For Our Military Patients
If you are new to Fort Drum or are planning to relocate to our community, you will notice that medical care here is very special. Fort Drum is the only U.S. Army installation without its own inpatient hospital. Though many outpatient services are available on and off post, Samaritan Medical Center is the major provider of inpatient and specialty care to Soldiers and their families who are stationed at Fort Drum.
Serving our military patients and their family members is a privilege that we take very seriously at Samaritan. We are proud of the new partnerships that we’ve formed with Fort Drum to improve access and ensure high quality healthcare to our military community. These partnerships help us to better understand the special military lifestyle, as well as its unique rewards and challenges – needs that other community members may not face.
Samaritan partners with Fort Drum to accommodate the placement of a 10th Mountain Division Liaison Officer (LNO) at Samaritan Medical Center. Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Lewis is the LNO assigned to Samaritan Medical Center, who interfaces regularly with Fort Drum Command and active duty soldiers using our services.
SSGT Lewis is available to soldiers and their family members as a resource in determining where to go for healthcare services within the community. He has a direct link back to Fort Drum Command and is the point of contact for our outpatient and inpatient services. All inquiries regarding a soldier’s status should go through the LNO office, located in the Registration area of the hospital or call SSGT Lewis at 315-786-3831.
In addition to having a direct link to Fort Drum for our military patients, Samaritan also offers our military personnel and their families a discount in our cafeteria and free TV service while they are with us.
We also have specific information for military patients that may be using our Maternity services. It is an exciting and cheerful time when a family is expecting the birth of a newborn baby. Samaritan Medical Center recognizes that military families may face extenuating hardships during this otherwise joyous occasion.
Operation Special Delivery (OSD) is a free program that provides trained doulas for pregnant women who may be anticipating the absence of their spouse or partner due to a military reason during the birth of their newborn. A doula is someone who is specially trained to give informational, emotional and physical support to a woman during childbirth. For more information, please visit the Operation Special Delivery website.
Support for Parents
Samaritan is also proud to partner with Army Community Service (ACS), which offers the Fort Drum New Parent Support Program. This program offers expectant military parents and parents of newborns and young children the opportunity to learn new parenting skills and build on existing knowledge. For more information about this program, please visit the Army Community Service website or call 315-772-0748.