Community discussion of suicide scheduled
PLATTSBURGH — “Suicide Affects Everyone, A Community Dialogue” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at St. Joseph Church, 1349 Military Turnpike, Plattsburgh.
Panelists will include survivors of suicide and mental-health providers.
The free program is offered by OMH/MHANYS Suicide Prevention Grant Project of the MAPP, Mental Health Subcommittee, as well as Behavioral Health Services North, Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network, the Mental Health Association in Essex County and NAMI: Champlain Valley.
For more information, call Mary Anne Cox at 561-2685, Ext. 12.
Talk on tuberculosis set in Saranac Lake
SARANAC LAKE — A public talk will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, about “The Continuing TB Global Epidemic.”
Historic Saranac Lake and the Trudeau Institute sponsor the talk by Dr. Ian Orme, professor of microbiology, immunology and pathology at Colorado State University and an internationally known research scientist in the field of tuberculosis.
The talk is free of charge and will be held in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church St., Saranac Lake. Light refreshments will be provided.
Ironman donates $5,000 to medical fitness center
LAKE PLACID — The Ironman Foundation Community Fund presented a $5,000 donation to Adirondack Health for a medical fitness center that will be built on the grounds of the Uihlein Living Center on Old Military Road in Lake Placid.
The fitness center is one piece of a new vision to establish and consolidate a broad range of health-care services in Lake Placid on a single campus.
The Ironman Foundation donation was presented by Jeff Edwards and Greg Borzilleri and accepted by Rick Preston, director of rehabilitation and sports science for Adirondack Health; Hannah Hanford, executive director of the Adirondack Health Foundation and community relations; and Dr. Eugene Byrne, orthopedic surgeon with Lake Placid Sports Medicine.
New physician joins Lake Placid Health Center
SARANAC LAKE — A new physician is accepting patients at the Lake Placid Health Center, a member of Adirondack Health.
Dr. Tracey Viola is board certified in family medicine and has completed a fellowship in sports medicine. She is particularly drawn to the preventive aspect of family medicine, according to a news release from Adirondack Health, and has worked extensively as a team physician or medical staff volunteer at high school, college and amateur athletic events, as well as large-scale competitions such as marathons.
“I knew since I was a child this is what I wanted to do, and I am so grateful to call this area my home,” she said in a news release. “As a physician, I hope to encourage all people to embrace an active lifestyle and to work with athletes of all levels and ages, including those at the Olympic Training Center.”
Viola received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in human biology and sociology as a double major and a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Albany. She earned her medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at the New York Institute of Technology.
She has played soccer most of her life and has been running marathons as a fundraiser for the past 10 years.