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Ramsey- Shep/Chow mix male/neutered 3 years old Ramsey is up to date with vaccines. What’s not to love about Ramsey we challenge you to try? Come visit Ramsey at the Smithtown Animal Shelter you won’t be disappointed.


Agnes – Brown Tabby Female/Spayed 3 years old. An awesome cat for an awesome home!! Agnes is sweet, lovable, affectionate simply a great cat.









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Suffolk County to Parents: Protect Your Child from Measles, Whooping Cough, Mumps…  

Suffolk County to Parents: Protect Your Child from Measles, Whooping Cough, Mumps…

As the number of reported cases of measles continues to rise in New York City, and as pertussis continues to circulate locally, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Dr. James Tomarken, Commissioner of Health Services, remind parents to make sure that their children are up-to-date on immunizations.

“Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death,” said County Executive Steve Bellone.  “They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

“Providing babies with the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect them from potentially life-threatening diseases,” said Dr. James Tomarken, “Currently, the United States has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in its history, so there is every reason to obtain immunizations on time according to the recommended schedule.”

In observance National Infant Immunization Week (April 26 through May 3, 2014), Dr.  Tomarken offers five important reasons why immunizations need to be a top priority for parents:

Immunizations can save children… from 14 vaccine preventable diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza type B, varicella (chickenpox), pneumococcal disease, rotavirus and influenza.

Immunizations are safe and effective … and given to children only after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals.

Immunization protects others … from getting preventable diseases. Babies who are too young to be fully immunized, immune-compromised individuals, pregnant women and older adults, are among those who are particularly vulnerable to disease. To help keep them safe, be sure that you and your children are fully immunized. 

Immunization saves time and money. Vaccine-preventable diseases can result in prolonged disabilities and can take a financial toll because of lost time at work, medical bills or long-term disability care. In contrast, immunization is a good investment and usually covered by insurance.

Immunization protects future generations. Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations ago. If we continue vaccinating now, and vaccinating completely, parents in the future may be able to trust that it is possible some diseases of today will no longer be around to harm their children in the future.

Families are encouraged to check with their doctors to make sure every child’s immunizations are up to date. Parents who have questions about immunization may call Suffolk County’s Shots for Tots Hotline, 631-854-0222, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Additional information and vaccination schedules may be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s web site at www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

Note: The Department of Health Services offers the MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) immunization to college students, as mandated by NYSDOH. Call the SCDHS Office of Public Health, 631-854-0333, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for dates, times and locations.


St. Catherine's Recognizes KP First Responders Joseph Pucci & Erica Johnston

Photo (L-R): St. Catherine’s Director of Emergency Medical Services Paul Taglienti, MD, Kings Park Fire Department EMT’s Joseph Pucci and Erica Johnston, with St. Catherine’s Director of the Emergency Department Sayed Khwaja, DO.Smithtown, NY—St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center held the first of its quarterly Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Dinner and Lecture Series on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Watermill in Smithtown. The hospital sponsored event is an initiative to foster excellence in health care services through improved communication and education, while also showing first responders appreciation and much deserved recognition. Director of St. Catherine of Siena’s QA/PI Joshua P. Bozek, DO, lectured on Traumatic Eye Injuries and EMS Pitfalls , and Shan Ahmed, DO, MS, FACOEP, FACEP, lectured on the Altered Mental Status and Stroke Mimics.

Emergency Medical Technician from the Smithtown Fire Department Edward Grove commented on the event, “Both Drs. Bozek and Ahmed were great lecturers, who presented their topics such that the EMS providers could appreciate and understand the message.”

In addition, first responders from the Kings Park Fire Department, Joseph Pucci and Erica Johnston, were presented with the “Protector of the Penumbra” award. The “Protector of the Penumbra” award was developed by St. Catherine of Siena as a patient initiative in partnership with the American Heart Association. The goal is to improve administration times for the “clot-busting” drug used in the treatment of patients who are brought to the emergency department with symptoms of acute ischemic stroke. Ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage in a blood vessel that stops the flow of blood and deprives the surrounding brain tissue of oxygen. In the absence of oxygen, the brain cells in the immediate area begin to die and release a cascade of toxic chemicals that threaten brain tissue in the surrounding area—the ischemic penumbra.  When a patient receives the drug within 40 minutes of arrival emergency personnel are awarded for their diligence. Because of their timely care, they successfully aided in minimizing the long-term deficits from the ischemic stroke. Kings Park Fire Department first responders Cono Cimino and Andree Fagan were also recognized and awarded with the “Protector of the Penumbra” award for their lifesaving efforts, but were not in attendance.

St. Catherine of Siena was recently recognized internationally for its patient quality achievements at the 2014 International Stroke Conference, sponsored by the American Heart/American Stroke Associations held in February.


Social Media Credited With Decline In Teen Pregnancy

Brookings Institute



March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

SUFFOLK COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES  - March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., but with regular screening, it is preventable, treatable and beatable! 

Although this disease can occur at any age, most people who develop colorectal cancer are over age 50.  All men and women ages 50 and older should get screened for colorectal cancer.  

Colorectal cancer begins in either the colon or the rectum.  Symptoms of colon cancer may differ from those of rectal cancer, but both have much in common.  In most cases, both colon and rectal cancers develop slowly over many years and most often start as a polyp – a growth of tissue that starts in the lining and grows into the center of the colon or rectum.  This tissue may or may not be cancer.  A type of polyp known as an adenoma can become cancer.  Removing a polyp early will stop it from growing into a cancerous polyp.

There are usually no symptoms during the early stages of colorectal cancer, which is why it is so important to have regular screenings.  As the disease progresses, symptoms may include:

diarrhea or constipation

a feeling that your bowel does not empty completely

blood (either bright red or very dark) in your stool

stools that are narrower than usual

frequent gas pains or cramps, full or bloated feelings

weight loss with no known reason

fatigue: feeling tired with no know reason

nausea or vomiting

Do you know? 

The five year survival rate for early stage colorectal cancer is over 90 percent, but when colon cancer is detected at a late stage, that rate drops to 5 percent. 

Tips for prevention and reducing your risk of colorectal cancer:

Talk to your health care provider about how you might lower your risk of cancer.

Get regular screenings so that polyps can be removed before they become cancerous.

Maintain a healthy weight.  Obesity raises the risk of colorectal cancer.

Stay physically active and exercise regularly.

Do not smoke and if you do, QUIT.

Limit alcohol consumption, which may increase the risk of colorectal cancer.

For those at average risk of colorectal cancer, it is usually recommended that screening begin at age 50 with any of three tests.  If you have other risk factors, such as a family history of colon cancer, you may need to begin regular screening earlier. Consult your health care provider to find out when to get started and which test is best for you.

Friday, March 7, 2014, is National Dress Blue Day. By wearing blue, you can help start the conversation about colorectal cancer and the importance of being screened.

Colorectal cancer screening is a preventive health service and an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act, so health insurance plans must cover colorectal cancer screening with no patient cost sharing. For those who are uninsured or underinsured, the Cancer Services Program Partnership in Suffolk County provides colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screening.  Please contact (631) 548-6320 if you live Suffolk County. 

More information: Suffolk County Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion Coalition:  HYPERLINK “http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/cancerawareness” www.suffolkcountyny.gov/cancerawareness

NYDOH Cancer Services Program:  HYPERLINK “http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/cancer/screening/” www.health.ny.gov/diseases/cancer/screening/

Information about colorectal cancer can be found online at  HYPERLINK “http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/cancer/colorectal/” www.health.ny.gov/diseases/cancer/colorectal/.

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