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UHS Chenango Memorial expands pulmonology services

May 10, 2019

Respiratory disorders such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, and other lung diseases impact many lives in Chenango County. According to a nurse practitioner who specializes in such illnesses, there are a number of factors that contribute to the prevalence of these illnesses, all of which could be a part of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder.

“Smoking and tobacco use certainly plays a role, as does environmental exposure,” explained Mary Rivera, ANP. “From mold and mildew left in the wake of the floods to jobs in the building and manufacturing trades, there are many contributing factors that can place someone at risk of worsening a respiratory disorder.”

Often lung disease is an underlying condition that is either undiagnosed or unmanaged, Rivera said.

Recognizing the unmet need, UHS Chenango Memorial sought to expand pulmonology services. They recruited Rivera, who has practiced with UHS in acute and critical care roles for close to 25 years.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mary to our team at UHS Cardiology in Norwich. She is an experienced Nurse Practitioner with a longstanding affiliation with UHS and CMH. Her expertise in critical care and pulmonology is something our community desperately needs,” said Chris Kisacky, Vice President of Service Coordination and Development at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital.

Rivera works collaboratively with UHS Cardiology Norwich’s existing care team, which includes Dr. James O’Brien, Sue Button, MSN, ANP-BC, and Dr. Mark Brennan. She also work closely with providers in UHS Chenango Memorial’s Primary Care centers in Norwich, Oxford, Sherburne and Sidney.

“Mary’s presence allows us to provide outpatient pulmonology services, something we haven’t been able to offer locally for a long time,” said Kisacky.

In addition to her specialty in pulmonology, Rivera also serves as the hospital’s nocturnist.

“I enjoy working with the team here at Chenango Memorial,” she said, “In my specialties, I get to see a broad mix of patients, and I enjoy that.”

Located on UHS Chenango Memorial’s first floor, UHS Cardiology Norwich provides a wide range of cardiovascular care and testing including electrocardiography, ultrasound heart exams, short and long term heart monitoring, and exercise and pharmacologic electrocardiography. The practice provides prevention and detection of cardiovascular problems at an early stage; access to cardiac testing and treatment; and education about heart and circulation problems.

UHS Cardiology Norwich is accepting new patients and has many appointment options available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (607) 337-4215.

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital is a member of United Health Services, a locally owned not-for-profit 916-bed hospital and health care system serving the Greater Binghamton region from more than 40 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.