April 2024 OWL Award Recipients

April 2024 OWL Award Honorees Portrait

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Keep Home and Samaritan Summit Village are pleased to announce the OWL award recipients for April 2024. The outstanding workers in long term care (OWL) award recognizes exemplary staff who support the residents, their families, and the caregivers at our long term care facilities.

Brittany Garwick, Licensed Practical Nurse, at the Keep Home, and Summit Village Certified Nursing Assistant Brianna Doss, were nominated and selected as winners by a committee.

Nurse Manager Jeannine Gardner nominated Garwick, and an excerpt from the April OWL award nomination, read:

“Brittany started here as a traveling nurse and, after falling in love with the organization, the staff, and the residents, she signed on as a full-time LPN on the 6th floor. Brittany is a compassionate and dedicated employee and is an absolute asset to this facility and the organization. She is the definition of the Heart Values. She is empathetic and calm while caring for and assisting the residents, visitors, and co-workers for whatever they need.”

The Summit Village OWL honoree was nominated by Jolene Smouse, director of long term care education, saying, “Brianna started at SSV last July. She has made a great impression with staff, as well as residents. She is kind and caring to the residents and always helpful to her co-workers. She communicates with staff and management to provide the best care for her residents and is respectful to families and everyone she comes in contact with. Brianna is a great asset to the Samaritan family, and we are very happy she chose us.”

Portrait of Brittany Garwick.
Brittany Garwick
Portrait of Brianna Doss, CNA.
Brianna Doss

For being recognized, the OWL recipients receive a certificate, special parking spot for a month, an owl pin, special banner recognition, badge buddy, and various treats.

The OWL award will continue to be presented at each Samaritan long term care facility throughout the year, and residents, families, or colleagues can submit nominations at any time. To nominate or learn more about the OWL award, visit samaritanhealth.com/experience.

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About Samaritan Keep Home

The Samaritan Keep Home is a 272-bed long term care facility connected to the Samaritan Medical Center campus in Watertown. This residential care facility provides a full range of skilled nursing assistance, rehabilitative therapies, and social and recreational activities. Our mission is to provide an atmosphere that allows our residents to thrive and remain socially active in all aspects of their lives.

About Samaritan Summit Village

At Samaritan Summit Village – Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing facilities – our team is committed to providing sophisticated senior living. Whether we’re assisting with daily chores or planning exciting group activities, we’re here to help make living easier The services needed by residents may vary widely, but the goal of our care is always the same: helping seniors to live exceptionally and age in place. With its amazing views, Samaritan Summit Village overlooks Watertown, NY, and offers 120 assisted living beds, and 168 nursing home beds.

About The OWL Award

The owl is symbolic of intuition, protection, and wisdom. At Samaritan, we are all caregivers, including those who have committed to showing extraordinary compassionate care as a long term caregiver. We need each other to care for our community.

The OWL Award (Outstanding Workers in Long Term Care) was established in December 2023 and is awarded to a caregiver who has given their time and talent to the healthcare system and to our residents. The recipients have repeatedly gone above and beyond in their role to help our staff, and residents, to make our community thrive. They exemplify the HEART Values and take their role as a Samaritan Caregiver with pride.

The OWL Award complements our existing DAISY and BEE Awards for staff, and HIVE award for volunteers. Together we recognize the amazing caregivers of the Samaritan Health System and the culture we embrace.

Cape Vincent Family Health Center to Host an Ice Cream Social to Introduce New Provider

Watertown, NY – Samaritan’s Cape Vincent Family Health Center will hold an Ice Cream Social for area residents to meet new provider Colin Ross, PA-C. The event will take place on Thursday, May 30, 2024, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at the Cape Vincent Family Health Center, 782 East Broadway Street, Cape Vincent.

Join us for free ice cream plus meet the team at the clinic and take a tour. Colin and the team are excited to care for the greater Cape Vincent community and are accepting new patients.

Mr. Ross attended Clarkson University and completed a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Mr. Ross is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

The Ice Cream Social is open to all. To RSVP, please visit https://samaritanhealth.com/upcoming-event/ice-cream-social/.

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Samaritan Medical Center Foundation Announces the 27th Annual Thousand Islands Golf Classic

Golf Tournament illustrative flyer.

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York will host the 27th annual Thousand Islands Golf Classic event on Thursday & Friday, June 6 & 7, 2024.  The presenting sponsor is the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 910 & Northern New York National Electrical Contractors Association.

This year’s event features a dinner reception and live auction on Thursday, June 6, at the Edgewood Resort. On Friday, June 7, enjoy 18 holes of golf at the beautiful Thousand Islands Country Club. Both the old course and lake course will be utilized.

The increased demand for mental health services in our community can be seen as Samaritan’s Emergency Department behavioral health unit patient volume has doubled since 2022, and our inpatient mental health unit continues to be full. A portion of the proceeds raised from this year’s event will be dedicated to enhancing vital mental health services at Samaritan Medical Center.

This year’s online auction is open and runs until 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. The in-person auction takes place at the dinner event the evening of June 6. The online and in-person auctions both feature a wide variety of items including vacation rentals, event tickets, gift cards for dining and experiences, designer accessories, artwork, crafting kits, furniture, airline tickets, dirt bike, go cart, grills, coolers, and more. There is something for everyone.

Visit samaritanhealth.com/golf to register for the online auction bidding and to purchase tickets to the dinner and live auction.

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March 2024 DAISY® and BEE Award Recipients

March 2024, Daisy Award winner Brandi Simpson, RN, and BEE Award winner, Brittney Kiblin, Registered Pharmacy Tech.

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to announce its DAISY and BEE Award recipients for March 2024. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® recognizes exemplary nursing staff, and the BEE Award honors other outstanding staff members who support patient care, both at the hospital and all outpatient clinics.

Brandi Simpson, registered nurse (RN) at Samaritan Interventional Radiology received the DAISY Award. Brittney Kiblin, registered pharmacy technician at Samaritan Medical Center, received the BEE Award.

Nurse Manager Kim Smith, nominated Simpson saying:

Portrait of Brandi Simpson, Registered Nurse, holding her Daisy Award certificate
Brandi Simpson, RN

“Brandi takes time at the bedside to engage in casual conversation to ease the apprehension and fear of patients receiving treatment for both new and old acute and chronic diagnosis.  Brandi makes sure that the support person is always included and provides time for them to ask questions and seek clarification.  She always provides them with education and reassurance to always “reach out and call if you have any concerns or questions”.   She always maintains that welcoming smile and demeanor.  Plus she is always willing to come in on a moment’s notice to help with staffing and make sure patients’ needs are met.   I am so proud to have Brandi on my team and for all she has accomplished.” 

For receiving the DAISY Award – which is an international award backed by The DAISY Foundation – Simpson was presented with a certificate commending her as an extraordinary nurse, a DAISY Award pin, and a symbolic sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” which is hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. A larger version of this sculpture has also been installed in the Healing Gardens at Samaritan Medical Center in honor of all DAISY and BEE Award winners to come. It was purchased using funds donated by the Samaritan Auxiliary.

Kiblin was nominated by Pharmacist Andrea Favret, with the following statement for nomination:  

Portrait of Brittney Kiblin, registered pharmacy technician, holding her BEE Award certificate
Brittany Kiblin, Registered Pharmacy Tech

“Brittney has been instrumental in preparing for and implementing the new regulations set forth by USP 797 on IV sterile compounding.  Without her help, we wouldn’t be as successful as we are at maintaining regulations, training staff, and providing the highest level of care for our patients.  Brittney is always willing to lend a hand to her fellow employees to complete the daily tasks in the department even if not scheduled to do so.  She is very deserving of this award.”

Kiblin was presented with a certificate, a BEE Award pin, and a gift bag with other tokens of gratitude.

Both awards will continue to be presented throughout the year, and nominations can be submitted by patients, families, or colleagues at any time. To make a nomination or to learn more about the Samaritan DAISY and BEE Awards, visit www.samaritanhealth.com/daisy-bee.

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About Samaritan Medical Center

Samaritan Medical Center (Watertown, New York) is a 290-bed not-for-profit community medical center, offering a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services. From primary and emergency care to highly specialized medical and surgical services, such as cancer treatment, neonatal intensive care, behavioral health and addiction services, and imaging services, Samaritan Medical Center and its team of healthcare professionals proudly serves the medical needs of our civilian and military community. Quality, compassion, and safety are the basic principles by which exceptional care is delivered at Samaritan.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.    In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 3,900 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and for nurses participating in medical missions. More information is available at http://www.DAISYfoundation.org.

Samaritan Announces Mask-Optional in the Emergency Department and Long Term Care

Watertown, NY – As of May 10, 2024, the Emergency Department, Samaritan Keep Home, and Samaritan Summit Village, will return to mask-optional for all staff, patients, residents, and visitors under certain criteria. This decision comes after closely watching transmission levels of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, declining COVID-19 infection rates, flu prevalence ending in New York State and other supporting indicators. If any of the metrics have an uptick, departments or facilities belonging to the Samaritan Health System could return to wearing facemasks.

Patients, residents, visitors, and/or healthcare personnel are to follow masking practices per unit/department when specifically indicated. For the health and safety of the community, we reserve the right to require any patient in any area who has signs or symptoms of respiratory illness or COVID-19 to wear a facemask as per Samaritan practices. 

Visitors who are not feeling well, have symptoms of fever, nausea/vomiting, or diarrhea, or have been in contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 cannot visit patients or residents.

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March 2024 OWL Award Recipients

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Keep Home and Samaritan Summit Village are pleased to announce the OWL award recipients for March 2024. The outstanding workers in long term care (OWL) award recognizes exemplary staff who support the residents, their families, and the caregivers at our long term care facilities.

Suzanne Kirkpatrick, Certified Nursing Assistant, at the Keep Home, and Summit Village Assisted Living Home Health Aide’s Gina Deline, Stephanie Deline, and Leila Howard, were nominated and selected as winners by a committee. 

Multiple co-workers nominated Kirkpatrick, and an excerpt from the March OWL award nomination, read:

Suzanne Kirkpatrick, CNA, on the Keep Home’s 2nd floor, was highlighted for her work ethic, compassion, and care for all residents, “no matter what floor she is on.” While accepting her OWL recognition, Suzanne proudly remembered all the floors she had worked on at the organization during her more than 40 years of service at Samaritan.

The Summit Village OWL honorees were collectively acknowledged by Neva Bossard, administrator for assisted living, for their outstanding care, compassion, and teamwork. Thanks to their quick thinking, the team ensured that Summit Village residents did not miss their beloved BINGO event one evening when there was severe weather and staffing issues. These caregivers do not typically coordinate and execute activities of this nature. She said, “this was a testament to their commitment to our residents’ overall well-being.”

For being recognized, the OWL recipients receive a certificate, special parking spot for a month, an owl pin, special banner recognition, badge buddy, and various treats. 

The OWL award will continue to be presented at each Samaritan long term care facility throughout the year, and residents, families, or colleagues can submit nominations at any time. To nominate or learn more about the OWL award, visit www.samaritanhealth.com/daisy-bee.

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About Samaritan Keep Home

The Samaritan Keep Home is a 272-bed long term care facility connected to the Samaritan Medical Center campus in Watertown. This residential care facility provides a full range of skilled nursing assistance, rehabilitative therapies, and social and recreational activities. Our mission is to provide an atmosphere that allows our residents to thrive and remain socially active in all aspects of their lives.

About Samaritan Summit Village

At Samaritan Summit Village – Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing facilities – our team is committed to providing sophisticated senior living. Whether we’re assisting with daily chores or planning exciting group activities, we’re here to help make living easier The services needed by residents may vary widely, but the goal of our care is always the same: helping seniors to live exceptionally and age in place. With its amazing views, Samaritan Summit Village overlooks Watertown, NY, and offers 120 assisted living beds, and 168 nursing home beds. 

About The OWL Award

The owl is symbolic of intuition, protection, and wisdom. At Samaritan, we are all caregivers, including those who have committed to showing extraordinary compassionate care as a long term caregiver. We need each other to care for our community.

The OWL Award (Outstanding Workers in Long Term Care) was established in December 2023 and is awarded to a caregiver who has given their time and talent to the healthcare system and to our residents. The recipients have repeatedly gone above and beyond in their role to help our staff, and residents, to make our community thrive. They exemplify the HEART Values and take their role as a Samaritan Caregiver with pride. 

The OWL Award complements our existing DAISY and BEE Awards for staff, and HIVE award for volunteers. Together we recognize the amazing caregivers of the Samaritan Health System and the culture we embrace.

Samaritan Announces Mask-Optional in Walker Center for Cancer Care

Watertown, NY – As of April 11, 2024, the Walker Center for Cancer Care will return to mask-optional for all staff, patients, and visitors under certain criteria. This decision comes after closely watching transmission levels of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, declining COVID-19 hospitalization and infection rates, and other supporting indicators. If any of these metrics have an uptick, the Walker Center for Cancer Care could return to wearing facemasks.

At this time, the following use of facemasks will be asked of patients, staff, and visitors:

  • In the Emergency Department (ED), all visitors and patients are asked to mask in this location when not in a private room. 
  • In the Samaritan Keep Home and Samaritan Summit Village due to long term care requirements.

Patients, visitors and/or healthcare personnel are to follow masking practices per unit/department when specifically indicated. For the health and safety of the community, we reserve the right to require any patient in any area who has signs or symptoms of respiratory illness or COVID-19 to wear a facemask as per Samaritan practices. 

Visitors who are not feeling well, have symptoms of fever, nausea/vomiting, or diarrhea, or have been in contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 cannot visit patients or accompany patients to appointments.  

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February 2024 DAISY® and BEE Award Recipients

February 2024 Daisy and BEE recipients: Ann Groff and Melissa McDonald.

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to announce its DAISY and BEE Award recipients for February 2024. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® recognizes exemplary nursing staff, and the BEE Award honors other outstanding staff members who support patient care, both at the hospital and all outpatient clinics.

Ann Groff, licensed practical nurse (LPN) at Samaritan Dermatology and Mohs Surgery received the DAISY Award. Melissa McDonald, medical assistant at Samaritan Dermatology and Mohs Surgery, received the BEE Award. This was a first for the committee to award two deserving caregivers to the same outpatient clinic, at the same time.

Rachel Moore, lead clinic LPN at Samaritan Dermatology and Mohs Surgery nominated Groff saying:

“At the end of the day she always makes her rounds to make sure the chores are done and checks to see if anyone needs anything before leaving. She never stops going and is a true team player. Ann helps precept new employees and is very well respected. If the surgical team needs help, she is there and hops right in. We need more nurses like her. Ann Groff is very deserving of the Daisy award because she is a true example of an extraordinary NURSE!! Thank you, Ann, for your hard work and dedication to our patients and for making the lives of others so much easier through your compassion. You are a true Samaritan star and DAISY.”

For receiving the DAISY Award – which is an international award backed by The DAISY Foundation – Groff was presented with a certificate commending her as an extraordinary nurse, a DAISY Award pin, and a symbolic sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” which is hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. A larger version of this sculpture has also been installed in the Healing Gardens at Samaritan Medical Center in honor of all DAISY and BEE Award winners to come. It was purchased using funds donated by the Samaritan Auxiliary.

McDonald was also nominated by Rachel Moore, with the following statement for nomination:  

“Our patients are in great hands with Melissa. She assists with surgeries, and multiple procedures on a daily basis. Helps prep charts and get things ready for the next week without any hesitation. I hope she continues on for her nursing degree because she would be a fantastic nurse someday. Melissa is trustworthy, dependable, respectful, empathetic, honest and always accountable. Melissa deserves the Bee award with high honors for the fantastic care she gives our patients.”

McDonald was presented with a certificate, a BEE Award pin, and a gift bag with other tokens of gratitude.

Both awards will continue to be presented throughout the year, and nominations can be submitted by patients, families, or colleagues at any time. To make a nomination or to learn more about the Samaritan DAISY and BEE Awards, visit www.samaritanhealth.com/daisy-bee.

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About Samaritan Medical Center

Samaritan Medical Center (Watertown, New York) is a 290-bed not-for-profit community medical center, offering a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services. From primary and emergency care to highly specialized medical and surgical services, such as cancer treatment, neonatal intensive care, behavioral health and addiction services, and imaging services, Samaritan Medical Center and its team of healthcare professionals proudly serves the medical needs of our civilian and military community. Quality, compassion, and safety are the basic principles by which exceptional care is delivered at Samaritan.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.    In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 3,900 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and for nurses participating in medical missions. More information is available at http://www.DAISYfoundation.org.

January 2024 DAISY® and BEE Award Recipients

Daisy and Bee Awards winners, January 2024

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to announce its DAISY and BEE Award recipients for January 2024. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® recognizes exemplary nursing staff, and the BEE Award honors other outstanding staff members who support patient care, both at the hospital and all outpatient clinics.

Megan Gould, licensed practical nurse at Samaritan Family Health Center (SFHC) in Adams received the DAISY Award. Mary Deline, nursing assistant at Samaritan Medical Center 4 Pavilion, received the BEE Award.

Donna Edwards, clinic supervisor at SFHC in Adams nominated Gould saying:

“Megan has a wonderful skill set of communicating with her patients. She is calm and patient but sets clear appropriate boundaries with patients. She is a nurse that nurses should strive to be. She is a huge asset to our organization. There are many events that would warrant her the recognition of this award but most recently she had an encounter with a patient’s family at the end stages of her life. The outcome for the family was loss and grief but Megan did an amazing job making that complicated process to get Hospice into the home less stressful for the family. This care she gives patients resembles that on a daily basis and she deserves to be recognized for her continued amazing care for her patients.” 

For receiving the DAISY Award – which is an international award backed by The DAISY Foundation – Gould was presented with a certificate commending her as an extraordinary nurse, a DAISY Award pin, and a symbolic sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” which is hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. A larger version of this sculpture has also been installed in the Healing Gardens at Samaritan Medical Center in honor of all DAISY and BEE Award winners to come. It was purchased using funds donated by the Samaritan Auxiliary.

Deline was nominated by Meghann Black, Registered Nurse at the Medical Center, with the following statement for nomination:  

“Mary goes above and beyond for her patients. She takes her time with each and every one of them to make sure they are cleaned from head to toe and walked multiple times per day.  Mary always volunteers to stay late on the days she works and almost always ends up working the next day. Mary is the epitome of how an aide should be and I do not think that she gets enough credit. Samaritan Medical Center is very lucky to have a hard dedicated worker like Mary.”

Deline was presented with a certificate, a BEE Award pin, and a gift bag with other tokens of gratitude.

Both awards will continue to be presented throughout the year, and nominations can be submitted by patients, families, or colleagues at any time. To make a nomination or to learn more about the Samaritan DAISY and BEE Awards, visit www.samaritanhealth.com/daisy-bee.

Megan Gould, licensed practical nurse, and Mary Deline, nursing assistant, were presented with certificates for Samaritan’s January 2024 DAISY and BEE Awards.

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About Samaritan Medical Center

Samaritan Medical Center (Watertown, New York) is a 290-bed not-for-profit community medical center, offering a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services. From primary and emergency care to highly specialized medical and surgical services, such as cancer treatment, neonatal intensive care, behavioral health and addiction services, and imaging services, Samaritan Medical Center and its team of healthcare professionals proudly serves the medical needs of our civilian and military community. Quality, compassion, and safety are the basic principles by which exceptional care is delivered at Samaritan.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.    In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in over 3,900 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and for nurses participating in medical missions. More information is available at http://www.DAISYfoundation.org.

Samaritan Announces Preparations for the Solar Eclipse

Watertown, NY – Samaritan’s focus continues to be the health and safety of its staff, patients, residents, and visitors, as we plan for the upcoming solar eclipse.  We have been meeting and planning with many local and state officials, as well as learning from similar regions that endured the 2017 total eclipse. Due to the anticipated influx of tourists surrounding the solar eclipse leading up to, and on April 8, 2024, Samaritan has proactively taken the following measures:

  • All outpatient appointments at Samaritan Health locations in the city of Watertown and our LeRay location have been canceled for Monday, April 8, 2024, and all appointments will be rescheduled.  This includes all elective surgical and procedure cases, primary care, specialty services, cancer care, imaging, wound care, and more. 
  • Patients who feel they need medical care by their primary care provider that day should call 315-755-3100 to speak with a triage nurse between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Walk-in lab and X-ray at the Health and Wellness Plaza, and Coffeen Street, are closed on Monday, April 8, 2024. These services will, however, be available at the Medical Center, 830 Washington Street, Watertown, on Monday, April 8, 2024, from 6 a.m. – Noon.
  • Family Health Centers in Adams, Cape Vincent, and Clayton will operate on a half-day schedule, including the labs or X-rays at the locations that offer those services. 
  • City of Watertown locations, including the Medical Center, Keep Home, and Summit Village, will have restricted parking available for staff, patients, visitors, and support persons who need to be on location that day.  Please expect to see parking attendants at our facilities. 
  • Select inpatients and long term care residents will have the opportunity to experience the eclipse based on mobility and health. Samaritan’s Trauma Program has supplied approved safety glasses for their viewing leisure, and for our staff. 
  • The Emergency Department remains open. Those in medical crisis should call 9-1-1. Those who are experiencing illness and are questioning whether help can wait may call our resource line at 315-755-3100 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The resource line staff members cannot provide a diagnosis over the phone but can provide helpful information to point the patient in the right direction.
  • The proximity of the main hospital to the eclipse event in Thompson Park may pose traffic issues for anyone trying to get to the hospital. Visitors of inpatients or residents may want to consider a virtual or phone visit that day in case traffic is an issue and personal technology allows.  

Samaritan staff will receive staffing and operational communications through internal channels. Staff and the community should be aware that Samaritan reserves the right to modify these plans as the event draws nearer. Visit samaritanhealth.com for updates. 

Samaritan thanks everyone in advance for their patience as we navigate challenges we may all face with traffic and parking during this historic natural event. For information on safe viewing of the solar eclipse please visit https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/safety/

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