Category Archives: Oswego Health

Certified nurse midwife joins Oswego Hospital

Certified Nurse Midwife Theresa Check has joined the staff of Oswego Hospital’s maternity center and the local practice, Oswego County OB-GYN.

Check recently graduated from The Ohio State University, where she earned a master’s of science in nursing after studying midwifery and women’s health.

As part of her final year of midwifery training, she provided care at facilities in both Ohio and Pennsylvania.

“I am so happy to be here providing care,” Check said. “During my interview process, I really enjoyed talking with the physicians and staff.

“For me personally, I believe that midwifery was a calling,” Check said. “I am also a strong believer in getting to know my patients and becoming someone they are comfortable talking to about their health concerns.”

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, the new midwife said she found Oswego to her liking. “I grew up on a great lake and this area seemed like home; a nice place to live with a small-town atmosphere,” she said.

Check has also completed Lamaze childbirth education training and is a DONA International (formerly known as Doulas of North America) trained birth doula. She is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Oswego Hospital’s maternity center offers large, attractive private labor and delivery rooms with the latest technology. Each labor and delivery room also has its own bathroom with a large soaking tub.

There are also 12 postpartum rooms, which have their own bathrooms, as well as a cheery, homelike atmosphere. The department is staffed by a caring and knowledgeable staff.

The unit is staffed 24 hours a day with either an obstetrician or certified nurse midwife with physician collaboration and with neonatal nurse practitioners for immediate newborn care. For a tour of the facility, call 349-5572.

Shineman grant funds MASH Camps

The Central New York Area Health Education Center was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation to support its Medical Academy of Science and Health (MASH) Camps.

Through the MASH Camps, middle and high school students have a chance to learn about various health professions by participating in interactive and hands-on activities that highlight job duties.

Students attend one of nine camps offered in collaboration with hospitals and nursing homes located throughout Central New York.

“MASH Camps provide an exciting experiential entrée for our local students to explore and initiate pursuit of a healthcare career. This is an effective process for ‘growing our own’ healthcare providers,” said Richard K. Merchant, health education center chief executive officer.

“By virtue of this donation, the Shineman Foundation has demonstrated the importance of investing in our youth to ensure the well-being of our communities into the future,” he said.

“As a chemist, (Dr. Shineman) was particularly passionate about encouraging students to love the sciences,” said Lauren Pistell, executive director of the Foundation.

The Central New York Area Health Education Center is a nonprofit health workforce development organization serving a 14-county region..

Established in 2001, its mission is to improve access to quality health care by promoting improvements in the supply, training, development and distribution of health care professionals.

In 2002, the education center offered its first health careers exploration camp. The number of camps has grown from 2 in 2002 to 19 in 2013.

Locally, Oswego Hospital hosts a MASH Camp.

Breast cancer support group meets Dec. 17

The breast cancer support group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 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 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.

Tickets still available for Symphoria concert Dec. 15

Tickets are still available for the Syracuse Symphoria Holiday Pops Concert scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

Oswego Health is sponsoring the concert, which will be held in the Oswego High School auditorium.

Members of the community will be able to enjoy the sounds of the holiday with their family and friends at the concert, which will include the music of the Syracuse-based symphony. Returning as the evening’s conductor will be accomplished musician Sean O’Loughlin, a native of Syracuse, while the vocal soloist will be Nick Ziobro

Tickets are available through a new arrangement this year. Community members wishing to attend the concert can purchase tickets online at experiencesymphoria.org.

Tickets can also be arranged by calling 299-5590 at extension 225.

Linda Daley new VP of human resources at Oswego Health

Linda Daley is the new vice president for human resources at Oswego Health.

Daley arrives at Oswego Health with more than 15 years of human resources experience, the last six in the healthcare field.

She most recently served as the director of compensation and benefits at the Albany Medical Center, which has some 8,000 employees.

The new vice president of human resources was attracted to the Oswego Health position as she believes it will enable her to make a positive impact.

“I saw the health system as large enough to make a difference and small enough to have a personal impact on the people that work at the organization,” Daley said.

Daley added she was also found the community appealing.

“I did some research and liked the smaller size, that it was a community on two beautiful waterways and was home to a college, offering a young and vibrant atmosphere,” she said.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Vermont College and her masters of business administration from Iona College. Daley holds certifications as both a compensation professional and as a benefits professional.

Along with working in healthcare, for the past seven years Daley has taught online courses through the University of Phoenix.

She also enjoys home restoration and has taken several centuries-old buildings and completely renovated them. All together she has restored nine homes and a barn.

Since her appointment in November, Daley is getting to know her new community, joining the Oswego YMCA and taking walks with her two dogs in her neighborhood.

The Oswego Healthcare System includes Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility, which also offers a complete rehabilitation department and an Adult Day Health Services Program; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; as well as the Central Square and Fulton Medical Centers, which offer urgent care, lab, medical imaging and physical therapy. For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org.

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.

Doctor knows benefits of New Vision program

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

A passion for health care and helping others, which was ignited during observational rotations as an Oswego County BOCES New Vision Allied Health student, has transformed into a successful career in the medical field for Pennellville native Jerry Emmons.

The 30-year-old director for emergency services at Oswego Hospital said his experience in New Vision created a solid foundation for his future.

“There’s no other way to see so many different parts of medicine as you do in New Vision,” he said. “It was an investment on the part of my school district, but I’m so glad that I had that opportunity.

“I met a lot of interesting people, a lot of professionals that I would work with later on in my career  … So much of what I did after school came out of the New Vision Program,” he said.

From 2000 to 2001, Emmons was enrolled in the BOCES-run program, which provides Oswego County students the opportunity to enhance their college applications by experiencing various health care settings.

“You would go … out on the (surgical) floor with the nurses, various doctors’ offices, primary care offices that were affiliated with the hospital, local cardiologists’ offices, there was a nursing home experiences … a little bit of everything,” he said.

While Emmons experienced every aspect of the health care field, he said a ride-along with Menter Ambulance was a life-changing opportunity that he was able to experience thanks to New Vision.

“I had never been on the ambulance before and I had no exposure to EMS, but I loved it,” he recalled. “It was just a chance encounter. After that, I was hooked.”

With an interest in emergency medicine, Emmons took the knowledge he gained through New Vision and pursued a biological sciences degree from Cornell University — spending school vacations and breaks as a paramedic with Menter, where he now serves as medical director.

Emmons earned his medical degree from Upstate Medical University in 2009.

After completing his residency there, he decided that home is where the heart is.

“I decided that I really wanted to be in this community. I didn’t want to leave. I didn’t want to go to a big city,” Emmons said.

He began his tenure as the director for emergency services at Oswego Hospital Jan. 3, overseeing a department that treats nearly 25,000 people per year.

From student to teacher, Emmons now provides instruction to New Vision Allied Health students during their rotations through the Oswego Healthcare System.

“Definitely if we have an interesting case or if we’re going to do a procedure, I’ll ask them to come in for that,” Emmons said of today’s New Vision students.

“It is very rewarding. When I’m teaching them I’m telling them, ‘Look, this program is really worthwhile if health care is something you want to do, this is definitely a good foot in the door,’” he said. “It’s also valuable to those who discover that healthcare is not what they are interested in — sometimes rotations are the only way to know.”

While New Visions does serve as a “sneak peek” into the medical field, the success of the program has been much more than a preview for students like Emmons.

The Oswego County BOCES Career and Technical Education Department offers three New Vision programs for high school seniors: Allied Health, Specialized Careers and Law and Government.

Each program provides a balance between classroom instruction and hands-on work in the career field.

For more information, visit oswegoboces.org or call 963-4255.

Theater group donates to nursing fund

Members of the Oswego Players, a local theatrical group which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, have donated proceeds from their recent performances of Death in the OR to a fund that honors an exceptional Oswego Hospital nurse each year.

The play was written by local physician Dr. Michael Nupuf,  and is based upon the book written by Dr. John Fountain, who relocated from the area several years ago.

Each year, the nurses at Oswego Hospital select an outstanding peer for the annual award, which is named in memory of Jean Carpenter, a licensed practical nurse, who passed away several years ago.