Press-Republican

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 www.ech.org 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.

The program will focus on some of the issues that patients deal with, as well as 10 frustrating aspects of Parkinson’s. Discussion will center on how people deal with each aspect, sharing ideas on how to overcome them.

This will be the last meeting of the group until spring. The next meetings will begin in March 2013.

La Leche League meets next Dec. 3

PLATTSBURGH — The next La Leche League meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Family Connections on U.S. Oval.

The sessions, held the first Monday and third Tuesday of every month, are open to women, especially those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and provide information and encouragement. 

The next Tuesday meeing takes place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Imaginarium Children’s Museum. Open to women, esp nursing and prg

For information, call 643-9436. 

Event to focus on veteran suicide

prevention

PLATTSBURGH — An event called Standing by Our Vets will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at American Legion Post 20 on 162 Quarry Road, Plattsburgh.

The free event will focus on suicide prevention for veterans, their families and friends. Panelists will include survivors of suicide and mental-health providers.

For more information, call Mary Anne Cox at 561-2685, ext 12.

This free program is offered by OMH/MHANYS Suicide Prevention Grant Project of the MAPP, Mental Health Subcommittee, Behavioral Health Services North; Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network;

Mental Health Association of Clinton & Franklin; Mental Health Association of Essex County, and NAMI: Champlain Valley.