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ENT docs obtain new sinus surgery equipment

Oswego Hospital has installed state-of-the art, award winning navigation technology for use during sinus surgeries

The hospital’s new Ear, Nose and Throat doctors say this new advanced equipment is the best available.

“The hospital has made a significant investment in this equipment which operates similar to a GPS devise allowing Dr. Pence and myself to make informed decisions in real time when in the operating room,” said board-certified ENT Dr. Nicholas Groch.

Groch and Dr. Melanie Pence, who is also a board-certified ENT, recently opened Lakeshore ENT in the Oswego Health Center.

“This equipment is simply the best available and with this navigation system we are able to provide excellent ENT care to our patients,” Pence said. “Area residents needing this level of sinus surgery no longer need to leave their community.”

The equipment, called a Fusion ENT Navigation System, helps to reduce the risk of complications and can lead to a quicker recovery. The equipment’s associated irrigation system was the winner of a Medical Devise Excellence Award.

The two ENTs are familiar with this new technology as they have used it for many years. During their previous ENT positions, they helped to trial the equipment at a sinus center of excellence in Toledo, Ohio.

The two ENT physicians have a joint practice providing a wide range of services including hearing and balance testing, allergy testing, sinus surgery, pediatric ear infections, snoring and sleep apnea, thyroidectomies, skin cancer excisions and cosmetic procedures.

Both are board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck/Facial Plastic Surgery.

To provide additional services, Audiologist Karah Gottschalk has joined the practice to conduct hearing balance testing and dispense hearing aids.

The new physicians can be contacted by calling Lakeshore ENT at 349-5828.

Rural Health Network of Oswego County partners recognized for work

As part of the celebration of National Rural Health Day, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health recognized two partners of the Rural Health Network of Oswego County for their accomplishment and several of its members for their outstanding work.

Northern Oswego County Health Services was recognized for its effort to integrate two primary care practices of Oswego County’s largest human services organization, Oswego County Opportunities, and three primary care practices of the Oswego County’s sole hospital, Oswego Health.

The three partnered on an initiative labeled “Preserving the Oswego County Primary Care Safety Net,” to respond to the closing of a major insurance company sponsored practice in Central Square and the financial viability of the five combined practices of Oswego County Opportunities and Oswego Health.

Designed to restore primary care services to the Central Square area and to operate the five services under Northern Oswego County Health Services scope provided the five services with greater financial security and stability and would prove pivotal to maintaining the primary care safety net in Oswego County.

The state funding Northern Oswego County Health Services was able to procure made it possible to retain the entire provider complement previously employed among the practices and significantly increase access by recruiting an additional eight primary providers to the practice in 2013.

In recognition of their accomplishments the collaborative of Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc, Oswego Health and Oswego County Opportunities Rural Health Network of Oswego County was honored with the Outstanding Rural Health Program award.

“We are humbled to have been chosen for this prestigious award,” said Danielle Wert, coordinator of the Rural Health Network of Oswego County.  “The establishment of the “Preserving the Oswego County Primary Care Safety Net, initiative and the combined efforts to make it a success is remarkable.  They truly earned this worthy recognition.”

Wert also said in addition to receiving the Outstanding Rural Health Program Award, several of its member providers were also honored for their work.

Ellen Holst, senior director of Health & Nutrition at OCO; Jeff Coakley, vice president for Strategic Services at OH; and Dan Dey, chief executive officer of Northern Oswego County Health Services were recognized at the New York State Association for Rural Health’s annual luncheon as Outstanding Rural Health Care Workers.

“We are fortunate to have a very robust Rural Health Network in Oswego County.  We have 24 active Network member organizations, representing virtually every aspect of healthcare, that are committed to improving the delivery of and access to quality and affordable health care in Oswego County and contiguous areas,” said Wert.

Oswego County health clinics the week of Dec. 9

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

Walk-in influenza clinics are held weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego for people age 19 and older. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

Children’s flu vaccine is available from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday in Oswego, and from 9 to 11 a.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski. The cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine (the shot) and $43 for the flu-mist (nasal vaccine).

Patients with private insurance, Managed Medicaid, Managed Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Part B should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic.  No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The following services will be offered during the week of Dec. 9 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

** Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.

** Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

** HIV Counseling and Testing Service:  Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

Immunization clinics are held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 70 Bunner St, Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

For more information about public health services, contact the County Health Department, weekdays, phone 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.

State program helps SUNY Oswego with education, economic development

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego is taking advantage of the economic development and educational opportunities presented by the governor’s recently launched START-UP NY program.

It has selected three campus properties to showcase to businesses, meeting with prospects and faculty, and beginning to assemble an advisory council.

The work this fall also has included aligning the college’s core academic competencies with potential business interests.

“Linkages with Oswego’s academic strengths will be critical to building our START-UP NY partnerships,” college President Deborah F. Stanley said. “In a successful partnership, SUNY Oswego and the company will work together in a key area of the college’s competency for mutual, complementary benefit.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in October formally launched START-UP NY, providing major incentives for qualifying businesses to relocate, start up or expand in this state through affiliations with colleges and universities.

Businesses that qualify will have the opportunity to operate free of state and local taxes on or near academic campuses, and their employees will pay no state or local personal income taxes for 10 years.

The key qualification: The company must add new jobs, providing an economic lift to the surrounding community that does not endanger nearby competitors.

‘Open for business’

Stanley has selected three sites for tax-free zones to attract new and expanding businesses to the college campus: the Romney parking lot overlooking State Route 104; Mackin Hall, the east-campus connector building between two residence halls on Sheldon Avenue; and the lake-view tennis courts and adjacent parking lot on Rudolph Road at its west-campus intersection with Iroquois Trail, the campus ring road.

There is also potential to add properties to those selections within a mile of the Oswego campus, SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center and SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse.

“We’re open for business,” said Pamela Caraccioli, deputy to the president for external partnerships and economic development. She noted that the college has met with seven business prospects to date.

One prospect, said Pamela Caraccioli, deputy to the president for external partnerships and economic development, is a global company with a cutting-edge technology focus. Representatives recently toured campus facilities, meeting with faculty in software engineering, electrical and computer engineering and human-computer interaction.

“Everyone involved came away impressed with the commercial as well as the educational possibilities,” Caraccioli said. “It was exciting to see the potential of a campus-business relationship.”

Caraccioli plans to travel to additional colleges and universities in and out of state to see and learn about campus-business partnership programs similar to START-UP NY.

“We also want to focus on how these campuses have lured international interest,” Caraccioli said. “We are proud to nurture a global focus at SUNY Oswego.”

A key pillar of SUNY Oswego’s strategic plan is global engagement, exemplified by such programs as the Global Laboratory for undergraduate research internationally, scores of opportunities for study abroad, on-campus experiences such as Collaborative Online International Learning courses and School of Business and Office of Business and Community Relations advisory roles with area companies aiming to do business internationally.

Collaborative relationships

SUNY Oswego has identified a 25-member Economic Development Advisory Council, with an eye toward cross-campus as well as cross-sector community representation.

SUNY Oswego for years has worked with businesses in the region to build partnerships in a variety of ways, such as cooperative education, internships, research support, and advisory boards for programs.

“Empire State Development is the clearinghouse for all qualifications for the tax-free zones,” Caraccioli said. “We are the clearinghouse in terms of fit. A business proposal must be the right fit for our campus in order to move forward.”

The college has provided business prospects with a list of core academic strengths in the following categories: computational sciences and technological innovation; accounting, finance and marketing in undergraduate and MBA programs; communications and culture; international education experiences and global issues; aging and health; the natural and built environments; innovative education and assessment; and creative capital.

Granby students study ancient Egypt

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

A social studies unit on ancient civilizations culminated with presentations and a hallway display of projects for Granby Elementary School sixth-graders.

Students in Joe McNamara’s class studied ancient Egypt and spent nearly three weeks creating projects that depicted various aspects of Egyptian culture. They learned about pyramids, mummification, religion and geography.

“My hope is that they took away a better understanding of how ancient Egyptians lived their daily life and what their cultural beliefs were,” McNamara said. “I was also happy to see the interest they took in understanding this ancient civilization.”

As for the actual projects, students made pyramids, maps and canopic jars. “Many projects met and exceeded my expectations,” McNamara said. “Many students and staff were impressed as they came by to view them. I could not be more proud of my students.”

For McNamara, the projects – which incorporated a research component and an oral presentation – were crucial in educating students about the evolution of society.

“I think it is extremely important to learn about history because there is a connection to the world we live in today,” McNamara said. “The students are making connections from ancient cultures and how it is represented in present-day living.”

Hannibal cross country runners receive awards

The Hannibal cross country program held its annual end of season celebration Nov. 18.

At the event, several awards were handed out. For the varsity cross country teams, athletes were honored with boys and girls most valuable player awards, the boys and girls coaches award and the 2013 Ryan Perry Achievement Award.

There also were awards given for Hannibal’s modified cross country teams, namely the boys and girls modified MVP award.

Sophomore Jason McFarland was named MVP of the 2013 boys varsity cross country team. This season, McFarland came away with a sixth place finish at The Class C, Section 3 Championships. He also represented the Warriors at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association State Championships held at Queensbury High School Nov. 9.

For the second year in a row, the 2013 varsity girls cross country MVP award went to eighth-grader McKenzie Mattison.

Senior captain of the boys’ varsity team, Zane Pointon, was the recipient of the 2013 varsity boys coaches awards. The 2013 varsity girls coaches award went to junior Micheala Sheldon, who was captain of Hannibal’s girls’ varsity cross country team.

Senior team captain Ben Slate was the recipient of the 2013 Ryan Perry Achievement Award.

The 2013 Hannibal boys modified cross country MVP is Austin Cooper, while Emily Weaver was the recipient of the girls modified MVP award.

Hannibal wrestlers work on conditioning

Year after year, the Hannibal varsity wrestling team works for the same goals.

They want to show daily improvement and focus more on technique development rather than how many wins or losses a wrestler has. But the Warriors main goal is a league championship and an impressive showing in the sectionals.

This season, Hannibal returns many wrestlers from last season’s injury plagued team. A lot of these wrestlers gained their first experience at the varsity level last season as a result of all teammate injuries. However, Coach Mike Kitts expects those wrestlers to be better off for learning about varsity wrestling through trial by fire.

Hannibal will be led by an impressive group of seniors including senior captain Dennis Spaulding. The Warriors could feature a team that has a rare accomplishment —  three of its seniors could reach 100 career wins this season.

The team began practice Nov. 11 in what Kitts believed was not the best physical condition. Hannibal spent the better part of the first two weeks developing its physical conditioning. Kitts preached to his wrestlers about the importance of maintaining a solid physical regimen in the event they need extra energy during a longer lasting match.

The Warriors are fortunate enough there are no newcomers to the sport on their roster this season. Kitts’ grapplers were either on Hannibal’s modified, junior varsity or varsity teams a year ago and needed little technique work while physical conditioning developing was the main priority.

To date, Kitts feels the team is not quite yet where they need to be. He believes conditioning development is a slow process that slows down even more as teams begin to develop their techniques.

Greg Hadcock, Dustin Ouellette, Dennis Spaulding and Derek Hilton have been named captains for the upcoming season. Kitts said he chooses a captain based on a person who works hard during the season, maintains his physical conditioning during the offseason and is a good role model for his peers socially.

The Warriors schedule hits them fast and furiously during the early portion of the season. Hannibal begins the season with a league match against Skaneateles. They are seeking redemption after falling to Skaneateles a year ago. The Warriors will then take part in The Valley Duals which traditionally features the best teams in the eastern part of Section 3.

The host school, Ilion, combined with Mohawk to form Central Valley Academy, which is expected to be very challenging for Hannibal. The Warriors will end December by participating in The Ken Haynes Tournament at SUNY Oswego. Year after year, this event features the best individual talent Section 3 has to offer.

The Warriors have an opportunity to be quite battle tested heading into January. “The month of December (will be) a good test for us, we will know where we stand by Christmas.”, Kitts said.

Archer recommends reading ‘Fishing The Finger Lakes’

By Leon Archer

Michael Kelly, a former Syracuse Post-Standard outdoor columnist, and long-time member of the New York Outdoor Writer’s Association, as well as being a personal friend of mine, sent me a copy of his latest book. That book,” FISHING THE FINGERLAKES, A Complete Guide to Prime Fishing Locations in Central New York State,” just came out in September, and I have already read it from cover to cover.

I found it to be an easy-to-read book, filled with useful, up to date information, which left me itching to try each one of the Finger Lakes that I have missed.

Mike has fished the region successfully for more than 50 years, so you can bank on the accuracy and value of what he shares in his book.

When you think of the Finger Lakes, you probably think of Owasco, Seneca, Cayuga, Keuka, and possibly, Skaneateles, but there are six more Finger Lakes, and Mike has fished them all.

He is a dedicated trout fishermen, but he knows plenty about catching the jumbo perch, land locked salmon, huge bluegills, plentiful bass and walleyes that lurk in the lakes.

He tells when and where your chances are best for the different species and how to fish for them. Whether you are a shore fisherman or have a boat, his advice is basic enough to give you a good chance at coming home with fish for the family.

I can assure you, whenever I went fishing with Mike, we caught fish – usually nice ones.

I highly recommend this book. If you have any interest in fishing the Finger Lakes, but don’t know where to start, it should be required reading.

If you are looking for a present for someone who enjoys fishing, I think it would be a perfect gift. It is 256 pages filled enjoyment and knowledge and only costs $16.95. It is available from online bookstores as well as many other sources.  Enjoy.