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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.

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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.            –

Free cancer screening health fair March 11 in Central Square

A free cancer screening health fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 at Oswego Health’s Central Square Medical Center.

Oswego Health and Oswego County Opportunities Cancer Services Program have teamed up to offer this event that is open to the public.

The event is being held as part of the two health partners activities in March, which is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

At the health fair, free take-home FIT tests, which screen for colon cancer will be available to those age 50 to 64.

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths. It is recommended that all men and women, age 50 or older be screened for colorectal cancer.

Other screenings at the health fair will include free mammograms for those who are uninsured or who meet certain income criteria.

To learn more about eligibility or to make a mammogram appointment, call 592-0830. Free clinical breast exams will also be offered at the health fair.

In addition, health fair participants can take advantage of free bone density screenings, as well as learn more about the health plans available through the New York State Marketplace and about the Healthy Cooking Connections Program, which is open to those with a chronic disease and provides free weekly food boxes to those who take part in nutrition classes.

Healthy free refreshments will also be offered to those who attend the cancer screening health fair.

The Central Square Medical Center is located at 3045 East Avenue (Route 49) in the village of Central Square.

For more information, call Carolyn Handville at Oswego County Opportunities at 592-0830.

Program helps people with chronic health problems

Oswego Health is offering free workshops for community members who want to better manage their chronic conditions.

The free, six-week program developed by Stanford University will be held Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to noon beginning March 14 at Springside at Seneca Hill.

A similar program was held recently in Oswego and participants remarked the provided materials offered successful strategies to improve their health status.

“This program provides participants with the knowledge and skills that truly empower them to make lifestyle changes to improve their chronic disease management,” said registered nurse Rachel Baglia

Baglia, along with registered nurse Sue Callaway, will lead the program

This program is designed to help those with arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis or diabetes improve their health status through its living healthy workshops.

The workshops will cover nutrition and exercise, as well as how to get support, deal with pain and fatigue and talk with your physician and family members about your condition. Participants will learn goal setting techniques and establish a step-by-step plan to improve their health.

Those taking part in the program will be provided a free workbook and healthy snacks at each class session.

To register, or if you have questions, call 349-5513.

Cardiologist speaks during Heart Month

As part of Oswego Health’s heart-healthy activities during February, board-certified cardiologist Thomas Grady Jr., will be the guest speaker at an Ask the Doctor presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.

His presentation will be held in the lower level JPC conference room of the Oswego Health Services Center, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital.

During this latest Ask the Doctor program, Grady will discuss how to be heart healthy and the importance of a cardiac rehab program for those who have had a heart event.

Grady’s past programs on heart-related issues have been very informative and educational.

An accomplished physician in his specialty and affiliated with SJH Cardiology Associates, Grady is providing care to Oswego Hospital patients and has office hours for community members in suite 270 of the Oswego Health Services Center. He can be reached at 349-5752.

Grady earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine.

At Tufts, he was presented several major awards, including the Zarren Family Award for Excellence in Clinical Cardiology and the Hewlett Packard Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine.

He also served as president of Alpha Omega Alpha, an honor society for medical students and was the college’s representative to the American Heart Association.

Following medical school, he served in the U.S. Navy where he completed his first internship. After his honorable discharge, Grady completed his internship and residency training at Duke University Medical Center.

He fulfilled his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

“This was a great experience where I worked alongside cutting-edge technology and individuals who were the best in their fields,” Grady said.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

The Ask The Doctor Forum is a free presentation sponsored by the Oswego Health Community Development Office.

The Ask The Doctor Forum is designed to create an open dialogue between health care providers/professionals and interested members of the greater Oswego County community.

For more information on the forum,  call 349-5500.

Students see the ugly truth behind cigarette smoking

If vanity will prevent local students from smoking, staff members from Oswego Health are ready to demonstrate some ugly facts.

Oswego Health’s Susan Callaway and Rachel Baglia, both registered nurses and community educators, showed seventh-graders at Fulton Junior High School firsthand how smoking could change their appearance, if they smoked into their 60s.

The nurse educators first discussed the dangers of smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

They also shared advertising tactics used by tobacco companies to encourage youths to smoke and discussed the cost of cigarettes, which at about $10 a pack, could add up to $3,000 during a year.

But it was special age-progression software that sent the students the biggest message.

Using this software on loan from the Rural Health Network of Oswego County, a picture was taken of a student in each class. On a computer screen the students were shown how their classmate would look if he/she smoked to age 65.

When the students were shown how unattractive their fellow student would look if he/she smoked until their mid-60s, most were quite surprised.

This is the second year that Oswego Health’s nurse educators have visited the seventh-grade health classrooms of Dan Stadtmiller and Dan Gilmore.

“When our students walk out into the real world, they tend to forget the dangers of smoking and this helps them have a lasting impression,” said Dan Stadtmiller.

He added that last year’s program was very well received by the students.

“I can pull any of our eighth graders from the hallway today and they will say they remember this program from last year,” Stadtmiller said.

He also shared that the smoking cessation program was the student’s favorite outside presentation last year. “They remembered it and it stuck with them and I think that’s the most important thing,” he said.

The nurse educators are expected to provide similar programs later this year to junior-high age students in both the Hannibal and Oswego City school districts.