AHMC Celebrates Cancer Survivors Day
AHMC celebrated with cancer survivors, their families, and caregivers, at a special Cancer Survivors Day picnic held in their honor. The event, sponsored by the Reddy Cancer Treatment Center, was held on the grounds of Alice Hyde Medical Center. Many local businesses such as Gonyea’s Greenhouse, Smith Lumber, Malone Golf Club, Leroux Oil, Nuway Carwash, Final Cut, Highland Greens, The Pines, Donovan’s Restaurant, Midway Market, and Stewarts donated gifts to the event that were used as giveaways. Front row, from left, Marty Davey, supporting member; Douglas Hilts, Cancer Survivor; back row, from left, Mary Davey, supporting member; Laura Hilts, supporting member; and George Moses, Cancer Survivor.
AHMC Welcomes New Physician Assistant
Alice Hyde Medical Center is pleased to announce that Erika Thompson, Physician Assistant, has joined its team of primary care providers at Alice Hyde Medical Practice, located at 183 Park Street.
Prior to joining Alice Hyde Medical Practice, Thompson cared for patients at Suburban Cardiology in Williamsville, NY. Erika graduated with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. “Ms. Thompson will be a valuable asset in providing excellent patient care at Alice Hyde Medical Practice,” said Douglas F. DiVello, AHMC President/CEO. “We are committed to expanding access in order to meet the growing demand for exceptional health care in the North Country.”
Erika is a Massena native and has recently relocated back to the North Country. “I am truly excited to be working as part of Alice Hyde Medical Practice and I am committed to providing excellent primary care to patients in an area I call home,” said Thompson.
Physician assistants are concerned with preventing and treating human illness and injury by providing a broad range of health care services under the direction of a physician or surgeon. Physician assistants conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, prescribe medications, counsel on preventive health care and may assist in surgery.
The Alice Hyde Primary Care team members located at 183 Park Street include: William Latreille, Jr., M.D., FACP, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Myrna Sanchez, M.D., FACP, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care, specializing in Hematology and Medical Oncology, Stephanie Leffler, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Erika Thompson, Physician Assistant. Additionally, AHMC provides primary care services at our four community health centers located in Brushton/Moira, Chateaugay, Fort Covington, and St. Regis Falls. For an appointment at any of our locations, please call Central Scheduling at 481-2500.
Physician Achieves Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification
Myrna Sanchez, M.D., FACP, Internal Medicine, Hematology, Medical Oncology, Palliative Care, earned certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Myrna Sanchez, M.D., FACP, Internal Medicine, Hematology, Medical Oncology, Palliative Care, earned certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).
Hospice and palliative medicine certification is designed to recognize excellence among physicians who are specialists in the care of seriously ill and dying patients with life-limiting illness. Participation in the certification program is voluntary.
The goal of hospice and palliative medicine is to identify and provide methods to help control a patient’s symptoms, alleviate pain, and ensure the best possible quality of life for patients with advanced illness. “Being a member of Alice Hyde’s palliative care team allows me to continue to participate in the care of the terminally ill and help achieve the unmet needs of symptom management, emotional support, and respectful treatment among adults who are facing serious illness within our community,” said Dr. Myrna Sanchez.
Palliative medicine treats serious illness regardless of prognosis and patients can receive it at any point in their illness. Palliative care does not replace curative care. It enhances care with a team of physicians, nurses, and spiritual counselors with a plan to help the patient, as well as the family, participate in decisions about quality of life issues. Palliative care also offers emotional and spiritual support and end of life decision making. “The certification in hospice and palliative medicine demonstrates Dr. Sanchez’s dedication to her patients and their families during, what may be, the most vulnerable time in their lives,” said Douglas F. DiVello, FACHE, AHMC President/CEO.
Dr. Myrna Sanchez, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and specializing in Hematology and Medical Oncology, has been a member of the Alice Hyde Medical Center Staff since 1993. She is a native of the Dominican Republic and received her medical degree in 1983 from Centro de Estudious Tecnicos, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Dr. Sanchez completed a three-year Internal Medicine Residency and a three year Fellowship at the New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Sanchez is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association.
She became Board Certified by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2006 and became Board Certified by the ABIM Specialty Boards in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2012.
The American Board of Internal Medicine offered the first Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Examination in 2008. The examination is offered to general internists and subspecialists who care for chronically and terminally ill patients. The certification was developed by the American Board of Anesthesiology, American Board of Emergency Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Radiology, and the American Board of Surgery.