Nathan Littauer Celebrates Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2023

Nathan Littauer Celebrates Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2023

GLOVERSVILLE, NY Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is proud to celebrate Medical Laboratory Professionals Week from April 23-29, 2023. This annual observance honors the hard work and dedication of medical laboratory professionals who play a vital role in patient care.

Nathan Littauer’s laboratory team works behind the scenes to provide accurate and timely test results, helping doctors diagnose and treat patients effectively. From collecting samples to analyzing data and helping medical providers with accurate diagnoses, these professionals are essential members of any health care team.

“As we mark Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, we want to express our deep appreciation for the important work that our lab team does every day,” said Nathan Littauer Laboratory Manager Ronald Fortes. “My team’s commitment to accuracy, attention to detail, and dedication to patient care are truly inspiring.”

The hospital’s lab team is made up of highly trained and skilled professionals, including medical technologists, medical laboratory technicians, and phlebotomists. Together, they perform a wide range of tests and procedures, from simple blood tests to complex genetic analyses, helping to diagnose and manage a variety of health conditions in patients.

“Our lab team is an essential part of our hospital community, and we are proud to recognize their contribution to patient care during this special week,” said Nathan Littauer Marketing and Public Relations Manager Dakota Pike. “Their work is critical to providing the best possible care to our patients.”

Throughout Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, the hospital will be celebrating internally with its lab team, highlighting their expertise and dedication.

“Our lab team should know that their hard work and dedication is truly appreciated by our community,” added Fortes. “They are an integral part of our healthcare team at Nathan Littauer, and we are grateful for all that they do for our patients.”

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About Nathan Littauer

Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74-bed acute care hospital with an 84-bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve. More information can be found by visiting www.nlh.org.

Nathan Littauer Upgrades Technology

Nathan Littauer Enhances Patient Care with New Infusion Pumps

GLOVERSVILLE, NY Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home has recently acquired new infusion pumps from B Braun Medical Inc., a leading provider of medical technologies. Littauer selected Braun’s Infusomat® Space 2nd Generation Large Volume Pumps due to the efficiency and accuracy the systems provide the patient care team. This upgrade in hospital technology means safer care for Nathan Littauer patients.

The new B Braun Medical Inc.’s Infusomat(R) Space 2nd Generation Large Volume Pumps at Nathan Littauer

“We are thrilled to integrate Braun’s innovative technology into our patient care services,” said Nathan Littauer President and CEO Sean Fadale, FACHE. “Our commitment to providing high-quality care to our patients requires that we continuously improve our processes, reduce the chance of errors, and adopt the latest advancements in medical technology. Our new infusion pumps are a perfect example of this, and we are confident they will benefit both our patients and our staff.”

With the latest infusion pump technology from B Braun Medical Inc., the hospital will be able to provide its patients fluids and therapies, with enhanced precision and safety features. The new infusion pumps will enable the hospital’s medical staff to administer medications and fluids to patients more accurately and efficiently – resulting in better patient outcomes and fewer complications. The Infusomat® Space 2nd Generation Large Volume Pumps have state-of-the-art safety features; including alarms to alert staff to potential errors, and advanced programming capabilities that enable the precise delivery of medication dosages. The pumps are paired with advanced infusion software, creating an integrated system that delivers real-time data, electronic reporting, and automatic notifications.

“Our staff are undergoing extensive training on the new equipment to ensure they are proficient in its use before our launch date,” said Nathan Littauer Pharmacy Director David Schaff, PharmD, CDE. “In the coming weeks, staff will be able to manage the infusion pumps with ease.”

The pump project was funded by donations from the Nathan Littauer Foundation and a matching gift from the Johnstown Hospital Foundation. Together, the two organizations met the $233,000 need.

“The acquisition of Braun’s infusion pumps aligns with the hospital’s goal of continuously enhancing patient care and safety,” adds Schaff. “Nathan Littauer is always investing in the latest technology for the betterment of our patients. Eventually, these new pumps will be integrated with our EMR – allowing providers to quickly access real-time data. Without the Nathan Littauer Foundation and the Johnstown Hospital Foundation, this would not have been possible. We are grateful for their recognition of the importance of this project.”

Internally, Nathan Littauer staff are celebrating the launch date of the organization’s new infusion pumps on May 4, 2023. Other engagement activities for Nathan Littauer staff are slated up until the launch date.

“It is our promise to keep our patients safe and help them heal,” said Nathan Littauer Foundation Executive Director and Vice President of Business Development Geoffrey Peck. “Even in a challenging fiscal environment, our hospital needs to remain up to date with industry standards. Thankfully, donors have supported our Foundation and allowed us to cover this cost.”

More information about Nathan Littauer Hospital’s new Infusomat® Space 2nd Generation Large Volume Pumps will be forthcoming. Additional updates will be shared on the hospital’s website and social media.

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About Nathan Littauer

Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74-bed acute care hospital with an 84-bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve. More information can be found by visiting www.nlh.org.

Nathan Littauer to Resume Preoperative COVID-19 Testing

Out of an abundance of caution, and for our patients’ safety, Nathan Littauer Hospital will once again require COVID-19 testing prior to all surgeries performed in our Surgical Center.

Any questions about preoperative testing can be answered by calling our Surgery Center at (518) 773-5791

For other questions about general COVID-19 testing, we encourage you to utilize New York State’s COVID testing center locator, by visiting their website here.

Nathan Littauer Hospital Launches New Cardiac Care Program

Collaboration brings new service to patients in Fulton County

Nathan Littauer Hospital recently launched the Primary Care Center’s Cardiology Group (PCC Cardiology), a locally owned, locally run practice that makes comprehensive cardiac care easily accessible to patients in Fulton County.

PCC Cardiology at Littauer provides integrated cardiology services for inpatients at the hospital and for outpatients at PCC Cardiology offices in the hospital’s medical arts building at 99 East State St.

The new services are provided under a partnership with Albany Medical Center Hospital and Saratoga Hospital, two affiliates in the Albany Med Health System. Under the arrangement, PCC Cardiology patients receive cardiac care in their community. Those who require a higher level of care—for cardiac catheterization and interventional procedures—are treated at Saratoga Hospital or Albany Medical Center Hospital, as appropriate, and return to PCC Cardiology for follow-up services.

“This Program strikes a nice balance between independence and collaboration,” said Sean Fadale, president and CEO of Nathan Littauer Hospital. “Most importantly, it gives Nathan Littauer patients the best of both worlds—high-quality cardiology care close to home, and seamless access to higher level services, if necessary.”

PCC Cardiology is the latest example of Nathan Littauer’s commitment to deliver a continuum of community-based services at Fulton County’s only hospital.

“For 25 years, we have been building service lines for our patients, said Patrice McMahon, vice president of primary/specialty care at Littauer and PCC Cardiology project lead. “The development of PCC Cardiology—and the integration of cardiology and primary care services—is a natural progression as we continue to enhance care coordination and the overall patient experience.”

Dr. Frederick Goldberg, chief medical officer at Nathan Littauer, cited the expertise of the cardiology team, which has earned American Heart Association recognition for quality measures that improve treatment for patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Goldberg also emphasized the advantages of having cardiac specialty care and complementary services under one roof.

“We know that early detection is essential in treating heart disease and preventing severe cardiac illness,” he said. “Having highly skilled cardiologists on-site at our Gloversville Center will increase opportunities for physicians to identify patients with unaddressed cardiac conditions and coordinate their care.”

The decision to invite Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center Hospital to partner with PCC Cardiology reflects Nathan Littauer’s determination to continually find innovative ways to deliver specialty care to this rural community.

“We share Nathan Littauer’s commitment to excellent, compassionate care. We consider it a privilege to be invited to help provide that to the people of Fulton County,” said Angelo Calbone, President and CEO of Saratoga Hospital.

“We are proud to be part of this partnership and to have the opportunity to elevate this community’s standards of care by providing easier access to the highly specialized services available through the region’s only academic medical center,” said Dennis P. McKenna, MD, President and CEO of Albany Medical Center Hospital.

PCC Cardiology opened in early June, and “Already we are seeing the impact on our community,” said Jackie Wilson, practice coordinator. “Patients welcome the convenience of having this care available locally. As word spreads, we expect the momentum to continue.”

The new practice also gives Nathan Littauer the opportunity to further its vision of enhancing access to screenings and other services that help detect heart disease early when treatment is likely to be most effective. The hospital will promote these efforts with a social media campaign in the coming weeks.

“Nathan Littauer is focused on positively changing the landscape of heart care within the communities we serve,” Fadale said. “With PCC Cardiology and the prevention programs offered through our primary care services, we can make even more progress in strengthening the hearts of our community.”

PCC Cardiology at Littauer replaces Cardiology Associates of Schenectady as the provider of cardiac services at the hospital. “They were a good partner, and we wish them luck in the future,” Fadale said. “In recent years, we recognized a growing need for organization-centric cardiology services. PCC Cardiology at Littauer meets that need and best serves our community.”

For more information about Nathan Littauer’s PCC Cardiology and its services, questions are welcome by calling
(518) 773-5393.

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About Nathan Littauer

Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74 bed acute care hospital with an 84 bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve.  More information can be found by visiting www.nlh.org.

Caroga Lake Primary Care Center Ribbon-cutting Ceremony

Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the healthcare organization’s Caroga Lake Primary Care Center, Thursday, June 24 at 1:00 p.m.

Nathan Littauer staff and administrative members, The Town of Caroga council/board members, and structural engineers cut the ribbon to the new Caroga Lake Primary Care Center.

“This care center is important for the health and wellness of the people of Caroga,” says Littauer President and CEO Sean Fadale. “We’re immensely proud of this center. This care center underlines our organization’s goal of making healthcare services accessible. We’ve got great people at Nathan Littauer, and now a great facility here in Caroga, all for the great people in the area.”

The healthcare organization began the center’s construction in late September 2020. Previously, Nathan Littauer Hospital leased a portion of the municipal building, owned by the Town of Caroga in 2005.

“In the grand scheme of things, this small building was a huge project,” said Littauer Vice President of Population Health and Executive Director of the Nathan Littauer Foundation, Geoffrey Peck. “All of the planning and construction took place during the pandemic. It was a well-coordinated effort from everyone involved.”

The new Primary Care Center is approximately 1,350 square feet of space, and is next to Caroga’s Town Hall, where the original primary care center was housed.

“We’re here for the people of Caroga,” says Littauer Office Coordinator Elizabeth “Betsy” Oathout. “I’m incredibly happy with how the center turned out, and I think our patients are, too.”

The Caroga Lake Primary Care Center is now accepting new patients. To call and schedule an appointment, or to select a primary care provider, call: (518) 835-2341.