St. Joseph's Hospital

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Central New Yorkers who’ve been waiting since mid-March to have surgery can now begin the process of scheduling or rescheduling procedures.  St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is among those who had to halt so-called “elective surgeries” to prepare for any possible surge in COVID-19 patients. 

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The number of patients being admitted for COVID-19 at St. Joseph’s Hospital seems to reflect the larger drop in hospitalizations across the county.  Nurse Pearl Lavalette is St. Joe's infection prevention and control manager.  

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The President and CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital believes that Onondaga County has past its peak in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Leslie Luke said they have been able to set up special units for coronavirus patients and have enough ventilators.

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More than 2,500 children in five Syracuse City Elementary schools are hearing and seeing messages over the next several months about healthy lifestyle habits as part of an effort to reduce childhood obesity. 


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We’ve heard of March Madness in college basketball.  But Friday could be called Match Madness for nearly 150 Upstate Medical University students who opened envelopes containing their residency assignments.  That’s where they will spend their first year of training as doctors. 

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St. Joseph’s Health is trying to fill the gap left by the closing of Nojaim supermarket by partnering with a food truck that brings healthy fruits and vegetables to the near west side.  Residents seem eager to snap up the produce.

Patricia Sprague was picking up her allotment of fruits and greens Thursday after attending a diabetes education program at the St. Joe's Health Center on Gifford Street.  Each patient gets 10 dollars worth of coupons to encourage healthy eating.  

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St. Joseph’s hospital is basking in the glow of two recent state and national awards for generating its own electricity.  WAER's Scott Willis decided to find out how its $15 million on-site co-generation plant works.

The plant sounds like a jet engine...because it basically is.  St. Joe's mechanical engineer Ed Grabowski describes what it does...

"Gas and air come into that far end, there's a jet engine that burns the gas, drives the generator, our power comes off of here, and its distributed to various parts of the hospital."

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The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities are sharing their talents this weekend at the St. Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum in Syracuse.  The first ever Festival of the Arts will have some live teaching demonstrations by the Sisters.  Director Kristin Barrett-Anderson says the event will offer a wide variety.

 “We’re including cuisine, gardening, music, dance, language, besides all the mixed media, and sculpture and graphic art.”

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St. Joseph’s Hospital is taking a new, comprehensive approach to treating Central New Yorkers with heartburn.  Doctors from several fields have joined together to open a center dedicated to heartburn treatment.  Center co-director Dr. Atul Maini says heartburn affects one in five people, with nearly 20-million people in the U-S living with the prevalent disease. Maini says the center isn’t geared to treat those who just have occasional acid reflux.

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  More than 30 volunteers at St. Joseph’s Health Center gathered on Tuesday to execute Operation Backpack . The program helps hundreds of children go to school fully packed and prepared with all the school supplies they need for the upcoming academic year.

Bins filled with back to school essential quickly ended up in backpacks that were ready for drop off at the at the St. Joseph pediatric outpatient clinic locations for distribution.  Lauren Spring is the current president of the St. Joseph's Auxiliary Board who helped organize "Operation Backpack"