Category Archives: Oswego Health

Oswego Health to X-ray Halloween candy

Area ghosts, goblins and action figures can have their candy x-rayed on Halloween night by Oswego Health medical imaging personnel.

Three Oswego Health locations will be x-raying candy this year. Parents can bring their children to Oswego Hospital’s imaging department from 6 to 9 p.m. Please enter the main hospital doors off South Sixth Street and proceed to the medical imaging department, which is located just off the lobby.

Candy can also be x-rayed at both the Central Square and Fulton Medical Centers from 5 to 8 p.m. Parents using one of these facilities should enter the department through the urgent care center. The Central Square site is located at 3045 East Avenue in the village and the Fulton location is at 510 S. First St. in Fulton.

Oswego Health gets accreditation

Oswego Hospital has been accredited by The Joint Commission following a four-day survey conducted by the national standards organization.

The Joint Commission visited Oswego Hospital in June.  The surveyors did recommend improvements and Oswego Hospital is in the process of making those improvements.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. To earn and maintain The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, an organization must undergo an on-site survey at least every three years.

Oswego Health promotes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The physicians and staff of Oswego Health will take part in activities throughout October that promote national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Perhaps the most important action community members can take is to encourage the women they know to have a mammogram.

Oswego Health Radiology Chief Dr. Mark Franklin recommends most women undergo a yearly mammogram beginning at age 40. Women who are at higher risk of breast cancer should talk with their healthcare provider about whether to have mammograms before the age of 40 and how often to undergo one.

Those at a higher risk for breast cancer include individuals who have a first degree relative — such as a mother or sister — who has had the disease.

Oswego Health radiologists, as part of the interpretation of each woman’s mammography screening, use a risk tool that can be found at U.S. National Institutes of Health web site: www.cancer.gove/bcrisktool.

“A digital mammogram is one of the most important tools physicians have to diagnose breast cancer,” Dr. Franklin said. “Early breast cancer detection through mammography likely results in improved outcomes.”

“Along with having a yearly mammogram, I encourage women to have a clinical breast exam yearly by their healthcare provider,” Dr. Franklin said. “Monthly self-breast exams are also important in the detection of breast cancer.”

In addition to offering digital mammogram services, Oswego Hospital can perform breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), adding one more diagnostic tool in the fight against breast cancer.

A breast MRI is one of the latest technologies available to assist in the detection of breast cancer. This new technology allows radiologists to see abnormalities that sometimes cannot be seen on either a mammogram or ultrasound. Specialized software assists radiologists with the interpretation of the approximately 1,200 images created during a single study.

Dr. Franklin encourages women who are known to be at high risk for breast cancer, or who have a first-degree family member with the disease, to have a breast MRI. Among those at higher risk are women who have had a first degree family member with breast cancer.

“This new technology is another tool for women at risk for breast cancer,” Dr. Franklin said. “A MRI of the breast has been performed for a number of reasons that include the diagnosis of breast implant rupture, surgical planning, staging of breast cancer and treatment planning, post surgical and post radiation follow up, dense breast tissue evaluation and evaluating trouble areas identified through a mammogram or ultrasound.”

Dr. Franklin added a breast MRI is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging, but rather a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities.

The breast MRI takes about 20 minutes and entails the use of an intravenous contrast. A physician referral is required.

Digital mammography appointments can be made in several convenient locations throughout Oswego County, including the Oswego Health Services Center, Fulton Medical Center, the newly opened Central Square Medical Center and at the Pulaski Health Center.

To make a mammography screening appointment in either Oswego or Pulaski, call 349-5540. For appointments in Fulton and Central Square, call 592-3555.

To make an appointment for a breast MRI, call (800) 634-2468.

Oswego Health Offers Breast Cancer Support Group

For residents seeking a breast cancer support group, the caring and sharing breast cancer support group meets the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p. m. in the conference room of the Fulton Medical Center.

Leading the group is Liz Schremp.

“We call breast cancer treatment a journey and our members have all experienced the many emotions you feel during that journey,” said Schremp last year when the group began meeting at the Fulton Medical Center. “Breast cancer for a woman can be very, very overwhelming. There are phases of the journey and we lead each person on a positive route.”

In addition to the support group, its members can provide a facilitator 24 hours a day to those that need support before the next support group meeting. Schremp can be contacted by calling 592-7468.

New Oswego Health ENTs visit senior health fair

Oswego Health’s two new otolaryngologists who treat a variety of ear, nose and throat issues, as well as provide facial plastic surgery, attended state Sen. Patty Ritchie’s Senior Health Fair held earlier this week at the Fulton War Memorial.

Board Certified ENTs Nicholas Groch and Melanie Pence opened an office Oct. 8 in Suite 210 of the Oswego Health Services Center, located next to Oswego Hospital. Contact them by calling 349-5828.

The otolaryngologists have a joint practice providing services such as hearing and balance testing to allergy testing, sinus surgery, pediatric ear infections, snoring and sleep apnea, thyroidectomies, skin cancer excisions and cosmetic procedures.

Both physicians are board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology in head and neck/facial plastic surgery. An audiologist is also expected to join the practice in the upcoming weeks.

The ENTs will host an Ask The Doctor program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the  lower level JPC conference room of the Oswego Health Services Center, next to Oswego Hospital. The program is free and open to the public.

The Oswego Healthcare System includes Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; an urgent care center in Fulton, and health services centers in Mexico, Parish and Phoenix. For more information, call 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org.

2 new ENT doctors join Oswego Health

Two otolaryngologists, who will treat a variety of ear, nose and throat issues as well as provide facial plastic surgery, have joined the Oswego Health medical staff.

Board-certified ENT physicians Nicholas Groch, D.O. and Melanie Pence, D.O. will open an office Oct. 8 in Suite 210 of the Oswego Health Services Center, located adjacent to Oswego Hospital.

Dr. Groch earned his bachelor’s degree and doctor of osteopathic medicine at Michigan State University. His internship and residency in otolaryngology/facial plastic surgery were both completed at Henry Ford Bi-County Hospital in Warren, Mich.

Dr. Pence earned her bachelor’s degree, as well as her doctor of osteopathic medicine at Michigan State University. The East Lansing based-college is where she also completed her internship.

Dr. Pence fulfilled her residency in otolaryngology head & neck/facial plastic surgery at Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The two otolaryngologists will have a joint practice providing a wide range of services from hearing and balance testing to allergy testing, sinus surgery, pediatric ear infections, snoring and sleep apnea, thyroidectomies, skin cancer excisions and cosmetic procedures. Both physicians are board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology in head & neck/facial plastic surgery. An audiologist is also expected to join the practice in the upcoming weeks.

The new physicians can be contacted by calling 349-5828.

Diabetes day to be held Sept. 30

Community members with diabetes or those who provide care to people with the disease can learn more about diabetes, its prevention and ways to manage the disease during Oswego Health free diabetes day Sept. 30.

This community event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Springside at Seneca Hill.

Among the presenters will be two Oswego Health physicians and the health system’s director of physical therapy. A pharmacist and diabetes-related vendors will also be available to answer questions.

Oswego Health encourages anyone with diabetes, those caring for someone with the disease, or anyone interested in learning about its process and management, to attend.

The featured physician speakers will be cardiologist Dr. Thomas Grady Jr., who will speak at 10 a.m. and endocrinologist Dr. Francis Clifford Arce, who will talk at 11:30 a.m. In addition, Oswego Health Physical Therapist Jason Pratt will speak.

For those who cannot make the diabetes day, Oswego Health offers two monthly support groups.

The Oswego group meets the third Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. in the Oswego Health Services Center’s lower level conference room, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital.

The second diabetes support group meets the first Thursday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Springside at Seneca Hill.

Oswego Health’s Certified Diabetes Educators provided outpatient diabetes counseling to 394 individuals and care to 187 inpatients during 2012. Through programs outlined in its state-required Community Service Plan, Oswego Health is striving to reduce the number of residents with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).