CEO Update
Carbon Monoxide Training at OGH Hyperbaric Lab
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a silent killer. It’s a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that poisons 20,000-30,000 and kills about 500 in the United States each year. To educate local medical providers on the treatment of CO poisoning, we coordinated a training opportunity Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Olean General Hospital (OGH) Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine. We had EMS and fire personnel in attendance to learn how to use hyperbaric oxygen therapy in cases of severe poisoning. In essence, the chamber is used to “dive” the patient into higher pressures experienced below sea level to restore normal oxygen transfer in the blood.
 
I’d like to thank Dr. Arthur Goldstein for hosting the session, as well as David Monroe from OGH and Precision Healthcare for providing us with a tour of their state-of-the-art facilities and educating our providers on this important issue.
Working Together to Advance Health Equity
STHCS is participating in the Upstate New York Community-Based Organization (CBO) Consortium as a co-lead for Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. I’m proud that we will again be working alongside Healthy Community Alliance (HCA) on this opportunity through the NYS Department of Health to coordinate and support agencies that address social determinants of health.
 
We will be recruiting other small CBOs, much like ourselves, in our counties and working to identify and address collective community needs. Especially here in our rural area, it’s important for agencies to adopt a spirit of collaboration to optimize the health care delivery system. As our motto here at STHCS goes, “We’re better together!” If you're interested in joining the CBO Consortium, please contact me at dkahm@sthcs.org or call (716) 372-0614, ext. 208.
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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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