CEO Update
Series of Narcan Trainings Held

Jeff Ciminesi, our Program Development Coordinator, presented a series of Narcan trainings this week at locations across our coverage area. Attendees at the Southern Tier Environments for Living (STEL) facilities in Jamestown, Dunkirk and Gowanda, as well as students of the Alfred University Criminal Justice Program learned how to administer naloxone and received doses to save lives in potential opioid overdoses.

One of our biggest priorities continues to be addressing the opioid epidemic and providing EMS agencies and other emergency responders the tools and training to save lives. Our Southern Tier Overdose Prevention Program (STOPP) aims to end overdose deaths locally through a combination of community outreach, increasing the availability of medications like Narcan and supporting treatment services. Since the program began, we have provided 2,278 Narcan kits and trained 2,256 individuals who work in emergency services or community agencies as well as family and friends of those who may be likely to overdose.
Distance Learning Across New York State
As Southern Tier Health Care System continues working toward being a distance-learning hub for our own programs and agencies, we’re curious how that’s being done elsewhere. We’ve compiled a survey for other fellow rural health networks and EMS program agencies across New York State. Through this, we aim to uncover successes and barriers to establishing DL hosting and end-user setup, installing and troubleshooting hardware and software, planning educational sessions and speakers, and much more.

To better serve our rural coverage area and to develop relationships outside of it, we’re making ourselves more available and visible across NYS. We’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions. Email me at dkahm@sthcs.org or call (716) 372-0614.
A Matter of Balance Trainings Rescheduled

We've pushed back our upcoming A Matter of Balance training series to allow more time for registrants. We will now host the  trainings on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Monday, Oct. 15 and ending Wednesday, Nov. 7. The program helps older adults at risk of falling to help manage hazards and improve mobility. Pre-registration is now required by Monday, Oct. 11 by calling Ardent Solutions at (585) 593-1738. The courses will be held in our new Training Center, 150 North Union Street in Olean, those days from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
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Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc.  |  150 North Union Street  |  Olean, NY 14760  |  http://www.sthcs.org

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