Adam Bullock, RN, has been appointed Interim Director of Canton-Potsdam Hospital's Chemical Dependency - Rehabilitation Service; Sharalee Tacchino, CASAC, has been appointed Interim Director of Chemical Dependency - Detoxification, in addition to her duties as Psychiatric Practice Manager; and Duncan Brown, M.Ed; CASAC, will become Interim Director of the Richville Clinic, an outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation service.
The appointments follow the retirement of Carolyn M. White, MA (Public Health), CASAC, Director of Chemical Dependency Services. Ms. White served in that capacity for twenty years, and retired August 31, 2010.
Ms. White became director when the CPH CDS consisted only of an inpatient detoxification unit and grew the service to include a seventeen-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit and two outpatient clinics in Richville and Norwood. Throughout her years of service to the community, Ms. White also served as a consultant and teacher at New York University, Empire State College of SUNY, Montefiore Hospital Medical Center, the Bowery Residents' Committee, Inc., NY, and Mater Dei College. She was and continues to be known as an outspoken advocate of those suffering from the disease of alcohol and substance abuse and addiction.
Mr. Bullock, Ms. Tacchino, and Mr. Brown step into their interim leadership roles with extensive backgrounds in substance abuse treatment. Mr. Bullock came to CPH in 2009 as a nurse in the inpatient Detoxification Unit, and was the Manager of Chemical Dependency Services and Nurse Educator. Prior to coming to CPH, Bullock worked as an RN in the Sexual Offender Treatment Program at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, Ogdensburg, NY, and spent several years as a nurse and in leadership roles at St. Lawrence NYSARC.
Bullock has also worked as a nurse in several different specialties at Clifton-Fine Hospital, Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital. He holds his Associate's Degree in Nursing from Onondaga Community College and is currently working toward his Master's Degree in Nursing/Leadership and Management through Walden University.
Ms. Tacchino worked previously as a counselor in Chemical Dependency. Prior to coming to CPH, Ms. Tacchino worked as a Group Facilitator for Second Chance Therapeutic Services in Oswego and as a Job Coach for BOCES. In addition to her professional duties, Ms. Tacchino has logged over 800 hours of volunteer service at the Reachout Crisis Hotline in St. Lawrence County.
Ms. Tacchino earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from SUNY Potsdam and completed her Master's Degree in Community Counseling at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Duncan Brown was Clinical Director of the Richville Clinic and has a wealth of experience working in various agencies providing outpatient treatment. Mr. Brown obtained his Bachelor's Degree from SUNY Potsdam and his Master's Degree in Counseling from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.
"These professionals will maintain the high level of service and care put into place by Carolyn White, whose practice standards for the care of people suffering from diseases of addiction were exemplary," said Nancy L. Rutledge, RN, MSN, Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. "Carolyn always put patients first, in the context of community integration, and with the assumption that they would get well. I'm confident that these interim leaders will continue to provide leadership of the program, but also leadership in the professional approaches to treating this disease, as was Carolyn's example," she said.
"Although no one can expect to fully replace someone like Carolyn White, we have the professionals in place to continue excellent care for the victims of the devastating disease of addiction," said John Dewar, MD, Medical Director of CPH Chemical Detoxification Unit and The Richville Clinic.
For more information on addiction treatment, patients should contact their primary care practitioner or call Canton-Potsdam Hospital's Chemical Dependency Services directly at 261-5954.