November 27, 2012

Health Notes: Nov. 27, 2012




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ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown Community Hospital’s 2012 annual fundraising campaign is under way.

The annual appeal was conducted through a letter that was mailed to people in the hospital’s service area and to donors who live outside of the area.

The letter explains the hospital’s role as a federally designated critical-access hospital and about its newly developed ambulance transport service.

“The hospital’s role is to triage, treat and transport during a life-threatening situation, and I believe that it’s incredibly important to communicate that to people,” Jane Hooper, director of community relations, said in a news release.

“The Emergency Department staff at ECH provides initial, life-saving care so that a patient is able to make it to a heart center, trauma center or stroke center. Without ECH being involved, many people simply would not make it.”

Some organizations count on annual contributions to help balance a budget deficit but that is not the case at ECH.

“We don’t do that because it can lead to a future shortfall and distort future planning,” Hooper said. “In addition, this hospital is financially well-managed. Gifts received during the hospital’s annual campaign are put toward additional equipment, patient-care items or a specific purchase such as the new transport ambulance.”

Tax-deductible contributions can be made electronically through its website at or by a check made payable to Elizabethtown Community Hospital and sent to: Community Relations Department, Elizabethtown Community Hospital, PO Box 277, Elizabethtown, NY 12932.

The campaign runs through Dec. 31.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meeting planned

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Pine Harbour Senior Living on Route 9 in Plattsburgh.

Social time will be from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The program will begin at 6. This month’s program will be facilitated by Mariana Bartonicek from One Step Ahead Physical Therapy.

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