Person-Centered Mission for Clinical Trials: St. Lawrence Health System Ramps up PCOR Initiative

Person-Centered Mission for Clinical Trials: St. Lawrence Health System Ramps up PCOR Initiative

St. Lawrence Health System Clinical Research Department will utilize $216,359 in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Department (PCOR) to train health providers, clinical staff, and patients about patient-centered outcomes research. The emphasis focuses on the development of a patient-centered research program infrastructure as well as how best to identify and address questions and outcomes measures of importance to patients.

The Leads

The initiative is led by Carly Lovelett, Clinical Research Manager, who reports that a Stakeholder Advisory Committee—comprising provider, patient and community representatives—will be responsible for decision making. Eyal Kedar, MD, has been announced as the grant medical lead, and Frederic Seifer, MD, serves as committee co-chair.

Patient-Centered Mission

Ms. Lovelett sums up the health systems’ goals with patient-centered research: “St. Lawrence Health System has committed to a person-centered approach to healthcare, and through the research departments engagement with PCOR, we will further this mission while enhancing patient and physician engagement in research.” She continued, “Patient-Centered Outcomes Research gives patients a voice in research design, implementation, education and results-sharing. By involving patients in every step of the research progress, we will ensure we conduct research specifically aimed to answer questions that are most important to our patients, and to help us better understand and serve our North County community.”

Research at St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence Health System Research‘s mission is simple: “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.” The departments seeks to produce high-quality research—whether it be investigator-initiated or industry sponsored. They also specialize in local rural research—with an emphasis on a better understanding of the North Country population which can include stat-of-art observational real-world studies.

The health system’s Center for Cancer Care partners with Canton-Postdam Hospital’s clinical research department to evaluate opportunities to enroll patients in advance cancer studies.

Health Providers

The rural New York State is serviced by St. Lawrence Health System, which includes two hospitals: Canton-Postdam Hospital and Gouverneur Hospital, which services about 18,000 people in southern St. Lawrence, western Lewis, and northern Jefferson counties. The health system recently acquired the troubled Massena Memorial Hospital.


Carly Lovelett, Clinical Research Manager

Call to Action: Do you live in New York’s North Country and have an interest in clinical research? The PCORI initiative introduces opportunities to collaborate and participate. Industry sponsors interested in rural populations should consider the health system as a partner.