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Feature Story


April is National Donate Life Month.

Every year, more than 1,500 people receive kidneys, livers, and hearts that have been donated for transplantation. However, with more than 10,000 New Yorkers still on waiting lists, the need for organ donations far exceeds the supply.
One person who donates organs (hearts, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and intestine) can save up to eight lives, while tissue donors (corneas, bone, skin, heart valves, tendons, veins, etc.) can improve 12 or more lives by restoring eyesight, helping fight infections in burn patients and prevent the loss of mobility and disability.
It is an important opportunity for hospitals to promote organ, eye, and tissue donation in their communities. Get involved. Your community will be healthier for it.
As healthcare professionals, you have seen firsthand how organ, eye, and tissue donation can bring hope to someone whose life depends on it, and help assuage a family's loss.
Residents of New York State can enroll in the New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry online or sign up through the Department of Motor Vehicles when applying for or renewing their license or non-driver ID.
By enrolling in the Donate Life New York State Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, you are giving legal consent for the recovery of your organs, tissues and eyes for the purposes of transplantation and research at the time of your death. To enroll, go online to http://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/patients/donation/organ/

New York waiting list candidates as of today: 10,285


Newsletter: Focus on Health

In this issue:

Ammar Kafa, MD, Family Medicine

Dr. Kafa and Dr. Christensen, are members of the MMH Medical Staff and has opened a practice, MMH Medical Group, into the new MMH Medical Office Building, 181 Maple Street, Massena.

Dr. Kafa is American Board Certified  in Family Medicine. He welcomes new patients and referrals for all your family’s medical needs.

General medical care for your family’s needs, Family health services; preventive and acute care, immunizations, uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes and depression and Bipolar disorder.

Diana ChristensenMD, Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease

Dr. Christensen is American Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diease. She welcomes new patients and referrals for all your medical needs.

General medical care for adults and adolescents,preventive and acute care, immunizations. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases, such as Lyme Disease, and uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes.

Janki Shah, MD, Internal Medicine

Dr. Shah is American Board Certified in Internal Medicine. She welcomes new patients and referrals for all your medical needs.
General medical care for adults (18+);  preventive and acute care to include immunizations.
Specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hyperlipidemia , hypertension, diabetes and obesity.

Welcoming new patients and most insurances. To make an appointment with either physician, please call: (315)769-4704
MMH Medical Office Building, 181 Maple Street, Massena

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Health Alerts

Women are doing more today than ever. So where do more women turn for women’s health?  Right here…

North Country Women’s Health

Casey Medical Building, located behind Massena Memorial Hospital


Barbara Hillis, Certified Nurse Midwife and Dr. Anna Beresnev, OB/GYN


Dr Emmanuel Nwogu, OB/GYN




To transfer your records or schedule an appointment. Please call ...


  • Offering Midwife services
  • High Risk OB/3D sonograms
  • Infertility evaluation & treatment
  • Contraception, including permanent sterilization
  • Micro-invasive surgery (hysteroscopy and laparoscopic)
  • Pelvic floor reconstruction/pelvic floor prolapsed evaluation and treatment (medical & surgical)
  • Abnormal PAP smears, colposcopy and cone biopsy
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding and all spectrum of GYN problems
  • Menopause treatment and evaluation



Here what a few comments from our patient surveys...


A patient who attended Dr. Christensen's community program on Lyme Disease said, "Thank you this program was very good. It is wonderful to have programs presented by experts."

A patient from Massachuetts said "I had an amazing stay at this hospital and everyone made him feel comfortable at Massena Memorial Hospital."

A North Country Veteran told one of our MMH Auxiliary members, "I wouldn't go anywhere else for my medical care, the Veterans Clinic here at Massena Memorial Hospital is the best and the people are very caring!"

"I was treated excellently. My highest recommendations. Thank you for the excellent care."  ER and Inpatient 

"I was very pleased with my outpatient surgery. The two Anesthesiology members, surgical team, post operative care and surgical floor care were the best! The Anesthesiologist even came to my room later that day to check on me..."  Surgical Patient 

"I have always had the best care in our hospital. Absolutely no complaints."   Inpatient 

During my hospital stay, how often did doctors treat you with courtesy and respect?  "Always...100% of the time. He is the best! It was excellent for my second knee replacement and I felt very at ease doing it with your hospital again."  Surgical Patient 


- names withheld for patient confidentiality