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Samaritan Medical Center to Allow One Support Person per Emergency Department Patient

October 21, 2020

WATERTOWN, NY – Samaritan Medical Center will now allow one adult support person with each Emergency Department (ED) patient effective Wednesday, October 21, 2020. This change is the result of stable Jefferson County COVID-19 infection rates and a formalized visitation...

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Samaritan Announces All Computer Systems and Applications Have Been Fully Restored; Confirms There Was No Unauthorized Access to or Acquisition of Patient Data

October 6, 2020

Watertown, N.Y. – Samaritan Health announced today it has successfully completed the restoration of all computer systems and applications, and can confirm no patient or employee data was accessed or acquired. Thomas H. Carman, president & chief executive officer, said,...

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Samaritan Auxiliary Awards Pair of Health Career Scholarships

September 25, 2020

Watertown, NY – The Samaritan Auxiliary has awarded two $1,500 scholarships to Samaritan employees who are advancing their education. The first was awarded to Jessica Helm, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Scrub Tech in Samaritan’s Car-Freshner Center for Women and...

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Samaritan Facilities Comply with New Department of Health Guidelines for Long Term Care Visitation

September 17, 2020

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Health is complying with new guidelines from the New York State Department of Health for restricted family visitation at long term care facilities. Below is an outline of the new procedures taking effect September 17, 2020....

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Samaritan’s Walker Center for Cancer Care Adds Innovative Pre-Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer Patients

September 16, 2020

SpaceOAR™ Hydrogel is Clinically Shown to Help Reduce Risk of Side Effects After Radiation Treatment Watertown, NY – Samaritan Medical Center has added a new pre-treatment option for prostate cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. At its Walker Center for Cancer...

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Samaritan Health Announces Restructuring and Other Operational Changes Amid Continued Disruption of Patient Volumes and Revenue Due to COVID-19 Crisis

September 10, 2020

Financial impact of coronavirus pandemic necessitates layoffs of 51 employees, and the reorganization of various departments and services to ensure financial sustainability of region’s largest healthcare system Watertown, N.Y. – As the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis continues for...

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Computer System Restoration Update

September 7, 2020

Samaritan Health continues to work to restore its computer system after taking it offline as a precaution on July 25 due to security concerns involving malware. Steady progress has been made as we restore our systems and network slowly and...

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Samaritan Medical Center Restores Hospital Electronic Medical Records System Following Malware Attack

August 19, 2020

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Medical Center has restored its primary hospital Electronic Medical Records (EMR) application, accounting, and payroll systems. The restoration of the hospital EMR will enable hospital staff to resume regular processes for electronic patient registration, hospital scheduling,...

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Samaritan Health Announces First COVID-19-Related Death; Reminds Community of Importance of Adhering to Safety Measures

July 31, 2020

Watertown, N.Y. – Samaritan Medical Center announced the first COVID-19-related death in Jefferson County. The patient, an elderly Jefferson County resident with underlying health conditions, acquired COVID-19 in the community and was admitted to Samaritan’s COVID-19 unit for treatment.  “We...

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Samaritan Medical Center Working to Restore Computer System

July 29, 2020

Samaritan Medical Center took its computer system offline on Saturday, July 25, as a precautionary measure after identifying a potential security incident. Samaritan is conducting a full investigation to determine the exact nature and scope of the incident, and working...

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Samaritan Awards First DAISY® and BEE Awards for Extraordinary Care

July 24, 2020

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Medical Center is proud to announce the first recipients of its newly established DAISY and BEE Awards. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses® recognizes exemplary nursing staff at the hospital, and the BEE Award honors other...

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Samaritan Summit Village Receives Approval for Limited Visitation

July 21, 2020

Watertown, NY -- Samaritan Summit Village is pleased to announce it has been approved to allow limited visitation for all residents. Guidance for limited nursing home visitation was provided by the New York State Department of Health on July 10,...

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Samaritan Designated a New York State COVID-19 Collection Site

July 13, 2020

WATERTOWN, NY – Samaritan Medical Center has been designated a New York State-sponsored COVID-19 collection site, one of six in the North Country region. The partnership allows Samaritan access to a third-party laboratory service, BioReference, which will process many COVID-19...

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Samaritan Launches Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer

July 8, 2020

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Dermatology is pleased to announce that it now offers Mohs micrographic surgery for the treatment of skin cancer. It is the only location in Jefferson County to provide this service. A Mohs surgery is typically performed...

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Samaritan Temporarily Suspends Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program

June 30, 2020

Watertown, NY – After a careful evaluation of its outpatient care physical spaces, Samaritan Medical Center has decided to temporarily suspend its Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program, effective immediately. The service has not been operational since mid-March when COVID-19 restrictions were put...

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Panda Express® Donates Thousands of Masks to Samaritan

June 29, 2020

Watertown, NY – As part of its ongoing commitment to support Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals and medical professionals on the front lines, Panda Express® has donated 18,000 single-use surgical masks and 1,920 KN95 particulate respirators to Samaritan Medical Center....

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Updated Entrance: Samaritan Updates Visitor Restrictions to Allow Limited Visitation

June 25, 2020

Update: To accommodate social distancing in our entrances, please know that all inpatient visitors must enter and exit through the Rotunda entrance beginning Friday, June 26, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. There will be dedicated parking in both parking lots off...

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Samaritan Welcomes Two New Dermatology Physician Assistants

June 8, 2020

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Dermatology is pleased to welcome two new Physician Assistants, Amy Lynn Werchinski, MPAS, RPA-C, and Erin Bryant, RPA-C, to the comprehensive physician-led practice. They join Dr. Nathanial Miletta, Dr. Zachary Nahmias, and Dr. Casey Chern, located...

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Samaritan Medical Center Announces Plans to Resume Elective Inpatient Procedures

June 1, 2020

Watertown, N.Y. – Samaritan Medical Center will resume elective inpatient procedures effective June 1 after receiving further guidance from the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH). This news follows the resumption of elective outpatient surgeries and procedures on...

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Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Applications Available Through Samaritan Foundation

May 20, 2020

The Samaritan Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 3rd annual Susan Peters Nursing Scholarship. Susan Peters, a retired nurse from Samaritan Medical Center, established the scholarship in 2018 through the Samaritan...

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Samaritan Auxiliary’s 2020 One Night, One Diamond Event Cancelled due to COVID-19 Concerns

May 15, 2020

Samaritan Auxiliary, in an abundance of caution and given the uncertainty of when large groups will be able to congregate again, regretfully announces the cancellation of this year’s One Night, One Diamond event. The event that had been scheduled for...

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Pair of Samaritan Keep Home Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19

May 14, 2020

On Monday, May 11, Samaritan Health began testing staff and residents for COVID-19 at Samaritan Keep Home long-term care facility, in compliance with a new state directive issued by Governor Cuomo and as part of our ongoing safety efforts. Late...

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Samaritan Medical Center Announces Plans to Resume Elective Outpatient Procedures

May 1, 2020

Watertown, N.Y. – Samaritan Medical Center received a dose of good news on April 21 when Governor Andrew Cuomo announced hospitals in counties without a significant risk of a COVID-19 surge in the near term can resume elective outpatient surgeries...

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Samaritan Announces Temporary Changes to Clinics and Outpatient Services

April 21, 2020

WATERTOWN, NY – In response to changing patient volumes and recent staff furloughs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Samaritan Health has announced temporary changes to its outpatient clinics and services. These changes expand upon a previous consolidation of Samaritan’s Family...

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Samaritan Now Offering Rapid COVID-19 Testing

April 20, 2020

WATERTOWN, NY – Samaritan Medical Center is now offering rapid testing for COVID-19, with results for certain patients available in approximately one hour. Samaritan’s Laboratory began rapid testing on Thursday, April 16th, after acquiring the Cepheid GeneXpert® XVI testing instrument....

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Samaritan Medical Center Announces Staff Furloughs and Management Pay Cuts as COVID-19 Crisis Results in Disruption of Patient Volumes and Revenue at Hospitals Locally, Regionally, and Nationwide

April 17, 2020

Watertown, N.Y. – As the COVID-19 health crisis continues to challenge the healthcare industry, Samaritan Health leadership has made the difficult decision to furlough approximately 10 percent of its employees effective April 17, 2020. In addition, the following drastic measures...

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Samaritan Medical Center to Reopen Renovated Emergency Department Entrance, Temporarily Close Main Entrance

April 16, 2020

WATERTOWN, NY – Samaritan Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) entrance, which has been closed for renovations since late January, will reopen this Friday, April 17, at 7:00 a.m. At the same time, the hospital’s main entrance, which served as the...

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Children’s Miracle Network Partners with Staples to Collect Personal Protective Equipment for Samaritan Medical Center

April 14, 2020

WATERTOWN, NY – Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York is proud to join a nationwide partnership between Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Staples US Retail to collect personal protective equipment (PPE) for Samaritan Medical Center. The collaboration, which will...

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Children’s Hospitals Week Continues in Spite of COVID-19

April 7, 2020

Awareness week encourages support for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Northern New York Watertown, NY -- The COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping the globe is rapidly changing the way we live. You feel this in your own life. We feel...

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Samaritan Reports First Inpatient Case of COVID-19

April 6, 2020

WATERTOWN, NY – Samaritan Medical Center is reporting its first inpatient case of COVID-19. The patient arrived at the hospital with respiratory problems and, based on symptoms, was tested for COVID-19 and admitted to the hospital. The patient was cared...

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Local Organizations Innovate to Provide Essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Samaritan

March 31, 2020

WATERTOWN, NY – With COVID-19 causing a nationwide shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at medical facilities, a group of local manufacturing companies, educational institutions and architects are stepping up to produce face shields for healthcare workers at Samaritan. Face...

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Four Confirmed Jefferson County Resident COVID-19 Cases

March 26, 2020

Today -- March 26, 2020 -- the third and fourth cases of individuals with positive COVID-19 in Jefferson County were confirmed by LabCorp laboratory. The individuals are Jefferson County residents, and are now in mandatory isolation by the Jefferson County...

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What to Expect: Delivering Your Baby at Samaritan During COVID-19 Restrictions

March 24, 2020

Are you getting ready to deliver your baby at Samaritan? Among all the precautionary measures in place to protect our patients and staff from COVID-19, here are some things you should know about delivering your baby: Please use Samaritan's Car-Freshner...

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Samaritan Cancels Some Elective Surgeries

March 20, 2020

For pre-cautionary reasons, Samaritan is following guidance and recommendations from the NYS Department of Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and American College of Surgeons to cancel some elective surgeries and procedures to help preserve supplies, protect patients...

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Community Coronavirus Testing Site Now Operational

March 19, 2020

WATERTOWN, NY – The New York State Department of Health has approved Samaritan to open an appointment only, drive-up Testing Site for COVID-19. The site will open today, Thursday, March 19, 2020. In order to visit the Testing Site, community...

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COVID-19 Donation Guidelines

March 19, 2020

As demand for medical supplies increases during the COVID-19 pandemic, medical providers are facing a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gowns, gloves and face shields. Many local doctor's offices, long-term care facilities and hospitals are taking...

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Samaritan-Related Postponements and Cancellations

March 18, 2020

Due to an abundance of caution -- and in compliance with NYS Department of Health and CDC guidelines -- the following events have been postponed or cancelled to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19): Samaritan Events Cardiopulmonary Rehab Spring Luncheon...

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Samaritan Primary Care Changes in Response to COVID-19

March 18, 2020

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, the Samaritan Family Health Centers in Cape Vincent, Lacona and Sackets Harbor will temporarily close and all patients will be seen at the larger nearby Health Centers -- Clayton, Adams, and LeRay, respectively. This precautionary...

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First Confirmed Jefferson County Resident COVID-19 Case

March 17, 2020

March 17, 2020 -- Late today, the first case of an individual with positive COVID-19 in Jefferson County was confirmed by LabCorp laboratory.  The individual is a Jefferson County resident, and the specimen was taken and submitted by the Samaritan...

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Samaritan Auxiliary’s One Night, One Diamond Event to be Postponed

March 13, 2020

In an abundance of caution, we regretfully announce that we are postponing Samaritan Auxiliary’s One Night, One Diamond event.  As we grapple with the concerns and realities of the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, we are mindful of the impact...

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Samaritan Follows Protocol and Tests Patient for COVID-19

March 6, 2020

WATERTOWN, NY – Update - March 8, 2020 The NYSDOH has informed Jefferson County Public Health that the results for the Samaritan patient tested for COVID-19 were negative. The Jefferson County Public Health Service will end monitoring of the patient today. ...

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Samaritan Under Visitor Restrictions

March 5, 2020

The Samaritan Health System is currently under visitor restrictions. These restrictions are in compliance with the New York State Department of Health as a precaution to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Restrictions: Samaritan Medical Center Routine visiting will...

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Samaritan Inclement Weather Closures: February 28, 2020

February 28, 2020

The following Samaritan outpatient locations are closed or are closing early today due to inclement weather. For all other locations, please call ahead to confirm the location is open. Adams Family Health Center and Lab and X-ray services, Adams, NY...

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Samaritan Hosts 8th Annual Dinner to Recognize Physicians

February 26, 2020

Dr. Jan K. Turcotte to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award WATERTOWN, NY – Samaritan Medical Center will host its eighth annual Physician Recognition Dinner on Thursday, April 2, 2020. This event, supported by the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee and Foundation, is...

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Samaritan Auxiliary’s 18th Annual “ONE NIGHT, ONE DIAMOND” focuses on equipment for Mohs Surgery used in skin cancer treatment

February 25, 2020

WATERTOWN, NY -- In the past when faced with a diagnosis of “skin cancer,” those words would often mark the beginning of a long journey with multiple visits to complete surgical treatment. That journey will soon be much easier with...

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Samaritan Medical Center Earns Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation for Quality and Cost-Efficiency in Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries

February 20, 2020

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has selected Samaritan Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety...

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Excellus BCBS Awards Hospitals $29.3 Million for Quality Improvements

February 20, 2020

Utica, N.Y. – Thirty-six upstate New York hospitals and health centers last year earned $29.3 million in quality improvement payments from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield as part of the nonprofit health insurer’s Hospital Performance Incentive Program. Since 2005, Excellus BCBS's program...

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Newly Opened Samaritan Facility Earns Aubertine and Currier “Excellence in Construction and Craftsmanship” Award

February 17, 2020

The waiting area of Samaritan's new Women's Wellness and Breast Care. Aubertine and Currier Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors recently received the Northern New York Builders Exchange 2019 Excellence in Construction & Craftsmanship Award for the Samaritan Medical Center Women’s...

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Samaritan President and CEO Thomas Carman Appointed to HANYS Executive Committee

February 15, 2020

Congratulations to Tom Carman, Samaritan President and CEO, for his recent appointment to the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Executive Committee for 2020. Tom has been on the HANYS board for several years now, advocating for all of...

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Samaritan Medical Center Awarded Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission

February 6, 2020

Samaritan Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Primary Stroke Center Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment...

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Advocate Drum Petition Support

February 1, 2020

Fort Drum is being considered for the stationing of a fourth Army Corps Headquarters. We welcome the opportunity to support an Army Corps Headquarters, along with the Soldiers and Families that will come to the North Country. The North Country...

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Samaritan Medical Center Emergency Department Undergoes Improvements

January 27, 2020

Watertown, NY -- Renovations to Samaritan Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) will begin on Jan. 29, 2020. The upgrades to the ED’s waiting room intake and triage check-in areas will improve patient privacy and enhance the waiting space for the...

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Children’s Miracle Network at Samaritan Selects 2020 Champion

January 24, 2020

Kai Diggs Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Northern New York is pleased to announce Kai Diggs, 6, of Watertown, as its 2020 Champion! Each year, 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the country identify a champion in their community to...

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Samaritan Medical Center Commits to Safe Sleep for Infants

January 20, 2020

Samaritan Medical Center is doing its part to ensure safe sleep for all infants. When an infant is born at Samaritan, staff at our Car-Freshner Center for Women and Children will educate and demonstrate to families the importance of safe...

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Samaritan Medical Center Earns Blue Distinction® Center Designation for Quality in Spine Surgery

January 16, 2020

WATERTOWN, NY – Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has selected Samaritan Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved...

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Samaritan’s Clayton Family Health Center Closed on January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

*** CLOSURE NOTICE *** Due to a water issue, the Clayton Family Health Center, located at 909 Strawberry Lane in Clayton, is closed today, Tuesday, January 7, 2020. The Clayton Family Health Center anticipates opening tomorrow (1/8/2020) for normal office...

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Samaritan’s Dr. Deana E. Paley Inducted as American College of Osteopathic Surgeons Fellow

January 6, 2020

The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) inducted Samaritan Medical Center’s Deana E. Paley, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive osteopathic surgeon, as a Fellow (FACOS) in October 2019. The designation of Fellow is determined by recognition of a doctor’s board...

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One Night, One Diamond

January 1, 2020

The Samaritan Auxiliary presents One Night, One Diamond, an elegant evening of dining and dancing to the band Atlas with an opportunity to win an exquisite half-carat diamond donated by Cook’s Jewelers, as well as a getaway weekend donated by...

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Samaritan Welcomes Eight New Physicians

December 30, 2019

WATERTOWN – Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to welcome Nathanial R. Miletta, MD; Casey M. Chern, MD; Sara L. Cederstrand, MD; Agnieszka K. Dombrowska, DO; John J. Burnett, DO; Anita N. Lwanga, MD; Gillian V. Kupakuwana-Suk, MD; and Dmitry A....

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Children’s Miracle Network at Samaritan Awards $399,152 to Help Local Kids

December 23, 2019

Watertown, New York -- In 2019, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) of Northern New York at Samaritan Medical Center awarded $399,152 to benefit local kids in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. All of this is possible with the generous...

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One Night, One Diamond Sponsors

December 23, 2019

Presenting Sponsors Media Sponsors Diamond Sponsors Emerald Sponsors Ruby Sponsors Advanced Business SystemsBella Bridal & Tuxedo JunctionBrownell AbstractTom & Irene CarmanCleveland ServicesCommunity Bank, NAThe Coughlin Printing Group Shawna & Brandon Cutuli / Melissa & Stuart SchmittDr. & Mrs. Walter and...

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Car-Freshner Donates to Center for Women and Children

December 16, 2019

Watertown, New York -- The Samaritan Medical Center Foundation today announced a significant donation from Car-Freshner Corporation to help fund the Center for Women and Children. In recognition for the company’s support, Samaritan also announced that it will rename the...

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Samaritan Opens New Women’s Wellness and Breast Care Location

December 10, 2019

Samaritan Medical Center (SMC) has opened its new Women’s Wellness and Breast Care location as of Monday, November 25. An official ribbon cutting and open house event was held November 13 to introduce it to the community and highlight the...

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North Country Festival of Trees Ramps Up for Holiday Season

November 27, 2019

The 2019 holiday season kicks off with the much-anticipated annual North Country Festival of Trees, which runs December 5-8th at the Dulles State Office Building. A weekend of fun, family-oriented activities is planned. A North Country Festival of Trees benefits...

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Samaritan Announces Fully Accredited Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) Program

November 25, 2019

Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to announce the accreditation of its Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) Program through the American Academy of Diabetes Educators as of late October. This educational program outlines support needed to implement and sustain the...

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Coffeen Street Lab and X-ray Center Closed for Walk-in Patients

November 20, 2019

UPDATED 11/20/2019 at 1:15 pm -- The Coffeen St. Lab and X-ray Center is now fully functional. The Samaritan Coffeen St. Lab and X-ray Center, located at 1213 Coffeen St., Watertown, is closed to walk-in patients due to internet connectivity...

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Samaritan to Unveil New Women’s Wellness and Breast Care Location

November 8, 2019

Samaritan Medical Center will host a Ribbon Cutting and Open House at its new Women’s Wellness and Breast Care location from 4:00-7:00 PM on November 13th, 2019. Located in the Samaritan Health and Wellness Plaza, 1575 Washington St., the new...

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19th Annual Radiothon for Children’s Miracle Network Runs November 6-8

November 5, 2019

The Children’s Miracle Network of NNY’s 19th Annual Radiothon fundraiser will take place Wednesday, November 6 through Friday, November 8 from 6 am to 6 pm. Each year, the Border 106.7/94 Rock CMN Radiothon fills the North Country airwaves with...

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Samaritan Medical Center Runs Point of Dispensing (POD) Drill

October 23, 2019

Today, October 23, 2019, Samaritan Medical Center ran its annual Point of Dispensing (POD) Drill, practicing for a mass outbreak emergency while vaccinating hundreds of employees for the flu. The drill, which began at 4:45 a.m. and continues through midnight,...

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Samaritan Medical Center to Host “Shed the Meds” Drug Take-Back Event

October 22, 2019

Samaritan Medical Center will host a community “Shed the Meds” Drug Take-Back event on Friday, October 25th. While prescription drugs are a necessity for people, many homes have medicine cabinets full of prescriptions that are expired or no longer used....

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Samaritan’s Walker Center for Cancer Care to Host ‘Shine a Light’ Event for Lung Cancer Awareness

October 21, 2019

WHAT: The local lung cancer community is coming together for the 11th annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event. Samaritan Medical Center’s Walker Center for Cancer Care will join an anticipated 200 cities where Shine a Lights will be...

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Samaritan Implements Proven Practices to Help Prevent Opioid Dependency

October 7, 2019

Samaritan Medical Center has implemented improved medication practices in the Emergency Department (ED), inpatient care, and within surgical services to help counteract the local opioid dependency crisis. By administering fewer opioids for pain, patients are less exposed to these powerful...

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Samaritan Extends Mammography Hours in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 7, 2019

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Samaritan is adding mammography services on Saturdays from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at the main hospital for the month of October. These extended appointment hours are reserved for patients who need screening...

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Samaritan Medical Center Earns National Recognition for Promoting Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation

September 18, 2019

Samaritan Medical Center has earned a gold recognition for its efforts to increase organ, eye, and tissue donor registrations across the state, through the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. The WPFL is a national initiative that...

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Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Dinner Event

September 9, 2019

Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center’s annual Cancer Awareness Event will be held September 25, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn at 1290 Arsenal Street in Watertown.  Informational and vendor booths will open at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner...

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Samaritan Family Health Centers Receive Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a NYS Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Practice

August 26, 2019

Samaritan Family Health Network’s eight primary care centers received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a NYS Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practice at the 2017 standard, the most recent standard available. This recognition is given to practices...

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Ribbon Cutting Celebration – Healing Power of Progress and Expansion

August 26, 2019

Watertown, New York --- Samaritan Medical Center celebrated its most recent facility upgrade with an official ribbon cutting and open house event on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Since 2006 Samaritan Medical Center has embarked on a multi-year campus transformation and...

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Northern New York Community Foundation Supports Healing Power of Progress Campaign

August 20, 2019

The Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York is pleased to announce that it has received a $150,000 grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation to support the Walker Center for Cancer Care and the Center for Women...

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Circle of Hope Cancer Awareness Dinner

August 16, 2019

Join Samaritan Medical Center's Circle of Hope Cancer Committee at their annual Cancer Awareness Dinner Wednesday, September 25, 2019Hilton Garden Inn1290 Arsenal Street, Watertown Door open and Vendors start at 4:30pmProgram begins at 6:00pm The Circle of Hope in conjunction...

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Samaritan Medical Center Receives Recognition for Newborn Baby Hepatitis B Vaccination Rates

August 14, 2019

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) recognized Samaritan’s Center for Women and Children for its noteworthy dedication to patient safety by adhering to their established policy to administer the first dose of hepatitis B vaccine to newborns prior to hospital discharge,...

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Samaritan Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer

August 7, 2019

Watertown, New York --- Samaritan is pleased to welcome Maxine A. Briggs, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), to Samaritan’s administration and senior leadership team. Briggs brings over 13 years of healthcare experience and 24 years of accounting knowledge to the position....

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Samaritan Welcomes Three New Physicians

August 2, 2019

Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to welcome Sima Banerjee, MD, Holden Heitner, MD and Jason Lulejian, DO to our hospital medical staff. Sima Banerjee, MD, is our new Director of Interventional Radiology & Interventional Oncology. Interventional radiology is a medical...

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Ameritas® Awards Grant to Samaritan’s Walker Center for Cancer Care

June 19, 2019

The Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York is pleased to announce a donation to the Walker Center for Cancer Care from Ameritas® through Watertown native, Kim G. Allen, managing partner of United Professional Advisors, LLC and co-founder of...

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SMC Hosting Certified Lactation Course in July

June 6, 2019

Join us as we host a nationally accredited trainer to our region and educate interested community members in becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor. This certification is highly sought after and important to many healthcare agencies across New York State, as...

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Nurse Practitioner Scholarships Applications Available

May 28, 2019

Watertown, New York --- Applications are now being accepted for the 2nd Annual Susan Peters Nursing Scholarship. A retired nurse from Samaritan Medical Center has established a scholarship through the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation for Registered Nurses (RNs) looking to...

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SMC Hosts Drug Take-Back Event

May 28, 2019

Samaritan Medical Center (SMC) is hosting a community “Shed the Meds” Drug Take-Back event on Tuesday, June 4th. While prescription drugs are a necessity for people, many homes have medicine cabinets full of prescriptions that are expired or no longer...

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Eight Samaritan Nurses Receive Recognition Awards

May 14, 2019

Event Celebrates National Nurses’ Week Watertown, New York ----- As part of its National Nurses’ Week celebration activities, Samaritan Medical Center and its Medical Staff hosted a reception and award presentation on Thursday, May 9th to recognize outstanding achievements by...

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Samaritan Medical Plaza Location Closed Today (5/2/19)

May 2, 2019

The Samaritan Medical Plaza building, located at 1575 Washington Street in Watertown, has encountered a water main break and will be closing all offices located here for the remainder of the day. All offices will be open tomorrow (Friday, May...

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Samaritan Experiencing Phone & Data Outage

May 1, 2019

Samaritan is experiencing a major phone and data outage that is limiting inbound and outbound phone calls and data connection outside of the facilities.  We are working diligently with our local vendor to restore use and repair the issue. The outage is...

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Samaritan Appoints New Vice President for Post-Acute Services

April 18, 2019

Samaritan Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert J. Baranello as the Vice President of Post-Acute Care Services.  This position is responsible for oversight of all the Post-Acute Care Services including Samaritan Keep Home, Samaritan Summit Village and...

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SMC and Humana Reach Agreement

April 5, 2019

SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER AND HUMANA REACH AGREEMENT ON A NEW CONTRACT FOR FORT DRUM MEDICAL COMMAND (MEDDAC) Watertown, N.Y., Feb. 13, 2019 – Samaritan Medical Center and Humana today announced they have reached an agreement on a new contract that...

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New Director of Communications and PR

April 5, 2019

Samaritan Announces New Director of Communication & Public Relations Watertown, NY --- Samaritan Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Director of Communication & Public Relations, Leslie M. DiStefano of Watertown. As Director of Communication &...

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Visitors: Please Stay Home if Sick

April 5, 2019

Samaritan Medical Center Urges Visitors to Not Visit if They Have Signs of Illness 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...

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Teens For Miracles Fashion Show

January 16, 2019

MODELING SEARCH: TEEN MODELS NEEDED FOR FASHION SHOW TO BENEFIT CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK 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...

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Parking Garage Availability

December 14, 2018

On Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th, a crew will be on-site to seal/stripe the ramp up to the 3rd level as well as the 3rd level deck. The following weekend (October 22nd and 23rd) they will do the...

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FREE Hernia Screening

December 14, 2018

FREE Hernia ScreeningSaturday, December 9th • 11am - 2pmSamaritan Medical Center Surgery PracticeCall 315-755-3083 to register today!Join us to see our robotic-guided technology first hand!You can even take it for a “test-drive.”Space is limited and registration is recommended.Did you know...

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Samaritan Adds Breakthrough MRI System

December 14, 2018

Fast scans. Exceptional comfort. Unmatched quality.Has your doctor ever recommended that you get an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) exam? Or are you simply curious about this safe imaging test?There’s no better place to schedule an MRI exam than Samaritan Medical...

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The Susan Peters Nursing Scholarship

December 14, 2018

The Susan Peters Nursing Scholarship was established to assist with the education costs for a Registered Nurse (RN) who is continuing his or her education, and specifically pursuing a Nurse Practitioner degree. The scholarship will award two (2) scholarships in...

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North Country Festival of Trees Ramps Up for Holiday Season

November 13, 2018

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 LightingWatertown, New York ----- The holiday season kicks off with the much-anticipated annual North...

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Shine a Light on Lung Cancer November 8th

November 8, 2018

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Lung Cancer Alliance, lung cancer is the leading cancer death in men and women in every ethnic group in the United States and takes more lives than breast, prostate and colon...

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Saturday Mammogram Hours

October 14, 2018

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Samaritan is offering extended hours for our mammogram services Call (315) 779-5200 to schedule your appointment today! Please note that you must have an order from your doctor to make an appointment Saturday...

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SMC Nursing Open House

March 28, 2018

March 28th, 4:00pm - 6:00pmSamaritan Medical CenterConference Rooms 2A & 2BAt Samaritan, everyone's job is critical to the successful care of our patients and residents. We invite you to learn more about a career as an RN, LPN, NA or...

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SMC on Diversion

July 5, 2017

July 5, 2017PLEASE NOTE: Samaritan Medical Center is on ambulance diversion. This by no means indicates that we are closed - WE ARE ACCEPTING PATIENTS. Diversion is simply a request for ambulance services to consider transporting patients to another hospital,...

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