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.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Meet Patient Transporter Melissa Duran

By: Crouse News

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 to honor and celebrate the history, culture, influence, achievements and contributions of U.S. Latino and Hispanic communities. To help commemorate this wonderful month, meet Patient Transporter Melissa Duran. Melissa is a native Ecuadorian born and raised in “Quito,” the capital of Ecuador. She…

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Celebrating Deaf Awareness Month

By: Crouse News

September is Deaf Awareness Month, a time to celebrate the rich cultural history of the deaf community and continue the work of advocating for the rights of deaf people everywhere. Meet Brian Brothers, Aide/Attendant in Environmental Services. Q: How long have you worked at Crouse Hospital? A: 21 years Q: What do you like about…

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DAISY Nursing Excellence Award Presented to Samantha McNitt

By: Crouse News

Our most recent DAISY nursing excellence award recipient is Samantha McNitt, RN, from our Intensive Care Unit. The former Student Nurse Assistant and graduate of the Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital was nomiated by fellow Crouse nurse Mary Ellen Agosh from our Recovery Care Center. Mary Ellen wrote this in her nomination of…

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Meg’s Books for Friends Preserves Memory, Encourages Reading

By: Crouse News

With their family, Fran and Larry Paige (below) started “Meg’s Books for Friends” in memory of their daughter (above), who was a kindergarten teacher. A graduate of LaFayette High School and Herkimer Community College, Meg was given the opportunity to spend a semester working at Walt Disney World in Orlando. She then graduated from Cortland…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Surviving COVID-19, Giving Thanks

By: Crouse News

UPDATE NOV. 11, 2020: COVID-19 activity in our community is on the rise. We urge everyone to protect themselves from acquiring the coronavirus by wearing a mask when in public; socially distancing as much as possible; avoiding large gatherings; and practicing hand hygiene. Learn more on our COVID-19 resource page. “You are my heroes and…

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Carepassion in Action: Carepassion Award Recipients

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! Petronilla Krause 8 Irving – Labor and Delivery Nilla is…

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Flu Shot: More Important Than Ever

By: Crouse News

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 are likely to spread this fall and winter. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. Further, getting a flu vaccine can also preserve healthcare resources for the care of…

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Message to the Community

By: Crouse News

> JOIN US IN PAYING TRIBUTE TO OUR CROUSE HEROES We keep caring. And so do you. No part of our society has been untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic. During this disruptive and uncertain time, we continue to be humbled by the compassion and generosity of the Central New York community. Throughout this health crisis,…

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Crouse Leads the Way to Care for Mothers with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder

By: Crouse News

As the upstate New York leader in OB care, Crouse Health delivers more babies — about 4,000 each year — than any other regional hospital. The number one obstrical complication is Perinatal Mood and Disorder (PMAD), according to Christine Kowaleski, DNP, MHNP-BC, a psychiatric nurse practitioner who has counseled mothers for years. Without treatment, PMADs…

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Saluting Our Crouse Family Military Members

By: Crouse News

As we commemorate Memorial Day 2020, we also salute members of the Crouse family who have served in a branch of the United States military. We thank them for their service to our country and to the Central New York healthcare community. Yasser Abazeed – Egyptian Army Aaron Armelino – U.S. Navy Tim Breezee –…

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Delivering During the Pandemic: Safety First for Babies, Moms, Families

By: Crouse News

At 38 weeks pregnant, Jenn Scott is excited to welcome a new baby into her current family of three. Yet with a due date rapidly approaching, Jenn is more concerned with her health and that of her husband as she prepares to give birth during the coronavirus pandemic. Concerns During COVID-19 She already knows what…

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