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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation will hold its 18th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, July 15 at the Yahnundasis Golf Club. Over 220 golfers will come together to raise money for the purchase of new endobronchial ultrasound equipment, as well as other necessary equipment, and upgrades and renovations to the St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

    A golf tournament drawing will take place on the evening of the event. Tickets are $20 each or $50 for 3 tickets. This year’s drawing prizes are: NYC Weekend Escape including Hudson River Condo accommodations and New York Yankee tickets; tickets to a New York Giants home game and a 55 inch LED HDTV Vizio TV; Saratoga racetrack and dining package; NASCAR Watkins Glen all-access trip; Family Fun Pack including admission to Enchanted Forest Water Safari, Six Flags Park tickets and a Citgo gas card; a 40 inch Samsung LCD television, and Bath and Body Works Gift Basket.

    View a complete list of this year’s prizes or purchase tickets here. Tickets are also available in the Foundation Office, First Floor, Marian Medical Building, 2209 Genesee Street, Utica, NY or by calling (315) 734-4287.

    Special thanks to event sponsors including Presenting Sponsor, St. Elizabeth Health Support Services, and Social Sponsors, CNY Cardiology, ConMed Corporation, IBEW Local 43/NECA Finger Lakes Chapter. The Foundation is also grateful to all those who donated items for the drawing.

    The St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation provides support-financial, philosophical and social- so that the Medical Center may 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 to become a part of Foundation events, please call 315-734-4287.


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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center will be going Tobacco-free effective January 1, 2014. This means that there will no longer be a designated place to smoke on any of the Medical Center owned properties. Our Tobacco-Free Campus policy will be updated to reflect these changes.

    There are many reasons why we have decided to move forward with this.

    • During our last DNV Survey it was noted through a documented Non-Conformance citation that the Medical Center has not made any movement toward becoming Tobacco-Free. This is an ISO requirement.

    • As a healthcare provider it seems to make sense that we encourage healthy behaviors for patients, visitors and employees.

    • As an employer we should assist those who wish to quit, and not provide the means to smoke while at work.

    Throughout the upcoming weeks and months, we will be implementing a number of reminders as we approach a Tobacco-Free facility. Also, we will continue to provide information and assistance on how our employees and community members can begin the process to quit.

    The decision to smoke is up to the individual, and going Tobacco-Free does not mean we are telling you that you must quit, but what we are saying is that you use tobacco products on Medical Center property. We do encourage those who have tried and failed or those considering quitting, to take advantage of the numerous opportunities the Medical Center will be making available to Employees, Volunteers, contract employees and members of the Medical Staff.

     


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    The Mohawk Valley Heart Institute (MVHI) has created a new website at www.mvheart.org designed by the MVHI Marketing Team and Trainor Associates.

    The new site is dynamic and interactive, with a large section on affiliated physicians and their profiles, plus software for a free, seven-minute survey to assess risk for heart disease. There are testimonials from patients who have responded to satisfaction surveys and descriptions of the various services MVHI offers.

    In addition, it contains information on surgical procedures, including minimally invasive surgery, electrophysiology, catheterization and cardiac rehabilitation. MVHI is also active on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube social media sites.

    MVHI celebrated 15 years of patient care in the Mohawk Valley last fall. It is a collaboration of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Call 734-3329 or (866) 505-MVHI with questions.


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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation held its 18th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, July 15 at the Yahnundasis Golf Club. A total of 212 golfers helped to raise more than $125,000 to purchase endobronchial ultrasound equipment for St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

    The Foundation appreciates support from all donors including Presenting Sponsor, St. Elizabeth Health Support Services, and Social Sponsors, CNY Cardiology, ConMed Corporation and IBEW Local Union 43/NECA Finger Lakes Chapter. The Foundation recognizes Tournament Chairmen, Terry Mielnicki, LCSW and Narender Sarabu, 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. Sarabu.

    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 to become a part of Foundation events, please call (315) 734-4287 or visit our webpage here.

    Members of the Presenting Sponsor, St. Elizabeth Health Support Services Team, are from left: Tim Scanlon,
    Frank Smith, Mike Herron, and Rick Wasniewski

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    Two young entrepreneurs ran sold baked goods during their garage sale in June to benefit children who stay at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. They raised $67 selling chocolate chip cookies and three kinds of muffins. Their mother, Brenda Fancett of Sauquoit, matched their gift.

    “Isaiah and Emilie chose St. Elizabeth's children because Isaiah said Sue Cooper was so nice to him when he had his surgeries and they both adore Dr. Chahfe,” Ms. Fancett said. “Isaiah said, ‘I need to give back.’ ”

    Isaiah is 9 years old and Emilie is age 6. The Fancetts met St. Elizabeth’s Pediatric Nurse Manager, Karen Coyle, to deliver their generous donation. Ms. Coyle will use the funds to buy infant clothing to help out families of the Medical Center’s youngest patients.


       

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    The Laryngectomy Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at a summer picnic on Thursday, August 8 at 12 p.m. 
    The picnic will be held at Lock 20 in Marcy. The Laryngectomy Support Group is sponsored by St. Elizabeth Medical Center.  

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

    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 315-734-3475.

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    Left to right, Georgianna O’Rourke, Leah Boek, Raena Perrota, Nadine Larson and Christian Scaccia
    receive the St. E’s Way Award for the Flu Fighters video.
     

    Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) have recognized the employees who developed the Flu Fighters handwashing video this spring. View the video here.

    Two members of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Hospital Performance Improvement Department presented a "BOZcar" (Bordering On Zero) award to the stars of the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Flu Fighters video in June for their creativity, hard work and dedication to improving the quality of care of all of St. Elizabeth’s patients.

    Mike Slade, RN, manager and Michelle Vielhauer, RN, consultant for Hospital Performance Improvement at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, presented the award to Leah Boek, Nadine Larson, Raena Perrota and Christian Scaccia. Erika Bailey, the SEMC coach with the Bordering on Zero initiative, and Georgianna O’Rourke, RN, nurse manager, were also congratulated for their part in the video creation. The Flu Fighters video contains original music and lyrics presented in a rap style to encourage physicians and staff members to all wash their hands before each patient encounter. Hand hygiene is of primary importance in preventing infection.

    “St Elizabeth Medical Center is participating in an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield-sponsored quality improvement project called “Bordering on Zero” (BOZ). Developed in Canada (over the BORDER), it encourages front-line staff to creatively improve healthcare delivery to reach ZERO defects. The Flu Fighters video so epitomized the spirit of BOZ, involving staff from throughout the hospital and making quality improvement fun, that the first annual BOZcar award was created to recognize their excellence in execution,” said Dr. Frank Dubeck, chief medical officer for Medical Policy for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

    In addition, the Medical Center Administration presented a “St. E’s Way” trophy to these employees at the monthly managers’ meeting. The St. E’s Way Initiative is an opportunity for employees to be recognized for their ideas and efforts in improving the SEMC patient, customer or employee experience. The Medical Center’s Customer Service Design Team selected this project from submissions for the award. The winning participants received a $100 prize to share and were presented with a trophy.

    “The St. Elizabeth community is proud of these employees and what they created as a team,” said Richard Ketcham, President/CEO. “They wrote music and lyrics, involved many departments and conveyed the handwashing message in an engaging, light-hearted way. That benefits our facility and our community.”

     

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    Thank you to all of the employees of Case Management, Respiratory Therapy, Nursing Education, Special Care, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Support Services, Shawn Johnson, LMSW, the Sister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center, and RCIL as well as Dr. Win, Dr. Munir, and Ida Bonanza of Hospitalist Services for your work in returning a patient with complex medical needs to his home after a lengthy stay at St. Elizabeth.

    “Without the care coordination with each of these disciplines, we would have never been able to discharge the patient home on a ventilator. They all worked hard and worked with each other to ensure the patient’s wish to return home was honored. This demonstrated that true care coordination was able to safely transition a ventilator patient home with multiple chronic illnesses,” said Kimberly Witchley, Department Manager of Case Management.

     
     

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    The St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation will hold its 35th annual Dinner Dance on Friday, September 27 at Hart’s Hill Inn located in Whitesboro. Proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of endobronchial ultrasound equipment for the Medical Center, replacement beds for CT/ICU, new furniture for the central admitting waiting area and the renovation and upgrade to the Mohawk Valley Sleep Disorders Center.

    The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by a gourmet dinner and dessert prepared by Chef Patrick O’Connor of A Moveable Feast. Immediately following dinner will be entertainment by Robert Channing, World’s Most Famous Mind Reader. The event will feature a live auction of a one-week stay at The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas in Hawaii. A silent auction and dancing to the popular local band, Soul Injection, will be offered at the event, with much more. Tickets cost $150 each and tables of ten are available for $1,500.

    Click here for further information, to make reservations or to bid on any auction items.

    The Foundation appreciates the support of Presenting Sponsor, Mohawk Hospital Equipment; Major Sponsor, IBEW Local Union 43/NECA Finger Lakes Chapter; as well as its Social Sponsors, Adirondack Financial Services, Bank of Utica, Mohawk Valley Imaging P.C. and Oneida Electrical Contractors.


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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center and its Medical Group are pleased to announce the addition of area native, Molly E. Schug, D.O., to its East Utica Office at 1256 Culver Avenue. Dr. Schug joins fellow providers: Dr. Julie Betro-Shkane and Carolyn Smith, R.P.A.-C. Dr. Schug is accepting new patients. In addition, pediatricians at the East Utica Office include Dr. Matthew Mittiga and Dr. Margaret Cooper.

    Dr. Schug earned her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, with honors and a Minor in Chemistry, at the State University of New York at Geneseo. She is a graduate of the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program, where she was Chief Resident of Family Medicine from 2012-June 2013. She received the Jeannette Schwartz-Anne Smith Award for Clinical Achievement in 2011 and the Harold T. Golden Award for Excellence in June, 2013.

    She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Family Practitioners and the Medical Society of the County of Oneida.

    Dr. Schug resides in Clinton with her family. Her interests include long-distance running, canoeing, reading, cooking, downhill skiing and snowshoeing.

       

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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) and its Medical Group announce that Alexandria Alsante, RT has joined the staff of the Town of Webb Health Center at 114 South Shore Road, Old Forge as a radiologic technologist/ lab assistant.  She attended St. Elizabeth School of Radiography and is completing her degree at Mohawk Valley Community College. 

    Thomas Socash, MD, a longtime provider at the Town of Webb Health Center, continues to care for patients and St. Elizabeth Medical Center is continuing its efforts to recruit a second, full-time physician to assist the needs of the residents of the Town of Webb.

    Recent acquisition of an AGFA CX-30 computerized radiology digitizer at the Health Center site will enhance the current radiology services by improving and standardizing image quality, reduce the radiation dose to the patient and expedite the interpretation of studies.  Each study will be transmitted electronically via secure internet connection to SEMC's Picture Archiving and Communication System and can be reviewed simultaneously by the attending physician and the radiologist at the Medical Center.  

    The Town of Webb Health Center Fund, Inc. donated over $36,000 to St. Elizabeth Medical Center to upgrade the radiology equipment at the Center.  Radiology and laboratory services are also available Monday through Friday to all patients, not just those of the practice.

    “This technology will eliminate the delay in interpretation caused by having to physically transport films to the Medical Center for reading,” said Robert Tan, RT (R), Manager of the Department of Radiology. “The technology should reduce the routine exam turnaround time from 72 hours to four hours.  Immediate consultation is now possible between the radiologist and the attending provider for any clinically significant findings.”


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    Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) has recognized St. Elizabeth Medical Center, a partner in Mohawk Valley Heart Institute, as one of the first hospitals in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction Center+SM designation in the area of cardiac care, as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program.  Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community.  This year, the national program has added a new designation level, Blue Distinction Centers+, to recognize hospitals that deliver both quality and cost-efficient specialty care.

    In 2006, the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program was developed to help patients find quality providers for their specialty-care needs while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver.  To receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac CareSM designation, a hospital must demonstrate success in meeting both general quality and safety criteria (such as preventing hospital-acquired infections) and cardiac-specific quality measures (related to lower rates of complications and death following cardiac surgery; and non-surgical procedures, such as cardiac stent placement) and, additionally, must show better cost efficiency relative to their peers.  Quality is key: only those facilities that first meet Blue Distinction’s nationally-established, objective quality measures will be considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+.  St. Elizabeth Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Excellus BCBS for meeting the rigorous cardiac care selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

    "St. Elizabeth Medical Center and the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute have been committed to providing high quality and cost-effective cardiology and cardiac surgery services to our community for many years,” said Albert D'Accurzio, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.  “We are proud that the efforts of so many people have been recognized by Excellus BCBS. This designation, based on nationally recognized measures of quality and cost-efficiency, will reinforce the notion that high quality cardiac care is available at our community hospitals."

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming nearly 600,000 lives each year.  Cardiac procedures, including bypass and cardiac stent placement, are among the most common major medical procedures provided by the US healthcare system, with more than 1 million procedures performed annually. These cardiac-related procedures cost the nation more than $28 billion annually.  The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program seeks to reduce this burden, by empowering patients with the knowledge and tools to find both quality and value for their cardiac care needs.

    “Congratulations to St. Elizabeth Medical Center for earning this designation,” said Frank Dubeck, M.D., medical director for Medical Policy, Excellus BCBS. “The Blue Distinction +  for Cardiac Care recognition continues our collaborations with local providers, as we jointly tackle issues such as improving quality of care and reducing hospital-acquired infections.”

    Research shows that Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications following certain cardiac procedures and lower rates of healthcare associated infections, compared with their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient for those same procedures.

    The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program identifies hospitals delivering quality care in bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery, and transplants.  These specialty areas comprise approximately 30 percent of inpatient hospital expenditures.  For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit their website here.


    St. Elizabeth Medical Center is a 201-bed, acute care hospital that offers cardiac surgery, angioplasty, cardiac catheterization, and electrophysiology and houses cardiac intensive care and special-care units under the umbrella of the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute (MVHI). The MVHI is collaboration between St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare that celebrated its 15th anniversary of cardiac services in October, 2012.  St. Elizabeth also offers both inpatient and outpatient services in numerous other specialties at multiple sites.

    Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a nonprofit independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association, is part of a family of companies that finances and delivers vital health care services to about 1.9 million people across upstate New York. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield provides access to high-quality, affordable health coverage, including valuable health-related resources that our members use every day, such as cost-saving prescription drug discounts and wellness tracking tools in our Step Up program. Learn more here.

    Blue Distinction Centers® (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction Centers+SM (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria are displayed on www.bcbs.com. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area. For details on Local Blue Plan Criteria, a provider’s in-network statuses, or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan. Each hospital’s Cost Index is calculated with data from its Local Blue Plan. Hospitals in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two Cost Index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both Cost Index figures must meet BDC+ national criteria. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for damages or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.
     

     


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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center and its Medical Group are pleased to announce the addition of area native, Molly E. Schug, D.O., to its East Utica Office at 1256 Culver Avenue. Dr. Schug joins fellow providers: Dr. Julie Betro-Shkane and Carolyn Smith, R.P.A.-C. Dr. Schug is accepting new patients. In addition, pediatricians at the East Utica Office include Dr. Matthew Mittiga and Dr. Margaret Cooper.

    Dr. Schug earned her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, with honors and a Minor in Chemistry, at the State University of New York at Geneseo. She is a graduate of the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program, where she was Chief Resident of Family Medicine from 2012-June 2013. She received the Jeannette Schwartz-Anne Smith Award for Clinical Achievement in 2011 and the Harold T. Golden Award for Excellence in June, 2013.

    She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Family Practitioners and the Medical Society of the County of Oneida.

    Dr. Schug resides in Clinton with her family. Her interests include long-distance running, canoeing, reading, cooking, downhill skiing and snowshoeing.

       

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    The St. Elizabeth College of Nursing held its Moving-Up Day ceremony on Tuesday, August 27 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, with a reception that followed in the College. The ceremony recognized 60 students who have advanced from the first year of the nursing program (freshmen students) to the second year (senior students). College President, Mrs. Marian Kovatchitch, presided over the ceremony and was assisted by Coordinator of Curriculum Resources, Mrs. Doreen Rogers. Replicas of Florence Nightingale’s lamp were presented to each student by the Class Advisors and the following awards were distributed:

    For Excellence in Academic Achievement: Weekday student: Daniel Freedman and Weekend student: Holly Sellers.

    Students who demonstrated clinical excellence (in both skills and caring) during their previous nursing courses were presented with awards made possible through the Mildred Balutis Memorial Scholarship fund. The awards for Excellence in Clinical Achievement: Weekday student: Stacey Harris and Weekend student: Jennifer Winchell.

    For Leadership within the College Community: Weekday student: Jennifer LeGuelaff and Weekend student: Sarah Hoffman.

    Awards were made possible through American Legion Post 229 in Utica for those students who Exemplify the College’s Model of Nursing. Recipients were: Weekday students: Jennifer Mazzaferro and Weekend student: Diana Natali.

    The Weekday Class of 2013 presented three scholarships: one to a student who has returned to school to take nursing as a second career. This award went to Kimberly Sadlon. A second award was given to a student who is currently working in the healthcare field while attending St. Elizabeth College of Nursing. This award was presented to Cassandra Roberts. The third award went to Kayleigh Coupe, as a reminder “of the friends and classmates with whom you started your nursing education.”

    An award went to Angela Perry in memory of Rose Maggiolino, graduate of the Class of 1941, and mother of RoAnn Destito, Commissioner of the NYS Office of General Studies. The family and friends of Rose presented a scholarship to a senior student who was a graduate of Proctor High School and who has demonstrated perseverance in reaching her goal.

    A scholarship was awarded this year to a senior student in memory of Georgianna Humpf, who fought a courageous battle against cancer until her passing in late 2012. Her family wanted to recognize a student who exemplifies Georgianna’s spirit of volunteerism. The scholarship went to Tayler Madden.

    The second annual Marie C. McQueen Scholarship was awarded to a senior student for demonstrated commitment to her faith, compassion, volunteerism and courage in the face of adversity. The scholarship is made possible through the not-for-profit American Family Foundation. The scholarship was presented by Sister Dolorosa, sister of Marie, and Bob and Nancy McQueen, Marie’s son and daughter-in-law. The scholarship went to Alexandra Walczak.

    The first annual St. Marianne Cope Scholarship was awarded to Rebecca Frost for her demonstrated service to the community, perseverance, leadership skills, and patient advocacy—those qualities and virtues of St. Marianne. The scholarship was made possible through the generous donations by the Board of Directors of St. Elizabeth College of Nursing and was presented by Sister Anna Mae Collins, CSJ, Chairperson of the College’s Board.

     
       

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    There will be a Patient & Family Advisory Council meeting on Tuesday, September 10th at 10 a.m. in the Cath Lab Conference.

    The Patient & Family Advisory Council began meeting at the Medical Center as a way for Administration and Staff to enhance the Medical Center’s patient-and-family-centered environment. Consisting of former patients and patients’ family members, Administration and Staff, the Council holds monthly meetings to provide input to various areas and services of the Medical Center.


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    The Utica Landmarks Society 2013 commemorative ornament honoring the Medical Center, is now available for purchase within our Gift Shop.The cost of the ornament is $24.

    The Landmarks Society of Greater Utica began their tradition of celebrating local landmarks in 2000 with the first ornament representing "Old Main", Utica Psychiatric Center. A complete listing of each year's commemorative ornaments can be found on their website.

    The ornaments are 24-karat gold plated and designed and manufactured in the United States by the same vendor that creates ornaments for the White House.

    Within the decorative box is a card detailing the history of the Medical Center, a green ribbon, and a small easel for display.

    View the video below to see the unboxing of the this year's ornament.


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    St. Elizabeth Medical Center and its Medical Group are pleased to announce that Karla Dalious, RPA-C has joined the staff effective November 4 and will be providing care at the Town of Webb Health Center. She joins Thomas Socash, MD at the Center located at 114 South Shore Road, Old Forge.

    Ms. Dalious received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Degree from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, was named to the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants and is a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Primary Care Scholarship recipient. She completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, also at Marywood University; was named to Delta Epsilon Sigma, the National Honor Society for Catholic university students; Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society and received the Medal of Excellence for her contributions to the Science Department.

    Ms. Dalious is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Along with Dr. Socash, she is providing primary care to patients of all ages. In addition, she has visited Old Forge with her family for many years.


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    With Utica hospital affiliation discussions ongoing, St. Elizabeth Medical Center’s commitment to maintain St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) continues. The College maintains a strong tie with its parent institution, St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC), as well as other agencies to provide superior clinical experiences for students in all areas. It is actively recruiting students and offers an evening/ weekend nursing program in addition to the weekday program.

    “St. Elizabeth College of Nursing students progress to be graduate nurses who are valued for their compassionate care and clinical knowledge,” said Varinya Sheppard, MS, RN, vice president of nursing at SEMC. “We are fortunate to have a strong academic and clinical nursing program in our community.”

    SECON’s mission is to provide a strong foundation of theory and nursing practice within an environment of academic excellence that promotes active citizenship and a desire for life-long learning. In the spirit of the Franciscan tradition and values, the College is committed to creating a caring learning environment for diverse student populations. It was established in 1904 and currently enrolls 163 students.

    "The St. Elizabeth College of Nursing has been a vital resource for educating well-qualified nurses in our community for over 100 years and we look forward to continuing and expanding this mission in the years to come," said St. Elizabeth Medical Center President /CEO Richard Ketcham, FACHE.

    As part of its nursing education, SECON supplements its clinical rotations at SEMC with others at the St. Luke’s campus of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) in most areas of the hospital (maternity, psychiatry, Operating Room, ambulatory surgery, endoscopy, dialysis, medical/surgical areas and Adult Day Care). FSLH also hosts students for their preceptorships each spring. One of the strengths of the program at St. Elizabeth is its clinical component that combines the theory learned in class with actual nursing practice, allowing for immediate transfer and application of knowledge.

    “We enjoy a strong relationship with the program and reap positive benefits because the students are able to experience clinical rotations in both area hospitals,” noted Patricia A. Roach, MS, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president and chief nursing officer for Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare. “Each hospital has its share of specialized programs, such as maternity, dialysis or heart surgery, which ensures that the clinical experiences are diverse and well rounded.”

    SECON will hold an open house on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at the College. Reserve a seat at the open house today.
    For more information, call (315) 798-8347.


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    Rumar is a student and athlete at Proctor High School in Utica, NY. He is going through Physical Therapy at our outpatient sports medicine and physical therapy center, just one week after surgery to repair his left knee. Rumar tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)  and medial collateral ligament (MCL) during a high school football game. He is determined to recover stronger and better then ever and to get back on the field.

    Follow Rumar here through his process as he works with our Director of Sports Medicine, Dan Dichiera, PT, DPT ,AT for his first phsycial therapy appointment.


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