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

Mental Health Awareness


Watertown, New York ----- Patients and staff from Samaritan Medical Center’s Inpatient Mental Health Unit are enjoying a new type of therapy. Taking an idea from the kindness rock craze on social media, Valerie LaClair from Samaritan’s Inpatient Mental Health Unit proposed the idea, and it took off.

“We adopted the kindness rock idea for our expressive therapy group,” explain Ms. LaClair. “It’s a fun activity that connects our patients to the cause and encourages those with depression who may find the rocks. It’s definitely therapeutic for patients, as well as for staff.”

Each rock contains various messages and drawings and is placed throughout the grounds of the hospital. They also include the hashtag #samaritanrocks to encourage photos and sharing on social media.

“There is such a stigma associated with mental health and addiction,” explains Tina O’Neil, Director of Mental Health at Samaritan. “It’s important to build awareness, educate and let the community know that we have services to help in times of need.”

Because it’s been so successful, Samaritan plans to expand this project into its outpatient mental health and addiction clinics.

“We know it’s working,” concludes Ms. LaClair. “After the first time we did this, we had a patient tell us that she found one of our rocks and it gave her hope. She sought help and was admitted for treatment.”


A heart-shaped arrangement of rocks created by the staff and patients of Samaritan’s mental health and addiction services. #samaritanrocks

SMC Imaging Continues to Grow


3D Mammography Coming In November

Watertown, New York ----- The Fuji ASPIRE Cristalle mammography technology is the latest in Samaritan’s investment in advancing its imaging capabilities. Earlier this year, Samaritan added two new Philips 128-slice CT scanners and in September opened its new Philips 3.0T Ingenia MRI.

Samaritan Medical Center has recently invested in Fujifilm’s ASPIRE Cristalle system, because of its low-dose x-ray, crystal clear images and faster exams. Highlights of the new system include:

  • Brilliant image quality for trusted results
  • Adaptability to different breast types
  • Innovative technology that uses low-x-ray dose
  • Better visualization of implants
  • Improved patient experience overall

The new mammography units are available at Woman to Woman on Outer Washington Street. In November, 3D capability will be added.

Appointments for screening mammograms can be made by calling 315-785-4155 and a doctor’s order is required.

SMC Adds Breakthrough MRI

New Technology to Boost Clarity, Exam Speed and Patient Comfort

Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center today announced that patients and physicians now have access to the first-ever digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging system: the Ingenia 3.0T from Philips Healthcare. The machine, which was lifted through the roof for installation on July 20, has been inspected by the Department of Health and is open for operation.

This revolutionary machine is designed to quickly perform high-quality MRI scans with a high level of patient comfort. Ingenia 3.0T can significantly reduce exam time and has a wide opening to accommodate patients of varying size, age and physical condition. This makes Ingenia less confining than other MRI systems and a more attractive non-invasive imaging option for patients at Samaritan Medical Center. In fact, most scans can be performed with the patient’s head entirely out of the opening, creating a better patient experience.

The Ingenia 3.0T incorporates a number of breakthrough technologies designed to deliver exceptional image clarity. It quickly provides radiologists and physicians with precise, detailed MRI images needed to help confidently diagnose many different anatomical and structural problems in the body—including brain and nervous system disorders, cardiovascular disease, and organ disease.

“Ingenia 3.0T image quality is excellent and it’s fast,” states James Farr, Director of Imaging Services at Samaritan Medical Center. “We can perform routine exams of the brain, spine, knee, ankle, and liver in less than eight minutes, with superb image quality. It gives our radiologists and referring physicians access to the high-quality images they need to make informed diagnoses. With Ingenia 3.0T, our patients experience fast, comfortable exams and fewer re-scans. Ingenia 3.0T is a win-win for our clinicians and our patients.”
To learn more about the new 3.0T MRI at Samaritan, visit the facility’s web site at Physicians ordering an MRI for their patients, or patients with a doctor’s order, can schedule an appointment by calling 315-779-5200.


New Labor & Delivery Suite Opens

Celebrates Lots of ‘Firsts’


Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center is happy to announce the first gifts of support totaling $350,000 for the new Center for Women and Children. The much-anticipated Labor & Delivery suite at Samaritan Medical Center welcomed its first baby yesterday and performed its first Cesarean-section birth in the new unit today.

Construction of the new $4.6 million unit began in January 2017 and is the first step in a sequence of projects that will result in Samaritan’s new Center for Women and Children.

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In a ribbon cutting ceremony held last week, the Samaritan Foundation honored two major gifts made to the Center for Women and Children.

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The Kinney Drugs Foundation is helping improve the experience for patients at Samaritan Medical Center with a gift of $250,000 to the Women and Children’s Center.  Their generous gift will be directed toward the Cesarean Birthing Suite in the new Labor and Delivery Unit, and also to a Children’s Playroom in the Pediatric Unit once that portion of the project has been completed.

Pictured Left to right: David Adsit, R.Ph., Director of Pharmacy Operations; Becky Bubel, R.Ph., Director of Retail Operations; Rich McNulty, VP of Kinney Drugs Foundation & KPH VP of HR; Thomas H. Carman, President & CEO, Samaritan Medical Center; Tracey Stoffel; Wendy Rambone, Store Manager; Brian Wekar, Store Manager and Bryan Jones, R.Ph. – Regional Pharmacy Manager.

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Additionally, Northern Credit Union has generously donated $50,000 toward the new Women and Children’s Center at Samaritan Medical Center.  Their gift will be directed toward the spacious family waiting area in the newly completed Labor and Delivery Unit. 

Alexa Bennett (right), Assistant Vice President of Marketing for Northern Credit Union, presents a check to Thomas H. Carman, President & CEO of Samaritan Medical Center.


 Highlights and amenities designed with patients and families in mind include:

  • Peaceful, soothing environment featuring abundant natural light and nature themes
  • Expansion from six labor & delivery rooms to eight
  • Each room has private bathroom with shower and most rooms have tubs to aid in pain management during labor.
  • Plenty of room for family and loved ones who are present during the birth.
  • Flat screen televisions and convenient docking stations for electronic devices.
  • Spacious family waiting area for those anxiously awaiting the birth.
  • Two C-section rooms for both scheduled and unscheduled procedures with comfortable recovery areas.
  • Infant security system to ensure the safety of all moms and babies.
  • Close proximity to the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for babies needing special care after birth.

Knowlton Technologies has generously committed a gift of $50,000 toward the Pediatric Unit, which will be relocated onto the same floor as Maternity. Next steps in the construction of the Center for Women and Children include renovations to the mother/baby (post-partum) rooms and increasing from 18-21 rooms; expanding the unit to include a dedicated entrance and parking area for expectant parents and families; and relocation of the Pediatrics unit to the same floor as maternity services.  The entire project is expected to be complete in 2021.

SMC Parking Garage Closure

Watertown, New York ----- The parking garage at Samaritan Medical Center will be closed for routine maintenance this weekend beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 15 through Sunday evening, September 17.

The maintenance includes sandblasting, sealing and re-striping of the first and second levels. The third and fourth levels were completed in 2016.

“We want to ensure that the parking garage is well-maintained for the hundreds of people who use it every day,” explains Mark Cote, Director of Facility Operations for Samaritan Medical Center. “This routine maintenance is required every ten years or so, and weekends are our lowest traffic time for patients and staff.”

All of the hospital’s outdoor lots will be open for the duration of this project.

SMC Receives Accreditation from ACR

Samaritan Medical Center Receives Accreditation from American College of Radiology (ACR)

Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center has been awarded a three-year accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for our staff and is a testament to our commitment to the highest quality of care for our patients,” explains Daniel S. DeBlasio, MD, SMC Radiation Oncologist. “It validates that Samaritan Medical Center and the community we serve is home to a program that meets the highest accreditation standards in the nation. This just adds to the excitement of the new cancer center, which will open next year, and is one more reason to be proud of the care we deliver to our patients.”

The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with over 650 accredited sites, and 29 years of accreditation experience. The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting specific Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards developed by ACR after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

“The staff at Samaritan Medical Center has a commitment toward excellence in quality patient care,” states the ACR accreditation report. “An example is the checklist at the beginning of every patient’s chart, which helps keep key staff informed of important details along the patient’s radiation therapy journey.”

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.

SMC to Receive $9.8 Million in Funding


Funds Planned to Create New Comprehensive Health Center

Watertown, New York - Thanks to the multimillion dollar Healthcare Facility Transformation award announced yesterday by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Samaritan Medical Center now can move forward with its plan to transform its Medical Plaza on Outer Washington Street into a new outpatient comprehensive healthcare center. SMC was awarded $9.8 million for the project. Watertown, New York - Thanks to the multimillion dollar Healthcare Facility Transformation award announced yesterday by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Samaritan Medical Center now can move forward with its plan to transform its Medical Plaza on Outer Washington Street into a new outpatient comprehensive healthcare center. SMC was awarded $9.8 million for the project. 

“We are very grateful to have been selected for this award and excited to be able to move forward with this important project,” said Thomas H. Carman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Samaritan Medical Center. “We knew this project was important but were looking for a way to fund it. This award will enable us to finally move it forward, effectively creating a medical village that provides outpatient access to multiple healthcare services in one convenient location.” 

The vision for the new center includes the development of a regional comprehensive women’s health center, consolidating its various outpatient women’s health services into one convenient location. Those services include Woman to Woman, gynecology, obstetrics, breast health and related radiology, stereotactic and testing services, which are currently housed in various locations around the community. Additionally, this will gain space for Samaritan to grow new wellness, prevention and education programs.

As another part of the plan, Samaritan will consolidate all of its Watertown-based primary care services under one roof, while continuing to integrate outpatient behavioral health with primary care, which is one of the objectives outlined in the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program (DSRIP). 

“In addition to continuing to the integration of behavioral health and primary care, this project addresses two other DSRIP objectives, including the creation of a medical village and population engagement, education and integration that activates individuals to use primary and preventive care services,” concludes Mr. Carman. “This truly will transform the facility and the care that is delivered within it. We truly appreciate this award and what it can do for our community’s healthcare system.”

The Samaritan Medical Plaza is located at 1575 Washington Street in Watertown.

SMC Named 2017 Most Wired


Most Wired Hospitals Use Technology to Partner with Patients on Health

Watertown, New York—Samaritan Medical Center has been named as one of the 2017 Most Wired hospitals as announced by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum. The 2017 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. It examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration. 

“This is a tremendous honor for Samaritan Medical Center” said M. Andrew Short, Samaritan’s Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer. “This distinction validates the level of engagement and adoption committed to by our physicians, nurses and other clinicians, IT staff and support staff to utilize technology to enhance the quality of patient care.”

According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. Samaritan Medical Center is among:

  • 76 percent of hospitals offering secure messaging with clinicians on mobile devices.
  • 68 percent of hospitals simplifying prescription renewals by letting patients make requests on mobile devices.
  • 62 percent of hospitals adding data reported by patients to the electronic health record to get a better picture of what is going on with the patient.
  • Nearly half of the hospitals using telehealth to provide behavioral health services to more patients.
  • More than 40 percent of hospitals providing real-time care management services to patients at home for diabetes and congestive heart failure.

“The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”

Innovation in patient care embraces emerging technologies and underscores the need for secure patient information exchange. Hospitals have increased their use of sophisticated IT monitoring systems to detect patient privacy breaches, monitor for malicious activities or policy violations and produce real-time analysis of security alerts. Samaritan Medical Center is among:

  •  97 percent of hospitals using intrusion detection systems.
  • 96 percent of hospitals performing data access audits.

Most Wired hospitals are transforming care delivery with knowledge gained from data and analytics.  They are investing in analytics to support new delivery models and effective decision-making and training clinicians on how to use analytics to improve quality, provide access and control costs. Samaritan Medical Center is among:

  • 82 percent of hospitals analyzing retrospective clinical and administrative data to identify areas for improving quality and reducing the cost of care.
  • Nearly 70 percent of hospitals interfacing electronic health record data with population health tools for care management.
  • 45 percent of hospitals initiating a patient pathway using health IT to follow a care plan.
  • 32 percent of hospitals with tools for real-time patient identification and tracking for value-based care conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit

Ambulance Bay Closed 5/9/17



Watertown, New York - As part of its ongoing expansion and renovation projects, a large crane will be installed on May 9th in order to hoist the massive new air handlers on the roof of the new labor and delivery area. This step in the project is expected to last just one day, from about 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

The crane will be set up in front of the ambulance bays outside of the Emergency Department and will force the one-day closure of the bays. The alternate route for ambulance entry will be pulling in from Washington Street and proceeding to the entrance into the main lobby of the hospital. Staff will then escort patients and EMS providers directly into the Emergency Room via a pre-planned route. Extra staff and security will be on hand for this day-long phase of construction to ensure patient safety.

The crane will affect another area on campus on this same day. Access to the main patient registration area will be blocked off. Patients will be directed to enter through Samaritan’s Medical Office Building, turn left and proceed to registration from there.

All hospital services will remain operational during this time.

A similar project will occur in early to mid-July when the hospital’s new highly advanced 3T MRI machine is hoisted through the roof on the ground floor near registration.


Cinderella Tea Party to Benefit CMN

A Cinderella tea party to benefit children’s miracle network 

WATERTOWN, NY – A Cinderella Tea Party is coming to town this April – and you won’t want to miss this special event! Children of all ages are invited to attend a magical afternoon hosted by Rhonda’s FooteWorks to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Samaritan Medical Center.

The tea party will be held Saturday, April 1st from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 403 Washington Street, Watertown. Hosted by Alex Hazard from ABC 50, the event will include tea and desserts, live auctions, a preview of the Cinderella Ballet, and photo opportunities with Cinderella and other characters.

The Cinderella Tea Party is being organized by Rhonda Foote, owner of Rhonda’s FooteWorks. Rhonda’s daughter, Madi Draper, was the 2008 Children’s Miracle Network New York State Ambassador for the Champions Across America Program. Madi was born with severe congenital scoliosis, a radically curving spine that grows in a spiral. Today, she is a student at Jefferson Community College and a dance teacher at Rhonda’s FooteWorks. Over the years, Children’s Miracle Network at Samaritan helped Madi and her family with thousands of dollars in travel expenses incurred during her treatment at hospitals throughout the country. Together Rhonda and Madi, along with the help of their dancers are now giving back to Children’s Miracle Network in hopes of helping other children throughout Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

Tickets for the event are $20 per couple (1 adult and 1 child) and can be purchased at the door or in advance at Rhonda’s FooteWorks, Bruce Wright Conference Center or the Children’s Miracle Network Office, Samaritan Medical Center.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. For more information on the Cinderella Tea Party or Children’s Miracle Network, please contact Kristin Stockwell, CMN Development Manager at 315.785.4053 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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15th Annual One Night - One Diamond Event


Lung cancer is the #1 cause of cancer deaths, and lung cancer rates in Northern New York are higher than state and national rates. The earlier it is detected, the better a patient’s chance for successful treatment. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Samaritan Auxiliary, diagnosing lung cancer just became more advanced. Proceeds from the Auxiliary’s 15th Annual One Night, One Diamond event will purchase a new Olympus 360º radial linear, extra-slim mini probe, used for image-guided cancer detection that can go deeper into the lungs.

This year, the One Night, One Diamond event will also provide Samaritan Medical Center with a second technology that provides both body warming and cooling capabilities. The Altrix Precision Temperature Management System warms a hypothermic patient and cools a patient whose body temperature is too high. When applied to the patient, this system can help reduce fevers and the potential for associated seizures, organ failure and an altered level of consciousness. It is also beneficial for patients with hypoxic brain injuries.

“With the rate of lung cancer and the rise in drug overdoses in our area, the need for this equipment is even more critical,” explains Irene Carman, One Night, One Diamond Event Chair. “We are so pleased to be able to support two pieces of important technology, both of which have life-saving potential, all thanks to the generous support of so many from the community and beyond.”

Once again, The Commons on Fort Drum is the setting for “One Night, One Diamond,” an elegant evening of dining, dancing, and a chance to win an exquisite half-carat diamond donated by Cook’s Jewelers of Watertown or a two night package donated by Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake Inn.

Presenting sponsors for One Night, One Diamond are Pepsi of Watertown, Purcell Construction and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. Media sponsors are the Watertown Daily Times and 7News/Fox 28/MeTV North Country. Diamond sponsors include Bernier, Carr and Associates, Coca-Cola Company, FX Caprara Car Companies – The Caprara Family, Hancock Estabrook, KeyBank, Renzi Foodservice and Slack Chemical Company. Additional support is received from numerous other sponsors at the Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire levels.

“One Night, One Diamond” is being held on Saturday, April 1st from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at The Commons on Fort Drum. Tickets are $150 per couple, which includes dinner, dancing and an opportunity to win the real diamond. Live music will be provided by the popular band Atlas. For more information or to purchase single tickets, please contact event chairperson Irene Carman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or RSVP online . Responses with names of attendees and date of birth for entrance onto Fort Drum must be received by March 10, 2017.

SMC Urges Visitors to Stay Home if Sick

Watertown, New York ----- With a significant increase in Influenza (flu) and Norovirus (stomach flu) in our community, Samaritan Medical Center and all of its facilities are urging visitors and loved ones to stay home if they have any signs of sickness.

“We understand that visiting loved ones is important to both the visitor and the patient or resident, and we encourage it under normal circumstances” explains Karen Abare, RN, BSN, CIC, Director of Infection Prevention at Samaritan Medical Center. “However, keeping our patients and residents from acquiring further illness from the flu or stomach bug is our priority. These are highly contagious illnesses and can be life threatening. We are urging anyone who has any signs of illness, especially if they have tested positive for the flu, to stay at home until they are well. This protects our patients, residents and staff from potential exposure and illness.”

Samaritan has seen an increase in the number of people visiting its facilities with signs of illness, which has prompted this plea to avoid visiting. Many residents and patients already have compromised immune systems that cannot fight off viruses. The flu is extremely contagious, even to those who are healthy.

The hospital has posted signs at entrances to remind visitors of this urgent request and thanks the community in advance for its cooperation and vigilance.

“This is the perfect time to remind the community that the number one way to prevent the spread of illness is by frequent handwashing,” concludes Mrs. Abare. “Next to that, staying home and avoiding public places will minimize the spread of illness to others and throughout the community.” 

SMC Receives National Meritorious Recognition from American College of Surgeons


Watertown, New York — The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Samaritan Medical Center as one of 60 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Samaritan Medical Center is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that directs patient safety and the quality of surgical care improvements.

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a composite meritorious outcome related to patient management in eight clinical areas: mortality, unplanned intubation, ventilator > 48 hours, renal failure, cardiac incidents (cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction); respiratory (pneumonia); SSI (surgical site infections-superficial and deep incisional and organ-space SSIs); or urinary tract infection.

“We are honored to have received this recognition from The American College of Surgeons,” states Dr. Mario Victoria, SMC Chief Medical Officer. “This is a testament to our physicians, nurses and all support staff and their commitment to the best care possible to our patients. It validates for us and for our patients that Samaritan Medical Center delivers a level of care equal to or better than other hospitals across the nation.”

ACS NSQIP is the only nationally-validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. This program measures the actual surgical results 30 days postoperatively, as well as risk-adjusts patient characteristics to compensate for differences among patient populations and acuity levels. The goal of ACS NSQIP is to reduce surgical morbidity (infection or illness related to a surgical procedure) and surgical mortality (death related to a surgical procedure) and to provide a firm foundation for surgeons to apply what is known as the “best scientific evidence” to the practice of surgery. Furthermore, when adverse effects from surgical procedures are reduced and/or eliminated, a reduction in healthcare costs follows. ACS NSQIP is a major program of the American College of Surgeons and is currently used in over 770 adult and pediatric hospitals.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 78,000 members and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

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Editor’s Note: This recognition is the third of its kind recently received by Samaritan Medical Center. Others include the Joint Commission’s Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® recognition and Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction® Center for Maternity Care.

SUBWAY® Raises Money for CMN

$250,000 Campaign Launched by SUBWAY® Restaurants, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® in North Country

Successful opening week starts effort off strong

Watertown, NY (December 13, 2016)— SUBWAY® Restaurants, in partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, launched their annual fundraising effort in New York in December. 12 other northeastern markets are also running a month-long campaign that ends December 31. The initial returns have exceeded projections by 24%.

Funds are being raised in-store through the purchase of a $1 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Balloon. In return, customers receive a $1 coupon for a future SUBWAY® Restaurants purchase. 100% of the funds raised will benefit Samaritan Medical Center.

“Subway is a national brand, but our restaurants are locally owned and operated and we value our connection to the North Country communities,” said Rick Allen, Chairperson of the local SUBWAY® Restaurants franchisee group. “By leveraging that connection, we can help sustain the mission of Samaritan Medical Center and meet the needs of area families facing medical hardships.”

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ funds critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care at 170 member hospitals, including Samaritan.

For instance, born with a rare congenital heart defect and chromosomal deletion,
Adeline has already undergone one 10-hour open heart surgery and is awaiting her second.
She takes 13 medications daily. Granted a trip to Disney through the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, she will be traveling in January. Adeline is a spunky three-year-old little girl who puts a smile on the face of all whom she encounters.

“It’s important for people to understand what their donations enable,” said Kristin Stockwell, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Development Manager at Samaritan Medical Center. “We are glad to have Subway working again this year on behalf of all of the children who visit Samaritan Medical Center. Subway’s efforts mean that we can have more stories like Adeline’s.

To support the campaign and fund more miracles like Adeline, simply visit your local SUBWAY® Restaurants location and purchase a $1 balloon.


About SUBWAY® Restaurants
Since 1965, SUBWAY® owners have been devoted to offering customers customized made-to-order sandwiches with a wide range of better-for-you options. Providing easy access to vegetables, detailed nutrition, dietary, and healthy lifestyle information has been a priority for the SUBWAY® chain for many years, earning the American Heart Association’s Heart Check Meal Certification in 2012 for many Fresh Fit™ meal options. As the world's largest restaurant chain, thousands of dedicated entrepreneurs have the opportunity to run their own business, while playing an important role in their communities. To learn more information about us, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter SUBWAY® is a Registered Trademark of Subway IP Inc. ©2016 Subway IP Inc.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at and


PFAC Looking for New Members

Samaritan’s Patient Family Advisory Council is looking to add 4-5 more members! An ideal applicant must be team oriented and solution focused and willing to adhere to confidentiality terms. Those selected will be asked to attend a two-hour monthly meeting on the second Wednesday of the month from 6-8pm.

Download the application here.

SMC Appoints New Children's Miracle Network Manager

Watertown, New York – Samaritan Medical Center and the SMC Foundation of Northern New York announce the appointment of Kristin Stockwell as the new Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals Development Manager.  As the CMN Development Manager, Ms. Stockwell will be responsible for fundraising, sponsor/donor relations and overall awareness of CMN’s mission of helping North Country children. She will be responsible for planning and implementing all CMN events, fostering relationships with CMN national and local sponsors, building a core group of CMN volunteers and assisting families of children facing a medical crisis.

“We are very pleased to have Kristin join our team,” explains Beth Fipps, Vice President, Foundation and Community Services. “The search for the new CMN Development Manager was very inclusive. Members of the Foundation Board, CMN Allocations Committee and staff participated in the interviews and ultimate selection of the candidate. Kristin’s background, knowledge of the CMN organization and enthusiasm make her an excellent choice for this important position. We are excited to grow CMN throughout the tri-county region, as well as maximize awareness and significance for North Country children.” 

Prior to her appointment as CMN Development Manager, Ms. Stockwell was most recently employed at Northern Credit Union as a Marketing Professional and previously worked for the Children’s Home of Jefferson County as a Marketing and Fund Development Coordinator.  She is a North Country native growing up in Belleville, New York.  Ms. Stockwell holds a Master of Arts in Education/Curriculum and Instruction from State University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, NY.


“I am honored to have been selected as the new CMN Development Manager at Samaritan. CMN is very special to me,” states Ms. Stockwell. “I have always had a passion for working with children and helping others and now I have the opportunity to make a real difference in our community for so many children and families. I look forward to meeting the many sponsors, supporters and families who help to make CMN what it is today.”

Ms. Stockwell began her new role on Monday, June 20. Her office is located in the Foundation office at SMC, and she can be reached at 315-785-4053.

Community Support Requested for Fort Drum

Fort Drum is being considered as a potential site for a Missile Defense project. The Missile Defense Agency is considering an East Coast Interceptor Site that will include up to 60 ground-based interceptors that employ no warheads and that will only be launched in defense of our nation. This is a $3 billion construction project that will create between 650-800 permanent jobs, It will increase annual sales tax by $1.65 million and bring an additional $27 million in economic value to our region.

Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization (FDRLO) needs your help to support Fort Drum being selected as the preferred site for the potential Missile Defense Agency (MDA) project.  MDA is considering an East Coast Interceptor Site that will include up to 60 ground-based interceptors that employ no warheads and that will only be launched in defense of our nation. 

This is a $3 billion construction project that will create between 650-850 permanent jobs.  It will increase annual sales tax by $1.65 million and bring an additional $27 million in economic value to our region.   

Fort Drum is one of three potential sites for this project.  We urge your organization to be proactive in their support of this Missile Defense project by signing the FDRLO petition requesting that the Missile Defense Agency select Fort Drum as the preferred location for their East Coast Missile site.

Sign the petition and ask your friends, family and associates to do the same.  This proves strong community support for the development of this Missile Defense project at Fort Drum.  It also demonstrates to the Missile Defense Agency and the Department of Defense that we truly are a defense community who values Fort Drum and our national security.

Our time is short, so act now!  The public comment period ends on July 18th.  The petition can be signed electronically by visiting

Information regarding this initiative

  • At the request of Congress, the MDA is evaluating possible additional locations in the U.S. best suited for siting an interceptor capable of protecting the U.S. against threats from nations such as North Korea and Iran.
  •  Three locations are being reviewed: Fort Drum, New York; Camp Ravenna, Ohio; and Fort Custer, Michigan.
  •  In summary, the MDA is looking at constructing a project that will bring jobs to the North Country.
  • This is a $3 billion construction project.
  •  During the project’s construction phase (36 – 60 months) there will be 300-800 short term jobs.
  •  Once completed, project will create between 650-850 permanent jobs.
  •  It will increase annual sales tax by $1.65 million.
  •  It will bring an additional $27 million in economic value to our region.  
  •  Ground-based interceptors would only be launched in the nation’s defense. 
  • No test firing would be conducted at the site. 
  •  The interceptors being considered do not carry explosive warheads.
  •  The project would include up to 60 ground-based interceptors. 
  •  Based on the proposed footprint for the Fort Drum project, County Highway 3A would be closed at the points where 3A crosses the railroad tracks on Fort Drum and Lake School Road on Fort Drum. 
  • Traffic would be rerouted over existing highways, ie. NYS Route 3 and County Route 126.    


Fort Drum is being considered as a potential site for a Missile Defense project. The Missile Defense Agency is considering an East Coast Interceptor Site that will include up to 60 ground-based interceptors that employ no warheads and that will only be launched in defense of our nation. This is a $3 billion construction project that will create between 650-800 permanent jobs, It will increase annual sales tax by $1.65 million and bring an additional $27 million in economic value to our region.

4th Annual Physicians' Recognition Dinner


Dr. Collins Kellogg, Jr. to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center (SMC) will be hosting its fourth annual Physician Recognition Dinner on National Doctors’ Day, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. This event, supported by the SMC Foundation and Medical Executive Committee, is held on or around National Doctors’ Day 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 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Collins F. Kellogg, Jr., MD. Dr. Kellogg, an internal medicine physician, has been a member of the SMC Medical Staff since 1987. He is a native of the area, growing up in Lowville, where two of his uncles were General Practitioners. Since first establishing his practice in 1987 in a house on Washington Street with Dr. R.J. Marilley, Dr. Kellogg’s practice of Watertown Internists today includes ten providers and a total of 34 employees. During the 29 years (and counting) that Dr. Kellogg has practiced medicine in Watertown, his efforts have helped ensure access to healthcare services for members of our community, as well as helping to lead efforts to transform the healthcare delivery system in the North Country. 

In addition to the Woodruff Professional Building in Watertown, Dr. Kellogg also owns two urgent care centers: one on Coffeen Street in Watertown and the other serving the community of Adams. He has assisted the Fort Drum Regional Planning Organization (FDRHPO) in its efforts to bring electronic health records to many physician offices. He was the primary care physician representative in this collaborative planning group, which today is known as the North Country Initiative, for which he serves as the first and only Board Chairman since the formation of the NCI. Dr. Kellogg also chairs the Board of Directors for Healthcare Partners of the North Country, an Accountable Care Organization responsible for improving the quality and value of healthcare for our Medicare population. 

Dr. Kellogg is the Medical Director at Samaritan Summit Village and continues his long-term commitment to Samaritan Medical Center to improve patient safety, quality of care and value of care. He is founder and past chair of the SMC Peer Review and Medical Management Committees.

Dr. Kellogg continues to practice at Watertown Internists with Drs. LaVerne VanDeWall and Julie Lapointe, Laura Boggs and Jason White. They are joined by five nurse practitioners, including Nancy Spicer, Ann Lepine, Kathryn Kolton, Jeff Perrine and Phyl McKinney.

“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 Wednesday, March 30th at Samaritan Summit Village. This event is open to the entire community. Tickets are $45 per person. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Medical Staff Relations Office at SMC at 779-5184 or visit

"Miracle Challenge" Raises Funds for Local Sick Kids

Watertown, NY ----- The New Vision Health Careers Class has announced their 2016 fundraiser for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Samaritan Medical Center. For more than a decade, students in the New Vision Health Careers class, a program through BOCES that offers high-achieving high school seniors the opportunity to shadow health professionals and immerse themselves in hands-on learning about the healthcare industry, have chosen to partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Samaritan to raise much needed funds for local sick and injured children. In the past students have hosted Dance Marathons and other fundraising events and have collectively raised more than $60,000.

This year’s class has chosen to launch Miracle Challenge, a 27-day wellness and exercise challenge running from April 1- 27, that will help participants achieve fitness goals while raising funds for CMN Hospitals, in the region. Participants can choose one of five fitness tracks – running, walking, cycling/spinning, yoga or boot camp – and will complete 27 mini-challenges over the course of 27 days. According to Kady Hoistion, New Vision Health Careers teacher, “the students are excited about being able to encourage health and wellness in the community while also raising funds for local children, some of whom are their peers.” Students in the New Vision class hope to engage many local businesses and organizations, individuals and members of their school communities, making this a community wide fundraising effort.

Led by fitness coaches and celebrities, Miracle Challengers will receive daily challenges, inspirational stories or motivational messages via e-mail throughout the event encouraging them to meet their fitness and fundraising goals. A personal donation page for each participant will also be set up to track progress and share updates. Participants are challenged to not only complete a fitness activity each day, but also to raise the equivalent of $10 per day for Samaritan Medical Center’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program. It is the New Vision Health Careers Class goal to raise $25,000 for CMN Hospitals at Samaritan Medical Center.

Individuals and organizations are welcome to join Miracle Challenge and the New Vision class’ efforts. Visit to sign up. Organizations who wish to participate in Miracle Challenge as an employee wellness program should call the CMN Hospitals Development Manager at Samaritan at 315-785-4053. 

Planning New Cancer Center


July 22, 2015

Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center announced today that it is in the early stages of planning for significant enhancements to cancer care in the region, including the development of a new comprehensive cancer center, which is expected to be operational in 2017.

“It is a priority of Samaritan to offer first class treatment of cancer through an integrated, coordinated program,” says Mario Victoria, MD, Samaritan’s Chief Medical Officer. “Cancer care encompasses so much more than chemotherapy, radiation or surgical treatment, but must also address the nutritional, social and spiritual needs of cancer patients. A truly coordinated program will be enhanced by providing cancer care in one location.”

Currently, Samaritan offers many advanced services and procedures to diagnose and treat many forms of cancer, including a full range of imaging (radiology) procedures, radiation therapy, outpatient chemotherapy, surgical care and many others. However, these services are in multiple locations throughout the community, including the hospital, off-site clinics and physician offices. By establishing a comprehensive cancer center, Samaritan will bring all of those services and specialists together in one location, ensuring that patient care is collaborative, multi-disciplinary and convenient.

Additionally, and in anticipation of expanding its cancer services, SMC has recruited two new medical oncologists to join its current physicians, Dr. John Poggi and Dr. Charles Romano. Florence Arnold, MD, and Osagie Bello, MD were appointed to the SMC Medical Staff earlier this month. Their recruitment is an important first step in expanding oncology capacity and better positioning Samaritan to develop its cancer center.

To assist with the planning and development of this significant project, SMC has engaged Oncology Solutions, the nation's largest, independent cancer consulting firm. Oncology Solutions (formerly CDP Services) was the first consulting firm dedicated exclusively to the development of comprehensive cancer programs, facilities, and services. With more than 100 years of combined oncology experience, Oncology Solutions has assisted with more than 1,800 cancer-specific consulting engagements and the planning and development of 180 cancer center projects worldwide. They assist freestanding cancer centers, hospitals, physician practices, academic medical centers and designated cancer treatment centers.

“The team at Oncology Solutions has been a tremendous partner to us as we embark on this important initiative,” concludes Dr. Victoria. “Their experience and expertise in establishing hundreds of comprehensive cancer programs worldwide already have proven invaluable to the planning process. Add to that the support of our current medical staff, cancer treatment staff and our Board of Trustees, and we have a good foundation on which to expand cancer services in Northern New York.”

Further details about Samaritan’s comprehensive cancer center will be released as planning progresses.

Oncology Solutions is the nation's largest, independent cancer consulting firm. Founded more than 40 years ago Oncology Solutions, then CDP Services, was the first consulting firm dedicated exclusively to the development of comprehensive cancer programs, facilities, and services. Providing guidance to the National Institutes of Health, the firm was instrumental in assisting with the design of what became known as the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Centers Program evaluation criteria. Its clients included academic medical centers as well as many nationally-recognized research organizations.

In 2000, the company merged with Cancer Care Point, Inc. to extend its services and expertise to community hospitals and regional referral centers. The merger of the two organizations brought together more than 100 years of combined oncology experience.

Since its founding, Oncology Solutions has assisted with more than 1,800 cancer-specific consulting engagements and the planning and development of 180 cancer center projects worldwide. Our company assists freestanding cancer centers, hospitals, physician practices, academic medical centers, and NCI-designated centers.

Florence Arnold, MD, completed her medical degree at the University of the Philippines, Manila College of Medicine, Manila, Philippines. She completed her Internal Medicine residency training at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, NY, followed by hematology/oncology fellowship training at New York Medical College – Westchester County Medical Center, Valhalla, NY. Dr. Arnold is a diplomate with the American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty certification in Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Arnold was most recently affiliated with Medical Oncologists – Saskatoon Cancer Center, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Osagie Bello, MD, completed his medical degree at Howard University, Washington, DC. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training followed by hematology/oncology fellowship training at Scripps Clinic/Scripps Green Hospital, La Jolla, CA. Dr. Bello is a diplomate with the American Board of Internal Medicine and is in process for subspecialty certification in Hematology and Oncology.


Contact: Krista A. Kittle
(315) 785-4504

Madison Plummer Donation

Madison Plummer presented a donation of $200 to Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Committee

Madison Plummer presented a donation of $200 to Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Committee member, Bonnie Trudeau, RN.  Madison raised the funds by organizing a student dance for her fellow 5th grade students at South Jefferson School (Wilson Building) in April.  She was inspired to hold a fundraiser soon after her mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  The Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Fund raises money to improve the health and well-being of cancer patients throughout Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.


Carthage, New York----- As part of its recovery plan, Carthage Area Hospital has applied to the New
York State Department of Health to become a Critical Access hospital, a change "that will enhance
reimbursement rates and increase revenue for the facility. In order to qualify for Critical Access
status, Carthage Area Hospital is required to meet certain criteria, including proximity of its facilities
to surrounding hospitals being greater than 15 miles. Two of Carthage Area Hospital's primary care
clinics (Evans Mills and Adams) are located within 15 miles and therefore must be transitioned in
order to qualify for the new designation.

The transition includes:
• Closure ofthe Evans Mills Family Health Center- All providers and services will be available
at the Carthage Area Hospital's Family Health Center located at 117 N. Mechanic Street in
Carthage. Patients can continue to receive care at the Carthage location, if they choose to
do so.
• Transferring ownership of the Adams Community Health Center to Samaritan Medical
Center- This clinic will remain open in the same location at 10881 NYS Route 11, Adams
with SMC assuming operations effective July 2, 2014.

Carthage Area Hospital hopes to receive Critical Access Designation within the next few weeks.

As announced in late March, Carthage Area Hospital and Samaritan Medical Center plan to form an
affiliation, which is expected to be complete in late 2014 or early 2015. Management and Trustees
from both facilities have been in close discussions to complete due diligence and have begun
developing a strategic plan in preparation for the affiliation. The facilities have engaged KPMG
Healthcare and Life Sciences to lead the strategic planning process with a final report due in late

Natalie Burnham, CAH
(315) 493-0114

Krista Kittle, SMC
(315) 785-4504


Community Invited to Meet CEOs, Providers and Learn about Benefits of New Affiliation

Star Lake, New York ----- On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, the CEOs of Clifton-Fine Hospital and Samaritan Medical Center will introduce the Clifton-Fine community to their plans to expand and strengthen healthcare services locally as a result of the affiliation that was formalized earlier this year. An open invitation has been extended to the seasonal and year-round residents of the communities served by Clifton-Fine Hospital to attend Town Meetings hosted by the hospitals. Meetings are being held at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Clifton-Fine Community Center, 4208 State Hwy 3, Star Lake. In addition to remarks by Clifton-Fine Hospital CEO Robert Seamon and Samaritan Medical Center CEO Thomas Carman, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide suggestions about healthcare services available in their community. During the 7 p.m. meeting, the CEOs will be joined by physicians from Samaritan Medical Center who are now providing services in the Clifton-Fine community, or plan to do so in the near future, as a result of the formalized partnership between the two hospitals.

“Our Board first announced its plans to seek a partner facility in late 2012. We subsequently chose SMC and have spent months finalizing the affiliation agreement and planning the expansion of services in and around the Clifton-Fine area,” explains Robert Seamon. “The excitement is palpable throughout Clifton-Fine Hospital – from our Board members and leadership team to our staff, providers, and members of the community who have already experienced the benefits of this partnership. It’s time to share that excitement with all residents of the communities we serve. These Town Meetings are a great opportunity to share our plans and gather suggestions from the people who utilize our services. It’s a relationship that will ensure that Clifton-Fine Hospital is better and stronger long into the future.”

During the meetings, the CEOs will outline Clifton-Fine’s new strategic plan developed as part of the affiliation. The four major focus areas of that plan include: increasing access to care through expansion and awareness of services; investing in the workforce to insure sufficient human capital to meet future community healthcare needs; insuring information technology infrastructure and applications to adequately support patient care and business operations in an era of healthcare reform, and; insuring all quality initiatives add value for patients, drive positive clinical outcomes and provide the means to effectively manage the health of the population.

An early success as a result of the affiliation is the availability of endoscopy services at Clifton-Fine Hospital, which SMC General Surgeon Dr. Eduardo Barayuga began performing in Star Lake in May. Additional new services being explored include cardiac testing, pulmonology, women’s health, ophthalmology, dentistry and telemedicine/telehealth.

For more information about the July 15th Town Meetings, please call Janet Rhodes at Clifton-Fine Hospital (315) 848-4264.

Janet Rhodes, CFH
(315) 848-4264

Krista Kittle, SMC
(315) 785-4504


Watertown, New York ----- The Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York has launched a new resource guide to help visitors and summer residents in the North Country find the healthcare services they may need – for themselves or their family.

“There are few things worse than getting sick or injured when away from home and familiar surroundings,” explains Beth Fipps, Vice President Foundation & Community Services at Samaritan. “While we hope that visitors or summer residents don’t need medical care while they’re in our area, it’s always better to be prepared. Your Guide to Healthcare in Northern New York makes sure the necessary information is readily available should they need it.”

Your Guide to Healthcare in Northern New York is available at no cost to print or download at This essential resource includes information about what to do in a medical emergency; emergency medical services; non-emergency healthcare services such as primary care, dental care, drug stores, veterinary care and more; non-emergency transportation; other useful area contacts; and a handy map to help visitors identify the services that are closest to their location.

The information provided is not limited to Samaritan facilities, but also includes other North Country hospitals and medical practices.

“We’re depending on our community members to help spread the word about this new resource,” adds Ms. Fipps. “If you own a cottage or camp that you rent to visitors, or if you have family or friends who come to stay, please tell them about Your Guide to Healthcare in Northern New York.”

Contact: Krista Kittle, SMC
(315) 785-4504


Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Summit Village is proud to expand its senior living and long-term care services to include a Respite Care option for community members who need short-stay accommodations.

Individuals and families caring for an elderly loved one in their home or providing a high level of support to those still living independently often find it difficult to plan vacations or other absences from their homes.

This new program allows caregivers a break from the constant demands that come with caring for an aging loved one. It can be used when a caregiver is traveling, during holidays, vacations, or when there is a need to rest from these responsibilities, or tend to their own personal matters,” explains Anna Patterson, RN, Samaritan Summit Village Administrator, Assisted Living. “Our Respite Care guests have the opportunity to interact with other seniors and make new friends while experiencing a different option for care. At the same time, caregivers can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are safe and well cared for. We’re happy to be able to extend the welcoming, home-like environment of Samaritan Summit Village to area seniors who need short-stay accommodations at an affordable rate.”

The Respite Care program provides a fully furnished one bedroom apartment, three meals a day, laundry and housekeeping services, plus experienced staff members who are available to offer personal assistance with daily needs, such as bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, assistance with eating, mobility, medication management and more.

Respite Care guests experience all of the same services and amenities available to permanent residents at Summit Village, including an on-site beauty salon, gift shop and café. They may also participate in any of the social, educational, devotional and recreation activities scheduled daily for residents.

To be eligible for the Respite Care program, you must not require 24-hour care. There is a one week minimum stay, and pre-registration is required. The Respite Care program is private pay.

Persons interested in receiving more information may contact Dawn Johnson, Admissions Director at Samaritan Summit Village by calling 315-782-7033.


Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center is proud to announce the appointment of Mary Whalen as the hospital’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Whalen will lead the day-to-day operations for Samaritan Medical Center and be responsible for ensuring that all hospital operations produce the necessary outcomes to support the highest quality patient care and safety.  She started her new role September 2nd.

Samaritan Medical Center to Bring da Vinci™ Robotic Surgical System to Health & Wellness EXPO on September 13th

Watertown, New York ----- Get behind the controls of the technology that is changing the experience of surgery with less pain, less scarring, a reduced risk of complications, and a faster recovery for patients. Samaritan Medical Center is providing community members with an exciting and unique opportunity to “test drive” the da Vinci robotic surgical system.

On Saturday, September 13th, Samaritan Medical Center will be on-site at the Salmon Run Mall with a complete da Vinci robotic surgical system, identical to the one used by surgeons at the hospital. The Samaritan display is part of the Mall’s first annual Health & Wellness Expo, which will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

During the Health & Wellness Expo, visitors to the Samaritan booth will get a chance to have a hands-on experience with the device by actually sitting at the surgeon’s console and performing “surgery” on tiny inanimate objects. Samaritan surgeons and surgical technicians who are now using the da Vinci technology to perform complex and delicate operations will be on hand for demonstrations and to answer questions.

The da Vinci technology provides an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. Although it is called “robotic,” it still takes a skilled surgeon with knowledge and experience to maneuver the da Vinci technology. In fact, every movement of the da Vinci system’s four robotic arms is directed and controlled by the surgeon.

Since implemented in Fall 2012, more than 300 robotic-assisted cases have been completed at Samaritan Medical Center, including OB/GYN, urological, and general surgical procedures.

Samaritan Medical Center Becomes Official Team Hospital for the Watertown Wolves

Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with the Watertown Wolves and is now the Federal Hockey League (FHL) team’s official hospital.

Samaritan physician assistants will work alongside the Watertown Wolves players during all home games, providing rinkside care for any injuries that occur. Hockey is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, collision sport. Players risk injury from high-impact collisions with each other, the rigid boards that mark the boundary of the playing surface, the ice itself and the goal posts. Skate blades, sticks and fast traveling pucks are also part of the mix. Common injuries that often happen during games include sprains and strains, cuts and lacerations, and bruises and contusions. More serious injuries, such as fractures, dislocations, ligament tears and concussions, can also occur.

The Samaritan physician assistants who will be working with the Wolves throughout their 2014-15 season include: Caleb Richter, Kent Natapraya, Steve Tiernan and Jon Jerome. Richter, Natapraya and Tiernan all work at the Samaritan Urgent Care Clinic in LeRay, while Jerome is part of the staff at the Samaritan Family Health Center at Adams.

“Samaritan is happy to welcome the Wolves to Watertown and proud to serve as their official hospital,” says Randy Fipps, Assistant Vice President, Operations and Behavioral Health Services for Samaritan Medical Center. “Our organizations share a similar passion for and commitment to this community, which is what makes this relationship a great fit. We’re looking forward to some exhilarating hockey, as well as the opportunity to keep Watertown’s new home team fit and competitive.”

“The Wolves are excited to partner with Samaritan Medical Center, who we know will provide top-notch care to our players,” said Wolves co-owner Dr. Michael Wainberg. “We’re very pleased that Samaritan has stepped up to support our community’s team. This type of collaboration will help the Wolves capture the Commissioner’s Cup for 2014-15.”

The Wolves kick off their season with a home game on Friday, October 17th at the Watertown Municipal Arena at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, off Coffeen Street. For more information, visit the team website –

Contact: Krista Kittle, SMC
(315) 785-4504

Samaritan Medical Center Radiation Oncology Program Earns Prestigious ACR Accreditation

Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to announce that its radiation oncology program has received a three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). Samaritan is the only hospital in Jefferson County with an ACR-accredited radiation oncology program, and one of only two hospitals in the North Country.

Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high energy x-rays to treat cancer. Radiation therapy affects cancer cells only in the treated area and is sometimes used in combination with other cancer treatments, including surgery and/or chemotherapy.

"Samaritan is dedicated to providing the highest level of patient-centered medical care for our community,” states Randy Fipps, Assistant Vice President, Operations and Behavioral Health Services for Samaritan Medical Center. “We’re proud to be recognized by the ACR. This accomplishment truly reflects the hard work and devotion to excellence in cancer care demonstrated by our entire team in radiation oncology.”

In order to receive this ACR accreditation, Samaritan’s personnel, equipment, treatment planning and treatment records, as well as patient safety policies, quality control procedures and quality assurance activities underwent a rigorous on-site peer-review evaluation by a board-certified radiation oncologist and a medical physicist, both of whom are experts in the field.

The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with nearly 500 accredited sites, and 25 years of accreditation experience. The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety.

Daniel S. DeBlasio, MD, a board-certified radiation oncologist on staff at Samaritan Medical Center, says it is important for patients to understand that they are receiving the best cancer care possible. “With a cancer diagnosis, being able to receive care locally is an integral part of the healing process,” says Dr. DeBlasio. “It reduces stress on the patient, as well as on family members and friends who are providing support. For our patients and our community, this recognition by the ACR provides confirmation of the excellent services we provide at Samaritan. It also gives our patients that extra measure of security and confidence that they are receiving the best cancer care right here, close to home. Our patients can be assured that they are receiving the same level of high quality care they would expect from a larger academic facility, but locally, surrounded by the compassionate encouragement of their family and friends. It’s the best possible scenario.”


November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and to help bring awareness of this disease to a heightened level, Samaritan Medical Center and the Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Committee will host a second annual “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” event on November 6th. Any community member who has been touched by lung cancer is invited to attend this free event, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Samaritan Healing Garden Rotunda.

“Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” is part of a national campaign sponsored by the Lung Cancer Alliance. This year more than 200 communities across the country will participate in the event, which is designed to provide hope, support and compassion to the thousands who are diagnosed with lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and in New York. It takes the lives of twice as many women as breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer. While a history of smoking is the main risk factor for developing lung cancer, nearly 80% of those diagnosed today have never smoked or are former smokers who quit decades ago.

Early detection is the best hope for fighting lung cancer. However, because lung cancer has no symptoms in its early stages, more than 85% of people who are diagnosed today are diagnosed in a late stage, after symptoms occur and when there is very little chance of a cure. Recent studies have proven however that a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan can find 85% of lung cancers in their earliest, most curable stage. Samaritan Medical Center offers this service to people at high risk for lung cancer through its Early Detection Lung Cancer Screening Program.

The Samaritan Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event will feature Bonnie Trudeau, RN, Samaritan Oncology Nurse Navigator and Early Lung Cancer Screening Program Coordinator, as emcee. Dr. Rory Sears, a pulmonologist with Pulmonary Associates in Watertown, will be the guest speaker for the evening.

About the Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Committee
The Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Committee raises awareness and funds to help to improve the health and well-being of all cancer patients throughout Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.

About Lung Cancer Alliance
Lung Cancer Alliance,, is committed to ending injustice and saving lives through an alliance of advocacy, education and support. LCA provides live, professional support, referral and information services for patients, their loved ones and those at risk for lung cancer; conducts national awareness campaigns; and advocates for multiple millions in public health dollars for lung cancer research.

Leslie DiStefano, SMC
(315) 779-6675


Watertown, NY ----- During the annual three-day Radiothon, presented by Community Broadcasters, hosts Johnny Spezzano, The Border 106.7, and Lance Hale, 94 Rock, raised a grand total of $129,518 for Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York. Every dollar raised will help children and families facing a medical crisis in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Lewis counties.

Each year, the Radiothon provides a unique opportunity to share the stories of many families in our community and how they have been helped by the funds raised through Children’s Miracle Network. Radio reaches listeners in a direct way allowing them to understand the challenges that so many of our neighbors face. Throughout the Radiothon broadcast, the hosts conduct on-air interviews with local families, play recorded interview montages, and educate listeners about Children’s Miracle Network. The majority of funds raised during this event are raised $10 or $20 at a time. “Over the course of the three days, it becomes very evident that the North Country is incredibly giving and the event as a whole brings members of our community together to make a difference,” says host Johnny Spezzano.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for its 170 member hospitals, including Samaritan Medical Center. All contributions to Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan benefit children in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties by helping to purchase medical equipment for Samaritan and other hospitals located in the tri-county region. In addition, Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan is one of only five hospitals that provide direct assistance to families with children in a medical crisis. For more information, contact the Children’s Miracle Network office at 785-4053.

Morgan Bocciolatt
(315) 785-4053


Cape Vincent, NY — The Samaritan Family Health Center at Cape Vincent wants you to stay healthy this flu season. That’s why the Family Health Center is offering an adult Flu Shot Clinic on Wednesday, November 26th from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Appointments are not needed, and you do not need to be an established patient at the Samaritan Family Health Center at Cape Vincent to receive a flu shot. Your insurance will be billed for this service.

Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It spreads from person-to-person and can cause mild to severe illness. Seasonal flu symptoms may include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly seasonal flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting yourself against seasonal flu. The flu vaccine is updated every year to combat the flu viruses that research indicates are most likely to cause illness during the upcoming season.

The CDC recommends seasonal flu shots for everyone six months and older. The annual flu vaccine is particularly important for those who are most likely to develop serious and potentially fatal complications from the flu, including anyone 65 or older; people with medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease; pregnant women; and those who live with or provide care for these individuals. There are also some people who should not get a flu vaccine without first consulting a physician. They include: people who have a severe allergy to eggs; people who have previously had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination; and people who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within six weeks of getting an influenza vaccine. In addition, people who have a moderate-to-severe illness should wait until they recover to have the flu shot.

For more information on the Flu Shot Clinic, please contact the Samaritan Family Health Center at Cape Vincent at 315-654-2530.

Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY donates to the Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Committee

Michael Folsom, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton NY presented members of the Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Committee with a check for $216. The money was raised through donations during the ABM Goes Pink campaign which was held in October. The Antique Boat Museum also hosted a breast cancer survivor for a relaxing cruise on the St. Lawrence River.

Samaritan Medical Center will be hosting Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War, a traveling exhibit from the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine

During the month of December Samaritan Medical Center will be hosting Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War, a traveling exhibit from the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine. The exhibit will be set up in the Rotunda in the Macsherry Connector, between the Medical Center and Samaritan Keep Home.

To kick-off the exhibit Samaritan Health Sciences Library will have an opening presentation at noon on Tuesday, December 2 (also in the Rotunda). The speakers will be Jeff Garvey, Director of Library Services who will discuss medical care during the Civil War and Kent Bolke, Director of the 10th Mountain Division and Ft. Drum Museum who will discuss the impact of the Civil War on the North Country.

If you would like to attend the opening presentation please RSVP by calling 315.785.4191 a light lunch will be served. 

For more information contact:
Jeffrey M. Garvey
Director of Library Services
Samaritan Medical Center
830 Washington St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Samaritan Circle of Hope check presentation by Thousand Islands Winery

On Friday, October 24, 2014, Thousand Islands Winery hosted Oooh Ta Ta, a night of indulgence and support. Leading up to this event, as part of the month-long National Breast Cancer Awareness campaign, Thousand Islands Winery sold select “pink” merchandise and wines and Tasting Room donor cards at its facility.

In keeping with the mission of the National Breast Cancer Awareness campaign, the Winery created Oooh Ta Ta, an event designed to offer North Country women an opportunity to have some fun with friends while raising awareness and funds to support area women during their battle with Breast Cancer. The night’s activities included VIP wine tastings, shoe and wine pairings presented by handsome tuxedo-clad men, a fashion show, a silent auction, mini salon services including pink hair extensions and Breast Cancer nail decals, shopping opportunities with 13 “vendors of indulgence”, finger foods and door prizes. Guests were encouraged to wear their best little black dress or party dress and most fabulous shoes.

The funds raised from this event and a month-long Winery drive were donated to the Samaritan Circle of Hope Awareness Fund. The mission of the Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Fund is to raise funds and allocate those funds toward improving the health and well-being of all cancer patients throughout Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. The funds raised through theses efforts will be earmarked specifically for Breast Cancer support in honor of October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.

What could be better than wine, shoes and eye candy for a cause? Nothing!

Photo: Steve J. Conaway, President, Thousand Islands Winery & Deborah A. Carpenter, Samaritan Circle of Hope Awareness Fund.

Samaritan Medical Center Offers Single-Incision Hysterectomy Procedure with da Vinci™ Robotic Surgical System

Watertown, NY – The surgical team at Samaritan Medical Center is proud to provide patients with the most minimally invasive surgical options, including a Single-Site hysterectomy procedure using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. During a da Vinci Single-Site hysterectomy the patient’s uterus is removed through one tiny incision in the belly button, and it’s what you don’t see that is so impressive – the procedure is virtually scarless.

“This is an exciting addition to the capabilities that robotic surgery gives to surgeons and the benefits it provides for their patients,” says Walter Dodard, DO, an OB/GYN at Comprehensive Women's Health Services, PLLC in Watertown. “With robotic surgery, we’re able to make smaller incisions so there’s less blood loss during surgery and fewer complications. Patients have less pain and typically go home in 24 hours or less.” Dr. Dodard performed the region’s first Single-Site hysterectomy in September at Samaritan Medical Center. He is currently the only surgeon in the area trained to perform this advanced procedure.

“The single-site approach takes the many benefits of robotic surgery a step further by reducing the number of incisions from four to one,” adds Dr. Dodard. “This is much more than a cosmetic improvement for the patient. Since there are fewer incisions, there is less discomfort and a shorter recovery time. For patients, especially busy women, it means they can resume their normal lives and day-to-day activities more quickly. ”
Hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure for women in the United States. An estimated one-third of all women will have a hysterectomy by age 60, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The procedure is recommended for a number of medical reasons, including abnormal uterine bleeding, fibroid tumors, endometriosis, cancer and chronic pelvic pain. Many women who require a hysterectomy are candidates for the da Vinci robotic-assisted, Single-Site surgery.

Samaritan Medical Center utilizes the da Vinci robotic surgical system for certain gynecologic, urologic, and general surgery procedures. For more information on robotic surgeries at Samaritan Medical Center, visit

Contact: Krista Kittle, SMC
(315) 785-4504

New Lymphedema Therapy Program Open House to be Held on January 29th

January 23, 2015

Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to announce the introduction of its new Lymphedema Therapy Program. Roxann Shelor, a physical therapist and certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) at Samaritan Medical Center, is now providing Complete Decongestive Therapy treatment and education for patients with or at risk for lymphedema. As lymphedema is frequently a complication of cancer treatment, Ms. Shelor’s training and certification was funded through the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York with monies raised by the Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Fund. This fund allocates money to improve the health and well-being of cancer patients throughout Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties.

To introduce this new service to the community, Samaritan will hold an educational Open House event on Thursday, January 29th in the Carman Conference Room at Samaritan Medical Center, 830 Washington Street in Watertown. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m and is free and open to the public. Speakers will include Ms. Shelor and breast surgeon Dr. Deborah Norris. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled to February 5th.

Lymphedema is an abnormal build-up of fluid that causes swelling and discomfort - most often in the arms or legs. Lymphedema is caused by a blockage in the body’s lymphatic system, an important part of the immune and circulatory systems. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and as the fluid builds up, the swelling continues. Although lymphedema is most commonly known as a complication of breast cancer treatment, it can also result from treating many other types of cancer, including head and neck, lymphoma, melanoma, ovarian, prostate and uterine - anywhere that lymph nodes are removed or damaged by radiation, chemotherapy or surgery. And lymphedema does not solely affect cancer survivors. Other causes include infection, obesity, venous insufficiency, and trauma, or being born with a faulty lymphatic system.

“The goal of lymphedema therapy is to restore function, reduce physical discomfort and prevent the development of infection,” Ms. Shelor explains. “The treatment is aimed at improving lymphedema with manual lymphatic drainage (massage), therapeutic exercise, special compression bandaging, skin care and education in self-management techniques.”

“This is a much needed service for the women and men in our community, and I’m proud that we’re now able to offer it,” Ms. Shelor adds. “Previously patients had to travel out of town for therapy – often as far away as Syracuse. With a combination of treatment and education, we’re helping those who are suffering take control of their lymphedema and improve their quality of life.”

For more information call 315-785-4088.

Krista Kittle, SMC
(315) 785-4504


Fashion Show & Miracle Balloon Sales Benefit Children’s Miracle Network at Samaritan

Watertown, NY ----- For several years, Kathy Lettiere, owner, A Touch of Grace, Watertown, has organized the Teens for Miracles Fashion Show to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at Samaritan. In 2014, she decided she wanted to continue fundraising even after the annual fashion show had taken place.

During the months of March, April, and May she sold CMN Miracle Balloons in her shop, collecting more than $2,000 to benefit CMN at Samaritan. Mrs. Lettiere presented a check in the amount of $2,066 to Morgan O. Bocciolatt, CMN Development Manager. “Kathy’s commitment to helping local sick and injured children is incredible. We are so grateful for her service to Children’s Miracle Network,” says Ms. Bocciolatt.

According to Mrs. Lettiere, it all started with her first fashion show in 2007. The first fashion show had about 40 models sporting the latest prom styles. Since then, hundreds of local teens have walked in the Teens for Miracles Fashion Show showing off both bridal and prom fashions while also raising money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network at Samaritan. The event has truly become an annual tradition for local teens.

The 2015 Teens for Miracles Fashion Show will be held at the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center on Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. It will be hosted by Miss Thousand Islands 2015, Allison Carlos and will feature nearly 100 local high school students.

Contact: Morgan Bocciolatt

Kathy Lettiere presents a check in the amount of $2,066 to Morgan Bocciolatt, CMN Development Manager.


February 4, 2015

Watertown, NY ----- Five North Country healthcare organizations, including four hospitals and one clinic, were the recipients of capital grants from Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York (CMN) totaling $41,414 during a formal presentation today at Samaritan Medical Center.

“This is just one more way that North Country healthcare organizations can partner together to ensure access to quality healthcare services for our communities,” said Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center. Since the Capital Grants Program began in 2000, CMN has allocated more than $300,000 to numerous hospitals and healthcare organizations with child-centered needs throughout Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. (See list below). CMN of Northern New York is the only CMN hospital in the United States and Canada to provide such grants to agencies outside of their own.

Samaritan Medical Center received a total of $97,587 in equipment this year. CMN has also continued its pledge of $90,000 per year to help fund renovations for the Maternity and Pediatrics units. Additionally, the CMN Allocations Committee approved $53,081 in direct family assistance grants. Families can request up to $3,000 per child per year in financial assistance to help with travel expenses, medical services, and equipment not covered by insurance.

Healthcare Organization Description Grant Amount
Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Isolette – to be used in the CHMC Birth Center $10,000
Lewis County Hospital Equipment Strengthening – various pediatric equipment to be used throughout the hospital to care specifically for children $8,445.62
Carthage Area Hospital Infant Warmer System – to be used in the Obstetrics Department $8,000
North Country Family Health Center Equipment Strengthening – various pediatric equipment to be used at the Watertown Pediatric Primary Care Clinic, the Lowville Family Practice Clinic, and the Wilson School-Based Health Center $4,969
Gouverneur Hospital Pediatric Vein Illumination System –to be used in the Emergency and Medical Surgical Departments to help locate veins in pediatric patients $10,000
Total Grants Awarded $41,414.62

Morgan Bocciolatt
(315) 785 – 4053

FREE Colorectal Cancer Screen Kits available throughout Northern New York

Samaritan is pleased to partner with several Northern New York partners to offer our community Free Colorectal Cancer Screening Kits.

Pick up your kit at any of the local Kinney Drug stores in the tr-county region - from Adams to Potsdam! Learn more by clicking here.

In addition, Samaritan's Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Committee is hosting a public event to learn more about the and talk with hospital staff and doctors about screenings and what you need to know. Join us Tuesday, March 24th from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm in the Carman Conference Room at the Medical Center to learn more!

BRAvaganza May 27th Fundraiser Features “Bras as Art” Raising Money for Breast Cancer Awareness

Watertown, New York ----- The call has gone out for creative and caring designers from all backgrounds to create their own themed “bra art” for a thought-provoking and “seriously uplifting” exhibition. BRAvaganza is an exciting new community event and art exhibition that will raise money to benefit the Samaritan Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Fund and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer/ American Cancer Society.

“BRAvaganza is a way for community members of all ages and levels of artistic talent to have some fun and show off their creativity while supporting the very serious issue of breast cancer,” explains Maureen Lundy-Way, co-chair of the event. “Breast cancer does not discriminate. It affects both women and men. So we’re asking people to draw upon their personal experience with breast cancer — as survivors, family members, friends of survivors, or simply as supporters of the cause — and use that inspiration to create a theme with which to decorate a basic bra.”

The decorated and designed bras will be on display for the public accompanied by stories from their creators describing why they chose their theme and who it might honor or memorialize. The exhibition, held at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, will kick-off with an Opening Night Event on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 5-8pm. Opening Night tickets are $10 for students/participating artists and $20 for general admission through Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Pre-sale tickets are available at Kinney Drugs (Jefferson County locations), the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York office, or online at A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event for $25.

During Opening Night prizes will be awarded in various categories and many of the decorated bras will be auctioned off to help raise additional funds. Following Opening Night, the exhibition will be open to the public free of charge from 9am-6pm through Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

For those interested in designing a bra, the registration fee is $25. Deadline for registration is Thursday, May 14, 2015 for fee, story and photo (if possible). All final designs must be delivered to the Dulles State Office Building Box Office on Thursday, May 21, 2015 between 11am-6pm.

For more information, bra entry registration forms and online ticket sales, please visit or call 315-778-7060.


April 17, 2015

Watertown, New York ----- Dr. Raymond Dorsey, a published expert and researcher in the field of Parkinson’s disease, will be speaking on Saturday, April 25th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Samaritan Summit Village. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Dorsey is the David M. Levy Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. He also serves as Director of the Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics and the Center for Health and Technology. Dr. Dorsey is helping investigate new treatments for movement disorders. Using telemedicine, he and his colleagues are seeking to provide care to individuals with Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases anywhere that they live. Telemedicine is the use of technology to provide healthcare to people who are located some distance from the specialized provider.

“The idea that we can provide care to individuals with Parkinson’s disease regardless of where they live is both a simple and revolutionary concept,” says Dr. Dorsey. “By employing essentially the same technology that grandparents use to talk to their grandchildren, we can expand access to the specialized care that we know will improve patients’ quality of life and health.”

Dr. Dorsey previously directed the movement disorders division and neurology telemedicine at Johns Hopkins and worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company. He completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and business school at the Wharton School. Dr. Dorsey’s research has been published in the leading medical, neurology, and economic journals and has been featured on National Public Radio, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Dorsey is one of two physicians from the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center currently working with Samaritan Medical Center to offer a telemedicine program for people with movement disorders. Specialized two-way video conferencing equipment has been installed at both Samaritan Keep Home and Samaritan Summit Village, providing area residents with two convenient locations to access care.

According to Anthony Joseph, Samaritan’s Vice President of Long-term Care Services, geography is often a determining factor in whether a person with Parkinson’s sees a neurologist with specialized training in movement disorders. “These physicians tend to be concentrated in major academic medical centers, and the nature of the disease – particularly the impact on movement, balance, and coordination – can make a long trip to the doctor’s office practically impossible. Telemedicine allows us to break down this geographic barrier, bringing expert care right here to our community,” he explains.

The April 25th event is made possible through a partnership with the North Country Coalition for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders. For more information about the event, please call 785-4422.

Contact: Krista Kittle, SMC
(315) 785-4504

Medical Waste Disposal


April 29, 2015

Many individuals with serious health conditions manage their care at home. For example, people with diabetes use lancets to test their blood glucose every day. However, disposing of used lancets, needles, and syringes (called “sharps”) and other medical waste isn’t simple. You can’t simply toss them into the trash or recycling bin, even if they’re inside a plastic container.

As a service to our community members, Samaritan offers a free program that provides convenient locations for the safe disposal of used sharps and other medical waste such as blood soaked bandages and dressings. These locations are:

Samaritan Medical Center (830 Washington Street, Watertown)
The red Sharps Kiosk just inside the Sherman Street entrance at the back of the hospital
Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 2:30 pm

Samaritan Keep Home (133 Pratt Street, Watertown)
At the Main Information Desk in the Lobby
Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm

Samaritan Summit Village (22691 Summit Drive, Watertown)
At the Main Information Desk in the Lobby
Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm

Used sharps must be stored in a puncture-proof, thick plastic container, such as a laundry soap bottle with a screw-on cap or an approved “red” sharps container. Samaritan cannot accept used sharps in glass bottles, soda bottles, milk jugs, aluminum cans, bags, cardboard boxes or coffee cans. When the sharps container is ¾ full, secure the screw-on cap with tape and, as a courtesy, label the container with “Contains Sharps.”

All blood soaked material must be stored in a red biohazard bag, typically available through the patient’s pharmacy or home healthcare company. Bags must be strong enough to hold material and be leak-proof. Samaritan cannot accept any medical waste giving off offensive odors or any container that is dirty. Full bags should be sealed with tape and then placed in a plastic container lined with a second red bag.

When sharps and other medical waste are thrown away with household trash, there is a risk of accidental “needle sticks”, other injuries or transmission of blood-borne diseases to family members, sanitation workers, and recycling facility employees. Careful disposal prevents this as well as the re-use of syringes that can spread infections.

For more information on the Samaritan Household Medical Waste & Sharps Disposal Program, please contact Samaritan’s Emergency Management/HazCom Coordinator at 315-785-4133 or download our brochure.

Contact: Krista Kittle
(315) 785-4504

Auxiliary Awards Scholarship


The Samaritan Auxiliary has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Justin Farman, a Samaritan Medical Center staff member currently advancing his education. Mr. Farman, an aid in the Emergency Department, has worked for Samaritan Medical Center since 2011. He will graduate in May with an Associates’ degree in Nursing from Jefferson Community College. After his graduation Mr. Farman will be eligible for licensure as a registered nurse (RN).

“Today, more than ever before, education plays a vital role in career advancement, especially in the field of healthcare,” says Renee Waterbury, Samaritan Auxiliary Board President. “Working and going to school at the same time is never easy. This scholarship is one way we can support the Samaritan employees who are pursuing a degree to advance within their current field or to enter a new healthcare field.”

Each year the Auxiliary proudly awards scholarship funds to a Samaritan employee wishing to further his or her education in the healthcare field. The scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement. Funds for the scholarship are raised through the Auxiliary’s Gift Shops at Samaritan Medical Center, Samaritan Keep Home and Samaritan Summit Village and other fundraising activities.

Contact: Krista Kittle
(315) 785-4504

Nurses Ratify New Five-Year Contract

Watertown, New York ----- After a tentative agreement was reached on August 25th, Registered Nurses at Samaritan Medical Center today voted to ratify a new five-year contract. Both Samaritan Medical Center and the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) officials expressed their excitement about the ratification, which concludes 13 months of negotiations between the two organizations.

“We are so pleased to have settled this contract and to have negotiations behind us,” said Deborah LaMora, RN at Samaritan Medical Center and NYSNA Co-chairperson. “We feel that it benefits the Registered Nurses and the hospital. The new contract opens up new opportunities for us and management to work together to insure safe and proper staffing levels. It truly is a win-win.”

The mutually beneficial contract includes agreements on major issues, such as pension, health insurance, paid time off and wages, as well as numerous other issues. Among the issues resolved in negotiations was staffing. Though NYSNA initially proposed mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios, the two parties agreed instead to alternative solutions that would insure safe staffing levels in all areas. They are as follows:

  • SMC will purchase and implement a Patient Classification System, which determines staffing needs based on the acuity level of patients at any given time using real-time information directly from the patients’ electronic medical record.
  •  Nursing Staffing Committees will be created in each of the seven clinical practice areas throughout the hospital. These committees include the unit’s nurse manager, a minimum of two Registered Nurses from the unit and an equal number of management, as well as a representative from NYSNA. These committees will meet to address clinical practice, staffing and workflow improvements in their respective units, including nurse vacancies, patient volume and flow, staffing mix and other staffing-related items.
  • A Nursing Resource Team will be created to immediately respond to and address any situation in which a nurse feels that staffing is unsafe. At the request of the nurse, the team will be convened on the unit in need, at the time of need. The team includes the nursing supervisor, the nurse manager of the unit and the nurse requesting the team. Together, this team will evaluate the situation and make a staffing determination immediately.
  • A Specialty Float Pool will be created to provide specialty-trained Registered Nurses to respective units when a need for additional staffing is needed. The specialized units include the Emergency Department, Labor and Delivery and Critical Care (ICU/PCU).

“Patient safety is Samaritan’s highest priority, and it is one that we share with the Registered Nurses and our entire staff. Samaritan is safely and properly staffed,” explains Kimberly Thibert, RN, MSN, and Samaritan’s Chief Nursing Officer. “I also am very pleased with the staffing initiatives in the new contract, as well as the collaboration that they will foster between SMC and our Registered Nurses.”

The new contract replaces one that expired on August 1, 2015, with several contract extensions, the last of which ended July 6, 2016. The new five-year contract will expire on August 1, 2020.

New Family Health Center in Adams


Adams, New York ----- The new Samaritan Family Health Center in Adams invites all members of the community to an open house on Wednesday, September 21, 2106 from 5-7 p.m. at its 10881 US Route 11 in Adams. Providers and staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide tours. Light refreshments will be served.

A major expansion and renovation of the building was completed in early Summer, which included a 5,200 square foot addition to the former 4,000 square foot building, more than doubling its size. The new Urgent Care Center owned by Dr. Collins Kellogg occupies 2,000 square feet of the building. Samaritan’s Family Health Center, lab and x-ray services occupy the remainder of the building.

The Family Health Center is accepting new patients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics. Providers include: Joseph Wetterhahn, MD, Caitlin Donegan-Tartell, DO, Maria Alicea, PA and Gina Wetterhahn, PA.  One of the exciting new features of the Adams clinic expansion is a new group teaching kitchen. This will enable the staff to offer healthy cooking and nutrition classes to its patients in order to teach them how to cook healthier, more nutritious meals. Joe and Gina Wetterhahn received special training through a Harvard University-sponsored program and are excited to apply that training to their practice in order to focus on wellness and prevention.

The lab and x-ray services are also available by walk-in or by appointment for any member of the community, regardless of whether or not they are a patient of the Family Health Center.

For more information about these services, please call the Samaritan Family Health Center in Adams at 315-232-4400

Jodee Blanco at Watertown High

New York Times Bestselling Author and Acclaimed Bullying Expert Jodee Blanco Joins north country in Fight Against Bullying


Watertown, New York ----- On Thursday, October 13th, New York Times bestselling author and bullying survivor turned activist Jodee Blanco will deliver a bullying survival and prevention seminar to the North Country community. The event is free and open to the public—families are encouraged to attend. The event is being presented by the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation and made possible by a generous grant from RBC Wealth Management.

At a time when bullying has become a serious national epidemic—preventing an estimated 160,000 children from attending school every day. Jodee's 90-minute family seminar and workshop will include:

  • Jodee’s story of her struggle as the target of severe school bullying, as well as what her parents and teachers did that helped; what didn’t and why; and insights from the thousands of students she has worked with across the nation
  • Specific, practical advice for adults on how to intervene with a victim, bully or bystander, from the rare point of view of someone who has lived through it
  • Insights into the plight of the “adult survivor of peer abuse” and suggestions on how to overcome those open wounds from the past

Families are encouraged to attend and have the opportunity to speak with Jodee following the presentation.

The event will take place on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the Watertown High School Auditorium. For questions, please contact the SMC Foundation at 315-779-6696.

Editor’s Note: Jodee is available for interview before and after the presentation, as well by phone in the days leading up to the event. To arrange, please contact the SMC Foundation at 315-779-6696. 

About Jodee Blanco 
Survivor turned activist Jodee Blanco is the author of four books on bullying, including the seminal New York Times bestseller Please Stop Laughing At Me…, required reading in middle and high schools across the country. She travels to schools, sharing her story to save lives, and has spoken to over a half-million people worldwide.  CBS Evening News and USA Today have featured her story, and she has bylined for CNN.Com and The Huff Post.  Considered one of the pre-eminent experts on school bullying, she’s a regular commentator for both national broadcast and cable networks on bullying related breaking news, and her life story has been featured in hundreds of newspapers in the U.S. and 

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JCC Hosts Dance Marathon to Benefit CMN

Jefferson Community College Hosts Dance Marathon to Benefit Children’s Miracle Network

WATERTOWN, NY – Jefferson Community College (JCC) will host its first ever Dance Marathon on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in the SUNY Jefferson Gymnasium to benefit Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at Samaritan Medical Center. JCC students will stay on their feet for 12 hours in symbolic support of pediatric patients and their families in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

“This is our first year to have Dance Marathon at JCC, and I could not be more excited to celebrate the hard work of over 300 students. I am extremely proud of Madi Draper, Dance Marathon Coordinator and Miracle Champion, and the student body for their unwavering support and efforts.  They have truly risen up For the Kids,” Kristin Stockwell, CMN Development Manager, said.  

JCC students have been raising funds for several months. With a goal of $3,000, no donation is too small. To get involved, go to to register or make a donation.  

The event is open to the public with a minimum five-dollar donation at the door. Opening ceremonies will start Saturday at 12:00pm. All ages are encouraged to attend the event from 12:00 to 8:00 pm; ages 16 and older from 8:00 pm to midnight. All participants must have school ID or permit/license at sign in.

Dancing, playing interactive games and participating in various themed hours will keep Dancers motivated throughout the event. Miracle Families affected by CMN Hospitals will also be present to share their stories. “Their stories are incredible and inspiring and will touch the hearts of these students. They will see first-hand why an event like Dance Marathon is so important to our community. JCC students have the opportunity to save and improve the lives of many children.”

Closing ceremonies start Sunday at 12:00 am where the total amount raised from the event will be announced.

All of the money raised will be donated to Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The money is used for research and training, purchasing state-of-the-art equipment and to provide financial assistance to families for medical travel expenses and medical services not covered by insurance.

For more information on Children’s Miracle Network, please contact Kristin Stockwell, CMN Development Manager at 315.785.4053 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cans for Kids to Benefit CMN


Watertown, NY —Watertown Walmart will hold its first annual “Cans for Kids” bottle and can drive to benefit Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) at Samaritan Medical Center on Saturday, October 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm. Watertown High School and Indian River Varsity Cheerleaders have been invited to attend the event. Cheerleaders will be competing to see which squad can take in the most donations.

"Indian River Football Cheerleading does a community event of some sort every year,” said Rebecca Rowley, Head Coach. “This year we were approached by Watertown Walmart to help with a fundraiser and we jumped at the chance to raise funds to help CMN. The girls are excited to have a friendly competition with Watertown cheerleaders and help a good cause at the same time.”

Walmart, a corporate partner of CMN, has been fundraising for several weeks as part of their six week campaign. “Walmart is more than happy to be a part of something so wonderful that affects so many children and families,” said Tyler Gallamore, Department Manager Store #1871. “Our goal this year was not only to raise more money than we ever have before but also raise awareness for such an important charity. We can’t thank our community and our associates enough for all their support this year.”

Walmart employees and cheerleaders will be collecting redeemable bottles and cans of all types at the store entrances located at 20823 State Route 3, Watertown. In addition to the can drive, there will be a bake sale, raffle drawings and t-shirts for sale with all proceeds going to CMN. Endless Seasons DJ Service will be on site to provide music and entertainment.

For more information about “Cans for Kids”, contact Tyler Gallamore, Department Manager Store #1871 at 315-786-0145.

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