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MMH Foundation raises funding for Autism training


MASSENA – The Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation has secured a $2,982 grant from the Children’s Miracle Network of Samaritan Hospital for autism training for our staff as more and more of our patients are on the spectrum.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

Proper training will help Massena Memorial physicians, nurses, medical imaging technicians, phlebotomists and more understand approaches with de-escalation, communication, sensory issues, and assessment.It will also equip our staff to better understand autism and Asperger’s syndrome, interaction guidelines, and specific scenarios such as patients presenting at the emergency department, an office visit, or perhaps surgery. Area hospitals will be invited to participate as well.

A second piece of this training includes first responders and law enforcement. The MMH Foundation’s year end appeal is supporting this portion of the training. Julia Rose, executive director, states, “It is equally important to provide similar training to first responders to ensure the lowest possible level of emotional escalation upon transport as the patient is presented in our emergency department.”

North Country Savings Bank has demonstrated its support of these efforts with a $1,000 donation. Laurie Logan, branch manager, stated, “We were impressed that attendees will walk away with strategies to evaluate and treat a person, anticipate sensory challenges, gain new approaches to medical assessments and procedures, and develop partnerships with families and caregivers.” Ms. Rose noted the support of North Country Savings Bank along with the many donations that have been coming in through the year end appeal will allow us to schedule this training in the first part of 2014.

To contribute to the Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation’s year end appeal, mail your donation to MMH Foundation, 1 Hospital Drive, Massena, NY 13662 or call 315-769-4602.

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