Visit our website at www.saratogahospital.org
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 www.saratogahospital.org, 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.
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.
www.saratogahospital.org 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 www.saratogahospital.org 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 email@example.com.
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
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
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 www.saratogahospitalfoundation.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presenter: Jonathan Gainor, MD, Orthopedic
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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
www.saratogahospital.org an auction donor or underwriter, call Saratoga
Hospital Foundation at 583-8340 or email Ann
Carroll at email@example.com.
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
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
www.saratogahospital.org 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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
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.
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
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. saratogahospitalfoundation.org 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, www.saratogahospital.org. 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 www.saratogahospitalfoundation.org, 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.”
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 www.arhn.org/regional-health- (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
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.