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    A publication for and about health-care providers in CNY


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  • AUGUST 2015


    Editor-in-ChiEfAdam rombel

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    ASSoCiAtE EditorMaria J. Carbonaro

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    StAff WritErSEric reinhardt

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    CrEAtivE dirECtorErin Zehr

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    Health-Care BRIEFS

    UtiCA ConMed Corp. (nASdAQ: CnMd), a Uticabased surgical-device manufacturer, has added two health-care executives to its board of directors.

    the addition of david Bronson and John Workman are effective immediately, ConMed said in a news release issued July 1.

    Bronson is currently director and audit-committee chair of Lenexa, Kansasbased AxelaCare, inc. and a director and a member of the audit committee of Louisville, Kentuckybased Labsco, inc. (Laboratory Supply Co.).

    Bronson previously was executive vice presi-dent and Cfo of Jacksonville, floridabased PSS World Medical, inc. from 2002 until McKesson Corp. acquired the firm in 2013, ConMed said.

    Workman is currently board chairman and audit-committee chair of Minneapolis, Minnesotabased Universal hospital Services

    and a director and audit-committee chair of oak Brook, illinoisbased federal Signal Corp. (nYSE: fSS), according to the ConMed news release.

    he previously was CEo of Cincinnati, ohiobased omnicare, inc. (nYSE: oCr) from 2012

    to 2014, president and Cfo from 2011 to 2012, and executive vice president and Cfo from 2009 to 2010.

    Mark tryniski, chair-man of the ConMed board of directors, called Bronson and Workman outstanding additions to the board.

    they both have extensive experience lead-ing sophisticated health care organizations, executing successful turnarounds, and improv-ing shareholder returns. their impressive track records will make them vital contributors in guiding ConMeds growth strategy, tryniski said in the release.

    Conmed adds two health-care executives to board

    CLAY St. Josephs hospital Janus Park Sleep Laboratory in Clay recently received program ac-creditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

    the American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates St. Josephs hospital Janus Park Sleep Laboratory on meeting the high stan-dards required for receiv-ing accreditation as a sleep disorders center, dr. nathaniel Watson, AASM president, said in a news release that St. Josephs issued July 27. St. Josephs Sleep Laboratory is an impor-tant resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.

    to receive accreditation for a five-year period,

    a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. these standards address core areas such

    as personnel, facility and equipment, poli-cies and procedures, data acquisition,

    patient care, and quality assurance. Additionally, the sleep centers

    goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively af-fecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves, the release stated.

    the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says it started ac-

    crediting sleep disorders centers in 1977. today, there are more than

    2,500 AASM-accredited sleep centers across the United States.

    St. Josephs hospital Janus Park Sleep Laboratory is part of St. Josephs health, a nonprofit regional health-care system based in Syracuse, providing services to patients through-out Central new York and northern Pennsylvania.

    St. Josephs Hospital Janus Park Sleep Laboratory receives program accreditation



    Business JournalNews Network


    BY ERIC [email protected]

    BINGHAMTON SUNY Broome Community College will use additional state-grant funding for its free, online course on home care to make the course available in an on-demand format.

    The course, titled Foundations for Assisting in Home Care, provides in-struction about how to better care for homebound patients and family mem-bers.

    The grant, which totals up to $20,000, was part of more than $600,000 in Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) awards that the SUNY system announced in a news release issued June 23.

    IITGs fund technology-driven campus innovations and initiatives that have the potential to be replicated throughout SUNY.

    SUNY Broome used the first part of the grant to build the foundations course, says Erin OHara-Leslie, chairperson of medical assisting and health stud-ies at SUNY Broome. She spoke with HealthCare Provider on July 27.

    SUNY Broome based the courses content on the New York State Department of Healths home-care curriculum, or home and communi-ty-based services, she says.

    The course teaches students all of the skills for home-health aid and per-sonal-care aid. So, understanding what the field is about and [how] you would work and care for patients, says OHara-Leslie.

    Students taking the course will not earn a certification to work in home care,

    but those completing course will have an understanding of what the field is about, she contends.

    SUNY Broome will also use the grant to work with the Cortlandbased Central New York Area Health Education Center to help connect students with home health-care agencies to obtain certifica-tion. So we can send them to different programs where they can actually get a certificate to do this, says OHara-Leslie.

    She calls it a huge piece of this new grant funding.

    The courseThe grant represents the second phase

    of funding SUNY Broome is using for continued development of this course.

    It is permitting us to convert the cur-rent content to an on-demand format, says OHara-Leslie.

    With an on-demand format, people can go into the course and register, begin, and complete the course at any time, meaning the course has no end date.

    SUNY Broome on June 29 opened the course, a 12-week module, for the first time, and it will close Sept. 20, she says.

    The school will next offer the course in the on-demand for-mat in 2016.

    The on-de-mand platform for the course may take a year to build, OHara-Leslie says.

    She refers to it as the Netflix version of education, noting a student can binge educate him or herself, if they prefer.

    SUNY Broome will also use the funding to create a companion open-educational resource, which is an open textbook, she adds.

    SUNY Broome offers the online course

    through Mountainview, Californiabased Coursera Inc., with which Open SUNY partners.

    Coursera is a for-profit educational-technology company. Coursera describes itself as an education platform that part-ners with top universities and organiza-tions worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free, according to its website.

    Open SUNY is a SUNY-wide c o l l a b o r a t i o n that allows stu-dents to access the courses, degrees, profes-sors, and rich academics of all 64 SUNY cam-puses flexibly, according to the website for Open SUNY.

    Anyone, stu-dents or non-students, can participate in the course, which doesnt have any entry require-ments, says OHara-Leslie.

    She calls it student owner-ship of learning.

    Students can learn at their own pace. Its accessible. Its free and it really meets the needs of numerous stu-dents because theres no [re-quired courses] that they have to have to take this, says OHara-Leslie.

    The number of students who can take the course is unlimited, she says.

    Dr. Andrea Wade is the course instructor. Wade previously worked at SUNY Broome but has since moved on to Monroe Community College (MCC), where she is now provost and vice president of aca-demic services, according to the MCC website. n

    SUNY Broome awarded additional state funding for its course covering foundations of home care

    KEY Facts6Goal:

    Making the free, online course on home care available in an on-demand


    6Part I:

    sUNY Broome used the first

    part of the grant to build the foundations


    6Part II:the grant

    represents the second phase of

    funding sUNY Broome is using for continued

    development of this course.

  • BY ERIC [email protected]

    T he Health Foundation for Western & Central New York has awarded fellowships to 40 Upstate health-care professionals, including a dozen in Central New York.

    Now in its sixth edition, the nonprofits health-leadership fellows program seeks to produce a network of diverse, highly-skilled leaders that will lea

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