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St. James Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 170.5 Hours in September
October 10, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Hospital contributed 170.5 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of September. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during September:

  • Joan Brown
  • Katelyn Oyer
  • Kathy Burdick
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Donna Kull
  • Pat Maker
  • Peg Pierce
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Cassandra Robbers
  • Mirra Robbers
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James
  • Aurelie Gurtner
St. James is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




St. James Hospital Welcomes New Chief Nursing Officer
October 1, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Melissa Rackmil, RN, BSN, MBA St. James Hospital is pleased to welcome Melissa Rackmil, RN, BSN, MBA, to the role of Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care at St. James Hospital, effective October 1, 2018. Ms. Rackmil joins St. James from Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where she was Director of Invasive and Non-Invasive Cardiology and Director of Cardiopulmonary Services.

In her new role, Ms. Rackmil will serve as the nursing executive who oversees the implementation of patient care within St. James Hospital, with a focus on improving quality, safety, and service in patient clinical outcomes. Her responsibilities will include developing methods to provide excellent care, managing clinical and patient standards, developing clinical policies and procedures, providing leadership to nursing staff, and working with leadership to transition clinical services to the new hospital, slated to open in 2020.

According to St. James President & CEO, Bryan O’Donovan, "We are pleased to bring someone of Melissa’s caliber to our organization. She has extensive experience in directing outpatient and inpatient services, which will serve us well as we expand our health care model in collaboration with URMC and our regional colleagues."

Ms. Rackmil received her Masters of Business Administration from SUNY Buffalo, Bachelor of Nursing from D’Youville College (Buffalo), and Registered Nursing degree from Trocaire College (Buffalo). She also has a Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Buffalo State College.

Founded in 1890, St. James Hospital is an affiliate of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. St. James provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency department, general surgery, orthopedics and rehab services, imaging and lab services, walk-in clinic, and a host of outpatient clinics through its URMC affiliation including cardiology, ENT, neurosurgery, neuromedicine, gastroenterology, and more.




St. James Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 212 Hours in August
September 13, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Hospital contributed 212 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of August. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their August service:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Kathy Burdick
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Donna Kull
  • Pat Maker
  • Peg Pierce
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Cassandra Robbers
  • Mirra Robbers
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James
  • Donna Waters

St. James is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




2 General Surgeons Join UR Medicine’s St. James Hospital
July 23, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

UR Medicine’s St. James Hospital is welcoming two full-time general surgeons to its medical staff this month, strengthening the general surgery presence in Hornell with a range of leading-edge techniques and enhanced surgical capabilities, including advanced minimally invasive surgery. Brian P. Watkins, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S., and Adam Basler, M.D., will be continuing the legacy that longtime Hornell surgeon A. Byron Collins, M.D., has built in the community over the past five decades.

"The addition of these two surgeons to our medical team is the next step in growing the overall services available at St. James Hospital," said President and CEO Bryan J. O’Donovan, "as we continue our comprehensive plans to open a new medical office building this year and a new hospital in 2019."

Watkins began July 15. He will be based in Hornell and will operate at St. James beginning in August, providing advanced minimally invasive surgery, endocrine surgery and broad-based general surgery. He also will serve as division chief for UR Medicine Regional Surgery, working collaboratively with established surgeons at affiliates Jones Memorial in Wellsville and Noyes Health in Dansville as the team focuses on strategies to grow the programs at their respective hospitals.

He is passionate about rural health care and is excited to begin working with the St. James staff and becoming a part of the Hornell community. He recognizes the value of providing general surgery in the region, allowing patients and families the opportunity to stay close to home for care and post-surgical recovery.

"I am grateful for this opportunity to begin serving Hornell and increase access to general surgery options," Watkins said. "Providing this broad range of surgeries, including leading-edge techniques such as minimally invasive surgery, means many more patients and families can remain in this community before, during and after their procedures. That is our goal whenever possible."

He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed his general surgical residency at Wisconsin’s Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, which is well known for training surgeons who wish to serve patients in rural locations.

Watkins served as a rural surgeon in Wisconsin for three years with the Mayo Clinic, and for the past 15 years has been an attending surgeon at Rochester General Hospital. He has been teaching at RIT for more than a decade and at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry since 2015.

Basler also will be based in Hornell and will operate at St. James. He received his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago and recently graduated from his surgical residency at Michigan State University. He joined the staff July 1. He will practice broad-based general surgery, and has particular clinical interests in complex laparoscopy, breast surgery and endoscopy.




St. James Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 179 Hours in June
July 6, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Hospital contributed 179 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of June. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their June service:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Kathy Burdick
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Donna Kull
  • Pat Maker
  • Katelyn Oyer
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Cassandra Robbers
  • Mirra Robbers
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James
St. James is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




St. James Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 167 Hours in May
June 14, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Hospital contributed 167 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of May. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records. The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during May:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Kathy Burdick
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Donna Kull
  • Pat Maker
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Cassandra Robbers
  • Mirra Robbers
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James

St. James is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




St. James Hospital Announces New CEO
Bryan J. O’Donovan to lead UR Medicine affiliate
June 8, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Bryan J. ODonovan to lead UR Medicine affiliate The St. James Hospital Board of Directors has selected Bryan J. O’Donovan, M.P.A., M.S., as its new president and chief executive officer. The announcement was made Friday morning during an employee event celebrating the hospital’s recent affiliation with UR Medicine. O’Donovan begins July 9 in his new role. He will take over for Interim President and CEO Leo Brideau, who has supported St. James during a CEO search that began in February.

O’Donovan has spent the past 18 months as director of Ambulatory Administration and Practice Management for UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital and Medical Faculty Groups, overseeing 210 ambulatory hospital-based and faculty practice clinics spanning multiple counties, with patient visits exceeding 2 million last year.

Since 2013, O’Donovan has served as director of UR Medicine’s Strong West facility in Brockport. The ambulatory medical center, which is part of Strong Memorial Hospital, is comprised of health care programs that include an outpatient surgical center, a multispecialty suite, imaging, primary care, oncology, orthopaedics, and the first off-campus emergency department in Upstate New York. In 2013, Strong West opened with three clinical programs and 30 employees. There are now 17 programs and 180 employees.

He previously was administrator for UR Medicine’s Program in Heart Failure and Transplantation. A military veteran, O’Donovan began his health care career with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he managed programs for homeless and disabled veterans.

"From a diverse pool of candidates, Bryan’s health care experience and previous successes stood out," said Dr. Susan Gray, chair of the St. James Hospital Board of Directors. "We are delighted to welcome him to the St. James family and look forward to our bright future as we prepare to open a new hospital and further expand the high-quality clinical care we offer our neighbors."

"Bryan O’Donovan is an experienced health-care administrator who has advanced the UR Medicine goal to provide high-quality health care as close to home as possible for families across Upstate New York," said Steven I. Goldstein, Vice President of the University of Rochester Medical Center who oversees UR Medicine regional hospitals, and also serves as President and CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals in Rochester. "His proven track record of cultivating growth and his passion for rural health care make Bryan an ideal choice to lead St. James Hospital as part of the UR Medicine system."

St. James became an affiliate in March, after working with UR Medicine under an administrative services agreement since 2015. The partnership has brought new health services to Hornell, including primary care, gastroenterology, imaging and otolaryngology. Last year, the hospital welcomed a chief medical officer from UR Medicine, Bilal Ahmed, M.D., who leads quality improvement initiatives and helps recruit physicians to the Hornell area. St. James continues to expand services and improve patient care. UR Medicine also has a collaboration agreement with Oak Orchard Health, which has helped to expand availability of primary care, pediatrics, and dental services in the Hornell area.

St. James secured $62.8 million in state funding to build a new hospital on Seneca Road in North Hornell, the site of the former Kmart plaza, and add an electronic health record system. Hospital leadership broke ground on the new hospital in November 2017. Completion of the adjacent Medical Office Building, which will house UR Medicine specialists such as primary care, heart and vascular, neurosurgery, gastroenterology, as well as Express Care and collaborative partner Oak Orchard, is scheduled to open later this year. The new hospital will open in 2019.

In addition to announcing its new president and CEO on Friday, St. James unveiled to employees a new logo and name: St. James Hospital. Since its founding in 1890, the hospital had been sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy (RSM). It became independent in 2015, and now as a UR Medicine affiliate no longer sponsored by RSM, the Board of Directors deemed a name change appropriate. What will remain is the Sisters’ legacy to serve all, regardless of ability to pay.

A native of Avon, O’Donovan resides in his hometown with his wife, Shanna. They have three children.




Shick Family Charity Golf Classic to Benefit SJMH Foundation
June 1, 2018, Hornell, NY

Shick Family Charity Golf Classic

Fourth Annual Shick Family Charity Golf Classic
June 29, 2018
Hornell Golf Club
Shotgun start 9:30 AM

Benefit for St. Jame Mercy Hospital Foundation
in memory of William D. Shick

Registration and Sponsorship Forms (PDF)

  • Forms can be scanned and emailed to beckyshick@mac.com
  • Or mailed to:
    Becky Shick
    297 Canisteo St.
    Hornell, NY 14843

Contact Becky Shick (607) 346-7186 with questions.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 200 Hours in April
May 29, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 267 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of April. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during April:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Donna Kull
  • Pat Maker
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James
St. James is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




New Foundation Executive Director Appointed at St. James
May 24, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Hospital and Foundation announced the appointment of Linda Blauers as Executive Director of the Foundation, effective May 15.

Ms. Blauers will also assume responsibilities for the communications and marketing functions for the hospital. She has served the hospital as Public Relations Specialist for the past 13 years, as well as St. James Mercy Foundation Fund Coordinator for the last few years.

According to Leo Brideau, President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital, "Linda’s deep knowledge of the community and her tremendous skills in communication and relationship building will serve St. James well, and more importantly, will provide great support to St. James’ efforts to serve the people of the Hornell area."

"There is so much optimism surrounding the building of a new hospital," said Ms. Blauers, it is an honor for me to take on this new and exciting role. St. James is such a valued part of our community, I look forward to helping build partnerships and enhancing relationships that will strengthen the Foundation and the hospital to the benefit of area residents.




29th Annual Healthy Kids Day at the Kids 1/4 Miler
May 15, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Final plans are in place for the 29th Annual Healthy Kids Day at the Kids 1/4 Miler. This event, co-sponsored by St. James Mercy Hospital, the Hornell Kiwanis Club, Oak Orchard Health and the Hornell YMCA, provides an opportunity for children ages 2 to 12 to participate in a fun activity while promoting physical exercise as a key to good health.

The event will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Maple City Park in Hornell at 9am. The event will kick off with Healthy Kids Day. Parents and children can interact with several local organizations promoting healthy lifestyle choices. The Kids 1/4 Miler races will promptly begin at 11am. Entry fee for the race is $5.00. Call the Community Services Office at St. James Mercy Hospital (607-324-8147) for more information or to pre-register your child for the race.

When: May 19, 9am & 1/4 races at 11am
Where: Maple City Park
Registration: call to register 607-324-8147




Hornell Rotary Partners with St. James Hospital For Community Blood Screening
May 7, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)
Details (PDF)

The Hornell Rotary Club has engaged the laboratory services of St. James Hospital for its annual Community Blood Screening. The screening will be offered from 6am to 11am on Saturday, June 2 in the Cafeteria at St. James Hospital. Please note the change in location and use the Canisteo Street entrance by the gazebo and across from the helipad.

blood screening

The Blood Screening Program is open to uninsured/underinsured and anyone over 18. These screenings serve as an inexpensive way for community members with high-deductible health care plans to monitor their health, or it may be an early warning system in identifying potential health problems. A comprehensive blood screening is conducted for a $35 fee with the results sent to the participant’s physician. Screening for prostate cancer is available for an additional fee. Information will also available on free screenings from Cancer Services Program of Steuben County.

To register, please call 607-590-7423 beginning May 24 between the hours of 9am to Noon or 5pm to 7 pm, Monday through Friday.




St. James Mercy Hospital Honors Staff and Volunteers National Hospital Week
May 4, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

As part of National Hospital Week, May 6-12, St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) has a number of events scheduled to commemorate the hard work and dedication to providing quality care in this community. SJMH employees will be treated to a free chicken BBQ and ice cream social, which will be served to them by Hospital management. A variety of daily employee discounts will also be available in the Hospital Gift Shop. And back by popular demand, is the website scavenger hunt with the opportunity to win a Wegmans gift card. To wrap up the Hospital Week celebrations, a banquet is planned on May 17 at The Main Place to thank volunteers and honor employees with milestone years of service to the hospital.

"The ongoing commitment of our employees and volunteers to this entire community is very admirable," said Leo Brideau, Interim President and CEO of St. James Hospital. "They are the glue that keeps this hospital together, and they deserve our respect and gratitude."

National Hospital Week was started by the American Hospital Association to celebrate hospitals and the women and men who support the health and wellbeing of their communities through dedication and compassionate care from the heart.




St. James Mercy Hospital Commemorates Health Care Auxilian Day
May 2, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed May 2, 2018 as "Health Care Auxilian Day" in New York State. St. James Mercy Hospital is joining hospitals across the state in recognizing the dedicated auxilian volunteers who annually donate countless hours of service to their health care facilities and communities.

Founded in 1904, St. James Mercy’s Auxiliary volunteers thousands of hours each year toward fundraising and community service projects. Through their past fundraising efforts, Auxiliary members have purchased much-needed equipment for the Hospital’s physical therapy and emergency departments, supported renovations the Hospital Lobby and the former McAuley Manor nursing home. Nursing scholarships were also made available through the support of these dedicated Auxilians. The Auxiliary manages the gift shop at the Hospital, as well as coordinates events to benefit the hospital including book fairs, Trees of Life program, uniform sales, food festivals and holiday bazaars. To date, the Auxiliary has contributed approximately $750,000 to support St. James Mercy Hospital.

According to Leo Brideau, Interim President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital, "The Auxiliary makes it possible for us to fulfill our mission – to provide a full range of services that support healthy communities, including quality medical care and holistic approaches to healing body, spirit and mind. These volunteers often work behind the scenes to provide comfort and support to patients, families and staff. We are so fortunate to have this dedicated and talented group, committed to serving the many needs of people who come to us for care."

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 154 Hours in March
April 13, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 154 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of March. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records. The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during March:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • Pat Maker
  • Peggy Pierce
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James
St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




St. James Mercy Hospital’s Auxiliary Hosts Italian Food Festival April 13
April 4, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

The St. James Mercy Hospital Auxiliary is once again hosting its annual Italian Food Festival and Bake Sale, formerly known as the Food Fair, on Friday, April 13 in the Hospital Lobby. The bake sale begins at 7:30 a.m. and the hot food is served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The menu includes Pasta Salad, Special Italian Sauce, Sausage with Peppers and Onions Subs, Meatball Subs, Chicken Wings, and Stuffed Shells, all very reasonably priced!

Attendees will also be able to purchase tickets for the five raffle items offered at this year’s event. Raffle items include a $100 Flower Pot ($100 in Cash), a Lottery Ticket Welcome Sign ($100 face value on tickets), a Garden Wheelbarrow Planter (donated by SJMH Aquinas Gift Shop), and a Wine Basket (donated by SJMH Administration). Raffle tickets are $1 each or ten for $5. There will also be a 50/50 cash drawing and these tickets are $1 each. All drawings will take place at the conclusion of the afternoon event, and participants need not be present to win.

The proceeds of this event will benefit St. James Mercy Hospital, please come join us...don’t let Friday the 13th keep you at home!

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital Adds New Gynecological Physicians, Services
March 18, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital will welcome three new gynecological physicians to its medical staff in April. Dr. James Steven Burkhart, Dr. Tad (Gustave V) Ruckert, and Dr. Mary M. Wilsch will see patients and perform surgery at the Hospital.

Gynecological services will be provided in the office located at 21 Orchard Street, Hornell, adjacent to the Hospital. The physicians will see patients there for the first time on April 10. Call 607-324-8155 to schedule an appointment or for more information.



Available services include:

  • Routine and yearly examinations
  • Adolescent gynecology and counseling
  • Birth control – contraception
  • Pap smears
  • Breast and ovarian cancer screening
  • Osteoporosis screening, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Premenstrual syndrome management
  • Uterine endometrial ablation
    • Novasure
  • GYN surgery
    • Hysterectomy
    • Myomectomy
  • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery
    • Minimally invasive hysterectomy
  • Menopause management
  • STD screening
  • Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)
  • Dilation and Curretage (D&C)
  • Endometriosis


About Dr. James Steven Burkhart
Dr. Burkhart received his medical education at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He completed a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Rochester. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, of which he is also a Fellow. A University of Rochester Clinical Instructor in Obstetrics & Gynecology, he has won the University of Rochester Medical School Ob/Gyn Resident's Teaching Award twice in his career.

About Dr. Tad (Gustave V) Ruckert
Dr. Ruckert received his medical education at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY. He completed an internship and residency at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. He is a Junior Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists. He was awarded a Recognition of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Surgery award by the American Association of Gynecological Laparascopists, as well as an Excellence in Obstetrics award.

About Dr. Mary M. Wilsch
Dr. Wilsch received her medical education at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, NY. She completed an internship and a residency at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, of which she is also a Fellow. A University of Rochester Clinical Instructor in Obstetrics & Gynecology, she was the winner of the William Clay, M.D. Award in Residency, the Berlex Second Year Resident Teaching Award, the Research Award in Residency 2000 (Strong Memorial Hospital), and the Ekas Award 2000 (Strong Memorial Hospital. She was also honored twice with the University of Rochester, School of Medicine’s Ob/Gyn resident’s teaching award, and the Family Medicine teaching award.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




"Beat the Blues" Event Raises Record $48,000+ for SJM Foundation
March 22, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

220 people packed The Main Place to raise record funds for the St. James Mercy Foundation on Saturday, February 17 at its 2nd annual "Beat the Blues" charity event. The event, which raised more than $48,000 for the Foundation, featured dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the live music of The Orient Express from Victor, NY.

"Beat the Blues was a tremendous success," said St. James Mercy Foundation Board Chair Lisa Schwartz. "Exciting things are happening in Hornell and at St. James Mercy Hospital, and it’s extremely gratifying to see such a high level of support for – and confidence in – the organization."

Foundation Executive Director Dustin Hewit said that support was evident among individuals and business leaders who sponsored the event.

"Our sponsors made Beat the Blues possible once again this year, and we are extremely grateful for their support," Hewit said. "This event, our Foundation, and indeed, the Hospital as a whole, has momentum, and that’s not something you can create for yourself."

The following organizations/businesses provided key sponsorship support:

PRESENTING SPONSOR
UR Medicine

GOLD SPONSORS
Elderwood of Hornell
Simmons-Rockwell Ford
Steuben Trust Company
ER Select
Razak Associates

SILVER SPONSORS
Harris Beach Attorneys at Law/HB Cornerstone
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

BRONZE SPONSOR
St. James Mercy Hospital Medical Staff

EVENT SPONSORS
Brian Schu, Attorney
City of Hornell

TABLE SPONSORS
Bob Blauers-Remax
Maple City Savings
LeChase Construction

TABLE HOSTS
GMI, LLC
Hornell IDA
Hornell Partners for Growth
Howard Hanna
Maple City Discount Liquor & Wine

Contributions from John Carbone of The Main Place, as well as Mike Doyle of Pleasant Valley Winery, helped make the food and beverage selections top-notch.

The 2018 Beat the Blues planning committee included:

  • Kathy Dessena
  • Jesse Ells
  • Steve Peck
  • Lisa Schwartz
  • Lynn White

A complete listing of the businesses and individuals who donated auction items may be found by visiting the Foundation’s "Beat the Blues" web page at http://stjamesmercy.org/blues.shtml. For more information about supporting the Foundation, contact Dustin Hewit at 607-324-8233.

Foundation Board Chair Lisa Schwartz and SJMH Chief Nursing Officer
Neva Bossard
Foundation Board Chair Lisa Schwartz and SJMH Chief Nursing Officer Neva Bossard display one of the live auction items.

Maninder Virdee and Foundation Board Member Jesse Ells
Maninder Virdee and Foundation Board Member Jesse Ells check out the Silent Auction items.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 192 Hours in February
March 13, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 192 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of February. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during February:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • Pat Maker
  • Diane Mulkin
  • Peggy Pierce
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James

St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




It's Official! St. James Mercy Hospital Is Part of UR Medicine
March 6, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Leaders from UR Medicine and the St. James Mercy Hospital board announced to staff that they have finalized an affiliation agreement between the two organizations.

St. James Hospital is the sixth to join UR Medicine’s network of inpatient hospitals, including Strong Memorial and Highland in Rochester, Jones Memorial in Wellsville, Noyes Memorial in Dansville, and F. F. Thompson in Canandaigua.

Since 2015, St. James has partnered with UR Medicine under an administrative services agreement that has brought new health services to Hornell including primary care, gastroenterology, imaging, and otolaryngology. Last year, the hospital welcomed a Chief Medical Officer from UR Medicine, Bilal Ahmed, M.D., who leads quality improvement initiatives and helps recruit physicians to the Hornell area. The affiliation will help St. James to continue expanding services and improving patient care, and to complete construction of the new Hornell Medical Village on schedule. UR Medicine also has a collaboration agreement with Oak Orchard Health, which has helped to expand availability of primary care, pediatrics, and dental services in the Hornell area.

"I’m pleased to welcome St. James Mercy Hospital into the UR Medicine affiliate network," said University of Rochester President Richard Feldman. "Through the excellent resources of our medical center, the University of Rochester is committed to supporting local health care and high-quality patient services throughout the region."

"UR Medicine wants to ensure that hospitals like St. James remain the cornerstone of health care in their communities," said Mark Taubman, M.D., CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. "Our regional strategy supports the goal of keeping care local and allowing hospitals like St. James to serve as economic anchors for their communities. The affiliation also provides a strong connection to highly specialized UR Medicine services in Rochester, so that patients never need to leave Upstate New York for almost any medical need."

The board of St. James Mercy Hospital voted unanimously in favor of their hospital’s affiliation with UR Medicine. Dr. Susan Gray, chair of the St. James Mercy Hospital Board of Directors, congratulated the St. James team and said, "Our longstanding relationship with UR Medicine has complemented the hard work of the St. James board and leadership to date, and we look forward to continuing our work to deliver top quality health care to residents of the Hornell area."

About St. James Mercy Hospital and the Hornell Medical Village

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.

Working with UR Medicine, St. James was able to secure $62.8 million from New York State for construction of a new hospital and an electronic medical record (EMR) system. Scheduled for completion in 2019, the new hospital will include 15 inpatient beds; a surgical suite with two operating rooms, two procedure rooms and 15 pre– and post–surgery beds; an Emergency Department with eight treatment rooms and four observation beds; Imaging services; and cardiac rehab. An adjacent medical office building will include outpatient specialty clinics, physical therapy, and Express Care.

About UR Medicine

UR Medicine is the University of Rochester’s health care network. It includes the 846-bed Strong Memorial Hospital and its inpatient and outpatient components such as Golisano Children’s Hospital, Wilmot Cancer Center, and Flaum Eye Institute, as well as the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group, Highland Hospital, Jones Memorial Health, Noyes Health, Thompson Health, Eastman Dental, The Highlands at Brighton, The Highlands Living Center, Visiting Nurse Service, and a range of clinical programs serving patients across western New York. Visit www.urmedicine.org.




Board of Directors Announces Management Change
February 22, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

The St. James Mercy Hospital Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Leo P. Brideau as Interim President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital, replacing Jennifer L. Sullivan, who had served as the hospital's CEO since 2013. The hospital also announced the departure of Stan Konopko, who had served as Chief Financial Officer since 2013.

"The Board is deeply grateful for Sullivan’s and Konopko’s leadership, dedication and hard work," said Board Chair Susan Gray. "In their time at the helm of the organization, they fought to preserve St. James Mercy as a viable community institution, and to pave the way for both our planned affiliation with UR Medicine and the new St. James Mercy Hospital and Hornell Medical Village. We as a board, and the entire community of Hornell, wish them well in their future endeavors."

Since 2015, St. James has partnered with UR Medicine under an administrative services agreement that has brought new health services to Hornell including primary care, gastroenterology, imaging, orthopedics, otolaryngology and vascular surgery. Last year the hospital welcomed a Chief Medical Officer from UR Medicine, Dr. Bilal Ahmed, who leads quality improvement initiatives and helps recruit physicians to the Hornell area. Gray said the hospital will continue to expand services and improve patient care, and that construction of the new Hornell Medical Village will move forward without interruption.

Brideau, a veteran hospital administrator who has supported St. James Mercy on behalf of UR Medicine for nearly three years, is a familiar face at St. James Mercy, because he has served as UR Medicine’s primary administrative liaison under the administrative services agreement. He has served previously as CEO and President of Ascension Health Care Network Inc., a national Catholic health system based in St. Louis; President and CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s Health System in Milwaukee; and President and CEO of Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

"It has been a privilege for me to work with the leadership and staff of St. James Mercy over the past two years," Brideau said. "I look forward to helping the hospital continue its path of growth and renewal as it officially joins the UR Medicine system and makes a transition to new permanent leadership."

Gray said the Board will work with UR Medicine to recruit a new CEO and financial management leadership in the near future.

About St. James Mercy Hospital and the Hornell Medical Village

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.

Working with UR Medicine, St. James was able to secure $62.8 million from New York State for construction of a new hospital and an electronic medical record (EMR) system. Scheduled for completion in 2019, the new hospital will include 15 inpatient beds; a surgical suite with two operating rooms, two procedure rooms and 15 pre- and post-surgery beds; an Emergency Department with eight treatment rooms and four observation beds; Imaging services; and cardiac rehab. An adjacent medical office building will include outpatient specialty clinics, physical therapy and Express Care.




St. James Mercy Hospital and Provider Recognized for Participation in Hurricane Relief
January 31, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) recently received a Certificate of Appreciation from the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, for participation in Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief efforts.

The NDMS thanked SJMH for affording one of its Emergency Department providers, Giacomo (Jack) Florio, the opportunity to deploy in support of Texas residents in the aftermath of the first major hurricane of 2017. A few weeks later, Jack also assisted with relief efforts for Hurricane Irma, which caused significant damage to the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and parts of Florida.


Jack Florio, PA talks with patient during Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Florida
Jack Florio, PA talks with patient during Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Florida.


"By allowing Mr. Florio to support Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, you have contributed to the NDMS mission. Mr. Florio’s contributions to the mission and guidance to the other NDMS colleagues were exemplary," said NDMS Acting Director Ron Miller in written correspondence. "I understand the absence of an employee, no matter the time of absence, is an additional burden that must be absorbed by the organization, and your willingness to support the absence is truly appreciated. Your commitment to support your employee’s efforts is a tribute to your leadership and the character of St. James Mercy Hospital."

"While deployment can be very demanding, I love doing it!" recounted Florio. "It gives me an opportunity to help people in need of medical attention, as well as just talking with them. You find it really is a small world."


Jack Florio, PA poses with NDMS Certificate of Appreciation
Jack Florio, PA poses with NDMS Certificate of Appreciation.


Jack is often deployed for special events or any type of large gathering to provide medical treatment should the need arise. Last year, he was deployed for the presidential inauguration. On some occasions, Jack will receive a call to be on "stand-by," with only an hour or so to pack and get to the airport.

SJMH is proud to have Jack Florio as one of its providers and grateful for the service he so eagerly shares.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 214 Hours in December
January 23, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 214 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of December. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records. The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during December:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • Pat Maker
  • Diane Mulkin
  • Peggy Pierce
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James
St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




St. James Mercy Hospital Receives 4-Star Quality Rating
January 19, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital has received a four-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Comparative ratings on quality of care for more than 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country are posted on www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare. One star is the lowest rating a facility can receive; five is the highest. St. James’ rating for the previous reporting period was three stars. Of 171 hospitals in New York, just 15 (9) received four-star ratings, according to CMS. Two received five-star ratings.

"The most improved area of performance, which led most directly to the additional star in our rating, was patient satisfaction," said Neva Bossard, RN, MSN, St. James Chief Nursing Officer. "This is proof that our efforts are making a difference in the experience of our patients."

The organization celebrated Friday by posting banners and signs around its facility informing staff and guests of the recognition. Cookies with four gold stars were also served in the cafeteria.


SJMH receives 4-start quality rating from Medicaid, Medicare
(left to right) Deborah Spratt, MPA, BSN, RN, CNOR, Executive Director of Perioperative Services; Tracy Harvey, RN, BNS, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Lead; Cheryll East, RN, MSN, Manager – Progressive Care, Cardio/Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and Coumadin Clinic; Neva Bossard, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer, pose with a plate of "Four-star" cookies, prepared by the Hospital's Nutritional Services team to celebrate the milestone.


"It truly takes the efforts of every person in our facility to have a significant, sustained impact on quality and what patients experience when they receive care here," Bossard said. "We thank our physicians, staff, providers, and volunteers, because their daily work on behalf of our patients and our community is what helped us achieve this milestone recognition."

According to CMS, Hospital Compare is a consumer-oriented website that provides information on how hospitals provide care to their patients. This information can help consumers make informed decisions about health care. Hospital compare allows consumers to select multiple hospitals and directly compare performance measure information related to heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgery, and other conditions.

CMS believes that star ratings spotlight excellence in health care quality and make it easier for consumers to use the information on the Compare websites. This is consistent with the call for transparent, easily understood and widely available public reporting. The ratings also support using quality measures as a key driver of health care system improvement.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging (including mammography, digital imaging, Dexa scanning), and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




Bethesda Foundation Funds Operating Room Equipment Purchase
January 11, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Foundation has received a grant in the amount of $21,000 from the Bethesda Foundation to purchase a Medivator Automatic Endoscope Reprocessor. The equipment has been installed and is in use now in the Hospital’s surgical suite. It allows for high-efficiency reprocessing/cleaning of endoscope devices, maximizing patient safety and strengthening infection control efforts at the Hospital.

"St. James Mercy Hospital is extremely grateful to the Bethesda Foundation for its continued support over the years," said Jennifer Sullivan, SJMH President & CEO. "Its generosity enables us to provide the very best in quality care to our patients. Because of this grant, and others that have aided the purchase of needed equipment across service lines, the residents of our community can be confident that they’re receiving excellent care at St. James Mercy Hospital."


Bethesda Foundation Board Members and equipment
(left to right): Bethesda Foundation Board Member Joseph Latham, Bethesda Foundation Board Member Bill Mombert, SJMH Executive Director of Perioperative Services Deborah Spratt, SJMH President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan, Bethesda Foundation Board Member Dr. Spencer Annabel, Bethesda Foundation Board President Philip Loree, Bethesda Foundation Executive Director Janice Spence.

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. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $2.3 million in furtherance of its mission to support community health needs.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging (including mammography, digital imaging, Dexa scanning), and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital Launches Website for Construction Project
January 2, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital has launched a new website dedicated entirely to keeping residents of the Hornell region up to date on the construction of the new Hornell Medical Village. Located at www.thenewstjames.com, the site features photos of the construction progress, a project timeline, and an outline of what the new facilities (hospital and office building) will include.

"The Hornell community has been extremely excited about, and supportive of, this project, and we designed the site to provide information quickly to anyone who wants to stay up-to-date on what’s going on," said Dustin Hewit, St. James Mercy Hospital Director of Communications.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held November 8 for the Hornell Medical Village, future home of the new St. James Mercy Hospital and adjacent Medical Office Building. St. James Mercy Hospital was awarded $54.9 million from New York State in 2016 to cover construction costs associated with the new Hospital and the implementation of a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. In July of 2017, the State announced an additional $7.9 million for the new Hospital project.

The Medical Village, located at 7301 Seneca Road, North Hornell, will provide for accessible and efficiently organized ambulatory care services. The Village concept brings together primary care, specialists, emergency medicine, general surgery, outpatient services, inpatient care, and more on one health care campus. This will make it easier for patients to access quality care, support efforts at recruiting and retaining top providers to the area, and increase delivery efficiency across the spectrum of services.

The new two-story, 87,000-square-foot St. James Mercy Hospital will feature:

  • 15 inpatient beds
  • Emergency Department with 8 treatment rooms and 4 observation rooms
  • Surgical Suite with 2 operating rooms, 2 procedures rooms, and 15 pre/postsurgery rooms
  • Phlebotomy and lab services
  • Pharmacy
  • Imaging Services including diagnostic radiology, ultrasound, CT, MRI, mammography including tomography, and Dexa scanning
  • Infusion Services
  • Cafeteria and Dining Room
  • Gift and Coffee Shop
  • Meeting Rooms

The new Medical Office Building will include:

  • Primary Care Offices (pediatrics, family medicine, dental)
  • Specialty Outpatient Clinics (i.e. General Surgery, Orthopedics)
  • Express Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Administration

The Medical Office Building is expected to open in 2018, and the new Hospital will follow in 2019.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging (including mammography, digital imaging, Dexa scanning), and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital Enacts Visitor Restrictions
January 2, 2018, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Due to an increase in influenza in the region, St. James Mercy Hospital, effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, will enact the following restrictions on visitation:

  • No more than two visitors plus one designated caregiver/support person may be present in a patient’s room at any time

  • No one under the age of 14 is permitted to visit the Hospital

  • No visitors with symptoms of fever, cough, body aches, or a sore throat may enter the Hospital; they are invited to visit after being symptom-free for 24 hours.

"Our primary goal at St. James Mercy Hospital is to provide the best quality of care in an environment that is safe for our patients and their loved ones," said Neva Bossard, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer. "We certainly understand the desire to be with patients, and the benefits that come from visitors. Our close monitoring of influenza activity will continue, and we’ll look to return to regular visiting practices as soon as it is deemed safe to do so."

St. James officials encourage all area residents to be prepared for flu season by getting an influenza vaccination through their primary care provider, pharmacy, or other venue.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging (including mammography, digital imaging, Dexa scanning), and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital Hosts Annual Shoe Drive to Benefit the Steuben Rural Ministry
December 22, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital hosted its 12th annual St. Nicholas Shoe Drive on December 6 to assist area families in need. Over 75 pairs of shoes were collected as a donation to Sr. Susan Cain and the Steuben Rural Ministry, a Turning Point Program of Catholic Charities. In addition to the shoes, several pairs of new socks, underwear, hats and mittens were also delivered to Sr. Susan.

Annual Shoe Drive
to Benefit the Steuben Rural Ministry
(l to r): Sr. Susan Cain and Laura Vetter, SJMH Community Wellness Coordinator (Head Elf for St. Nicholas)


Feast day of St. Nicholas celebrations began centuries ago across Europe on December 6th. One of the traditions surrounding St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, was for the children to leave their shoes outside their bedroom door so he could fill them with small gifts and treats

St. James Mercy Hospital has carried out a variation of this tradition by asking employees to bring in gently used shoes, boots, new underwear, hats and mittens to be donated. These items are left outside their workplace door for collection and the St. Nicholas "elves" leave candy as a treat for the generous employees.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 197 Hours in November
December 12, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 197 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of November. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during November:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Kathy Burdick
  • Allegra Crist
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Diane Mulkin
  • Peggy Pierce
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James

St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




St. James Mercy Hospital Breaks Ground for New Facility
November 8, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Leaders from St. James Mercy Hospital and the greater Hornell area, as well as employees and medical staff, community members, and others, gathered in Hornell Wednesday, November 8 to host a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Hornell Medical Village, the future home of the new Hospital and Medical Office Building. A brief reception with refreshments followed the ceremony.

"Our organization has come such a long way over the past several years, and I am tremendously proud of this team," said Jennifer Sullivan, President & CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital. "Through it all, we have remained committed to providing top quality care to the residents of the Hornell area, and today’s ceremonial groundbreaking represents the achievement of a significant milestone that would not have been possible without that commitment."

"The State of New York has been an excellent environment for hospitals, which is part of how we made it to this point," said Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan. "Governor Cuomo and leaders at the Department of Health understand what it takes to truly transform health care in our state, and they’ve dedicated the resources to help organizations like St. James carry out that transformation at the local level."

St. James Mercy Hospital was awarded $54.9 million from New York State in 2016 to cover the construction of the new Hospital and a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. In July of 2017, the State announced an additional $7.9 million for the project.

Dr. Mark Taubman, CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center, said that UR Medicine has been pleased to partner with St. James through the transition process cited by New York State in awarding the grants. He said that UR Medicine looks forward to working with leaders in Hornell, Dansville, and Wellsville to provide outstanding medical care across Upstate New York.

"Providing high-quality care to patients as close to home as possible is one of our medical center’s top priorities," said Dr. Mark Taubman, CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center. "The new Medical Village will help Steuben County families to receive an expanded range of UR Medicine services close to home, and we appreciate the support of our New York State leaders and the Hornell community in helping to make these facilities possible."

"Generations of area residents will benefit from the work that has gone into this project to date," said Dr. John Weyand, Chairman of the St. James Mercy Hospital Board of Directors. "I am proud to have been involved in the inception of this project, and thrilled to be here today, kicking off the construction officially. We are extremely grateful to all our partners, particularly our colleagues at UR Medicine who have been excellent collaborators full of vision and integrity."

The Medical Village located at 7301 Seneca Road, North Hornell, will provide for accessible and efficiently organized ambulatory care services. The Village concept brings together primary care, specialists, emergency medicine, surgery, outpatient services, inpatient care, and more on one health care campus. This will make it easier for patients to access quality care, support efforts at recruiting and retaining top providers to the area, and increase efficiency across the spectrum of services.

The new two-story, 87,000-square-foot St. James Mercy Hospital will feature:

  • 15 inpatient beds
  • Emergency Department with 8 treatment rooms and 4 observation rooms
  • Surgical Suite with 2 operating rooms, 2 procedures rooms, and 15 pre/post-surgery rooms
  • Phlebotomy and Lab
  • Pharmacy
  • Imaging Services including diagnostic radiology, ultrasound, CT, and MRI
  • Infusion Services
  • Cafeteria and Dining Room
  • Gift and Coffee Shop
  • Meeting Rooms

The new Medical Office Building will include:

  • Primary Care Offices (pediatrics, family medicine, dental)
  • Specialty Outpatient Clinics (i.e. General Surgery, Orthopedics)
  • Express Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Administration

The Medical Office Building is expected to open in 2018. The new Hospital will open in 2019.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital to Break Ground for New Facility
November 3, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Leaders from St. James Mercy Hospital and the greater Hornell area, as well as staff, community members, and others, will gather in Hornell at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 8 to host a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Hornell Medical Village, the future home of the new Hospital and Medical Office Building. The community is invited to join in the celebration. A brief reception with refreshments will follow the ceremony.

EVENT: Groundbreaking Ceremony – Hornell Medical Village
TIME: 11 a.m.
DATE: Wednesday, November 8
LOCATION: 7301 Seneca Road, North Hornell, NY

The Medical Village will provide for accessible and efficiently organized ambulatory care services with 15 inpatient beds, as well as a beautifully appointed Medical Office Building. The Village concept brings together primary care, specialists, emergency medicine, surgery, outpatient services, inpatient care, and more on one health care campus. This will make it easier for patients to access quality care, support efforts at recruiting and retaining top providers to the area, and increase efficiency across the spectrum of services.

The new two-story, 87,000-square-foot St. James Mercy Hospital will feature:

  • 15 inpatient beds
  • Emergency Department with 8 treatment rooms and 4 observation rooms
  • Surgical Suite with 2 operating rooms, 2 procedures rooms, and 15 pre/post-surgery rooms
  • Phlebotomy and Lab
  • Pharmacy
  • Imaging Services including diagnostic radiology, ultrasound, CT, and MRI
  • Infusion Services
  • Cafeteria and Dining Room
  • Gift and Coffee Shop
  • Meeting Rooms

The new Medical Office Building will include:

  • Primary Care Offices (pediatrics, family medicine, dental)
  • Specialty Outpatient Clinics (i.e. General Surgery, Orthopedics)
  • Express Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Administration

The Medical Office Building is expected to open in 2018. The new Hospital will open in 2019.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 241 Hours in October
October 17, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 241 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of October. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during October:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Kathy Burdick
  • Allegra Crist
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Diane Mulkin
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James

St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 231 Hours in September
October 12, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 231 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of September. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during September:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Kathy Burdick
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Diane Mulkin
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James
St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




14th Annual "Friends Fore Mercy" Golf Tournament Raises $36,000+ for St. James Mercy Foundation
September 21, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

The 14th annual "Friends Fore Mercy" golf tournament to benefit St. James Mercy Foundation raised more than $36,000 at the event held Friday, September 8, at Twin Hickory Golf Club in Hornell. Twenty-eight teams and thirty-one sponsors participated in this year’s tournament, as well as twenty-four volunteers from the hospital and community. The Foundation provides resources to benefit St. James Mercy Hospital, and all proceeds from the golf tournament will directly benefit the transformation of healthcare services in Hornell.

"We’re very appreciative of the continued support this tournament receives and the dollars raised each year," said Dustin Hewit, Foundation Executive Director. "As we move forward with our plans for the construction of our new Hospital, we’re hopeful the community will continue to show its steadfast support for local healthcare services here at St. James Mercy Hospital."


Winning Teams of the Golf Tournament
Team Simmons Rockwell Ford (left) won 1st Place Mixed Team with a score of 61, and Team Clark Oil took 1st Place with a score of 58 at the St. James Mercy Foundation’s annual "Friends Fore Mercy" golf tournament at the September 8th event at Twin Hickory Golf Club.


This year’s "Friends Fore Mercy" title sponsor was Steuben Trust Company, along with a number of other sponsors: ALSTOM Transportation, Doyle Security, Razak Associates, UR Medicine, Bob Blauers-Remax, Big Fox & Kickin Country, Marsh USA, and SJMH Medical Staff. Simmons Rockwell Ford offered a hole-in-one prize with an opportunity to win $500 in cash. Additional sponsors and prize donors may be found at http://www.stjamesmercy.org/foundation-golf.shtml.

Additional funds were raised with three contests and drawings for $500 Visa Gift Card donated by SJMH President’s Council (won by Abby Harkin); Syracuse University Basketball Tickets donated by Spectrum Reach/Melissa Meyer (won by Jessica Patton); Samsung Galaxy Tab (won by Vivian Woodworth) also donated by Spectrum Reach/Melissa Meyer; and a Remote Car Starter (won by Kathy Woodworth). Shawn Griffin won the 50/50 cash raffle which he donated back to the Foundation.

With a score of 58, the first-place team, Clark Oil included Nate Clark, Tony Dickson, Pete Peters, and Nick Clark. First-place mixed team from Simmons Rockwell with a score of 61 included Lisa Schwartz, Roger Payne, Pierre Meldrum, and Michael Sciotti. Women’s closest to the pin was won by Jen Sullivan and men’s closest to the pin by Pete Peters. Women’s longest drive was won by Kate Kreger and men’s longest drive by Tony Dickson.

"We are grateful to the many sponsors and players for the annual "Friends Fore Mercy" golf tournament, as well as Hospital staff and volunteers who worked diligently to make it a great success," said Hewit.

Thanks to our Sponsors

Title Sponsor – $3,000
  • Steuben Trust Company
Dinner Sponsor – $2,500
  • Alstom Transportation
Club Social Sponsor – $2,000
  • Doyle Security
  • Razak Associates
  • URMC
Cart Sponsor – $1,500
  • Bob Blauers, Remax
Gold Sponsor – $1,000
  • Big Fox & Kickin’ Country
  • Marsh USA
  • Siemens
  • SJMH Medical Staff
Hole in One Sponsor – $1,000
  • Simmons Rockwell Ford
Player Gift Sponsor – $750
  • SJMH Hospital Board
Door Prize Sponsor – $750
  • Excellus
Lunch Sponsor – $750
  • Sodexo
19th Hole Sponsor – $750
  • HB Cornerstone
Breakfast Sponsor – $500
  • ER Select
Silver Sponsor – $500
  • Key Insurance & Benefits Services
Hole Sponsor – $250
  • Bonadio Group
  • City of Hornell
  • GMI
  • HPG
  • Herbert & Son Contracting
  • IBC Engineering
  • Main Place
  • Maple City Dodge
  • Maple City Savings
  • Dan & Florabel Porter
  • SJM Foundation Board
  • Southern Tier Credit Center
  • Wilkins RV
Prizes / Donations
  • Crickler Vending
  • SJMH President’s Council
  • Spectrum Reach/Melissa Meyer
  • Twin Hickory
  • Wegmans




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 251 Hours in August
September 20, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 251 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of August. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during August:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Kathy Burdick
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraf
  • Donna Kull
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Julie McHale
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Diana Smith
  • Gerard St. James
  • Donna Waters
St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at (607) 324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.



"Friends FORE Mercy" Golf Tournament
Friends for Mercy Golf Tournament

14th Annual "Friends FORE Mercy" to Benefit St. James Mercy Foundation, September 8, 2017. Click here for more information, registration and sponsorship opportunities.
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Shick Family Charity Golf Classic Donates $4,000+ Earnings to St. James Mercy Foundation
July 21, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Friends and members of Hornell’s Shick family gathered June 30 for a day of golf and fun, and raised $4,027.93 for the St. James Mercy Foundation. The money will be used to support the development of the Hospital’s new campus.

This year’s tournament—the family’s third—raised twice what their first outing earned, and 60% more than last year’s event. Historically, a different community organization has been chosen as the beneficiary each year. During a check presentation ceremony in July, family members surprised Hospital officials with the news that the St. James Mercy Foundation will benefit from their 2018 tournament as well.

"We all agree that the Hospital is the single most important cause in our community and we have strong family ties to it," said Becky Shick, whose parents the tournament was designed to honor. "Their dedication to our community is clear, so when it came time to vote on next year’s beneficiary, it was unanimous that we would do all we can for them. We are all looking forward to raising the bar yet again next year."


Shick Family Charity Golf Classic Donation
Pictured, left to right: St. James Mercy Foundation Executive Director Dustin Hewit, SJMH President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan, Anita Shick, Martha Shick-Wraight, Becky Shick, SJMH CFO Stan Konopko.


"We had a great time playing with the Shicks and their friends, and their selection of St. James Mercy Hospital to receive the proceeds means a lot," said Dustin Hewit, Executive Director of the St. James Mercy Foundation. "The support of this family and many others as we prepare for construction has shown what a truly special place Hornell is, and how strongly the community supports this hospital."

The Shick Family Charity Golf Classic was founded as a way to have fun and give back, as well as to honor matriarch Anita Shick, who has proudly led the family since the passing of her husband, William D. Shick, in 1974. He was 45. Anita was joined at the check presentation by her daughters Becky and Martha Shick-Wraight.

The Shick family history has been closely intertwined with that of the Hospital. Anita’s sister, Yolanda Fiordo, was part of the first graduating class of St. James’ nursing school. Another of her sisters, Rosemary Danaher, was the secretary at the school for many years. And Anita’s son, Dave, met his wife Pat (McBride) while she was a student there. They were married in 1974 and have four children and six grandchildren.

A series of generous sponsors were part of what made the tournament so successful. They include:

  • Simmons-Rockwell
  • Revolution Dance Studio
  • Jamison Wood Products
  • Doggie Doody Care
  • Hornell Golf Club
  • The Main Place
  • HP, Inc.
  • Bradley Supply
  • Richmond Diagnostics
  • Johnson Estates Winery
  • Italian American Women's Club
  • Bath Elks Lodge 1547
  • Wegmans
  • Alstom
  • Wherever Tours
  • Maple City Discount Liquors
  • Railhead Brewing
  • Sacha Bodin and Arnaud Larocca
  • Transit Air
  • Phil Palmesano
  • Caledonia
  • Maple City Dodge
  • John and Anne Watt
  • Walmart
  • Spotlight of Hornell
  • Joe Donlon Plumbing and Heating

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital Receives $7.9 million in State Funding to Support New Facility
July 19, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Governor Cuomo announced that St. James Mercy Hospital will receive $7.9 million in funding to support the development of its planned new facility on Seneca Road.

"Transforming health care in Hornell has been the focus of much time and effort for us and our colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center," said Jennifer L. Sullivan, President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital. "Today’s announcement further illustrates the state’s commitment to rural health care, and its support of our vision for a Medical Village that provides convenient, accessible care to the residents of the Hornell area."

In 2016, the Hospital was awarded $54.9 million in funding to support the development of a new facility and the implementation of a state-of-the-art Electronic Health Records (EHR) system. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2017.

The funding announced today comes from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program, designed to reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes for New Yorkers by expanding access to inpatient, primary, preventative, and other ambulatory care services as part of regionally integrated healthcare delivery systems.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital Welcomes New Chief Medical Officer
July 5, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Bilal Ahmed, MD St. James Mercy Hospital is pleased to welcome Bilal Ahmed, MD, FACP to the role of Chief Medical Officer at St. James Mercy Hospital. Dr. Ahmed joined the organization officially on July 1.

Dr. Ahmed received his medical education at Allama Iqbal College in Lahore, Pakistan, and the Royal College of Physicians in London, UK. He is also a Professor of Clinical Medicine and Assistant Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the Associate Medical Director at Highland Hospital.

In his role as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ahmed will focus primarily on improving quality, safety, and service in patient clinical outcomes. He will serve as a leader in promoting physician performance in these areas, particularly those defined by state and federal scorecards. He will provide leadership, direction, and planning for a wide variety of medical and related activities for the Hospital, and serve as a change agent for activities that create clinical improvement, integration, and optimization.

Dr. Ahmed will be joined at St. James Mercy Hospital by Associate to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roger Oskvig. Dr. Oskvig is currently a full-time member of the faculty at URMC, and will provide medical leadership focusing on credentialing, privileging, and practice monitoring, direction on bylaws for the Medical Staff, and input on admission status and Hospital billing/coding.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 224 Hours in June
July 5, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 224 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of June. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during June:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Kathy Burdick
  • Sandy Conway
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Julie McHale
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James
  • Donna Waters

St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at (607) 324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 283 Hours in May

June 19, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 283 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of May. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during May:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Kathy Burdick
  • Sandy Conway
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Julie McHale
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James
  • Donna Waters
  • Louise Wintermute
St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




Ribbon Cut on New MRI Service at St. James Mercy Hospital
June 16, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital officially cut the ribbon on its new, upgraded Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) service today. Organization leaders presided over a ceremony that included remarks from President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan, as well as Dr. David Waldman, Chairman of Imaging at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). URMC provides imaging services at St. James Mercy Hospital.


Ribbon cutting
(left to right) Architect Kathleen Engstrom of Razak Associates, URMC Chairman of Imaging Dr. David Waldman, and St. James Mercy Hospital President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan cut the ribbon during an official opening ceremony at the Hospital’s new, upgraded MRI service. Hospital staff and board of directors were also represented.


The GE Signa HDxt 1.5T MRI machine is located in a mobile unit adjacent to the existing entrance to the Emergency Department at St. James Mercy Hospital. MRI machines use a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the inside of the body. Those images are typically used to help diagnose or monitor treatment for a variety of conditions within the chest, abdomen, and pelvis.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital would like to welcome General Surgeon Dennis Blom, M.D.
May 31, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

General Surgeon Dennis Blom, M.D.

Dr. Blom Dr. Blom received his medical education at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. He completed a surgical residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry in Rochester, NY, and a clinical fellowship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.

He served in the United States Army Medical Corps, notably during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Most recently, he has operated a private surgical practice based in Utica. His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, gastrointestinal disease/surgery, treatment of gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal motility disorders, and esophageal/gastric cancer.

He will see patients at our Hornell office and perform surgery at St. James Mercy Hospital.




Increased Attendance for Healthy Kids Day at the 28th Annual Kids 1/4 Miler
May 30, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

The Healthy Kids Day, formerly the Pediatric Health Fair, enjoyed increased attendance at the May 20th event held in the Hornell High School gymnasium. The Hornell Kiwanis Club began the Kids Quarter-Miler 28 years ago, and joined forces with St. James Mercy Hospital within the last10 years to include a Pediatric Health Fair. This event is still going strong with help from Oak Orchard Health, Hornell YMCA and St. James Mercy Hospital, kudos to all!

The Kids 1/4 Miler races drew 180 race participants and brought more than 400 visitors to the Healthy Kids Day. There were approximately 20 participating vendors from health and human service organizations to share information with families focused on youth and healthy lifestyle choices.

Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day




Upgraded MRI Service at St. James Mercy Hospital Will Launch June 1
May 26, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital will launch a new, upgraded Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) service June 1. The service will be provided with a new machine that represents a significant upgrade in technology and capabilities when compared to the machine the Hospital previously used.

"The new MRI service at St. James Mercy Hospital features a machine that generates better images than ever before, which means we can see more and do more for our patients in Hornell," said Dr. David Waldman, Chairman of Imaging at University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), which provides imaging services at St. James Mercy Hospital.

The GE Signa HDxt 1.5T MRI machine will be located in a mobile unit adjacent to the existing entrance to the Emergency Department at St. James Mercy Hospital. Crews have been working for several weeks to construct the required corridor and technology connections for the unit.

MRI machines use a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the inside of the body. Those images are typically used to help diagnose or monitor treatment for a variety of conditions within the chest, abdomen, and pelvis.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital Celebrates Hospital Week With Employee and Volunteer Service Recognition
May 24, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) recently celebrated Hospital Week with various employee appreciation centered activities and prizes. These activities included a website scavenger hunt, Aquinas Gift Shop discounts and word game challenges, daily door prizes, free chicken BBQ and ice cream social, and LifeNet helicopter on-site tours.

The culmination of this special week was the employee awards banquet. 33 employees and their guests were invited to a dinner held at The Main Place in Hornell to honor their years of service to SJMH. The combined total of years served was 470, including one employee with 40 years, Linda Dunham, and two employees, Kelly Grillo and Paul Quinlan, with 30 years. Two 2016 retirees were honored: Diane Benedict and Colleen Pernesky.

Celebrating 25 years were Jeni Cook, Charles Edgecomb, Heidi Margeson, and Debbie Preston, and celebrating 20 years was Gloria Hall. Recognized for 15 years were Jodi Amann, Neva Bossard, Amy Duthoy, Elaine Edmond, Jennifer Eicher, Misti Myers, Jennifer Olix, Charisse Smith, Amy Stewart, Justine Valentine, and Rachel Yanda. Recognized for 10 years were Linda Morgan, Jessica M. Mullen, Deborah Oyer, Michele Ranger, and Valerie Sexton. Recognized for 5 years were Erica Brewer, Aimee Dodge, Jessica C. Mullen, Heather Mullen, Robin Rideout, Jason Soles, and William Spicer.


25 year volunteers
25 Years – Pictured L-R: Jeni Cook, President & CEO Jen Sullivan, Heidi Margeson

15 year volunteers
15 Years – Rachel Yanda, Jodi Amann, Neva Bossard, President & CEO Jen Sullivan, Amy Duthoy, Elaine Egmond, Jennifer Eicher, Charisse Smith, Justine Valentine

10 year volunteers
10 Years – President & CEO Jen Sullivan, Linda Morgan, Jessica M. Mullen, Michele Ranger

5 year volunteers
5 Years – President & CEO Jen Sullivan, Jessica C. Mullen, Erica Brewer, Aimee Dodge, William Spicer


Also honored were the dedicated SJMH volunteers who contribute countless hours to various departments throughout the hospital. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records. Celebrating their volunteer time were Joan Brown, Josie Brown, Kathy Burdick, Sally Coates, Sandy Conway, Dolores D’Apice, Cynthia Harrington, Sandy Jimerson, Margaret Johnson, Bonnie Kraft, Donna Kull, Haley Law, April Lawrence, Pat Maker, Julie McHale, Jean Pollinger, Erin Pryor, Mary Teresa Purtell, Nan Racalto, Bonnie Ritter-Makitra, Margaret Sleggs, Diana Smith, Gerard St. James, Donna Waters, and Louise Wintermute.


Volunteers at Awards Banquet
Volunteers

Volunteers at Awards Banquet
Volunteers

Volunteers at Awards Banquet
Volunteers




Certificate of Need Application Approved for New St. James Mercy Hospital
May 19, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital has received notification from the New York State Department of Health that its Certificate of Need (CON) application related to the planned new hospital construction and electronic medical records implementation has been approved. Designs for the exterior elevations of the new Hospital (below) are also available now for the first time.

"We are thrilled to have reached this important milestone," said St. James Mercy Hospital President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan. "We’ve been waiting a long time for this day to come, and now that it’s here, we expect things will begin happening very quickly."

New SJMH design


New SJMH design


Some of the next steps for the Hospital include:

  • A more complete schedule for the project will be developed and shared with the public.
  • A groundbreaking event will be scheduled.

The Hospital learned last year that it had been granted $55 million by the state to support the construction of a new hospital building and the implementation of a new electronic medical records system. Since then, officials have worked to secure a site and plan the use of the space in more detail. All Hospital operations will relocate to the new site, located on Seneca Road in the former Kmart/Wegmans plaza. The new Hospital is currently slated to open in early 2019. The existing structure will be renovated and used as a Medical Office Building, housing outpatient and administrative services.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




Hornell Rotary Partners with St. James Mercy Hospital for Community Blood Screening
May 15, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

The Hornell Rotary Club has engaged the laboratory services of St. James Mercy Hospital for its annual Community Blood Screening. The screening will be offered from

6 to 10 am
Saturday, June 10th
St. James Mercy Hospital
Please use Lobby Entrance

The Blood Screening Program is open to uninsured/underinsured and anyone over 18. These screenings serve as an inexpensive way for community members with high-deductible health care plans to monitor their health, or it may be an early warning system in identifying potential health problems. A comprehensive blood screening is conducted for a $35 fee with the results sent to the participant’s physician. Screening for prostate cancer is available for an additional fee.

Information will also available on free screenings from Cancer Services Program of Steuben County.

To register, please call (607) 590-7423 beginning June 1st between the hours of 9 am to noon or 5 to 7 pm, Monday through Friday.




Promoting Healthy Kids Day at the 28th Annual Kids 1/4 Miler
May 12, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Saturday, May 20, Healthy Kids Day kicks off the 28th Annual Kids Quarter-Miler at 9 a.m. in Hornell High School gymnasium. This event is co-sponsored by St. James Mercy Hospital, the Hornell Kiwanis Club, Oak Orchard Health and the Hornell YMCA. Parents and children can interact with several local organizations promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

The Kids 1/4 Miler races will promptly begin at 11am at Maple City Park. Entry fee for the race is $5.00. The Kids 1/4 Miler provides area kids aged 2 – 12 an opportunity to participate in a fun activity while promoting physical exercise as a key to good health. Registration and entry packets will be available on race day during the Healthy Kids Day. Pre-registration is strongly recommended; call the Community Services Office at St. James Mercy Hospital (607-324-8147) to pre-register your child for the race or for more information.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 250 Hours in April
May 4, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 250 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of April. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during April:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Sandy Conway
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Julie McHale
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Diana Smith
  • Gerard St. James
  • Donna Waters
  • Louise Wintermute
St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 277 Hours in March
April 19, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 277 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of March. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during March:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Sandy Conway
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • Haley Law
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Jean Pollinger
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Diana Smith
  • Gerard St. James
  • Donna Waters
  • Louise Wintermute
St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




Public Service Announcement
St. James Mercy Hospital Begins Construction for New Mobile MRI
Arpil 7, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Due to construction for a new mobile MRI at St. James Mercy Hospital, all Emergency Room (ER) walk-ins or drop-offs should enter through the ambulance bay entrance.

Parking space next to the ER will not be available. Please use the visitor parking after drop-off is made.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 233 Hours in February
March 20, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 233 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of February. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during February:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Sally Coates
  • Sandy Conway
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • Haley Law
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Jean Pollinger
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Diana Smith
  • Gerard St. James
  • Donna Waters
  • Louise Wintermute
St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




St. James Mercy Launches Cancer Peer Education Program
Awareness of Screening for Breast and Prostate Cancers is Focus
March 3, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital has filled two new positions for its New York State Breast and Prostate Cancer Peer Education Project.

Kelsey Solo, Program Coordinator, will manage the work plan and budget, relationship and networking opportunities throughout Steuben County, and report progress of the project to the New York State Department of Health. Kelsey also serves as the MercyLine Coordinator for St. James Mercy Hospital.

Sue Dunn, Peer Educator, will provide education and information to men and women throughout Steuben County regarding cancer screenings, specifically related to breast and prostate health. In addition, Sue will work to create relationships with town, city, and county leaders, as well as health/human services agencies to promote the efforts of the program.

Funding for the program was approved in 2016, in a grant to St. James Mercy Hospital from the New York State Department of Health. The Breast and Prostate Peer Education Project is a statewide initiative designed to help underserved women, regardless of insurance status, understand the importance of breast cancer screening and inform men, regardless of their insurance status, of their risks regarding prostate cancer. The work aims to encourage men and women to visit with their health care providers to discuss their risk of breast or prostate cancer and decide if they should be screened. This is accomplished through peer led, community based education activities.

"We are excited to bring the New York State Breast and Prostate Cancer Peer Education Project to Steuben County," said Laura Vetter, Community Services Supervisor. "Research proves the importance of awareness around appropriate screenings, so we’re pleased to be a part of this state-wide effort to reduce the incidence of these cancers."

For more information about the service, contact Kelsey Solo at 607-324-8139 or Sue Dunn at 607-324-8166.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 273 Hours in January
February 24, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 273 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of January. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during January:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Sandy Conway
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • Haley Law
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Jean Pollinger
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Diana Smith
  • Gerard St. James
  • Donna Waters
  • Louise Wintermute

Become a Volunteer
St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




Historic Hornell Photos on Display at St. James Mercy Hospital
January 18, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Local physician and SJMH board member Dr. Spencer Annabel has loaned a collection of historic Hornell photographs to St. James Mercy Hospital for display in the lobby, cafeteria, and emergency room hallway areas.


Local physician Spencer Annabel, MD poses with a few of his historic photographs
Local physician Spencer Annabel, MD poses with a few of his historic photographs
on display at St. James Mercy Hospital.


"These photos used to hang in my office and patients enjoyed looking at them so much I wanted to share them with more people. I would like to give credit to Norm Annis for his great work in restoring all these photos," said Dr. Annabel. "The historic photos depict the life styles, work places and the physical look of our community from years gone by. It would be a shame to keep them boxed up in storage."

"Dr. Annabel’s historic photographs have already sparked a great deal of interest and much reminiscing," commented Dustin Hewit, Executive Director St. James Mercy Foundation. "We are pleased for the opportunity to display this proud pictorial history of our community, and thankful to Dr. Annabel for sharing his collection with the community."




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 231 Hours in December
January 13, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 231 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of December. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during December:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Kathy Burdick
  • Usman Chaudhry
  • Dolores D’Apice
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Donna Kull
  • April Lawrence
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
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St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at (607) 324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




Transition Planned for Dialysis Services at St. James Mercy
Patient Experience Expected to be Seamless
January 4, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital has finalized the transfer of ownership and management of its outpatient dialysis services to Fresenius Medical Care. The change in ownership took effect January 1.

No immediate changes to the patient experience are expected. St. James Mercy dialysis employees have been offered comparable positions with Fresenius. Patients with appointments for dialysis at the location should plan to keep those appointments.

"Fresenius is a widely respected organization that provides quality dialysis services to patients in locations around the country," said St. James Mercy Hospital President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan. "They are uniquely positioned to maintain this service for our community, in collaboration with St. James Mercy Hospital. Our job is to ensure quality and maintain access to care for Hornell and the surrounding communities, and we are confident that the way to do this with respect to dialysis is to collaborate with Fresenius in this way."

Fresenius Kidney Care Director of Operations Kenneth Crine reiterated that the transition should be seamless for patients.

"We will be implementing equipment and computer system upgrades almost immediately, but all appointments will be kept and we will have additional staff on site to ensure proper training on those systems" said Crine. "Our goal is to maintain and then steadily enhance the patient experience with upgrades to the technology and processes."

Anyone with questions about dialysis services in Hornell can call (607) 324-6950.




 
 

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