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Occupational Therapist Michelle Madore, of Chestnut Commons Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Center in Rome, enjoys sending text messages as much as anyone. Because she knows the damage that can be done to joints and muscles from holding a cell phone or other electronic device improperly, Madore says she is careful to keep her wrists in a neutral position when texting. In a neutral position, your wrists are straight with no pressure on the joint, either downward or outward.

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Overuse of electronic devices can lead to injuries, Rome therapist says ROME — Today’s workers, especially the young, often seem tethered to smartphones, tablets, and laptops. When combined with use of video-gaming devices at home this can cause overuse injuries such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and bursitis, an area health-care professional says. Michelle Madore, an occupational therapist at Chestnut Commons Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Center in Rome, says these common devices can lead to pain from injuries of muscles and joints in the hands, arms, and upper body, according to a news release from Rome Memorial Hospital, parent of Chestnut Commons. According to the CONTRIBUTING release, occupational WRITER therapists have seen an increase of young patients with these repetitive-motion injuries since the overuse

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of electronic devices is common among young people. Most patients that come in with overuse injuries are in their mid-20s, Madore said in an email. These injuries were previously typically developed over time from work-related actions such as typing or operating machinery and it is important for young people to understand that too much continuous texting or game play can lead to physical problems, Madore said in the release. Madore explained that common injuries from overuse of mobile phones and gaming devices involve the thumb, which can limit the use of the hand. “In my opinion, the worst devices would be the video-gaming systems,” Madore said in the email. She explained that the controllers for those gaming devices are designed to encourage wrist flexion and the buttons force repetitive use of the thumb in all directions. How bad can it get? “I had one patient that came to me for carpal tunnel symptoms; she admitted that she is often on her phone or laptop and tablet, and upon further evaluation I found that she had nerve impingement up to her neck from her poor posture,” Madore said. Madore suggests taking frequent breaks when using electronic devices because hours of continuous use can take a toll on

Occupational Therapist Michelle Madore, of Chestnut Commons Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Center in Rome, says it’s important to have a straight wrist when holding electronic devices.

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joints in the hand, elbow, forearm, shoulders and neck. She also recommends changing positions frequently and using light pressure when operating any device. “If you notice any pain or stiffness, you should stop immediately and rest your hands,” Madore said in the news release. “If the pain continues, you should take a break from all devices for a few days,” she said. If pain continues even after a break from use, medical treatment may be required to prescribe anti-inflammatory medicines, bracing of the affected areas, or physical and oc-

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cupational therapy, according to Madore. Madore said she is careful with how she uses her own electronic devices. “I am aware of how common these issues are, so I take [preventive] measures to avoid problems,” she explained. “I try to be more aware of how I hold onto devices; a neutral position is the best position for your wrist.” A neutral wrist position means the wrist is straight, not bent backwards or down, and there is no force on it, according to Madore. “If you are using something like a laptop or tablet, you should place several pillows on your lap to rest your arms on. Ideally, the screen should be at eye level. This will allow for a more neutral neck position by not having to look down significantly,” she said in the release. She also recommends sitting in a chair with good back support when using any device. “Positions that could cause injuries include slouching on the couch, looking down into your lap and holding the device or game controller close to your body,” she explained. But in the end, it’s all about moderation. “It is important to not use these devices constantly; I see it all the time, a group of people at a restaurant and everyone has their nose in their phone or tablet when it isn’t likely a necessity at that point,” Madore said in the email. Chestnut Commons Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center, located at 107 E. Chestnut St., is the rehabilitation center of Rome Memorial Hospital. Chestnut Commons is one of the largest outpatient rehabilitation centers in the area, according to its website.  Contact The Business Journal at news@cnybj.com

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Fidelis Care, a Catholic says. “When there aren’t those opportunihealth plan based in Rego Park in the New ties, we’re happy to build the infrastructure ing a statewide health York City borough of Queens, announced in ourselves.â€? plan and serving all 62 August it was expanding its Fidelis Care at The Medicaid managed long-term care Home managed long-term care program into plan does not have any members in Central counties in the state.â€? 11 counties in and around Central New York. New York or the Mohawk Valley at the moNumerous plans have applied to the ment. It could sign up interested members state for expansion, Palmieri says. VNSNY today but will likely make a push at the end Nursing Home said in a news release. Choice offer its plan to all eligible of 2012 or beginning of 2013, according to The wants facilitytowill operate “business as have estimates of premium revenue New York residents eventually, he contin- Palmieri. usual,â€? St. Joseph Nursing home said. 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Orange, Putnam, Rockland, office at 2 Ellinwood Drive in New Hartford “Around the first of the year is when “We are excited to take over operations the process has been carefully thought Sulliva ing the needs of the St. Joseph community Columbia, Delaware, Fulto Joseph’s Homebusiness and continue out, andUlster, we areAlbany, all confident that Personal and three buildingat St. we’ll have Nursing a formalized plan based andhired to carry outemployees its missiontoofstart providing the we’ve high quality careand patients Healthcare and itsMontgomery, owners represent valuesRenssela “qualityâ€? care with for the aged and infirmnursing in a to provide Greene, Otsego, relationships senior centers, upon what projected budgeted,â€? been used for many years,â€? that are Schenectady, consistent withSaratoga, St. JosephSchoharie, Nursing Warr home-like atmosphere, he added. organizations, and hospitals that could be-havePalmieri says.to“The challenge wesaid have right Home’s culture of dignity and respect,â€? “Given the ever changing regulatory en- Zagelbaum. 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Crouse Hospital to provide services at Community Memorial in Hamilton

Crouse Hospital of Syracuse on Oct. 15 announced it is providing “visiting consultative services� at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton.

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SYRACUSE — Crouse Hospital of Syracuse on Oct. 15 announced it is providing “visiting consultative services� at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton. The services, intended for patients in the Hamilton area and Madison County, are part of Crouse’s affiliation with Community Memorial Hospital, Crouse said in a news release. The medical serJOURNAL STAFF vices include gener-

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HEALTH-CARE PEOPLE-ON-THE-MOVE CAYUGA HEART INSTITUTE Amit K. Singh, M.D. has been named to the top post of medical director of the Cayuga Heart Institute. He joined the Cayuga Medical Center medical staff and Ithaca Cardiology Associates in 2003. Singh has specialized training in carSingh diac catheterization, nuclear cardiology, and transesophageal echocardiography. Under his leadership, Cayuga Medical Center was certified by the Society of Chest Pain Centers in 2009 to be an accredited chest pain center. Singh, who earned his doctorate in medicine from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, served his residency in internal medicine at Bassett Health Care in Cooperstown and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease from Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and nuclear cardiology. Singh is a clinical instructor in medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

CAYUGA MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Cayuga Medical Associates (CMA) announced a regional neuromedicine initiative with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the addition of James Metcalf, M.D., to progressive neurosurgery Metcalf of CMA. He received his pre-medical degree from Presbyterian College in South Carolina and earned his medical doctorate from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. Metcalf completed his internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. and his residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He is board-certified by The American Board of Neurological Surgery and is assistant professor of neurosurgery at URMC.

RODNEY S. AND MARJORIE FINK INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH ON AGING The Rodney S. and Marjorie Fink Institute of Research on Aging has appointed geriatric psychiatrist Nanette M. Dowling, D.O. as its first research director. She will assume responsibility for the applied-research agenda of the Institute, which is housed at Menorah Park of CNY and focuses on geriatric mental health. Dowling, also serving as an attending psychiatrist and associate professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University in the Department of Psychiatry, is board-certified in psychiatry with a sub-specialty in geriatric psychiatry. She completed her psychiatry residency at SUNY Upstate and a geriatric fellowship at Columbia University and the Greater Binghamton Health Center. Dowling also holds a master’s degree in health policy and administration and received a doctor of osteopathy degree from Touro University.

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Dickson Medical Group in the specialty of otorhinolaryngology. She is board-certified in otorhinolaryngology and facial plastic surgery. Podzimek completed her otolaryngology, head, neck surgical residency at Flint Osteopathic Podzimek Hospital in Flint, Mich., and her general surgical residency and internship at Garden City Osteopathic Hospital in Garden City, Mich. Podzimek received her medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo.

ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL HEALTH CENTER St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center has appointed Vincent J. Kuss director of development. He brings more than 11 years of health care and higher-education development experience to his position. Kuss has held development positions Kuss at two major universities and most recently, served as executive director for the College of Medicine Foundation at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Kuss earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from SUNY Cortland, his master’s degree in higher-educa-

tion administration from Syracuse University, and an MBA from Le Moyne College. St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center has appointed Mary Jo Vona, RN to director of nursing talent acquisition and retention. Specializing in nurse recruitment and retention, performance improvement and coaching, she has 28 years experience within critical-care nursing and nursing recruitment. Vona has helped create leadership development programs and has been instrumental in delivering organizationally aligned recruitment Vona strategies in her role as manager of nursing recruitment and retention, a position she has held at St. Joseph’s since 2007. A graduate of the St. Joseph’s College of Nursing, she holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Le Moyne College and is scheduled to complete a master’s degree in nursing administration from Le Moyne College in December 2013. The following individuals joined St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center’s medical staff. In the surgery specialty, Naveen Duggal, M.D.; in emergency, Etan E. Eitches, M.D., and Kathryn L. Watson, M.D.; in radiology, Sivan Golan, M.D. and Shain Wallis, D.O.; and in internal medicine, Maria C. Srinivasan, M.D. St. Joseph’s has added the following new members to its active medical staff. In the spe-

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SYRACUSE ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALISTS Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists recently hired Naven Duggal, M.D., to join its foot and ankle team. He is an American board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment Duggal of foot and ankle problems. Prior to joining Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, Duggal was the chief of the orthopaedic foot and ankle service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He performed his research in biomechanics at the Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Studies at Harvard Medical School. Duggal is on the editorial board for the journal Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery and the journal Orthopedics. 

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Construction is finishing up on Upstate Medical’s newly expanded Neuroscience Research Building.

Wellness is a state of mind and body. It’s an individual thing. So, when it comes to employee participation, let’s not get— lured the SYRACUSE Theinto State misconception that wellUniversity of New York ness only works in large (SUNY) Upstate Medical numbers, on andOct. therefore is University 21 formore fitting for aits sprawlmally opened more ing Fortune 500 company than 158,000-square-foot than it is for a small busiNeuroscience Research ness with 25 toan100 emBuilding (NRB), expanployees. sion of Upstate’s Institute for Human Performance (IHP). Wellness today is for all employers and all

of their employees. Even back in the 1980s The one-block long, addition, when five-story I was consulting which is adjacent to the IHP, cost $72 million, with small businesses, Upstate Medical said in a news release. some of them had a wellThe facility is located on a two-acre site nessand program place, bounded by Harrison Madisoninstreets, and didn’t even realize it. and Crouse and Irving avenues in Syracuse. VIEWPOINT When break time came, The expansion is designed to help the employees of one bring the researchers at Upstate Medical particular small business would a walk University together to study the take brain, said around theRochford, block. Walking together during Rosemary vice president for rebusiness hours was builtininto this comsearch at Upstate Medical, speaking with pany’s culture. The aonly between reporters following tourdifference of the facility. then and bringing now is today wescientists would count “We’re all the from the different partsa of the campus together. We’re steps with pedometer clipped to our belt bringing our clinical researchers and our

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and walk with iPod buds stuck in our ears as opposed to a Sony Walkman. But the results remain the same. But when it comes to getting companies to implement a wellness program into their corporate culture, it all comes down to getbasic science researchers to really begin to ting them to practice what you preach. And look at ‌ basic functions of the brain and what I found to be effective is utilizing the also how the brain doesn’t go so right someold KISS system Rochford with a slight times in disease,â€? said.modification —The Keepresearchers It Simple Sells. at Upstate Medical, This not to suggest good insurwho areis already focusedthat on astudying the ance agent doesn’t know thatnext having brain, will move into the facility April,a solid health and wellness plan in place will Rochford said. benefit his/her But sometimes The expansionclient. also seeks to speed the litanyofofscientific objections from the — pace discovery andemployers to strengthen “There’s nothing can do about health-care Upstate’s researchI enterprise, projected this year total $34 theexpensive,â€? medical school coststogoing up,â€?million, “It’s too “We said. don’t have the facilities for exercise,â€? “My “It is a vital part want of ourtomission, thatcan being employees won’t do itâ€? — be research and new knowledge. It’s also vital overwhelming. forJohn the region of course, is the Basten‌ofand Thethat, Mid-State Group in new knowledge-based economy,â€?are Dr. David Lynchburg, Va. says employers frustratSmith, of Upstate Medical, in ed withpresident the ever-increasing cost of said health his remarks during the ceremony. premiums, and thus turn to brokers for The formal opening preceded a public solutions, which often include delivering lecture that featured three of the country’s “wellnessâ€? by implementing disincentives leading names in brain-research science. and benefit-design changes in an effort to They included Susan Hockfield, Nicholas change behavior. It’s Choi, a concept Basten Spitzer, and Dennis whothat discussed says doesn’t work. how present-day research is leading to new “It’s only education that you and can advances in through the prevention, treatment, guide employers to better understand the cures for disorders of the brain. risks and obstacles they emerita are facing,â€? he exHockfield is president and profesplains. to help them sor of “Essentially, neurosciencestep at one the is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Spitzer is director

identify the specific health factors within their her health, year after year.â€? He adds, “When employees have somecompany, because when real data drives the decision, one can plan for the expected re- thing personalized, such as their HRA, and see directives they can look at year after sults.â€? York International, a large regional bro- year, it provides a tremendous level of ker in Harrison, N.Y. derives about 25 per- control and a heightened awareness. We cent of its $10 million in revenue from routinely reach 85 percent or 90 percent benefits serving the middle-market employ- involvement from employees who review er of 50-2,500 employees. For the past five their Health Risk Assessments.â€? years, York has been focusing on drawing One point that Bodack and Basten agree employee benefits and wellness resources on as wellness experts is that employers and capabilities from much larger busi- should not rely on incentives for employee nesses to bring to smaller firms. involvement in the program. And, converse“The Fortune 1000 or 5000 have been ly, neither should they be penalized for not practicing engaging employees in health participating. beyond the financing of sickness for many “Employees are already struggling with photopressures courtesy of rome memorial hospital years and we think that there is a tremen- family and an uncertainty about dous opportunity to continue to do that the future,â€? says Basten. “The last thing emof thethese Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind and particle accelerator). The structure also with middle-market companies,â€? ex- of ployees need is a work environment where professor of neurobiology at theInternational. University of has of 31not wet/dry, plains Mike Bodack of York theya combination are told what to doopen/closed and being California, San Diego. as director laboratory that in-a “When our point of Choi entryserves is who we call laboratories, penalized forand doing so. This support doesn’t create of Institute for Advanced Neurosciences microarray, and phenotypthethe‘user buyer’ of insurance for their cludes thriving corporatemicroscopy, culture. Wellness should and professor of the the department of ing cores, offices, company, we and try chair to engage ‘economic be offered solelyand as aadministrative benefit and space. not as a neurology Stony It also includes a two-story atrium providbuyer’ as atwell. It Brook is notUniversity. often the same ‘reward,’ and delivered to the employees ing gathering space, conference rooms, a person, but it does happen on occasion.â€? as such. Only then will the employer get and aparticipation physical connection to the The building “When we dealdesign with that economic buyer, lounge, the proper they need forexistthe The Boston–based architecture firm ing building, Upstate Medical University said. we find that it is easy to focus the conversa- program to be successful.â€? Goody Clancy designed the expansion tion,â€? he adds. “Certainly, some folks will Mark Nantz of Knapp Miller Brown to achieve the Leadership in Energy & About the research have their head in the sand. But the ones Insurance Servicesresearch in Salem, says isa Environmental Design (LEED) silver desigInterdisciplinary at Ind. the IHP who are intelligent, rational humanCouncil, beings currently key component a successful wellness nation from the U.S. Green Building devotedof primarily to human activunderstand verysaid. quickly. Because in the ity program, which he has used many times, is Upstate Medical and rehabilitation. end, it’sbuilding just a math problem.â€? shared clinic benefit whichfrom also The also features a parking garage theThe NRB willmodel, houseainvestigators employers perceive space, wellness as an includes wellness coaches. “The shared forWhen 51 vehicles, mechanical loading addedand costspace instead an added benefit, bad clinic model allows smallerpage employers to dock, for aoffuture cyclotron (a type See neuroscience, 7 things happen. Or nothing happens at all. use the clinic model, as long as there is a Basten of the Mid-State Group has fought larger employer to act as the anchor,â€? says that battle for years. Nantz. “Think of a shopping center with the “Employers are frustrated with the ever- large big box store as the anchor tenant. A increasing cost of health care and are look- large employer can have its own clinic and ing for viable strategies to reverse the trend,â€? it can act as an anchor for surrounding comhe says. “Many are looking for quick fixes panies to share its on-site clinic. On-site clinwhich end in employers spending excessive ics can also pull out employees with chronic funds in areas that don’t have long-lasting illnesses and focus on wellness initiatives effects. Our specific focus is to educate for those folks.â€? the employer on how wellness should be It has become increasingly clear that defined as an employee benefit. We educate workers’ compensation, employee benefits, our clients that identifying the specific risk and wellness are the three faces of employfactors affecting their employee group is an ee health, and the cost of that health means essential and foundational step in creating insurance producers must be equipped to an effective wellness program, starting with bring a unified approach to employers. With getting a minimum of 90 percent of their the new health-care reform legislation, ememployees to complete a health-risk assess- ployers will have an enormous need for ment without providing incentives.â€? expert advice on benefits and wellness. The Getting the employees behind a well- insurance agents of the future are quickly ness program can often be the fuel that arming themselves with new ways to atjump-starts an employer’s decision-making tack the true root causes that are driving process, as now he/she sees what was per- up health-care costs. 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