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Crouse offers singleincision robotic surgery for gallbladder problems SYRACUSE — Crouse Hospital last month announced it can now provide single-site robotic surgery on patients needing gallbladder surgery. It’s a procedure that can leave the patient “with virtually no scarring and minimal pain,” the hospital said in a news release. Gallbladder surgery is now part of a robotic-surgery program that covers specialties, including urology, colorectal, gynecologic oncology, gynecology, and general-surgical JOURNAL STAFF procedures. Surgeons performed more than 600 robotic procedures at Crouse in 2012, making it “the largest robotics program in the area,” the hospital said. An estimated 10 to 15 percent of American adults have gallstone disease, the hospital said. Doctors diagnose about 1 million new cases annually, and surgeons perform about 800,000 operations to treat gallstones, mak-


ing gallstone disease the “most common” gastrointestinal disorder to require hospitalization, Crouse added. Surgery to treat this condition has become “significantly less invasive” over the past two decades. Previously, surgery to remove the gallbladder, a procedure called cholecystectomy, involved a large abdominal incision and several weeks’ recovery time. Nowadays, minimally invasive surgical techniques have made open gallbladder removal nearly obsolete, Dr. Kenneth Cooper, a general surgeon affiliated with Crouse Hospital and a partner in Central New York Surgical Physicians, P.C., said in the release. Cooper is the first surgeon in Syracuse to use the advanced da Vinci surgical system to perform gallbladder removal using the single-site technique, Crouse said. The procedure entails just one tiny incision rather than the four required previously. Crouse said it is the only hospital in Syracuse currently offering this procedure. “The minimally invasive approach, [called] laparoscopy, is the standard of care today,” said Cooper. Robotic technology supports the surgeon’s skill with three-dimensional (3D)

Surgeons at Crouse Hospital perform a surgery using the da Vinci robot surgical system.


computer technology, enabling the surgeon to see vital-anatomical structures more clearly and perform surgical procedures more precisely, the hospital said. “The biggest benefit of the single-site approach is cosmetic,” Cooper said, since the procedure involved just one small incision in the belly button, leaving only a small, nearly invisible scar. “In most cases, this approach is preferred by younger patients who care about scarring, but it can be offered to almost everyone,” Cooper added.

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OCC and CCC forge agreement on medical-records degree AUBURN — Cayuga Community College (CCC) and Onondaga Community College (OCC) recently announced an agreement that allows CCC students to earn an associate degree in health-information technology at OCC. The agreement is in response to higher workforce demand for health-information technicians specializing in medical records in the regions that the Auburn school serves. Under the agreement, CCC students can take their liberal-arts classes at the Auburn campus and complete their degree requirements at OCC both online through the State University of New York (SUNY) Learning Network (SLN) and through on-site clinical-lab instruction, the schools said in a joint news release. “Our ability to collaborate and share resources with peers is one of the great strengths of the SUNY system, and we’re pleased to work in partnership with Onondaga to provide an easy option for our students to complete a degree in this highdemand field,” Anne Herron, provost and VP for academic affairs at Cayuga Community College, said in the news release. Students enrolling at CCC for the fall 2013 semester can begin taking advantage of the new agreement, the schools said. 

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St. Joseph’s to open new surgical suite SYRACUSE — After more than a year of construction, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is preparing to open its new 73,000-square-foot surgical suite, which is part of an ongoing expansion project at the Syracuse hospital. St. Joseph’s will hold an opening event on June 17 and will begin using the facility on July 8. The surgical-suite project cost totals $80 million, which is about two-thirds of the $123 million total cost of phase IIB of the St. Joseph’s expansion project, according to Marilyn Galimi, director of engineering journal staff and construction at St. Joseph’s. The cost includes the construction, medical and mechanical equipment, consulting fees, contractor per-

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mits, and legal fees, Galimi says. The hospital completed the project’s first phase, including the parking garage, pedestrian bridge, and expanded lobby in 2008. It also finished phase IIA, including the emergency department, in 2012. The new surgical suite includes 15 operating rooms, two more than the current surgical suite. Each operating-room suite is about 50 percent larger to accommodate the current medical technology and larger surgical teams. The new operating rooms comprise about 500 square feet of space, and the new suites are about 700 square feet apiece, Galimi says. The surgical suite includes the PeriAnesthesia Care Unit (PACU), which is designed to enhance care for patients before and after surgery. St. Joseph’s has expanded the PACU from 16 to 25 patient beds, increasing its annual capacity from 10,500 to 14,000 patients. In addition, the new, co-located Central Sterile Unit is nearly four times larger than the previous 40-year-old unit. Its location adjacent to the surgical suite increases safety and efficiency while sustainable-instrument washers will save water and electricity, according to the hospital.

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It’s a “major construction” within the hospital, says Galimi. It was more complicated than the construction involving the new emergency department (or Phase 2A) because it is “detached from the hospital,” she says. “So we really didn’t have to deal with patients and noise and staff being close to the construction site, [whereas] this one is right attached to the hospital and we’re continuously connecting to different existing systems like plumbing,” Galimi adds.

The construction work has continued around the ongoing work of the existing operating rooms. “So it takes a lot of communication and cooperation, not only with the construction team but with the hospital staff,” Galimi says. The current surgical setting has changed “dramatically” since 1992 when crews built the existing 15,000-square-foot operatingSee st. joseph’s, page 6

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her health, year after year.” He adds, “When employees have something personalized, such as their HRA, and see directives they can look at year after year, it provides a tremendous of rehabwoRx employs one full-timelevel worker control and a heightened awareness. We with no plans for additional hiring in 2013. routinely reach percent or Brittonfield 90 percent Kahn leases his85space from involvementLLC, frombut employees review Associates, declined who to disclose their Health lease Risk Assessments.” his monthly payment. One firm point generated that Bodackbetween and Basten agree His $500,000 on as$1wellness that employers and million experts in grossis revenue during 2012. Kahn expects a similar range in 2013, should not rely on incentives for employee and perhapsinmore, saying And, he is seeing involvement the program. conversemore patients since he be moved the practice ly, neither should they penalized for not to Brittonfield last December. participating. 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He is Albany, Columbia, Fulto and hiredShe three toaccredited start building we’ll have ainformalized business plan Oneonta. alsoemployees completed an di- board-certified orthopedic surgery and is based Rachel Ulster, Petkovsek recently joined Delaware, the reetetic internship and senior graduatecenters, coursework at a trained specialist with a trauma fel- habilitation staff at Valley HealthOtsego, ServicesRenssela Greene, Montgomery, relationships with nursing upon trauma what we’ve projected and budgeted,� Stony Brook University. from says. Mount“The Sinaichallenge Medical Center in right (VHS) as a physical-therapy assistant. A Warr Schenectady, Saratoga, Schoharie, organizations, and hospitals that could be-lowship Palmieri we have Lauren Gallimo has been named manager of New York City. graduate of Herkimer County Community come part of its network. Palmieri expects now is, because there has not been a man- Washington, and Monroe counties. social services/admissions for St. Luke’s Home College (HCCC), she served one of her colVNSNY Choice hasgraduation hired seven peo toat hire in Central New aged long-term caremedical delivery systemlege forinternships FSLH.more She wasemployees previously director of resident at VHS, and after rural/metro in Fishkill in Dutchess County to spearhe York and the Mohawk Valley in the future, this type of long-term care in the past, it’s and family services for Van Rensselaer Manor services from HCCC, Petkovsek accepted a position its efforts in the Hudson although exactintimelines staffing levels going to be tricky to get the rates right.� Nursing Home Troy, andand a caseworker for in the Albany area. She later returnedValley to thecounties thenot Neighborhood Center - School Partnership Rural/Metro Mohawkleased Valley,aworking in Utica foroffice more there. Medical Services announced 3,000-square-foot are set. VNSNY Choice has 1,470 total itemployfor“ItYouth in Utica. Gallimo received her abachthan five years. addedItfive new employees its Syracuse plans, Palmieri is no stranger to q the Moha is safe to say that we’ll have majorhasees. offers Medicareto Advantage

VNSNY Choice coming to CNY, Mohawk Valley counties Gregor y McCraith, D.D.S., has joined Aspen Dental in Cortland. He brings more than 25 years of dentistry experience to the community. McCraith received his doctorate in dental surgery from the University McCraith of Buffalo and served as chief of dental medicine at Olean General Hospital prior to joining Aspen Dental.

A New York City–based not-for-profit home healthcare organization has received state approval to expand its Medicaid managed long-term delta medicalcare plan to 24 counties outFamily nurse practitioner sidePatricia of the cityhas — includMarrello joined the staff of Delta ing Medical. several in the Syracuse She joins intermedicineareas. physician andnalUtica Humberto Perez, M.D.

at Visiting the new primary care The Nurse Service of New York practice and brings more (VNSNY) moving on plans to spread its than 40isyears experience. VNSNY Choice Medicaid Long Marrello graduated from Managed Marrello TermMarcy Care State plan to Herkimer, Madison, Hospital School Nursing incounties. That’s Oneida, andofOnondaga 1968 and earned her bachelor’s of nursing after the state approved the market expan-at SUNYIT. She received her master’s degrees in sion in September. hospital administration from the New School of The managed longSocial Research and as a family nurse practitioner from SUNYIT.term care plan is targeted at seniors and faxton st. luke’s healthcare individuals with chronJOURNAL icbeen illnesses and disabilJordanSTAFF Little has named director ofities nutri-who cannot live tion and hospitality independently at home,serbut do not want to Faxton St. home. Luke’s It’s a voluntary movevices intofor a nursing (FSLH) and optionHealthcare for Medicaid-eligible beneficiaries Sodexo. He was previously that director provides nurse-care managers who of hospitality servisit members’ homes and coordinate the vices with FSLH. Prior to that, Little was a manager health-care services they receive. of Environmental Services News of VNSNY Choice’s expansion Little for Sodexo in Pittsburgh, follows New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo acPa. and Buffalo. He received his bachelor’s degree cepting recommendations Medicaid in business management from from aSUNY Empire Redesign The isredesign State Team College in in February. New York. Little a certified environmental services professional lifted health-care a moratorium on the extension of and Medicaid is ServSafe-certified. existing managed-care plans, acBorden hasPalmieri, been named executive cordingNancy to Christopher president director of the Regional Cancer Center at FSLH. of VNSNY Choicewas Health also She previously FSLH’sPlans, directorwho of radiation actedoncology, as an adviser theheld state its15 a positiontoshe for during more than Medicaid redesign. VNSNY has been open


“Our organization felt tha we should be offering ou coordinated care throug managed long-term care across the state,� Palmie says. “[This] expansion wa one step toward becom ing a statewide health plan and serving all 62 counties in the state.�

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room suite and PACU, Jodi Donahue, director of surgical services at St. Joseph’s, said in a news release. “Constructed to accommodate the resource needs of the surgical procedures being performed at that time, the operating rooms were once considered spacious. However, these rooms simply can no longer meet the demands of today’s advancedsurgical technology and procedural complexities,” Donahue said. Galimi also referenced the early-1990s project creating the existing operating rooms. “So you start seeing aging space that may still be adequate but is not efficient enough for the new technologies that you’re getting,” Galimi says, noting the hospital’s use of the daVinci robot for surgeries. The project will use sustainable-design principles as the hospital seeks Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the project. Working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the plan includes solar panels, daylighting views, energy-conserving systems, a greenway park, site drainage, and underground water and storm-water infrastructure, all of which are intended to reduce the hospital’s energy costs. St. Joseph’s is using several means to finance the expansion project, which includes the recently completed emergencyservices building. The Onondaga Civic Development

Corporation has provided St. Joseph’s an inducement of $177 million for taxexempt bonding. The Onondaga County Legislature has authorized the corporation to assist nonprofit organizations that undertake economic-development projects. The remainder of the investment will come from hospital reserves and the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation’s Generations capital campaign. King + King Architects LLP of Syracuse designed the surgical suite. The Hayner Hoyt Corporation is serving as the construction manager on the project. Subcontractors include Burns Bros Contractors of Syracuse, which is handling the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning work as well as plumbing and mechanical work; Huen New York, Inc. of DeWitt, the local office of Broadview, Ill.–based Huen Electric, is handling the electrical work; Davis-Ulmer Sprinkler Co. of Clay is working on the sprinkler system; Edward Schalk & Son, Inc. of DeWitt is focused on the drywall work; and Raulli & Sons., Inc. of Syracuse is handling the structural steel work, according to Martin (Marty) Rainbow, project manager for Hayner Hoyt. St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a nonprofit, 431-bed hospital and health-care system providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York. The hospital generated $586 million in revenue in 2012 with net income of $9 million. St. Joseph’s employs more than 3,700 full-time workers.  Contact Reinhardt at

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield medical director honored UTICA — Dr. Frank J. Dubeck, chief medical officer and vice president for medical policy and clinical editing at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, was recently named a Fellow by the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) at the group’s annual meeting in New York City. Dubeck was one of only 12 physicians in the country to receive this prestigious honor this year. ACPE is the nation’s oldest and largest medical management educational association for physicians. The organization represents nearly 11,000 high-level physician leaders from health-care organizations across the U.S. and throughout the world. A nationally recognized expert on clinical coding and editing, Dubeck has been chief medical officer for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Utica region since 1998. He serves on the BlueCross BlueShield Association’s (BCBSA) Medical Policy Panel Executive Committee and represents BCBSA on the Editorial Panel of the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Codebook. An internist with 20 years of clinical experience, Dubeck practiced locally at Slocum Dickson Medical Group prior to joining Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, the largest health insurer in Central New York. Dr. Dubeck and his wife, Dr. Marybeth McCall, reside in Utica.

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11 Arnot ArnotHealth HealthRadiology Radiology 600 600Roe RoeAve. Ave. Elmira, Elmira,NYNY14905 14905 (607) (607)737-4100/ 737-4100/ Lourdes LourdesHospital HospitalDiagnostic DiagnosticImaging Imaging 169 169Riverside RiversideDrive Drive Binghamton, Binghamton,NYNY13905 13905 (607) (607)798-5223/ 798-5223/ Imaging ImagingatatSt.St.Joseph's Joseph'sHospital HospitalHealth HealthCenter Center 301 301Prospect ProspectAve. Ave. Syracuse, Syracuse,NYNY13203 13203 (315) (315)448-5274/ 448-5274/ St.St.Joseph's Joseph'sImaging ImagingAssociates Associates 5100 5100W.W.Taft TaftRoad Road Liverpool, Liverpool,NYNY13088 13088 (315) (315)452-2555/ 452-2555/ Cayuga CayugaMedical MedicalCenter CenterRadiology Radiology 101 101Dates DatesDrive Drive Ithaca, Ithaca,NYNY14850 14850 (607) (607)274-4512/ 274-4512/ CRA CRAMedical MedicalImaging Imaging 5008 5008Brittonfield BrittonfieldParkway, Parkway,Suite Suite100 100 East EastSyracuse, Syracuse,NYNY13057 13057 (315) (315)234-7600/ 234-7600/ SUNY SUNYUpstate UpstateMedical MedicalUniversity University Department DepartmentofofRadiology Radiology 750 750E.E.Adams AdamsSt.St. Syracuse, Syracuse,NYNY13202 13202 (315) (315)464-7700/ 464-7700/ CNY CNYDiagnostic DiagnosticImaging ImagingAssociates Associates 1000 1000E.E.Genesee GeneseeSt.St. Syracuse, Syracuse,NYNY13210 13210 (315) (315)269-9729/ 269-9729/ Oswego OswegoHealth HealthRadiology Radiology 110 110W.W.Sixth SixthSt.St. Oswego, Oswego,NYNY13126 13126 (315) (315)349-5540/ 349-5540/ Magnetic MagneticDiagnostic DiagnosticResources ResourcesofofCNY CNY 4567 4567Crossroads CrossroadsPark ParkDrive Drive Liverpool, Liverpool,NYNY13088 13088 (315) (315)454-4810/ 454-4810/ Rome RomeMemorial MemorialHospital Hospital 1500 1500N.N.James JamesSt.St. Rome, Rome,NYNY13440 13440 (315) (315)338-7027/ 338-7027/ Upstate UpstateUniversity UniversityHospital HospitalatatCommunity CommunityGeneral General Department DepartmentofofMedical MedicalImaging Imaging 4900 4900Broad BroadRoad Road Syracuse, Syracuse,NYNY13215 13215 (315) (315)492-5526/ 492-5526/ Cortland CortlandRegional RegionalMedical MedicalCenter Center 134 134Homer HomerAve. Ave. Cortland, Cortland,NYNY13045 13045 (607) (607)756-3500/ 756-3500/ Cooperative CooperativeMagnetic MagneticImaging Imaging 107 107Business BusinessPark ParkDrive Drive Utica, Utica,NYNY13502 13502 (315) (315)792-4666/ 792-4666/ Auburn AuburnCommunity CommunityHospital HospitalRadiology Radiology 1717Lansing LansingSt.St. Auburn, Auburn,NYNY13021 13021 (315) (315)255-7261/ 255-7261/ Oneida OneidaHealthcare Healthcare 321 321Genesee GeneseeSt.St. Oneida, NY Oneida, NY13421 13421 (315) (315)363-6000/ 363-6000/ & Southern SouthernTier TierImaging Imaging 32-36 32-36Harrison HarrisonSt.St. Johnson JohnsonCity, City,NYNY13790 13790 (607) (607)729-1999/ 729-1999/ Massena MassenaMemorial MemorialHospital Hospital One OneHospital HospitalDrive Drive Massena, Massena,NYNY13662 13662 (315) (315)769-4200/ 769-4200/

K&A K&ARadiologic RadiologicTechnology TechnologyServices, Services,Inc. Inc. 6400 6400Collamer CollamerRoad Road East EastSyracuse, Syracuse,NYNY13057 13057 (315) (315)437-1622/ 437-1622/ Crouse CrouseImaging ImagingCenter Center 736 736Irving IrvingAve. Ave. Syracuse, Syracuse,NYNY13210 13210 (315) (315)470-7511/ 470-7511/ Oneida OneidaMedical MedicalImaging ImagingCenter Center 578 578Seneca SenecaSt.St. Oneida, Oneida,NYNY13421 13421 (315) (315)361-4300/ 361-4300/ Watertown WatertownBreast BreastImaging Imaging 428 428Washington WashingtonSt.St. Watertown, Watertown,NYNY13601 13601 (315) (315)782-5008/ 782-5008/ Lewis LewisCounty CountyGeneral GeneralHospital HospitalRadiological RadiologicalServices Services 7785 7785North NorthState StateSt.St. Lowville, Lowville,NYNY13367 13367 (315) (315)376-5213/ 376-5213/ Northern NorthernRadiology RadiologyImaging Imaging 1571 1571Washington WashingtonSt., St.,Suite Suite101 101 Watertown, Watertown,NYNY13601 13601 (315) (315)786-5000/ 786-5000/

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Brian BrianWetzel, Wetzel,Director DirectorofofDiagnostic Diagnostic Imaging/Cardiology Imaging/CardiologyVascular VascularLab Lab

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Robert RobertWhitmarsh, Whitmarsh,Director DirectorMedical Medical Imaging Imaging

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David DavidFeiglin, Feiglin,Chairman Chairman




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