OSWEGO, NY – Five longtime Oswego County healthcare providers were recognized for their dedication to their patients and the community during a new provider reception held May 13.
Honored as the practitioner of the year at the reception was Pediatrician Young Kim, MD, who has been providing care to area children for more than 30 years.
“I feel very honored and am very happy to be presented with this award,” said Dr. Kim.
Dr. Kim began practicing in Oswego in 1982 and for many years she served as the chief of service for pediatrics at Oswego Hospital.
While serving as chief of service, she was a strong advocate for the care needs of her young patients and their families.
Since she has been practicing in the Oswego area for many years, Dr. Kim has provided care to a large portion of the local population.
Being accessible to her patients and responding quickly to her patients’ needs is also among her trademarks.
She is known to be a dedicated physician, who can still often be found at her office late at night.
Dr. Kim was introduced at the reception by Jennifer Cook and her son, Gabriel, age 8.
Mrs. Cook told the audience that Dr. Kim was her husband’s pediatrician as he was growing up and is now providing care to the couple’s two young sons.
“Dr. Kim is the most caring, loving and selfless physician,” Cook said. “As a parent it was comforting that when the office was closed, I could still call and talk to her directly. Providing care is her life’s work.”
Gabriel Cook also took to the microphone and offered Dr. Kim his own thanks.
“I like Dr. Kim,” he said. “She helps kids like me when we are sick.”
Along with Gabriel, the family includes Jacob, who is almost two years old.
Also nominated for the practitioner of the year was Patrick Carguello, DO, who is the Chief Medical Officer at Northern Oswego County Health Services Inc.
During his tenure at NOCHSI, Dr. Carguello has continued to provide quality care to a full caseload of patients.
In 2007, he coordinated the implementation of an electronic health record system.
He has been pivotal to the upgrading of NOCHSI’s quality improvement program.
His clinical leadership has led to NOCHSI’s successful achievement of a patient-centered medical home level 3 designation, as well as several Joint Commission re-accreditations.
Presented with the provider of the year was Celeste Carnes, a NOCHSI family nurse practitioner.
She provides care at the Pulaski Junior/Senior High school-based health clinic.
“I am so honored and humbled,” said Carnes, who first worked at the Sandy Creek Schools for six years, and has been at the Pulaski district for 13 years. “It is a privilege to work, serve and live in our small caring community.”
Introducing Carnes was NOCHSI Physician Patricia Chapman, MD, who said the nurse practitioner was always available for kids to talk to and was beloved by the parents and staff.
Dr. Chapman added that Carnes was also active in her community.
Carnes is a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State.
She began her career with NOCHSI in 1991 as registered nurse.
In 1995 NOCHSI, sent her to Community General for the nurse practitioner certification program where Dr. Patricia Chapman and Dr. Jay Chapman served as her preceptors.
In 1996, Carnes received her certification and a position as a family nurse practitioner at the inception of the school based health centers.
Also nominated for provider of the year were Judy DiMarco, a family nurse practitioner at Oswego County OB-GYN, and Brenda LaMay, a family nurse practitioner, who serves as Oswego Health’s community health services director.
DiMarco earned her licensed practical nurse degree in 1969 from Central Tech/Crouse Irving Hospital and started working in that Syracuse hospital’s intensive care and labor and delivery units.
In 1979, she completed her registered nursing degree at Cayuga Community College and SUNY Oswego.
She was a charge nurse for labor and delivery, postpartum and nursery from 1979 to 1990 and also worked part-time for Oswego County OB-GYN.
In 1990, DiMarco joined Oswego County OB-GYN fulltime, as the Fulton office nurse manager.
She also began to earn her nurse practitioner degree through Community General Hospital’s nurse practitioner program, which she completed in 1997.
LaMay, MSRN, FNP, began working for Oswego Hospital in 1974 as a licensed practical nurse for the intensive/critical care unit.
In the early 1980s, she earned her register nursing degree at Cayuga Community College and became the patient educator co-coordinator.
She assumed the role of patient educator manager in 1985.
LaMay would go on to earn her bachelors of science in nursing from State University College at Utica/Rome and her family nurse practitioner degree from Community General Hospital.
At the time she would also assume more management responsibilities.
She was named a professional health educator, as well as the employee health manager.
LaMay also directed Oswego Hospital’s primary care offices in Oswego, Parish and Mexico.
In 1994, she was promoted once again to community health services director, a position she holds today.
In 2001, she would once again advance her education, earning her masters of science in nursing at Upstate Medical University.
The new provider welcome honored 19 new practitioners, including physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, who are providing care in Oswego County.
The event was hosted by the Rural Health Network of Oswego County and sponsored by NOCHSI, Oswego Health, Oswego County Opportunities, HealtheConnections and the SUNY Oswego OBCR/Workforce Development Board of Oswego County.