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New Physician Joins St. James Mercy Hospital Medical Staff
Dr. Tamera Paczos will serve as SJMH Pathologist and Lab Director
June 29, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced that Tamera Paczos, MD has joined the SJMH Medical Staff to serve as SJMH’s Pathologist and Laboratory Director in a part-time capacity.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Paczos to St. James Mercy Hospital and the Medical Staff," said Jennifer L. Sullivan, president and CEO, SJMH. "Dr. Paczos brings an impressive resume of training and experience that will benefit providers and patients alike."

Dr. Paczos earned her bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY), and her medical doctoral degree from the University at Buffalo SUNY, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She completed her Pathology Residency (combined anatomic and clinical program) with Buffalo General Hospital and the Department of Pathology, University at Buffalo; and her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine, and at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.

Dr. Paczos recently joined the faculty at the University of Rochester where she is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, serving as regional Surgical Pathologist.

  Dr. Tamera Paczos.
St. James Mercy Hospital welcomes new Pathologist and Laboratory Director,
Dr. Tamera Paczos.

Currently, Dr. Paczos is Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, at the University of Buffalo, and Laboratory Medical Director, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. She has served as Outreach Medical Director, Gynecologic Division, Kaleida Health Laboratories; Assistant Medical Director, Fetal Screening Program, Kaleida Health Laboratory; and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Gynecology-Obstetrics, University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She has practiced obstetrics and gynecology both in academic and private settings in the past.

"In the successful recruitment of Dr. Paczos to SJMH, it’s gratifying to see evidence of the collaboration between SJMH and the University of Rochester Medical Center," said Sullivan. "We look forward to continuing to grow and support the provision of healthcare services at SJMH."




UR Medicine, St. James Mercy Hospital to Explore Formal Affiliation
June 10, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

UR Medicine and St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell announced today their intent to explore a formal affiliation between the organizations.

While St. James Mercy and UR Medicine have been working collaboratively for nearly a year, the proposed affiliation would add St. James Mercy to UR Medicine’s hospital network, alongside Strong Memorial, Highland, and Thompson Health. UR Medicine previously announced that it is in similar affiliation discussions with Noyes Health in Dansville and Jones Memorial in Wellsville. Any final decision regarding an affiliation would require the approval of the University’s Board of Trustees as well as the New York State Department of Health.

The letter of intent, signed by leaders of both organizations this week, lays out two primary goals of the proposed affiliation: to achieve long-term financial stability for St. James Mercy and to strengthen local health care in Hornell. It outlines several criteria that must be satisfied in order for an affiliation to proceed, including:

  • St. James will secure state funding that will enable it to continue operations for 24 months, as well as at least $36 million to build a new health care facility in Hornell.

  • The organizations will develop a multi-year plan to achieve long-term financial stability and improved patient care. The plan will align with the requirements of key New York State funding programs such as the Department of Health’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP).

  • St. James must achieve certain operational and financial milestones.

Last week UR Medicine began providing the services of a part-time interim chief medical officer, as well as two nurse administrators who are providing support to the nursing leadership transition.

"As we’ve worked with the board and leadership of St. James Mercy, it’s been clear that the first step toward preserving health care services in Hornell is to develop a plan that puts St. James Mercy on solid financial footing," said Mark Taubman, M.D., CEO of UR Medicine. "That is ultimately going to require support from the state, and it’s going to require a cooperative approach involving other nearby hospitals in the region. No hospital can go it alone in navigating this type of transition."

"We believe the future is bright for St. James Mercy," said Jennifer L. Sullivan, president and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital. "We’re grateful for the support and expertise that UR Medicine has continued to provide to St. James Mercy as we work to strengthen health care services in Hornell."




St. James Mercy Hospital Announces New Provider to Support Behavioral Health Services
June 8, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) is pleased to announce that Maureen Graham, PMHNP-BC, ANP, will be joining the Hospital as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, effective June 8, 2015, providing services to patients and clients in the Mercycare Addiction Treatment Center of Hornell / MATCH programs on a part-time basis.

"We are pleased to have Ms. Graham join the team at MATCH to provide inpatient and outpatient care," said Gina Reagan, SJMH quality director and compliance officer. "Patients who seek chemical addiction treatment often benefit from access to other behavioral health services, and Ms. Graham’s appointment will ensure access to and continuity of care for this vulnerable population."

Ms. Graham brings a wealth of experience in the field of adult psychiatric care. Currently, she is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Strong Memorial Hospital and Monroe Community Hospital, Rochester. Previously, she has held position with Suburban Psychiatric Associates, in Amherst, NY, and Genesee County Mental Health Clinic, in Batavia. She has worked as a Registered Nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital and various other healthcare facilities throughout western New York. She holds a Master of Science degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program and has completed the post-Master’s degree Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) program, University of Rochester School of Nursing.

For more information regarding MATCH or to schedule an appointment, call (607)324-6925.




St. James Mercy Hospital Receives $270,673 Grant for Emergency Department Upgrades
June 8, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced that it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $270,673 from the New York State Rural Health Care Access Development Program. The funds will be used to upgrade equipment in the Hospital’s emergency department.

"The receipt of this grant will improve efficiency, safety and overall quality of care for individuals who access our emergency room service," said Erica Brewer, nurse manager, Emergency Department. Specifically the funds will be used to purchase new cardiac monitors, stretchers, and EKG machines.

"In rural areas like ours where access to services can be limited, the emergency department is vital," said Brewer. "Upgrading the capabilities of our emergency department will improve safety and comfort for patients." The new equipment will support patient care standards in the inpatient and observation units, as well.

The New York State Rural Health Care Access Development Program is authorized by the federal Public Health Service Act. The intent of the grant program is to expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services, and enhance the delivery of health care, in rural areas. More information can be found at www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/about/community/networkprogram.html.




St. James Mercy Hospital Announces Interim Chief Medical Officer and Interim Clinical Director
May 28, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

UR Medicine provides support in filling key leadership roles

As part of the developing partnership with UR Medicine, clinical leaders from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) will be joining St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) on an interim basis.

Raymond J. Mayewski, MD, FACP, will serve as interim chief medical officer (CMO)/medical director, succeeding John Carroll, MD, who is stepping down effective May 31. Dr. Mayewski currently serves as vice president and chief medical officer for Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital, and will remain in that capacity. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Temple University Medical School. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and by the American Board of Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Roger M. Oskvig, MD, also will be on site weekly at SJMH providing support to Dr. Mayewski and the medical staff leadership transition. Currently, Dr. Oskvig is Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He serves as Attending Physician with Strong Memorial Hospital and chief documentation officer with Highland Hospital. Dr. Oskvig earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and served many years in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve, including service as Chief of Medicine, USAF Hospital, Dyess AFB, Texas. He is a fellow with the American College of Physicians.

In addition to providing interim leadership to the SJMH Medical Staff, Dr. Mayewski and Dr. Oskvig will work with SJMH administration to develop the process for securing a permanent CMO for the organization going forward.

Neva Bossard, RN, MSN, has been named interim clinical director and will assume leadership for nursing services and patient care services from Kathleen Brodbeck, RN, MSN, who is stepping down as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) effective June 18. Serving for the past year as director of patient care services at SJMH, Ms. Bossard first joined the organization in 2002 as a staff nurse. Since then, she has served in various nursing leadership roles, and brings a history of improved productivity and project management that has resulted in improved clinical outcomes and patient care experiences. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Keuka College and a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University.

UR Medicine is providing support to the nursing leadership transition. Patti A. Murray, BSN, MS and Ann M. Ottman, RN, MS will be on site weekly to support the nursing staff. Ms. Murray previously served as associate director of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, and Ms. Ottman is URMC’s assistant quality officer. Both Ms. Murray and Ms. Ottoman bring many years of diverse experience in nurse management and leadership.

Ms. Murray will work with SJMH Administration to develop the process for securing a permanent CNO for the organization going forward.

"We are fortunate to have the full support of UR Medicine through this leadership transition," said Sullivan. "We look forward to welcoming Dr. Mayewski, Dr.Oskvig, Ms. Murray, and Ms. Ottman to SJMH and to continuing to provide quality patient care with their leadership assistance."

"During the past two years, Dr. Carroll and Kathy Brodbeck have served SJMH with integrity and distinction, providing outstanding leadership during a challenging time of transformation," said Jennifer Sullivan, president and CEO. "Under their direction, the clinical operations have achieved quality improvements and cost efficiencies all while trying to keep up with the current, rapid pace of healthcare reform. Both leaders have become part of the fabric of SJMH, and they will be truly missed."




St. James Mercy Hospital Extends Operation of Hornell Pediatric Care Clinic
May 26, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced today that it will continue to operate its Pediatric Care Clinic until the services transition to Oak Orchard Community Health Center. According to Hospital officials, the clinic will remain open as Oak Orchard and St. James Mercy Hospital await pending regulatory approvals.

"While Oak Orchard continues to complete the necessary steps it needs to take to open a clinic in Hornell, we will continue to offer uninterrupted pediatric care at the SJMH Pediatric Care Clinic," said Jennifer L. Sullivan, president and CEO. "We are notifying patients of this transition update."

Dr. Uzma Mehr will continue to see patients at the current location, 428 Canisteo Street, in Hornell. For more information regarding hours of operation or to schedule an appointment, please call (607) 324-0811.




St. James Mercy Hospital Commemorates Health Care Auxilian Day
May 5, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed May 6, 2015 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. Over 75 Auxiliary members will be honored by St. James Mercy at a luncheon on June 9th.

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 physical therapy and emergency departments, nursing home, and hospital; provided grants to adult day care and the School of Radiologic Science; and supported renovations to the Hospital lobby and McAuley Manor. The Auxiliary manages the gift shops at Mercycare and the Hospital, as well as coordinates events to benefit the hospital including book fairs, Trees of Life program, uniform sales, food fairs and bazaars. To date, the Auxiliary has contributed approximately $750,000 to support St. James Mercy Hospital.

According to Sylvia Bryant, Executive Director of St. James Mercy Foundation, "The Auxiliary makes it possible for us to fulfill our mission—to be a healing presence in our rural communities, and address the needs of the poor, underserved and disadvantaged. 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."




26th Annual Maple City Kids Quarter Miler, May 9th
Posted April 24, 2015, Hornell, NY

Join us for the Maple City Kids Quarter Miler for kids 2 to 12 years of age.
11am, Saturday, May 9, 2015
Hornell High School
Printable Registration Form (2-page PDF) with details and sponsors.

26th Annual Maple City Kids Quarter Miler

Entry Fee of $5 includes t-shirt and ribbon.
Age groups: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11-12
Trophies will be awarded to the first, second and third place boy and girl finishers in each age group.
Ribbons will be awarded to each participant.
T-shirts will be given to the first 300 particitipants who register—compliments of the sponsors.
Pre-registration is strongly recommended.
Entries should be received by Wednesday, May 6, 2015, and can be mailed to:

St. James Mercy Hospital
Attn: Laura Vetter
411 Canisteo St.
Hornell, NY 14843

Please make checks payable to Hornell Kiwanis Club.

Registration and entry packets will also be availble at 9:30am on the morning of the race.
Everyone must be registered by 10:30am the day of the race.
Races wll begin promptly at 11am.

See Registration Form (2-page PDF) for more details.

Brought to you by St. James Mercy Hospital and Hornell Kiwanis Club




Pediatric Health Fair, May 9th
April 24, 2015, Hornell, NY
Printable Flyer (PDF)

Pediatric Health Fair
Clowns, games, activities and so much more!
Saturday May 9th
9:30am-11:30am
Hornell High School

St. James Mercy Hospital invites you and your parents to attend the Pediatric Health Fair. Join St. James Mercy Pediatrics, their staff and other community organizations before the Kids 1/4 Miler to learn more about keeping you safe and healthy.

Pediatric Health Fair




Healthy Eating on a Budget Interview on Kickin’ Country WKPQ
April 22, 2015, Hornell, NY

Erika Zerkowski, registered dietician.   Listen to Erika Zerkowski, registered dietician, talk about Healthy Eating on a Budget. (mp3) For more information call Erika Zerkowski at (607) 324-8172.




St. James Mercy Hospital Announces Transitions for Two Clinics
April 20, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH), in Hornell, NY, announced transition plans for two clinics. Beginning in May, the providers at SJMH’s Hornell Pediatric Care Clinic, Dr. Uzma Mehr and Tamara Suzanne, N.P, will be joining Oak Orchard Community Health, Inc., to continue providing pediatric care to residents of Hornell and surrounding communities. Dr. Mehr and Ms. Suzanne will be relocating to 20 Elm Street, in Hornell, where the Oak Orchard Health services will operate.

Oak Orchard Health is a patient-centered practice that will offer primary and preventive family medicine and pediatrics to the Hornell community. "Our intention in opening a practice in Hornell is to provide accessible, quality primary and preventive care for families. We look forward to working in concert with other healthcare providers in the community to create a sustainable healthcare model for the future," said Jim Cummings, Oak Orchard Community Health Center, Inc. CEO. "We are excited about joining the community, getting to know residents, and providing care that makes a difference to individuals’ quality of life."

"For many years, we have been proud to provide primary care at the Alfred Primary Care Clinic, and pediatric care at the Hornell Pediatric Care Clinic," said Jennifer Sullivan, SJMH president & CEO. "Throughout the transformation process, our goal has been to preserve access to healthcare services for local community residents, and with the arrival of Oak Orchard Health, Inc. in Hornell as a provider of primary care and pediatric care, residents will continue to have access to high quality healthcare."

Patients who wish to continue care with Dr. Mehr and Ms. Suzanne will need to sign a Release of Information form so that their records may be transferred to Oak Orchard Health or another provider, as preferred.

"We are delighted that Dr. Mehr and Ms. Suzanne are remaining in the community, and are grateful for their assistance, as well as that of Oak Orchard Health, in effecting a smooth transition of services," said Sullivan.

SJMH also announced that the Alfred Primary Care Clinic, located at 35 Glen Street, in Alfred, NY, will close, effective May 15. Patients are being notified of the closure and provided information for securing continued primary care in the region, including with Oak Orchard Health, and transferring medical records.

Questions regarding these transitions may be directed to the SJMH Medical Records department at (607) 324-8790.




Rotary Community Blood Screening Program, Saturday, May 30th
April 18, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Rotary Community Blood Screening Program

Rotary Community Blood Screening Program
Saturday May 30, 2015
6am-10am
St. James Mercy Hospital
(Please look for directional signs)

Sign Up!
For more information or to make an appointment, call (607) 590-7328 9am-noon or 5pm-7pm
Monday-Friday beginning May 18th

Cost
Blood screening $35
Optional: PSA $30

Screenings are open to uninsured/underinsured and anyone over 18 years of age.
This is an inexpensive way for community members with high-deductible health care plans to monitor their health.

Sponsored by the Hornell Rotary Club and St. James Mercy Hospital




St. James Mercy Hospital Surgeon Irfan Rizvi joins UR Medicine, will continue to see patients in Hornell
April 17, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) general and colorectal surgeon Irfan Rizvi, M.D., FACS, has joined UR Medicine’s Department of Surgery as a Clinical Assistant Professor effective May 1.

Dr. Rizvi, who has been on staff at St. James Mercy Hospital since 2011, will continue to see patients at his office, 460 Canisteo St., Hornell, and to perform outpatient procedures at SJMH.

"I am delighted to continue to serve the Hornell area," Dr. Rizvi said. "The affiliation with UR Medicine will allow me to not only handle outpatient surgery here at St. James but also offer a wider range of more complex surgical problems. I look forward to further strengthening my ties with Hornell and the wonderful community."

"We wish Dr. Rizvi all the best in his new role with UR Medicine and are grateful that he will continue to serve the health care needs of patients in our community, providing vital access to high quality colorectal and surgical services," said Jennifer Sullivan, SJMH president and CEO.

Dr. Rizvi is board-certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery, and he is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. After receiving his medical degree from Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan, Dr. Rizvi completed residencies in London and at West Virginia University Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine in Dallas. He also completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Michigan State University.

"Dr. Rizvi is an accomplished general and colorectal surgeon who has been providing expert care to patients in the Southern Tier," said David C. Linehan, M.D., UR Medicine’s chair of Surgery. "We are delighted to welcome him into the UR Medicine Department of Surgery, and we will support him to ensure that this level of excellence in surgical care remains in the region."

In addition to colorectal cancers, Dr. Rizvi’s professional interests include gastrointestinal conditions, inflammatory bowel disease, gall bladder conditions, hernias, hemorrhoids and other anorectal conditions.




St. James Mercy Hospital Receives Confirmation of Critical Funding
March 27, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Hospital also announces completion of workforce transition; approximately 460 employees to transition to independent SJMH beginning May 1

The State of New York has notified St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) that is has been awarded $7.5 million under the Health Facility Restructuring Loan (HFRL) program, which is jointly administered by the Dormitory Authority of New York State (DASNY) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). The interest-free loan will allow SJMH to continue providing services for the community post-March 31, 2015. SJMH has been relying on funding under the Interim Access assurance Fund (IAAF) since July 1, 2014.

"This funding is vital to securing a vibrant healthcare future for Hornell," said Jennifer Sullivan, president and CEO, St. James Mercy Hospital. "We are thankful to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and to the many elected officials—including Senator Schumer, Congressman Reed, and Mayor Hogan—who have been advocating tirelessly for uninterrupted access to essential services."

"The support these efforts have received at the state level is crucial as we work collaboratively with St. James Mercy Hospital to design a sustainable health care presence that serves the Hornell community for many years to come," said Mark B. Taubman, M.D., CEO of UR Medicine.

The HFRL loan will sustain the hospital’s operations for the next thirteen months while the partnership with UR Medicine and the state’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program continues. The loan supports the next phase of the transformation, during which SJMH will construct a new building to house community-based healthcare services. SJMH has requested $36.2 million from the Capital Restructuring Financing Program (CRFP) through the NYSDOH.

SJMH, which will retain its name, will separate from Trinity Health on April 30. The hospital will continue to operate at its current location until the new facility is built.

Workforce Transition

With this funding confirmed, St. James Mercy Hospital also shared details of its workforce transition, through which approximately 460 employees are being offered positions with independent SJMH. Approximately 72 employees are not expected to move forward with employment.

"We approach this milestone with mixed emotions," said Jennifer Sullivan, president and CEO of SJMH. "We are excited for independent SJMH and its future, but mindful of those who are not moving forward with us."

In January 2015, every SJMH employee received a 90-day Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice that their St. James Mercy employment would end as of April 30. The number of employees transitioning to independent SJMH has improved since January as the revised plan includes the continued operation of inpatient services.

Earlier this year, SJMH announced it had selected buyers for both its long-term care and dialysis services; employees within these services will be hired by SJMH until the sales have been completed.

"When we began developing the New Vision, we were committed to overcoming the very real challenges posed by SJMHfs financial constraints," said Sullivan. "Today, with the support of Governor Cuomo, the Department of Health and the elected officials who fought so hard for our mission, as well as our partner UR Medicine, we are poised to continue delivering quality, compassionate care at St. James Mercy Hospital."




Flu Prevention Interview on WKPQ
March 26, 2015, Hornell, NY

WKPQ Interviews   Neva Bossard from St. James Mercy Hospital discusses flu prevention, treatment, and where to find more information on WKPQ radio.
Listen now. (mp3)




Christ Church Episcopal in Hornell Raises Funds for St. James Mercy Hospital’s "Reach Out & Read" Program
March 23, 2015, Hornell, NY

Sunday School members from Christ Church Episcopal in Hornell raised funds for the "Reach Out & Read" program, which provides books to young patients in St. James Mercy Hospital’s outpatient clinics. Through a large group effort, $102 were raised to support the reading program.

Members from Christ Church Episcopal in Hornell raised fund

Pictured front row: Kendra Sage, Hannah Franklin, Jenna Franklin, Carly Franklin, Brenna Fridmann, Daniela Corrigan, and Kara Sage. Pictured back row: Carla Aslakson Yarnal (Youth Group Leader), Sylvia Bryant (St. James Mercy Foundation Executive Director), and James Davies.




Addiction Treatment Interview on WKPQ
March 20, 2015, Hornell, NY

WKPQ Interviews   Beth Burke, Clinical Director for MATCH (Mercycare Addiction Treatment Center of Hornell), discusses substance abuse and addiction treatment on WKPQ radio.
Listen now. (mp3)




St. James Mercy Hospital Board Opens Door for Continuation of Inpatient Services
March 4, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Board action reaffirms partnership with UR Medicine

Following receipt of two new competitive proposals, the St. James Mercy Health System board of directors today unanimously re-affirmed its partnership with UR Medicine. As a part of the competitive review, UR Medicine proposed a plan for continuation of limited inpatient medical and surgical services. The plan remains subject to review, approval and funding by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and approval of the University of Rochester Trustees.

"We are delighted to reaffirm our commitment to our dedicated partner in UR Medicine, and we applaud the efforts of community leaders—Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan, in particular—who have fought tirelessly for a sustained inpatient presence," said Jennifer Sullivan, president and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital.

St. James Mercy Health first announced its intention to work with Rochester-based UR Medicine on a plan to preserve quality health care services in April 2014. Since its selection, UR Medicine and St. James have worked closely to refine a vision for healthcare in Hornell that builds upon the strength of the region’s healthcare landscape and ensures uninterrupted access to quality healthcare services for the city’s residents.

" Today’s announcement affirms UR Medicine’s commitment to our continued evolution to a sustainable, financially viable healthcare presence for Hornell and the surrounding communities," said Sullivan. "This commitment comes from the highest levels of the University of Rochester, as evidenced by University President Joel Seligman’s presence at the Board meeting tonight. "We remain steadfast in our shared commitment to the Hornell community," said Mark Taubman, M.D., CEO of UR Medicine. "We are energized by the board’s affirmation of our path forward, and by the opportunity to create a lasting health care presence that will serve the community for many years to come."

"The residents of Hornell deserve robust healthcare services that include inpatient beds," said Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan. "We most definitely are headed in the right direction, and I will do all I can to support the efforts of St. James and UR Medicine in securing the necessary approvals and funding for this healthcare transformation."

About St. James Mercy Hospital—Founded in 1890 and based in Hornell, NY, St. James Mercy Hospital is a not-for-profit health organization sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy that provides care in Steuben and surrounding counties, with emphasis on the poor and underserved. St. James Mercy Hospital is a member of CHE Trinity Health, a multi-institutional network.

About UR Medicine—UR Medicine operates Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital (both in Rochester), and Thompson Health (Canandaigua). UR Medicine also has formal collaborative clinical relationships with Jones Memorial Hospital (Wellsville), Nicholas Noyes Memorial Hospital (Dansville), and Wyoming County Community Health System (Warsaw).




50 Fit Friday – Colorectal Cancer Screening, April 3rd
February 27, 2015, Hornell, NY
Flyer (PDF)

  • Are you over 50?
  • Are you uninsured?
  • History of colon cancer in your family?
  • Have you even had colon polyps?
If you answered YES to any of these questions you could be eligible for a FREE colonoscopy or an at-home screening FIT test. Join us for a free confidential consultation to assess your risk and see what test is right for you. Colorectal cancer is curable if detected early through regular screening.

Don’t wait. Make your appointment today! Call 324-8812.
Friday, April 3rd, noon–7 PM
St. James Mercy Hospital
Main Entrance, 411 Canisteo Street, Hornell

50 Fit Friday

Sponsored by St. James Mercy Hospital




St. James Mercy Hospital Selects Fresenius Medical Care as Buyer for Dialysis Services
February 25, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Transaction will ensure continued access to vital healthcare services, consistent with the SJMH New Vision for Healthcare in Hornell

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced today that it has signed a letter of intent with Fresenius Medical Care North America, a national provider of renal therapy services, to acquire its dialysis services.

"Today’s announcement means reliable access to top-notch care for our community and further paints the picture of a sustained vibrant healthcare presence in Hornell," said Jen Sullivan, president and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital.

With more than 2,200 outpatient dialysis clinics across North America, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal therapy services to hundreds of thousands of patients. The company is the provider of dialysis services for UR Medicine.

"We welcome the opportunity to bring our three decades of expertise in comprehensive dialysis services to the residents of Steuben County," said Ryan Valle, Vice President of Corporate Development, Fresenius Medical Care North America.

Sullivan added, "Fresenius boasts an exceptional track-record of high-quality services. Residents of the Hornell community will be well-served by Fresenius's entry into the market."

Following a period of due diligence, St. James Mercy will execute an Asset Purchase Agreement with Fresenius Medical Care North America, subject to regulatory approval from the New York State Department of Health. Current dialysis employees are expected to transition to the new operation.

"Dialysis services are vital to many members of our community," said Sullivan. "We are confident that the transition to Fresenius will be seamless to those we serve."

The hospital first announced its intent to sell the dialysis services in October 2014.




Chronic Heart Failure and Advance Directives Interviews on WKPQ
February 19, 2015, Hornell, NY

WKPQ Interviews  




St. James Mercy Hospital Auxiliary Funds Equipment for Physical Therapy and Emergency Department
February 9, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) Auxiliary has allocated $6,100 to St. James Mercy Foundation to fund new equipment in the Emergency Department and Physical Therapy. The purchases include wall-mounted computer stations and a large paraffin bath system.

SJMH chief nursing officer, Kathy Brodbeck, said the new equipment will enhance the delivery of outpatient care. "The enhanced computer capabilities in the ED will allow immediate and more accurate transmission of orders to the pharmacy, lab and radiology. The paraffin bath system for PT will expand our ability to treat patients with sports injuries, arthritis, rheumatism and other joint conditions."

Lynne Freeland, Auxiliary co-chair, commended the diligent work of the Auxiliary members. "Our dedicated Auxiliary volunteers support St. James Mercy through fundraising activities, special events, and the Aquinas Gift Shops. All dollars raised go directly to strengthen healthcare services in our community."

SJMH Foundation executive director, Sylvia Bryant, acknowledged the Auxiliary for their 110+ years of service to greater Hornell community. "Since 1904, Auxiliary members have provided many thousands of hours to benefit St. James Mercy Hospital. As our largest single donor, the Auxiliary has contributed nearly $750,000 for equipment, new services and scholarships. This recent gift will allow us to improve the delivery of care at SJMH as the organization transitions to a sustainable, financially viable future."

For more information about the Hospital Auxiliary visit www.stjamesmercy.org/auxiliary.shtml or call (607)324-8240.




PSA: St. James Mercy Hospital Offers Congestive Heart Failure Support Group
February 3, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) support group meetings will be held starting the second Friday of every month. This month’s meeting will be Friday, February 13, 2015 at 2:00PM in the Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab department on the 2nd floor.

The Congestive Heart Failure support group is aimed at cardiac patients and their spouses, families and friends to provide education and support for both the physical and emotional aspects of heart disease. The group will be staffed by facilitators from the Cardiac Rehab Program who are specially trained in cardiac care. Patients have been shown to benefit through participation in a support group.

For more information contact Cheryl Farrand, RN at 607-324-8118.




PSA: St. James Mercy Hospital’s New Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program
February 3, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

The Diabetes Self-Management Education staff offers a free session every Thursday from 11:00AM – Noon in SJMH’s 3rd Floor Conference Room.

These sessions provide attendees information related to the Diabetes Self-Management Program at St. James Mercy Hospital. This free program is offered through SJMH and is open to persons with diabetes, pre-diabetes as well as their family and friends. No referral, insurance, or reservations are required. Bonnie Button, RN, CDE will facilitate the meeting, and will have information available about diabetes, education services and referral process. For more details please call 607-324-8787.




WENY’s interview with CEO Jen Sullivan on "Independent SJMH"
Posted January 29, 2015, Hornell, NY

Click below to view WENY’s interview with CEO Jen Sullivan on this week’s announcement on "Independent SJMH."



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Multiple Sclerosis Support Group – Temporary Change of Location
January 27, 2015, Hornell, NY

The Multiple Sclerosis meetings will be held the first Wednesday of every month. The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 10:00AM at Texas Hots Café, 29 Broadway in Hornell (note: new temporary location).

The focus of this support group is to help people manage on a day to day basis. MS is a neurological disease that randomly attacks a person’s nervous system, often marked by patches of hardened tissue in the brain or the spinal cord. People with MS have problems ranging from numbness to paralysis, from excessive fatigue to slurred speech. Causes are unknown, and there is no cure. For more information contact Roberta Staub at (607) 661-6640 or Kevin Johnson at (607) 661-3397.




Transition to New Vision Begins in Earnest with WARN Notices and Announcement of ‘Independent SJMH’
January 27, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

The leadership of St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) informed employees it will transition from a Trinity Health ministry to "Independent SJMH" effective May 1, 2015, as part of the implementation of the New Vision for healthcare in Hornell. As part of the announcement, 581 employees received a 90-day Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice that their St. James Mercy employment will end as of April 30. Of the total number of employees receiving notice, 96 are per diem employees.

"We are pleased to announce that multiple new providers are ready, willing and able to hire nearly two-thirds of our employees," said Jennifer L. Sullivan, president and CEO, St. James Mercy Hospital.

Nearly 400 St. James Mercy Hospital employees are anticipated to be hired back by the New Vision providers, including a new entity—tentatively named "Independent SJMH"—to be led by Sullivan and governed by a new, community-based board of directors. This organization will serve as the focal point for healthcare in the transition to the New Vision, providing services in the current hospital facility during the approval and construction period for a new building.

  • Independent SJMH will provide many of the services SJMH does today, including an emergency department, beds for short stays, ambulatory surgery, imaging and laboratory services, to name a few.
  • Oak Orchard Health will provide primary care and pediatric services.
  • Post Acute Partners will apply to New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to operate the skilled nursing facility as part of its Elderwood portfolio of skilled nursing facilities.
  • Fresenius Medical Care North America will provide dialysis services.
  • Loyola Recovery Foundation will provide treatment for substance abuse disorders.
Employees whose skills do not match the employers above can take advantage of re-training programs with Workforce New York.

"We are thankful for the support and guidance of UR Medicine, the NYSDOH, Trinity Health, the Sisters of Mercy, the SJMH Board of Directors, and regional healthcare providers throughout the transition planning process," said Sullivan. "Implementation of the New Vision begins in earnest today and is the culmination of hard work from community leaders, elected officials, employees and physicians. We extend a special thank you to Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan, whose efforts have been integral to the continuation of vital healthcare services; Mayor Hogan is a truly great advocate and ambassador for this city."

Added Sullivan, "We are pleased with the breadth of services that will continue to be available in Hornell, including an emergency department, beds for short stays, an ambulatory surgery center, imaging and laboratory services, rehabilitation therapies, primary care, pediatric services, and specialty care, as well as long-term care, dialysis, and behavioral health crisis and addiction services."

"In what has been a truly innovative and collaborative process, St. James Mercy and our region’s fellow providers have forged a strategy that will ensure Hornell continued access to high-quality care for the long term," said Mark Taubman, M.D., CEO of UR Medicine. "We remain steadfast in our shared commitment to the Hornell community, and we look forward to working with the group to execute the plan in the coming weeks and months."

"We are inspired by the legacy of quality care that has been provided in Hornell for more than a century," said Jim Cummings, CEO of Oak Orchard. "We look forward to making good use of the highly skilled talent available as this transition evolves."

"We are excited about the opportunity to continue McAuley Manor’s proud legacy of service to the Hornell community," said Warren Cole, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Post Acute Partners. "We are looking forward to providing exceptional care to McAuley’s residents, and to working with the facility’s skilled nursing care teams."

"As the global leader in renal therapy services, we welcome the opportunity to bring our three decades of expertise in comprehensive dialysis services to the residents of Steuben County and are eager to begin our operations in the Hornell community," said Ryan Valle, Vice President of Corporate Development, Fresenius Medical Care North America. 

"Loyola Recovery Foundation is eager to expand our services into the Hornell community," said George Basher, Loyola president and CEO. "We believe this is a great opportunity to work to preserve the core addiction treatment services in Hornell, retain the quality employees who provide those services, and become a "center of excellence" for treatment of substance abuse disorders."

For more than a year, St. James Mercy Hospital has been developing and implementing the New Vision for healthcare in Hornell, the goal of which is a sustainable, financially viable plan for the continued delivery of healthcare services in Hornell and the surrounding communities. 

"On behalf of the SJMH Board of Directors, I want to express our deep appreciation for those dedicated SJMH employees—past and present—who continue to provide high-quality, compassionate healthcare to our community," said Sullivan. "We are thankful for the community’s passion and commitment to St. James Mercy during this challenging time of transition. Our goal is to preserve the legacy of quality, values-based healthcare services that have been St. James Mercy’s hallmark for nearly 125 years."




St. James Mercy Hospital Selects Buyer for McAuley Manor Long-term Care Service
January 26, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Deal will ensure continued access to a vital healthcare service, consistent with the SJMH New Vision for Healthcare in Hornell

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced today that it has agreed to terms for New York State-based Post Acute Partners to acquire St. James Mercy’s McAuley Manor long-term care service.

"Our New Vision for healthcare in Hornell is designed to ensure continued access to quality health care services for our community," said Jennifer Sullivan, president and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital. "The selection of Post Acute Partners—a high-quality, highly reputable long-term care provider—is a very positive step toward achieving our mission."

Through Buffalo-based Elderwood, Post Acute Partners owns and operates 17 skilled nursing, assisted living, and independent living facilities in New York State. In addition, through Pediatric Specialty Care, Post Acute Partners owns and operates services for six pediatric special care facilities in Pennsylvania. Its facilities are noted for both its high-quality care and high ratings among residents and patients.

In addition to facility-based services, Post Acute Partners provides other services in the post-acute care space. Woodmark Pharmacy is a provider of institutional pharmacy services in New York and Massachusetts, and Senior Comfort Services is a provider of home care services in Massachusetts. Finally, Elderwood Health Plan has applied to become a Managed Long Term Care Plan in various counties throughout upstate New York.

"The SJMH board of directors looked at a number of attributes in selecting Post Acute Partners as McAuley Manor’s new operator, chief among them are the group’s track records of quality care, community partnership and stewardship," said Sullivan. "Post Acute Partners will make a terrific addition to the Hornell healthcare landscape."

"We are excited about the opportunity to continue McAuley Manor’s proud legacy of service to the Hornell community," said Warren Cole, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Post Acute Partners. "We are looking forward to providing exceptional care to McAuley’s residents, and to working with the facility’s skilled nursing care teams."

Following a period of due diligence, St. James Mercy and Post Acute Partners will look to execute an asset purchase agreement. The parties must then seek regulatory approval from the New York State Department of Health. St. James Mercy Hospital first announced its intent to sell McAuley Manor in May 2014.

For information on Post Acute Partners, see http://postacute.com/.

For information on Elderwood, see http://www.elderwood.com/.




WKPQ Interviews
January 23, 2015, Hornell, NY

WKPQ Interviews  




Wayland Pediatrician to Join Tri-County Family Medicine As Part of New Vision Transition Plan
January 22, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital pediatrician Dr. Gayle A. Mosher has announced she will join Tri-County Family Medicine, a non-for-profit family practice group with an office located in Wayland, effective April 1, 2015. She will remain caring for patients at her current office located at 200 North Main Street.

Tri-County Family Medicine in collaboration with St. James Mercy Hospital is in the process of developing a plan for Tri-County to obtain applicable approvals to acquire the medical office building located at 200 North Main Street, in Wayland. Later this spring, joining Dr. Mosher at her current office located at 200 Main Street in Wayland, will be the Wayland office providers of Tri-County Family Medicine Joseph DePra, M.D. and Anita Eck, P.A.

"We are pleased to make this joint announcement regarding Dr. Mosher’s transition to Tri-County Medicine," said Jennifer Sullivan, president and CEO, St. James Mercy Hospital. "As part of the New Vision for healthcare in Hornell, we are working to ensure a continuity of care for patients in Hornell and the surrounding communities. We are happy that Dr. Mosher will continue to maintain her practice in Wayland, with no disruption in the care of the patients she serves, and we thank her for her many years of service to SJMH."


Dr. Gayle Mosher, Anita Eck, and Joseph Depra
Dr. Gayle Mosher, pediatrician (left), Anita Eck, PA, and Joseph Depra, MD will provide family practice and pediatrics services at Dr. Mosher’s current office in Wayland.


"We are delighted to add Dr. Mosher and her pediatrics practice to our Wayland Center," said Joyce Wheaton, Tri-County Family Medicine Program Administrator. "What is especially heartening is that pediatrics patients will be able to continue to receive care by Dr. Mosher and will not need to transfer their care elsewhere. We are working collaboratively with St. James Mercy Hospital to facilitate a smooth transition for patients and referring providers."

Dr. Mosher has been providing quality, compassionate care to children and families in Wayland since 1993, when she joined the SJMH Medical Staff.

For more than a year, St. James Mercy Hospital has been developing and implementing the New Vision for healthcare in Hornell, the goal of which is to develop and implement a sustainable, financially viable plan for the continued delivery of healthcare services in Hornell and the surrounding communities.




Op-Ed Post Employee Forums
St. James Mercy Hospital
January 19, 2015, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

A new year always brings with it a promise of new beginnings and a fresh look at our opportunities to grow and change. I recently met with St. James Mercy Hospital employees regarding the year behind us and what I expect the year ahead will bring. I want to share with you—our community—the same insights.

2014 brought to our community regional collaborators such as Noyes Memorial Hospital, Oak Orchard Health, and Jones Memorial Hospital, providers who researched whether their expertise would be a good fit for our community. This year—2015—will bring significant change to St. James Mercy.

The New Vision will be realized this year. We will transform from an outmoded hospital serving only a few, to a collaborative group of partner providers serving many.

In the spirit of the New Year, I have a set of predictions for 2015.

I predict Oak Orchard will be able to open its clinic when spring turns to summer. I predict our regional collaborators will continue to help us with transition planning—their efforts shepherded by UR Medicine. We expect our collaborative group of partners will continue providing outpatient care, including emergency services, in the current hospital location for the next 18-24 months, while a new, modern facility is built.

We will need to transform our operations within the framework prescribed by the New York State Department of Health’s program to overhaul healthcare in the state. The Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program is the vehicle for which the state says it will "fundamentally restructure the health care delivery system" in New York State.

This point is critical as many of these changes I am predicting will be subject to approval from the Department of Health. The agency is well aware of our efforts and is supportive of how we are trying to transform our operations. We speak with them nearly daily about our plans and transitions.

Our request for more than $35 million to build the new facility will be submitted to the New York State Department of Health on February 20. This request will not include space for an inpatient medical/surgical unit or maternity unit, as we have been told the project would not receive this critical funding if it includes these low-volume, unsustainable services. Beyond what the Department of Health has instructed us, no funding source is available to cover the operations losses generated by inpatient care in Hornell.

Once this application is approved and constructed, Hornell will have a state-of-the-art facility to receive the services its residents use most.

In addition, as we first announced in 2014, long-term care and dialysis will be led by new operators. I’m proud to add our addiction recovery services to the list of sustained community services, as we are likely to enter into an agreement with a highly skilled provider in the coming weeks. We hope to announce those exciting changes in the coming weeks.

Without a doubt, the next few months will continue to be a time of change at St. James Mercy. We are incredibly thankful for the hard work our employees put in day-in and day-out, continuing to provide high-quality healthcare to our community. We also are appreciative of the community’s passion and commitment to St. James Mercy during this time.

Healthcare in Hornell will continue to evolve through 2015. We are proud of our progress in developing and implementing the New Vision in 2014, and we look forward to this continued evolution and modernization of healthcare in our city.

Jennifer L. Sullivan
President & CEO
St. James Mercy Hospital




Tests that Can Save Your Life
January 1, 2015, Hornell, NY




St. James Mercy Hospital Receives $1,000 to Support Local Hunger Relief
December 22, 2014, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced that it was been awarded a $1,000 grant from Sodexo Foundation to fund the Hornell-based Backpack Food Program. The grant will be provided to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to support local hunger relief efforts for children in need. SJMH was the only Sodexo account in New York State to receive a grant.

Sodexo’s Backpack Food Program brings local food banks and schools together to provide backpacks filled with nutritious, easy-to-prepare, non-perishable food for students who are at-risk for hunger on weekends. Backpacks are discreetly distributed to deserving students.

Erika Zerkowski, registered dietitian and clinical nutrition manager, oversees the Backpack Food Program at SJMH. "Our efforts have been directed toward supporting the area Food Bank and sponsoring food drives, with goods donated by SJMH employees," she said. "This grant will be used to directly benefit students at Hornell and Canisteo-Greenwood school districts."


St. James Mercy Hospital Receives $1,000 to Support Local Hunger Relief
Sodexo/SJMH representatives present $1,000 to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to support its BackPack Program, which will support over 300 children in the Hornell/Canisteo area.

Pictured left to right: Sylvia Bryant, SJMH VP Mission Integration & Community Outreach; Jen Sullivan, SJMH President & CEO; Erika Zerkowski, Sodexo/SJMH Clinical Nutrition Manager; Kathleen Schaffner, Southern Tier Food Bank Annual Giving Manager; Peg Webb, Sodexo/SJMH Nutrition Director; and Stan Konopko, SJMH Chief Financial Officer.


During the 2014/15 school year, Sodexo Foundation is helping to fund 60 backpack food programs in communities across America. This support will help provide children in need with 430,000 backpacks or the equivalent of 1.7 million meals.

"There are 16 million children in the U.S. who are at risk of hunger," said James Wade, BackPack Coordinator for Food Bank of the Southern Tier. "That’s one in five children. The Sodexo/SJMH contribution will make it possible to provide over 300 backpacks to children in the Hornell and Canisteo area."

"We are delighted to participate in this program and play a significant role in providing resources and food to local kids in need," said Zerkowski. "We are grateful to have a partner like Sodexo whose mission is to improve quality of life in the communities they serve."

Sodexo, Inc. is an international company that provides food service and related services to healthcare, education and corporate clients. Sodexo Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to ensure that every child in the United States grows up with dependable access to nutritious food. Since its inception, Sodexo Foundation has granted more than $22 million to help end childhood hunger.




Holidays Schedule for SJMH Services and Departments
Posted December 20, 2014, Hornell, NY
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The Emergency Room and Inpatient Services are open 24/7 as usual during the holidays. Below are schedules for other services during the holiday weeks:

Express Care:
Closed 12/25/14

Lab Services:
Closed at noon 12/24/14; Elm Street lab closed; both locations closed 12/25 and 1/1/15

Nancy Houy & Kim Hoover/Alfred Family Practice:
Closed 12/24/14, 12/25, 12/26, 12/31, 1/1/15

Dr. Gayle Mosher/ Wayland Pediatrics:
Closed 12/22/14, 12/23, 12/24, 12/25, 12/26, 12/31, 1/1/15

Dr. Uzma Mehr/Hornell Pediatrics:
Closed 12/24/14

Dr. Irfan Rizvi/General/Colorectal Surgery:
Closed 12/23/14, 12/24, 12/25, 12/26, 1/1/15

Orthopedics Office:
Closed 12/24/14, 12/25, 12/31, 1/1/15

Human Resources Dept.:
Closed 12/24/14, 12/25, 12/26, 12/31 and 1/1/15

MercyLine Program:
Staff will not be in the office 12/24 - 12/28/14. Clients can press their help button or call the 800 number on their unit to reach Doyle.

McAuley Manor:
Administrative office will be closed 12/25/14, 12/26, 1/1/15 and 1/2. Family and friends can call the following numbers for information about their loved ones:

  • SNF 1 Nurses Station 324-6904/324-6905
  • SNF 2 Nurses Station 324-6908/324-6909
  • Cranberry Lane Nurses' Station 324-6911

Medical Records/HIMS:
Closed 12/25/14 and 1/1/15. Open 12/26/14 and 1/2/15 with reduced staffing.




"An Evening with Santa"
Posted December 20,2014, Hornell, NY

Over 350 people attended "An Evening with Santa" on Dec. 18! Thanks to the community, volunteers and staff who supported this wonderful event! A big thank-you to Santa and Mrs. Claus (Sam and Vicki Presley) and our hearty horse-and-wagon driver (Doug Lawrence).

An Evening with Santa
An Evening with Santa

An Evening with Santa

An Evening with Santa




Holiday Bears Project for Pediatrics Patients
December 19, 2014, Hornell, NY

St. James Mercy received ten bears to give to pediatrics patients during the holidays from the Holiday Bears Project, sponsored by radio WDNY in Dansville. WDNY asked local merchants to "sponsor" a bear, which in turn was given to local organizations for distribution. We’d like to say thank you to WDNY and their merchant partners for thinking of the kids.

Holiday Bears Project for Pediatrics Patients
Holiday Bears Project sponsored by radio WDNY




Healthy Eating during the Holidays Interview on Kickin’ Country WKPQ
December 18, 2014, Hornell, NY

Erika Zerkowski, registered dietician, on Cool 97 with T.J. Sharp.   Listen to a radio interview about Healthy Eating during the Holidays with Erika Zerkowski, registered dietician, on Kickin’ Country WKPQ with T.J. Sharp (with helpful websites and apps). (mp3)




Hornell Town Meeting "The Path to Our Healthcare Future" Progress, December 4, 2014
Posted December 11, 2014, Hornell, NY

Jen Sullivan, President & CEO, St. James Mercy Health System, hosted a Town Meeting to update the community on progress with the New Healthcare Vision and fielded questions from the audience.


Town Meeting, December 4, 2014

View at YouTube.




Dr. Irfan Rizvi – Local Surgeon among 1,640 initiated into American College of Surgeons
December 8, 2014, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Dr. Irfan Rizvi, MD, a Board-certified general surgeon and colorectal surgeon at St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) in Hornell, NY, was among 1,640 Initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) during the Convocation ceremony at the College’s 2014 annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco, California last month. This year’s class of Initiates was among one of the largest ever admitted into the College.

Dr. Rizvi received his medical doctorate in 1994 from Aga Khan University School of Medicine in Pakistan and is currently practicing at St James Mercy Hospital located in Hornell. In 2007 Dr. Rizvi attained board certification from the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Rizvi is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has a strong professional interest in Colon and Rectal Surgery and holds membership in other professional societies, including The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

"As one of only 1,000 board-certified colorectal surgeons in the nation, we are very fortunate to have a physician of Dr. Rizvi’s caliber at SJMH, offering state-of-the-art treatments," said Jennifer Sullivan, SJMH president & CEO.

  Dr. Irfan Rizvi, MD
Dr. Irfan Rizvi, MD, FACS
By meeting the College’s stringent membership requirements, Fellows of the College have earned the distinguished right to use the designation of "FACS" (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after their names. An applicant for Fellowship must be a graduate of an approved medical school; must have completed advanced training in one of the 14 surgical specialties recognized by the College; must possess certification by an American surgical specialty board or appropriate certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; and must have been in practice for at least one year at the time of his or her application. Before admission into Fellowship, the surgeon must further demonstrate ethical fitness and professional proficiency, and his or her acceptance as a Fellow of the College must be approved by three-fourths of its Board of Regents.

The Convocation ceremony was the highlight of the five-day Congress at which initiation into ACS Fellowship took place. The Congress also featured reports on research-in-progress, postgraduate courses, panel discussions, symposia, and scientific and industrial exhibits. Total estimated attendance at the Congress was 13,082, including 8,924 physicians. Allied health professionals and members of the scientific and consumer media also attended the meeting. The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of Surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients.

The College has more than 79,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org or Dr. Rizvi’s webpage at www.centercolorectalhealth.com .




 
 

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