A Message from the Associate Medical Director: Our Commitment to Regional Hospitals
Recently St. James Mercy Hospital became the sixth hospital to join UR Medicine's network, which includes Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals in Rochester, Jones Memorial in Wellsville, Noyes Memorial in Dansville, and F. F. Thompson in Canandaigua. I have been serving as Chief Medical Officer at St. James Mercy since 2015 as part of a partnership agreement between the hospital and UR Medicine, leading quality improvement initiatives, and helping to recruit physicians to the Hornell area. UR Medicine is committed to helping regional hospitals survive and thrive. This is important to all of us.
Statistics across the country are bleak for smaller, rural facilities. Since 2010 there have been 68 rural hospital closures in this country and 673 are at risk or vulnerable. We realize the importance of keeping care local whenever possible and that regional hospitals are vital to the economy of their communities.
UR Medicine is committed to coordinating a regional approach to health care needs, rather than just trying to “rescue” rural hospitals. We are providing crucial primary care and specialty services to rural Upstate New York and developing initiatives to help the hospitals improve quality and efficiency in patient care.
The affiliation with rural hospitals also provides them a strong link to highly specialized UR Medicine services in Rochester, so that patients never need to leave Upstate New York for almost any medical need. This also generates revenue for our system, another reason to support these hospitals with our resources.
Please contact me if you would like to know more or if you are interested in helping our affiliates.