Category Archives: Health Matters

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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.

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

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