November 6, 2012

Health Notes: Nov. 6, 2012


---- — Champlain practice joins Health Network today

CHAMPLAIN — North Country Family Health on Route 11 here will officially become part of Hudson Headwaters Health Network, a federally qualified health center with 15 area health centers, today.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Maurice Racine and his staff to our group,” Dr. John Rugge, CEO of Hudson Headwaters, said in a press release.

“The federal community health-center program is designed to provide access to care regardless of a person’s income or insurance,” Rugge said. “We offer programs that provide discounted medical fees and pharmaceuticals for low-income patients. This year, we’ll help eligible patients receive $1.5 million worth of needed medicine.”

More information about Hudson Headwaters is being mailed to Racine’s list of current patients.

Racine, who started the practice more than 30 years ago, said he sought to join Hudson Headwaters to ensure that his patients would have access to essential health-care services over the long-term.

“Hudson Headwaters has an excellent record for providing rural primary health care,” Racine said in the release. “I am confident that the people of our area, including Chazy, Mooers and Rouses Point, will benefit from having Hudson Headwaters be a part of our communities.”

For more information or to make an appointment, call 298-2691.

Talk explores myths of mental illness

PLATTSBURGH — Alison Doh-Carter will present “In Our Own Voice,” a program about mental illness, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at theUnitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4 Palmer St.

The program is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness: Champlain Valley (NAMI: CV). The presentation includes short video segments portraying people with mental illness, discussing “Dark Days,” “Coping Skills” and more.

After each segment, Doh-Carter will speak about her own experience related to the topic. She hopes to help those attending to understand that mental illness is a physical disease and encourage them to help combat misunderstandings about it. After the presentation, she will invite questions from the audience.

NAMI requests that all participants complete evaluations of the program.

Brown Bag series continues Thursday

PLATTSBURGH — “As We Age: Caregiving” is the topic of the next Brown Bag program sponsored by Behavioral Health Services North (BHSN) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness: Champlain Valley (NAMI: CV).

The first talk is set for 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the second floor meeting room of Plattsburgh City Library on Oak Street.

Bring your lunch. Resource materials will be provided.

Future talks, all from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. are: “Disability Accessible Technology” Dec. 6; “Holistic Approaches to Recovery” Jan. 3; “Health Homes: What Are They?” Feb. 7; “Transgender Teens” March 7; and “Autism: Ask Your Questions” April 4.

For more information, call 563-8206, Ext. 135, or 561-2685.

New endocrinologist to discuss diabetes care

PLATTSBURGH — Dr. Steven Leveston, endrocrinologist at CVPH Medical Center, will present “Strategies for Diabetes Care in Underserved/Rural Regions” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Road.

The free program is part of the CVPH Community Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Foundation of CVPH. RSVP by calling the CVPH Public Relations Office at 562-7320 or go online to and register in the upcoming events section.

Blood drives set

PLATTSBURGH — There are many opportunities to give blood in November through the North Country Regional Blood Donor Program.

Here’s the schedule: 1 to 4 p.m. today, Evergreen Valley Nursing Home; noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, Adirondack Medical Center; 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, AuSable Valley High School; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, New York State DEC in Ray Brook; 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, Willsboro Fire Department; 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, Keene Valley Neighborhood House; and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, SUNY Plattsburgh Angell College Center.

The Blood Donor Center, 85 Plaza Blvd., is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-in donors are encouraged. To learn how to host a drive, call 562-7406.