September 25, 2012

Health Notes: Sept. 25, 2012


---- — CVPH Diabetes Support Group meets tonight

PLATTSBURGH — The CVPH Diabetes Support Group welcomes individuals and their families affected by diabetes to participate in a free educational program at 7 tonight in Garden Room B off of the Medical Center cafeteria.

Cindy Elsenbeck, RN, CDE, a clinical nurse specialist with Roche Pharmaceuticals, will speak about carbohydrate counting.

The Support Group regularly meets on the fourth Tuesday each month. For more information, call 562-7326.

Changes made to child-vaccine

ELIZABETHTOWN — Starting Monday, Oct. 1, children covered through private health-insurance plans will not be eligible to receive vaccinations through the Vaccine for Children program if their plans cover immunizations.

Families with private insurance plans should contact their health-care providers (pediatricians or family doctors) to schedule necessary vaccinations.

Children who are uninsured; underinsured; enrolled in Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Care or Child Health Plus; or an American Indian or Alaska Native are still eligible to receive vaccine from Essex County Public Health.

Even if children have received vaccinations from Essex County Public Health in the past, parents should review their child’s insurance coverage before visiting a county-sponsored immunization clinic. A child’s insurance status will be checked prior to administering vaccinations.

The eligibility criteria were established under federal guidelines. If a child’s insurance plan does not cover vaccinations, parents can provide documentation to allow their child to receive the appropriate immunizations.

For information about medical providers, insurance resources or to learn more about immunizations and the vaccine program, call Essex County Public Health at 873-3500 or visit

New physician joins Lake Placid Health Center

SARANAC LAKE — A new physician is accepting patients at the Lake Placid Health Center, a member of Adirondack Health.

Dr. Tracey Viola is board certified in family medicine and has completed a fellowship in sports medicine. She is particularly drawn to the preventive aspect of family medicine, according to a news release from Adirondack Health, and has worked extensively as a team physician or medical staff volunteer at high school, college and amateur athletic events, as well as large-scale competitions such as marathons.

“I knew since I was a child this is what I wanted to do, and I am so grateful to call this area my home,” she said in a news release. “As a physician, I hope to encourage all people to embrace an active lifestyle and to work with athletes of all levels and ages, including those at the Olympic Training Center.”

Viola received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in human biology and sociology as a double major and a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Albany. She earned her medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at the New York Institute of Technology.

She has played soccer most of her life and has been running marathons as a fundraiser for the past 10 years.

Volunteers needed to transport seniors

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Office for the Aging is looking for volunteers who are interested in transporting older adults to and from medical-related appointments.

The areas in most need of volunteers are Chesterfield, Minerva and Schroon Lake. Mileage is reimbursed.

Those interested in volunteering should call the Office for the Aging at 873-3695.