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Canton-Potsdam Hospital President to Present at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

David AckerThe President and CEO of Canton-Potsdam Hospital and the St. Lawrence Health System will be presenting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in SUNY Canton’s Woodcock Conference Suites room 212. The event is free and open to the public.

David B. Acker, J.D., is the latest area business leader to join the college’s ongoing Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series. He will be sharing his career path beyond college and imparting his strategies for success in the healthcare industry.

Acker is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a former chairman of the American Hospital Association Governing Council for Small and Rural Hospitals. He was also the chairman of the Education Committee of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council and has numerous other outstanding professional credentials.

Canton-Potsdam Hospital is a leading healthcare provider and a part of the St. Lawrence Health System (SLHS). In addition to operating the two main hospital campuses in Potsdam and Gouverneur, SLHS also operates extension outpatient facilities in Antwerp, Gouverneur, DeKalb Junction, Edwards, Canton, Colton, Potsdam, Norwood, Norfolk, Brasher Falls, and Massena. It has 130 full-time medical staff members, 1,350 employees and is a major area employer for SUNY Canton alumni.


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Canton College Foundation Establishes Scholarship for Hospital

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

In response to the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Foundation’s “Constructing Healthier Communities” campaign, the Canton College Foundation has established a $25,000 scholarship fund to assist graduate nurses employed at the Hospital.  The fund will provide scholarships for the next five years, to Hospital employees who already have their two-year RN degree, and are pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.


Shown here, front row left to right: Tammy Sykes, RN; Carli Schiffner, Interim President, SUNY Canton; David Acker, Hospital President and CEO; and TerriAnn Crump, RN.
Back row left to right: Adam Bullock, RN,BSN, MSN; and David Gerlach, Vice President for Advancement at SUNY Canton.

“We have many excellent nurses on staff who are graduates of SUNY Canton’s RN program,” noted Hospital President and CEO David B. Acker.  “As the nursing profession has advanced, new standards of care require advanced training.  SUNY Canton’s online graduate nursing program is a perfect fit for our staff, enabling them to pursue their degree while working.”

The first two scholarship recipients are Tammy Sykes, Nurse Manager in the Hospital’s Emergency Department; and TerriAnn Crump, nurse in inpatient Chemical Dependency Rehab. Both nurses received their RN training at SUNY Canton.

With the Canton College Foundation’s commitment, gifts, grants and pledges to the Hospital Foundation’s “Constructing Healthier Communities” campaign have topped $3 million.  “We are gratified that we found such meaningful way to be a part of the Hospital’s campaign,” noted SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David Gerlach.  “This is just one more example of how our two institutions can partner creatively.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

Canton-Potsdam Hospital Donates $25,000 to SUNY Canton’s Maresca Family Challenge

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Canton-Potsdam Hospital has donated $25,000 towards the SUNY Canton Nursing program as part of the Maresca Family Challenge. The announcement was made at a press conference on Friday, July 20, at the hospital.

Dr. Michael Maresca, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and Canton Hospital President and CEO David B. Acker hold a $25,000 hospital donation check.

Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Chief of Staff and Chief of Radiology Dr. Michael Maresca, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and Canton Hospital President and CEO David B. Acker hold a $25,000 hospital donation check to the SUNY Canton Foundation as part of the Maresca Challenge.

“We are here for a much larger purpose than a check presentation,” said Canton-Potsdam Hospital President and CEO David B. Acker. “We are brought together by a common concern regarding the critical shortage of nurses in this country and our community. Canton-Potsdam Hospital wants to be an exception in America and have a steady pool of local nurses.”

The Maresca Family Challenge was announced on May 14 by Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Chief of Staff and Chief of Radiology, Dr. Michael Maresca, and his wife Barbara. The Marescas committed to making a minimum gift of $100,000 to SUNY Canton Foundation to establish the Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca Family Endowment for Nursing Education.

The Maresca Challenge is designed to create a circle of giving and inspire others to do the same. When Dr. and Mrs. Maresca announced their gift in May, they challenged college alumni, local businesses, community members, and friends to join them in further supporting the educational needs of future nursing students at the college.

“Canton-Potsdam Hospital is the first group to step up and respond to the Maresca Family Challenge,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy. “We are deeply grateful for the leadership role they have taken, and I’d like to thank them on behalf of all of our current and future nursing students.”

The Maresca Family Challenge is part of the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign with hopes to raise a total of $400,000 in support of the Nursing program. In addition to their endowment, the Maresca Family has donated four $1,000 scholarships to nursing students for the 2007-2008 academic year.

“We understand the importance of nurses and are dedicated to investing in students who desire an education,” said Dr. Maresca. “We believe that a nursing career has a tremendous impact on the students, their families, and the overall health of our own community.”

According to Acker, more than half of Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s nurses are SUNY Canton alumni.

Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca:

Dr. Maresca grew up in Elkton, Md., and attended West Virginia University and then the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He continued his studies for Diagnostic Radiology at SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse.

Dr. Maresca is also affiliated with the following New York hospitals: Massena Memorial Hospital, E.J. Noble Hospital, Clifton-Fine Hospital, Cortland Memorial Hospital, Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic, Olean General Hospital, and the Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

The Marescas moved to Potsdam in 1991. They have two children, Margaret and Michael.

“The Maresca Family Endowment will enable worthy students to attend regardless of their financial background, and it will also assist us in meeting the growing technology needs of our nursing education.” said John Conklin, the Director of SUNY Canton’s Nursing program.