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March 2018

UHS training pays off for state-winning basketball sisters

Photo of Hannah and Michaela Haskell standing in the UHS Sports Performance GymTwo of the stars of Susquehanna Valley High School’s state-championship-winning girls’ basketball team credit special training they received at UHS Sports Performance with making theirs a powerful game.

Twin sisters Hannah and Michaela Haskell helped the Sabers achieve an undefeated regular season (25 wins, 0 losses), then go on to take the Class B final with a 55-52 victory March 17 over Irvington High School of the Hudson Valley region.

Both seniors found the extra edge they needed on the court this past season by visiting UHS Sports Performance two to three times a week for one-hour sessions with performance coach Andrew Long.  “These ladies showed true passion and dedication to becoming great athletes,” Mr. Long said.

The sessions made a measurable difference.

“We found that if we missed a week of training, we didn’t shoot as well,” Hannah said.  “But if we attended the training sessions consistently, we performed consistently.”

Michaela said she was referred to the program by a physical therapist after she had completed therapy for an injury.  She found she enjoyed the training offered by the UHS program, and persuaded her sister to join her.

“We did squats, dead-lifts, pull-ups and push-ups,” Michaela said.  “The training will be helpful for us later on, too, when we go off to college and get involved in sports there.  Andrew has shown us what to do on our own.”

Both sisters say they would recommend the performance training at UHS to other student athletes “100 percent.”

Mr. Long and William “Jay” Hubbard, field manager and lead athletic trainer at UHS Sports Medicine, said the training focuses on strength and agility improvement. 

“Essentially the goal is to build bigger, faster, stronger athletes,” Mr. Hubbard noted.

At the same time, the training offers the students perspectives on several other ingredients for success.

“We also coach them in leadership, accountability and dedication,” Mr.  Hubbard noted.  “The athletes learn that they need to invest their time and attention to find the benefits they’re looking for.”

As the Haskell sisters demonstrated during this past championship season, those benefits can be outstanding and memorable.


Colorectal surgeon offers patient-centered care

Photo of a stethoscopeUHS is strengthening its capabilities in the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer with the addition of a new surgeon who specializes in a patient-centered response to the disease. Neil Gibson, MD, comes to UHS with an impressive medical background from leading universities and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Board-certified in general and colon and rectal surgery, Dr. Gibson heads a clinical team at UHS that cares for the patient every step of the way, from referral through diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care and support. Today’s treatment options range from surgery to radiation to chemotherapy, with each approach tailored to a patient’s specific condition and needs.

A surgical leader

Dr. Gibson received his medical degree from the College of Medicine at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He then completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and a fellowship in colorectal surgery at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

Since 2015 he has been a general surgeon and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Kane Community Hospital in Kane, Pa.

Colorectal surgeons are experts in the medical and surgical management of conditions of the colon, rectum and anus. They are adept at the treatment of both benign and malignant diseases and also perform routine screening examinations.

Some common conditions they treat are: cancer, diverticular disease, fecal incontinence, rectal prolapse, perianal conditions, pilonidal disease and inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr. Gibson says a number of factors led him to focus his practice on colorectal disease.

“My residency at the Cleveland Clinic was definitely an influence,” he says. “It’s one of the most respected facilities in the country in this specialty.”

Continuing, he notes: “Although colorectal surgery is limited to three body parts – the colon, rectum and anus – we manage a wide variety of other conditions, which offers a challenge. There’s also a history of colon cancer in my family, which furthered my interest.”

While practicing in Pennsylvania and beginning to seek a new opportunity, Dr. Gibson was impressed with what he witnessed on visits to UHS. The organization exhibits a dedication to patient-focused care.

“At UHS, having medical oncologists in-house, plus two full-time radiation oncologists and the nurse navigator program, adds to the comprehensive approach we offer and truly benefits our patients,” he says.

An important screening

Dr. Gibson, along with oncology nurse navigator Mary Mancini, RN, BSN, and the colorectal and oncology teams at UHS recommend screening for the early detection of any kind of colorectal issue. This can give patients the best chance for effective treatment, a better quality of life and survival of cancer.

One of the most common and highly recommended screenings is a colonoscopy – and getting one isn’t as bad as people often think it will be, Dr. Gibson says.

“I’ve heard all the complaints: it’s embarrassing, the prep is hard to do, I don’t have a family history,” he says. “None of those is a good-enough reason to not have a colonoscopy. The prep tastes better than it used to and the quantity can be split into two doses, so you’re drinking less at one time.”

He urges everyone to have their first colonoscopy at age 50, and every 10 years thereafter. Those with a family history of colorectal cancer should start screening 10 years prior to the relative’s age at diagnosis, or at age 40, whichever is earlier.

Information and referral

Dr. Gibson’s office is located on the fourth floor of Wilson Square, 30 Harrison St., Johnson City. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Patients with urgent conditions often can be seen the same day. For information or an appointment, call 763-8100.

FREE Colorectal screening information

UHS is leading the way in preventing colorectal cancer. Please join us to learn firsthand about colorectal cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment options. This free seminar will feature a discussion from leading community surgeons Neil Gibson, MD, and Jeffrey Wiseman, MD; gastroenterology specialist Amine Hila, MD; and genetic counselor Luba Djurdjinovic, MS. Registration is required. Click here to pre-register.


UHS opens primary care office on Robinson Street

Outside view of UHS Primrary Care Robinson StreetUHS has relocated its primary care office in Kirkwood to newly remodeled space at 160 Robinson St. in Binghamton.

Providers at UHS Primary Care Robinson Street began seeing patients as of March 12.

The new office is centrally and conveniently situated in the Weis Market plaza on Robinson Street.

The providers are Brenda Schlaen, MD, and Meghan Laing, NP.

“We are very pleased to offer people this newly remodeled location, which is very welcoming and comfortable,” said Alan Miller, MD, executive director of the UHS Medical Group. “Our providers are looking forward to serving the community’s primary care needs in this great new space.”

It's important for every patient to have a primary care provider. Your PCP is the best place for you to start when you need any type of healthcare, UHS experts say.

He or she can focus on your preventative care, diagnose diseases and illnesses, and help you find the right specialists if and when you need them.

Your PCP will also Help you navigate the increasingly complicated healthcare system so you can concentrate on your health, putting all the pieces together to help you see the big picture of your well-being.

Facebook Live video

UHS was live on Facebook at this new Robinson Street Primary Care location on March 22. Watch the video to learn more about Dr. Brenda Schlaen and our services at this newly renovated location.

New location information:

UHS Primary Care Robinson Street
160 Robinson Street
Binghamton, NY 
607-296-2300
Open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday