Who We Are

The North Star Health Alliance (NSHA) is a collaborative system of healthcare organizations in Northern New York, committed to elevating community health and well-being. Members of the NSHA include Carthage Area Hospital (CAH), Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center (CHMC), North Country Orthopaedic Group (NCOG), and Meadowbrook Terrace Assisted Living Facility. By working together, we aim to enhance accessibility and affordability of care, deliver exceptional medical services, and strengthen our local health infrastructure. United in our efforts, we are committed to keeping healthcare local, ensuring sustainable, patient centered healthcare solutions for our communities.

What does this mean for our patients?

Members of the North Star Health Alliance (NSHA) are dedicated to the shared mission of keeping healthcare local. For our patients, this means not having to travel to Syracuse, Utica, Rcohester, Buffalo, or Vermont for key services. Working together, sharing resources, and credentialing our providers across our member organizations allows the NSHA to care for our patients in a manner that is convenient for them — right here, close to home.

Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital (CAH) was established as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) rural community hospital in 1965. The facility is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital that serves approximately 83,000 residents living in Jefferson, northern Lewis, and southern St. Lawrence Counties. The Hospital is proud to serve both civilian and military personnel and their families at Fort Drum. Our motto “the Place for Personal Care,” is our commitment to the community.

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, 115-bed community hospital and regional referral center. Claxton-Hepburn includes 67 acute-care beds, a 10-bed intensive care unit, a 10-bed birthing center, and a 28-bed mental health center. The medical center provides primary care to nearly 40,000 residents of Ogdensburg and surrounding communities and regional services to the 108,000 people of St. Lawrence County.

North Country Orthopaedic Group

Since 1959, North Country Orthopaedic Group (NCOG) has been a leader in comprehensive orthopedic care, serving Jefferson, northern Lewis, and southern St. Lawrence counties. Specializing in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, wound care, total joint replacement, foot and ankle care, and physical therapy, they provide expert, localized care throughout the North Country. Dedicated to excellence, the NCOG team offers personalized treatment to improve the health and well-being of our patients, right here at home.

Meadowbrook Terrace Assisted Living Facility

Established in 2013, Meadowbrook Terrace is a 60-bed assisted living facility situated in a tranquil country setting, offering residents cherished qualities like independence, freedom, privacy, and peace of mind. Nestled in the serene countryside of Carthage, New York, our community provides a secure and peaceful environment supported by our attentive and compassionate onsite staff. Each of our 60 single-occupancy rooms is designed in an apartment-style layout with private baths and kitchenettes, blending modern comfort with the historic charm of Carthage.


North Star Health Alliance is led by a team of expert healthcare leaders.

Richard Duvall

CEO, Carthage Area Hospital and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center

Butch Eavenson

Senior VP, Solutions

Rob Bloom

CFO, Carthage Area Hospital and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center

Michael Brad Hamilton

Strategic Advisor


Shared Service Success

Ovation Healthcare is the engine within North Star Health Alliance and will bring shared services at the same scale as a large national health system. Key statistics of Ovation Healthcare include:


clients across 47 states


of client net patient revenue (NPR) under contract


savings in GPO and supply
chain related purchases


lower average net days in AR compared to other hospitals