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Massage chairs, oxygen bar: rejuvenation at college

What do local college students want these days? To take charge of their health, area health officials said. The Health and Wellness Services Department at SUNY College of Technology at Alfred has created a Journey to Wellness program to help ...

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A bright spot, warm place for people with hard lives

Carol Maskiell was torn at first when she was offered the position of director of the adult day health care program at the Jewish Home of Rochester. She was comfortable where she was — director of social work and recreation ...

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Early lessons in giving sparked a life calling

When Douglas Della Pietra was a boy in the 1970s, his parents decided to give their stove to a struggling family living down the street in Pittsford. Dropping off gifts at a hospitality house and doing chores for the needy ...

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Leading by example, he gives staff creative rein

The work at the Arc of Monroe County’s Fairport Day Habilitation Program can at times be daunting, Steve Willmarth admits. The program serves individuals with a range of disabilities, helping to give them greater social and communication skills. It is ...

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One in a family of mental health caregivers

Rory Houghtalen M.D. developed his passion for behavioral health in his early days, growing up on a desolate dirt road in the Finger Lakes with a state forest at one end and a garbage dump at the other. Though the ...

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In many roles, he strives to improve geriatric care

“When someone’s been living for 90 years, and I hear her talking about the three different husbands that she had and the different things they’d done, it’s an incredible experience,” said renowned geriatrician Robert McCann M.D., Highland Hospital’s chief of ...

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A career in listening to others’ concerns

Carole Farley-Toombs R.N.  took a couple of years off after high school to move to New York City in the early 1970s. After two years there, she moved to a small town in Vermont where she found a job in ...

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A sense of mission in a stressful environment

Michael Kamali M.D. relishes the challenge of running Strong Memorial Hospital’s busy emergency department. “In all of medicine, I hope that everyone finds a noble type of aspect to what they do,” said the chairman of the Department of Emergency ...

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Director determined to provide best care

In her nearly four decades with Finger Lakes Health, Sharon Galasso R.N. has established a special rapport and bond with the nurses and residents she is charged with overseeing. “I just developed a love of long-term care and the residents,” ...

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Using skills to heal out in the community

After many years as a family doctor, Colleen Fogarty M.D. still looks forward to coming to work. “Community health has really been the place where I most want to use my clinical skills,” the family physician said. Though employed by ...

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An entrepreneurial approach to the grueling work of ICU

There is not a lot of glory in the work Joshua Smith R.N. does every day. As clinical leader of the intensive care unit at Unity Hospital/Rochester Regional Health, Smith said he and the other professionals on his team work ...

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Doctor intent on keeping seniors independent

Stephen Ryan M.D. has dedicated much of his adult life to keeping the elderly in their own homes and out of nursing homes. As medical director for ElderONE, an affiliate of Rochester Regional Health, Ryan oversees the medical and quality ...

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‘Laughter, music, hugs’ at Marian’s House

When Mary Fazio R.N. was 14 years old, she was hospitalized for six weeks. While there she became intrigued with the hospital setting. So, after her release, she volunteered as a candy striper at a local hospital. She enjoyed the ...

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At Unity hospital, ‘Terry teaches us compassion’

Don’t ask Dorette “Terry” Clein how old she is because she won’t tell you. It’s not because she’s embarrassed about her age; rather, she’s a firm believer that age is just a number. It’s how you spend your years and ...

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