January 1, 2013

Health Notes: Jan. 1, 2012


---- — Blood drive planned at Elizabethtown Community Hospital

ELIZABETHTOWN — A blood drive will be held at Elizabethtown Community Hospital from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The drive is managed by the North Country Regional Blood Center, which provides blood and blood products to hospitals in the region. The blood collected locally stays in the local region.

ECH performs blood and platelet transfusions regularly in its Chemotherapy and Infusion Department.

Pray named Go Red volunteer leader

PLATTSBURGH — Swarovski Lighting’s Head of Human Resources Lee Ann Pray has been named the American Heart Association volunteer chairwoman for the annual Go Red for Women Dinner set for Friday, Feb. 1. 

She will lead the organization’s appeal to local businesses and community leaders to support the Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives, free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke, by joining the Go Red movement.

“Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and one in three women has some form of cardiovascular disease that is often undetected,” Pray said in a press release. “Go Red for Women Events, like the dinner on Feb. 1, 2013, will educate women about their personal risk and give tips towards a healthier life.”

Pray serves on several boards, including the Workforce Investment Board and the Northern Adirondack Safety & Health Council. She is also an officer in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks – Keeseville Lodge 2072.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Clarkson University and has received her Certification in Professional Human Resources from the Society for Human Resources Management.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or tickets to the event contact Regional Director Keri Mack at 335-8125 or

Fletcher Allen exceeds 2012 fund goal

BURLINGTON — The Fletcher Allen Health Care Annual Fund Drive raised $3.9 million in fiscal year 2012, exceeding its goal by $100,000, a 24 percent increase over 2011.

Contributions to the Annual Fund support a variety of programs that provide direct benefits to patients and their families, including research into cancer, heart-rhythm abnormalities, children’s services and psychiatric care.

“We are truly fortunate to be in a giving community that continues to support this organization and the patients and families we serve,” said Dr. John Brumsted, president and CEO.

“We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has given to Fletcher Allen. Their generosity makes it possible for us to provide the highest level of care every day.”

Wound Center adds specialist to care team

SARANAC LAKE — A familiar face has returned to Adirondack Health with the addition of Lynn Sarr to the team at the Wound and Hyperbaric Treatment Center in Saranac Lake.

A longtime resident of Saranac Lake, Sarr is an adult nurse practitioner who has received additional special training in wound and ostomy care.

Her career in nursing began at the former Saranac Lake General Hospital, where she worked in many departments, mostly specializing in critical care.

Sahe will care for patients with non-healing wounds and those receiving hyperbaric treatment at the Wound Center, located off Old Lake Colby Road behind Adirondack Medical Center. For the past nine years, she has provided wound and ostomy care in an outpatient setting at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh.

ECH installs new CT scanner

ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown Community Hospital has installed a new CT scanner to enhance the level of service it offers.

The 64-slice Philips Ingenuity CT scanner, installed in early November, provides more detailed images quickly with less radiation exposure for patients.

CT, or computed tomography, combines X-rays and computers to produce detailed, cross-sectional images of internal structures of the body, helping physicians diagnose disease and assess traumatic injury.

According to Rob DeMuro, medical director at ECH, the new CT unit uses 40 to 80 percent less radiation, a feature that also supports the efforts of ECH to decrease the amount of patient exposure to radiation through CT scans.

“Physicians are becoming increasingly concerned about the risk of radiation overexposure and are carefully considering benefits and risks as they request CT scans,” DeMuro said. “It’s important to ensure that the CT scan is as safe as possible. This CT unit is one of the most technologically advanced on the market.”

The unit can accommodate both larger patients and small children.