Crouse Connects

Crouse isn’t just about healthcare. We’re about what we believe sets us apart: Carepassion™ .

We always say we’re not a ‘perfect’ hospital. But our physicians, nurses, providers and staff strive to listen to each patient and family member’s feelings and needs with the respect and dignity you deserve.

Our CrouseConnects blog is designed to talk about some of the ways we connect and do just that. How we work on achieving clinical advances that help us provide the best in patient care for our community and region. And how we try to tend to the “little things” — parking, getting around and dining, for example — to make anyone’s visit or stay at Crouse more welcoming and comfortable.

Congratulations to Our Future Leaders

By: Crouse News

Crouse Health is an employer of choice in our region because of our unique culture, competitive pay and benefits and the investment our organization makes in employees who want to grow personally and professionally. Our Future Leaders program, now in its second year, provides a pathway for leadership to those in the organization who aspire…

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Addressing Neck and Back Pain

By: Crouse News

If you’ve ever moaned, “Oh, my aching back,” you’re not alone. Back pain is one of the most common ailments, affecting eight out of 10 people at some point during their lives, according to the National Institutes of Health. Crouse Neuroscience Institute Clinical Director Jameson Crumb, MS, RPA-C, says that those in pain usually wait…

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

By: Jennifer Cross, RNC

When we think about pregnancy and motherhood, we think about the joy of welcoming a new baby into our lives. We don’t typically think about loss and grief. Crouse delivers 4,000 babies each year, and we can’t forget those mothers — about 120 annually — whose experiences aren’t what they expected and leave the hospital…

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Paramedics Receive Advanced Critical Care Transport Training

By: Crouse News

Patients in small villages, towns and cities across upstate New York often require more intensive specialized care than their local healthcare facilities can provide. That’s why Crouse Health and American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance service are partnering to fill a critical need for the efficient transport of these patients to Crouse, while they are being…

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Carepassion in Action: Crouse Finance Team Serve the Community

By: Crouse News

If you think those who work in finance and accounting are only concerned about the bottom line, then you haven’t met our Crouse Health team. Interim Chief Financial Officer Kevin Randall, with Allyson Rossi, affiliate manager of finance, and 10 of their departmental colleagues, spent a morning recently volunteering at the Samaritan Center, an interfaith…

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Breastfeeding: Things They Don’t Tell You

By: Erin Christopher

August is World Breastfeeding Month. The team at Crouse Health’s Kienzle Family Maternity Center recognizes a woman’s right to choose whether to breastfeed or not. During this month, in particular, we celebrate mothers who have are attempting to feed their babies human milk. What follows are some insights that may make the breastfeeding experience more…

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Late Senator’s Death Puts Glioblastoma in the News

By: Cheryl Abrams

This past June, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 245 by unanimous consent, which set aside July 17 as “Glioblastoma Awareness Day” nationally (#GBMDay) to focus on GBM, the most common form of brain cancer.

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Refugees Learn about Health Careers from Crouse

By: Laurie Clark

Through a partnership with the North Side Learning Center, these students participate in a program which helps refugee and immigrant young adults, ages 14 to 21, familiarize themselves with paths to personal, academic, professional and financial success.

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The Opioid Crisis: An Unprecedented Battle

By: Tolani Ajagbe, MD

The current opioid crisis is the most profound and devastating public health crisis ever encountered in the United States. With approximately 140 opioid overdose-related deaths in the nation daily, it is shaping up to be the most consequential health crisis of our generation.

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From Cardiologist to Patient

By: Anil George, MD

What could, I, a practicing cardiologist at Crouse Health, possibly have in common with Howard Washington, a 20-year-old guard on the Syracuse University men’s basketball team? Three things, actually: We both suffered a stroke; had a heart defect that caused it; and were saved by the expertise of physicians and other providers at Crouse. Our…

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Preemies, Parenthood and the NICU Journey

By: Cheryl Abrams

Every day is Happy Mother’s Day for Kasey Mathews and her family, including husband, Lee, son Tucker, and daughter, Andie, who was born prematurely, arriving at just 25 weeks. Weighing a mere one pound, 11 ounces, she survived and happily will turn 19 this fall. A 1985 graduate of Jamesville-Dewitt High School, Kasey was the…

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Parenthood: It Takes a Village

By: Christine Kowaleski, DNP, MHNP-BC

You’ve no doubt heard the expression “it takes a village,” made popular in our cultural lingo with the publishing in 1996 of It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, a book by then First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton. The notion of it takes a village did not originate…

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May is Stroke Awareness Month

By: Crouse News

Medical providers share an expression about treating stroke patients. “Time is brain,” they say, emphasizing the crucial concept that treating patients quickly minimizes brain damage. Crouse Health’s designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) assures patients and their families that Crouse provides highly trained experts, leading-edge technology and speedy treatment for any kind of stroke…

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Reinventing Spine Care: A Compassionate and Personalized Approach

By: Jameson Crumb, MS, PA

What is one thing that people in pain usually do? Wait too long to seek relief. Many of us go through life having, from time to time, pain in our neck or lower back. In most cases the pain subsides, and we continue on with everyday life. Other times, our pain persists for longer periods…

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Providing Diapers to Families in Need

By: Crouse News

How many times a month does a baby’s diaper have to be changed? Any new parent can do the math: six to ten changes each day, times 30 days, equals about 300 diapers needed for a newborn each month. By any count, that’s a lot of diapers. But when parents are financially challenged, the cost…

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2018: A Year of Accomplishments

By: Crouse News

Last year was a busy one for Crouse Health, marked by new partnerships, including affiliations with three North Country hospitals: Carthage Area Hospital, Claxton-Hepburn Hospital and River Hospital. As part of the Crouse Health System, Crouse Medical Practice continued its growth this year, increasing access to clinical services with the addition of 16 new providers…

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Surgical Robot: Important Part of the OR Toolkit

By: Benjamin Sadowitz, MD

Benjamin Sadowitz & a daVinci robot

While I watched a recent NBC news segment entitled “The da Vinci surgical robot: A medical breakthrough with risks for patients” with great interest, it reminded me of my days during college and medical school when I was learning the trade of painting and wall coverings. My mentor, Alex, was careful to show me all…

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New Crouse Health Urologist Developing Pelvic Health Program

By: Crouse News

After lifetimes of menstruation and childbirth, most women are more stoic about their health problems. That’s according to Buffalo native Hadley Narins, MD, who brings expertise in women’s pelvic health to the subspecialty program in Female Urology and Pelvic Health she is leading at Crouse. Although many women remain resigned to having various “female conditions,”…

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My Experience with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder

By: Emily Smyth, RN

Emily

  I had always wanted to become a mother. Since I’d had a miscarriage several years before this pregnancy, it was a huge relief carrying our baby to full term. Although I was excited and overjoyed, I was terrified to become a mom. I knew that it would be difficult at times, but I felt…

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Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder: What happens when the pink and blue balloons fly away?

By: Christine Kowaleski, DNP, MHNP-BC

Having a baby is an exciting time that we’ve been told would fill us with joy.  Much attention is given to the pregnant woman planning for the big day and preparing for the joyful arrival of the chubby-cheeked pink baby with ten little fingers and ten little toes. Giving birth is, after all, the most…

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Crouse Partners With Syracuse Community Health Center’s Summer Reading Program

By: Crouse News

Research shows that the health and well-being of students is directly impacted by their learning and reading practices. Fulfilling our mission of promoting community health in all its forms, Crouse Health has partnered with the Syracuse Community Health Center (SCHC) President and CEO Mark Hall and Chief Administrative Officer Craig Williams to help city school…

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Musician Todd Hobin: From Stroke to Stage

By: Cheryl Abrams

Proving that stroke can strike anyone, at any age, is S.U. Men’s Basketball team member Howard Washington. The college sophomore suffered a stroke on campus and was brought to the Crouse Comprehensive Stroke Center for treatment. Read his story of survival here. ____________________________________________________________ > Todd: One Year, Post Stroke >  Take Me to Crouse Since his…

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Crouse Awards 2018 Junior Volunteer Scholarships

By: Crouse News

Crouse Junior Volunteers

Congratulations to the recipients of a 2018 Junior Volunteer Scholarship. These five students were selected from a field of 19 outstanding candidates who, according to Dick Scott, coordinator of the Crouse CHOICES program, “made the annual process very challenging.” Members of the hospital staff joined the students and their families this week to celebrate their…

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Helping CNY’s Refugees Navigate Healthcare

By: Crouse News

refugee health class

Imagine resettling in a new country, having to navigate an unfamiliar culture trying to use a language you don’t speak or understand. Further envision needing medical care, particularly in an emergency, not knowing how to access treatment — or even realizing it’s available.That’s the plight of 3,000 to 5,000 refugees who come to New York…

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Creating Opportunity Through Crouse Future Leaders

By: Crouse News

Crouse Future Leaders

Our newest professional development offering for employees is Crouse Future Leaders. The goal of the program is to challenge participants to increase their current skills and abilities in preparation for possible future promotion within the organization.

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Carepassion Defines the Crouse Health Culture

By: Kimberly Boynton

Healthcare isn’t just about illness and injury — or even medicine. It’s much more than that…it’s about connecting on an emotional level with a deep sense of caring and a passion for helping others.

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