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LSVT BIG Now Available at River Hospital for Treatment of Parkinson’s

River Hospital is now offering the LSVT BIG therapy. The Physical Therapy Department at River Hospital will now offer LSVT BIG, a therapy that addresses the unique movement impairments associated with Parkinson’s disease. It provides people with the disease the tools they need to keep moving and stay active. The protocol is both intensive and complex, with many repetitions of core movements used in daily life. One therapist and two physical therapist assistants are now certified to provide LSVT BIG therapy at River Hospital.

“The LSVT BIG program teaches participants how to think in terms of extending their movements to make day to day tasks easier. Participants will leave the program with a lifelong exercise program, better balance and the ability to walk more quickly and take bigger steps,” says Emily Chase, MSPT, the LSVT BIG certified therapist at River Hospital.

Because LSVT BIG therapy is customized to each person's specific needs and goals, it can help regardless of the stage or severity of your condition. That said, the therapy may be most effective in early or middle stages of Parkinson’s, when the patient can both improve function and potentially slow further symptom progression. Beginning LSVT BIG before significant problems with balance, mobility or posture will often lead to the best results, but it's never too late to start. LSVT BIG can produce significant improvements even for people facing considerable physical difficulties.

If you or a loved one is interested in this program, please talk with your provider or call the physical therapy department at 315.482.1116.

PTSD Services for Active Military and Veterans

The healing of invisible wounds starts here. With no other intensive outpatient service like this in the country, River Hospital took on the important task of offering outpatient mental health services designed specifically for active duty military personnel and veterans experiencing effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

These programs keep our Active Military and Veterans close to home while they continue healing and acquiring the tools to cope, providing education and support to those impacted by the effects of combat. Both programs serve as intervention options to reduce potential admissions of service members to an inpatient level of care, focusing instead on building coping skills and supports in the community.

Active Military - Partial Hospitalization Program
The program currently has the capacity to serve 30 active duty military personnel five hours a day, five days per week, Monday through Friday, which can be broken down into two different groups. Groups focus primarily on combat and non-combat Post Traumatic Stress. In addition to group participation, each service member also receives individual therapy with an assigned therapist and medication management with an assigned prescriber.

Veterans - Intensive Outpatient Program
The Intensive Outpatient Program offered to Veterans is a trauma-focused group program where Veterans are among peers who have had similar experiences and are facing similar challenges. Groups deliver Cognitive Processing Therapy with a number of adjunctive groups such as relationships, addiction, emotion regulation, health, and wellness. A VA referral is required if you receive VA benefits. Please contact your VA Provider.

The River Community Wellness Program (RCWP) also offers services to families affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Nurturing Parenting Program is a family-centered, trauma-informed initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and neglectful parenting and child-rearing practices. RCWP therapies include:

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Group and Individual Therapy
  • Peer to Peer Therapy
  • Imaginal and In Vivo Exposure Therapy
  • Psychiatry and Medication Management

River Hospital is a safe harbor for your health and wellness. Accessible by boat and car, we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality inpatient care, emergency services, and outpatient services. We invite you to explore our website and learn more or call (315) 482-1277 for more information Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday-Friday 8:00am-7:00pm.

We Care For Your Entire Family Like They’re Our Family

DSC 6038River Hospital and River Family Health Center are focused on keeping families healthy. That's why we have physicians like Dr. David Wallace, who specializes in full-spectrum family medicine for patients of all ages. Having a family doctor means you have a trusted physician who knows your family's health history and can provide preventive care to keep everyone, of all ages, healthy.

Starting with your newborn's first pediatric visit through adolescence, we can see your child for everything from routine well-baby checks, immunizations, lead testing, child well visits and school and sports physicals.

Inevitably, unexpected illnesses such as ear infections or fevers occur and that is why we offer Convenient Care for fast, family-friendly care without an appointment. It is designed to treat less urgent, non-life threatening medical conditions quickly and conveniently.

  • Easy Access - close to home when time matters most
  • Less Waiting - in and out quickly
  • Expert Care - you will always see a medical professional

In order to be as convenient for you as possible, please call 315-482-1125 to schedule a same-day appointment Walk-ins are also welcome. Convenient Care is located within River Family Health Center on Fuller Street in Alexandria Bay and is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

River Family Health Center is here to care for all of your family’s day-to-day health concerns. Our services include women's health, men's health, infant, pediatric care, and adolescent health including immunizations and allergy shots, Osteopathic evaluations, skin care, diabetes education and access to the entirety of River Hospital services.

Your time is valuable, and so is the health of your family. At River Hospital, we care about both. Accessible by boat and car, we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality inpatient care, emergency services, and outpatient services for routine and diagnostic testing. River Family Health Center offers a variety of primary care services including pediatrics, on-premise, for the entire family. Contact us for more information at 315-482-2511.



River Hospital welcomes specialty providers

River Hospital has recently welcomed two new specialty providers: David Schaefer, MD and Steven Mussett, MD. Dr. Schaefer specializes in ear, nose and throat procedures and Dr. Mussett is an orthopedic specialist. Both providers will perform outpatient surgeries within River Hospital’s Ambulatory Surgery Unit; as well have office hours to see patients in River Family Health Center.

Dr. Schaefer is an otolaryngologist and specializes in ear, nose and throat procedures such as: tonsil and adenoidectomy , tube placements and Chronic sinusitis.

Dr. Schaefer earned his medical degree and residency at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON. He is Board Certified member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and a member of the Canadian Fellowship of Otolaryngology.

Dr. Mussetts’ expertise is in sports medicine, foot and ankle injuries, joint repair/replacement along with general orthopedic procedures.

Dr. Mussett earned his medical degree at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Ottawa. He also completed a fellowship in foot and ankle reconstruction at the University Health Network Toronto Western Hospital in Toronto, ON, as well as a fellowship in adult hip and knee replacement at the Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa, ON.

For more information on the specialty services offered at River Hospital, call River Family Health Center at 315-482-2094.

Accessible by boat and car, we pride ourselves on delivering high quality inpatient care, emergency services and outpatient services for routine and diagnostic testing. River Family Health Center offers a variety of primary care services, on premise, for the entire family. Our Ambulatory Surgical Unit offers same day surgery on an outpatient basis for a number of specialties. River Hospital Convenient Care offers same day non-emergency appointments

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