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    Starting with the fall 2013 semester, Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) will enter into a partnership with Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) to meet the region’s radiology education needs. St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) will join the partnership in the fall of 2014. This will result in an expanded allied health offering at MVCC, producing up to 24 trained radiology technologists annually to work in area healthcare facilities throughout the region.

    The partnership between the hospitals and MVCC is in response to changing American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) mandates, which require entry level practitioners to hold an associate degree starting in 2015. The MVCC program totals 64 college-level credit hours in both general arts and sciences and topics specific to radiography, such as Anatomy and Physiology and Radiation Protection and Exposure. MVCC will provide the classroom instruction and will operate the training facilities at both hospitals.

    Graduates of the program will hold MVCC associate of science degrees with credits transferable to four-year institutions. To earn radiology diplomas and ARRT’s professional certification, graduates will additionally complete 3,000 hours of practical instruction in New York State-certified training laboratories at SEMC and FSLH.

    “All three partners share a tradition of excellence in allied health education, and we all have a track record of adapting to community needs,” said MVCC President Randall J. VanWagoner, Ph.D. “Graduates will be ready to help local healthcare providers meet their imaging needs.”

    “This is a tremendous opportunity for our students, organizations and the community,” noted Scott H. Perra, FACHE, president and CEO of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare. “Our program, which began in 1952, has a rich history of providing well-trained radiographers. Now, with MVCC, the students will enjoy the added benefit of an associate of science degree. Our relationship is another strong example of what we can do for our area when we collaborate and work together.”

    “We are pleased to participate with MVCC and Faxton St. Luke’s in this important effort to ensure that radiologic technology students in our area are prepared to meet the new licensure requirements and are well trained to successfully join the workforce in the future,” said Richard Ketcham, FACHE, president and CEO of St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

    The St. Elizabeth laboratory and learning center features Picture Archiving Communication Systems (PACS), Digital and Computerized Radiography, and SMART technology to enhance laboratory and classroom teaching. Historically, students trained in the lab have scored above state and national means on licensing exams, and have found employment in the field at rates of 80 percent or better. Students at FSLH and SEMC spend time observing Interventional Radiography, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Ultrasound and Echocardiography to help them prepare for continued education in the various fields of radiology. The FSLH program was recognized with national reaccreditation in 2010, while St. Elizabeth received an 8-year reaccreditation in 2005.

    Once the transition is completed and all current students have passed through into MVCC, FSLH and SEMC will discontinue their radiology education programs. Currently enrolled FSLH students will have the opportunity to transfer into the MVCC program. Current SEMC students will finish their educational requirements at St. Elizabeth. The transition will occur with FSLH in the fall of 2013 and SEMC in the fall of 2014. MVCC will be advertising for full-time and part-time program staff in the next few weeks to be ready for the fall semester. FSLH has three instructors for its current program who will have the opportunity to apply for teaching positions with MVCC. SEMC has four instructors.

    “This partnership will ease students’ path from college to career,” said MVCC Dean of Life and Health Sciences Terry Schwaner. “They will be able to leverage MVCC’s instructional resources and our partners’ facilities, doing all the required work in the classroom and clinical settings without having to transfer between institutions.”

    MVCC is currently accepting applicants for the fall 2013 semester, and both hospitals are in the process of notifying current and prospective students of the transition. Students will be required to meet prerequisites, placement testing, and other requirements established by the college.

    For more information, call MVCC Admissions at (315) 792-5354.

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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) Foundation and F.X. Matt Brewery will hold the 5th Annual Prohibition Party, sponsored by Dr. Greg Orlando of Mohawk Valley Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The event will be held on Friday, April 26 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the historic F.X. Matt Brewing Co. Proceeds from the Prohibition Party will be used to purchase endobronchial ultrasound equipment for St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

    Sponsorship opportunities for the Prohibition Party are available at the following levels:

    Saranac Sponsor: $5,000

    Includes 10 V.I.P. tickets with use of the Tavern one hour prior to event, special gift for each guest, logo on all posters and event publicity—including TV and radio, event banner to hang in a place of business, company banner displayed at event, logo on Foundation website, logo prominently on signage at event, displayed throughout the Brewery and 10 cases of custom-labeled Saranac product.

    1888 Tavern Sponsor: $2,500

    Includes recognition in event publicity (TV, radio, Medical Center publications), six tickets with gift for each guest, company banner displayed at the event, logo on SEMC Foundation website, logo on poster displayed and logo on signage at event, displayed throughout the Brewery.

    Brew Kettle Sponsor: $1,000

    Includes recognition in Medical Center publications, four tickets with gift for each guest, listing on Foundation website, listing on signage at event and displayed throughout the Brewery.

    Schultz and Dooley Sponsor: $500

    Includes two tickets with gift for each guest, listing on Foundation website and on signage at the event, displayed throughout the Brewery.

    Those interested in any of these opportunities are asked to call (315) 734-4287, or email Tickets may also be purchased online at or by visiting the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation Office at 2209 Genesee Street, Utica, or the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. Gift Shop/ Tour Center at 830 Varick Street, Utica.

    “On behalf of the Medical Center, I would like to thank the Matt family for its partnership with the Foundation to host this one-of-a-kind event that the community looks forward to each year,” said Richard Ketcham, President /CEO of St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

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    The family of Henry R. DiSpirito, a local artist, recently gave the New York State Historical Association and Fenimore Art Museum a major gift consisting of Henry’s artwork, personal papers and various sculpting tools.  “This collection represents a remarkable treasure trove of American art relating to an important New York State Artist.  DiSpirito’s sculpture and papers provide an unparalleled insight into his life and career in Utica,” said Dr. PaulD’Ambrosi, president of the museum. The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown is in the process of publishing a book on the life and works of Mr. DiSpirito, which should be completed in the Spring of 2013.

    St. Elizabeth Medical Center is fortunate to have two pieces of Mr. DiSpirito’s sculpture.  One piece is carved in wood of Padre Pio and is located outside the Medical CenterChapel.  The second piece of sculpture is of stone and is located in the convent.  The piece was purchased and donated to Sister Rose Vincent, former President, CEO of St.Elizabeth Medical Center. The piece is called “The Nun”. 

    Theresa DiSpirito, one of his daughters, made arrangements for the books photographer and project director to visit the Medical Center in the Fall to take pictures of the pieces located here to be included in the book.

    Henry DiSpirito was born in 1898 in Castelforte, Italy, andcame to America in 1921 where he began work as a stone mason.  He studied sculpture at the School of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute from 1941 - 1943. He will always be known for his love of art and the beauty he presented in clay, wood, stone or oil colors. His art has been widely recognized and acclaimed.

    Theresa DiSpirito
    Theresa DiSpirito with her father’s sculpture “The Nun”

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    The Town of Webb Health Center Fund, Inc. has committed to donate $36,150 to St. Elizabeth Medical Center to upgrade the radiology equipment at the Medical Center’s Town of Webb Health Center.

    This donation will be used to upgrade the current radiology equipment at the Health Center to convert it from an analog film processing system to a filmless, digital system. The upgrade will significantly improve the time in which x-rays are available for interpretation by a radiologist, as well as, the image quality. The upgrade will take place in March 2013.

    “We are pleased to partner with and be able to provide funding to St. Elizabeth Medical Center to upgrade this important piece of equipment,” said Hazel Dellavia, President,

    Board of Directors, Town of Health Fund, Inc. “The purpose of the Health Center Fund is to support the health and well being of the residents and visitors to the Town of Webb and surrounding communities. This gift allows St. Elizabeth Medical Center’s Town of Webb Health Center to provide access to care to anyone in our community.”

     Radiology services will be available for the Center’s patients and for any patient with a physician’s order.

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    Mark E. Warfel, D.O., of Clinton, Director of Medical Education and Medical Director of the St. Elizabeth Medical Group, has been elected president of the Medical Staff at St. Elizabeth Medical Center for 2013.

    Cardiologist Fred L Talarico, M.D., of Utica has been elected vice president and Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Frederic S. Joyce, M.D., of Utica has been elected secretary-treasurer.

    Delegates-at-Large to the Medical Executive Committee are: Francis Chabot, M.D., Family Medicine; Ashok Patel, M.D., Cardiologist; Clifford Soults, M.D., Neurosurgeon; James Dennison, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon; Oleg Dulkin, M.D., Family Medicine and Jeffrey Sekula, M.D., Urologist.

    Dr. Warfel is a Family Practitioner and 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 six children.

    Dr. Talarico attended Boston University for undergraduate work and then attended Autonomous University of Guadalajara, and he received his Medical Degree from the State University of New York. He completed Residencies in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at SUNY Buffalo, where he went on to complete a Fellowship in cardiovascular disease. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He is a member of the American Medical Association; Five County Medical Society; Medical Society of the State of New York; Central New York Fellowship Society Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Talarico is an affiliate of the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute. He is a former president of the local volunteer board of the American Heart Association.

    He and his wife, Rosemary, reside in Utica. He has two adult daughters, Heather and Lauren, and a step-son, Michael Maurizo.

    Dr. Joyce is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon with the Mohawk Valley Surgery Group. Originally from Rhode Island, Dr. Joyce received his Medical Degree from Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. He has been a cardiothoracic surgeon with the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute since it began in 1997. Dr. Joyce is board certified in thoracic surgery by the Danish Ministry of Health, Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography by the National Board of Echocardiography and is a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons; the American Society of Echocardiography; Medical Society of the State of New York; Central New York Academy of Medicine; the Utica Medical Club and the American College of Phlebology. He and his wife, Lynn Luthern, are the parents of two children, a daughter, Morgan, and a son, Julian.




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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC), Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH), and Rome Memorial Hospital (RMH) are continuing to restrict visitors to adults 18 years of age and older. The restrictions will be in place until further notice.

    The organizations continue to experience an increase in patients experiencing the flu and flu-like symptoms in both their Emergency Departments and inpatient settings. Since influenza season began, Oneida County has seen 1,542 cases and the influenza activity level throughout New York State has been categorized as widespread. During the week of December 23, 2012, laboratory-confirmed influenza was reported in 56 counties plus New York City. There were a total of 4,348 reports in New York State, which is a nine percent increase over last week.

    The additional visitor restrictions on the Maternity and Pediatric Units also remain in effect, as these patients are at greater risk of complications due to the flu. Only parents, grandparents and birthing coaches may visit maternity and pediatric patients at this time.

    We ask that if you are coming to visit a patient and feel ill with any type of upper respiratory problem that you stay at home and delay your visit to keep yourself and our patients and residents safe.

    The best protection against contracting influenza includes:
    • Frequent and thorough hand washing.
    • Covering all coughs and sneezes. If you don’t have a handkerchief or a tissue, use the crook of your arm, not your hand.
    • Staying home from work, school or social events if you have a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and pains, or other symptoms like nausea or vomiting sometimes associated with influenza.
    • Avoiding people exhibiting symptoms of a flu-like illness.

    If you have flu-like symptoms and they are severe and persistent you should contact your healthcare provider. Hospital officials advise against overloading Emergency Departments, Urgent Care facilities and primary care providers’ offices at the first sign of a cold.

    The three organizations also practice “respiratory etiquette” throughout their medical facilities. Disposable masks are available for patients to wear to cover their cough, as well as tissues and hand sanitizer for good hand hygiene. If you are coming to seek treatment and have any flu-like symptoms with upper respiratory problems, you will be asked to wear a mask and may be isolated from other patients.

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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center provides a Household Sharps Disposal Program for people who want to dispose of sharp medical instruments such as insulin hypodermic needles.

    The program is open to individuals from private residences, not businesses.

    Sharp instruments, packed in a puncture-proof container and clearly marked as “sharps,” may be brought to the Hospital Services Department, located in the basement of the Medical Center, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (excluding holidays).

    For more information, contact Hospital Services at (315) 798-8249.

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    The Guild of St. Elizabeth Medical Center presented its annual donation to the Medical Center at its Christmas Party on Friday, December 14 at the Yahnundasis Golf Club. The donation in the amount of $40,000 will benefit the Foundation’s Legacy Society and assist with the purchase of Neurostar angiography equipment.

    The check was presented by Guild President, Mary Margaret Napoli, and Doris Wroblewski, Guild Vice President. David Spotanski, Director of Mission/Customer Service, accepted the gift on behalf of the Medical Center.

    Pictured left to right are: Mary Margaret Napoli, David Spotanski and Doris Wroblewski.

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    Who is Mr. Slimy?  If your child was in school on November 27th and 28th, they had an opportunity to meet him.      

    St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program’s resident physicians, Dr. Rensie DeVera, Dr. Wil-liam Gaetano, and Dr. Vijay Vanumu, went to each classroom at Kernan Elementary School to discuss proper hand washing techniques.     

    Mr. Slimy, the toy germ, was passed around the classroom for each student to touch.  Drs. Gaetano and Vanumu then had each child look at their hands under UV light to see how Mr. Slimy con-taminated their hands.      

    “Mr. Slimy was covered with Glitterbug powder.  When each student touched it, the powder transferred to the child’s hand.  The child was then able to see the Glitterbug powder on their hands under the UV light” stated Dr. Gaetano.  “This demonstrates how germs travel.” After the students saw how contaminated  their hands were, they used hand sanitizer to disinfect their hands.

    The students were also taught the proper way to wash their hands, how frequently they should wash their hands and the appropriate duration for effective hand washing.


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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center celebrated its 146th anniversary Wednesday, December 12 by honoring an employee and a recipient of its community award.

    Following a 12 p.m. Founder’s Day service in the Medical Center Chapel, The Cardiac Research Institute at Masonic Medical Research Laboratory received the Founder’s Day Community Award and Michele Ward received the Mother Bernardina Award, which is named after the Medical Center’s founder and is presented to an employee. The winner of this award is chosen by Medical Center employees for significant contributions to the Medical Center, exemplifying its mission, vision and philosophy and for always going the extra mile.

    The Cardiac Research Institute at Masonic Medical Research Laboratory has gained international renown and wide acclaim in the scientific and medical community as a leading cardiac research center. The hallmark of the institute is its innovative and imaginative approach to fighting heart disease. The MMRL’s legacy of scientific breakthroughs has helped to generate new heart medications and develop diagnostic procedures for the management of cardiac arrhythmias, and has aided in the advancement of life-saving technologies. The MMRL is also one of the top genetic screening centers in the world dedicated to helping families afflicted with sudden death syndromes.

    “As a community, we are extremely fortunate to have an organization such as The Cardiac Research Institute at Masonic Medical Research Laboratory,” said Richard Ketcham, President/CEO of St.

    Elizabeth Medical Center. “The research being done by Dr. Charles Antzelevitch and his team has led to many advancements in the management of cardiac arrhythmias and other causes of heart disease. Masonic Medical Research Laboratory is a jewel in our community.”

    Michele Ward has been employed at the Medical Center for 32 years. She is currently an angiography technologist in the Radiology Department. Mrs. Ward is a graduate of the St. Elizabeth School of Radiography. She is committed to her job and works well with the Radiography students. She shows them the importance of good images and never loses sight of being kind and respectful to patients.

    Mrs. Ward is also active at the Abraham House in Utica, working on many of its fund-raising events. Abraham House is a home that provides care, and both emotional and spiritual support for the terminally ill and their families at no cost.

    She and her husband, Ken, reside in Marcy. They are the parents of two daughters, Jenna and Kathleen.

    Pictured left to right are: Dr. Charles Antzelevitch and Michele Ward.  


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    The fifth annual Makeover My Heart will take place Saturday, February 2, 2013, from 8am to 4pm at the Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre, 200 Genesee Street, Utica.

    Tickets are now on sale for $25 each and may be purchased through the Makeover My Heart website,, or by calling 315.624.6669. Tickets include all lectures, interactive workshops, the health and wellness fair, breakfast and lunch.

    Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America. Makeover My Heart is a heart healthy day for women designed to raise awareness about the effects of heart disease among women. The event provides information and education to the women of our community about the symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and prevention of heart disease.

    “Each year we host a sell-out event that welcomes more than 300 women for a full day of education and fun,” said Lisa Ennis, FNP, founder and executive director of Makeover My Heart. “From lectures and interactive clinics, to the health and wellness fair, Makeover My Heart offers a uniquely innovative learning experience that is both educational and enjoyable.”

    The 2013 keynote speaker is Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA, director of Preventive Cardiology and Women’s Cardiovascular Health at Ohio State University. Dr. Gulati has a specific interest in female fitness and disease prevention. She is the principal investigator of the St. James Women Take Heart Project which examines cardiac risk factors in women. Her dedication to the study of women and cardiac diseases has won her various awards and distinctions, including being named in Crain's Chicago Business "Top 40 Under 40." The award honors 40 exceptional individuals that have impacted their respective industries before the age of 40.

    Dr. Gulati earned her medical degree at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada, and completed her internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. She received a Master in Science at the University of Chicago and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. She is board certified in cardiovascular disease.

    “Like a favorite pair of shoes, women need to take good care of our hearts and there are simple things we can do that can help us live longer, healthier lives,” said Dr. Gulati. “My presentation will highlight strategies and easy ways for women to reduce salt, eat better in general and exercise more. I’ll also address how critical it is for every woman to know her numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, waist circumference and body mass index) and to discuss them with her doctor.”

    The Mohawk Valley Heart Institute (MVHI) is the major sponsor and organizer of this year’s Makeover My Heart. Established in 1997, MVHI is a collaboration between St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare that engages the best physicians, staff, facilities and equipment to provide the most effective cardiac treatment and rehabilitation. MVHI has grown into one of the premiere cardiac care facilities in New York State and continues to develop new treatments, support research, provide community support and improve the lives of those who come to MVHI for care.

    The other generous sponsors of Makeover My Heart include Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Gilead, NBT Bank, Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, NYE Automotive Group and more.

    For more information, please visit the Makeover My Heart website at or call us at 315.624.6669.

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    A press conference was held this morning to discuss the details of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which the Boards of Directors for  St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) have signed.

    St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare began discussions in December 2011 on the feasibility and benefits of an agreement that would more closely link the two hospitals and their operations. The boards have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding for this potential affiliation.

    “This is an important first step for our organizations and for the community,” noted Norman I. Siegel, chairman of the board for SEMC. “Our respective boards have worked diligently during the past twelve months to determine an appropriate model of care for the hospitals. The model we are pursuing maintains the Catholicity of SEMC, allows for more linkages between the two organizations and provides opportunities to use our limited resources to serve the greater good of our patients and residents.”

    Hospitals, particularly in New York State, are struggling with the changes in reimbursement, unfunded mandates and an increasingly challenging regulatory environment. The financial challenges for healthcare delivery are significant and many healthcare organizations throughout New York State are finding ways to partner with institutions that were once perceived as competitors.

    “The model we recommend allows for a ‘parent’ organization which will oversee both hospitals and be governed by a single Board of Directors,” said Richard C. Tantillo, chairman of FSLH’s Board of Directors. “The new board will be comprised of equal members from the FSLH board and the SEMC board. One CEO will oversee the management team for both organizations. Additionally, each hospital will maintain a separate board, which will have significant overlap of members with the parent board.”

    While the MOU begins to describe the general outline of a joint agreement, the actual affiliation will only occur after a number of steps have occurred. The first step begins with financial and legal due diligence by both organizations. Additional hurdles include approval by third parties that include the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Sisters of St. Francis and the Catholic Church.    

    “To date the Sisters of St. Francis have been fully involved in our discussions and endorse the MOU and the opportunity to explore an affiliation,” remarked Richard Ketcham, president/CEO of SEMC. “This model allows for SEMC to remain a Catholic hospital and gives us the opportunity to develop comprehensive models of care for the community without duplicating valuable resources.”

    Officials anticipate the legal and financial due diligence will take several months. If that review is successful, the organizations will then file for a Certificate of Need (CON) application with the NYSDOH.  Approvals from other third parties will also need to occur.

    “We are working toward a final approval process by the end of 2013,” said Scott H. Perra, president/CEO of FSLH. “There are a number of pieces to the puzzle and they all need to fit before we can proceed with a true affiliation. This is a very positive step for our community. This affiliation model provides a strong backbone on which we can further develop a comprehensive plan of care for our community, always supporting clinical excellence with solid fiscal management.” 

    Consolidation and joint partnerships are not new for the organizations. Faxton Hospital and St. Luke’s Memorial consolidated their services in 2000. Both SEMC and FSLH jointly sponsor the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute and have a collaborative agreement for the Central New York Diabetes Education Program.

    “We continue to be very sensitive to what this announcement means to our healthcare family and our community,” noted Tantillo. “We know as we work through this process there will be questions among our medical staff, employees and members of our community. These next steps are about affiliation, not service alignment. That’s an important distinction when it comes to next steps. As we work through this process we will answer all questions as best we can and will continue to maintain an open dialogue as we have in the past.” 

    The two organizations employ nearly 4,500 employees and have combined operating budgets of more than $542 million.

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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation celebrated its 12th Annual Lights of Love Campaign with the Candle Lighting and Remembrance Service on Wednesday, November 29 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. This year’s Lights of Love Campaign was presented by Empower Federal Credit Union.

    The service was followed by the lighting of the Medical Center holiday lights. Each light shines in honor and in memory of the special people from whom donations were made to the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation.

    A list of donors and honorees will be on display at the Medical Center throughout the month of December and can also be viewed by visiting The event raised over $31,000 to help purchase Neurostar angiography equipment for the Medical Center.

    The Foundation appreciates and thanks the presenting sponsor, Empower Federal Credit Union, event co-chairs, Susan Cooper and Bunny Gottuso, the Lights of Love committee, Whitesboro Middle School Chorus, Marrone Photography, WUTR, Lowe’s, David Ossenfort, Randy Davis, program participants and all event sponsors and everyone who contributed to Lights of Love.

    Pictured is Donna Jones and Dennis Foresti  

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    Our Pediatric Orientation Program was a big hit with Notre Dame Students.

    First graders from Notre Dame Elementary took part in our Pediatric Orientation Program on Wednesday October 24th. Students had fun pretending to be patients, parents, nurses and doctors as instructors guided them through scenarios they may encounter in a hospital. During the interactive class, they used a hospital bed, wheel chair, medical instruments, viewed X-rays and even gauze used for making casts.

    The class, which the Medical Center started over 30 years ago, helps local students experience what it may be like as a patient in a hospital. Through this experience, children gain an understanding of medical equipment and why it is used. They also get an early look into the healthcare field while easing their fears of hospitals and healthcare staff.

    If your school would like to learn more about this program, please contact our Marketing and Public Relations department at 798-8195 or

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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center is experiencing an increase in patients in both the Emergency Department and the inpatient setting with flu and flu-like symptoms. Effective immediately, the organization is restricting visitors to adults 18 years of age and older. The restrictions will be in place until further notice.

    In addition, any visitor or employee who is feeling ill with any type of upper respiratory problem should not enter the facility to visit or to work, in order to keep our patients and coworkers safe.

    "We at the Medical Center have an obligation to protect our patients to the best of our ability. We currently have instituted visitor restrictions in the hope of controlling the spread of the virus during the patient’s hospitalization. We are also very focused on the well-being of our employees and are enforcing protective measures to keep them virus free, if possible," said Heidi Coluzza, RN, BS, BC, Director of Infection Prevention.

    Please note that it is not too late to get a seasonal flu vaccine.

    County Health Departments, primary care offices and various pharmacies throughout the region are offering vaccinations.

    St. Elizabeth appreciates the public’s cooperation during this time.

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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) have been recognized as two of the nation’s top hospitals by National Research Corporation. Both earned the 2012/13 Consumer Choice Award for the ninth consecutive year.

    Winners were announced in Modern Healthcare magazine in October. The award identifies hospitals in the top 300 markets throughout the United States. Each year, National Research honors hospitals that consumers rate as having the best quality and image, based on a study of more than 250,000 households.

    In a joint statement, Richard H. Ketcham, FACHE, president/CEO of SEMC, and Scott H. Perra, FACHE, president/ CEO of FSLH, thanked patients and families for their support and confidence in the healthcare organizations.

    "Our hospitals are committed to serving our communities and their healthcare needs,” Ketcham and Perra said. “It’s a wonderful recognition of the exceptional care provided by our employees, medical staff and volunteers.”

    The two healthcare organizations collaborate in several areas of patient care including the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute and the Central New York Diabetes Education Program.

    Of the 3,200 hospitals named by consumers in the study, the winning facilities rank highest in their Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs), as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. The National Research survey represents 450,000 consumers in the contiguous 48 states and District of Columbia. Currently recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the largest patient satisfaction firms in the U.S., National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders.

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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation will celebrate its 12th Annual Lights of Love Campaign presented by Empower Federal Credit Union with a Remembrance Service and Candle Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, November 28 at 4:30p.m. This years service will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Genesee Street in Utica. Proceeds from this year’s Campaign will be used to purchase Neurostar angiography equipment for the Medical Center.

    Lights of Love is a special way to honor or remember a loved one, to recognize a special event, or say thank you to someone who has brightened your life through special care or service. Make a donation here. At the conclusion of the Service, the Medical Center will be outlined in holiday lights shining in honor and in memory of the special people recognized through this year’s Campaign. A list of donors and honorees will be displayed at the Medical Center throughout the month of December.

    All our welcome to attend so please plan to join us for this annual event.
    For more information, please call the Foundation at (315) 734-4287 or e-mail

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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center and its Medical Group are pleased to announce the addition of Toby Taylor, M.D., to its New Hartford Office at 4401 Middle Settlement Road. Dr. Taylor joins Mark Warfel, D.O. at that location. Also joining the practice as a new provider is Tracy Stein, F.N.P., who has been working with Dr. Taylor. Additional providers at the New Hartford Office include nurse practitioners Sandra Gaetano, Sally O’Callaghan and Danielle Swiderski.

    Current patients can make appointments by calling 735-4246.

    Dr. Taylor received his Medical Degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, where he also completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry at Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas.

    Dr. Taylor is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

    Prior to joining the Medical Group, Dr. Taylor was in private practice and a consulting physician at The House of Good Shepherd and Hamilton College. He was a member of the Adirondack Community Physicians Group at Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford.

    Dr. Taylor’s professional affiliations include: Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a Diplomate of the American College of Physicians.

    Dr. Taylor and his wife, Debbie, are parents of three children, Drew, 19; David, 17 and Emma, 14.


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    St. Elizabeth College of Nursing has cancelled all classes and clinical experiences Tuesday, 10/30. 
    However, the College of Nursing building will be open.

    View live weather updates and analysis of the hurricane here.

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    St. Elizabeth received an approved Certificate of Need from the New York State Department of Health on Friday, October 12, 2012. With that approval, renovationS were able to begin the following Wednesday at the Health Care Center. Over the course of the next few months, people will notice that services within the building will be rearranged to accommodate the construction. In the end, Dr. Rentrona and the Health Care Center will be separated into two offices.

    The Lab has temporarily been relocated in order to accommodate the work. The staff in the office will be able to assist people in finding the way. In addition to separating the two offices, a New York State Health Department requirement, the Health Care Center will have a new waiting room, front desk, lab, bathrooms and staff area. Although there is not an end construction date, we anticipate a 12-16 week time frame. Once we have a better estimate, we will make sure everyone is aware.

    The Medical Center continues to partner with the Town of Webb Health Center Fund, Inc., discussing a number of opportunities that ultimately will insure improved health for the community. Some of the opportunities mentioned in the recent Health Care Fund Annual Report are:

    We will actively participate in the efforts to bring physicians to our community by offering incentives to relocate in our area, as was done when the Fund was founded. This could take the form of Introductory Visits to our communities, tours of locations that are of interest to potential physicians and their families such as schools, churches, restaurants, the arts, clubs, etc. Establish flexible "Welcome Committees" to meet physicians’ personal interests and introduce them to our communities. Other incentives might include relocation funds, mortgage assistance and more; all of which we have done in the past.

    • Health Education Programs - In addition to the Chronic Disease Self Management Programs, we could also provide workshops on Childhood Obesity, Smoking Cessation, Stress Reduction, Heart Disease and Stroke Symptom Recognition, and General Wellness Programs.

    • Work collaboratively in providing Cancer Screening, Diabetic Screening, High Blood Pressure Screening, and screening for other types of diseases for which there are available techniques.

    • We could also look into those things that might help provide support for our Emergency Services Personnel.

    As partners, St. Elizabeth Medical Center and the Health Center Fund share the common goal of maintaining and improving the quality and access to Health Care in the Town of Webb and surrounding communities.

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