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Bethesda Grant Awarded to Enhance Emergency Technician Training at St. James Mercy Hospital
April 16, 2014, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) has received a grant in the amount of $5,450 from the Bethesda Foundation to enhance its Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training. The funds will be used to purchase instructional DVD’s and interactive equipment used in the classroom to demonstrate the latest EMT skills, techniques and technologies.

"EMS—or Emergency Medical Services—is a vital part of our communities," said Teri Symonds, SJMH course coordinator. "The majority of local residents depend almost exclusively on the services of Emergency Medical Technicians for safe, effective and timely care during medical emergencies. They make a significant contribution to the wellbeing of residents in our rural area."

There are approximately twenty ambulance groups in Steuben County, the majority of which are staffed by EMS volunteers. SJMH sponsors annual EMT certification training for about thirty students by providing instruction, equipment, space and staff supervision. Once certified, the majority of students give back to local communities as EMS volunteers.


Bill Loree presents check to Jennifer Sullivan
Bethesda Foundation board member Bill Loree presents a check to SJMH president & CEO Jennifer Sullivan to support St. James Mercy’s EMT training program.


"Our goal at SJMH is to provide the most current, student-friendly training," said Jennifer Sullivan, SJMH President & CEO. "We take great pride in preparing these committed individuals for the indispensable role they play in serving others, and we are grateful to the Bethesda Foundation for supporting this essential program."

"Our board of directors fully endorsed the EMT grant request," said Fred Marks, Bethesda Foundation Executive Director. "The proposal clearly outlined the need and positive impact the grant will have to our communities and neighbors." Created in 1986, the Bethesda Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization devoted to the funding and support of health-related projects and scholarships in the Hornell area.

For more information on the Emergency Medical Technician program at St. James Mercy contact Teri Symonds at (607) 324-8890 (tsymonds@sjmh.org).




St. James Mercy Hospital and Jones Memorial Hospital Collaborate to Ensure Women’s Health Services in Region
April 7, 2014, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH), in Hornell, NY, announced today an opportunity for collaboration with Jones Memorial Hospital, in Wellsville, NY, that will help ensure the preservation of women’s health services in the region. According to CEOs from both organizations, the opportunity arose in part due to the resignation last week of Andres Rubert, MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology, from SJMH, where he has been employed since 2007, to accept a position with Jones Memorial Hospital. The hospitals are working together to facilitate a plan that will allow Dr. Rubert to serve patients in both communities.

"Dr. Rubert is a talented, compassionate physician who truly believes in the mission of providing quality care that is accessible to all in the community," said Jennifer Sullivan, SJMH president & CEO. "He has built a large, loyal practice here in Hornell, and we want to ensure he can continue to serve patients’ needs in this community as well as in the Wellsville area."

While Dr. Rubert’s resignation from SJMH will be effective July 28, his office practice will continue to be located in Hornell even beyond that date. He will perform deliveries at SJMH through the end of July and will begin performing deliveries at Jones starting in August.

"All of us are committed first and foremost to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents in our communities," said Eva Benedict, CEO of Jones Memorial Hospital. "We are pleased with this opportunity to collaborate with St. James Mercy Hospital to provide services for a greater number of community residents."

"We have a unique opportunity to keep women’s healthcare services available to residents in the Hornell and Wellsville communities," said Sullivan. "Working together with Jones Memorial Hospital, we can ensure uninterrupted care for Dr. Rubert’s current patients as well as expanded care options for new patients outside of the Hornell community."

"I am grateful for the support and collegiality I have experienced at St. James Mercy for the past six years," said Dr. Rubert. "My decision to affiliate with Jones Memorial Hospital is a ‘win-win’ for both communities. I am excited about the opportunity to be part of this collaborative effort to continue providing quality women’s healthcare here in the Hornell community."

Dr. Rubert’s current patients will continue to access care at the 430 Canisteo Street office, and new patients are welcome to his practice. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Rubert’s office at (607) 324-0604.




Take a Visual Tour of the Center for Express Care

Video highlights include the Express Care interior, medical care, providers, and hours/days Express Care is open.



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CEO Jen Sullivan and Dr. Spencer Annabel speak with WLEA’s Kevin Doran on the future of SJMH on March 24, 2014

Kevin Doran of WLEA interviews CEO Jen Sullivan and Dr. Spencer Annabel about progress with the hospital’ s new vision and finding a tertiary partner, Express Care, progressive care, orthopedic center, community needs, and future initiatives.



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Congressman Reed Tells Sibelious About St. James Hospital’s Situation
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March 20, 2014, Washington, DC

Congressman Tom Reed says St. James Hospital is doing great work in innovating and turning around the models for care delivery.

At a hearing in Washington, Reed told Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Sibelius that the Obama Administration is putting up roadblocks, increasing costs and jeopardizing critical access to care.



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Dr. Philip Kho Joins St. James Mercy Hospital as a Hospitalist
March 13, 2014, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) is pleased to announce that Philip Kho, MD has joined SJMH as a fulltime Hospitalist effective January 1, 2014.

Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Kho attained his medical degree at Cebu Doctors College of Medicine (Philippines) and completed his residency in internal medicine at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital (New York), and in general surgery at hospitals in the Philippines. He has most recently worked in the Guthrie Clinic in Big Flats and at Corning Hospital.

"We are very pleased to have a provider of Dr. Kho’s caliber join our team," said Dr. John Carroll, SJMH interim chief medical officer. "A hospitalist is a doctor of medicine, often an internist, who specializes in caring for you while you are in the hospital, and acts as your primary doctor while you are an inpatient. Dr. Kho now serves at SJMH on a fulltime basis," he said.

SJMH has five hospitalists on staff including Dr. Tariq Randhawa, Dr. Nancy Ebling, Dr. Nauman Tahir, Dr. Aaron Hill, and Dr. Philip Kho. More information is available at www.stjamesmercy.org/hospitalist.shtml .

  Hospitalist Philip Kho, MD
Hospitalist Philip Kho, MD joined SJMH on January 1.




Ribbon Cutting for St. James Mercy Center for Express Care
March 10, 2014, Hornell, NY



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Radio Interview with Dr. Rizvi on Colorectal Advances
March 4, 2014, Hornell, NY

Listen to radio interview "Dr. Rizvi Discusses Advances in Detecting and Treating Colorectal Problems" (mp3).




Hornell Town Meeting, February 12, 2014
March 3, 2014, Hornell, NY

"The Path to Our Healthcare Future," Hornell Town Meeting February 12, 2014. Jen Sullivan, Chair, New Vision Task Force and president and CEO, St. James Mercy Health System.



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Alfred University Student Displays Work at St. James Mercy Hospital
February 21, 2014, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Art student Lindsey Bates from Alfred University (AU) has loaned three original paintings to St. James Mercy for display in the hospital cafeteria.

A native of Albany, NY, Ms. Bates is a senior at Alfred University School of Art and Design. Upon graduation she hopes to pursue a masters degree in creative art therapy and counseling.


Lindsey Bates with artwork
Lindsey Bates, Alfred University


"We are pleased to offer talented students the opportunity to share their work with our visitors and employees," said Sylvia Bryant, VP Mission Integration and Community Outreach. "This is the fourth art exhibit at SJMH in the last year, and we appreciate the opportunity to share the work of local artists."

Ms. Bates’ paintings are brightly colored abstracts created in oil paint. "These particular paintings are a conversation between the artist’s hand and the paint and all of the diverse qualities and forms that it can take on," she said.

The paintings will be on display at the hospital until the end of the semester.




St. James Mercy Health System Names Permanent President and CEO
February 19, 2014, Newtown Square, PA
Press Release (PDF)

The St. James Mercy Hospital board of directors and CHE Trinity Health have announced that Jennifer L. Sullivan has been named president and chief executive officer of St. James Mercy Health System, effective February 4, 2014. Following a search by the board of directors, Sullivan was named interim president and CEO in August 2013.

"We are pleased that Jen has accepted the role of president and CEO," said John Capasso, CHE Trinity executive vice president. "She has clearly demonstrated her commitment to creating a long-term, viable healthcare presence for the Hornell community and her capacity for leadership through this time of transformation."

"Jen has worked extremely hard in the last six months to strengthen St. James Mercy’s relationships with physicians, employees, volunteers, and the community, all of which are critical to implementing the New Vision of healthcare," said Sr. Mary Fran Wegman, SJMH board president. "She understands the urgency of transforming the organization, and her energy and communication style have enhanced support of our most important initiatives."

Sullivan will continue her focus on the "New Vision" for healthcare in Hornell. "My priority is to continue leading our New Vision Task Force in its extremely important work to create a business plan that outlines a new model of healthcare for our community," she said. "The new model will deliver an attractive array of services that are sustainable and meet the community’s primary healthcare needs. The people in Hornell need and deserve high-quality care close to home, and we are best positioned to deliver this care." Sullivan discussed progress of the New Vision at a public Town Meeting on Wednesday, February 12.

Sullivan, who joined St. James Mercy Hospital in 2003, has more than 20 years experience in finance and operations management. Prior to joining St. James Mercy, she held positions at Arthur Andersen, Rochester, N.Y.; KPMG Peat Marwick, Boston, Mass.; Unity Health System, Rochester, N.Y.; and the Catholic Healthcare Audit Network, St. Louis, Mo.




SJMH Announces Opening of The Center for Express Care
February 17, 2014, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) is pleased to announce the opening of a new walk-in "Express Care" clinic that will offer primary care services at its medical building located at 20 Elm St., Hornell (in the former SJMH Family Practice lower level suite). The Center for Express Care is scheduled to open for business on March 10, 2014 and will be staffed by physician assistants Cynthia Marino and David Krohn, who are well known to the Hornell community through their work at SJMH.

The Center for Express Care will be open 12:00noon – 10:00pm, seven days a week. Services will be similar to those in a primary care office including diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses, health care monitoring, examinations, prevention and wellness services, and referrals to other healthcare services.

Dr. John Robshaw, SJMH physician, will supervise the clinic. "Cindy Marino and Dave Krohn are highly qualified professionals and well-versed in all aspects of primary care," he said. "They have been providing care to the Hornell community through SJMH’s ‘fast track’ process and so are familiar with community residents and the nature of local health care needs."

"We are excited about opening the Express Care clinic to address community need," said Jennifer Sullivan, interim president and CEO. "Local residents have wanted greater access to primary care services, especially during evening and weekend hours. With The Center for Express Care, SJMH is meeting that need."

SJMH Express Care will provide convenient, non-emergency care for treatment of conditions such as:

  • coughs, colds and earaches
  • flu symptoms and sore throats
  • urinary tract infections
  • allergies and skin conditions
  • minor lacerations and minor burns
  • strains and sprains
  • minor injuries and suture removal
  • animal and insect bites
  • minor eye problems and nose bleeds
Other available services include school and sports physicals.

The Center for Express Care is not designed to treat emergency conditions such as chest pain, said Sullivan. "Our Express Care clinic will not replace the emergency room or your regular primary care provider," she said. "But it will help fill the gap when your primary care provider’s office is closed or if you need other non-emergency care." The clinic is also ideal for patients who do not have a primary care physician, she added.

"We are pleased to see the Express Care clinic open," said Dr. Bruce MacKellar of Canisteo Valley Family Practice. "There are individuals who need regular medical attention but do not have easy access to a provider. The Express Care clinic will help address the primary care needs we currently have in our community and improve the health and well-being of community residents."

With the opening of The Center for Express Care, SJMH will discontinue its "fast track" process at the hospital. "SJMH will continue to triage patients in the emergency department, and in most cases individuals with the most severe conditions will be treated first," said Sullivan.

Sullivan stated that an Express Care visit will be similar in cost to a primary care office fee, and most insurance plans will be accepted. "Patients who are not insured are welcome to use Express Care," she said. "SJMH has financial assistance available and flexible payment options, as well as resources to help patients obtain health insurance."

Located in the lower level of 20 Elm St. in Hornell, the phone number for SJMH Express Care will be (607) 324-0490. An appointment is not necessary to utilize the clinic and patients are served on a first-come, first-served basis.




Town Meeting Interview with WLEA’s Brian O’Neil
February 15, 2014, Hornell, NY

Listen to the town meeting interview with WLEA’s Brian O’Neil and interim president & CEO, Jen Sullivan and Dr. Annabel.



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A Pre-Town Meeting Preview Message from Jen Sullivan
February 12, 2014, Hornell, NY

A pre-town meeting preview message from interim president & CEO, Jen Sullivan




St. James Mercy Creates Task Force to Develop the Future of Healthcare in Hornell
February 7, 2014, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

In support of the "New Vision" for healthcare in Hornell, St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) has created a community-based task force that will develop a business plan for sustainable healthcare in Hornell. The Task Force has pledged to complete the plan within 90 days.

Led by SJMH interim CEO Jennifer Sullivan, the "New Vision Task Force" is composed of physicians, rural and tertiary healthcare experts, hospital administration, financial professionals, and community leaders. Members include

  • Shawn Hogan, Mayor
  • Dr. Bruce MacKellar
  • Dr. Spencer Annabel
  • Dr. Ismail Mehr
  • Mark Darrow, managing director, Alstom
  • Dhruv Sharma, president, TTA
  • Stewart Putnam, special assistant to the CEO, Unity Health System
  • Stan Konopko, SJMH interim CFO

"With the formation of the New Vision Task Force, we have assembled a team with expertise in rural healthcare, tertiary healthcare, and finance that understands what will be needed to sustain high-quality healthcare in Hornell, along with physician leaders and community stakeholders, who understand the needs of the community," said Jennifer Sullivan.

Taskforce members
Seated (left to right): Stan Konopko, Bruce MacKellar, Shawn Hogan.
Standing (left to right): Ismail Mehr, Spencer Annabel, Jennifer Sullivan, Mark Darrow and Dhruv Sharma.
Inset: Stewart Putnam

The Task Force assembled initially on January 8 and is meeting weekly to develop the business plan for sustainable healthcare. The plan will guide the transition from St. James Mercy as we know it to the new healthcare presence in Hornell, outlining the services the community needs most and the role of a tertiary care partner in making the New Vision a reality.

"We know we cannot continue the depth and range of services St. James Mercy currently provides, and we can expect healthcare will look quite different than it does today," said Sullivan. "We must redefine the way we deliver care in Hornell. Our challenge is great, so the vision must be significant and supported by new, innovative thinking. That's the charge of the Task Force."

SJMH has provided compassionate care to the Hornell community for more than 120 years, with emphasis on the poor and underserved. New initiatives, such as the Center for Orthopedic Care in partnership with Rochester General Hospital, are reflective of the New Vision and are bringing greater access to specialized and high-quality care to local residents.

"The Task Force is committed to creating a new vision that meets the healthcare needs of the community today, tomorrow, and well into the future," said Sullivan. "We have a solid track record of quality, compassionate care, thanks to our dedicated employees, medical staff and volunteers. They are truly what make St. James Mercy Hospital a great organization, one that we all can be proud of."

Sullivan will present the New Vision and field questions at a public Town Meeting on for February 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hornell High School Auditorium. "We welcome community members and anyone interested in learning about our process and the future of local healthcare to attend the Town Meeting," said Sullivan.
More information on the Town Meeting




Local Artist, Angie To, Displays Work at St. James Mercy Hospital
January 24, 2014, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Local artist, Angela To of Hornell, has loaned a collection of her original paintings to St. James Mercy Hospital for display in the lobby and emergency room hallway.

A professor of art at Alfred University, To has exhibited her work throughout the state and regionally including venues at Chautauqua Institution, Cazenovia College, Jamestown Community College, and various galleries in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Canada.


Angie To
Paintings of Hornell artist Angela To are now on display at St. James Mercy Hospital.


"We are delighted to display the work of an artist of Ms. To’s caliber for our patients and visitors," said Sylvia Bryant, VP Mission Integration and Community Outreach. "This is the third art exhibit at SJMH in the last year, and we appreciate the local art community’s willingness to loan their work to enhance our facility."

To’s paintings demonstrate expressive brushwork and a surreal quality of light. "The images are developed through layering riotous color with ordered pattern," she said. "My recent work includes botanical silhouettes with lush backgrounds, created with layers of acrylic paint on birch plywood and finished with epoxy resin, producing a very durable and luminous finish."

A native of Hong Kong, To studied fine art at Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada, and later earned her Masters of Fine Arts from Ohio State University. She remained in the United States to pursue her burgeoning studio practice and a teaching career. Her work is collected in the U.S. and Canada, and she has a studio in Hornell. The paintings will be on display at the hospital through early spring.




Town Meeting...February 12th "The Path to Our Healthcare Future"
January 17, 2014, Hornell, NY
Flyer (PDF)

Jen Sullivan, Town Meeting February 12th

The public is cordially invited to a Town Meeting to learn more about the vision and future of St. James Mercy Hospital:

Wednesday, February 12th
6:30-7:30pm
Hornell Senior High School Auditorium

Jen Sullivan, St. James Mercy Hospital Interim President & CEO, will present the "new vision" of healthcare in the Hornell community and address questions. Community members are welcome to submit questions in advance to information@sjmh.org or call (607) 324-8233. This event is free of charge and open to the public.




St. James Mercy Appoints New Interim Chief Nursing Officer
January 16, 2014, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) has announced that Kathleen Brodbeck, RN, MS, NEA-BC, will join the Hospital as interim Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) effective January 6, 2014. Ms. Brodbeck is filling a position that has been vacant since November 2013.

Ms. Brodbeck will oversee all inpatient and outpatient clinical services at St. James Mercy Hospital. Her responsibilities will also include implementing and reinforcing national hospital standards for clinical practice, and developing leadership and additional services to position SJMH for the future.

According to Jennifer Sullivan, Interim President and CEO, the position of CNO is not only a requirement but a vital component for SJMH. "As we quickly implement our vision of transforming SJMH to meet the future needs of our community, the CNO position is integral to the success of this strategy. Ms. Brodbeck brings extensive leadership background to SJMH, as well as a strong commitment to high-quality patient centered-care, and we welcome her experience and ideas."

Ms. Brodbeck is a Certified Nurse Administrator, Advanced Nurse Executive and Wharton Certified Nurse Executive, and attained a Master of Science in Medical/Surgical Nursing from Russell Sage College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNY Plattsburgh. For twenty five years she has held senior nursing positions at St. Peter’s Health Partners (Albany) including Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer; Vice President, Operations; Vice President, Patient Care Services; Director, Medical Nursing; and Chairperson, Nursing Quality Assurance. She also served as a Nurse Manager and Staff Nurse during her career at St. Peter’s. She has published and presented numerous works on nursing, quality, and healthcare organizational topics. Ms. Brodbeck also was past president of the New York State Organization of Nurse Executives, and 2012 Business Woman of the Year for the Capitol District.

  Kathleen Brodbeck
Kathleen Brodbeck, St. James Mercy Hospital’s interim Chief Nursing Officer

"I am very excited about joining SJMH and working with the entire organization to help transform the hospital to a new model to meet the community’s needs," said Ms. Brodbeck. "This hospital has consistently met or exceeded state and national clinical quality standards, both at the hospital and nursing home. It is a privilege to join an organization that clearly demonstrates that patient and resident safety is the number one priority."




St. James ups flu-prevention efforts
January 16, 2014, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

The Evening Tribune
By Jeff Cole

In the midst of flu season, St. James Mercy Hospital has announced it is taking additional steps to prevent the spread of the illness.

The hospital stated Wednesday it is enhancing efforts to vaccinate its employees and is distributing surgical face masks to workers who have not received flu shots.

"Those who have not been vaccinated and are in patient care or resident care areas are required to wear a face mask if they’re in contact with or in the vicinity of patients and residents," said Kate Kreger, director of marketing and communications.

The hospital offers the flu vaccine to all of its employees. Getting vaccinated, Kreger said, is strongly encouraged, "but there are some people who cannot because of medical reasons or some other reason, so in that case, if they do have contact or are in close proximity to patients, visitors and residents, then we require them to wear a face mask."

The masks, the hospital stated in a news release, offer a physical barrier to flu transmission. Intensifying its flu-prevention efforts, according to the hospital, is "a comprehensive endeavor to protect patients, residents, visitors and employees from exposure to the flu virus."

Kreger said, "We have certain requirements that we need to meet that are given to us by the Department of Health, so it’s not only to meet the requirements, but also to protect the safety of our staff, the patients and the residents."

During last year’s flu season, according to the hospital, the New York State Department of Health recorded 45,352 confirmed flu cases, 9,537 patients hospitalized and 14 pediatric deaths from influenza.

"Flu prevention is a priority at our hospital and nursing home, and our employees work every day to lessen the spread of flu virus by adhering to strict infection control practices and prevention guidelines," said John Carroll, interim medical director. "Starting this year, hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities must document the number and percentage of personnel vaccinated against the flu to state and federal authorities."

Carroll noted, "We also want to remind the public that if they or any family members have the flu or other contagious disease, to avoid visiting patients in the hospital and/or residents in the nursing home who are particularly vulnerable."

The hospital said as a standard practice, it enforces universally recognized precautions to prevent the flu. These include hand washing, the use of hand sanitizers — placed conveniently throughout the hospital and nursing home — as well as goggles and gowns.

"In addition, St. James Mercy Hospital adheres to rigorous infection control guidelines and policies every day to ensure a clean environment for patients, residents, staff and visitors," the hospital stated. "These practices are especially important during flu season. Antiseptic wipes are located in patient/resident rooms, work stations, hallways and other treatment areas and are easily accessible to hospital and nursing home employees responsible for sanitizing medical equipment and surface areas."




St. James Mercy Hospital Intensifies Flu Prevention Efforts
Flu Shots and Surgical Facemasks Part of Effort to Stem Flu

January 15, 2014, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Flu season is here and this year St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) is taking additional steps to prevent the spread of flu, including enhanced efforts to vaccinate all employees and distribute surgical facemasks. When worn by employees, these masks offer a physical barrier to flu transmission. This is a comprehensive endeavor to protect patients, residents, visitors, and employees from exposure to the flu virus.

While an annual flu vaccine remains the single best method for preventing the flu, a surgical facemask, when worn by employees, provides added protection to patients, residents, employees, and visitors. SJMH offers the flu vaccine to all employees and, beginning this year, requires employees who have not been vaccinated to wear a facemask in clinical care areas and other areas where patients/residents reside. This is a requirement of the New York State Department of Health.

As a matter of standard practice, SJMH enforces universally-recognized precautions to prevent the flu. These include hand washing, the use of hand sanitizers, placed conveniently throughout the hospital and nursing home, as well as goggles, and gowns. In addition, St. James Mercy Hospital adheres to rigorous infection control guidelines and policies every day to ensure a clean environment for patients, residents, staff, and visitors. These practices are especially important during flu season. Antiseptic wipes are located in patient/resident rooms, workstations, hallways, and other treatment areas and are easily accessible to hospital and nursing home employees responsible for sanitizing medical equipment and surface areas.

During last year’s flu season, the New York State Department of Health recorded 45,352 confirmed flu cases, 9,537 patients hospitalized and 14 pediatric deaths from influenza.

"Flu prevention is a priority at our hospital and nursing home, and our employees work every day to lessen the spread of flu virus by adhering to strict infection control practices and prevention guidelines," said John Carroll, Interim Medical Director. "Starting this year, hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities must document the number and percentage of personnel vaccinated against the flu to state and federal authorities."

"We also want to remind the public that if they or any family members have the flu or other contagious disease, to avoid visiting patients in the hospital and or residents in the nursing home, who are particularly vulnerable," said Dr. Carroll.

For more information and flu facts visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm.




St. James Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For New Orthopedic Clinic On Canisteo Street
January 7, 2014, Hornell, NY
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St. James Hospital CEO Jennifer Sullivan, Mayor Shawn Hogan, Deacon Bob McCormick, and officials from Rochester General Hospital, were present on Tuesday morning for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Orthopedic Clinic.



"This is a proud history in our region for over 100 years," Mayor Shawn Hogan noted. "St. James is alive and well, and will continue to be alive and well," said Hogan. "The community is looking forward to a long standing relationship."

"This outstanding team of professionals comes to us from Rochester General Hospital," Sullivan said. "So I am grateful to our new medical partners in care."




St. James Mercy Hospital Launches Patient Education Channels
December 30, 2013, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced that The Patient Channel and Newborn Channel are now available in patient rooms and online to the public.

Funded by St. James Mercy Foundation, these 24-hour patient education TV channels provide free network-quality programming. The goals are to educate patients and their families to increase their awareness of medical and health issues, encourage informed communication with medical providers, and promote a sense of empowerment during the times when accurate information is most needed.

Programming on The Patient Channel covers a wide range of topics including asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, smoking cessation, health/wellness and other topics. Programming on The Newborn Channel includes breastfeeding, child safety, baby and mom wellness, child development and more. New programs are added throughout the year.

"St. James Mercy Foundation proudly supported this initiative to help patients and their families take a more active role in their own care," said Sylvia Bryant, foundation executive director. "Programming includes real patients and doctors who share their stories to help others understand not just the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of a health issue, but also ‘how’ they can positively deal with it."

Content on The Patient and Newborn Channels is controlled by independent advisory boards consisting of experts in medicine, patient care, education and ethics, whose objective is to ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of programming. They review all content prior to airing and identify new opportunities for topics that are contemporary and of high interest to the general public.

"The Patient Channel and Newborn Channel increase access to education 24/7, whether online or in patient rooms," said DeNae Gibson, Nurse Manager of Women’s Services. "The outcome is that our nursing staff is able to recommend quality, up-to-date educational programming for patients in their time of need. The programming is also available online to the community."

Access to The Patient Channel is on TV channel 7 in SJMH patient rooms or by visiting www.ThePatientChannelNow.com, and entering the passcode 06802. The Newborn Channel is on TV channel 46 in patient rooms or by visiting www.thenewbornchannelnow.com, and entering the password 06802.

Visit our Patient Channel and Newborn Channel page.




St. James Mercy Hospital Confirms Planned Closure for Inpatient Adult and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services
December 3, 2013, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) applied for closure of its inpatient psychiatric units in June 2013, and is moving forward with an anticipated closure date of December 19, 2013. Final approvals from the New York State Office of Mental Health and Department of Health are in process, and SJMH is working with the state to attain final approval for closure.

Individuals who have a psychiatric emergency are advised to go to the nearest emergency department. SJMH has agreements with four hospitals that are authorized to evaluate psychiatric complaints, to transfer and evaluate patients who present to the SJMH emergency department. The hospitals include WCA Hospital (Jamestown), Wyoming County Community Hospital (Warsaw), Olean General Hospital, and St. Joseph’s/Arnot (Elmira).

SJMH has informed the Office of Mental Health of its tentative plan to discontinue admitting psychiatric patients as of December 5, 2013. Local EMS and law enforcement services have been informed of the plan, and SJMH emergency department staff will be trained to assist individuals who need to be transferred for evaluation.

During the closure process SJMH has consulted and worked closely with Office of Mental Health, Steuben County Mental Health, and other agencies, and will continue to assist patients in accessing inpatient and outpatient mental health services.




SJMH Announces Creation of "St. James Mercy Center for Orthopedic Care"
December 2, 2013, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) is pleased to announce the opening of a new clinic that will bring comprehensive orthopedic services to Hornell. Staffed by a team of providers affiliated with Rochester General Hospital, the St. James Mercy Center for Orthopedic Care will offer a robust set of orthopedics consultations via a full-time office practice as well as inpatient and outpatient surgeries to be performed at SJMH. The clinic is scheduled to open for business January 6, 2014.

The Center for Orthopedic Care will be located at 432 Canisteo Street and will be open five days a week, with call coverage available 24/7 via telemedicine services. The orthopedics team consists of:

  • Michael Leit, MD, orthopedic surgeon with expertise in hand, elbow and shoulder disorders;
  • Sendhan Rajamanickam, MD, orthopedic surgeon with expertise in degenerative arthritis of the hip and knee, arthritis in young adults, and foot and ankle conditions;
  • Steven Posnick, MD, orthopedic surgeon with expertise in shoulder and knee conditions and sports medicine;
  • Christine Blonski, DO, family medicine practitioner with expertise in sports medicine; and
  • Christopher Leberth, PA, with orthopedics and surgical experience.

"We are extremely excited to welcome Dr. Leit and this outstanding team of orthopedic surgeons to create the St. James Mercy Center for Orthopedic Care and expand local orthopedic services in the Hornell community," said Jennifer Sullivan, SJMH interim president and CEO. "Our mission is to provide local access to high-quality healthcare services, and we are very pleased to be able to offer this caliber and range of orthopedics care locally, including total joint replacements and sports medicine. This is the first step toward what we hope will evolve into future collaborative opportunities around specialty services that expand and ensure access to care for Hornell residents."

"Our orthopedic team is enthusiastic about serving patients in the Hornell area," said Dr. Michael Leit. "SJMH has an excellent reputation for quality and outcomes, including surgical services. Already, in meetings with local providers, we have been warmly welcomed to SJMH and are looking forward to joining the local community of care."

Sullivan continued, "We are proud of our high-quality rehabilitation services for patients recovering from surgery or illness. Now, SJMH patients who need major joint procedures such as total hip and knee replacements will have access to the entire continuum of surgical and rehab care right here, close to home." St. James Mercy offers inpatient rehabilitative care at its Mercycare campus and outpatient physical therapy at the Hospital campus.
St. James Mercy Center for Orthopedic Care




St. James Mercy Publishes 2013 Community Service Plan
November 20, 2013, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)
Community Service Plan 2013 (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) has completed its 2013 Community Service Plan and has posted it to its website (www.stjamesmercy.org/community.shtml).

New York State hospitals are required by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to create and distribute an annual Community Service Plan that describes the hospital’s plan to address local health priorities. The priorities were identified through a community health needs assessment in 2012 in collaboration with Steuben County Public Health and partner agencies, based on the state’s "Prevention Agenda 2013 – 2017" (www.health.ny.gov/prevention/prevention_agenda/).

A public document, the Community Service Plan describes SJMH’s progress toward meeting the Steuben County priorities which include two identified challenging areas regarding the prevention of chronic disease:

  • Reduce obesity in children and adults
  • Reduce heart disease and hypertension

The partner agencies also chose to address the following disparity:

  • Promote tobacco cessation, especially among low SES (socioeconomic status) populations and those with mental health illness


Community Plan 2013
St. James Mercy’s 2013 Community Service Plan can be accessed at www.stjamesmercy.org/community.shtml.
Community Service Plan 2013 (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital actively participated in the needs assessment and has been integral in the development of collaborative programs to address local priorities. Some of SJMH’s key programs over the next three years include breastfeeding education to address maternal weight control, chronic heart failure reduction program, heart disease support group, outpatient adolescent tobacco assessment, and will also support county programs.

SJMH will report its progress on an annual basis, and continue to collaborate with Steuben County Public Health and partner agencies to address and monitor local health priorities. For more information visit www.stjamesmercy.org/community.shtml and select "2013 Community Service Plan."




St. James Mercy Hospital 2013 Community Service Plan
November 18, 2013, Hornell, NY
17-page PDF

The Community Service Plan includes the

  • Public participation process
  • Assessment and selection of public health priorities
  • Identified goals and strategies
  • St. James Mercy Hospital’s Three-Year Plan is to
    • Reduce obesity in children and adults
    • Reduce heart disease
    • Reduce tobacco use with adolescents
  • Steuben Health Priorities Team Work Plan (SJMH is active member)




Town Meeting...Postponed
"The Vision and Future of St. James Mercy Hospital"
Updated November 7, 2013, Hornell, NY

We’ve been advised of a scheduling conflict on November 20th (date of the SJMH Town Meeting), so we are postponing the event. We will reschedule the Town Meeting for after the holidays, and will notify the public when we have a new date. Thank you for your support!




CHE Trinity Health Names Richard J. Gilfillan, M.D., to be CEO
October 29, 2013, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

The CHE Trinity Health Board of Directors announced today that Richard J. Gilfillan, M.D., former director of the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), will be the system’s new president and chief executive officer. St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell is a member of CHE Trinity Health.

Dr. Gilfillan has been a leader in U.S. health care for more than 20 years, building successful organizations in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors to deliver better outcomes for people and communities. As CMMI’s first director, he launched the Center in 2010 and worked quickly with payers and providers to develop innovative models for improving patient care and reducing costs. As chief executive at Geisinger Health Plan, he led the design of new payment systems and medical care initiatives that increased the quality of care for patients.

"Rick’s leadership and many accomplishments across the spectrum of care, including his years as a practicing physician and as a successful industry executive, assure us that he has the experience, compassion and values to lead our ministry and Catholic health care to a strong future," said CHE Trinity Health Board of Directors Chair Dr. Melanie Dreher, Ph.D., RN. "In the midst of a transforming industry, Rick brings a national presence and comprehension to guide our ministry as we pursue new opportunities, tackle new challenges and fulfill our mission."

The CHE Trinity Health Board of Directors approved Dr. Gilfillan’s appointment unanimously. He will begin his new role November 18.

"CHE Trinity Health has a strong legacy of delivering exceptional care throughout its ministry. The Board is committed to building on this success and making our ministry a national leader in transforming U.S. health care into a high-value care system that improves the lives of the

  Richard J. Gilfillan
Richard J. Gilfillan, MD, newly appointed president and chief executive officer of CHE Trinity Health, of which St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell is a member
people and communities we serve. I am honored to be selected and thrilled to have the opportunity to work with CHE Trinity Health’s dedicated colleagues and regional health ministries to accomplish this mission," Dr. Gilfillan said.

"We are excited Rick will join the CHE Trinity Health team, and we will work together to ensure a smooth transition," said CHE Trinity Health interim CEO Judith M. Persichilli, R.N., B.S.N., M.A. "The Board reviewed many strong candidates for this job, and Rick stood out because of his leadership, track record for innovation and shared commitment to the mission and values of our ministry."

"All of us at St. James Mercy Hospital look forward to working with Rick and his leadership team as we implement a transitional vision and strategy for SJMH," said Jen Sullivan, SJMH interim president & CEO.

Prior to his appointment at CMMI, Dr. Gilfillan was president and CEO of Geisinger Health Plan and executive vice president of insurance operations for Geisinger Health System, a large integrated health system in Pennsylvania. Previously, he was the senior vice president for national network management of Coventry Health Care. He also held earlier executive positions at Independence Blue Cross.

Dr. Gilfillan began his career as a family medicine physician and later became a medical director and a chief medical officer. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

CHE Trinity Health is the second-largest Catholic health care delivery system in the nation. It serves people and communities in 20 states from coast to coast with 82 hospital (including St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell), 88 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs that provide more than 2.3 million visits annually. It was formed in May 2013, when Trinity Health and Catholic Health East completed their consolidation to strengthen their shared mission, increase excellence in care and advance transformative efforts with their unified voice. With annual operating revenues of about $13.3 billion and assets over $19 billion, the new organization returns more than $800 million to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. CHE Trinity Health employs nearly 86,000 people, including nearly 4,000 employed physicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, CHE Trinity Health is known for its focus on the country’s aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs. For more information, visit either www.trinity-health.org, www.che.org or www.newhealthministry.org.




October 30th Presentation – "Taking Patient Safety to a Higher Level: Now and in the Future"
Posted October 9, 2013, Hornell, NY
Flyer (PDF)

Presented by: The Bethesda Foundation and St. James Mercy Hospital

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
6:00 PM – Registration & Social Hour
7:00 PM – Presentation

Program Objectives:

  • What is patient safety and why is it important?
  • How do safety, quality, and patient centered care fit together?
  • What is a "culture of safety" and what is the role of a "just culture"?
  • What is the best strategy to improve patient safety now, and as the health care system is redesigned under health reform?

The evening presentation features Robert Panzer, MD, Professor – Department of Medicine and the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and Chief of Quality Officer at University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital.

To reserve a seat please contact Kelly Grillo at (607) 324-8700 or email kgrillo@sjmh.org by October 25th.

The program is free and open to the public.




St. James Mercy Hospital Interim CEO Outlines Vision for Hospital, Healthcare in Hornell
September 25, 2013, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital is quickly approaching a pivotal moment in its history, but "continues to provide quality, compassionate care" according to the hospital’s Interim President and CEO Jennifer Sullivan. Sullivan articulated her vision for the hospital and for healthcare in Hornell at last night’s Community Summit hosted by the City of Hornell and the Industrial Development Agency.

More than 75 community leaders, physicians and stakeholders attended the event, which featured a presentation by Sullivan entitled "A New Day, A New Vision, A New Look at Healthcare in Hornell."



Pictured is George Prete, Vice Chair, City of Hornell IDA and Dr. Ismail Mehr, Chief of Anesthesiology, St. James Mercy Hospital at the Community Summit held September 24 at The Main Place. Seventy-five business leaders, physicians, board members, and SJMH administration staff attended the event.


"St. James Mercy Hospital is an economic engine driving local business development in Hornell," said Jim Griffin, Hornell IDA executive director. "With so many recent changes at the Hospital, we want our community’s leaders to understand the vision for the future of local healthcare services in Hornell as well as how we as a community can support this vision."

"St. James Mercy Hospital is very much open for business, providing the same safe, quality, accessible, and cost-effective healthcare as we have for over 120 years," said Sullivan during her remarks.

Sullivan outlined the many challenges facing SJMH – low utilization, declining reimbursements, and challenges to attracting and retaining physicians, to name a few. The hospital, said Sullivan, is facing a pivotal moment where it must quickly realize a new vision for healthcare services.



Interim president & CEO, Jennifer Sullivan, presents her vision for the future of St. James Mercy Hospital at the Community Summit held September 24 at The Main Place. Seventy-five business leaders, physicians, board members, and SJMH administration staff attended the event.


This vision includes the selection of a larger, tertiary care partner, and a newly focused suite of services that directly addresses the needs of the community. In addition, the hospital will be requesting funding and regulatory assistance from state legislators.

"The economics are such that we will need to move very quickly to realize our new vision," said Sullivan. "And, more than anything, we will need to embrace change. Change is the only way our hospital will stay viable for the long-term. Change is essential to sustaining our ministry.

"I am confident we will continue our healing presence in the community, with the support of our dedicated partners in care, the talented medical staff and colleagues who embody our mission, and our loyal and supportive neighbors," added Sullivan.

Mayor Shawn Hogan applauded the meeting, and thanked the community for the participation in the discussion about the future of healthcare in Hornell.

"St. James Mercy contributes more than $106 million to the local economy through payroll, taxes, capital expenditures, and community benefit programs and services," said Hogan. "But, more than that, the people of Hornell are fortunate to have quality healthcare services available close to home, and we encourage the community to support its continued presence."




St. James Mercy Hospital Announces Planned Date to Close Inpatient Adult and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services
September 20, 2013, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) has completed the application process to discontinue operation of inpatient adult and adolescent psychiatric care services at the hospital located at 411 Canisteo Street in Hornell. Pending approval from the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and Department of Health (DOH), the planned date of closure is December 19, 2013. Behavioral health employees were informed of this planned date on September 20. The plan for closure does not include the MATCH addiction treatment program located at the Mercycare campus (1 Bethesda Drive, Hornell).

According to Jennifer Sullivan, St. James Mercy Health System Interim President and CEO, "This is a very challenging time for behavioral health programs. SJMH’s is not the only psychiatric care program facing closure, as NYS recently announced the plan to consolidate several state-run facilities into regional centers of excellence. Working with Steuben County Mental Health, OMH and other agencies, we will continue to assist patients in accessing inpatient and outpatient services. We are collaborating with county and regional providers to ensure transition and continuity of care for this vulnerable population."

During the process SJMH consulted and worked closely with OMH and Steuben County Mental Health to develop a transition plan. SJMH also attempted to secure a behavioral health partner to take over the program.

As stated when the intent to discontinue services was announced in June, the decision to pursue discontinuation of inpatient psychiatric care services was very difficult for SJMH administration and board of directors. "Unfortunately, due to cuts in reimbursement brought on by health reform, Behavioral Health Organization (BHO) payment models, and shorter lengths of stays, SJMH can no longer sustain these services," said Sullivan.

"For decades, St. James Mercy has been a leader in inpatient psychiatric care services, thanks to our excellent staff, providers and programming," said Sullivan. "Our reputation for high-quality, compassionate care is second to none, and we thank and commend the staff for their extraordinary professionalism and commitment to patients, not only during this difficult time, but for the many years we have served the community."




Local Artist, Janet Van Brunt, Displays Work at St. James Mercy Hospital
September 16, 2013, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Local artist, Janet Van Brunt of Hornell, New York, has loaned a collection of paintings to St. James Mercy Hospital for display in the lobby and emergency room hallway areas.

A retired secretary and assistant grant administrator from Alfred University, Van Brunt has displayed her artwork in a number of local venues including The Arts Council of Corning and Steuben Trust Company. "We are delighted to share these lovely original paintings with our patients and visitors at the hospital," said Sylvia Bryant, VP Mission Integration and Community Outreach.


Janet Van Brunt
Paintings of Hornell artist Janet Van Brunt are now on display and on sale at St. James Mercy Hospital.


Van Brunt specializes in traditional subjects such as landscapes, barns, old mills, etc., working mostly in acrylics. "I love this area with its typical New England countryside and buildings and try to reflect that in my paintings," she said. The paintings at the hospital are for sale, and the artist has generously offered to donate a portion of the proceeds to the St. James Mercy Foundation.

Van Brunt’s interest in art started late in life when most of us have the time to develop our interests and hobbies. "You need time to devote to a hobby like painting and now that I’m retired I have that time," she said. Van Brunt has a business background with no formal training in art. Her professional career included twenty two years at Alfred University in the School Psychology Department and the Powell Institute, from which she retired in 2011. She now spends her time traveling, painting, gardening and enjoying her family and friends. The paintings at the hospital will be on display through the fall.




Sullivan: Patient safety first-rate
September 5, 2013, Hornell, NY
The Evening Tribune Online Article
Article (PDF)

Visible, optimistic and energized.

The description fits St. James Mercy Hospital interim CEO Jen Sullivan, as she leads the facility forward during a challenging and precarious time for small, community-based healthcare organizations across the nation.

The hospital board and CHE-Trinity Health named Sullivan interim president and chief executive officer of St. James Mercy last month, following the resignation of Mary E. LaRowe. Previous to her current appointment, Sullivan was the hospital’s chief financial officer.


Sullivan: Patient safety first-rate
St. James Mercy Hospital interim President Jen Sullivan at an event Wednesday to honor employees and highlight the facility’s patient safety record. Photo by Neal Simon


A hospital spokesperson told The Tribune last week that Sullivan is committed to reinforcing employee morale. Sullivan was right in the mix Wednesday at a "No Harm Across the Board" celebration. The event was an opportunity to highlight the hospital’s patient safety efforts and show appreciation for employees. Staff visited the cafeteria, where they were treated to brownies and ice cream sundaes. Sullivan had lunch, and then planned to join in, helping to serve employees some sweet treats.

Sullivan said the event was a chance to "thank the employees for what they do and let them know they are doing a good job."

"People need to be thanked," she added. "Healthcare is a people business."



St. James Mercy Hospital employee April Kepner gets some whipped topping on her icre cream courtesy of Pat Butray-Frey, who is with the hospital’s infection prevention. Hospital staff was served brownies and ice cream sundaes Wednesday in thanks for their efforts to keep patients safe. Photo by Neal Simon


Mercycare employees, evening and night shift employees and workers at off-site locations were involved in the celebration as well.

Sullivan said she is optimistic about St. James’ future, and she decried "self perpetuating rumors" that the hospital is facing closure. Sullivan said once the rumors start circulating in the community, they become taken as factual.

She praised a letter written by Rhonda Peterson, president of the medical staff, which was published recently in The Tribune. Peterson wrote about "activities happening behind the scenes" to improve and sustain the hospital.

St. James is currently in talks with Rochester-based healthcare systems about partnering with the Hornell hospital. Sullivan said an announcement on an agreement, if one is reached, could be made soon.

Earlier this year, St. James announced layoffs equivalent to approximately 50 full-time employees. In June, the hospital confirmed it was applying to the New York State Office of Mental Health to discontinue inpatient psychiatric services. That process is underway.

Sullivan is also focused on physician recruitment and community outreach, a spokesperson said last week.

Sullivan said the hospital’s record on patient safety is outstanding. Officials said the hospital "scores in the top ten percent nationwide for patient safety."

According to St. James Mercy Hospital’s most current data on hospital-acquired conditions, there have been no ventilator-associated pneumonia in patients since 2009. The hospital also reported the following progress on patient safety, based on current data.

  • No central line-associated blood stream infections.
  • No falls and injuries.
  • No venous thromboembolism (blood clot in the vein).

Sullivan said while other hospitals may face problems like those listed above, "they are not happening here."

St. James Mercy employs almost 700 workers. It has just under 500 full-time equivalent employees.




"Our Community...Our Hospital"
A Message to the Hornell Community from the St. James Mercy Hospital Board of Directors
September 2, 2012, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Change of any kind is always challenging and often unsettling. St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) has seen much change in the past months, from the rapid demands of healthcare reform to the recent transition in leadership. Change is also an opportunity for growth and renewal, and it is in this spirit that the SJMH Board of Directors writes this message to the Hornell community.

First and foremost, we want to emphasize that despite the many rumors in the community, SJMH is open for business and intends to continue providing the same quality, accessible healthcare we have for over 120 years. There is no plan to close the Hospital. The board, together with CHE (Catholic Health East) Trinity Health, is actively seeking opportunities for growth and partnership. We are fiercely committed to building good relationships with our employees and healthcare providers, community residents, and community leaders. We share a common purpose of preserving and providing quality, accessible healthcare in Hornell, which is essential to a growing economy and thriving community. We look forward to working with interim President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan to achieve those goals.


SJMH Building


We also want to express our sincere gratitude to the Medical Staff, employees, volunteers, and leadership team at SJMH for their dedicated, focused leadership of the Hospital during this time of transition. Already, we are seeing a renewed hope and engagement as the new leadership team shares and implements a new vision and direction for SJMH.

Your support for SJMH right now is especially critical. In a variety of ways—from utilizing services, to referring patients and clients, to serving as a volunteer, to contributing to the annual campaign—your support will make a critical difference to the life and vitality of the Hospital, now and into the future.

On behalf of the SJMH Board of Directors, thank you for your support of the Hospital and for all you do for St. James Mercy. Together, we can and will keep our Hospital strong in our community.

Sincerely,
Sister Mary Fran Wegman, Chair
St. James Mercy Hospital Board of Directors




St. James Mercy moving in right direction
August 30, 2013, Hornell, NY
The Evening Tribune Online Article
Article (PDF)

As President of St. James Mercy Hospital Medical staff, member of the Board of SJMH, and community physician for over 20 years, I would like to make a few comments concerning the recent change in Administration at the hospital and to address some of the rumors.

First and Foremost, the Hospital is not closing. There are many activities happening behind the scenes to help grow and improve the health services available in the community. There are excellent and dedicated physicians associated with St. James Mercy who are anxious to work with the new administration to guarantee long term health care in our home town and surrounding communities.

There are many fabulous things about our local hospital that we should all be proud of. The care provided from the Emergency Room, to the Medical Floors and ICU, through the Operating Room and into the Nursing Home is excellent. We have competent and caring staff that provides exceptional care.

Our new administration is open to fresh ideas and anxious to help move St. James Mercy Hospital into the future to not only meet the requirements of health reform, but to be better than what we have been.

Please think positively about our Hospital. Talk about your good experience at St. James Mercy and not just the bad or the rumors.

And finally, let your health care contacts know what we, as your local health care providers, can do to meet your health needs.

We are all here to provide you the best service possible.

Rhonda Peterson, MD
President of St. James Mercy Hospital Medical staff
Hornell




St. James Mercy Hospital Names New Interim President and CEO
August 13, 2013, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

The St. James Mercy Hospital board of directors and CHE Trinity Health have announced that Mary E. LaRowe, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, is leaving the organization effective August 16, 2013. Jennifer L. Sullivan, CPA, St. James Mercy Hospital’s current chief financial officer, has been named interim president and chief executive officer.

LaRowe joined St. James Mercy Hospital as president and CEO in January 2007. Under LaRowe’s leadership, St. James Mercy was named a "100 Top Performance Improvement Leader" by Thomson Reuters in 2007 and 2008, setting national benchmarks for the rate and consistency of improvement in clinical outcomes, patient safety and hospital efficiency. The hospital was also recognized for exceeding state and national benchmarks in renal (kidney) disease treatment, inpatient acute care, quality and patient safety, and long-term care.

"During her tenure with St. James Mercy Hospital, Mary has been a mission-driven leader who worked to improve quality and safety and build strong relationships with colleagues, patients and the community," said John Capasso, executive vice president, CHE Trinity Health.

"The SJMH board of directors is grateful for Mary’s leadership and service during a time of challenge and change, with the advent of health care reform, and we wish her well in future endeavors," said Sr. Fran Wegman, R.S.M., chair, St. James Mercy Hospital board of directors. "We are looking forward to working with Jen Sullivan as we lead St. James Mercy Hospital forward in support of our mission to provide quality, accessible health care services in the Hornell community."

Sullivan, who joined St. James Mercy Hospital in 2003, has more than 20 years experience in finance and operations management. Prior to joining St. James Mercy, she held positions at Arthur Andersen, Rochester, N.Y.; KPMG Peat Marwick, Boston, Mass.; Unity Health System, Rochester, N.Y.; and the Catholic Healthcare Audit Network, St. Louis, Mo.

About St. James Mercy Hospital
Founded in 1890 and based in Hornell, N.Y., St. James Mercy Hospital is a 232-bed not-for-profit health organization sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy that provides care in Steuben and surrounding counties, with emphasis on the poor and underserved. Its full range of services includes acute and intensive care, surgery, emergency, inpatient behavioral health and addiction treatment, maternity, long-term care, dialysis, rehabilitation services, and five satellite clinics throughout the service area. St. James Mercy Hospital is a member of CHE Trinity Health, a multi-institutional network. St. James Mercy Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that provides financial resources to fund equipment and services for St. James Mercy Hospital. For more information, visit www.stjamesmercy.org .

About CHE Trinity Health
CHE Trinity Health was formed by the consolidation of Catholic Health East and Trinity Health, and is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 21 states from coast to coast with 82 hospitals, 89 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs that provide nearly 2.8 million visits annually. It was formed in May 2013, when Trinity Health and Catholic Health East closed their consolidation to strengthen their shared mission, increase excellence in care and advance transformative efforts with their unified voice. With annual operating revenues of about $13.3 billion and assets of about $19.3 billion, the new organization returns almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. It employs more than 87,000 people, including 4,100 employed physicians. The consolidated ministry is committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities and is known for its focus on the country’s aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments and the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services – ranked by number of visits – in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of programs. For more information, visit: www.trinity-health.org, www.che.org or www.newhealthministry.org .




St. James Mercy’s Dialysis Unit Again Achieves "Five Diamond" Patient Safety Rating
July 23, 2013, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital’s dialysis unit was recently recognized by the End Stage Renal Disease Network of New York for demonstrating best practices in patient safety, achieving the highest level in the Network’s "Five-Diamond Approach" patient safety program. Since inception of the program in 2011, SJMH has achieved five diamonds every year.

The ESRD Network of New York believes it is important for each dialysis facility to incorporate patient safety into their organizational culture. The Five Diamond patient safety program is geared toward helping dialysis facilities better implement patient safety awareness and principles among both staff and patients.

"Five diamonds is an outstanding achievement, and reflects our commitment to providing the highest quality service to patients," said Joan Lecceardone, SJMH Director of Dialysis. "We thank Dr. Hariprasad, our nephrologist, as well as the entire dialysis team for their attention to patient safety, and ultimately, for helping to improve our patients’ quality of life."


Dialysis Unit Achieves 5 Diamond Patient Safety Rating Again
St. James Mercy Hospital’s Dialysis unit again earned a "five diamond" rating for patient safety. Pictured are Dialysis staff (L-R) Susan Weber, Susan Dunning, Susan Bob, Joan Lecceardone, Dr. Hariprasad, Jennifer Oyer, Erica Wickham, Joanne Clark. Other staff not pictured Kathy Bedford, Luanne Foy, Gloria Franklin, Terry Hosmer, Patricia Koch, Veronica Oakes, Rissa Poklinkowski, Diane Sherman, Jerry Gath.


Located at the Mercycare campus in Hornell, St. James Mercy Hospital’s Dialysis Unit has been providing life-enhancing services for patients with end-stage kidney failure since 1980. Dialysis replaces a patient’s kidney function until a transplant is available, or in most cases, helps the patient lead a reasonably comfortable life for months or years. St. James Mercy can treat up to 30 dialysis patients a day, and also provides training and follow up for dialysis patients who are at home or in the nursing home. For more information visit www.stjamesmercy.org/dialysis.shtml .




St. James Mercy Hospital’s School of Radiology Graduates Twelve
July 12, 2013, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital’s School of Radiologic Science held graduation ceremonies on June 23rd at the Main Place in Hornell, formerly Knights of Columbus. Class of 2013 graduates include James Beaver, Jr., Katie Cleveland, Julie Donlon, Britney Gardner, Adam Gentile, Maria Haefner, Erica McCaffery, Lindsey McCumiskey, Kristen Owen, Kayla Siperek, Samantha Tipton, and Jaime White.

Bridgett Mayorga, Director of Education for the School of Radiologic Science, welcomed the twelve graduates and guests attending the ceremony, and presented diplomas and special awards following dinner. St. James Mercy Hospital Auxiliary donates funding to the School of Radiology to support scholarships and program equipment. "All of us at the School are grateful to the Auxiliary members who work so diligently throughout the year to make funding available to support this program. I would also like to thank Lakes Radiology, Inc. for its continued sponsorship of the graduation ceremony," said Ms. Mayorga.

Auxiliary scholarships are given to a senior and junior student with the highest academic average. Ryan Hopkins was awarded the Junior Scholarship and Jaime White received the Senior Scholarship.

The Joseph Vetter Memorial Award is given in memory of Joseph Vetter who passed away in 1999 during his first year in the program. This award is based on strength of character that epitomizes Joseph Vetter, and was presented this year to Julie Donlon.

The Sister Colette and Sister Margaret Ann Scholarships were established up by alumni to honor the school’s first program director, Sister Colette, followed by Sister Margaret Ann, who together governed the program for 32 years. These scholarships are based on clinical strengths and awarded to a student at each of the five clinical sites. Mary Liz Lewis, Clinical Coordinator, presented scholarships to Kirsten Owen – Ira Davenport, Jaime White – Jones Memorial, Maria Haefner – Noyes Memorial, Kayla Siperek – Olean General, and Britney Gardner – St. James Mercy.

Established in 1949, the School of Radiological Science offers programs in diagnostic radiography and ultrasound. For more information visit www.stjamesmercy.org/school.shtml or call (607) 324-8265.




Hospital Auxiliary Contributes $27,300 to St. James Mercy Foundation
July 10, 2013, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Thirty-three members of the St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) Auxiliary gathered on June 11 at the The Main Place/Knights of Columbus for the annual Auxiliary Appreciation luncheon to commemorate their work on behalf of St. James Mercy Hospital. The Auxiliary also presented its annual gift to St. James Mercy Foundation in the amount of $27,300.

The majority of this year’s gift is earmarked toward renovating the second floor at McAuley Manor (SNF2) to create a more home-like environment and wait staff-style dining for residents. "This is a continuation of our extensive ‘culture change’ project at McAuley Manor to improve comfort for residents and interaction between residents and staff," said Sylvia Bryant, Vice President of Mission Integration and Community Outreach. "The Auxiliary gift is providing the means to transform the physical environment at Mercy Care to lead to better, more meaningful care for residents." The Auxiliary’s annual gift will also provide support to SJMH’s School of Radiologic Science.


Hospital Auxiliary Contributes $27,300 to St. James Mercy Foundation
Lynne Freeland (left), co-chair of St. James Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, presents a check for $27,300 to Mary LaRowe, president and CEO of St. James Mercy Health System. This year’s Auxiliary gift to St. James Mercy Foundation will support renovation of SNF2 at McAuley Manor and the School of Radiologic Science.


Auxiliary co-chair, Lynne Freeland, acknowledged the tireless work of the volunteers. "Our extraordinary Auxiliary members work very hard to support SJMH through fundraising activities and events, such as the Christmas Bazaar and Food Fair, and by operating the Aquinas Gift Shops," she said. "Their commitment supports many valuable services and programs at the hospital and nursing home, and it’s an honor to work with them."

President and CEO Mary LaRowe acknowledged the Auxiliary for its long-time support of the greater Hornell community. "The Auxiliary has been integral to St. James Mercy for well over 100 years. As the single largest donor to the Foundation, the Auxiliary has contributed nearly $700,000 since its founding in 1904. These dedicated volunteers make it possible for SJMH to continue its mission of serving the poor and disadvantaged who need vital, local healthcare services." New Auxiliary members Carol Gomez and Connie Mullen were welcomed at the luncheon.

For more information about the Hospital Auxiliary or St. James Mercy Foundation, visit http://www.stjamesmercy.org/auxiliary.shtml or call (607) 324-8240.




 
 

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