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.

Crouse Stroke Survivor Spreads Message of Hope and Love

By: Cheryl Abrams

On Feb. 24, 2020, Derrick Tennant was loving life. The stand-up comedian and motivational speaker had a great gig at Atlantis, a premier hotel and casino in the Bahamas. On a beautiful Monday, he soaked up the sun and surveyed the oceanside scenery without a care in the world. Then came the cell phone text…

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Opioid Deaths in Syracuse On the Rise

By: Tolani Ajagbe, MD

>>  NEWS CHANNEL 9: WHY IS OPIOID USE & OVERDOES INCREASING: Tolani Ajagbe, MD, and Monika Taylor, MBA, LCSW, CASAC, Director Addiction Treatment Services >>   POST-STANDARD: OVERDOSE DEATHS IN SYRACUSE RISE BY 15% >>   YOUR CARE: SPECIAL EDITION ABOUT ADDICTION TREATMENT SERVICES   The COVID-19 pandemic has been the greatest public health crisis in the United States, with…

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Memories from the Pandemic: An Interview with Viren Kaul, MD

By: Crouse News

MaryJo Kravec from Advance Media NY interviewed Crouse Health pulonary and critical care medicine physician Viren Kaul, MD, about his experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank Advance Media for allowing us to share his story here, which appeared in the Sunday, July 11, 2021 “Healthcare Heroes” supplement to The Post-Standard. Responsibilities: I provide care…

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Crouse Pride for our June 2021 DAISY Nursing Excellence Award Recipients

By: Crouse News

The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day. Crouse Health is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing our deserving nurses with this special honor.  These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care, and are…

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Delivering Spirtual Care with Carepassion

By: Cheryl Abrams

When you or a family member are in the hospital, you may want an individual just like Chaplain Tom Anderson at your bedside. “Tom has a gift from God. He approaches each individual to learn their story and to share a piece of their heart,” wrote Palliative Care Medical Director Melinda McMinn, MD, in her…

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Even in Death, Spiritual Care Volunteer Touches Lives

By: Crouse News

Thomas Schlueter (1944 – 2021) was an active Spiritual Care volunteer for five years until we had to pause our volunteer program due to COVID-19. As a Crouse Health volunteer, Tom provided comfort to fellow cancer patients while in remission himself from the leukemia that eventually caused his death. An active member of St. Elizabeth Ann…

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What is a Nurse?

By: Lynne Shopiro, RN

  Nursing is the glue that holds a patient’s healthcare journey together. Across the entire patient experience, and wherever there is someone in need of care, nurses work tirelessly to identify and protect the needs of the individual. Beyond the time-honored reputation for compassion and dedication lies a highly specialized profession that is constantly evolving…

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World Hand Hygiene Day

By: Crouse News

Each year on May 5, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Hand Hygiene Day, aiming to maintain global promotion, visibility and sustainability of hand hygiene in healthcare. In 2021, WHO asks healthcare providers and staff to achieve hand hygiene at the point of care. Hand Hygiene in Healthcare “Cleaning your hands is one of…

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Maternal Mental Health: How COVID-19 Has Isolated New and Expecting Moms

By: Laurie Clark

The COVID-19 pandemic has been very isolating for many people, especially those who have mental health conditions. In fact, in a May 2020 article for the Washington Post, William Wan wrote that the pandemic is “pushing America into a mental health crisis.” A June 2020 study from the CDC reported that “symptoms of anxiety disorder…

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Managing Stress in Unprecedented Times

By: Crouse News

As much of our nation moves toward resuming some degree of normalcy, stress will inevitably still be a factor each of us will continue to face.  The challenges we have experienced reinforce the need to consider how we think about managing stress to protect and promote our well-being.  Effective stress management has long been associated…

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A Special Gift for Those Who Give

By: Crouse News

Serving her community has been a way of life for Syracuse native Susan Klenk. After a long career teaching elementary school in the city, Susan used her retirement to begin a second career as a full-time volunteer. First, she went back into the classroom to work with kindergarteners and their teachers, donating her time and…

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Newfield Family Supports Baker NICU

By: Joshua Newfield

Race Update: English’s Ridge Rumble 50k , April 17 Saturday was a fantastic day for the weather and the race. There were 50 of us who ran the 50k distance and some amazingly fast athletes out at Green Lakes. My time was not close to the fast end of the spectrum, but I did indeed complete…

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Alpha Delta Nu Inducts New Members

By: Crouse News

Nursing is a highly regarded profession, especially as we’ve witnessed over the past year of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re proud of all of our graduates and current students, and recently celebrated the achievements of 30 new members inducted recently into the Pomeroy College of Nursing’s Delta Zeta chapter of Alpha Delta Nu, the National Honor…

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Pomeroy College of Nursing Student Receives Spirit of Nursing Award

By: Crouse News

In early 2016, Pomeroy College of Nursing alumnus Karl Schindler ’15 worked with the Crouse Health Foundation and Pomeroy College of Nursing leadership to establish the “Spirit of Nursing Award.” The inaugural award was funded through Karl’s first paycheck as a Registered Nurse. He wanted the award to be given to a female student during…

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Meet the Latest Recipients of the Carepassion Awards

By: Crouse News

Each quarter, we honor the recipients of our Carepassion Awards, which are supported by the Paul Kronenberg, MD, Employee Recognition Fund of the Crouse Health Foundation. Recipients are nominated for being ‘defining examples of Carepassion.’ Join us in congratulating each of the most recent recipients! Laura Symonds, RN Intensive Care Unit My 92-yr-old father was…

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Covid-19 Vaccination: Safe and the Right Thing to Do For Our Loved Ones and Our Nation

By: Tolani Ajagbe, MD

“This may be the generational moment of our lifetime that requires we all come together, trust one another and do the right thing.” As a minority person at Crouse Health, I have been inspired by the efforts of hospital leadership to advance issues related to diversity and inclusion. I’ve been particularly encouraged by efforts made…

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Nurse Sisters Spread Inspiration

By: Crouse News

Ashley Cummings and Amy Brown, sisters who are both registered nurses at Crouse Health, wanted to do something to inspire their colleagues, who have been working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020. They decided to paint motivational rocks and leave them throughout the Crouse parking garage, where employees might find them…

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What to Expect: Delivering at Crouse During a Pandemic

By: Laurie Clark

Having a baby is an exciting time, but due to the COVID-19 virus, many parents-to-be are feeling anxious about coming into the hospital. Our Kienzle Family Maternity Center team has not missed a beat, and has been delivering babies throughout the pandemic with the same level of safe, compassionate care families have experienced at Crouse…

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Emergency Rooms Safe During Covid-19 Pandemic

By: Crouse News

All across the country, including in our region, people have been avoiding emergency rooms fearing they will be exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, the number of patients visiting emergency rooms nationwide has dropped by 40 to 50 percent. These statistics mirror what we are seeing in Syracuse and across Central…

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Local Editor Reports on His Stroke Experience

By: Wagner Dotto

>  Heart Attack or Stroke? Seek emergency care immediately: It’s Still Safe During Pandemic   The past six months have been the healthiest of my life. I started a regimen of walking three to four miles every day; I nearly eliminated alcohol consumption; and drastically increased eating fruits and vegetables, while reducing red meat. I…

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Remembering Advocate for Brain Conditions

By: Crouse News

This past August, the Crouse Health family and the Central New York community were deeply saddened by the loss of Mary Rozzano Cook, a tireless advocate for individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by a brain aneurysm or hemorrhagic stroke. After her own successful surgery for a brain aneurysm, Mary established the CNY…

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Beads of Courage String Together NICU Experiences, Memories

By: Cheryl Abrams

Having a newborn in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is challenging and emotional. Renee and Ray Halbritter know first-hand what that experience is like. Their son, Riverstone, came into the world three months early. For the next 105 days, the fragile newborn resided in our Baker Regional NICU, surviving one day at a time…

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Creating a Cheerful Culture of Caring for Nurses

By: Cheryl Abrams

Nurse cheerleader and nurse for the nurses is how Ashley Haugstatter, BSN, RN, CPN, CCRN, describes herself. After pursuing her dream of working in pediatric critical care nursing, she transitioned to a new role: Manager of Nursing Relations and Retention. Advocating for Crouse Nurses Ashley spends her workdays interacting with future nurses, encouraging them to…

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Telehealth is Here to Stay

By: Crouse News

> TELEMEDICINE AT CROUSE MEDICAL PRACTICE Call it telehealth, telemedicine or virtual visits, one thing is clear: The COVID-19 pandemic has forever altered how we connect, not only with each other, but with patients as well. What’s more, it’s here to stay. A recent survey of 1,300 physicians found that 90% of respondents were using…

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