July 9, 2013

Health Notes: July 9, 2013


---- — Summer outdoor fitness sessions set

SARANAC LAKE — Summer outdoor fitness sessions will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday, July 9 through Aug. 30 on the Olympic Oval in front of the Lake Placid High School. 

Cost is $8 per class for drop-ins and $5 per class for those who sign up for the summer.

The group sessions will be led by certified athletic trainer Elise Munn from Adirondack Health. Each is different, offering new dynamic warm-up and plyometric techniques, aerobic intervals, bodyweight circuits, resistance-band training and core work that will build strength, aerobic fitness and muscular endurance. 

Arrive 10 minutes early, bring water and a beach towel. 

Call 359-4926 or email for more information or to sign up in advance.

Adirondack Health enhances safety, privacy for patients

SARANAC LAKE — New measures to enhance safety and privacy for patients and visitors at Adirondack Medical Center have gone into effect

Now, all entrances to AMC and the Redfield Medical Office Building will be locked at 9 p.m.  Entrance to the hospital through the main lobby will be controlled through secured doors from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays and on weekends and holidays. 

Over the past several months, AMC has enhanced the safety and privacy of the OB department by securing the unit. Similar measures have been implemented in the Emergency Department and the pharmacy.

Visitors wishing to see patients outside of normal visiting hours, on weekends and holidays can check in at the registration area in the Main Lobby near the ER entrance, where they will be asked to sign a guest log. Visitors waiting in the main lobby and ICU waiting room during the overnight hours will have access to restrooms and vending machines.

“The presence of a family member or loved one can be calming and beneficial during a patient’s hospital stay,” said Chief Nursing Officer Margaret Sorensen in a statement. “Our goal is to be certain that our patients and visitors are safe while maintaining the warm and personalized healing environment Adirondack Health is known for.”

Race 4 Care accepts preregistration

POTTERSVILLE — The inaugural Race 4 Care, to benefit High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care, will take place on Saturday, July 20, in Schroon Lake.

Race-day registration and signup begins at 8 a.m., and the race will start at 9 a.m. The preregistration fee, due by Saturday, is $20; the cost on race day is $25.

This is a timed 5K race for the serious runner, but all runners and walkers are welcome. The first 30 to register get a free Race 4 Care T-shirt.

Originally set in Schroon Lake, it was been moved to the Word of Life Institute, 4200 Glendale Road, Pottersville.

For more information, call or email Ingrid Roemischer at or 942-6513.

Mail forms and payment to: HPHPC, Ingrid Roemischer, PO Box 192, Port Henry, NY 12974.

Find registration and runner/walker pledge forms at under the upcoming events page.

CVPH Diabetes Center changes location

PLATTSBURGH —The CVPH Diabetes Education Center has moved to a different spot on CVPH Medical Center’s main campus.

Located at 210 Cornelia Street, Suite 401, it now shares an office with Dr. Steven Leveston, a board-certified endocrinologist. 

The phone number remains the same, 562-7326. To schedule an appointment with him, call 314-3460.

Health centers link to Smokers Quitline

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health’s community health centers are among the first in New York to partner with the State Smokers’ Quitline to help those who want to kick the habit.

A new stop smoking and referral process for health-center patients has been incorporated into their electronic medical records at Adirondack Health.

Through an integrated counseling and referral process, patients will receive stop-smoking counseling and will be directly linked to the State Smokers’ Quitline for followup counseling if they choose.

Registered Nurse Hazel Taft, who is clinical case manager for Adirondack Health, said there are about 17,600 smokers in Franklin and Essex counties.

“As health-care providers, it is our responsibility to provide the right tools and advice to smokers,” she said in a press release.

The NYS Quitline, a service funded by the State Bureau of Tobacco Control, provides free 24/7 counseling and support to tobacco users who wish to quit. The Quitline can also provide a free two-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy (nicotine patches) to eligible callers.