Satisfaction in seeing healthy babies

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2008 Healthcare Hero
Honorable Mention
Elmer Plantz, NP

In the neonatal intensive care unit, every detail matters for these smallest patients. Elmer Plantz, neonatal nurse practitioner at Oswego Hospital, knows this. "There is satisfaction in seeing healthy babies after they have been critically ill, and in knowing that I had an integral part in the management of their care," Plantz said.

"Mr. Plantz has cared for the newest and smallest of patients at the Oswego Hospital with compassion," Mary Hoffman of the Oswego Hospital said. "He assists the babies at birth to stabilize them for a healthy life." "He has saved many fragile lives, my son included," she said. "Elmer did an emergency chest tube on my son at 1-day-old due to a pneumothorax at birth, a procedure that he had not done in years," she noted. "He did this immediately and was able to stabilize my son enough for a transfer to the NICU."

From CPR to extensive procedures, Elmer acts quickly and in a professional manner, Hoffman commented. "Elmer is dedicated to Oswego Hospital and its patients." His education includes both Syracuse and Georgetown universities. Plantz is active in the New Visions program, which introduces students interested in a healthcare field to the real world of medicine.

Plantz is a board member of the Oswego Hospital Federal Credit Union and the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Board of Education. He earned his bachelor's degree from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1987 and went on to become certified as a neonatal nurse practitioner at Georgetown University in 1992. Prior to his position at Oswego Hospital, Plantz had worked at neonatal intensive care units at Crouse Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital and Watertown Samaritan Medical Center. Originally from Rome, Plantz and his wife have two children.