Nine New Graduate Nurses Begin Healthcare Career at Oswego Health

Posted on June 13, 2023

Oswego Health

Nine New Graduate Nurses Begin Healthcare Career at Oswego Health

(Oswego, NY – June 14, 2023) The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecast a nursing shortage through 2024, with the United States projected to need more than half a million new nurses to replace those who leave the profession. As the largest healthcare system in Oswego County, Oswego Health has taken a proactive role in recruitment with an emphasis on pipeline growth and has successfully recruited nine new graduate nurses this summer for positions throughout the organization.

Joining Oswego Health’s Medical Surgical Unit to begin their career in healthcare include:

  • Emma Teeter from Mexico – attended Cayuga Community College (CCC)
  • Jaime Thompson from Oswego- attended SUNY Brockport

Joining the Emergency Department:

· Sarah Crucitti from Oswego – attended CCC

· Sarah Fitzgibbons from Oswego – attended Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital

Joining the Surgical Services Unit:

· Hayley Jones from Oswego – attended CCC

· Julia Kingsley from Fulton – attended CCC

Joining the Intensive Care Unit:

· Kristopher Ferrara from Fulton – attended CCC

Joining the Mental Health & Wellness Department:

· Lindsey Hodge from Pennellville – attended CCC

Joining the Central Square Urgent Care:

· Shaquana Jones from West Monroe – attended Excelsior University

“Securing the future of local healthcare has been a priority of our recruiters here at Oswego Health,” shared Marq Brown, Vice President of Human Resources & Chief People Officer. “To have 9 new nurses choose to begin their nursing career here in this community is gratifying and a testament to their commitment to caring for their neighbors, friends, and family.”

As a complete healthcare system with locations throughout CNY, Oswego Health offers many opportunities for career advancement. Their tuition reimbursement program is designed to make it financially easy for employees to build careers in healthcare while maintaining a work/life balance. The program offers up to $10,000 per year towards healthcare degrees in nursing, medical imaging, and laboratory science. In addition, Oswego Health offers an ED Residency Program, which provides a fully compensated, on-the-job training opportunity for graduate nurses.

Nationally recognized for patient safety and care, with more than 1,300 employees throughout our 17 campuses, a career at Oswego Health is just that, a career,” stated Melissa Purtell, RN, BSN, MSN, Director of Nursing. “The experience and versatility available to these new graduate nurses are truly unique to our healthcare system. Plus, since we are an independent, nonprofit healthcare system, with all strategic decisions, whether operational or monetarily, being made locally, our staff can make a true impact not only for their patients but for the profession.

And I think what I love most about these new graduate nurses is the excitement and energy they bring to the team. It’s infectious and we are so glad they are here!”

Oswego Health has openings throughout the healthcare system and encourages anyone interested in providing local healthcare to learn more by visiting

Photo caption: (left to right) Shaquana Jones, Jaime Thompson, Kristopher Ferrara, Lindsey Hodge, Sarah Fitzgibbons, Emma Teeter, and in front Julia Kingsley.


About Oswego Health:
The mission of Oswego Health is to provide accessible, quality care and improve the health of residents throughout Central New York. As a nonprofit healthcare system established in 1881, Oswego Health is proud to continue to be one of the region’s largest employers. More than 1,300 employees spread throughout its 17 locations, work for the Oswego Health system, which includes the 132-bed community Oswego Hospital, a 32-bed psychiatric acute-care facility with multiple outpatient behavioral health service locations, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a 120-bed skilled nursing facility, and Springside at Seneca Hill, an independent retirement community. The health system also operates Oswego Health Home Care, the only hospital-based certified home healthcare agency in the County as well as two outpatient centers, including the Fulton Medical Center, offering urgent care, lab, medical imaging, physical therapy, and occupational health services, and the Central Square Medical Center, offering urgent care, lab, medical imaging, and physical therapy services. In addition, Oswego Health includes the Oswego Health captive professional corporation, Physician Care P.C., providing physician services in orthopedics, cardiology, ENT, gastroenterology, breast care, audiology, general surgery, bariatrics, and primary care. For more information about Oswego Health, please visit our website at

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