Category Archives: Health Matters

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

Oswego Health doctors named Rural Practitioners of the Year

Pat Chapman
Pat Chapman

Two Pulaski-based physicians, known for the compassionate quality care they provide their patients, were presented the Rural Practitioners of the Year award during a new provider welcome reception.

Dr. Jay Chapman, and his wife, Dr. Patricia (Pat) Ledden Chapman, provide care at Oswego County Health Services Inc., located on Delano Street in Pulaski. 

Jay Chapman
Jay Chapman

The two physicians, who said they were highly honored to receive the award, will celebrate their 30th year with the health center in July.

At the reception, held to welcome new physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, the Chapmans talked about how providing care has changed during the last three decades.  Continue reading

Oswego Health offering workshops on healthy living starting in July

Pictured are some Springside residents who took part in a recent Healthy Living workshop series, which was recently offered at the retirement community. Seated from left are Arlene Townsend, Kay Shaver and Gladys Little. Standing are Jim Able and Dale Slife.
Pictured are some Springside residents who took part in a recent Healthy Living workshop series, which was recently offered at the retirement community. Seated from left are Arlene Townsend, Kay Shaver and Gladys Little. Standing are Jim Able and Dale Slife.

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

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Oswego Health, Menter Ambulance team to make senior citizens safer

In this photo, assisting seniors at Fulton’s Towpath Towers complete the medication forms are from left, Tracie DeSantis and Niki Samuels, both of Menter Ambulances. The mediation forms were developed by the local ambulance company and Oswego Health.
In this photo, assisting seniors at Fulton’s Towpath Towers complete the medication forms are from left, Tracie DeSantis and Niki Samuels, both of Menter Ambulance. The mediation forms were developed by the local ambulance company and Oswego Health.

Oswego Health and Menter Ambulance Service, along with Lifeline and the Oswego County Falls Prevention Coalition, recently teamed up to offer a safety program for Fulton seniors.

The program was held at senior living facilities, as well as during the senior lunch program at the Fulton Municipal Building. Continue reading

Skin cancer, other issues topic of Ask the Doctor program

Drs. Melanie Pence and Nicholas Groch with a piece of equipment in their office. They will be answering questions during an Ask the Doctor program June 10 at Oswego Hospital.
Drs. Melanie Pence and Nicholas Groch with a piece of equipment in their office. They will be answering questions during an Ask the Doctor program June 10 at Oswego Hospital.

As summer approaches, community members can learn about skin care, including the signs and prevention of skin cancer, as well as about the latest in non-surgical facial rejuvenation during an Ask the doctor program by Oswego Health’s two otolaryngologists. Continue reading

Oswego Health honors volunteers, auxiliary members

Two volunteers at Oswego Hospital were cited during a special volunteer luncheon for the number of hours they have given to the hospital. At left is Maurice “Mo” Laws, who volunteered 3,522 hours this year at Oswego Hospital, nearly double what he volunteered the previous year. At right is Emma Corrdaino, who has volunteered for 28 years, the longest of any volunteer. Standing left are Amy Oralls, who has volunteered for 1,074 hours, more than double the number she volunteered last year. Standing at right is Debbie Hough, who has been a volunteer for 10 years.
Two volunteers at Oswego Hospital were cited during a special volunteer luncheon for the number of hours they have given to the hospital. At left is Maurice “Mo” Laws, who volunteered 3,522 hours this year at Oswego Hospital, nearly double what he volunteered the previous year. At right is Emma Corrdaino, who has volunteered for 28 years, the longest of any volunteer. Standing left are Amy Oralls, who has volunteered for 1,074 hours, more than double the number she volunteered last year. Standing at right is Debbie Hough, who has been a volunteer for 10 years.

Oswego Health recognized its many dedicated volunteers and auxiliary members at a luncheon held during National Volunteer Week.

The health system is fortunate to have nearly 100 volunteers and auxiliary members who devote their time helping to ensure exceptional healthcare is available locally.

At the luncheon, the volunteers were given a small gift in appreciation of their service and Oswego Health President and Chief Executive Officer Ann C. Gilpin showed a video illustrating how completing a small task can lead to big things.

At the luncheon, several members were also recognized for their many years of service.

Residents interested in volunteering at Oswego Health can call Sarah Weigelt at 349-5788.

Audiologist joins Oswego Health

Gottschalk
Gottschalk

Karah Gottschalk, Au.D./CC-A, has joined Oswego Health as an audiologist.

She is providing hearing and balance testing for those of all ages using the newest technology.

Dr. Gottschalk earned her doctor of audiology degree at the University of Louisville and completed her residency at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center, in Cleveland, Ohio.

She also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC-A) from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Throughout her schooling, she took part in extensive training in all aspects of audiology, allowing her to offer comprehensive hearing and balance services.

Oswego Health has purchased the latest hearing and balance equipment for Dr. Gottschalk so community members can receive exceptional audiology care close to their homes.

For those with hearing issues, Dr. Gottschalk is conducting specialized hearing tests using an audiometer in a newly purchased sound booth.

The Audiostar audiometer offers patient comfort and consistent results. When testing an infant’s hearing, she will utilize advanced Auditory Brainstem Response  equipment.

For balance testing, state-of-the-art Videonystagmography equipment, which records a patient’s eye movements during a series of actions, can assist in determining a patient diagnosis.

“I am excited to be offering a variety of excellent hearing and balance services in the community,” Dr. Gottschalk said. “This is a great opportunity that allows me to care for all ages from the very young to the elderly in a hospital environment, which I greatly enjoy.”

The new audiologist offers her hearing and balance services in suite 210 of the Oswego Health Services Center, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital. The phone number is 349-5828.

 

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.