Jan 29, 2022
PULASKI – In December 2021, Celeste Carnes, Nurse Practitioner, celebrated 30 years of service at ConnextCare, formerly Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc. (NOCHSI). Carnes began her career at NOCHSI in 1991 as a Registered Nurse at the Pulaski office. As a life-long resident of Oswego County, she wanted the chance to work in the community where she was raised.
When asked about the highlights of the past 30 years of her career Carnes reminisces on her involvement in opening the first school based health center (SBHC) in Sandy Creek in 2002…“The SBHC thrived and a few years later Pulaski schools pushed to open one so Celeste spearheaded that project first at the elementary school and then eventually at the high school/middle school.” (Dr. Jay Chapman). The SBHC program has grown by seven additional locations in four school districts since its inception. The expansion of these services is largely due to the positive image and reputation developed within the community as a result of the hard work, time and dedication Carnes and the team put into those initial school based sites. The school based health center is a program run in school districts throughout the county that offers medical, dental and mental health services to enrolled students. The program serves countless school-aged children with services they may not otherwise have access to.