SMC & Humana Reach Agreement


Watertown, N.Y., Feb. 13, 2019 – Samaritan Medical Center and Humana today announced they have reached an agreement on a new contract that will allow all specialty providers within the Samaritan Medical Practice back in the TRICARE Network, effective Feb. 11, 2019. The Specialty Practice includes General Surgery, Ear, Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Thoracic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Pulmonology, A Woman’s Perspective OB/GYN, Vascular Surgery and Dr. Scott Mollison, Orthopedic Surgery.

Negotiations between Humana, the contract administrator for TRICARE, and Samaritan Medical Center continued following the expiration of the prior agreement on Jan. 1, 2019.

“We are pleased to announce we have come to terms with Humana that will allow us to continue providing a wide variety of high-quality specialty services to the soldiers, retirees, civilian employees, and their families of the Fort Drum Medical Command (MEDDAC),” said Thomas H. Carman, President & CEO, Samaritan Medical Center.

“We have a long, proud history of partnering with Fort Drum and have helped create a healthcare model that works not only for our community, but has served as a model for the U.S. Army and Department of Defense for adoption at other military installations as well. We are pleased to continue to offer these valuable services close to home for our TRICARE beneficiaries through the Samaritan Medical Practice,” Carman added.

While there was no lapse in coverage and care for the beneficiaries previously assigned to the Samaritan specialists, the new agreement helps maintain a broad network of options for patients.

“Helping our beneficiaries get the care they need when and where they want it is at the center of our mission,” president of Humana Military, Brent Densford said. “We’re happy to see our relationship with Samaritan continuing with these trusted providers.”

As per a non-disclosure agreement reached by both parties, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Samaritan Medical Center continued delivering emergency, urgent, and both in-patient medical and behavioral health care following the expiration of the prior agreement, but a number of outpatient specialty services were impacted during the negotiations.

About Samaritan Medical Center

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

About Humana

Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at, including copies of:
• Annual reports to stockholders
• Securities and Exchange Commission filings
• Most recent investor conference presentations
• Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls
• Calendar of events
• Corporate Governance information

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Teens For Miracles Fashion Show


WATERTOWN, NY – Is a prom in your future? Or maybe you’re attending another formal occasion and are looking for just the right dress or tuxedo. The “Teens for Miracles” event will spice up the runway with the latest styles and trends. But why just sit in the audience and watch? Sign up to be a teen model for a chance to try on and show off formal attire that you or others could add to your wardrobe.

For more than a decade, Kathy Lettiere, owner, A Touch of Grace, Watertown, has organized the “Teens for Miracles” fashion show to raise money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Samaritan Medical Center. During this time, hundreds of local teens have walked in the fashion show modeling bridal and prom fashions.

Teen girls in grades 9-12 can sign up to be models in the fashion show by calling Kathy Lettiere at A Touch of Grace at 315-788-6164. All models must be fitted no later than January 28th.

The “Teens for Miracles” fashion show will be held at the Ramada Inn, Watertown on Sunday, February 3rd at 2:00 pm. Tickets for the event are $10 each and will be available for purchase at A Touch of Grace, the Children’s Miracle Network Office at Samaritan, or at the door on the day of the event. Teen models are encouraged to ask family and friends to purchase tickets to the event.

There will be a drawing at the conclusion of the fashion show for several gift certificates, sponsored by Kathy Lettiere, to include a prom gown, tanning, nails and dinner – all the essentials for the perfect prom night!

For more information on the event, please contact Kathy Lettiere at 315-788-6164 or Kristin LaClair, CMN Development Manager at 315-785-4053.

North Country Festival of Trees Ramps Up for Holiday Season

New this year: public viewing and children’s events open Thursday, November 29th partnering with the City of Watertown and Downtown Business Association’s Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Watertown, New York ----- The holiday season kicks off with the much-anticipated annual North Country Festival of Trees November 29th through December 2, 2018 at the Dulles State Office Building. A weekend of fun, family-oriented activities is planned, as well as a first-time public auction of trees.

“Sponsor and decorator sign-ups are underway, and tickets are on sale,” explains Beth Fipps, Festival of Trees Committee Co-Chair. “This year’s theme is ‘Christmas Around the World,’ and everyone – young and old – is sure to enjoy this magical holiday event.

The North Country Festival of Trees benefits children’s services and programs at Samaritan Medical Center and children’s scholarships at the Watertown Family YMCA. Last year, the event featured 62 trees and raised over $160,000. There’s something for everyone throughout the four-day festival, including:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2018 – 5-9 p.m.
Stop in to the Festival of Trees before, during or after the City of Watertown/Downtown Business Association’s Christmas Parade for public viewing, children’s crafts, cookies and hot chocolate! (Free event)  

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Public Viewing and Silent Auction (Free Event)

6 p.m.
Festival of Trees Gala
Cost: $75 per person, RSVP required
RSVP Online

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Public Viewing and Silent Auction (Free Event)

6-9 p.m.
Sugarplum Ball
Cost: $75 per couple, RSVP required
RSVP Online 

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Public Viewing

1 p.m.
Live Auction and Passport Drawing

3-4:30 p.m.
Tree Pick-up

Sponsor and decorator forms are available online and inquiries can be made by calling the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation at 315.785.5745.

Capital Campaign Leadership Gifts

The Healing Power of Progress

SMC Foundation Announces Community Phase of Capital Campaign

Watertown, NY ----- The Samaritan Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce that it has already raised $3.8 million toward its $6 million capital campaign, “The Healing Power of Progress.”  The campaign will fund two top priorities for our community’s health needs: the Walker Center for Cancer Care, the Center for Women and Children and the Foundation’s endowment fund, which ensures long-term sustainability of the hospital. 

The $3.8 million raised during the silent phase of the Samaritan Foundation's campaign includes three leadership gifts:

  • $1 million from Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York at Samaritan
  • $500,000 from Robert and Jean Sturtz
  • $500,000 from the Samaritan Auxiliary

“The capital campaign will provide critical support to a six million dollar need that will continue our hospital’s transformation to serve the growing need for cancer services and services for women and children, as well as building on the endowment fund to sustain our facilities and services long into the future,” explains Samaritan’s President and CEO Thomas H. Carman. "Samaritan has been here for our community since 1881 and only through the support of our generous donors in our 137-year history of caring have we been able to expand and respond to the healthcare needs of our region. We thank our community for that.”

Other major gifts received to date include: Kinney Drugs Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. John Poggi, Northern Credit Union, BCA Architects & Engineers, Knowlton Technologies, Community Bank, Carthage Savings & Loan and Westelcom Family of Companies.

"The combined generosity of these gifts and the individuals and organizations that committed to them has been awe-inspiring,” said Bernie Brown, Capital Campaign Tri-chair. “It speaks not only to the continued generosity of our community but also to their commitment to ensuring the quality care and modern facilities that our patients and our entire region deserves.”

Mr. Brown is joined by Mr. Dan Villa and Mrs. Pamela Beyor-Murtha as tri-chairs for “The Healing Power of Progress” capital campaign.

Learn more about how you can support “The Healing Power of Progress” campaign here.

campaign leadership gifts

(Pictured left to right):Dan Villa, Tri-Chair; Christine Cisco, President, Samaritan Auxiliary; Robert and Jean Sturtz; Bernie Brown, Tri-Chair; Kristin LaClair, CMN Development Manager

SMC Hosts Career Fair 8/22

Kick-start Your Healthcare Career

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

The event will be held on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Rotunda, located between Samaritan Medical Center and Samaritan Keep Home, 830 Washington Street in Watertown.

Samaritan is seeking to fill a variety of full- and part-time positions, including:

  • Certified Nursing Assistants – Long-Term Care (an “Earn While You Learn” opportunity)
  • Nursing Assistants – Hospital Care
  • Food Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Registered Nurses (RNs)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)

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

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

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

NP Scholarships Announced


Former SMC Nurse Establishes Scholarship for Career Advancement

Watertown, New York --- A retired nurse from Samaritan Medical Center has established a $50,000 scholarship through the SMC Foundation for Registered Nurses (RNs) looking to advance their careers as Nurse Practitioners.

The Susan K. Peters Nursing Scholarship was established to assist with the education costs for an RN who is continuing his/her education, specifically to pursue a Nurse Practitioner degree. Two scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded each year.

Mrs. Peters graduated from the House of the Good Samaritan School of Nursing in 1965. She retired from Samaritan Medical Center as a Certified Oncology Nurse in 1999 and prior to that served more than 20 years as Nurse Manager of Medical/Surgical and Orthopaedic units.

“Inspired by my own personal experiences with Nurse Practitioners, and seeing the need for more of this profession in our own community, I was compelled to set up this scholarship,” explains Mrs. Peters. “After already establishing a strong foundation from their training and experiences in nursing, RNs are well-positioned to become excellent Nurse Practitioners.”

Different from RNs, Nurse Practitioners are able to provide many of the same services as physicians, including developing treatment plans for their patients, ordering tests, performing minor procedures and prescribing medication.

The application period for the Susan K. Peters Nursing Scholarship opened on August 1, 2018 and concludes August 31, 2018, with scholarship award announcement in September 2018. To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a registered nurse (RN) with a minimum of two full years’ working experience. RNs currently working for Samaritan Medical Center preferred, but not mandatory.
  • Medical/Surgical experience preferred but not necessary.
  • Must be a resident of either Jefferson County or Lewis County, New York
  • Eligible to apply after successful completion of first semester in a Nurse Practitioner program with at least a B average.

As part of the application, Registered Nurses must describe why they are pursuing their Nurse Practitioner degree and where, as well as whether or not they have a financial need. Two letters of recommendation must be submitted with the application to support the RNs pursuit of a Nurse Practitioner degree.

For more information, or to obtain a scholarship application, please contact the SMC Foundation at 315-785-5745 or visit Completed forms can be emailed or mailed to the SMC Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 830 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601.


Susan K. Peters (center) presents check to Thomas H. Carman, Samaritan President and CEO, and Beth Fipps, Vice President, Samaritan Medical Center Foundation and Community Services, to establish scholarship for Registered Nurses pursuing Nurse Practitioner degrees.