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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Meet Andrea Hammond, RN: Patient Care is Anywhere It’s Needed

By: Laurie Clark

“It’s what I hope someone would do for me.” That’s how Andrea Hammond, RN, described a recent Friday morning. She was running late for her shift in our Witting Surgical Center, but saw a man fall in the middle of the street. “He was an older gentleman, and I pulled over to make sure he…

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Art to Heart for Crouse Healthcare Heroes

By: Laurie Clark

Working in both the medical field and the art world, Syracuse native Robin Kasowitz felt the need to give back to both communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. An artist and a psychotherapist, Robin serves on the Everson Museum’s board of trustees. When the pandemic hit Central New York, she said she saw people “being so…

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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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Return to CNY: From Crouse Junior Volunteer to Primary Care Doctor

By: Cheryl Abrams

The appointment of Christina Walton, DO, to the primary care provider team at Crouse Medical Practice is a homecoming of sorts for the young physician, who is welcoming new patients at our Manlius office. The Central New York native was a member of Crouse’s Choices program and Junior Volunteer corps during her years as a…

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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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When Normal Isn’t Normal: A Preeclampsia Survival Story

By: Cheryl Abrams

>   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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Wellness Resources

By: Crouse News

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

By: Crouse News

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

By: Ryan Barker

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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Staying Healthy in 2020

By: Paraskos Araouzos, MD

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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Former Teacher: Magic Happens Mentoring Young Volunteers

By: Crouse News

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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The Top 10 Ways to Stay Healthy in 2020

By: Paraskos Araouzos, MD

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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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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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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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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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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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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