Fidelis Care sets Open House on health insurance
PLATTSBURGH — On Monday, Jan. 13, and Tuesday, Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fidelis Care will provide a free Health Insurance Open House at CVPH Medical Center in the front lobby.
To provide community members of the Champlain Valley with low-cost or free coverage, Fidelis Care has become partners with CVPH Medical Center.
Fidelis representatives will be available at the open house to provide information, answer questions and to discuss options for your health care.
Fidelis Care offers New York State’s Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid Managed Care programs.
Children under the age of 19 will be eligible for Child Health Plus, which may be free or $9 a month per child. Adults between the ages of 19 and 64 are eligible for the low-cost health coverage through Family Health Plus. Eligibility is based on the size of the household and gross monthly income.
Regular checkups, preventive care, hospital and emergency care, eye exams and dental are all covered under Fidelis Care.
Level 1 Trauma Center earns top rating
BURLINGTON, VT. —Fletcher Allen Health Care has earned recertification as a Level 1 Trauma Center for adult patients by the American College of Surgeons.
The designation is the highest accreditation given to trauma services and is granted after a rigorous evaluation.
Fletcher Allen is the only Level 1 center in Vermont and shares this status with just 102 of the 5,000 hospitals in the United States.
Studies show that being treated at a Level 1 Trauma Center increases a seriously injured patient’s chances of survival by an estimated 20 to 25 percent.
Certified centers must provide:
▶ Expert care for every aspect of injury from pre-hospital care through rehabilitation.
▶ Immediate access to a full range of specialists and equipment 24 hours a day.
▶ Treatment areas and operating rooms reserved for trauma cases.
Additionally, Level 1 centers have research programs, are leaders in trauma education and injury prevention and are a referral resource for nearby regions.
“This certification is only possible because of the excellent coordination of care by our team of physicians, nurses, therapists, case managers, pharmacists and everyone else involved in patient care,” John Fortune, M.D., medical director of Trauma, Burn and Critical Care Surgery at Fletcher Allen, said in a release.
Community blood drives scheduled around area
PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Regional Blood Donor Center, a program of CVPH Medical Center, conducts community blood drives with the support of many local businesses and organizations.
Blood drives are scheduled for: Jan. 8, Cadyville Wesleyan Church, 3 to 6 p.m.; Jan. 9, Black Brook Town Hall, 3 to 7 p.m.; Jan. 10, Saranac High School, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Jan. 13, Twin State Voice Data Video, Rand Hill Road, 8 to 11 a.m.; Jan. 13, Champlain K of C, 3 to 6 p.m.; Jan. 14, Westport High School, 3 to 7 p.m.; Jan. 15, Adirondack Medical Center, noon to 5 p.m.; Jan. 17, Curtis Lumber, Plattsburgh, 8 to 11 a.m.; Jan. 20, Keeseville Fire Department, 4 to 7 p.m.; Jan. 20, District 3 Fire Department, Wallace Hill Road, 5 to 8 p.m.; Jan. 21, Malone Callfiremen, 4 to 7 p.m.; Jan. 22, Massena Memorial Hospital, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Jan. 23, American Management Association Saranac Lake, noon to 3 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 23, Plattsburgh High School, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Jan. 24, CVPH Laboratory Conference Room, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Jan. 27, Mountain Lake Services, Keeseville, 1 to 5 p.m.; Jan. 28, Bangor Fire Department, 4 to 7 p.m.; and Jan. 29, New York State Police, Malone Barracks, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To be eligible to donate blood, a person must be in good health and at least 17 years of age. The minimum weight requirement is 110 pounds.