Posts Tagged ‘Canton-Potsdam Hospital’

SUNY Canton Students Spread Holiday Cheer Through Fundraising Events

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Two SUNY Canton student clubs are spending the holiday season raising money and collecting donations for kids being cared for at local hospitals, as well as homeless animals at area shelters.

Gifts for Children

The president of SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair student club has a personal interest in giving hospitalized children a special gift during the holiday season.

“I remember how good I felt when I got a present when I was a neurology patient as a child,” said Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills. “I’ve always tried to collect toys for children in hospitals no matter where I’ve been during my life.”

Pictured are (l to r) Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair program with students Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills, Marissa L. Dow of Massena, Kyle R.W. Whalen of Chase Mills and Macaulay A. Snell of Hermon, with the toys distributed to children at two area hospitals.

Pictured are (l to r) Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair program with students Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills, Marissa L. Dow of Massena, Kyle R.W. Whalen of Chase Mills and Macaulay A. Snell of Hermon, with the toys distributed to children at two area hospitals.

The Powersports club collected approximately $800 in toys and donations to purchase toys. The students delivered the stuffed animals, dolls and other new children’s toys on Tuesday (Dec. 10) to Massena Memorial Hospital and Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in the program said that Excessive Adrenaline, a local motorcycle club made a substantial donation to their toy drive efforts. “I’d also like to especially thank Robert Morley and Steven Davis who both contributed substantially to our project,” he said.


Gifts for Animals

Student members of the SUNY Canton Veterinary Technician Association collected donations and supplies for the Potsdam Humane Society and the North Country Animal Shelter.

“Our students have a deep concern and love for animals,” said Robin I. Gittings, L.V.T, an instructional support technician in the Veterinary Science Technology program and the association’s adviser. “They eagerly took on the challenge to collect donations for the shelters we work with on a regular basis. These organizations are always in need of assistance due to tight budgets.”

Pictured are SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology students Katelyn D. Podwirny of Lake Luzerne, Stephanie N. Auberger of Whitney Point and Caitlin E. Reese of Waterloo.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology students Katlyn D. Podwirny of Lake Luzerne, Stephanie N. Auberger of Whitney Point and Caitlin E. Reese of Waterloo.

Organizer Katlyn D. Podwirny, a Veterinary Technology major from Lake Luzerne, said the association collected dog and cat toys, food, treats and bowls, as well as cleaning supplies and blankets. Monetary donations totaled more than $300 and will be used to purchase other items on the shelters’ wish lists.

“I am overwhelmed by the amount of donations we received,” Podwirny said. “It far exceeded my expectations.”


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Canton College Foundation Establishes Scholarship for Hospital

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

In response to the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Foundation’s “Constructing Healthier Communities” campaign, the Canton College Foundation has established a $25,000 scholarship fund to assist graduate nurses employed at the Hospital.  The fund will provide scholarships for the next five years, to Hospital employees who already have their two-year RN degree, and are pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.


Shown here, front row left to right: Tammy Sykes, RN; Carli Schiffner, Interim President, SUNY Canton; David Acker, Hospital President and CEO; and TerriAnn Crump, RN.
Back row left to right: Adam Bullock, RN,BSN, MSN; and David Gerlach, Vice President for Advancement at SUNY Canton.

“We have many excellent nurses on staff who are graduates of SUNY Canton’s RN program,” noted Hospital President and CEO David B. Acker.  “As the nursing profession has advanced, new standards of care require advanced training.  SUNY Canton’s online graduate nursing program is a perfect fit for our staff, enabling them to pursue their degree while working.”

The first two scholarship recipients are Tammy Sykes, Nurse Manager in the Hospital’s Emergency Department; and TerriAnn Crump, nurse in inpatient Chemical Dependency Rehab. Both nurses received their RN training at SUNY Canton.

With the Canton College Foundation’s commitment, gifts, grants and pledges to the Hospital Foundation’s “Constructing Healthier Communities” campaign have topped $3 million.  “We are gratified that we found such meaningful way to be a part of the Hospital’s campaign,” noted SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David Gerlach.  “This is just one more example of how our two institutions can partner creatively.”

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Thompson Honored for Lifelong Dedication to the North Country

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

SUNY Canton adjunct instructor Donald D. Thompson has focused his career on saving the lives of his neighbors and North Country community members. Recently, those same community members recognized him for the demonstrated passion he has for his work.

Donald Thompson

SUNY Canton instructor Donald D. Thompson (center) is the 2011 recipient of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital (CPH) Board of Directors’ Award. He is pictured with CPH Board Chair Margaret Madden (left) and former CPH Board Chair and SUNY Canton graduate Edward S. Mucenski (right).

Thompson, who has been an instructor in the College’s Emergency Management Technician (EMT) program for nearly 22 years, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Board of Directors’ Award.

“Don’s work has impacted all of us, whether we realize it or not,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Like Don, many of his students have gone on to be successful in the emergency management field within the county and have helped us, loved ones or friends through tough circumstances. SUNY Canton has benefited and continues to benefit from having him as a member of our campus community.”

Thompson has served the local communities for more than 44 years as a Critical Care EMT, firefighter, and as an instructor for many of the technicians throughout St. Lawrence County.

“Don not only volunteers his time as an educator; he is also a highly skilled Critical Care EMT who mentors others in action,” said Margaret Madden, Canton-Potsdam Hospital Board of Directors Chair. “He has saved countless lives and helped others to save lives, too. Don has made a lasting impact on emergency medicine in our community; we are healthier and safer for his contribution.”

Canton Ambulance Squad

More than 50 members of Potsdam and Canton's Fire and Rescue Squad teams gathered to show their support for Thompson after he received the award earlier in June.

Photos by Christopher Lenney


Canton-Potsdam Hospital Donates $25,000 to SUNY Canton’s Maresca Family Challenge

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Canton-Potsdam Hospital has donated $25,000 towards the SUNY Canton Nursing program as part of the Maresca Family Challenge. The announcement was made at a press conference on Friday, July 20, at the hospital.

Canton-Potsdam Hospital's Chief of Staff and Chief of Radiology Dr. Michael Maresca, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and Canton Hospital President and CEO David B. Acker hold a $25,000 hospital donation check to the SUNY Canton Foundation as part of the Maresca Challenge.

“We are here for a much larger purpose than a check presentation,” said Canton-Potsdam Hospital President and CEO David B. Acker. “We are brought together by a common concern regarding the critical shortage of nurses in this country and our community. Canton-Potsdam Hospital wants to be an exception in America and have a steady pool of local nurses.”

The Maresca Family Challenge was announced on May 14 by Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Chief of Staff and Chief of Radiology, Dr. Michael Maresca, and his wife Barbara. The Marescas committed to making a minimum gift of $100,000 to SUNY Canton Foundation to establish the Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca Family Endowment for Nursing Education.

The Maresca Challenge is designed to create a circle of giving and inspire others to do the same. When Dr. and Mrs. Maresca announced their gift in May, they challenged college alumni, local businesses, community members, and friends to join them in further supporting the educational needs of future nursing students at the college.

“Canton-Potsdam Hospital is the first group to step up and respond to the Maresca Family Challenge,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy. “We are deeply grateful for the leadership role they have taken, and I’d like to thank them on behalf of all of our current and future nursing students.”

The Maresca Family Challenge is part of the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign with hopes to raise a total of $400,000 in support of the Nursing program. In addition to their endowment, the Maresca Family has donated four $1,000 scholarships to nursing students for the 2007-2008 academic year.

“We understand the importance of nurses and are dedicated to investing in students who desire an education,” said Dr. Maresca. “We believe that a nursing career has a tremendous impact on the students, their families, and the overall health of our own community.”

According to Acker, more than half of Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s nurses are SUNY Canton alumni.

Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca:

Dr. Maresca grew up in Elkton, Md., and attended West Virginia University and then the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He continued his studies for Diagnostic Radiology at SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse.

Dr. Maresca is also affiliated with the following New York hospitals: Massena Memorial Hospital, E.J. Noble Hospital, Clifton-Fine Hospital, Cortland Memorial Hospital, Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic, Olean General Hospital, and the Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

The Marescas moved to Potsdam in 1991. They have two children, Margaret and Michael.

“The Maresca Family Endowment will enable worthy students to attend regardless of their financial background, and it will also assist us in meeting the growing technology needs of our nursing education.” said John Conklin, the Director of SUNY Canton’s Nursing program.