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Clinical and Rural Health Research Department

Mission: to connect members of the North Country to innovative and modern medical treatment options in a safe and trusted way, while contributing to the scientific community through a rural health lens.


Through the promotion of clinical research involvement, education, and compliance, we deliver high-quality industry, investigator-initiated, and rural health research.


By partnering with pharmaceutical and device companies, St. Lawrence Health System offers our patients, families, and providers the opportunity to take part in a variety of national and international clinical studies of new and existing medications and treatment options.


The research department provides support to providers and staff who want to pursue scientific interests outside of their every-day clinical practice. These projects include publishing interesting case reports as well as developing and executing their own retrospective/prospective observational studies.


Some investigators choose to develop internal studies to better understand the North Country patient population. These insights help us address the unique challenges faced by health systems in rural areas. To do this, we use various types of methods and analyses, including machine learning algorithms and data mining.


St. Lawrence Health System’s Clinical Research Department has been awarded $216,359 in funding through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The award is being used to train St. Lawrence Health System providers, clinical staff, and patients in the area of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. Specifically, the program aims to provide education on how to best identify and address questions and outcome measures of importance to patients and the community, making sure to include the patient voice in research question formulation, and research design, implementation, and results sharing. If you are interested in hearing more, or would like to become involved, please reach out to or (315) 261-6311.

COVID-19 Public Information Sessions

Session 1
Topic: COVID-19: Fact Versus Fiction
          Discussion will include COVID-19 compared to the flu, the effectiveness of masks and  social distancing, and COVID-19 testing 
Guest Speaker: Canton-Potsdam Hospital Infectious Diseases Physician Assistant Kylie Broughal
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Format: Zoom Web Conference
Register for this free session.


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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Series

Learning Together, Leading Together: Shaping Patient-Centered Research in the North Country
3-Part Web Series

Part 1
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Format: On-line
Topic: Introduction To and Examples Of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
After attending this event you will be able to:
     - Define Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
     - Understand how bringing patients into research will benefit the North Country
     - Identify how you can become involved in research
     - Explain what a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research study looks like
Register for this free session.

Part II
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Format: On-line

Part III
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Format: On-line

What Does PCOR Mean To You? (video)

Watch the video on What Does Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Mean To You?

Carly Lovelett, CCRP
Carly Lovelett, CCRP
Clinical Research Manager
Kylie Sands, CCRP
Kylie Sands, CCRP
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
Daniel Jaremczuk
Daniel Jaremczuk
Clinical Research Coordinator I
Caryn Andrews
Caryn Andrews
Clinical Research Assistant