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CEO Letter

Eva Benedict, FACHE

A Message from Eva Benedict, FACHE

CEO of Jones Memorial Hospital

Welcome to Jones Memorial Hospital!

As a small, rural hospital in Upstate New York, we have experienced tremendous changes in the delivery of healthcare services in recent years and change will be constant as we move forward.  Our highest priority is keeping up with these changes and assuring that our hospital is positioned for success for many years to come.

Partnerships have become an important part of healthcare. One of our most important partnerships was formalized in January 2016 when Jones Memorial became an affiliate of UR Medicine in Rochester. Together our organizations continue to identify the medical specialties most needed in our community and the most efficient and effective method of providing those services locally. We currently have several clinics staffed by UR Medicine providers bringing oncology, cardiac care, neurology, and otolaryngology (ENT) to Wellsville on a regular basis. The Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center, located in Dansville, is the result of our partnership with Noyes Health in Dansville and The Wilmot Cancer Center in Rochester. In addition to a medical oncology clinic here in Wellsville, the Myers Cancer Center will allow patients needing infusion therapy and radiation to receive these treatments in Dansville, without driving to Rochester.

The direction of healthcare has changed in the decades since Jones Memorial Hospital was founded in 1921. Today, many of our activities focus on keeping our community well.

Through the Community Wellness Committee, the hospital regularly participates in health fairs and screenings as well as providing recommended preventative testing and education on healthy life choices. The funds for these initiatives are provided by two JMH community wellness events: the GLOW 5K Run & Walk and the RidgeWalk & Run. Both of these events encourage people to get outside with friends and family and enjoy all the beauty our area has to offer. The GLOW 5K is a night time trail-run that has grown beyond all expectations. A springtime wellness event that started in 2013 at Island Park, the GLOW is now held at each spring at the Wellsville Municipal Airport and continues to attract over 500 participants each year. And then there is the RidgeWalk & Run, the premier outdoor fall fitness event in the region. When the Wellsville-Area Chamber of Commerce was looking to move the event to another organization after 22 years, that natural transition was to Jones Memorial. The proceeds from these two events are earmarked for projects that promote community health and wellness. In 2015, for example, the Wellness Committee donated $10,000 in lumber to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to re-deck two bridges along the WAG Trail, a multi-use public recreation trail that extends to the Pennsylvania border. 

Since 1921, Jones Memorial Hospital has been caring for our family, friends, and neighbors. With your support, we will continue that tradition for generations to come.