Category Archives: Oswego Health

Oswego Health, Menter Ambulance team to make senior citizens safer

In this photo, assisting seniors at Fulton’s Towpath Towers complete the medication forms are from left, Tracie DeSantis and Niki Samuels, both of Menter Ambulances. The mediation forms were developed by the local ambulance company and Oswego Health.
In this photo, assisting seniors at Fulton’s Towpath Towers complete the medication forms are from left, Tracie DeSantis and Niki Samuels, both of Menter Ambulance. The mediation forms were developed by the local ambulance company and Oswego Health.

Oswego Health and Menter Ambulance Service, along with Lifeline and the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition, recently teamed up to offer a safety program for Fulton seniors.

The program was held at senior living facilities, as well as during the senior lunch program at the Fulton Municipal Building. Continue reading

Skin cancer, other issues topic of Ask the Doctor program

Drs. Melanie Pence and Nicholas Groch with a piece of equipment in their office. They will be answering questions during an Ask the Doctor program June 10 at Oswego Hospital.
Drs. Melanie Pence and Nicholas Groch with a piece of equipment in their office. They will be answering questions during an Ask the Doctor program June 10 at Oswego Hospital.

As summer approaches, community members can learn about skin care, including the signs and prevention of skin cancer, as well as about the latest in non-surgical facial rejuvenation during an Ask the doctor program by Oswego Health’s two otolaryngologists. Continue reading

Oswego Health honors volunteers, auxiliary members

Two volunteers at Oswego Hospital were cited during a special volunteer luncheon for the number of hours they have given to the hospital. At left is Maurice “Mo” Laws, who volunteered 3,522 hours this year at Oswego Hospital, nearly double what he volunteered the previous year. At right is Emma Corrdaino, who has volunteered for 28 years, the longest of any volunteer. Standing left are Amy Oralls, who has volunteered for 1,074 hours, more than double the number she volunteered last year. Standing at right is Debbie Hough, who has been a volunteer for 10 years.
Two volunteers at Oswego Hospital were cited during a special volunteer luncheon for the number of hours they have given to the hospital. At left is Maurice “Mo” Laws, who volunteered 3,522 hours this year at Oswego Hospital, nearly double what he volunteered the previous year. At right is Emma Corrdaino, who has volunteered for 28 years, the longest of any volunteer. Standing left are Amy Oralls, who has volunteered for 1,074 hours, more than double the number she volunteered last year. Standing at right is Debbie Hough, who has been a volunteer for 10 years.

Oswego Health recognized its many dedicated volunteers and auxiliary members at a luncheon held during National Volunteer Week.

The health system is fortunate to have nearly 100 volunteers and auxiliary members who devote their time helping to ensure exceptional healthcare is available locally.

At the luncheon, the volunteers were given a small gift in appreciation of their service and Oswego Health President and Chief Executive Officer Ann C. Gilpin showed a video illustrating how completing a small task can lead to big things.

At the luncheon, several members were also recognized for their many years of service.

Residents interested in volunteering at Oswego Health can call Sarah Weigelt at 349-5788.

Audiologist joins Oswego Health

Gottschalk
Gottschalk

Karah Gottschalk, Au.D./CC-A, has joined Oswego Health as an audiologist.

She is providing hearing and balance testing for those of all ages using the newest technology.

Dr. Gottschalk earned her doctor of audiology degree at the University of Louisville and completed her residency at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, in Cleveland, Ohio.

She also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC-A) from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Throughout her schooling, she took part in extensive training in all aspects of audiology, allowing her to offer comprehensive hearing and balance services.

Oswego Health has purchased the latest hearing and balance equipment for Dr. Gottschalk so community members can receive exceptional audiology care close to their homes.

For those with hearing issues, Dr. Gottschalk is conducting specialized hearing tests using an audiometer in a newly purchased sound booth.

The Audiostar audiometer offers patient comfort and consistent results. When testing an infant’s hearing, she will utilize advanced Auditory Brainstem Response  equipment.

For balance testing, state-of-the-art Videonystagmography equipment, which records a patient’s eye movements during a series of actions, can assist in determining a patient diagnosis.

“I am excited to be offering a variety of excellent hearing and balance services in the community,” Dr. Gottschalk said. “This is a great opportunity that allows me to care for all ages from the very young to the elderly in a hospital environment, which I greatly enjoy.”

The new audiologist offers her hearing and balance services in suite 210 of the Oswego Health Services Center, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital. The phone number is 349-5828.

 

Fulton urgent care turns 5 years old

Dr. Martin Weitzel, Medical Director of Oswego Health’s urgent care center, is pictured with a patient at the healthcare facility, which is celebrating its fifth year.
Dr. Martin Weitzel, Medical Director of Oswego Health’s urgent care center, is pictured with a patient at the healthcare facility, which is celebrating its fifth year.

Oswego Health is celebrating its fifth anniversary of introducing urgent care services to the Fulton community.

The Oswego Health facility, now known as the Fulton Medical Center, has provided urgent care services to more than 116,000 individuals since its opening in late April 2009.

The urgent care center located at 510 S. Fourth St., always has a board-certified physician on site and is conveniently open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. including weekends and holidays.

At the urgent care center, minor illness and injuries can be treated, including respiratory ailments, cuts or wounds that may require stitches, sprains, strains or deep bruises, mild to moderate asthma attacks, ear infections, sore throats insect bites and rashes, among others.

When the urgent care first opened five years ago, it also has minimal other services such as laboratory and X-ray. Today, as the Fulton Medical Center, which officially opened two years ago, it offers complete medical imaging, laboratory, occupational and physical therapy departments that are technologically advanced, patient comfortable and attractive.

Among the medical imaging services offered at the Fulton Medical Center are Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), DEXA scans, Fluoroscopy and general x-rays.

This department also features a separate and more private area for those needing digital mammography, bone density or ultrasound screenings.

The imaging department has the electronic capacity to take a patient image in real time and make it immediately available for the radiologist to read. The images can also be sent to a physician’s office or the Oswego Hospital emergency room through the Picture Archiving Communications System.

For community members needing blood work, the Fulton Medical Center offers a three-station lab draw area for quick and convenient testing.

The physical therapy suite is located off the Park Street entrance and offers physical, occupational and speech therapy. A 1,300-square-foot gym will be equipped with the latest in rehabilitation tools.

Oswego Health celebrates Laboratory Professionals Week

Oswego Hospital will celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 20 through 26. Pictured are some of the more than 80 professionals who are laboratory staff members. Seated from the left in front are Pat Main, administrative director; pathologist Dr. Ahmad Al-Salameh; and Ed Hale, assistant laboratory director. The six men in the back row are Daryl Osborne, Neal Gustafson, John McCoy, Daniel Wild, Leon House and Michael Mannise. The second row starting with the man on the left are Patrick Fasulo, Marian Pulis, Ashley Mervine, Tracy Seeber, Jill Gilbert, Brenda Hewitt, Patricia Johnson, Gail Dodski, Heather Hughes, Penny Hockey, Cheri Giamartino, Carol Foster, Carla Salisbury.
Oswego Hospital will celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 20 through 26. Pictured are some of the more than 80 professionals who are laboratory staff members. Seated from the left in front are Pat Main, administrative director; pathologist Dr. Ahmad Al-Salameh; and Ed Hale, assistant laboratory director. The six men in the back row are Daryl Osborne, Neal Gustafson, John McCoy, Daniel Wild, Leon House and Michael Mannise. The second row starting with the man on the left are Patrick Fasulo, Marian Pulis, Ashley Mervine, Tracy Seeber, Jill Gilbert, Brenda Hewitt, Patricia Johnson, Gail Dodski, Heather Hughes, Penny Hockey, Cheri Giamartino, Carol Foster, Carla Salisbury.

Oswego Health’s more than 80 laboratory employees, who often work behind the scenes performing more than two million tests each year, that assist physicians in determining a patient diagnosis, are celebrating National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 20 through 26.

The theme of the week has been designated as “Laboratory Professionals Gets Results,” referring to the important role lab workers have in keeping their community healthy.

“We are very proud of the diagnostic work we do for our physicians and their patients in the community,” said Dr. Ahmad Al-Salameh, who oversees the lab and its employees.

“The staff is highly trained and works many hours to ensure our patients receive exceptional care,” he said.

The lab is accredited by the state Department of Health and Joint Commission.

Oswego Health’s main lab is located at Oswego Hospital and is a full-service clinical laboratory. The department provides testing in hematology, general chemistry, blood gases, urinalysis, coagulation, therapeutic drug monitoring, endocrinology, microbiology, blood banking, histology, cytology and pathology.

Common patient blood tests may include a complete blood count (CBC), cholesterol, glucose and a test that monitors blood thinning therapy.

Other testing may include a urinalysis, throat culture or blood typing. After a surgery, the pathology department may be called upon to examine tissue sections.

All departments work together to help the physician diagnose disease and treat conditions.

The department that community members may be most familiar with is the blood bank department.

The hospital works with the American Red Cross to constantly have an adequate supply of all blood types on hand.

The hospital also partners with the Red Cross and hosts four blood drives each year, with the next drive being from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 29.

More than 1.2 million specimens were processed through the laboratory’s Central Receiving Department in 2013.

The specimens arrive at Oswego Hospital’s main lab, which was recently renovated and features state of the art equipment such as an automated track system that delivers specimens to various analyzers.

Each lab department is dedicated to performing specialized testing that assists in the diagnosis of various diseases.

Community members can utilize one of Oswego Health’s nine convenient lab draw stations located throughout Oswego County, including the Oswego Health Services Center, the Central Square and Fulton Medical Centers, the Mexico, Oswego, Parish, Pulaski and Phoenix Health Centers, as well as Port City Family Medicine in Oswego.

For more information, including hours, please visit oswegohealth.org

2 new doctors join Oswego Health

The husband wife urology team of Elizabeth W. Bozeman and Gary D. Bozeman have joined the active medical staff at Oswego Health.

The board-certified urologists will provide a wide range of services in their Fulton office and in Oswego Hospital’s surgery center. Both physicians have nearly 20 years of experience in their field of expertise.

Dr. Elizabeth W. Bozeman

Elizabeth Bozeman has extensive experience in female urology, recurrent urinary infections, stone disease, interstitial cystitis, and many other conditions of general urology.

“When I was in medical school, I found that I really enjoyed my surgery rotation,” Bozeman said.

“As I continued to complete my rotations, I discovered that as a urologist, I could perform surgery and could also develop long-term relationships with my patients, as in many cases there is a continuum of care. This was a perfect fit for me personally and professionally.”

Bozeman completed her undergraduate degree at Emory University in Atlanta. She went on to the Medical University of South Carolina, where she attended medical school, as well fulfilled as her internship and residency.

During her residency, she was chief urology resident. She has the distinction of being the first female to complete the urology medical school program and was the first female to practice urology in South Carolina.

Along with her urology practice, Bozeman was active in both the South Carolina Urological Association and the Society of Women in Urology, serving in several key leadership positions.

Dr. Gary D. Bozeman

Gary Bozeman provides care in all areas of urology, specializing in prostate enlargement, voiding dysfunction, stone disease, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

Bozeman initially practiced as a general surgeon for two years before deciding to concentrate on providing urology care.

He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he also attended medical school. His internship and residency in general surgery were completed at the University of Tennessee, while his urology residency was fulfilled at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was chief resident.

Bozeman has been an active member of the American Urological Association, the Southeastern Section of the AUA, and the Society of Urodynamics and Female Urology. He is a past president of the South Carolina Urological Association.

During several visits here, the Bozemans have enjoyed the area’s natural beauty and have found the residents friendly.

“We’re excited to become part of the health system, which offers us an opportunity to provide personalized care in a community where we can get to know our patients,” Dr. Gary Bozeman said.

2 events set for FMC

During March, the Fulton Medical Center will be the site of two health-related events.

Blood Drive

The Fulton Medical Center will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in the healthcare facility’s lower level conference room.

Members of the public are encouraged to donate a pint of blood during the drive. To make an appointment, call 592-3505. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Those donating a pint of blood are asked to use the Park Street entrance.

Caring and Sharing Breast Cancer 

Support Group

Members of the caring and sharing breast cancer support group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in the community room of Oswego Health’s Fulton Medical Center.

Community members diagnosed with breast cancer can be guided through their journey of treatment by members of the support group. The local support group meets the third Tuesday of the month.

In addition to the support group, its members can provide a facilitator 24 hours a day to those that need support before the next meeting.

Liz Schremp, who coordinates the support group, can be contacted by calling 592-7468.

Those attending the support group meeting are asked to use the Park Street entrance to the Fulton Medical Center.            -