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New Medical Staff President Announces Initiatives

New Medical Staff President Announces Initiatives

Joseph Nicholas, M.D., M.P.H., is the new president of the Highland Hospital Medical Staff. He is working closely with other members of the medical staff leadership team, Colby Previte, M.D., President-Elect, and Timothy Lum, M.D., Secretary-Treasurer, to make strategic plans for the next six years. A top priority is to enhance clinician-to-clinician relationships. Several initiatives are being considered.

Highland Completes 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

Highland Completes 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

Highland is in a sound financial position with a reputation as a high quality, cost-effective community hospital known for patient- and family-centered, compassionate care and is well prepared for the future.

The Highland Hospital Strategic Plan for the 2018-22 period is complete and it sets the hospital on course toward continued progress and expansion over the next five years. The plan includes benchmark quality measures, growth in clinical services, new approaches to improve the overall patient experience, and initiatives to ensure employee engagement and employee wellness in a culture where all can thrive and provide exceptional care.

Family Medicine Physicians on Monroe County Task Force to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Family Medicine Physicians on Monroe County Task Force to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo recently unveiled a plan to combat the opioid epidemic in the area and announced the creation of an advisory panel. This task force will be convened by County Health Director Michael Mendoza, M.D., who is also a Highland Family Medicine physician, and will consist of medical experts, including individuals from local hospitals. Holly Russell, M.D., also a Highland Family Medicine physician, will serve on the panel.

Highland Hospital Offers Nitrous Oxide  as Pain Management Option for Maternity Patients

Highland Hospital Offers Nitrous Oxide as Pain Management Option for Maternity Patients

Highland Hospital is now the first hospital in the Rochester region to offer nitrous oxide as an additional pain relief option to mothers in labor. Nitrous oxide, a safe, odorless, and colorless gas, is administered to patients through a mask that covers the nose and mouth. The machines at Highland are set up to deliver 50 percent nitrous oxide and 50 percent oxygen, to provide some pain and anxiety relief. New technology allows for women to personalize their use. Patients will hold the mask to their own face so they will be able to control the amount of nitrous oxide they receive and will be monitored closely by medical personnel.

Highland's Weight Management & Lifestyle Center Opens

Highland's Weight Management & Lifestyle Center Opens

Highland's new Weight Management & Lifestyle Center is now open and accepting referrals. Led by Thomas M. Campbell, II, M.D., and Erin Campbell, M.D., M.P.H., the program offers non-surgical approaches to treating obesity and related conditions, and will also be conducting research on the link between nutrition and cancer.

Highland will receive a $1.5 million donation from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies for the new nutrition research program. Initial research done by the center will focus on nutrition and cancer. The pilot project will be a first-of-its-kind study that looks at the effects of plant-based nutrition in patients with advanced breast cancer, who are also receiving conventional therapy.