August 2016 Feature Story: Nursing Shortage

Closing the workforce gap

CNA student Kasey Rivers practices for his clinical skills test at Samaritan Medical Center last month. Samaritan manages its own resident CNA training program. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

CNA student Kasey Rivers practices for his clinical skills test at Samaritan Medical Center last month. Samaritan manages its own resident CNA training program. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Aging population drives demand for health workers

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

The U.S. health care industry has found itself in the midst of a dilemma. As baby boomers age and the need for health care grows, the nation is struggling to expand capacity, particularly in nursing. [Read more…]

August 2016 Cover Story: Telemedicine

Technology connects patients with care

The telemedicine machine utilizes a camera, top, that can be controlled remotely by a distance doctor, to analyze a patient and run tests for stroke diagnostics. The display of the doctor would be on the main computer screen, and the patient and location nurse can be seen in an inset screen, seen at bottom right. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

The telemedicine machine utilizes a camera, top, that can be controlled remotely by a distance doctor, to analyze a patient and run tests for stroke diagnostics. The display of the doctor would be on the main computer screen, and the patient and location nurse can be seen in an inset screen, seen at bottom right. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Telemedicine another tool working to improve
access to specialists for rural residents

By Norah Machia, NNY Business

A patient recently came into Samaritan Medical Center’s Emergency Department presenting with symptoms of a possible stroke. Although a CT scan was done to rule out other causes, the physician treating the patient was still not completely convinced that stroke was the correct diagnosis. [Read more…]

Samaritan looks to fall groundbreaking for cancer center

Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, is starting a new advisory council that will include former patients as members. The health care provider aims  to receive feedback from people who have experienced care as consumers so hospital officials can better address patient needs and solve problems. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, is starting a new advisory council that will include former patients as members. The health care provider aims to receive feedback from people who have experienced care as consumers so hospital officials can better address patient needs and solve problems. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Samaritan Medical Center officials hope to break ground in the fall on a new comprehensive cancer treatment center. [Read more…]

Samaritan Medical Center to resolve parking issues due to addition

WATERTOWN — Samaritan Medical Center officials are already working on solving some parking issues associated with the hospital’s proposed $10 million expansion project that would place its maternity ward and pediatric units on the same floor. [Read more…]

What’s happening here?

The connector between Samaritan Medical Center and Samaritan Keep Home is part of the $61 million renovation and expansion project at Samaritan Medical Center. Photo by Amanda Morrison.

Samaritan Medical Center and Samaritan Keep Home connector

Location: 830 Washington St., Watertown.

Size: Two levels, 300 feet long.

Declared value: $4,172,684.

Design engineers: Bernier, Carr & Associates, Watertown.

Contractors: Samaritan Staff and Hayner Hoyt Corp., Syracuse

Local jobs: At least two dozen construction jobs.

Estimated completion: June.