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CPH celebrates National Hospital and Nurses Week with first Health Expo


POTSDAM - In celebration of National Hospital and Nurses Week, dozens of community businesses and vendors filled the Pine Street Arena Tuesday for Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s first Health Expo.

From 3 to 7 p.m., the hockey arena hosted the event which came one day after Massena Memorial Hospital kicked off the week with a reception on Monday.

“We’ve doing this event to thank our employees, and employees are invited to attend this as well. We’ve invited our partners in health care - United Helpers, the UCP Clinic in Canton, the St. Lawrence Health Initiative, the (North Country) Children’s Museum and everybody we work with to improve the health of the community,” Canton-Potsdam Hospital Director of Corporate Communications Rebecca J. Faber said.

“This is our very first hosted health fair. We decided to do a whole expo and we have some of the grocery stores coming too, as well as the rescue and fire squads,” she said.

Thirty-five different vendors were in attendance Tuesday at the arena.

“Some of them represent our own departments so we have free health screenings going on, like blood pressure, etc. Our volunteers from the gift shop are also here today and we have the Simulator Man here as well. That is a teaching tool for our health professionals,” Ms. Faber said. “We are really grateful to all of our employees and we are really grateful to everybody in the community who supports us. We have a lot of support from our community.”

Various stations with tables were set up around the outskirts of the entire ice rink, eager to show people what they had to offer.

“We do a lot of community education on drugs, alcohol, gambling and underage gambling prevention. We make people aware of the dangers of addiction,” Seaway Valley Prevention Council Educator Patti Hogle said. “(The expo) gives the community a chance to come out and see what’s available in their own community. It gives them information on how to stay healthy and happy.”

“Right now we are a museum without walls. We are going to be opening in downtown Potsdam at the end of 2015 and until then we travel the north country every summer. So we’re traveling this summer with our health and fitness exhibit called ‘Kid Power.’ We’ve been sponsored by the (Canton-Potsdam) Hospital and the Kinney Foundation,” North Country Children’s Museum Director Sharon Williams added.

“We are going to be in Norwood, Canton, Potsdam, Massena, Ogdensburg and Waddington. This will be our third summer traveling and we’re also at the Clarkson (University) bookstore every Saturday with a whole range of content. We are here today supporting the hospital because they supported us,” she said.

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