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                                                                         Saratoga Hospital offers community education, screening programs, and support groups
                                                                         designed to keep our community informed and healthy. Most are provided free of charge.                                                                                                                                                                  SPRING 2012
                                                                         Sign up on our website at, or register by phone, 24 hours a
                                                                         day, by calling our HealthSource line at 580-2450 or, toll-free, at 1-866-580-2450.

Childbirth Education                                      Health, Happiness, and Hormones                             Save These Dates
                                                          Learn about the variation in hormonal balances in your
                                                          30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond. This seminar will also cover
We offer a complete range of childbirth education         hormone cycles in health, reproduction, and through         Three of our most popular events
courses, from childbirth preparation and refresher        disease, and will address everything you wanted to
                                                          know but were afraid to ask.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SARATOGA HOSPITAL
classes to programs for siblings and courses
on breastfeeding and infant care. For more                  Presenter:       Eliot Birnbaum, MD, OB/GYN
information or to register, visit our website at            Date & Time:     Thursday, June 7, 6 p.m. and click on Classes &             Location:        Saratoga Hospital
Events/Childbirth Education, or call 580-2450.                               211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs                     Fun Run                                                                                                                                                                 people you trust. care you deserve.
                                                          Over 50? Cataracts May Be in Your Future                    •	 June 3: Fifth Annual Cantina Kids Fun Run,
Support Groups                                            Cataracts develop as part of the normal aging process.         presented by CDPHP to support pediatric
                                                          Learn more about the risk factors and treatment options.       emergency services at Saratoga Hospital.
                                                            Presenter:       Christopher Zieker, MD,                     Choose from two courses—1/4 mile or 1
For a complete listing of Support Groups, visit                              Ophthalmologist                             mile—starting and ending in the Cantina
our website at or call
                                                            Date & Time:     Wednesday, June 20, 6 p.m.                  parking lot at 430 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.
HealthSource at 580-2450.
                                                            Location:        Malta Community Center                      This family-oriented event features music, face
                                                                             1 Bayberry Drive, Malta                     painting, a bounce house, and healthy snacks.

   NEW! NEW! NEW!                                         Free Screenings
                                                                                                                         All children who run will receive medals;
                                                                                                                         trophies will be presented to the first three
   Support Group for Patients with                                                                                       boys and first three girls to finish each course.
                                                                                                                         Registration is $12 per runner on or before May
   Chronic Pain                                           Women’s Wellness Screening                                     25 and $15 after that date and on race day.
   Our new pain management support group                  Receive a free screening of your core strength and             Adults are welcome to run alongside children,
   provides information and encouragement for             flexibility, guidelines for determining your target heart      but are asked to register and pay to participate.
   people with chronic pain, such as low back             rate, and advice on stretches and core-strengthening           More information and online registration are
   or neck pain, other spine pain, fibromyalgia,          exercises. Also, discover how physical therapy can help        available at www.saratogahospitalfoundation.
   arthritis pain, chronic migraines, cancer pain,        manage and treat urinary incontinence.
                                                                                                                         org. Click on Special Events and Cantina Kids
   or chronic pain from other causes.                       Presenters:      Rehabilitation professionals from the
                                                                                                                         Fun Run. Or, contact Rachel Wheatley at 583-
                                                                             Regional Therapy Center
      When:          First and third Wednesday of                                                                        8779 or
                                                            Date & Time:     Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
                     the month, 3-4:30 p.m.
                                                            Location:        Wilton Medical Arts, 3040 Route 50,
     Where:          Wilton Medical Arts                                     Saratoga Springs (1/2 mile North of      •	 June	18: FOX23	News	Golf	
                     conference room;                                        Exit 15)                                    Invitational	at	Saratoga	
                     3040 Rte 50, Saratoga                                                                               National	Golf	Club	to
                     Springs                                                                                             benefit the Hospital’s RN
   Registration is required. To reserve your                                                                             Scholarship Program.	Our
   seat, please call Judy Parsons, RN, or Nichole                                                                        annual Golf Invitational
   Mello, RN, at 580-5111.                                        Watch for our new ad campaign                          combines a spectacular day                           ICU Staff: Lucinda Knapp, RN;
                                                                                                                         of golf with a very worthy                           Maureen Carrigan, RT; Tasha Flint, RN;
                                                             Coming soon, to TV, radio, newspapers, and                  cause: a scholarship fund
                                                                                                                                                          SARATOGA HOSPITAL
                                                                                                                                                                              and Tammy Tyson, RN.
Community Education                                         the Internet: a campaign showcasing members                  that helps us retain some of our most promising
                                                                          of our medical staff.                          employees. This year, we’re also offering the
                                                                  Discover why they choose Saratoga                      chance to win a trip to Las Vegas or Disney
Tissue-Guided Surgery: A Fresh Approach to
                                                                 Hospital—and why you should, too.                       World—your choice! Tickets are $100 each, and
Partial Knee Replacement
                                                                                                                         only 300 will be sold. You can buy tickets online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SARATOGA HOSPITAL
Dr. Jonathan Gainor is one of only a dozen surgeons

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
                                                                                                                                                                                                     211 Church Street
nationwide who perform the new TGS procedure for                                                                         at Click on

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  people you trust. care you deserve.
partial knee replacements. Find out more about the                                                                       Donate Now and select Golf Invitational Raffle
benefits of this procedure and whether it might be a                                                                     Ticket. You can also contact Rachel Wheatley at
better option for you.                                                                                                   583-8779 or
  Presenter:      Jonathan Gainor, MD, Orthopedic
                                                             Follow Saratoga Hospital on:
                                                                                                                                    SARATOGA HOSPITAL
  Date & Time:    Thursday, May 31, 6 p.m.
  Location:       Saratoga Hospital
                                                                                                                                        people you trust. care you deserve.
                  211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs
                                                                                                                      •	 August 1: 30th Annual Summer Benefit                                                                                                                                               Partnership Announcement                 3
                                                                                                                         Auction at the Polo Meadow at Saratoga
Multiple Sclerosis: Focus on Ability                                                                                     Casino and Raceway (Nelson Avenue                                                                                                                                      New Community Health Resource Center                 5
Preserving your ability—or preventing disability—is key                                                                  entrance). This year’s theme is Fire and Ice,
when you are challenged with multiple sclerosis. Come                                                                    so expect to see some of the summer season’s                                                                                                                                                       Making History           7
learn ways to improve energy levels, manage pain, and
promote freedom to lead a normal life.
                                                                                                                         hottest glitterati—and to bid on some of the
  Presenters:     Gabriella Frittelli, MSPT; Beth
                                                                                                                         coolest auction items. The goal is to raise                                                                                                                                                      A $250,000 Gift            7
                                                                                                                         $400,000 for a Community Health Resource
                  Manning, MSOT; and Brian Clark,
                  CPO                                                                                                    Center. Ticket prices are $150 per person for                                                                                                                                             Community Education               8
  Date & Time:    Thursday, June 7, 6 p.m.                                                                               those ages 36 and up and $100 for those 35
  Location:       Please call 580-2450 for location               and our website:                                       and under. For more information, or to become
                                                                                       an auction donor or underwriter, call Saratoga
                                                                                                                         Hospital Foundation at 583-8340 or email Ann
                                                                                                                         Carroll at
    You	Couldn’t	Ask	for	a	Better	Team
    Almost every day I hear from patients and family
    members who can’t say enough about the                         Spring Came Early,                                                                                                  Introducing Malta Med Emergent Care                                                                                     Coming Soon: An
    skill, kindness, and compassion of the Saratoga                                                                                                                                    New logo emphasizes hospital partnership
    Hospital staff. We know that we have something
    special here—that our team is truly one-of-a-                  and So Did                                                                                                          Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center’s new facility in Malta will be known as Malta Med
                                                                                                                                                                                       Emergent Care and will bear a logo that underscores the partnership between the two hospitals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Emergent Care Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The best of both worlds—but more like

                                                                   the Sneezing
    kind in their devotion to our patients and to one
    another.                                                                                                                                                                           The emergent care center is expected to open in the first quarter of 2013. Conveniently located off                     a hospital emergency department.
    Every so often, we like to introduce you to some                                                                                                                                   Northway Exit 12, Malta Med Emergent Care will be staffed 24/7 by emergency-medicine physicians and
    of the people who care for our community day                                                                                                                                       other healthcare professionals.                                                                                         Like a Hospital emergency
    in and day out. That’s why, on the cover of this
                                                                                    By Terese Copeland, Md                                                                             The new Malta Med logo combines the logos of Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center, creating a                    department
    issue of Access, we showcase some of the nurses                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	Higher-level care than traditional
                                                                                                                                                                                       new symbol that reflects the strength of their partnership.
    in our intensive care unit (ICU). As you will see                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             urgent care centers.
                                                                                    Ahh, the sounds of spring: birds chirping, insects buzzing, and people sneezing!
    on page 7, their exceptional care prompted an
    extraordinarily generous gift from the husband                                  Spring got off to an early start this year. The weather was very warm, then cold, then warm                                                                                                                                 •	Open 24/7.
    of a former patient. Our ICU and operating                                      again. The result was an early release of pollen and mold.                                                                                                                                                                  •	Staffed by physicians who are
    room teams also worked tirelessly and with great                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              trained in emergency medicine,
                                                                   It is possible that global warming trends have played a role in a series of milder winters in recent years, and
    sensitivity to support Saratoga Hospital’s first                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              as well as by other healthcare
                                                                   there are some studies linking global warming with increased fall ragweed pollen counts. Regardless of the
    heart donation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               professionals.
                                                                   reason, it’s clear that this year’s spring tree pollen season began in March, several weeks ahead of the usual
    On this page, you’ll meet our 2011 Service                     April pollen release. Patients noticed symptoms such as sneezing, itchy watery eyes, drippy nose, and nasal                                                                                                                                  •	Comprehensive medical imaging:
    Excellence Star of the Year, Sarah Jones, RN.
                                                                   congestion weeks ahead of time—and they have been miserable. Many patients were caught by surprise                                                                                                                                             X-ray, ultrasound, CT, MRI.
    Her concern for her patients prompted one
    patient relative to write, “Sarah was in and out               and did not start their allergy medications early enough.                                                                                                                                                                                    •	Helipad and ambulance bays for
    of the room so many times, she felt like an old                The weather ups and downs made life miserable for headache and sinus patients. Rapid changes in                                              SARATOGA HOSPITAL                                                                                 emergency transport to a hospital, if
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    people you trust. care you deserve.
    friend.” And, on page 5, we feature Kweilyn                    barometric pressure, temperature, and weather patterns can trouble patients who suffer from sinus pressure                                                                                                                                     necessary.
    Taylor, a patient transporter. Kweilyn seems to                and migraine headaches. These patients often don’t adjust well to changes in seasons. Instead, they feel

                                                                                                                                                                                       A Powerful Healthcare
    know, almost instinctively, exactly what patients              tired, irritable, and “run down.”                                                                                                                                                                                                           Like an Urgent Care Center
    need, whether it’s a smile, some encouraging or                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             •	Convenient, after-hours care for
    distracting conversation, or just a few moments                The early thaw also revealed mold and dead leaves under the “snow melt.” Mold spores can cause
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  when your doctor’s office is closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                       Partnership is Emerging in Malta
    of silence. When she’s not working, Kweilyn                    additional misery for spring allergy sufferers.
    volunteers in our Nursing Home. She also is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 •	Shorter waiting times than hospital
                                                                   Wind carries pollen from oak, maple, pine, and birch trees and deposits the yellow and green dust on
    a sponsor of our Greno Industries Run for the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 emergency departments.
                                                                   cars, outdoor furniture, and clothing that’s hung outside to dry. Because they are pollinated by insects,
    ROC, which benefits patients in our Mollie                     ornamental plants and flowers are less likely to cause allergy symptoms. Even so, for many patients the             Next year at this time, Malta will be home to an                                                                         •	Less expensive than hospital
    Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center.                                                                                                                                                  emergent care center that’s staffed around the                                                                             emergency departments.
                                                                   flowers’ fragrances are yet another irritant.
    This issue of Access also highlights two projects                                                                                                                                  clock, seven days a week by emergency-medicine
    that will have a dramatic impact on the health                 How can patients fight back?                                                                                        physicians and other healthcare professionals.
    of our community. Malta Med Emergent Care                      One strategy is to steer clear of pollen. That means staying indoors on days when it’s windy or the pollen
    (page 3), slated to open in first quarter of 2013,             count is high, keeping doors and windows closed so that pollen remains outside, and wearing a mask                  A joint venture of Saratoga Hospital and Albany
    will make urgent and higher-level care available               when doing yard work. Remember that pets can bring pollen indoors on their fur.                                     Medical Center, Malta Med Emergent Care will
    24/7, just off Northway Exit 12. Our Community                                                                                                                                     provide both urgent and higher-level care, in
    Health Resource Center (page 5) will provide                   Try to start medications several weeks in advance of the pollen season. Medications may include over-
                                                                                                                                                                                       a convenient, cost-effective setting. The new
    routine preventive care to patients who cannot                 the-counter antihistamines such as Allegra, Claritin, and Zyrtec; prescription nasal sprays; and eye drops.
                                                                                                                                                                                       center will be built to hospital emergency
    afford what so many of us take for granted.                    Allergy shots can desensitize patients to pollens. Shots are given over several years and are a more
                                                                                                                                                                                       department specifications and will include MRI,
    Please consider supporting the fundraising                     permanent way to manage symptoms for patients who don’t respond to pollen-avoidance measures and
                                                                                                                                                                                       CT, ultrasound, general radiology and laboratory
    campaign for this much-needed facility.                        medications.                                                                                                                                                                           Malta Med Emergent Care
                                                                                                                                                                                       services. Equally important, it will combine the
    Finally, I remind you that with the warmer                                                                                                                                         expertise Albany Medical Center with the personal                       and hours of operation. Because physicians
                                                                   It’s important to treat seasonal symptoms. Complications of allergic rhinitis may include sinus inflammation,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Where You Go
    weather come some of our most popular events                                                                                                                                                                                                               will be specially trained in emergency
                                                                   ear infections, and asthma flares.                                                                                  approach of Saratoga Hospital.
    (page 8): the Cantina Kids Fun Run presented                                                                                                                                                                                                               medicine, they will have a higher level of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    May Depend on
    by CDPHP, our FOX23 News Golf Invitational,                    There’s still plenty of time to enjoy spring. If you got off to a late start with your allergy medication, better   Because the emergent care concept is new to the                         expertise and will be able to treat more
    and our Summer Benefit Auction. I hope you get                 late than never. And, next allergy season, remember to start preparing for the pollen earlier.                      Capital Region, we thought it might be helpful to                       conditions. And, because the emergent care
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What Time It Is
    to attend at least one. In every case, you’ll have                                                                                                                                 answer some common questions.
    a terrific time while supporting a very worthy                 Terese Copeland, MD, specializes in allergy/immunology and is a member of the Saratoga Hospital                                                                                             center will be open 24/7, you will have
                           cause.                                  medical staff.                                                                                                      Q:   What, exactly, is an emergent care center?                         access to services whenever you need it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Malta Med Emergent Care
                              Best regards,                                                                                                                                                                                                               Q:   Will ambulances bring patients there?
                                                                                                                                                                                       A:   As its name suggests, an emergent care                                                                             (starting first quarter 2013)
                                                                                                                                                                                            center is a cross between a hospital                                                                                •	Off Northway Exit 12
                              Angelo                                Service Star of the Year: Sarah Jones, RN                                                                               emergency department and an urgent care
                                                                                                                                                                                            center—but more similar to an emergency
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A:   No, Malta Med Emergent Care will not be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               able to accept ambulances. The ambulance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               bays at the new center will be reserved for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                •	Open 24/7

                              Angelo G. Calbone,                                                                                                                                            department.                                                        quick transport of emergent care patients       Saratoga Hospital Emergency
                                                                    Sarah Jones, a registered nurse on D1, our medical-       Environmental Services; Lori Evans, Emergency
                              President and CEO
                                                                    surgical and telemetry unit, has been named               Services; Susan Halterman, Environmental                      At Malta Med Emergent Care, we will offer a                        who need to be admitted to a hospital.          Department
                              Saratoga Hospital                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 •	211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs
                                                                    Saratoga Hospital’s Service Excellence Star of the        Services, Wilton Medical Arts; Nancy Jenks, A-3/              higher level of care than you would receive                   Q:   How do I know whether to go to a hospital
                                                                    Year for 2011. She was recommended by                        medical-surgical; Alicia Lavit, RN, Nursing                at an urgent care center. We also will be able                                                                      •	Open 24/7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               emergency department, an urgent care
                                                                    patients, visitors, and colleagues for her                       Administration; Karen Lucia, RN, Intensive             to provide treatment for most conditions—                          center, or this new emergent care center?       Urgent Care at
                                                                    compassion, gentle touch, enthusiasm,                              Care Unit; Candace Norton, Food and                  including many medical emergencies—and
    Visit our website at                                            and excellent work ethic. In the words                              Nutrition Services; Cynthia Pratt, D-1/             will be able to monitor your condition on-site                A:   If you have life-threatening injuries or        Wilton Medical Arts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                •	3040 Route 50, Saratoga Springs                                        of one nominator, “I have sat with
                                                                    many friends and family in hospitals
                                                                                                                                         medical-surgical and telemetry; Laura
                                                                                                                                         Rivers, Malta Medical Arts; Nan Till,
                                                                                                                                                                                            for 23 hours. However, we will not be able
                                                                                                                                                                                            to keep you there as an inpatient. Instead,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               symptoms, you should call 9-1-1 or go to an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               emergency department. Minor injuries and         •	Monday through Friday,
    Published by Saratoga Hospital.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
                                                                    and I have never seen a more attentive                               Information Systems; and John Winnek,              if you need inpatient care, we will transfer                       illnesses are best treated at your doctor’s
    Editor: Ellen Kerness, Marketing Manager,
                                                                    nurse. She really cares about her                                     Food and Nutrition Services.                      you to Saratoga Hospital or, if you require                        office. If you’re not sure where to go, the      •	Saturday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    Saratoga Hospital
    For more information, please email                              patients.”                                                                                                              a higher level of care, to Albany Medical                          emergent care center will be the ideal choice    •	Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
                                                                                                                                          As Service Excellence Star of the                                                                                    because it will be staffed and equipped for or call 583-8679.                                                                                                                                         Center.                                                                                                             •	Holidays (including Memorial Day),
                                                                    The Service Excellence Star of the Year                              Year, Jones received a cash award and                                                                                 both minor injuries and higher-level care.
                                                                    is chosen from the Hospital’s 12 Service                           limousine ride to work. She also was            Q:   How is it different from a more traditional                                                                           9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    If you do not wish to receive future mailings from Saratoga                                                                                                                                                                                                Plus, it will be open 24/7 and will always
    Hospital, please email to have
                                                                    Excellence Stars of the Month. Other 2011                         honored at a reception attended by her                urgent care center?                                                have a physician on-site who is trained in
    your name removed from our mailing list.                        Stars of the Month include: Bertha Emigh,                       co-workers.                                                                                                                emergency medicine.
                                                                                                                                                                                       A:   There are two key differences: staff expertise
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                                                                                                                                                                           Raising $3 Million for a Community Health Resource Center
                               No More                                                                                                                                     Facility will be located in downtown Saratoga Springs
                                                                                                                                                                           Saratoga Hospital Foundation is stepping up its        damage often has occurred.

                             Excuses! It’s
                                                                                                                                                                           fundraising campaign to open a Community               The capital campaign for the
                                                                                                                                                                           Health Resource Center in downtown Saratoga            Community Health Resource
                                                                                                                                                                           Springs in the first quarter of 2013.                  Center will be headed by Linda
                                                                                                                         Now Open:
                             Time to Start                                                                     office and education building
                                                                                                                                                                           The $3 million campaign began quietly last year.
                                                                                                                                                                           Now, with more than $1 million raised, the
                                                                                                                                                                           Foundation is set to seek major gifts from Hospital,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Toohey and Steve Sullivan. Both
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  are longstanding supporters of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Hospital and have served on

                              Exercising                                                                            at 59 D Myrtle Street                                  business, and civic leaders. A communitywide
                                                                                                                                                                           effort will soon follow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  its Board of Trustees.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Linda and Steve are known
                                                                                                              Our office and education building at 59                      The Community Health Resource Center will              throughout the region for
                                                                                                              D Myrtle Street opened in early May. The                     improve access to high-quality primary care            their vision, generosity, and
                                                                                                              following departments have either moved                      available to low- and moderate-income residents        community involvement,”
                                                                                                              there already or are scheduled to relocate                   of our community. The Center also will be home         said Angelo Calbone, Saratoga
                       By roBerT nielson, Md                                                                  to the new building over the next three                      to an array of outreach services, so individuals can   Hospital President and CEO.
                                                                                                              months:                                                      get the care and support they need under one roof.     “They are the perfect choice to     24 Hamilton Street, Saratoga Springs: future home of our
                   Most of us know that we’d             each week (such as swim on three days, and                                                                        According to the most recent estimates, more than      lead this important effort.”        Community Health Resource Center.
                   feel and look better if we            walk on three days) to decrease repetitive           Moving in May
                                                                                                               •	Fiscal Services, 583-8497                                 22,000 adults and children in Saratoga County          The Hospital has entered
                   exercised on a regular                strain to your muscles and other tissues.                                                                         do not have health insurance. As a result, they        into an agreement to buy a
                   basis. Yet only about 49%             There is no age-specific heart rate                   •	Patient Financial Services, 583-8343                      typically don’t have a primary care provider.          building, at 24 Hamilton Street,                      and other start-up expenses. Because $1 million
                   of U.S. adults engage in              recommendation, and it’s not necessary to            Moving in June                                               Instead, they often end up in a hospital emergency     that’s easily accessible by bus and has on-site       will be set aside for an endowment, the campaign
                   the recommended amount                achieve a certain heart rate to realize health        •	Health Information Systems (Medical                       department, one of the busiest, most expensive         parking. There are significant advantages to using    also will help secure the Center’s future.
                   of physical activity (at least        benefits. If you are breathless, fatigued, and          Records), 583-8304                                        places to receive care.                                an existing structure, especially one in such a       For more information, go to www.
30 minutes of moderate physical activity five                                                                  •	Cancer Services Program of Saratoga                       Furthermore, without primary care—annual               desirable location.                          and click on The
                                                         sweating, you have worked hard enough.
or more days per week). Even worse, roughly              During moderate-intensity exercise, you                 County, 580-2132                                          physicals, routine screenings, discussions about       The two-story, 14,000-square-foot building is         Capital Campaign for Saratoga Hospital. You can
24% don’t engage in any leisure time physical            should be able to carry on a conversation.           Moving in July                                               healthy habits, and other prevention-related           home to some doctors’ offices, so renovations         make an online donation by clicking on Donate
activity at all.                                                                                               •	Child and Family Health Plus,                             services—these patients are at greater risk of         would be minimal. In addition, the Community          Now and selecting Community Health Resource
                                                         There are recommendations, however, on
                                                                                                                  580-2021                                                 developing chronic conditions such as diabetes,        Health Resource Center is a permitted use under       Center Campaign. Or, call the Foundation office at
One reason may be that we tend to think of               how often and how long you should exercise:                                                                       high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. By the      the existing zoning.                                  583-8340.
exercise as work or another task to squeeze              a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-                   •	Family Health Center Administration,                     time these conditions are detected, irreversible
                                                         intensity aerobic exercise (e.g., brisk walking)                                                                                                                         Campaign funds will cover purchase, renovation,
into an already busy day. A good exercise                                                                         580-2022
program will fit into your daily schedule,               five days per week or 20 minutes of vigorous-
                                                         intensity aerobic exercise (e.g., jogging) three     Phone numbers for these departments have
be enjoyable, and feel safe. Here’s some

                                                                                                                                                                                             An Unlikely Benefactor
                                                         days per week.                                       not changed and are listed above for your
information not just to get you started but also
to keep you moving—ideally, five days a week.          •	Resistance training: This can be done with
                                                                                                              convenience. The mailing address for all
                                                                                                              of these departments is now: 211 Church
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Run for the ROC:
Do you need to be tested first? Most people              weights, machines, or exercise bands.                Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.                                                                                                                                           Your Gifts at Work
                                                         Resistance training should be performed at                                                                                                                   Most of our cancer patients will never meet Kweilyn Taylor, but       More than $175,000 raised for patients of
don’t need special testing before starting
                                                         least twice a week with at least 48 hours                                                                                                                    nearly all of them will benefit from her generosity.                  the Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center
to exercise, but it’s best to check with your
healthcare provider. If you have diabetes or             of rest between sessions. It is commonly                                                                                                                     Taylor is a sponsor of the Greno Industries Run for the ROC, an       Funds have been used to provide:

                                                                                                            Our Newest Medical
multiple risk factors for heart disease, you             described in terms of “sets” of “repetitions.”                                                                                                               annual fundraiser for patients at our Mollie Wilmot Radiation         • Breast cancer support packages—nearly 100 per year—
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oncology Center. She also has established “Kweilyn’s Fund”              that contain post-surgical garments and educational
may need an exercise test before beginning an            Proper technique is important. If you belong                                                                                                                                                                                         and support materials.
exercise program.                                        to a gym or health club, you might ask a                                                                                                                     with Saratoga Hospital Foundation to send ROC patients to

Start slowly. If you don’t normally get much
                                                         trainer to observe your technique. Be sure to
                                                         breathe normally while lifting weights. Do
                                                                                                            Staff Members                                                                                             camps and retreats for those battling cancer. Recently, Taylor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and her mother crocheted and donated more than 70 scarves to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Custom-fitted breast prostheses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Special garments for patients who suffer from lymph-
exercise, start by exercising for a few minutes                                                             Following are the newest additions to our medical staff,                                                  help keep ROC patients warm and let them know that others are
                                                         not hold your breath; instead, exhale with                                                                                                                   thinking of them.                                                     • Head wraps and wigs.
at a low intensity (e.g., walking). As physical          exertion. Do not perform resistance training if    which includes over 360 admitting providers represent-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Gift certificates for every ROC patient for two meals from
fitness improves, slowly begin to exercise               you are in pain or have swelling anywhere.         ing more than 30 specialties. More information on these                                                   In many ways, Taylor is not what most people envision when              the Hospital cafeteria—dine-in or takeout―for times
harder, more frequently, or for a longer time,                                                              and all of our medical staff members is available on our                                                  they think of a major donor. She is young (31 years old) and            when they are too tired to shop or cook.
with a goal of getting at least 30 minutes of          •	Stretching: Stretching and flexibility exercises   website, For a referral, call our                                               works two jobs: full time as a patient transporter at Saratoga        • A mammography screening monitor to reduce waiting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hospital and, on a per diem basis, as a recreation assistant in         times for mammogram results.
exercise on five days each week.                         should include every major joint. It is best       HealthSource line, 24 hours a day at 580-2450 or, toll-free,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      our Saratoga Care Nursing Home. Taylor also volunteers in             • Nutrition supplements and medical supplies and equip-
                                                         not to stretch “cold” muscles, so engage           at 1-866-580-2450.                                                                                                                                                                ment (neck braces, walkers, etc.) for patients who cannot
The Exercise Program                                     in a few minutes of low-intensity aerobic                                                                                                                    the Nursing Home three days a week, after work. She saves her
                                                                                                                                Anesthesiology                                                                                                                                                afford them.
                                                         exercise first. Stretch slowly and hold for                                                                       Kweilyn Taylor (right) and her             vacation time for the week before the Run for the ROC to help         • Trips to weekend retreats and healing workshops.
    •	THE WARM-UP: Begin with a five- to                                                                                       Sayed Bayoumy, MD                                                                      with race preparation.
                                                         approximately 10 to 30 seconds. Do not                                                                            mother, Diane Taylor, display some                                                                               • Educational materials for patients to access free of
      10-minute period of warm-up. Start with
                                                         bounce while performing a stretch.                                                                                of the scarves they crocheted for our   “Every year, Kweilyn takes the week off and spends five or six             charge at the ROC’s Saratoga Hospital Guild Circle of
      some low-level aerobic exercises (walking,                                                                                   Cardiology                              ROC patients.                                                                                                      Care Resource Center.
      stationary cycling, calisthenics), followed                                                                                Ian Santaro, MD                                                                   days working side-by-side with other volunteers, organizing all
                                                     •	THE COOL-DOWN: Cool-down exercises                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Patient outings, support groups, breast cancer aware-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the materials we need for race day,” said Renee Russell, BS,
      by stretches and flexibility movements.          should be done for approximately five minutes                                                                                                                                                                                          ness events, and community outreach.
                                                                                                                                                                           RTT, ROC Program Director. “She folds the T-shirts, compiles the runners’ packets—anything that needs
      The warm-up period allows for a gradual          at the end of an exercise session. As during                  Hospitalist/Inpatient Medicine                        to be done.                                                                                                      • Pain medication that patients otherwise could not afford.
      increase in your heart rate and may reduce       the warm-up period, include low-level aerobic                            Melissa Decker, MD                                                                                                                                          • Funds to cover travel expenses for out-of-town medical
      the risk of injuries.                            exercise, such as slow walking and stretching.                                                                      “She’s very passionate about being supportive for patients in general, but especially for oncology                 care, car rental, gas, hotel accommodations, etc.
                                                                                                                        Obstetrics and Gynecology                          patients,” Russell added.                                                                                        • Stainless steel water bottles for patients who need to
    •	THE WORKOUT: To keep your workout                This allows the body to clear acid that has                                                                                                                                                                                            come to their daily treatments with a full bladder.
                                                       built up in the muscles and to prevent muscle                            Eliot Birnbaum, MD                         Taylor serves on the Run for the ROC Committee and assists with the children’s event, the Li’l Derby
      fun and interesting, plan on a variety of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             • Cards, plants, flowers, and other expressions of gratitude
      aerobic exercises, resistance training, and      cramps and sudden drops in blood pressure                                                                           Dash. She became involved with the ROC several years ago after a friend’s mother required treatment                from ROC staff members to let patients know we appreci-
                                                       that can cause lightheadedness.
                                                                                                                                   Psychiatry                              there.                                                                                                             ate the opportunity to care for them.
      stretching.                                                                                                               Naveen Achar, MD
                                                                                                                                                                           “The staff at the ROC couldn’t have been nicer—to her and to me,” Taylor said. “After she died, I wanted         THIS YEAR’S EVENT: September 30 at Saratoga Race
     •	Aerobic exercises: These should be           Robert Nielson, MD, is a family practitioner                                Jack Dodd, Jr., MD                                                                                                                                          Course. For more information or to register, go to
                                                    who holds a subspecialty certification in sports                                                                       to find a way not just to help others but also to make it personal.”
       enjoyable and simple to carry out to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       , click on Special
       encourage a long-term commitment. You        medicine. He is on the medical staff of Saratoga                   Radiology/Medical Imaging                           Taylor began setting aside money, saving and donating at least one month’s pay per year. In addition,            Events, then Greno Industries Run for the ROC.
       may want to vary the exercises you do        Hospital.                                                             Jane Gauriloff-Rothenberg, MD                    “throughout the year, after I pay my bills, if I have money left over, I bring it here,” she said.
                                                                                                                                David Strauss, MD                          “I know that it makes a difference,” Taylor added. “I’ve seen it.”
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    Joining Forces for Community Health                                                                                                                                         Making History with a Heart Donation
                                                                                                                                                                                As of April 30, 2012, 3,157 Americans were                        the patient’s life. When these efforts failed,                      in the ICU so we could maintain the body’s
    Targeting physical activity and nutrition, chronic disease, and access to care                                                                                              waiting for heart transplants. Roughly one-third                  and the patient was declared brain dead, the                        equilibrium until the last possible moment. We
                                                                                                                                                                                will be disappointed, since only about 2,000                      Hospital contacted the Center for Donation and                      remained with the patient until that final trip into
                                                                                                                                                                                hearts become available each year. In 2012, for                   Transplant (CDT). A team from CDT began work                        the OR (operating room).”
    Three years ago, along with our partners in the             the Pieces Together: Community Strategies to      Access to quality healthcare:                                 the first time, one of those hearts came from                     immediately: talking with the patient’s family,
    Adirondack Rural Health Network (ARHN),                     Reduce Obesity.”                                  •	 Expanded Saratoga Family Physicians, our                                                                                                                                                         Then, the Hospital’s OR nurses took over, working
                                                                                                                                                                                Saratoga Hospital.                                                                                                                    with multiple procurement teams to ensure the
    Saratoga Hospital identified three priorities for        •	 With the Tri-State Transportation Network,           Hospital-owned family medicine practice.
    improving the region’s health: physical activity                                                                                                                            The heart donation was part of a multiple organ                                                                                       best possible outcome.
                                                                provided a mini-grant to develop “complete        •	 Partnered with the Backstretch Employee                    retrieval that helped save or enhance the lives of
    and nutrition, chronic disease, and access to               streets,” which provide safe, walkable streets                                                                                                                                                                                                        “This situation was an emotional rollercoaster for
                                                                                                                     Service Team to provide healthcare on-site at              individuals across the country. The heart went to
    quality healthcare. Our decision was driven, in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the staff in the OR,” said Sharman Lisieski, BS,
                                                                for pedestrians and cyclists.                        Saratoga Race Course.                                      a patient downstate. The pancreas and one kidney
    part, by the alarming percentage of overweight                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RN, CNOR, OR/PACU Director. “With so many
                                                             •	 Expanded Saratoga Hospital’s Outpatient           •	 Partnered with Albany Medical Center to                    were donated to a Vermont patient; the remaining                                                                                      surgeons and teams here, it was the equivalent
    or obese adults in the ARHN area (65%) and by
                                                                Nutrition Services.                                  bring 24/7 emergent care to Malta. (Opening                kidney benefited a patient in California. The                                                                                         of performing a symphony with musicians you’d
    the link between the three priorities. We knew                                                                                                                              liver was transplanted in another New York State
    that if we could promote physical activity and           •	 Provided free community education programs           first quarter 2013. See page 3.)                                                                                                                                                                 never met before. But because everyone played
                                                                                                                                                                                resident, the corneas were transplanted locally,                                                                                      his part, many recipients received the gift of life
    nutrition, we could reduce the number of people             on healthy habits, including becoming more        •	 Launched a fundraising campaign to bring                   and other donated tissue and bone benefited tens
    who suffer from chronic conditions such as heart            active and eating “heart smart.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that day.”
                                                                                                                     a Community Health Resource Center to                      of patients nationwide.
    disease and diabetes. And, if we improved access                                                                 downtown Saratoga Springs. (See page 5.)                                                                                                                                                         The entire process, from the patient’s death to
                                                             Chronic disease                                                                                                    The donations were made possible by the                                                                                               the final tissue removal, lasted approximately 30
    to quality care, we could help patients manage           •	 Added another physician and expanded              Many of the examples above focus on Saratoga                  foresight and generosity of a patient* who not only                                                                                   hours, and the CDT team remained at Saratoga
    those health conditions and, even better, prevent           services at our Saratoga Center for               Hospital’s efforts in Saratoga County. More                   registered as an organ donor but also made those                                                                                      Hospital the entire time.
    them from occurring.                                        Endocrinology and Diabetes.                       detailed information on efforts by our partners               wishes known to family members.                     OR Nurses (front) Thelma Williams, LPN, Surgical
                                                                                                                  throughout the seven-county ARHN region can                                                                       Services Liaison; (left) Irene Valada, CNOR; and                                  “They come in as the experts, and they are
    We have made considerable progress since 2009.           •	 Hired a Hospital-employed pulmonary                                                                             “The family was aware and supportive of the                                                                                           indispensable,” Bartos said. “It’s absolutely
                                                                                                                  be found at                                                                         (right) Joanna Callis, RN.
    Following are some highlights:                              physician to increase access to care for                                                                        patient’s decision, and that made the situation a                                                                                     amazing to witness the teamwork involved and to
                                                                patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary       assessment.php.                                               little bit easier for them,” said Diane Bartos, MS,   checking the database for matching tissue types,                                see, firsthand, how committed they are.”
    Physical activity and nutrition                             disease (COPD) and other lung conditions.                                                                       RN, Director of the Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit    notifying potential recipients and the appropriate
    •	 With our ARHN partners, established the                                                                                                                                  (ICU). “There is some comfort in knowing that                                                                                         As with every organ donation at Saratoga Hospital,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      medical facilities, and arranging charter flights to
       Physical Activity and Nutrition Task Force.           •	 Added Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation                                                                                                                                                                                                            the final step was to raise the “donate life” flag and
                                                                                                                                                                                you’re following a family member’s wishes and, in get surgical teams to Saratoga Hospital as quickly
                                                                Services to help improve quality of life for                                                                                                                                                                                                          let the community know that a patient had made
    •	 Co-hosted a day-long conference, “Putting                                                                                                                                the process, are helping so many people.”             as possible.
                                                                patients with heart or lung disease.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  one last selfless gift. The flag was later presented to
                                                                                                                                                                                It was a very difficult, distressing experience for   Meanwhile, the ICU nursing team shifted its focus                               the patient’s family as an expression of gratitude.
                                                                                                                                                                                the family and the healthcare team. The patient       to keeping the organs viable for transplantation.
    Healthy Eating on a Budget                                                                                       Healthy Recipe:
                                                                                                                                                                                arrived at the Hospital in grave condition, and
                                                                                                                                                                                doctors and nurses worked tirelessly to save
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “It’s an intensive effort, involving multiple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      disciplines,” Bartos explained. “The patient stayed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *To protect the patient’s privacy, and in keeping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      with HIPAA, Saratoga Hospital has withheld all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      personal patient information.
    By aMy laskey, rd, Cdn                                                                                           Refried Bean Tostadas
    When we ask people what                                                 just a few of the many options
                                                                                                                     Serves 4
    prevents them from eating
    healthy foods, very often they
                                                                            in this category. Use them
                                                                            in soups, salads, or stir fries,         Ingredients:                                               A $250,000 Thank-You Gift
    mention the cost—especially
    since grocery prices are on the
                                                                            or puree them into a dip for
                                                                            veggies. Dried versions of beans
                                                                                                                     Cooking spray (olive or canola oil suggested)
                                                                                                                     1 small onion, chopped                                     In memory of Christine Pintuff, RN                                                                                                              New Family
    rise. But with a little planning                                        are very inexpensive. Their              1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    and the right approach, you                                             canned counterparts also are             1 cup diced tomatoes or salsa (canned or fresh)            To the nurses in Saratoga Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU),   “It means a great deal to us, as a community of nurses, to
    can improve your diet and live                                          a convenient and economical

                                                                                                                     1 (15-ounce) can vegetarian or fat-free refried beans      the late Christine Pintuff was the type of patient you don’t      take care of one of our own,” said Diane Bartos, MS, RN, ICU
    within your budget.                                                     alternative to meat. Choose              4 tablespoons plain non-fat yogurt                         soon forget: understanding, appreciative, and, as a retired       Director.
                                                                            unsalted beans or rinse them             4 whole-grain corn tortillas (6”)
    Start at your local grocery store,                          before use to remove excess sodium.                                                                             RN, “one of our own.” Now, thanks to her husband, Jeffrey         Tammy Tyson, BS, RN, CCRN, Charge Nurse, was one of the
                                                                                                                     Cilantro for garnish (optional)                                                                                                                                                                        Family and friends of the late Mary
    which should have plenty of healthy foods to                                                                                                                                Pintuff, Chris will long be remembered not just by the nurses     few ICU nurses who knew Chris Pintuff before she became ill.
    choose from (there’s no need to shop at a fancy           4. Use more whole grains and fill up on                Instructions                                               but also by everyone who benefits from his $250,000 gift in                                                                                 Ann Vosskuhler Schaad donated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The two nurses took classes at The Sage Colleges and com-
    specialty store). When comparing products, look              fiber. Whole wheat bread may seem more                                                                         her memory to help build a new ICU.                                                                                                         $10,000 to create a Family Meeting
    not just at price but also at calorie savings. Highly        expensive, but, because it’s more filling, you      • Spray a medium saucepan with oil and heat over                                                                             muted together. “As charge nurse, I was able to keep track of
                                                                                                                       medium heat. Toast each tortilla for 20 seconds          Hospital officials had met with Jeff Pintuff and knew the gift    how she was doing, even if I didn’t have her as my patient,”              Room on A3, a medical-surgical
    processed, calorie-laden foods may seem less                 will be satisfied with fewer slices. The same         on each side or until desired level of crispness is
    expensive, but they tend to be less satisfying. Too          holds true for whole wheat pastas and brown                                                                    was coming, but kept it a surprise until he was ready to make     Tyson said. “She was the best patient, too, always thanking us            floor. The room was dedicated in her
                                                                                                                       achieved. Add more spray oil as needed. Place each
    often you end up eating—and weighing—more                    rice. Plain rolled oats are far less expensive                                                                 the announcement. On March 6, the doctors and nurses who          for every little thing we did. She saw the nursing side and tried         memory late last year.
                                                                                                                       crisped tortilla on a small plate.
    than you intended.                                           than the individual packets. Plus, the packets                                                                 cared for Chris were asked to attend a meet-                                         to let us know she understood.”
                                                                                                                     • In a small, microwave-safe bowl, stir together refried   ing, but were not told why. Then, Jeff Pintuff
                                                                 often have the added downside of being
                                                                                                                       beans, chopped onion, and chili powder. Heat for 2                                                                                         As for Jeff Pintuff’s gift, “It made me cry,”             Schaad was a physician assistant at
    Here are five tips to help you save money while              filled with salt and sugar.                                                                                    spoke the words that brought tears to the
    eating more healthfully:                                                                                           minutes in the microwave or until hot.                                                                                                     Tyson said. “It still makes me cry—to know                Saratoga Hospital and a patient at the
                                                                                                                                                                                nurses’ eyes.                                                                     that, even in his grief, he would think of us.”           Hospital. “This really was her home
                                                             5. Stock your freezer with frozen fruits and            • Spread the refried beans, evenly divided, on top of
     1. Get cooking! Preparing meals at home                    vegetables, and buy fresh items when they’re           the tortillas. Top each with 1/4 cup tomatoes or         “I just want to say thank you,” he said. “As the                                                                                            as a professional,” her husband, Jim
        saves money and puts you in control of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also on hand to hear Jeff Pintuff’s announce-
                                                                in season. Produce that is in season tastes            salsa. Place 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt atop the       husband of a nurse and of a patient, I know                                       ment were ICU Nurses Maureen Campbell,                    Schaad, said. “She loved hospital
        ingredients. Many chefs and cooks are heavy-            better and costs less than off-season items.           tomatoes/salsa. Garnish with cilantro and serve          the hard work you do, so I’m making a dona-
        handed with butter, sugar, and salt, but you                                                                   immediately.                                                                                                                               RN; Tasha Flint, RN; Kelly Kader, RN; and                 medicine; she loved the work that
                                                                This saves money and helps ensure that you                                                                      tion in Chris’ memory.”
        can skip such items or use them sparingly.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lucinda Knapp, RN; Pulmonary Medicine                     she did doing critical care.”
                                                                will actually eat what you buy. Plain frozen         Nutritional information per serving
                                                                fruits and vegetables are very nutritious.                                                                      The gift is the first for the new ICU, which is                                   Physicians Desmond DelGiacco, MD, and
     2. Include more vegetarian meals in your diet.                                                                  (using fresh tomatoes and 1/3 second spray of oil):
                                                                                                                                                                                still in the planning stages. The project also                                    Rodney Ying, MD; Angelo Calbone, Saratoga                 During his wife’s illness, Jim Schaad
        Meat usually eats up the biggest portion of             When you have them on hand, it’s easy to
                                                                                                                       Calories: 173                 Fat: 2 gm                  will include new operating rooms.                                                 Hospital President and CEO; Terry Lee,                    realized the need for a quiet space
        the grocery budget and contributes saturated            just grab and defrost some for a side dish or
                                                                                                                       Cholesterol: 0.4 mg           Sodium: 518 mg*                                                                              Executive Director, Saratoga Hospital Foundation; Cynthia
        fat to your diet. When you do include meat              to throw into a smoothie.                                                                                       Chris Pintuff died in October after a brief battle with cancer.                                                                             where doctors and family members
                                                                                                                       Carbohydrate: 32 gm           Fiber: 7 gm                                                                                  Pratt, Executive Assistant to the Chief Nursing Officer; and
        in a meal, use it as a side dish instead of as      If you’d like more help devising a healthy meal            Protein: 8 gm                                            She was 59 and had retired nine months earlier from her job                                                                                 could discuss a loved one’s care.
        the basis of the meal. For example, a stir fry                                                                                                                          at Saratoga Hospital’s Same Day Surgery Center. “It’s still       Mary Jo LaPosta, PhD, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior
                                                            plan on a lean budget, you can schedule an                                                                                                                                            Vice President for Patient Care and Organizational Excellence.            The resulting Family Meeting Room
        with just 4 to 6 ounces of cut up chicken           individual nutrition consultation with Saratoga          *Replace the refried                                       hard to believe she’s gone,” Jeff Pintuff said. “I can’t thank                                                                              is a fitting tribute to Mary Ann and a
        (and lots of vegetables) can feed a family of       Hospital Outpatient Nutrition Services. For              beans with unsalted                                        everyone enough for the care you gave her, and I know this        DelGiacco spoke for the group when he told Jeff Pintuff, “We
        four. A good rule of thumb is to have the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           place of respite for family members
                                                            information or to make an appointment, call 886-         black beans to reduce                                      donation would mean a lot to her.”                                certainly appreciate your generosity. She was a great lady,
        meat take up just one-quarter of your plate.        5100.                                                    the sodium to                                                                                                                and it was a privilege to take care of her.”                              and visitors.
                                                                                                                                                                                Members of the ICU team say they are profoundly grateful
     3. Use more beans and legumes in your diet.                                                                     64mg per serving.
                                                            Amy Laskey is a registered dietitian and certified                                                                  both for Jeff Pintuff’s generosity and for the opportunity to
        Black beans, garbanzo beans, and nuts are           dietitian-nutritionist at Saratoga Hospital.                                                                        have cared for Chris.
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