NOCHSI Plans, Partners For The Future

PULASKI, NY – On April 11, Northern Oswego County Health Services conducted its annual meeting along with a day-long strategic planning retreat.

At the meeting, Michael C. Backus was installed as NOCHSI’s new board president.

From left are: representatives from NOCHSI, OCO and OH: Patrick Carguello, M.D., Ellen Holst, Michael Backus, Daniel Dey, Gerald Archibald, Renato Mandanas, M.D., Tricia Clark.
From left are: representatives from NOCHSI, OCO and OH: Patrick Carguello, M.D., Ellen Holst, Michael Backus, Daniel Dey, Gerald Archibald, Renato Mandanas, M.D., Tricia Clark.

Backus succeeds Timothy McClusky, Esq., who served as president for the past eight years.

McClusky’s leadership guided NOCHSI from its single Pulaski Health Center site and three school-based health centers in two local school districts to a primary health care system of six practice locations across Oswego County and six school-based health centers in four school districts.

“Tim McClusky has provided exceptional leadership for NOCHSI, leading to a remarkable increase in the quality and scope of medical, dental and behavioral health services to a significantly increased number of Oswego County residents,” said Backus. “I look forward to continuing to work with Tim and our board on growing Oswego County’s healthcare delivery system.”

Also, at its meeting NOCHSI renewed the terms of directors Pam Caraccioli, Judy Catella, Beth Hallinan, Steve Gaffney and Robert Trainham.

Gaffney was also installed as treasurer, replacing Trainham who served as treasurer for eight years.

Following the meeting, NOCHSI’s board of directors and senior management participated in a strategic planning session, which included members from NOCHSI’s community partners Oswego County Opportunities and Oswego Health.

The session was facilitated by Gerald Archibald, a partner with the Bonadio Group.

A major topic of discussion was continued coordination of care between NOCHSI and its partners to promote “population health” where improved health care outcomes for patients are a key initiative.

Patty Kohr, NOCHSI’s secretary and chair of its Strategic Planning Committee said, “The session was pivotal to understanding the critical roles and establishing the future direction for NOCHSI and its partners in promoting a healthy community.”

NOCHSI operates health centers in Fulton, Mexico, Oswego, Parish, Phoenix and Pulaski, as well as six school-based health centers located in the APW, Mexico, Pulaski and Sandy Creek school districts.

The health centers are family-oriented practices that provide Oswego, Northern Onondaga and Southern Jefferson County residents with a variety of comprehensive health care and related services.

NOCHSI is accredited through the Joint Commission and is designated as a Level 2 Patient-Centered Medical Home.

All major insurances are accepted, and a sliding fee scale discount program is available for eligible patients.

For additional information, call 315-298-6564 or visit www.NOCHSI.org