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Giving Her Patients Something To Lean On

Gina Rickert of Orthopedics Services Keeps Patients In Mind During Her Saturday Treasure Hunts

On almost any Saturday, you can find Gina Rickert and her husband perusing through boxes and tables of “this, that and everything.” Avid treasure hunters, they travel the North Country’s backroads and neighborhoods in search of bargains and one-of-a-kind deals. Included in that list are canes, walkers, crutches and other items that an orthopedic patient might benefit from. As the Practice Supervisor for Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, she says there is always a need. &ldqu [...]

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Words Matter: Using our Voices to Speak Out Against Dangerous Speech

By: Michelle LeBeau, President, Alice Hyde Medical Center & CVPH Matt Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Alice Hyde Medical Center Kent Hall, MD, Regional Vice President of Medical Affairs Wouter Rietsema, MD, Vice President Population Health and Information Services, CVPH As headline after headline brings to us news of the latest horrific act of violence, we are compelled to speak up.  It’s no longer enough to send our “thoughts and prayers” to the people of Chicag [...]

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The Skinny on Tummy Tucks

Imagine never having to do another sit-up ever again. That sounds too good to be true, and also a little like a line straight out of an infomercial, but it is a very real and happy byproduct of a tummy tuck. Most people seek a tummy tuck procedure to get rid of excess skin of the abdomen, often due to multiple childbirths, extreme weight loss or natural loosening of skin with age. But the procedure does more than just remove excess fat and skin of the abdomen; it brings separated muscles of t [...]

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Is That My Mother in the Mirror?

Sooner or later “it” happens. You are feeling good. Maybe like you did in your 20s, and then BAMM, you walk past a mirror and wonder why your mom is looking back at you. It’s then that you start to wonder about dermal fillers or Botox to help restore a more youthful appearance to your face. Fillers Whether it’s a set of parentheses that has parked itself around your mouth or a row of wrinkles creeping across your forehead, fillers can subtly correct many of the sev [...]

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Jessica Sienkiewicz Goes Back to the Drawing Board to Care for Her Patients

Clinical Assistant uses artistic talents to improve patient experience

Jessica Sienkiewicz, Clinical Assistant, is part of the team that provides care to thousands of patients who come through the doors of the Emergency Department (ED) each year.  Using the tools of her trade - stretchers, thermometers, blood pressure and EKG machines, along with her skills and compassion, she strives to provide both quality care and an exceptional patient experience to those who turn to the ED in their time of need. But it may with a paint brush and her talent as an artist [...]

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For Jane Zachelli Kindness Is Always on Menu

Language barrier no match for Nutrition Services team member

Health care technology can assist physicians as they pinpoint a cancerous tumor, starve it so it can’t grow while simultaneously attacking it with chemotherapy. It can help nurses monitor vital signs and pick up slight, subtle but life altering variations. It can also help a patient get a good meal. Jane Zanchelli, a 19 year veteran of Nutrition Services used the technology at her disposal to make sure her patient, whose native tongue was not English, received a satisfying meal.  T [...]

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Seasoned Nurse Still Learning Today

Storm  Treanor, RN, makes her way through  the CVPH Emergency Department (ED) seemingly un-phased by the beeping and buzzing of technology and constant whirlwind of activity.   As a registered nurse with more than 50 years of experience, she currently works rotating shifts (per diem or as needed) in the ED and is in her element. “Currently, my full-time job is EMS Coordinator for Clinton County.  I coordinate education, certifications, supplies and logistics for [...]

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Flight to the Heart

The Generosity Continues - Submitted by Sydney Dixon Foundation Intern

We received a phone call recently from a donor who had two round trip tickets to Boston and wasn’t able to use them.  The donor wanted to pass along the tickets to a travel fund recipient who would be traveling for specialized health care in the next couple of months. The Foundation Team thought of names, and a few travelers came to mind that would benefit greatly from the round trip flight. We called our first travel recipient-whose upcoming appointment did not line up with the of [...]

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Donating a Kidney Was An Easy Decision for Peggy Bolster

Behavioral Health Nurse Helps A Stranger In Need

Ask most people to describe a hero, and it’s likely a cape and mask may be part of the discussion - not comfortable corduroys and a long sleeved cotton shirt.  But that’s what Peggy Bolster, RN wears most days when she comes to work as a Clinical Operations Supervisor on the Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit.   Bolster rejects the idea that she’s hero despite having donated a kidney to a complete stranger a little over a year ago. To Peggy it seems [...]

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Hope & Strength

What YOUR donation means to OUR community

Last winter the CVPH Rehab Team applied for a Solo-Step track system through The Foundation’s Mini Grants.  I had the privilege of meeting John, a patient using the Solo-Step with the goal of regaining his ability to walk.  John fell out of a tree stand while hunting in Ohio last November and sustained a spinal cord injury.  He has a wonderful sense of humor and when I met him he was picking on his therapists to make them laugh.  His therapists got right to work with hi [...]

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From The Heart

Recently, I was reminded why I do what I do.  I am the connection between our AMAZING DONORS and people who are having a difficult time medically and financially.  A young man stopped into the office to pick up a check for recent travel out of our area for medical necessity.   In a random turn of events, it was discovered that his heart was leaking.  He was referred to a surgeon in New York City and told that he would need to stay for about two weeks for prep and recover [...]

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