Ontario-Yates Hospice achieves Level 3 of ‘We Honor Veterans’

Ontario-Yates Hospice, a program of UR Medicine Home Care, recently achieved Partner Level Three for the We Honor Veterans program. Level Four is the highest partner level, which Ontario-Yates Hospice expects to earn next year. We Honor Veterans is a program through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. By voluntarily participating... more

Rising teen suicide rates creates need for greater awareness

There’s a deadly trend nationwide – more teens are committing suicide. Experts are blaming social media. WNYT reports health officials are noticing swelling suicide rates among teens in the capital region, and here in the Finger Lakes region, data shows similar trends. You might remember four Penfield High School students committed suicide over the course of 18 months, the most... more

Fingerlakes Mall site of free opioid overdose training

Fingerlakes Mall will offer a free opioid overdose training at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to overdoses using intranasal naloxone spray (Narcan). Free overdose rescue kits will also be offered. The training is provided by Cayuga County in cooperation with the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse services. The mall is... more

GRADING CARE: Group evaluates local hospitals, provides rating system for consumers

A non-profit health quality group has provided an update to safety grades for hospitals throughout the region. To come up with their grades, the organization looks at 27 publicly available measures to determine a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe. Safe from what, exactly? Well, Leapfrog looks at information and data that contributes to the preventable harm category, which... more

Sen. Helming urges residents to ‘kick’ the smoking habit

Senator Pam Helming is proud to partner with the Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes to recognize the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 16. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this day is aimed at encouraging smokers to quit for just one day. As well as the Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes, there are a multitude... more

Clifton Springs Hospital will get new $32M medical village

With the first wall “broken,” the renovations for Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic’s new Medical Village are officially underway. Hospital staff members and friends gathered to celebrate the beginning of the work yesterday at a ceremonial wallbreaking. Eric Bieber, MD, president and CEO of Rochester Regional Health, described the event as a “pivotal moment” in the hospital’s history. “Clifton Springs... more

TAKING BACK SUCCESS: Victor event collects 384 lbs of unwanted drugs

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County and the Ontario County Sherriff’s Office announce the successful collection of unwanted prescription drug medication on Saturday, October 28th at the “Medication Take Back” event at the Victor Village Hall. Through the support of community members, 384 pounds of unwanted medication was collected from 135 participants.  The event was supported by the... more

Skaneateles nutritionist appears on ‘Good Morning America’

“Good Morning America” viewers woke up to a nutrition lesson from a Skaneateles dietitian Wednesday. Kelly Springer, owner of Kelly’s Choice LLC at 6 Hannum St., appeared on the show as a spokesperson for Lifeway Kefir cultured milk smoothies. The segment began with Springer explaining to host Amy Robach how foods like salmon, almonds and kale can improve bone health,... more

Waiting for Life: New York’s critical organ shortage

Liz DeVivo’s pager went off at 4:45 a.m. on July 29, 2003. She was in bed, attached to two intravenous machines pumping medicine through her body, keeping her heart beating until it was her turn for a transplant. The Binghamton resident had gotten the call once before, in November 2002. But the weather — cold, icy, windy — meant a... more

Cayuga County Legislature still considering opioid lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies

The Cayuga County Legislature is still on the fence about joining a statewide lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that produce opioid medications. Three New York City law firms met with the body’s Government Operations Committee in executive session earlier this month, and while the committee majority had chosen to recommend a law firm and proceed with the litigation to the full... more

del Lago goes pink in support of breast cancer research

About 250,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year, and more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. Locally, more than 1,000 women in the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions will face a breast cancer diagnosis within the next year. However, in the last 20 years, there has... more

Cuomo signs bill to give health benefits to NY volunteer firefighters

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday signed legislation that provides health benefits to volunteer firefighters diagnosed with certain cancers. At the moment, firefighters can only get disability and death benefits through workers’ compensation. Under the law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2019, volunteer firefighters can also receive benefits if they contract life-threatening cancers after becoming firefighters. The specific cancers are listed... more

Owasco Lake harmful algal toxins aren’t gone yet

The weather is getting cooler, but Owasco Lake is not out of the woods yet when it comes to harmful algal blooms. Latest test results from the Cayuga County Health Department continue to show microcystin, a liver toxin released by harmful algae, in the raw lake water entering the city of Auburn's and town of Owasco's treatment plants. The drinking... more
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