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Health Notes: Feb. 11, 2014

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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:26 am

Local physician assistants receive national recognition

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Two North Country physician assistants are among 108 certified physician assistants nationally to recently earn a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

N. Alexandra Caffrey of Moses-Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga and Justin Kilgore of Adirondack Health in Saranac Lake were both awarded a CAQ in emergency medicine.

For more information about certified PAs or the CAQ program, visit

Adirondack Health provides Smooth Stride Runners’ Clinic

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health is offering the Smooth Stride Runners’ Clinics around the North Country.

The Runners’ Clinics are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

• Thursday, Feb. 20; Adirondack Health Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine facility, Lake Placid, 29 Church St.

• Thursday, Feb. 27; Adirondack Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation, Plattsburgh, 39 Court St.

• March 20, April 3 and May 15; Adirondack Health Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine facility, Lake Placid.

Start times are 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and are limited to four participants per time slot. Cost is $35 per person.

Participants will receive: full running assessment by trained staff; biomechanical screening and footwear recommendations for issues that may lead to injury and lost training time; computerized running gait analysis using DartFish video software; functional movement assessment with corrective exercises; nutritional screening; running physiology with training guidelines.

Contact Dino Angelopoulos, certified athletic trainer, certified strength and conditioning specialist at 523-8589 to reserve a spot in any of the clinics or for more information. 

Glens Falls Hospital to participate in Health Institute

GLENS FALLS — Glens Falls Hospital and Adirondack Health Institute (AHI) leaders recently signed a memorandum of understanding that welcomes Glens Falls Hospital as an AHI member.

AHI is a regional collaboration between Adirondack Health (Saranac Lake), Community Providers, Inc. (CVPH) and Hudson Headwaters Health Network (HHHN).

The service area includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties.

M.D. recognized for contributions to cardiac rehab

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Fletcher Allen Health Care cardiologist and University of Vermont professor of medicine Philip Ades, M.D., has received the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Presidential Recognition Award.

Ades was honored for his national leadership in establishing the effectiveness of cardiac rehab and advocating for greater access to it for patients of chronic heart failure, according to a press release.

He serves as director of cardiac rehabilitation and has been performing clinical research in that field since 1984. 

New website geared toward NY voters with disabilities

ROCHESTER — The C­enter for Disability Rights has announced the launch of the website for the New York Disability Vote Network,

A database of voters with disabilities will be the first of its kind in New York state, a press release states.

Voting age individuals with disabilities and other interested parties are encouraged to join the network by filling out an online form that can be found on the website. Volunteers are also welcome.

For more information, contact Jessica Thurber, voter rights coordinator at CDR, at

Creative Healing Connections program offered

PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton County Office for the Aging and Clinton County New York Connects invites members of the community to an Educational Series on a variety of community services Feb. 12.

This is a great opportunity for caregivers, a press release states.

The presentation will be held in the first floor meeting room of the Clinton County Government Center, 137 Margaret St., Plattsburgh.

Call 565-4620 or email to register.

Eat Smart program coming to Sherman Library Feb. 20

PORT HENRY —  The Sherman Free Library in Port Henry will host the Eat Smart New York nutrition education program at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.

The program, presented by the Essex County Cooperative Extension, offers information on eating and shopping smarter for better health.

For more information, call the library at 546-7461.