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.

SMC To Host Lung Cancer Awareness Event


SMC Joins National Movement to Build Awareness

Watertown, NY ----- November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Lung Cancer Alliance, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women in every ethnic group in the United States and takes more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. Every day, 427 Americans die of lung cancer.

“Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” is part of a national effort to raise awareness about lung cancer and help to reduce the stigma associated with this disease. Samaritan Medical Center will join over 200 healthcare facilities across the country and host a “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” event to provide hope, inspiration and support for those impacted by this disease.

Local television personality Jeff Cole will host this free event taking place in the Rotunda located at Samaritan Medical Center on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. We will celebrate and honor survivors, those who are dealing with this disease currently and pause to remember those we have lost. Light refreshments will be served. 

Luminaries in honor of and in memory of friends and loved ones will light the sidewalks and Rotunda. Bags are available in the cancer treatment center and also the evening of the event. The luminary bags are free, so please decorate a bag and help us shine a light on lung cancer.

For more information about this event, please contact the Walker Cancer Treatment Center at Samaritan Medical Center at 315.785.4600.

Family Health Centers Now NCQA Recognized


NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Care standards emphasize enhanced care through patient/clinician partnership

NCQA patient centered medical home

Watertown, New York ----- The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that each of the eight Samaritan Family Health Centers have received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships. Samaritan’s eight clinics are located in Adams, Cape Vincent, Clayton, Lacona, LeRay, Sackets Harbor and two in Watertown (Plaza Family Health Center and Graduate Medical Education Clinic).

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the healthcare system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients, “ said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that the Samaritan Family Health Centers have the tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.”

To earn recognition, the Samaritan Family Health Centers demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

To find clinicians and their practices with NCQQ PCMH recognition, visit