Category Archives: Health Matters

Health Matters is a monthly publication that you will find inside the Valley News.

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.


Oswego Health celebrates Heart Month

Community members can learn more about being heart healthy in February as part of Oswego Health’s celebration of National Heart Month and National Wear Red Day.

In keeping with its tradition of supporting Wear Red Day, Oswego Health employees are encouraging community members to join them in wearing the color red Friday, Feb. 7, to help raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women.

The goal of this national initiative is to alert women about their risk for heart disease and motivate them to take steps to lower their risk.

Cardiovascular disease kills more than 435,000 women each year, which is about one every minute.

To reduce the chance of a heart attack for both women and men, registered nurse Kathleen Whitney of Oswego Health’s Lakeside Heart Center recommends regular exercise, a low-fat diet and yearly blood work that checks cholesterol level.

She also encourages people to learn the risk factors, signs and symptoms of heart disease.

National Wear Red Day has an easy dress code. Participants should wear  their favorite red clothes or accessory — a red blouse, handbag or sport a red tie and red socks.

Oswego Health Heart Month Activities

Joining Oswego Health in its Wear Red initiative on Feb. 7 is the Hannibal Village Market IGA, located at 409 Fulton St. in the village.

On National Wear Red Day, Oswego Health will be offering free screenings including blood pressure, as well as educational materials on heart-related topics at the Hannibal store from 2 to 6 p.m.

Oswego Health staff will also provide bone density screenings and assist customers with nutrition label reading.

Another initiative will be an Ask The Doctor program presented by Oswego Health Cardiologist Dr. Thomas Grady Jr., at 6 p.m.  Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Oswego Health Services Center, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital.

An accomplished physician in his specialty and affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Cardiology Associates, Grady, an active medical staff member of Oswego Hospital, is providing care to hospital patients and has office hours for community members in suite 270 of the Oswego Health Services Center.

Another Oswego Health heart-related program, the Lakeside Heart Center, located at 177 W. Fourth St., in Oswego, provides cardiac rehabilitation and adult fitness classes to community members that have recently experienced a cardiac event.

This department will be marking National Cardiac Week Feb. 9  to 15.

Looking ahead, staff members from Oswego Health will take part in the Heart Walk to be held March 22 on the campus of Onondaga Community College.

Local doctor gains certification in obesity medicine

Dr. Rajeev Saini recently passed the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) Certification Exam for Obesity Medicine Physicians and became certified in the subspecialty of obesity medicine.

Physicians certified in obesity medicine are able to positively impact all systems of the body by incorporating weight management into traditional models of medical practice. Specifically, this subspecialty requires competency in and a thorough understanding of the treatment of obesity and the genetic, biologic, environmental, social and behavioral factors that contribute to obesity.

Dr. Saini was among only 191 physicians nationally who successfully completed this year’s exam. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents in this country are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

“In New York state, the prevalence of adult obesity is about 25 percent.” said Dr. Saini. “I am interested in being part of the solution to this medical epidemic by locally helping patients affected by obesity who seek access to non-surgical treatment options. It is amazing to see as people lose weight, we are able to cut down or even stop their medications for various medical conditions.”

Dr. Saini has been in practice for the last 17 years. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and has offices in Fulton and Baldwinsville. He went to medical school at AIIMS, India and did his residency in Internal Medicine at Upstate Medical University.

Since its founding in January 2012, ABOM has sought to further the accreditation of a sub-specialization of medical practice: obesity medicine.

The ABOM offers a certification examination to assist physicians in attaining competency in this increasingly important and universally relevant aspect of medical care.

Oswego Hospital welcomes its first baby of the year

Oswego Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2014 at 4:19 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Aedrienn Plumley was the hospital’s first newborn, weighing 7 pounds 5 ounces and measuring 21 inches long.

Parents are Megan Plumley and Bobby Hoyt. Aedrienn joins two sisters at home.

Members of the Oswego Hospital Auxiliary presented the new family with several gifts to mark the distinction of being the first baby of the year.

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 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.