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    (Photo above: Members of the Presenting Sponsor, St. Elizabeth Health Support Services Team)

    St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation held its 17th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, July 9 at the Yahnundasis Golf Club. A total of 224 golfers helped to raise nearly $120,000 to purchase Neurostar angiography equipment for St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

    The Foundation appreciates and thanks all donors including Presenting Sponsor, St. Elizabeth Health Support Services, and Social Sponsors, CNY Cardiology, ConMed Corporation, IBEW Local Union 43/NECA Finger Lakes Chapter and Medtronic. The Foundation also recognizes its Tournament Chairmen, Terry Mielnicki, LCSW and Sudershan Dang, M.D., as well as the golf committee and volunteers that helped to make the event a tremendous success.

    “This tournament was a great way to bring people together for a wonderful day of golf and at the same time raise necessary funds for the Medical Center,” said Mr. Mielnicki. “The golf committee is very appreciative of the outstanding financial generosity of all of our supporters,” said Dr. Dang.

    The St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation provides financial, philosophical and social support enabling the Medical Center to continue to provide for the medical needs of the community, regardless of race, national origin, creed or ability to pay.

    For information, or to find out how you can become a part of Foundation events, please call

    315-734-4287 or visit

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  • 05/17/11--12:30: Article 7
  • NEWS



    UTICA, NEW YORK 13501

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandra Fentiman, Manager

    Marketing and Public Relations

    (315) 798-8195



    UTICA -- The St. Elizabeth College of Nursing is pleased to announce that three students have tied for the highest GPA in the Weekday Program.

    Weekday Valedictorian – Thomas Fielder

     Of New Hartford, NY

     Son of Duane and Gail Fielder

     Graduate of New Hartford High School, with an Associate of Arts Degree from Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute. Thomas also holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from SUNY New Paltz.

     Plans to work for St. Elizabeth Medical Center following graduation

    Weekday Valedictorian – Michelle Miller

     Of Boonville, NY

     Daughter of Arnold and Carol Miller

     Graduate of Adirondack Central School, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. John Fisher College

     Plans to work for St. Elizabeth Medical Center following graduation

    Weekday Valedictorian – Gregory Parker

     Of Whitesboro, NY

     Son of Gary and Geraldine Parker

     Graduate of Whitesboro High School, with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Albany

     Plans to pursue a career in Nursing following graduation

    Weekend Valedictorian – Susan Menendez

     Of Burlington Flats, NY

     Daughter of Kevin and Nan Kelly

     Graduate of Glenelg High School (Glenelg, MD), with an Animal Science Degree from Virginia Tech

     Mother of two children: Daniel, 17; Kelly, 15; Cassie, 11

     Plans to work at Bassett Medical Center following graduation



    Weekday Salutatorian – Donna Croke

     Of Vernon Center, NY

     Married to Steven Croke

     Graduate of Morrisville State College with a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Equine Science

     Mother of two children: Jacob, 25, and Katie, 22

     Plans to work for St. Elizabeth Medical Center following graduation

    Weekend Salutatorian – Glenda Whittaker

     Of Utica, NY

     Married to Brad Whittaker

     Daughter of Glenda D. and the late John Jerominek

     Graduate of Proctor Senior High School, with an Associate’s Degree from Mohawk Valley Community College

     Mother of two children: Sarah, 18; and James, 7

     Plans to work for St. Elizabeth Medical Center in acute care following graduation

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  • 03/07/11--05:49: School Closing & Delays
  • Radiology School is closed March 7, 2011

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  • 03/07/11--05:47: School Closing/Delays
  • School of Radiology will be closed March 7, 2011.

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    The School of Radiography will be closed today, Monday March 7th 2011.

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    St. Elizabeth School of Radiographyis closed today, February 25th. 

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  • 10/08/10--10:11: Community Service Plan
  • View our 2010 Community Service Plan.

    2010 Community Service Plan

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    Advanced Wound Care of St. Elizabeth Medical Center recently added a new podiatry chair and treatment room to its clinic. The chair has enabled Advanced Wound Care to increase its capacity to accept new patients and decrease patient wait times.

    Advanced Wound Care of St. Elizabeth Medical Center is located at St. Elizabeth Medical Arts, 4401 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford. The experienced staff treats patients with diabetic foot ulcers, venous stasis ulcers and other complex wounds. With an overall healing rate of 92 percent, it is the only area Wound Care center that staffs full-time physicians and offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, an advanced therapy that aids the healing process.

    William Lindsey, M.D. recently joined Advanced Wound Care full time. The center is accepting new patients and those interested may call Advanced Wound Care to schedule an appointment at (315) 798-8345 or via fax at (315) 624-7699.

    Pictured left to right are: Michelle Oliver, RN and Elaine Appler




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  • 03/24/13--21:36: "Zumba For Life"
  • The St. E’s Saints, St. Elizabeth Medical Center's Relay For Life Team will be hosting Zumba classes as a unique fundraising event to support the American Cancer Society.

    This is your chance to try Zumba, a fun, energetic dance workout while supporting a great cause. No previous experience is required, just the desire to have a Great Time!

    All classees are open to the public, so bring a friend or two and let's have fun while raising money for the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life".

    Wednesday, April 17th at 5:15 p.m.
    Monday, April 29th at 4:30 p.m.
    Thursday, May 16th at 5:30 p.m.

    St. Elizabeth College of Nursing Multi-Purpose Room
    2215 Genesee St. Utica, NY

    $5 (All proceeds to benefit Relay for Life)

    The St. E's Saints raise funds to support St. Elizabeth Medical Center’s Relay For Life sponsorship.
    St. Elizabeth Medical Center’s annual sponsorship of Relay For Life, supports research by the American Cancer Society to find a cure for cancer and assist with services and programs for patients and families.

    For more information contact:
    Karen Burton 315-734-4978
    Karen Wahl 315-798-8155
    Sandy Srour 315-734-4455



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    The College of Nursing has announced the opening of a new Continuing Education and Career Center, located on the first floor of the College building in Room 109. The Center was the creative brainstorm of Donna Ernst, former Recruitment Director for the College who is now the Director of Human Resources for the Medical Center. The Center was further developed by the Enrollment Manager Assistant, Samantha Rouillier, with assistance from other College Senior Staff members.

    The room houses four computers and a printer for online searches and reviews of various colleges that offer advanced education at the baccalaureate level and beyond. College brochures and catalogs are available as well as information on resume writing, interviewing skills, and portfolio development. Job opportunities and applications (for students and graduates) are also posted in the Center.

    The Continuing Education and Career Center is open to all College students as well as nurses who are employed at the Medical Center. The Center is open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and until 6 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. College staff is available on call if any questions arise or there is a need for assistance in navigating a job or continuing education search. Come by and see what the College Career Center can offer you.

    Article courtesy of Marian Kovatchitch, MS, RN
    College of Nursing President


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    The Laryngectomy Support Group will be holding its monthly meeting on Thursday,

    April 11 at 12 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Sister Regina Conference Room on the first floor of the hospital. The Laryngectomy Support Group is sponsored by St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

    The topic for this meeting is food. Participants should bring suggestions and/or samples of different foods that are easy for individuals to swallow.

    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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    This April, help St. Elizabeth Medical Center save lives by choosing to "Donate Life".
    Enroll on the New York State Organ Donor Registry today.

    Our Donation Council will sponsor an Organ Donor Awareness Day on Thursday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the back of our Cafeteria. Come and sign up to be eligible for two prizes and register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.

    The Medical Center’s Donation Council works with the Center for Donation and Transplant to increase awareness at the hospital and throughout our community.

    Currently in the United States, there are over 100,000 people waiting for a life-saving transplant. Another name is added to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list every 14 minutes and an average of 18 people die due to the lack of transplantable organs every day.There are 9,500 people on the New York State waiting list according to the Center for Donation and Transplant.    

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  • 04/08/13--18:25: Know Your Heart
  • Please join us for a
    A Community Education Series Sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute

    Exciting Developments in Heart Surgery

    Learn about new developments in cardiac care at this FREE informational session presented by Frederic Joyce, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgeon.

    Wednesday, May 1, 6-7 p.m. St. Elizabeth Medical Center Sister Regina and Sister Rose Vincent Conference Rooms.
    Take the time to attend this FREE Community Education Seminar Q&A with one of the areas leading Cardiothoracic Surgeons.

    Refreshments will be served.

    For more information or to register, call 315-734-3329 or 1-866-505-MVHI.


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  • 04/16/13--07:45: Organ Donor Awareness Day
  • The St. Elizabeth Medical Center Donation Council will sponsor an Organ Donor Awareness Day Thursday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in our cafeteria.

    All are welcome to stop by to learn about organ donation and register to be eligible for one of two door prizes!

    New York State has one of the lowest number of registered organ donors.The Donation Council, working with the Center for Donation & Transplant,wants to create an awareness of the importance of organ donation.According to the CDT, over 9,500 people in New York State are waiting for an organ transplant.

    The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) reports that there are currently over 100,000 people waiting for a transplant nationwide.



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    The St. Elizabeth Medical Center “St. E’s Saints” will sponsor several Zumba classes to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Classes will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 5:15 p.m.; Monday, April 29 at 4:30 p.m. and on Thursday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m. All classes will be held at the St. Elizabeth College of Nursing, 2215 Genesee Street, Utica. Cost for each class is $5 and is open to the public.

    This is a chance for people to try Zumba, a fun, energetic dance workout. There are no skills or previous experience required, just the desire to have a great time.

    For questions or more information contact: Karen Burton at 734-4978; Sandy Srour at 734-4455 or Karen Wahl at 798-8155.

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    In December 2012 the Boards of Directors for St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to affiliate the two organizations. Since that time the hospitals have been working through the next steps of legal and financial due diligence.

    The boards have agreed on the name of the proposed ‘parent organization’ that would govern the two facilities - Mohawk Valley Health System.

    The MOU states that the proposed parent organization would be governed by a new Board of Directors comprised of 18 members with equal members from the SEMC board and the FSLH board.

    The board work group anticipates that, barring any significant issues, the organizations will be ready to submit a Certificate of Need (CON) application to the New York State Department of Health by the end of summer. Even with the CON submission additional steps will need to occur including satisfactory review by the Federal Trade Commission.

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  • 04/26/13--13:46: Thank You To Our Volunteers
  • St. Elizabeth Medical Center has named Shirley Rice of New Hartford Volunteer of the Year. Terri LaBella and Gina LaBella of Utica received the St. Elizabeth Guild’s Eleanor Nelson Award, named for an active, former Guild member who passed away many years ago.

    The three top volunteers were announced at the Medical Center’s annual Volunteer Breakfast on Friday, April 26, where special recognition pins were awarded to 46 people who have each logged from 100 to 43,000 hours of volunteer service. Those 46 individuals have volunteered a cumulative total of 94,823 hours. Lou Aiello, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, was the guest speaker. The event’s theme was “We’re Blooming with Appreciation for You.”

    “The volunteers provide an incredible benefit to the Medical Center, the staff, patients and their families,” said Richard H. Ketcham, FACHE, President/CEO. “The volunteers perform many tasks that we may not otherwise be able to provide. With the many economic challenges in today’s healthcare environment, the Medical Center volunteers are invaluable.”

    Shirley Rice has been a volunteer for eight years and has accumulated over 3,900 hours of service to the Medical Center. Mrs. Rice currently volunteers in the Sleep Disorders Center and the Volunteer Office. Several years ago, she joined the Guild of St. Elizabeth, where she serves on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Membership Committee.

    She was born in Utica and graduated from Utica Free Academy and the Utica School of Nursing. She worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse on the maternity ward at Faxton Hospital, Utica. Later she and her family moved to Colorado where she worked at a hospital in Denver, Colorado and upon returning to Utica, Mrs. Rice was employed at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare on the maternity unit.

    Mrs. Rice is a member of the Schuyler Senior Citizens Center, the Jewish Community Center, Quilters Guild and past president of the Thread Bears Quilt Club. Her hobbies include quilting, sewing, crocheting, cross-stitching, square dancing, playing cards, crafts and Mahjong.

    She has three daughters, Charolette LeClair (Ronald LeClair), Marsha Townsend (Mark Townsend), June Forrester (Paul Forrester) and one son, Howard Rice (Theresa Rice). Mrs. Rice has eight grandchildren, Shawn Munroe, Kristin Fusco, Joshua Townsend, Jamie Fusco, Michelle Boles, Mathiew Harris, Cory Harris, and Alex Rice and two great-grandchildren, Alayna Munroe and Lillyana Munroe. Prior to his death in 2004, Mrs. Rice and her husband, Marshall, were married for 57 years.

    Terri LaBella and Gina LaBella are the first mother-daughter winners of the Eleanor Nelson Award.

    Terri LaBella has been a member of the Guild of St. Elizabeth Medical Center since 1987 and has accumulated over 2,700 hours of service. She has been involved in many Guild events, such as the Annual Fashion Show, served as Chairman of the Holiday Bazaar and worked on many bake sales. She served the Guild as Corresponding Secretary. She is an active member of the Utica Symphony League and serves a Council member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Church.

    Mrs. LaBella enjoys cooking, baking, traveling and shopping. Her favorite activity is entertaining family and friends. She and her husband, Nick, are parents of a son, Joey, and daughter, Gina. She is an avid Syracuse fan.

    Gina LaBella has been a Guild member since 1994 and has accumulated over 2,800 hours of service. She has been active with the Guild Fashion Show, bake sales and co-chaired the Holiday Bazaar. Ms. LaBella previously served as Vice President and Assistant Recording Secretary of the Guild. She, too, has been an active member of the Utica Symphony League. She is Co-Chairperson of the Car 100 Club and is in the process of restoring a 1984 Cadillac. She is a Nascar Fan and loves animals.


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    Everyone is cordially invited to the Mass for the Rededication of the Chapel at St. Elizabeth Medical Center Under the Title of Saint Marianne Cope Beloved Mother of Outcasts.

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

    The Most Reverend Robert J. Cunningham, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Syracuse Celebrant/ Homilist

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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center, in collaboration with the University of Toronto, is participating in a unique patient safety initiative called "Bordering on Zero". The program empowers our front line staff by letting them identify a goal and work together on planning and implementing their own strategies to reach the target.

    Our Medical Surgical Unit on 3A was chosen to lead this effort and they chose to decrease the rate of Hospital Acquired Infections. One strategy the staff decided to focus on was improving our Hand Hygiene compliance rate. Nurses came together and decided to produce a music video to encourage handwashing and soon our hallways were taken over by three germ-fighting country girls known as the Flu Fighters.

    Participation became contagious and soon staff from administration to dietary, respiratory and more began making cameo appearances to help emphasize that we should all “Wash Yo Hands”.

    Our goal is to see our Hand Hygiene compliance rates increase hospital wide. Rates are monitored throughout the Medical Center by our Infection Prevention Department and results are conveyed back to nurses of each unit on a monthly basis. This video was a huge success in bringing our staff together while encouraging proper hand hygiene and helping reduce Hospital Acquired Infections. We are very proud of our staff for the dedication and hard work they put into this project.

    We encourage you to view the videos and share them with friends and colleagues to help reduce the spread of germs and the flu through proper hand washing.

    View our YouTube Channel here View the extended version below.

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