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.

Category Archives: Crouse News

Treating All with Compassion, Empathy and Respect

We have been shocked by the story out of Minneapolis regarding the killing of an unarmed black man. Today, everyone knows his name: George Floyd. His tragic death — and the resulting unrest across the country and here in Syracuse — once again renews the call to end racial injustice and unequal treatment of people…

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

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

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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When Normal Isn’t Normal: A Preeclampsia Survival Story

>   DONATE NOW TO PREECLAMPSIA AWARENESS FUND May 22, 2020, is Preeclampsia Awareness Day. Crouse Health Foundation has established a special fund for which donations will enable Crouse Health to raise awareness about the condition (and about HELLP Syndrome) through programs and support activities. We thank Jackie Terribile of Manlius for telling her story of…

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Emergency Rooms Safe During Covid-19 Pandemic

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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Pomeroy College of Nursing Alum Continues Spirit of Nursing Award

In early 2016, Pomeroy College of Nursing alumnus Karl Schindler (Class of ’15) worked with Crouse Health Foundation and college leadership to establish the “Spirit of Nursing Award.” Funded through his first paycheck as an RN, Karl wanted the award to be given to a female student, in her last semester, who was a single…

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Message to Our Community

For over 130 years, Crouse Health has been a trusted community resource in Central New York, providing care to all residents, in good times and especially in times of crisis. As we all work to adapt to the significant disruption in our daily lives, we remain focused on the health and safety of our patients,…

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Wellness Resources

As more information is received about the number of COVID-19 cases becoming more widespread, it’s normal to experience some fear and increased stress during this healthcare challenge. Our HelpPeople Employee Assistance Program team, led by Clinical Manager Elizabeth McCarthy, NCC, LMHC, suggests the following online resources to help you and your family stay strong. Positive…

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Five Tips to Face a Health Crisis with Calm and Preparedness

As more information is received about the number of COVID-19 cases becoming more widespread, it’s normal to experience some fear and increased stress during this healthcare challenge. Our HelpPeople Employee Assistance Program team, led by Clinical Manager Elizabeth McCarthy, NCC, LMHC, suggests the following tips to help you and your family stay strong. Try to…

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Tips for Coping with COVID-19

Like all colleges in our region, the Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital has transitioned to synchronous online learning. We’ve been communicating with our students regularly through college email and website updates. Besides supporting them with academic endeavors, we’re concerned about their overall welfare — how they’re feeling and how they are coping. Today…

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With Education, the Sky’s the Limit

“My mother always told me ‘Everything is hard until you learn it.’” And it’s apparent that Jeanette Epps, PhD, former Crouse employee who’s now a NASA astronaut, took her mother’s belief about education to heart. The Syracuse native graduated from Thomas J. Corcoran High School in 1988, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics…

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Staying Healthy in 2020

Make an Appointment with Dr. Perry Last month, as we began the new year, I shared my top 10 tips for staying healthy in 2020. As the year progresses, I’ll focus on each of the ten tips to help you stay focused — and more healthy! 2020 Tip #1: Eat Healthy Although diet fads and…

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African-American Trailblazers in Heart Health

In February, Crouse Health celebrates Black History Month with events organized by our Diversity and Inclusion committee.  Crouse wishes to acknowledge African-American trailblazers in heart health – given that February also happens to be National Heart Month. A number of individuals have set the path for healthcare professionals in their day — and for centuries…

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Former Teacher: Magic Happens Mentoring Young Volunteers

A 15-year-old volunteer once visited a Crouse Hospital patient who seemed less than eager to chat. The volunteer stuck with it, following the advice of Student Volunteer Program Coordinator Dick Scott: slow down, smile and introduce yourself. When the volunteer mentioned she sang with the Syracuse Children’s Chorus, the patient perked up. She’d always wanted…

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Nursing Programs Can’t be One Size Fits All

The Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital has been educating nurses for more than 100 years, ranking among the top nursing programs in the nation. With a 99% job placement rate and an NCLEX-RN pass rate higher than both state and national averages, it’s no surprise why students choose to start their nursing careers…

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The Top 10 Ways to Stay Healthy in 2020

There’s no magic pill to ensure good health. Yet there are steps we can take to be more proactive about our overall condition. Primary care physician Paraskos Araouzos, MD, a member of our Crouse Medical Practice team of providers, shares his top 10 ways to stay healthy and fit. “Preventive care is the best kind…

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The Dreaded Flu Season

October until April is typically known as flu season. Formally called influenza, the flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs.

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Paramedics Receive Advanced Critical Care Transport Training

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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Late Senator’s Death Puts Glioblastoma in the News

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

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

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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May is Stroke Awareness Month

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

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

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

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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Musician Todd Hobin: From Stroke to Stage

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

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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