathy from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY, completed an Osteopathic Internship at the St. Elizabeth-University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) Osteopathic Internship program and her Residency at the Bassett-St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Program. Dr. Shkane is also a clinical assistant professor of Medicine at UNECOM and a Physician at Utica College Student Health Center. 

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    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    UTICA, NY – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) hospitals, Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center, were named joint winners of a 2014/2015 Consumer Choice Award by National Research Corporation. The announcement appeared in the October 13 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. The annual award identifies hospitals across the United States that healthcare consumers choose as having the highest quality and image.   
       Winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company’s Market Insights survey. National Research surveys more than 290,000 households in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia. Hospitals named by consumers are analyzed and ranked based on Core Based Statistical Areas defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, with winning facilities being ranked the highest. 
       “We are very proud of our dedicated staff and the care they provide to patients daily,” said Scott H. Perra, President/CEO of MVHS. “We are grateful for the recognition from our community.”   
    About National Research Corporation  
       Recognized by Modern Healthcare as the largest patient satisfaction firm in the U.S., National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management. 
    National Research is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information, call 800-388-4264, write to info@nationalresearch.com, or visit www.nationalresearch.com. 

    UTICA, NY – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) hospitals, Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center, were named joint winners of a 2014/2015 Consumer Choice Award by National Research Corporation. The announcement appeared in the October 13 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. The annual award identifies hospitals across the United States that healthcare consumers choose as having the highest quality and image.  

    Winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company’s Market Insights survey. National Research surveys more than 290,000 households in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia. Hospitals named by consumers are analyzed and ranked based on Core Based Statistical Areas defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, with winning facilities being ranked the highest. 

    “We are very proud of our dedicated staff and the care they provide to patients daily,” said Scott H. Perra, President/CEO of MVHS. “We are grateful for the recognition from our community.”   

    About National Research Corporation  

    Recognized by Modern Healthcare as the largest patient satisfaction firm in the U.S., National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management. 

    National Research is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information, call 800-388-4264, write to info@nationalresearch.com, or visit www.nationalresearch.com. 


    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

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    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org

    Debra Altdoerffer
    VP, Communications and Development
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5716
    daltdoer@mvnhealth.com

    Scott Smith
    Director of Marketing
    National Research Corporation
    (800) 388-4264
    scsmith@nationalresearch.com


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    Maria Carucci, RPh

    UTICA –Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has made the following staff announcement.
    Maria Carucci, RPh, has been named director of Pharmacy and Clinical Services for Mohawk Valley Health System. In the position, Carucci directs all aspects of the administration and operations of the Pharmacy Departments.
    Prior to this position, she served as director of Pharmacy at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and as principal consultant for I.C.E. Consulting, Inc. where she provided reimbursement strategy and managed market expertise to client companies.
    Carucci is a graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy and has more than 30 years of experience in the delivery of pharmacy services. Her experience includes hospital and home infusion pharmacy operations, managed markets sale and reimbursement strategy development for medical devices and alternate site delivery of home infusion therapies. 

    UTICA –Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has made the following staff announcement.

    Maria Carucci, RPh, has been named director of Pharmacy and Clinical Services for Mohawk Valley Health System. In the position, Carucci directs all aspects of the administration and operations of the Pharmacy Departments.

    Prior to this position, she served as director of Pharmacy at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and as principal consultant for I.C.E. Consulting, Inc. where she provided reimbursement strategy and managed market expertise to client companies.

    Carucci is a graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy and has more than 30 years of experience in the delivery of pharmacy services. Her experience includes hospital and home infusion pharmacy operations, managed markets sale and reimbursement strategy development for medical devices and alternate site delivery of home infusion therapies. 

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    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2014

    UTICA – St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) will hold an Open House on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the College. The event will include tours and Q&A sessions.

    The College offers a two-year associate in applied science (AAS) degree in nursing, fully integrated theoretical learning with clinical experience within a caring environment. The nursing courses include patient care that is planned and supervised by a faculty member with expertise in a particular nursing area. One of the strengths of the program at St. Elizabeth is its clinical component that combines the theory learned in class with actual nursing practice, allowing for immediate transfer and application of knowledge. SECON offers an evening/weekend nursing program in addition to the weekday program. It is designed to meet the needs of the adult learner who is unable to attend class during the weekday hours.

    St. Elizabeth College of Nursing is one of the first hospital-based nursing programs to receive dual accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

    To RSVP, go online at www.secon.edu. For more information, call (315) 798-8347.

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    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 23, 2014

    UTICA — St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) announces the successful completion of its re- accreditation process from DNV GL - Healthcare.

    By earning reaccreditation, SEMC has demonstrated it meets or exceeds patient safety standards (Conditions of Participation) set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. DNV GL’s accreditation program is the only one to integrate the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

    “The DNV GL program is consistent with our long-term commitment to quality and patient safety,” says Scott H. Perra, President/CEO of SEMC and Mohawk Valley Health System. “The ability to integrate ISO 9001 quality standards with our clinical and financial processes is a major step forward.

    In 2005, SEMC achieved compliance with ISO 9001, the world’s most trusted quality management system used by performance-driven organizations around the world to advance their quality and sustainability objectives. SEMC was also the first hospital in the country to reach ISO Environmental Quality 14001:2004 standards.  

    “We have taken an entirely different approach to accreditation, and hospitals are really responding,” says DNV GL - Healthcare CEO Patrick Horine. “Since accreditation is a must-have credential for just about every hospital in this country, why not make it more valuable, and get more out of it? That’s where ISO 9001 comes into play, and turns the typical get-your-ticket-punched accreditation exercise into a quality transformation.”

    DNV GL’s accreditation program, called NIAHO® (Integrated Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), involves annual hospital surveys – instead of every three years – and encourages hospitals to openly share information across departments and to discover improvements in clinical workflows and safety protocols.

    About DNV GL - Healthcare

    DNV GL is a world-leading certification body. We help businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services.

    Within healthcare, we help our customers achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety through hospital accreditation, managing infection risk, management system certification and training.

    The DNV GL Group operates in more than 100 countries. Our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

    For more information about DNV GL hospital accreditation, visit www.dnvglhealthcare.com.

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    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org

    Todd Welda
    DNV GL
    (281) 396-1677
    todd.welda@dnvgl.com


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2014
    HEADSHOT INCLUDED

    Emir Hodzic, MD

    OLD FORGE -- Emir Hodzic, MD, a family practice physician, has joined St. Elizabeth Medical Center and its medical staff. He joins Thomas Socash, MD and Karla Dalious, RPA-C in providing care at St. Elizabeth Medical Group’s Town of Webb Health Care Center. 

    Dr. Hodzic earned his Medical Degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Arts and Sciences from Utica College of Syracuse University, with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Dr. Hodzic is a graduate of the St. Elizabeth Family Practice Residency Program and has clinical experience in OB/GYN, internal medicine and pediatrics.

    Dr. Hodzic is accepting new patients and can be reached at the Town of Webb Health Care Center, 114 South Shore Road, Old Forge at (315) 369-6619.

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    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - HEADSHOTS INCLUDED


    Tom Zinger, RN


    Dianna Scranton, RN, BSN

    UTICA – Tom Zinger, RN has been named nurse manager for Emergency Services at Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). Prior to this position, he served as nurse manager for the Emergency Department (ED) at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH), nurse manager for the FSLH Urgent Care and as a charge nurse in the FSLH ED on the night shift. Previous to working at FSLH, Zinger worked at SUNY Health Science Center in the Neuroscience Department and Crouse Hospital in the Emergency Department, both located in Syracuse.
    Zinger received his registered nurse degree from St. Elizabeth College of Nursing and is currently working toward his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Utica College.
    Dianna Scranton, RN, BSN has been named assistant nurse manager of the St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) ED. Prior to this position, she held positions at SEMC as a nursing supervisor, ED assistant nurse manager, and as charge nurse on the ED and Oncology Unit. 
    Scranton received her associate in Nursing from St. Elizabeth College of Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. 

    UTICA – Tom Zinger, RN has been named nurse manager for Emergency Services at Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). Prior to this position, he served as nurse manager for the Emergency Department (ED) at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH), nurse manager for the FSLH Urgent Care and as a charge nurse in the FSLH ED on the night shift. Previous to working at FSLH, Zinger worked at SUNY Health Science Center in the Neuroscience Department and Crouse Hospital in the Emergency Department, both located in Syracuse.

    Zinger received his registered nurse degree from St. Elizabeth College of Nursing and is currently working toward his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Utica College.

    Dianna Scranton, RN, BSN has been named assistant nurse manager of the St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) ED. Prior to this position, she held positions at SEMC as a nursing supervisor, ED assistant nurse manager, and as charge nurse on the ED and Oncology Unit.

    Scranton received her associate in Nursing from St. Elizabeth College of Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. 

    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

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    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - HEADSHOT INCLUDED


    Kelly DeRider, left, nurse manager at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, accepts the Service Member Patriot Award from veteran Wilbur Linton of Oneida, right. At center is nominator Scott Helmer, SEMC RN.

    UTICA – Kelly DeRider, nurse manager for the operating room, post anesthesia care unit and central supply at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC), received the Service Member Patriot Award on October 28. It was presented by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), represented by Wilbur Linton, a veteran from Oneida. DeRider was nominated by Scott Helmer, a SEMC registered nurse in the cardiothoracic operating room, in appreciation for her efforts in helping him fulfill his commitments to the military. Helmer also appreciates the support of other members of the Surgery Department that enables him to maintain his civilian employment while serving in the armed forces.
    The Patriot Award is the first in a series of ESGR’s awards.  An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or her family.  The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support them through a wide range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence, if needed. 
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    Photo caption:  Kelly DeRider, left, nurse manager at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, accepts the Service Member Patriot Award from veteran Wilbur Linton of Oneida, right. At center is nominator Scott Helmer, SEMC RN.
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    UTICA – Kelly DeRider, nurse manager for the operating room, post anesthesia care unit and central supply at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC), received the Service Member Patriot Award on October 28. It was presented by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), represented by Wilbur Linton, a veteran from Oneida. DeRider was nominated by Scott Helmer, a SEMC registered nurse in the cardiothoracic operating room, in appreciation for her efforts in helping him fulfill his commitments to the military. Helmer also appreciates the support of other members of the Surgery Department that enables him to maintain his civilian employment while serving in the armed forces.

    The Patriot Award is the first in a series of ESGR’s awards.  An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or her family.  The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support them through a wide range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence, if needed. 

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    Contact:
    Sandra Fentiman
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - HEADSHOTS INCLUDED


    Robert Tan, LRT, RT


    Anthony Dischiavi, BS, RT


    Lisa Plunkett, LRT, RT

    UTICA – Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has made the following staff announcements.

    Robert Tan, LRT, RT (R), has been named director of Medical Imaging for MVHS. In the position, he is responsible for the overall operation and delivery of medical imaging services for the system. Tan has been an employee at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) since 1980 and has served as a staff radiologic technologist, quality control technologist, assistant manager, Department of Radiology, and as manager of the Department of Radiology since 2002. Tan received his certificate as a radiologic technologist from the St. Elizabeth School of Radiography.

    Anthony Dischiavi, BS, RT, (R) (CT) has been named assistant director of Medical Imaging for Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH). In this position, he works directly with radiologists and staff to oversee the daily clinical operations. Also, he assists the director in developing, instituting and monitoring policies and procedures within the department. Dischiavi has been employed at FSLH since 2003. He has held the following positions: computed tomography technologist and supervisor of Medical Imaging. Most recently, he has served as the administrator for the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) since May, 2013. He also served as an instructor at the FSLH School of Radiology and most recently as an adjunct faculty member at the Mohawk Valley Community College Radiologic Technology Program.

    Dischiavi earned his Bachelor of Science from SUNY Empire State College in in Saratoga Springs, New York, his Associate in Science from Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, New York, and his Diploma in Medical Radiography from FSLH’s St. Luke’s School of Medical Radiology in Utica, New York.

    Lisa Plunkett, LRT, RT has been named assistant director of Medical Imaging for St. Elizabeth Medical Center. In this position, Plunkett is responsible for the overall operation of imaging services for the St. Elizabeth Campus. Plunkett works directly with physicians, staff and management to maintain overall clinical operations as well as her current responsibilities as the PACS administrator. She has been employed at SEMC since 1992 as a staff radiologic technologist, clinical coordinator for the Department of Radiology and as PACS administrator since 2006.

    Plunkett earned her Certificate in Radiologic Technology from the St. Elizabeth School of Radiography.

    She received the ARRT Mammography Certification in 1992. 

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    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org


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    UTICA -- The Laryngectomy Support Group will be holding its monthly meeting on Thursday, November 13 at 12 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Sister Rose Vincent Conference Room on the first floor of the hospital. The Laryngectomy Support Group is sponsored by St. Elizabeth Medical Center.  

    A laryngectomy is the procedure to remove a person’s larynx and separates the airway from the mouth, nose and esophagus. The laryngectomee breathes through an opening in the neck, called a stoma.

    The public is welcome to attend. If you have questions, please contact the Speech Therapy Department at 734-3475. The meetings for the Laryngectomy Support Group are held the second Thursday of each month at 12 p.m.

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    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

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    Contact:
    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    UTICA – Midstate Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is moving its office location to 14 Foery Drive, Utica, effective Monday, November 10. Directions to the new EMS location are:

    From 2377 Genesee St. (corner of Genesee and Beverly Place), Utica: travel east onto Beverly Place, bear right onto Fairview Drive and continue right (dead end) onto Foery Drive.  Arrive at brick building. 

    For more information, see midstateems.org or call (315) 738-8351, ext. 4531 or (315) 624-4534. 

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    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

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    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org


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    Sister Walter Marie Donohue

    UTICA – A Memorial Mass for Sister Walter Marie Donohue will be held Wednesday, November 19 at 12 p.m. in the St. Marianne Cope Chapel at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. All are welcome.

    For more than 70 years, Sister’s life was devoted to caring for the sick and dying. She was a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital and spent 56 years at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. While at St. Elizabeth, she worked in clinical nursing, teaching and administration.

    For 22 years, she served as director of the School of Nursing and dean of St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) when its name was changed. Sister also began the weekend nursing program for students.

    Sister Donohue passed away October 12, 2014 at age 99. 

    Contact:
    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - IMAGE INCLUDED

    In September 2014, the St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) Foundation partnered with the F.X. Matt Brewery to host Octoberfest at F.X. Matt Brewery. The event raised $12,000 with proceeds benefitting the St. Elizabeth College of Nursing.

    Octoberfest featured American and German food provided by Swifty’s Restaurant & Pub, Saranac beverages and live entertainment by the Dusty Puppies and Gridley Paige. 

    “We are extremely grateful to the F.X. Matt Brewery and all of our sponsors and supporters for making this event so successful,” said Andrea LaGatta, director of Development, SEMC Foundation. “We would like to thank everyone who came out to support this wonderful and fun event.” 

    Photo caption: (Left to right) Hal Meyers; Chip Hadity; Pat Costello, Octoberfest sponsor; and Terry Mielnicki, president of the SEMC Foundation Board.

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    Contact
    Caitlin McCann
    Communications Specialist
    (315) 624-5433
    cmccann@mvnhealth.com


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    Staff members from Nursing, Rehabilitation and Hospital Services departments gather in one of the new patient rooms on the expanded orthopedic unit at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

    UTICA – St. Elizabeth Medical Center officially opened six additional private patient rooms on its Orthopedic Unit on Wednesday, February 11.

    “The growth of our orthopedic program brought about the need for added space,” said Nurse Manager Karen Coyle, RN, BSN. “We are especially happy to add the additional private patient rooms.”

    There are now 16 private and two semi-private rooms, with private bathrooms for each. The unit has two centrally located nurses’ stations to facilitate easy access to all patients. 

    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

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    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org


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    Ashley Ruddy, RN

    UTICA – Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has made the following staff announcement:

    Ashley Ruddy, RN – Emergency Department Assistant Nurse Manager

    Ashley Ruddy, RN has been named assistant nurse manager for the Emergency Department (ED) at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH). In this position, Ruddy maintains nursing operations to include both clinical and administrative responsibilities for the ED at FSLH.

    Ruddy has been an employee at St. Elizabeth Medical Center since 2013, serving as a staff RN in the Emergency Department. Previously, she worked as a staff RN in the Cardiac Care Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York, and as a charge RN in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Step-Down Cardiac Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York.

    Ruddy earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.

    Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are affiliates under the Mohawk Valley Health System.

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    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 798-8195
    sfentiman@stemc.org


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