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    Pictured left to right: Anthony Dischiavi, BS RT(R)(CT), Assistant Director, MVHS Medical Imaging; Denise Brannick, MD, Radiology Associates of New Hartford; Robert Tan, RT(R), Director, MVHS Medical Imaging; David Cole, Service Engineer, MVHS Medical Imaging; Brian James, RT(R), Operations Manager, MVHS Medical Imaging
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    UTICA – Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) opened a new instructional lab in the Medical Imaging Department at the Faxton Campus in February 2015. The lab is used by students of the Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) Radiological Technology Program and is equipped with a classroom area, a faculty work area, and radiology equipment on which students can practice before beginning the clinical portion of their studies.

    Construction of the new lab began in July 2014 and was completed in February 2015. The equipment was moved to the Faxton Campus from the St. Luke’s Campus and the former St. Elizabeth Medical Center School of Radiography after their Radiologic Technology programs moved to MVCC in response to changing American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) mandates, which now require entry-level practitioners to hold an associate degree. After the programs moved, a newer, larger instruction area was needed in the outpatient Medical Imaging Department at the Faxton Campus.

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

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    AJ Wiswell 
    Graphic Designer and Communications Specialist
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center
    (315) 801-8356
    awiswell@stemc.org


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    Tracy Lebert, RN

    UTICA – Tracy Lebert, RN, has been named nurse manager for 2A (Psychiatry) at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC). In this position, Lebert maintains nursing operations to include both clinical and administrative responsibilities for 2A.

    Lebert has been an employee at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) since 2013, serving as a staff RN on the Psychiatric Unit. Prior to her employment at FSLH, she was a RN at the Herkimer Area Resource Center and at Bassett Healthcare Center in Cooperstown, New York. She has also served as Life Skills Assessment and Direct Service case manager at the Oneida County Correctional Facility and has held positions at the Professional Counseling Center in New Hartford, New York; the Rescue Mission of Utica; and Upstate Cerebral Palsy in Utica and Herkimer, New York.

    She earned her RN from Morrisville State College in Morrisville, New York and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Utica College in Utica, 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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    Tracy L. Hilderbran, RN, MS

    UTICA – Tracy L. Hilderbran, RN, MS has been named director of Radiation Oncology for the Cancer Center at Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). Hilderbran is also the regional administrator for 21st Century Oncology in Utica, New York. Through these positions, she serves as the liaison between MVHS and 21st Century Oncology.

    Prior to joining MVHS, Hilderbran served as clinical director of the Family Birth Center and assistant director of Nursing at Upstate University Hospital at Community General in Syracuse, New York, and as an adjunct faculty member at Keuka College, Keuka Park, New York. She has held various positions in the field of Nursing at healthcare organizations throughout the United States, including Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare for 14 years.

    Hilderbran earned her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing at New Mexico State University at Alamogordo in Alamogordo, New Mexico, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at SUNY IT at Utica/Rome in Utica, New York, and her Master of Science in Management at Keuka College in Keuka Park, 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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    Sarmad Siddiqui MD, FHM

    UTICA – Sarmad Siddiqui MD, FHM, a hospitalist at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH), has received the designation of fellow in Hospital Medicine.

    Siddiqui has been employed at FSLH since 2010. These credentials were presented as a result of his experience as a hospitalist and his participation in educational programs designed to enhance professional competence and the quality of healthcare provided.

    Siddiqui earned his medical degree from Nagpur University, Indira Gandhi Medical College and Mayo Hospital in India. He is board certified in Family Medicine and is a graduate of the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program.

    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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    Michelle Castle, RN, MS

    UTICA – Michelle Castle, RN, MS, has been named nurse manager of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) and Progressive Care Unit (PCU) at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC). In this position, Castle maintains nursing operations to include both clinical and administrative responsibilities for the CTICU and PCU.

    Prior to her employment at SEMC, Castle was a nurse manager at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. Previously, she was employed as a registered nurse (RN) in the Medical Intensive Care and Critical Care Units at SUNY Upstate Medical University and as an Orthopedic/Trauma RN at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York.

    Castle earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York and her Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

    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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    Hugh MacIsaac, MD, FACC


    Thor Markwood, MD, FACC


    Michael Kelberman, MD, FACC


    Peter Hotvedt, MD, FACC 

    UTICA – Four physicians have been named to medical director positions for Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).

    Hugh MacIsaac, MD, FACC has been named Cardiac Cath Lab and Interventional Cardiology medical director. He is responsible for the Diagnostic Cath and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention programs at both St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH). This includes chairing the Cath Lab Committee and the Primary PCI Committee.

    Dr. MacIsaac completed his undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Ottawa. He attended the University of California in Davis, California for his three-year Residency and one-year Fellowship. He completed his Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada and completed an additional year of subspecialty training in Interventional Cardiology. Dr. MacIsaac joined CNY Cardiology in 1998. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.

    Thor Markwood, MD, FACC has been named Cardiac Electrophysiology medical director. He is responsible for the Electrophysiology (EP) programs at both SEMC and FSLH.

    Dr. Markwood completed his undergraduate education at the United States Military Academy at West Point in West Point, New York. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Markwood completed his Internal Medicine Internship at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado and his Residency and Fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He completed a Fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Markwood joined CNY Cardiology in 2007. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.

    Michael Kelberman, MD, FACC has been named Clinical Cardiology medical director for SEMC. Peter Hotvedt, MD, FACC has been named Clinical Cardiology medical director for FSLH. In these roles, they will provide physician input into system-wide efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of care delivered to patients with cardiac disease.

    Dr. Kelberman completed his undergraduate education at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York and earned his medical degree at SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. He completed three years of Postdoctoral Medical Residency and spent an additional year after selection as chief resident of the Internal Medicine program. He completed a three-year Cardiology Fellowship at the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse. Dr. Kelberman is a native of the Utica area and returned to join CNY Cardiology in 1992. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.

    Dr. Hotvedt completed his undergraduate work at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. He earned his medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, DC and a three-year Fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Hotvedt also completed an additional year of subspecialty training as a Vascular Medicine Fellow. He joined CNY Cardiology in 1996 and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.

    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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    Brianna Sangiacomo, RN

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

    Brianna Sangiacomo, RN, has been named nurse manager of 3C (Medical/Surgical) at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC). In this position, Sangiacomo maintains nursing operations to include both clinical and administrative responsibilities for 3C.

    Sangiacomo has been an employee of SEMC since 2008, serving as a ward clerk, moving to staff and charge RN responsibilities and, most recently, serving as a Nursing IT analyst. She earned her RN at St. Elizabeth College of Nursing in Utica, New York and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Utica College in Utica, 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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    Robert P. Fleischer, M.D.


    Mark E. Warfel, D.O., FAAFP


    James L. Bramley, M.D.

    UTICA – Urologist Robert P. Fleischer, M.D., of New Hartford has been elected president of the Medical Staff at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) for 2015.

    Family Practitioner Mark E. Warfel, D.O., FAAFP, of Clinton has been elected vice president and Infectious Disease Specialist James L. Bramley, M.D., of Clinton has been elected secretary-treasurer. 

    Dr. Fleischer is a Urologist who attended Duke University for undergraduate work, where he graduated magna cum laude, and he received his Medical Degree from Duke University Medical School. He completed a Surgical Internship/Residency at Dartmouth and a Urologic Residency at

    Duke University Medical Center. He is board certified in Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Fleischer and his wife, Jo-ann, reside in New Hartford and have four children.

    Dr. Warfel is the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program Director, and Director of Medical Education for Mohawk Valley Health System. He is a graduate of the St. Elizabeth Hospital Family Medicine Program. He received his Doctor of Osteopathy Degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME, and a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Boston. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians; and member of the New York State Academy of Family Practice; Medical Society of the State of New York; the Oneida County Medical Society; American College of Physician Executives; American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Warfel and his wife, Katie, reside in Clinton. They are the parents of sixchildren. 

    Dr. Bramley is an Infectious Disease Specialist who earned his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College and a Medical Degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at Albany Medical Center and a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Brown University Program in Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and is a member of the Oneida County Medical Society and the Medical Society of the State of New York. He has been active in the infection prevention programs of both SEMC and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare since starting practice in Utica in 1988.  He lives in Clinton with his wife, Patricia. They have two adult children.

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


    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    UTICA, N.Y. – Fidelis Care recently recognized the St. Elizabeth Medical Center primary care offices of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) with an incentive payment for meeting or exceeding standards for quality care in 2014 as part of Fidelis Care’s Quality Care Management Incentive program. The St. Elizabeth primary care offices are part of the MVHS Medical Group and include the Sister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center. 

    Fidelis Care developed the QCMI program as a way to reward practices that provide high quality and accessible care to Fidelis Care members. The QCMI program is based upon recognized state and national guidelines from the Quality Assurance Reporting Requirements (QARR) from the State Department of Health and the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA). 

    “Our goal is to help our patients be as successful as possible in managing their care,” said Karen Casab, MS, RN, assistant director of Clinical Operations for MVHS. “This incentive payment recognizes the exceptional work of our team and their efforts to ensure quality outcomes for those who entrust us with their care.” 

    Components of Fidelis Care’s QCMI program include Childhood Immunizations; Well Child Care for infants, children aged 3 to 6, and adolescents aged 12 to 21; Cervical Cancer Screening; Diabetes Management, and Asthma Management. St. Elizabeth primary care offices surpassed many of Fidelis Care’s standards in these areas. 

    “Quality improvement is a collective effort and we are proud to partner with MVHS to provide the best possible care and service,” said Maryjean Valigorsky, MHA, RN, vice president of Provider Services at Fidelis Care. “Every phone call to a member, every provider visit, every strategy session that we have together all contribute to helpingFidelis Care be a five-starplan for quality care.”


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    The St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) is closed today January 13, 2015 due to the inclement winter weather. 


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    UTICA – Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) offers the Household Sharps Disposal Program for community members to properly dispose of their medical waste. Items such as syringes and lancets may be dropped off any day of the week from 7am to 3pm at the Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) Energy Center located on the St. Luke’s Campus, 1656 Champlin Avenue, New Hartford, or at the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services (CRCCS) also on the St. Luke’s Campus at 1650 Champlin Avenue, Utica. Items dropped off at CRCCS may be given to the receptionist.

    In addition, sharp instruments may also be brought to the St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) Hospital Services Department, located in the SEMC basement, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm (excluding holidays).

    Only items from private residences in clearly marked "sharps" puncture-proof containers will be accepted.

    For more information, please call the FSLH Energy Center at 315-624-6186 or SEMC Hospital Services at 315-798-8249.

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

    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    315-624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    ROME, N.Y. – St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) will host a free, educational event to give the community an overview of the MAKO, a highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm system used for partial knee surgeries, on Wednesday, January 20 from 5-6 p.m. The event will be held at the Wingate By Wyndham Hotel, 90 Dart Circle, Rome, N.Y.

    Information on the system and criteria for appropriate surgical candidates will be presented by Andrew Wickline, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who performs the MAKO partial knee procedure. Since February, SEMC has offered robotic partial knee resurfacing, a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. Use of the MAKO system allows less invasive surgery than traditional, total knee surgery. SEMC is the first to acquire this technology in the region east of Syracuse.

    MAKO potentially offers the following benefits as compared to total knee surgery:

    • Reduced pain
    • Minimal hospitalization
    • More rapid recovery
    • Less implant wear and loosening
    • Smaller scar
    • Better motion and a more natural-feeling knee.

    Light refreshments will be served. Call 315-624-5216 with questions about the event.

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

    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    UTICA, N.Y. – The Laryngectomy Support Group will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, January 14 at 12 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Sister Regina Conference Room on the first floor of the St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) hospital building. The support group is sponsored by SEMC.

    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. Those with questions may call the Speech Therapy Department at 315-801-4475. Laryngectomy Support Group meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 12 p.m.


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    Sarah Deming, RN, CIC


    Earlena Rood, BS, RN, CIC


     Joseph Scarafile, BSN, RN, CIC

    UTICA, N.Y. – Three Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) employees recently received certification in Infection Prevention from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) – Sarah Deming, RN, CIC; Earlena Rood, BS, RN, CIC; and Joseph Scarafile, BSN, RN, CIC.

    Certification represents the commitment of an infection preventionist and an institution to the continued improvement of infection prevention and control functions as well as their contribution to healthcare and patient safety.

    Deming began working at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) in September 2001. She worked in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Special Care Unit (SCU) as a ward clerk and monitor tech until her graduation from Mohawk Valley Community College in 2010. Following her graduation, she worked in the ICU as a registered nurse. She has been working in Infection Prevention since April 2012.

    Rood graduated from St. Elizabeth College of Nursing and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. She began working in Infection Prevention in October 2012. She has 12 years of Oncology experience and has held oncology certification (OCN) for eight years. She served on the Nurse Practice Council for five years and Nurse Quality for two. She is a certified internal auditor (ISO) and a member of the MVHS Emergency Response Team.

    Scarafile received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Utica College. He began working at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare in January 2006 in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and became a charge nurse in Endoscopy in 2009. He became a certified ISO in 2015 and has been working in Infection Prevention since November 2012.

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

    Caitlin McCann
    Communications Specialist
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5433
    cmccann@mvhealthsystem.org


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    Left to right, SEMC Guild members Carol Nunziata, Margaret Lalonde and Linda Kurtyka present a check to Andrea LaGatta, SEMC Director of Development

    UTICA, N.Y. -- The St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) Guild has made a $15,000 donation to SEMC for 2015. The gift goes toward the purchase of BloodTrack Emerge equipment at the SEMC Laboratory and was accepted on behalf of the SEMC Foundation.

    The BloodTrack Emerge system will allow the Laboratory to store blood products in the Operating Room or Emergency Department for immediate access. The system provides complete security and traceability of the blood inventory, while providing caregivers with immediate access at the point-of-care. This increases patient safety and decreases time to access blood in clinical areas. SEMC staff will be able to access the emergency blood supply much faster, which could mean the difference between life and death.

    The SEMC Foundation supports the priorities of the SEMC Laboratory and has embarked upon a gift initiative to raise a total of $48,000 in support of the purchase of the BloodTrack Emerge system. The $15,000 gift from SEMC Guild helps the Foundation reach its goal.

    To learn more about this project, call 315-801-4440 or visit www.stemc.org/foundation

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

    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    Andrea Finocchiaro, DO

    UTICA, N.Y. – Andrea Finocchiaro, DO, a specialist in Family Medicine, has joined the MVHS Medical Group’s New Hartford Medical Office – Crossroads Plaza. She has privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.

    Dr. Finocchiaro received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor of Arts in Biology with honors from Utica College in Utica, New York. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York.

    Dr. Finocchiaro joins the practice of Dr. D. Christopher Clark, Dr. Marissa Kalil and Dr. Irena Kokot. Dr. Finocchiaro is accepting new patients and can be reached at the New Hartford Medical Office – Crossroads Plaza, 8411 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford at315-624-8500.

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

    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    Cub Scout Pack 21 from West Winfield donates toys to the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Emergency Department staff to give to children.

    UTICA, N.Y. – This holiday season, the Cub Scouts from Pack 21 in West Winfield presented toys to the St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) Emergency Department (ED) staff to give children who come into the ED.

    Eight-year-old Cub Scout James Simon was a patient in the SEMC ED last Christmas and received a toy. "The toy made such a difference for James," said Nancy Simon, his mother. "He wanted to give back and worked with the Pack to collect new toys for children who might have to be in the Emergency Department this holiday season."

    The Pack consists of children from kindergarten to fifth grade. It is the Cub Scouts’ hope that these toys can help children this year in the ED.

    “We want to thank Cub Scout James and the rest of the Pack for the abundance of gifts,” said Dianna Scranton, RN, nurse manager of the Mohawk Valley Health System Emergency Departments. “The kids will really appreciate them this holiday season.”

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

    Caitlin McCann 
    Communications Specialist    
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5433
    cmccann@mvhealthsystem.org


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    Ryan C. Thompson

    UTICA, N.Y. – Ryan C. Thompson has been named executive director of St. Elizabeth Health Support Services. In this position, Thompson is responsible for overseeing the durable medical equipment/respiratory business that is a joint venture between the Mohawk Valley Health System and Franciscan Companies in Syracuse.

    Thompson has been an employee at Franciscan Companies since February 2011, first serving as an account executive, then project manager and analyst. Most recently, Thompson was the executive director of Business Development.

    Thompson received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Le Moyne College and his master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia College of Missouri -Hancock Field, both located in Syracuse, New York.

    Thompson’s office is located at St. Elizabeth Health Support Services, 3899 Oneida Street, New Hartford, New York and he can be reached at 315-737-0310 or ryan.thompson@sjhsyr.org.

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

    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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    From left, Vimmi Panchal, MD and Seneque Milien, MD discuss a patient's progress at the Sister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center. Both are third-year residents of the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program.

    UTICA, N.Y. – St. Elizabeth Medical Center’s (SEMC’s) Family Medicine Residency has earned osteopathic recognition from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). It also received continuing accreditation through June 2020 from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) achieving scores of 100 percent for the Institutional and 99 percent for the Residency Program.

    There are 30 residents in training, 10 in each year of the three-year program, which is an affiliate of Mohawk Valley Health System. Last June’s graduation brought the total number of family physicians completing the nationally accredited, three-year, postdoctoral training program to 257.

    The ACGME and the AOA Graduate Medical Education Accreditation Systems will be fully merged in July 2020, creating a new, single accreditation system. When fully implemented, the new system will allow graduates of osteopathic and allopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in any accredited program.

    “The community will benefit from the single system which standardizes residency training expectations to better meet the healthcare needs of our country,” said Residency Program Director, Mark Warfel, DO, FAAFP. “Recognition as a Program with Osteopathic Distinction speaks to the value of the osteopathic component.”

    Through osteopathic-focused residency programs, the new accreditation system will broaden the recognition of the principles and practices component of the osteopathic medical profession and its contributions to healthcare. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function, and includes an appreciation of the body's ability to heal itself. Doctors of Osteopathy (DOs) are fully licensed to practice in all specialty areas including surgery.

    The Family Medicine Residency Program was established in 1975 and expanded in 1995 when it relocated to its current location on 120 Hobart Street in Utica. The program has been shown to be an effective tool to attract and retain family practice physicians to the Greater Utica area. In addition, its resident physicians make up the majority of providers who practice at Sister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center in an underserved area of Utica. Without the residents, it would be difficult to provide care to this patient population.

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

    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach   
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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  • 12/17/15--07:41: Vascular Surgeon Joins MVHS

  • Ankur Chawla, MD

    UTICA, N.Y. – Ankur Chawla, MD, a specialist in Vascular Surgery, has joined the MVHS Medical Group’s new Vascular Surgery Group office and has admitting privileges at St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.

    Prior to joining the MVHS Medical Group, Dr. Chawla most recently was affiliated with New York Hospital of Queens in Flushing, New York.

    Dr. Chawla earned his Doctor of Medicine with distinction in research at University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York, and his Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Rochester.

    He completed a Vascular Surgery fellowship at the North Shore University Long Island Jewish Health System in Manhasset, New York, and is board certified in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. Dr. Chawla is also trained in minimally invasive Vascular Surgical procedures.

    Dr. Chawla is accepting new patients and can be reached at the MVHS Vascular Surgery Group office on the fourth floor at the Faxton Campus, 1676 Sunset Avenue, Utica, at 315-624-4690.

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

    Sandra Fentiman 
    Manager, Marketing / Community Outreach   
    Mohawk Valley Health System
    (315) 624-5216
    sfentiman@mvhealthsystem.org


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