Adirondack Health Institute to close office Jan. 31
PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Health Institute has announced that its Plattsburgh office at 65 Court St. will be closing at the end of January.
As of Feb. 1, the institute’s enrollment specialists will continue to be available to service clients in the area. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (866) 872-3740.
For more information, visit www.adirondackhealthinstitute.org.
Blood drive planned in Port Henry
PORT HENRY — A blood drive is scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at St. Patrick’s Church in Port Henry.
To make an appointment, call Catie at (802) 324-7372.
Walk-ins are welcome.
CVPH neurologist to offer migraine tips
PLATTSBURGH — A free CVPH Community Lecture about migraines featuring Boris Chulpayev, MD, board certified neurologist, is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Road.
Chulpayev, practicing at CVPH Neurology Services, will discuss the current strategies to reduce, prevent and treat migraine headaches. It’s estimated that more than 36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, a press release states, and while there is no cure, there are treatment options that reduce headache frequency and stop them even before they begin.
The CVPH Community Lecture Series is sponsored by the Foundation of CVPH.
To register, call the CVPH marketing and communications department at 562-7320 or visit www.cvph.org.
Adirondacks ACO joins Medicare program
PLATTSBURGH — Adirondacks ACO has been selected as one of 123 new accountable care organizations in Medicare, providing approximately 1.5 million more beneficiaries with access to care across the United States.
The next application period for organizations interested in participating in the Shared Savings Program beginning January 2015 will be in summer 2014. More information about the Shared Savings Program is available at http://tinyurl.com/llhmztc.
For a list of the 123 new organizations, visit http://tinyurl.com/nqoduu2.
Local students partner with Adirondack Health
SARANAC LAKE — Under the guidance of Adirondack Health staff, six local high school seniors are building a health-care career resume by applying classroom work to hands-on experience.
The students are gaining both knowledge and experience through the Health Occupations Program, an educational partnership between Adirondack Health and the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton counties’ BOCES program.
In addition to specific course work and training, students shadow Adirondack Health professionals in the emergency department, medical imaging, ICU, physical therapy, outpatient lab, pharmacy and inpatient areas.
To learn more about the programs and services of Adirondack Health, visit www.adirondackhealth.org.
Living Healthy workshops scheduled in P’burgh, E’town
PLATTSBURGH — A free six-session Living Healthy With Chronic Conditions workshop set for Plattsburgh and Elizabethtown is designed to help people with ongoing health conditions.
The workshop can help people set their own goals and plan to improve their health and life, a press release states.
The Plattsburgh sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 12 through March 19, at the United Way, 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh. Call 314-3689 to register by Feb. 5.
The Elizabethtown sessions will run from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 24 through March 31, at the Hand House, 8273 River St., Elizabethtown. Call 496-1826 to register by Feb. 18.
The workshops are sponsored by Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network, Northern Adirondack Medical Home, Mental Health Association of Essex County and Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Essex County.
Handler Award for nursing excellence announced
SARANAC LAKE — Addie Desmarais, a registered nurse on the Medical Floor at Adirondack Medical Center, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Meghan E. Handler Excellence in Nursing Award.
The Handler award is given annually to an AMC nurse with less than three years experience. It is named in memory of Meghan Handler, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Handler, who passed away in 1998. Dr. Handler, an internist, was a longtime member of the Adirondack Health medical staff who retired in 2011.
Recipients are chosen based on their commitment to improve and expand their knowledge base of patient care, technical skills, compassion, rapport with patient’s families and colleagues, and efficiency.
Social worker earns advanced certification
PLATTSBURGH — Alyson Curry, a social worker at Hospice of the North Country, has earned an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker (ACHP-SW) designation.
Curry’s professional advancement enhances her ability to provide services that address the psychosocial needs of patients and families affected by serious and life-limiting illness in order to maintain or improve their optimal quality of life, a press release states. Additionally, Curry was granted membership in the National Association of Professional Women due to her outstanding leadership and professional commitment.
Curry has more than 24 years of social work experience, including the last five years she has been serving Hospice of the North County patients and families as a family support team leader and bereavement coordinator. She also maintains her own private practice in her free time.
For more information about Hospice of the North Country or its services, visit hospicenc.org or call 561-8465 or 483-3200.
Adirondack Health surpasses United Way campaign goal
SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health employees donated a total of $10,500 to the United Way campaign.
Led by employees Gail Woodruff and Brian Waters, this year’s campaign exceeded the amount collected in 2012 by $2,000.
Several local businesses donated products and services to Adirondack Health in support of the employee campaign.
This year’s goal for the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. is to raise $725,000.
To learn more about the United Way of the Adirondack Region, visit www.unitedwayadk.org.