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Catherine LaPier, RN Never Wastes An Opportunity to Help

Adirondack Medical Home Care Manager Helps Patient One Last Time

When Catherine LaPier, RN dreamt about a career in health care as a 16 year-old nurse aide, it was a sure bet that arranging a patient’s funeral was not part of the plan. Yet that’s exactly what she found herself doing years later as an Adirondack Medical Home Care Manager.  “I initially considered becoming a pharmacist but eventually decided on nursing,” explained Catherine, who, like many in her profession, became a nurse to help people in their time of need. In [...]

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All About Sunscreen

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  The first lines of defense are avoidance of UV radiation, finding shade, and using sun protective clothing. Whatever skin is exposed after these measures should get sunscreen.   Why do I need sunscreen? Ultraviolet (UV) rays corrupt and mutate DNA in skin cells. In addition, the sun’s radiation impairs the ability of cells to repair DNA. This adds up over a lifetime and eventually leads to skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, [...]

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Theresa Smith, RN Knew Taking Great Care of Her Patient Meant Caring for His 4-legged Friend

Theresa makes a difference every day.

Expect the unexpected. It’s the unwritten rule of healthcare. Just ask Theresa Smith, RN, a 31 year nursing veteran who began her shift in Cardiac Rehab expecting to supervise patients as they build stronger hearts but ended up taking care of Rachel, a dog whose owner needed to go the Emergency Department. The patient, a Vietnam veteran, had been in Cardiac Rehab for a few sessions so the morning route was familiar to him. “Our patient came in for his rehab and like always we put [...]

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Coming Full Circle - Leo Wood, Volunteer

Each year, we set aside time in April in celebrate and honor our CVPH Volunteers. More than 200 hardworking and caring individuals contribute over 25,000 hours of service annually here. Their contributions of time, energy and expertise make our organization better, enhance our patients experience and help our people. They support our mission to work together to improve people’s lives. Please join us during National Volunteer Week in thanking our friends and colleagues for all they do. [...]

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Served His Country, Now Serving His Community - Charlie Smith, Volunteer

Each year, we set aside time in April in celebrate and honor our CVPH Volunteers. More than 200 hardworking and caring individuals contribute over 25,000 hours of service annually here. Their contributions of time, energy and expertise make our organization better, enhance our patients experience and help our people. They support our mission to work together to improve people’s lives. Please join us during National Volunteer Week in thanking our friends and colleagues for all they do. [...]

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Making Time in Busy Schedule for CVPH - Judy Powers, Volunteer

Each year, we set aside time in April in celebrate and honor our CVPH Volunteers. More than 200 hardworking and caring individuals contribute over 25,000 hours of service annually here. Their contributions of time, energy and expertise make our organization better, enhance our patients experience and help our people. They support our mission to work together to improve people’s lives. Please join us during National Volunteer Week in thanking our friends and colleagues for all they do. [...]

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Caring for Our Communities: What it Means to be a Rural Health Care Provider

By: Kent Hall, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Alice Hyde Medical Center and CVPH Dragos Banu, MD, Practice Physician Leader, Alice Hyde Medical Center Alison Guile, MD, Regional Physician Leader, UVMHN MG/Adirondacks Living in rural America is special. In a country of 326 million people, we’ve achieved something amazing: preserving the ability to walk out your door and still feel a sense of adventure and pioneerism every day. That’s part of what brings people to areas like Frankl [...]

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What One Small Thing Will You Change in 2019?

We know how hard you work to take care of others. So we want to help make it easier—and more fun—for you to take care of yourself too. Did we mention the chance to win over $500 in weekly prizes? Our new website—One Small Thing and the Healthy Tips Challenge—can help you find small ways to be healthier and stay motivated. Because research shows that small changes in how you eat, sleep, and move can lead to big rewards when it comes to your health. We encourage you t [...]

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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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