SMC Hosts Career Fair June 6th

Kick-start Your Healthcare Career

Watertown, New York --- Samaritan Medical Center and its affiliates will be hosting a job fair for those interested in exploring careers in healthcare.

The event will be held on Wednesday, June 6th from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Rotunda, located between Samaritan Medical Center and Samaritan Keep Home, 830 Washington Street in Watertown.

Samaritan is seeking to fill a variety of full- and part-time positions, including:
• Certified Nursing Assistants – Long-Term Care (an “Earn While You Learn” opportunity)
• Nursing Assistants – Hospital Care
• Food Service
• Housekeeping
• Registered Nurses (RNs)
• Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)

On-the-spot interviews will be available with department managers, and information about Samaritan’s generous benefit package, including: paid time off, tuition reimbursement, career advancement opportunities and, for some positions, a signing bonus.

“Earn While You Learn” is a new and unique opportunity for those looking to become Certified Nursing Assistants in Long-Term Care or Nursing Assistant at Samaritan Medical Center. This is a six-week paid training program. Samaritan will offer continued employment as a Certified Nursing Assistant for those who successfully complete the program and receive New York State certification.

Samaritan’s Career Fair is open to the public. For more information about the fair or career opportunities at Samaritan, call Human Resources at 315-785-4501.

Samaritan CEO Thanks Staff

Dear Colleagues:

I want to take this opportunity to express my pride and appreciation for your phenomenal response to yesterday’s Code 99 (Server Downtime). Time and time again, your unified and focused efforts to ensure the safety of our patients, especially in a crisis situation like this, are commendable. Your calm attitudes and patient-focused actions and decisions ensured that not one patient was harmed or negatively affected during such a challenging situation. These actions embody the Samaritan values and our mission to provide high quality, comprehensive, safe and compassionate healthcare to our community.

To recap the situation, the cooling system failed in the data center where all of our computer servers are stored. The temperature in the room rose to a level that an alert about the rising temperature was sent to IT and facilities, who responded immediately. However, due to the record heat we were experiencing yesterday, the temperature in the room rose quickly to a level (exceeding 100 degrees) that triggered the servers to automatically shut down.

This shut-down resulted in loss of access to many of our systems, most importantly our patients’ electronic medical records and medication administration information. Downtime procedures were immediately activated but were made more complicated without access to critical information that we would have had in a planned downtime situation. The uncertainty related to the timeframe to restore this information was an added factor. Despite all of the challenges you were faced with, you remained calm and focused on our patients and on resolving the situation as quickly as possible. We brought systems on line much faster than we anticipated, thanks to your efforts.

Some of you have asked if we have a back-up plan for our data and servers. We do. Our first back-up plan is to go to downtime procedures, which we did. Next would have been to activate the back-up servers that store our data at an off-site location. This process would have taken several hours (12-18 or more), which was longer than we anticipated it would take to restore the servers here in the hospital. So we made the decision to not activate the off-site servers.

Now that the crisis part of the situation is behind us, please take a few moments to look back at your efforts and the efforts of hundreds of your colleagues, and be proud of what you accomplished for our patients and each other. I am deeply grateful to work alongside such a professional and talented team of caregivers whose dedication to our patients is unwavering.

Thank you!
Tom Carman
President & CEO


SSV Celebrates 5 Years

Open House Available for the Community

Watertown, New York ----- Five years ago, Samaritan Summit Village opened its doors and welcomed 173 residents (61 Assisted Living beds and 112 Skilled Nursing) from Whispering Pines, Mercy, Samaritan Keep Home and the community into their new home. In addition, approximately 240 staff, many from the same facilities listed above, began working together and caring for the new SSV residents.

To celebrate all that has been accomplished over the past years and to recognize the 5th Anniversary of Samaritan Summit Village, we will be holding an open house on April 5th from 2pm – 6pm, all are welcome to join us for light refreshments and tours of our facility. There will be numerous vendor tables set up in our Community Room for anyone interested. Staff will be representing the following Samaritan offered services; Rehabilitation Services, SMC Human Resources, Wound Care Center, Cancer Treatment Center and Healthy Lifestyles. 

Since our opening 5 years ago Samaritan Summit Village has been able to add the following services to our residents:

  • Telemedicine  Respite Care
  • Restorative Nursing Program
  • 7-day a week Rehab
  • HHA class offered in the facility 

We are grateful for the amazing support that the community has provided to our organization, allowing for us to not only serve our residents in the best manner possible, but also at the highest quality. Samaritan Summit Village was awarded a 5-star rating in quality for publicly reported Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) report in the 4th quarter of 2017. 

The open house is being held at Samaritan Summit Village, located at 22691 Campus Dr in Watertown. This is a free event that is open to the community. For more information, please contact Sandy Hazen at SSV at 315-782-7013.

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Al Maloney to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center will be hosting its sixth annual Physician Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. This event, supported by the SMC Medical Executive Committee and Foundation, is held on or around National Doctors’ Day each year to honor Samaritan’s active and retired physicians for their dedication.\

As part of this event, one physician is selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, which has been established to recognize a Samaritan physician for his/her leadership and service to the health and well-being of the Northern New York community. Whether in their private practice, hospital duties, Board or Medical Staff leadership positions or volunteer work, Samaritan’s physicians dedicate their time and talent to making the community a better place to live.

The 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Al Maloney, MD. Dr. Maloney, a gynecologist, has been a member of the SMC Medical Staff since 1992 after being recruited to join the practice of Dr. Eugene Renzi in Watertown. 

Dr. Maloney was born in Toronto, Ontario, and served in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals before entering medical school at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he also completed his Obstetrics/Gynecology residency. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is Board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Since arriving at the then-House of the Good Samaritan/Samaritan Medical Center, Dr. Maloney has served in a variety of Medical Staff leadership roles on many committees, as head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and as Interim Medical Director. Though no longer in private practice, he continues to work as a surgical assistant in the operating room and currently serves on the Credentials Committee, Ethics Committee, Quality Council, and more recently, as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Maloney and his wife Judy, a Nurse Practitioner with Samaritan Surgical Specialists, reside in Watertown. They have three grown sons and two grandsons. 

“This event has been established to offer the entire community an opportunity to recognize and thank our physicians for their time, talent and commitment,” states Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center. “We ask a lot of our physicians. In addition to the day-to-day work in their offices or here at the hospital doing rounds or performing surgery, our physicians actively participate in other initiatives, such as Medical Staff committees, Boards, and other leadership roles. Our community is fortunate to have a Medical Staff of this caliber.”

The Physician Recognition Dinner is being held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Watertown. This event is open to the community. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Medical Staff Relations Office at SMC at 315-779-5184 or RSVP online.

SMC Foundation Receives Major Gift


Watertown, New York ----- The Samaritan Medical Center Foundation received a generous holiday gift to help fund the new Walker Center for Cancer Care, slated to open in October 2018.

Washington Summit Associates’ partners Michael E. Lundy and Dr. David P. Rechlin made Christmas a littler merrier for the project’s fundraising efforts with personal donations totaling $100,000.

“We both feel believe strongly in the project and how it will help so many people here in Northern New York,” stated Managing Partner Mr. Lundy, speaking on behalf of the two partners. “Like so many other people, we both have been touched by cancer. Both of my parents are cancer survivors, and Dr. Rechlin cares for patients affected by cancer in his practice all the time.”

Washington Summit Associates has had a long, proud history with Samaritan Medical Center and credits the hospital with being a part of its success as one of the group’s earliest tenants and strongest supporters. Additionally, in 2012, Washington Summit Associates announced its donation of 18 acres of land for the development of Samaritan Summit Village on adjacent property.

“Samaritan is fortunate to have such a strong, long standing relationship with Washington Summit Associates, as well as with Mr. Lundy and Dr. Rechlin individually,” states Thomas H. Carman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Samaritan “We, too, credit our success with Samaritan Summit Village and now the new Walker Center for Cancer Care to the generous support we have received from them. We truly are grateful for their ongoing commitment to ensuring that our North Country community has access to high quality care locally.”

The Walker Center for Cancer Care is expected to open in the fall of 2018. This 17,000 square foot facility brings Samaritan’s cancer services and physicians to one convenient location that is designed with patients in mind. If you would like to learn about ways to support this important project, please contact Bonnie Eppolito at the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation at 315-779-6966.

WSA Gift Presentation

(L to R) Michael E. Lundy, Managing Partner of Washington Summit Associates, LLC; Bonnie Eppolito, Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, Samaritan Medical Center Foundation; and David P. Rechlin, DO, Partner, Washington Summit Associates, LLC.

SMC Offers FREE Hernia Screening


Offering Demonstrations of the daVinci Surgical Robot

Watertown, New York ----- The surgeons of the Samaritan Medical Center Surgery Practice will be hosting a free hernia screening on Saturday, December 9th from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at their new office location in the Samaritan Medical Office Building, 826 Washington Street, Suite 106 in Watertown.

“Many people may walk around for years with a hernia and may either not know it or not want to have it evaluated,” explains Sara Cummings, Special Teams Coordinator at Samaritan Medical Center. “Many hernia repair surgeries today can be done robotically, and we have been using the daVinci for several years. By utilizing the daVinci robot, our surgeons have greater dexterity and range of motion. Oftentimes, that means a faster recovery and less pain for the patient.”

During this event, attendees will be able to learn about the benefits of minimally-invasive hernia repair using robotic-assisted technology; engage in dialogue with our surgeons; get screened if they are experiencing nausea, groin pain, or a bulge in the lower abdomen. “Test drives” and demonstrations of the robot will also be available. Light refreshments will be served.

Samaritan surgeons who perform hernia repair surgeries include Dr. Daniel Bryden, Dr. Leo Gosselin, Dr. Robert Kimball and Dr. Eduardo Barayuga. In addition to general surgery, robotically-assisted surgery is also available in urology and gynecology.

Space for this event is limited, and registration is requested. To register, or for more information, please call Samaritan Medical Center Surgery Practice at 315.755.3083.