Keeping Up With The Jones
UR MEDICINE UROLOGIST SEEING PATIENTS AT JMH
WELLSVILLE, NY (January 4, 2019) – UR Medicine Urologist Zaheer Alam is now seeing patients at Jones Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Alam is in Wellsville on a weekly basis to provide medical and surgical treatment of urinary tract problems including disorder of the kidneys and bladder in men and women and genital disorders in men. To make an appointment with Dr. Alam in Wellsville, please call his office at (585) 275-2838.
A fellowship-trained physician with extensive clinical experience, Dr. Alam specializes in general urology. The conditions he treats include kidney stone disease, hematuria, elevated PSA, and prostate disorders. He is an assistant professor of urology and a member of the UR Medicine Urology Research community, where he focuses on the prevalence of neurogenic bladder.
Urology is the latest UR Medicine Specialty Clinic at Jones Memorial Hospital. Specialists in Oncology, Neurology, Otolaryngology (ENT), and Cardiology consult and treat patients at Jones Memorial Hospital.
AUBREY KOEHLER IS THE FIRST BABY BORN AT JMH
WELLSVILLE, NY (January 2, 2019) -- The first baby of the New Year arrived at 7:59 pm on Tuesday, January 1 at Jones Memorial Hospital. Aubrey Shae Koehler weighed in at a touch over seven pounds and 19.5 inches long.
Her excited parents, Allison Pacer and Andrew Koehler of Hornell, report that they had a wonderful experience at Jones Memorial. “We were so well taken care of,” Andrew said. “The staff was excellent and the rooms are great.”
Congratulations to all!
REP. TOM REED GUEST SPEAKER AT JMH DONOR APPRECIATION AND WELCOME RECEPTION
WELLSVILLE, NY (December 20, 2018) – This year the annual donor appreciation and welcome reception at Jones Memorial Hospital had a special guest speaker: Rep. Tom Reed.
This event is an opportunity to thank those who support the hospital. It is also a chance for the community to meet the new people at JMH. This year, the honored guests included six new members of the medical staff in addition to Congressman Reed. Two of those physicians, Dr. Nishit and Dr. Shachi Shah, took the opportunity to personally thank Rep. Reed for the part he played in their arrival.
In her opening remarks, CEO Eva Benedict explained that Rep. Reed provided invaluable assistance in navigating the immigration of the pediatricians. “There were so many delays in getting them here that we knew we needed some assistance in Washington,” she said. “When we asked for his help, Tom Reed and his office reached out to Immigration and to the Appalachian Regional Commission to help navigate the issues that were holding up the Shah’s J-1 visas.”
“When our office was alerted by Eva Benedict that the pediatricians were at risk of losing their legal immigration status, we went right to work slashing through red tape at three different Federal agencies to approve their J-1 visa waivers,” Rep. Reed said. “With our assistance, the doctors received a response in a timely fashion and were able to open their practices in late November and early December.”
In addition to Dr. Nishit and Shachi Shah, left, the new providers attending the reception were Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Corazon “Nikki” Hoffman; OB/GYN Anna Haring; Lori Baker, CRNA; and Medical Director Bilal Ahmed, MD.
“We are here to thank you, our generous donors, for helping us to continue to provide the highest quality healthcare,” said Eva Benedict. “And to thank Tom Reed for coming tonight and giving us the opportunity to thank him in person for his assistance.”
PEDIATRICIANS DR. NISHIT & SHACHI SHAH JOIN JMH MEDICAL PRACTICES
WELLSVILLE, NY (December 13, 2018) – Pediatricians Dr. Nishit Shah and Dr. Shachi Shah have joined the Jones Memorial Medical Practices and are now seeing patients at the Women & Childrens’ Health Office located at 127 North Main Street in Wellsville. The doctors are welcoming new patients from infants to age 18. To make an appointment, please call the office at (585) 596-2040.
Dr. Nishit Shah comes to Jones Memorial after completing his residency from New York Medical College and Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York. He has a special interest in General Pediatrics and Ophthalmology. In the past he has been a clinical associate at the Eastside Eye Associates in NY and a fellow at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Dr. Shachi Shah completed her residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and was the Chief Pediatric Resident at Metropolitan Hospital Center in Manhattan, NY. She recently completed her fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, NY with special interests in Diabetes and thyroid diseases.
The Drs. Shah have made their home in Wellsville and believe that being Pediatricians provides the distinctive opportunity to be involved in patient care right from the formative years and create a positive impact on both physical and mental health that is necessary to shape an individual and the community. Their unique position to offer services from birth to adulthood will help forge ties with not only the patients but also their parents. Working at Jones Memorial Hospital gives a unique prospect to work in disparate clinical settings, managing and coordinating patient care. Under the University of Rochester umbrella, it will help address healthcare in a composite manner.
Dr. Nishit and Dr. Shachi have been married since 2008. They have a nine-month-old daughter, Shreeya.
To make an appointment with either Dr. Nishit Shah or Dr. Shachi Shah, please call the Jones Memorial Medical Practices Pediatrics Office at (585) 596-2040.
NEW ULTRASOUND MACHINE MEANS HI-DEF IMAGES FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS
WELLSVILLE, NY (December 4, 2018) – Improved image quality and enhanced diagnostics are a couple of the many benefits of the new ultrasound equipment now in use at the Jones Memorial Hospital Women & Children Health Center on Main Street in Wellsville. The new equipment was purchased with funds raised in the hospital’s Annual Fund Drive and augmented by a gift from the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. We are truly thankful for the dedication and continued support from both our community donors and Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
The primary function of the new GE Voluson E6 is Obstetrical and Gynecological exams. “The new machine has advanced 3D/4D imaging capabilities allowing us to see the fine details of our imaging exams,” said Jennifer Frungillo, Clinical Supervisor of Medical Imaging at Jones Memorial. “The machine offers state of the art image quality that will enhance the diagnostic confidence in the exams, enabling us to image a wider range of patients.” The patient’s view is also better with a high resolution 32” patient monitor. Each expecting mother receives printed copies of the high quality images as a memento and a magnetic picture frame to display it in. In the near future we will be able to provide our expecting mother’s with electronic images which they will be able to easily share with family and friends. Watch for further updates!
Appointments at the North Main Street location are available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. If you would like to make an appointment, please call Medical Imaging at 585-596-4014 or talk to your provider.
Photo Caption: The new ultrasound machine at the Women and Children Health Office on Main Street provides incredible images. Looking things over are the ultrasound techs responsible for those images, from left, Sydnee Slocum, Arielle Szabo, Amanda Russo, and Megan Padden.
CHLOE NORTON CROWNED 2018 JMH AUXILIARY QUEEN
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 19, 2018) – This year’s JMH Auxiliary Queen Candidates raised $12,906 by selling tickets to the Auxiliary’s Grand Raffle. Chloe Norton of Whitesville, representing the Olive Twig, came in first after selling $3,269 worth of tickets. In second place was Kayla Day, the Wellsville Rotary Club candidate. This year, two young ladies tied for third place when Katie Tronetti, representing Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and the Hemlock Twig’s Milla Litzburg sold an equal number of tickets.
A long-time tradition, the Auxiliary Twigs and local community groups each nominate a queen candidate in June. The candidates sell tickets for five months, until the Grand Raffle drawing. The drawing of the raffle winners and the crowing of the Auxiliary Queen are two of the highlights of the Auxiliary’s Gala in November. The candidate who sells the most raffle tickets is crowned queen and the second and third place winners are announced. This year, the other queen candidates were Loralai Crawford, representing the Lilac Twig; Molly Cole, the Wellsville Educators Association candidate; and Taylor Payne, who represented the Maple Twig
“We can’t thank these young ladies and their sponsoring organizations enough for continuing to support the tradition of the Auxiliary Queens,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “High school students lead very busy lives between sports, academics, and extra-curricular activities so this is not an easy task for our candidates. This is a big part of the Auxiliary fundraising efforts and we thank each of you for your dedication and hard work.”
Three Grand Raffle tickets are drawn at the Gala for prizes of $500, $300, and $100. This year’s winners were Liz Billings, Jackie Adrian, and Linda Tronetti.
PHOTO CAPTION: After selling 3269 tickets to the Grand Raffle, Chloe Norton, front, was crowned 2018 JMH Auxiliary Queen. Her runners up were, center, Kayla Day in second place; and, tying for third, Katie Tonetti, left, and Milla Litzburg.
DIABETES EDUCATION FAIR AT JMH NOVEMBER 15
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 6, 2018) – November is National Diabetes Month and one of the keys to managing diabetes is education. With that in mind, the Wellsville Lions Club Diabetes Center at Jones Memorial Hospital is hosting its first Diabetes Health Fair on Thursday, November 15 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am
“The Diabetes Health Fair is going to be in the JMH Cafeteria so come by and visit the vendors,” said Erika Zerkowski, MS RDN CDE CDN, the coordinator for the Diabetes Center. “Breakfast will be available for purchase and there will be some additional healthy items on the menu.” The Diabetes Fair will include door prizes and a free glucose and cholesterol screening.
The health fair is an educational opportunity for those who want to learn more about how to prevent diabetes and the technology that is available to help in managing it. The vendors participating in the fair include:
- Representatives from Abbott who will have the Freestyle Libre, a continuous glucose monitor that can be worn for 14 days after a one hour calibration
- A Pump Ambassador from Medtronic, who will have the last information on insulin pumps and can answer any questions about this technology.
- Educators from Ardent, who will have information about the diabetes prevention and diabetes management programs offered locally
- Community Faith Nursing Services, a local organization available for diabetics who need assistance incorporating what the diabetes educator teaches and the advice of their provider have into their daily lives.
- The JMH Pharmacy will be on hand to answer questions about what diabetes meds are available, what they do, and how they work.
- Jones Memorial Medical Practices Care Managers will be available to discuss how they can help patients access what they need to manage their condition.
- The Wellsville Lions Club Diabetes Center And, of course, Erika will be there with information about the services available at the Diabetes Center and healthy eating.
“This is the first health fair hosted by the Diabetes Center,” Erika said, adding that additional vendors and services are being considered. The health fair is free and open to all.
SCIO LIONS DELIVER PROCEEDS OF SIDE BY SIDE DICE RUN
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 1, 2018) -- The Scio Lions Club recently donated the proceeds from its first-ever Side by Side Dice Run to the Wellsville Lions Club Diabetes Center at Jones Memorial Hospital. The August event was held at the Tall Pines ATV Park in Andover.
“This year, the Scio Lions Club is focusing our efforts on raising diabetes awareness,” said Curt Burdick, of the Scio Lions Club. “Erika’s enthusiasm and drive are contagious and we are excited to work with her on making the diabetes center an educational resource for all diabetics.” Erika Zerkowski, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, is the Diabetes Center Coordinator.
According to the Scio Lions, there were over 125 registered drivers at the dice run event. The money was raised through registrations, a 50/50 drawing, and sales of hot dogs, soft drinks, and water. The support of the Seneca Allegany Casino, Texas Hot Restaurant, the Cuba Chamber of Commerce, Giant Food Mart, and East Side Yamaha was important to the success of the dice run.
“This was our first one and we learned a lot about putting on a dice run and we are looking forward to doing it again in 2019,” Mr. Burdick said, noting that special thanks were due to Angelica Ink, Lions District 20E1, the Wellsville Lions Club, and L’Italia.
Several Dice Run committee members stopped by the Diabetes Center to deliver the proceeds of the event: A check for $2,452. On hand to present the check to Erika, center, were, from left, Wellsville Lion Kent Johnson, Scio Lion Mike Kunz, Scio Lion Curt Burdick, Scio Lion Tom Middleton, Diabetes Center Coordinator Erika Zerkowski, Wellsville Lion Mike Raptis, JMH VP of Patient Care Services Donna Bliven, and Jones CEO Eva Benedict.
“I can’t thank you enough for the support the Lions have provided the Diabetes Center,” Erika noted, adding that she is planning on using these funds to purchase new educational materials and props. “It is much more effective to use a prop to SHOW what diabetic neuropathy looks like rather than just try and describe it.”
For information about the Diabetes Center or to make a donation to support it, please contact Erika Zerkowski at (585) 596-4035.
CATHY NEUGENT NAMED THIRD QUARTER CARE CHAMPION
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 31, 2018) – Catherine Neugent, LPN, a nurse at Dr. Pasquale Picco’s office, is the Jones Memorial Hospital Care Champion for the third quarter of 2018.
Four times a year, the hospital recognizes a staff member or volunteer as a Care Champion. To be nominated, the person must demonstrate - through words or actions - an exemplary commitment to JMH patients, to their co-workers, and to the JMH employee Code of Conduct. Also nominated for Care Champion this quarter were Kelly Cavagna, Rey Belen, and Heather Vogel.
Cathy was nominated by Michele McMorris, Director of Operations for the Jones Memorial Medical Practices. According to Michele, one of Dr. Picco’s elderly patients needed to be hospitalized when outpatient treatment was unsuccessful. The patient was adamant that she could not be hospitalized because she had no one to care for her elderly dog, who is diabetic and requires twice daily insulin shots. “Cathy promised the patient that if she agreed to be hospitalized, Cathy would stop by the patient’s home twice a day, every day to check on the dog and give the insulin shots,” Michele said, adding that Cathy also stopped at the hospital every afternoon to update the patient on her dog and check on her. “Cathy went above and beyond for this patient to ensure that she would get the care she needed, knowing that her dog was taken care of.”
A nurse for 47 years, Cathy started her career as a nurses’ aid and has been at Jones Memorial for over three years. Much of her work experience has been in geriatrics. “I absolutely love working at Dr. Picco’s office,” she said. “I have learned a whole new area of nursing – pulmonology.” Cathy has been a nurse at Dr. Picco’s office for over three years. In addition to providing clinical care, Cathy’s favorite parts of her job involve working with patients to set up services they need, reordering their medications, and calling to give them good news and test results. In her spare time, Cathy enjoys spending time with her two daughters and her grandchildren. She is known for baking cakes and enjoys craft projects.
Please join us in congratulating Cathy on her selection as Care Champion! She joins first quarter Care Champion Sarah Merriam and second quarter Care Champion Kim Mulkin as an example of tremendous commitment to Jones Memorial and our patients.
JMH THERAPISTS CERTIFIED TO TREAT PARKINSON'S PATIENTS
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 22, 2018) – Jones Memorial Hospital now has two physical therapists who are certified in LVST BIG, an exercise treatment program for people with Parkinson's disease. Christy Hart, PT, and Scott Szalay, PTA, recently completed the training and are now able to provide this intense therapy program.
Often people with Parkinson’s have slower and smaller steps and gestures. “Their brain perceives these small movements as regular, normal movements,” explained Christy. “In LVST BIG, we are teaching them to make what feels to them like big movements, but which in reality look like normal movements. We are retraining their brain to think BIG.”
The program is fairly rigid and includes four sessions a week for four weeks. “There are also exercises that the patient does every day daily at home,” said Scott. “Improving their function and movements takes commitment from the patient – they have to do their ‘homework’ to succeed.”
Traditional PT for Parkinson's generally aims to improve flexibility, strength or balance. These help actions like getting up from a chair, turning over in bed, or walking, but they require patients to remember multiple instructions for each movement. “In LSVT, patients focus thinking BIG and focus on strength, movement, balance, coordination, and function,” said Christy. “Once the brain is recalibrated to accept these big gestures as normal, there is improved function in other daily tasks.” The LVST BIG program often leads to improved walking with faster speed, bigger steps, improved balance and movement quality with bigger and more controlled movements to increase independence with dressing, self-care, cooking and mobility.
For more information, talk to your provider or call the JMH Rehabilitation Services Department at (585) 596-4011.
ORTHOPAEDIC SERVICES AT JMH: FROM SURGERY, THROUGH RECOVERY, TO REHAB
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 11, 2018) – If you are considering a total knee or hip replacement, you don’t need to go to a large, out-of-town facility for high quality, comprehensive orthopaedic care. Just ask Steve Stout – he came to Jones Memorial for surgery, recovery, and rehab and he wouldn’t have done it any other way.
It all started seven years ago for the Wellsville resident and retired business man. That’s when Steve had a heart attack and stroke, followed by bi-pass surgery at UR Medicine and the Cardiac Rehab program at Jones Memorial. “As part of the recovery, I started walking three to six miles a day on the sidewalks and streets in Wellsville and I guess I wore out my knee,” he said. The knee pain brought him to Dr. Paul Axtell and the orthopaedic clinic at Jones Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Axtell ordered an x-ray, which didn’t reveal any obvious cause of knee pain. So after a shot of cortisone for the pain, Steve picked up where he left off. A few weeks later, Dr. Axtell called to see how he was doing. When Steve told him the pain was still there, Dr. Axtell suggested an MRI to take a closer look at what might be going on. A walk on the beach during a trip to Florida convinced Steve and he had the MRI when he got back to Wellsville. After looking at the results, Dr. Axtell recommended a total knee replacement.
“I started talking to people about it and, of course, everyone has a different opinion about where to go and who should do the surgery,” Steve said. “But ultimately, it came down to this: Dr. Axtell treated me very well, his office staff is wonderful, having the surgery in Wellsville was convenient, and I knew how good the rehab staff was from my Cardiac Rehab.”
The plan after surgery was to rearrange the house to accommodate his recovery, including moving a bed into the living room. “After surgery, I heard about the Swing Bed Program and I liked the idea of staying in the hospital instead of going home.” The Swing Bed program is for inpatients who no longer need hospitalization, but are not physically ready to return home. The actual room does not change when patients are transitioned to a swing bed, but the focus of their care does. Swing bed patients receive nursing support and physical therapy.
“I was getting out on Friday and on the weekends, nothing is available as an outpatient,” he said. “By transitioning to a swing bed, I could start rehab immediately and both my wife and I were more comfortable starting my recovery in the hospital setting.” When Steve went home a week later, he had a good start on his recovery and his rehab program. “We were both happy that I stayed an extra couple of days for swing bed care,” he said.
When it came to rehab, “I got what I wanted: An aggressive physical therapy program,” he said, noting that he has continued coming to Jones for the Cardiac Rehab program since his heart attack. He now mixes in some of the leg exercises that Physical Therapist Shanna Winters recommended for him after his knee replacement. “I’m glad I got it done, and I’m glad I got it done at Jones,” said Steve. “I could not have gotten better care – or a better result – anywhere else.”
For more information about the comprehensive orthopaedic services available at Jones Memorial, talk to your healthcare provider or call the Orthopaedic Clinic at (585) 596-2054.
M. GRETCHEN PROBST NOW A JMH LIFETIME ASSOCIATE
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 1, 2018) – M. Gretchen Probst is the latest name to be added to the Jones Memorial Hospital Life Associates plaque in the main hallway at the hospital. Lifetime Associates are donors who have made financial gifts to the hospital totaling $10,000 or more.
“I’d like to thank Gretchen for her commitment to the hospital and for her support – both financially and as one of our most dedicated volunteers,“ said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “She has donated thousands of hours in service to this hospital.” Shortly after retiring 15 years ago, Ms. Probst – at the urging of her friend and “volunteer mentor” Kathryn Gilbert – joined the ranks of JMH Volunteers. Her first position was in surgical services, but she missed the sunshine and soon moved to the reception desk in the main lobby, where she plans to stay for years to come.
“This town needs this hospital,” she said, explaining why she gives both her time and money to Jones Memorial. “I have had two surgeries and have received excellent care from everyone here. This is a great hospital and we are lucky to have it in our community.”
In addition to Gretchen Probst, the Lifetime Associates at Jones Memorial Hospital are Arthur and Ethel Alexander; Allegany Co-op Insurance; Allegany Eye Foundation; Alstom Power, Inc.; Dr. and Mrs. Mohammad Ayyub; Bayard C. Tullar Trust; Neil and Eva Benedict; Dr. and Mrs. Kurt Benham; Frank and Barb Boekel; Harriett Bradley; Dr. and Mrs. Billy Carstens and Family; Hugh Church; Kathryn Church; Larry and Deborah Clark; Dr. William Coch; Luanne Comstock; Eleanor Dates; Delphi Emergency Physician Services; Dresser-Rand; Eastern Seaboard Incorporated; Dr. and Mrs. James Edmonston; Jeff Ely and Janine Green and Family; James and Dena Helms; F.T. and Anna C. Manley Memorial Fund; Federated Clover Investment Advisor; Dr. and Mrs. Joe Felsen; Fillmore and Fisher Pharmacies; Dr. and Mrs. Robert Gilfert; Clinton and Samantha Gilkey; Gary and Ann Gilpin; Dr. Kirk Heriot; Michael and Cheryl Jackson; Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; Charles and Lorraine Joyce; Charles P. Joyce; Richard, Tina and Cory Joyce; Teresa Joyce; Erland Kailbourne; Dr. Zahi Kassas and Family; Paul Kilbane; Loyal Order of the Moose #601; Preston and Pauline Lucas; Cherrie Feeman Macafee; Dr. F.C. Miller and Dianna Fleming Miller; Moogan Family Foundation; Richard and Susan Nicol; Otis Eastern Service, Inc.; Pediatrix Medical Group; Dr. Daniel Proto; Paul Rhodes; Robin and Mary Rhodes; Mr. and Mrs. Constantine Rigas; Short’s Oil Company, Inc.; Steuben Trust Company; Ralph “Tim” Tompkins; Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Van Dine; Art and Pat Van Tyne; The Walchli Family; Sherry Walton; Wellsville American Legion Post #702; and the Wellsville Lions Club.
For more information about how you can support Jones Memorial Hospital, please contact Jodi Pearson, Foundation Coordinator, at (585) 596-2053.
ALLEGANY COUNTY WIC PROGRAM THANKS JMH FOR SUPPORT
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 27, 2018) – The Allegany County Department of Health WIC Program (Women with Infants and Children) has been recognized for improving breastfeeding rates among new mothers with a Loving Support Gold Award of Excellence from the US Department of Agriculture. Certified Lactation Consultants Melissa Watson, RN IBCLC, and Hannah Carl, CLC, stopped by the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Birthing Center at Jones Memorial Hospital to thank the OB staff and providers for the support and collaboration that led to this recognition.
For the past several years, breastfeeding consultants from WIC have visited new moms at Jones three times a week to provide breastfeeding support and education. “This collaboration has been positive for everyone involved – mothers, babies, providers, and staff,” said Lauri Smith, RN BSN IBCLC, Allegany County WIC Program Coordinator. “We come to the birthing center three times a week - and other times as needed - to provide the support and education to new moms, which improves breastfeeding rates.” The lactation consultants are available to all mothers, not just those enrolled in WIC.
“This collaboration has been very beneficial to our patients,” said Jackie Adrian, RN, Director of Maternal Health at JMH. “Thank you for being here for all of our new mothers and providing the support and education that they need.”
In photo: Congratulations and thanks all 'round! From left, JMH OB Nurse Laura Hall, RN; WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator Melisa Watson, RN IBCLC; WIC Certified Lactation Consultant Hannah Carl, CLC; JMH Director of Maternal Services Jackie Adrian, RN; and JMH OB Nurse Cierra Dean, RN.
GLEN AVERY TO SPEAK AT RIDGEWALK & RUN PRE-EVENT DINNER
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 23, 2018) – Glen Avery, a Houghton resident and Emeritus (Retired) Professor at Houghton College, will be the guest speaker at the RidgeWalk & Run Pre-Event Dinner on Saturday, October 20th at 6 pm at the Wellsville Country Club. Tickets are $15 and include a pasta bar dinner, a cash bar, and an opportunity to hear about Glen’s experience running the World Marathon Challenge.
Glen Avery, 66, completed the World Marathon Challenge with a time of 154 hours and 12 minutes and entered the record books as the oldest person in the world to run a marathon on all seven continents in seven days. Glen has also completed 125 marathons or ultramarathons and 26 half-marathons in 21 countries and the US. He has also completed road races and mountain/trail races, including the Pikes Peak Marathon in Colorado, the Inca Trail Marathon in Peru, the Comrades Marathon in South Africa, and the Havana Marathon in Cuba.
“We are looking forward to hearing Glen’s story and chatting with him about his experiences,” said Jim Helms, chairman of the RidgeWalk & Run. “He is an inspiration.”
The 26th Annual RidgeWalk & Run will be held on Sunday, October 21. You may register and find pre-event tickets and information on the web at RidgeWalk.com or by contacting Jodi Pearson at (585) 596-2053 or by email: email@example.com.
DIABETES CENTER PROVIDES SCREENING AT CUBA GARLIC FESTIVAL
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 17, 2018) – Thanks to a generous donation from the Cuba Lions Club, the Diabetes Center at Jones Memorial was able to provide diabetic and cholesterol testing at the recent Cuba Garlic Festival.
“I have been trying to get a screen like this to the Garlic Festival for several years,” said Cuba Lion Norm Ungerman. “The Diabetes Center at Jones is committed to helping the Lions meet our mission to increase diabetes awareness in our community.” The Cuba Lions donated $1000 to make the screening event possible. The screening was provided by Erika Zerkowski, diabetes educator, registered dietitian, and coordinator of the Diabetes Center at Jones, and JMH Laboratory Director Elaine Austin. More than 120 stopped by to have their cholesterol and glucose checked.
“We are so excited about success of the screening in our first year at the Garlic Festival,” Mrs. Zerkowski said. “Many people took diabetic education materials and said they are planning to make healthy lifestyle changes because of their screening results.”
The Lions Club Diabetes Center at Jones Memorial Hospital is planning to return to the Cuba Garlic Festival in 2019. In photo, Garlic King and Queen, Gary and Carol Shaffer, stopped by the JMH diabetes and cholesterol screening stations hosted by Jones Memorial Hospital Lab Director, Elaine Austin, and Diabetes Educator and Dietitian Erika Zerkowski.
KELLY FOSTER NAMED DIRECTOR OF ER AND CARDIAC SERVICES
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 13, 2018) – Kelly Foster, RN BSN, has been named the Director of Emergency and Cardiac Services at Jones Memorial Hospital. In this position, she will oversee the emergency department and cardiac services, including stress testing, EKGs, and Holter monitoring. Kelly is also clinical lead for the Walk-In Clinic.
Kelly began her nursing career after graduating from Erie Community College Nursing Program in 1992. A native of Orchard Park, she worked at Our Lady of Victory Hospital in a variety of areas including oncology, surgical services, the ICU, and Emergency Department. She relocated to Wellsville and joined the ER at Jones in March 2000. During her career at Jones, she has worked in the ER and cardiac services like stress testing, cardiac rehab, and interventional radiology. Last year, she was named the Clinical Lead in the ER.
“I like the quick pace of the emergency room – you never know what is going to happen next,” she said, adding that the ER is often the “front door” of the hospital because many admission come through there. Having been in a leadership role for the past year, Kelly is familiar with many of the responsibilities associated with her new position. “I am looking forward to the new challenges I will find in this advanced leadership role,” she said.
Kelly and her husband David, the superintendent of Wellsville Central School District, live in Wellsville. Their younger son, Jake, is attending SUNY Fredonia. Older son Alex and his wife Kelsey live in Orchard Park and are expecting Kelly’s first grandchild any day now.
KEY BANK DELIVERS GRANTS TO JMH
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 30, 2018) – Ron Sutton, Senior Vice President & Trust Officer at Key Bank, stopped by JMH recently to deliver over $105,000 in grant funding: $17,984 from the F. T. and Anna C. Manley Memorial Trust and $88,000 of proceeds from the Jeanette Dermit Trust.
According to Donna Bliven, RNC BSN MHA, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at JMH, the Manley funds will be used to purchase respiratory equipment for pulmonary patients. “I applied for this grant for the purchase of a Bi-Pap machine,” she said, noting that the equipment purchase is especially timely with pneumonia and flu season around the corner. Each year, JMH applies to the Manley Trust for grant funding to purchase a particular piece of equipment for patient care. “Last year the Manley grant was used for two vital sign machines for Med/Surg and two CO2 monitors for the ICU and the ER,” she said. “We are so grateful to the Manley Trust for the continuing support. It is always nice to see Ron Sutton at my door!”
The Dermitt Trust was established by the estate of Jeannette Dermitt, in her memory. An Allegany County resident who passed in 1969, Ms. Dermitt left the trust to the benefit of three hospitals including Jones Memorial.
“The unrestricted proceeds are received annually,” according to Jim Helms, Vice President of Finance at Jones. “The money goes into the operating funds and helps us to continue our mission of providing patient care to the residents of Allegany County. We appreciate the generosity of the Dermitt Trust and the legacy of Jeanette Dermitt.”
CRITICAL BLOOD SHORTAGE: PLEASE COME TO AUGUST 20 DRIVE AT JMH
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 7, 2018) – Did you know that one unit of blood can impact the lives of three people? If you have ever considered becoming a blood donor, there is no time like the present: Blood shortages are at a critical level. Please come to the Community Blood Bank blood drive at Jones Memorial Hospital on Monday, August 20 from 11 am to 4:30 pm in the Walchli Room.
As an added incentive, all donors at CBB drives held between August 13 and 25 will be entered to win one of three prizes: two tickets to a Steelers, Bills, or Eagles home game; a portable grill, or two sports chairs. Walk-ins are welcome at all drives. Appointments can be made by calling or texting 570-789-4026. The process of donating blood usually takes about 35-45 minutes from start to finish. CBB holds a blood drive at Jones Memorial Hospital every other month.
The Community Blood Bank is the preferred supplier to many hospitals in Allegany and Chautauqua counties. To fill the needs of the hospitals served by CBB, about 700 donors are needed every week to keep up with usage by CBB partner hospitals in Northwest Pennsylvania and Western New York.
The eligibility requirements for potential blood donors at Community Blood Bank drives are simple. You must be at least 17 years old or 16 with parental consent; you must weigh at least 110 pounds; you should not have gotten tattoos or body piercings in the past 12 months; and you should generally be in good health. In addition to a valid photo ID, it is recommended that you bring a list of current medications when you come to donate. Upon signing in, you will be given a donor history card to complete prior to being taken back to the screening area. All information is strictly confidential.
If you have specific questions about donating blood or the Community Blood Bank, please call (814) 456-4206 or (877) 842-0631.
MEET THE 2018 JMH AUXILIARY QUEEN CANDIDATES
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 6, 2018) -- The candidates for the 2018 Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Queen have been announced! As part of a long-time tradition, the Auxiliary Twigs and several community organizations sponsor a young lady to sell tickets to the Grand Raffle. The candidate who sells the most tickets is crowned at the Auxiliary’s Annual Gala & Silent Auction in November.
The Lilac Twig has named Loralai Crawford as the 2018 candidate. Loralai is the daughter of Andy and Kristen Crawford of Wellsville. A junior at Wellsville High School, Loralai is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), on the staff of The Owl (the school newspaper), and the LEOs Club. She is consistently on the High Honor Roll and is currently third in her class. She enjoys singing, listening to music, reading, and community service. She is working at the Stillwater Pizza and Grill in Wellsville. After high school, Loralai plans to attend the University of Toronto, to study aerospace engineering or biomedical engineering with a minor in astronomy. “I am very excited and grateful to raise money for the hospital,” she said.
Kayla Day, the daughter of Beth and Greg Day of Wellsville, is representing the Wellsville Rotary Club. A junior at Wellsville High School, Kayla is on the traveling softball team, as well as the WHS basketball and soccer teams. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys going to camp with her family and hanging out with her friends. She enjoys hunting. Kayla is planning to attend college after graduation and will pursue a career as a corrections officer.
The Hemlock Twig representative this year is Milla Litzburg, the daughter of Mike and Ella Litzburg of Wellsville. Milla participates in several sports including varsity basketball, soccer, and track and field. She is also in the International Club at school and is working this summer as part of the Otis Eastern Summer Internship program. Milla is on the high honor roll and in the top 10 of her class. In her spare time, she enjoys playing violin and practicing her soccer skills. After high school, her plans include a four-year college but her major is undecided.
The Olive Twig is represented by Chloe Norton, the daughter of Karen and Louie Norton of Whitesville. Chloe is on the Student Council at her school. She is part of the Tech Crew and is involved in the Big Brother/Big Sister Program. Chloe was chosen to perform a solo at the Area All State Music Festival. She mows the lawn at the Wellsville Montessori School and enjoys community service. Chloe has been involved in the Auxiliary’s Spring Fling, the SPCA Basket Auction, and works at the local soup kitchen. She is planning to attend college and would like to earn a degree in Business Management or Education.
Molly Cole of Wellsville is the candidate for the Wellsville Educators Association. She is the daughter of Jennifer and Rob Cole. At WHS, she is a member of SADD, the Student Council, the Ski Club and The Owl. She is taking honors classes and is consistently on the honor role. She plays tennis and enjoys listening to music, hanging out with her friends, traveling, and painting. Her post-high school plans include studying for a career in the medical field.
Taylor Payne is representing the Maple Twig. Taylor is the daughter of Jamie and Brian Weber and Greg Payne. A junior at Wellsville High School, Taylor is a member of the National Honor Society. She plays on the school's soccer, softball, basketball, and bowling teams. In her free time, Taylor enjoys running and hanging out with friends and family. Taylor plans on attending college where her goal is to be a forensic scientist.
Katie Tronetti is representing Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Katie is the daughter of Linda and Mike Tronetti of Wellsville. A junior at Wellsville High School, Katie is consistently on the honor role. She is a member of the Student Council and the International Club. In her spare time, Katie enjoys babysitting and being with her friends. She is looking forward to college and a career in the medical field.
For more information about where to buy raffle tickets, contact the JMH Auxiliary at 585-593-1100, ext. 5426.
RICH EWELL NAMED CHAIR OF JMH BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WELLSVILLE, NY (July 26, 2018) – At a recent reorganizational meeting, Rich Ewell of Wellsville was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Jones Memorial Hospital. Also elected were Karol Marciano, Vice Chair; Dan Johnson, Treasurer; and Samantha Gilkey, Secretary.
The Board of Directors is responsible for directing the operation of the hospital. In addition to appointing and supporting the CEO, the board sets the overall policy and monitors the quality of services and the financial soundness of the hospital. “I would like to take a moment to thank Mary Kate Cole, who served as chair for three years, as well as the other out-going officers: Vice Chair Barry Kulp, Treasurer Gray Balcom, and Secretary Kim Toot,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “They will all continue to serve as board members and their time as officers is most appreciated.”
Rich Ewell is in his first term as a board member, having been a part of the team since 2015. He is a life-long resident of Wellsville and is Vice President of Richardson & Stout Insurance – a division of The Evans Agency. He is Treasurer of the Allegany County Industrial Development Agency, a member of the Allegany County Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, and a member of the Wellsville Elks Club. A graduate of SUNY Oswego, Mr. Ewell and his wife Gabrielle live in Wellsville and have two children.
Karol Marciano, who has also been on the board since 2015, is now serving as the Vice Chair. Ms. Marciano has worked in healthcare for over 40 years and is currently the Associate Vice President for the UR Medicine Regional Provider Network. Ms. Marciano is on the YMCA Board, the Hillside Cemetery Association Board, and is a member of the Andover Historical Society. A native of Andover, she is a graduate of Alfred State College and St. John Fisher in Rochester.
Dan Johnson, who joined the board in 2017, has lived in Wellsville since 1980. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Alfred State College and is the Director of Heat Recovery Engineering at Arvos Air Preheater. Mr. Johnson and his wife Kim live in Wellsville.
Samantha Gilkey, who re-joined the board of directors last year after a three-year hiatus, has taken on the duties of the Board Secretary. Mrs. Gilkey first joined the board in 2001 and served as chair, vice chair, and treasurer during the three terms she served. She is chair of the Jones Memorial Hospital Foundation. Mrs. Gilkey and her husband Clint live in Wellsville.
Also serving on the board of directors are Dr. Bill Coch, Dr. Rob Gilfert, Dan Guiney, and Dr. James Rummel, Chief of Staff.
FIELD OF FLAGS RAISES $9,300 FOR DISABLED VETERANS
WELLSVILLE, NY (July 25, 2018) – The annual Field of Flags at Jones Memorial Hospital is one way to honor and remember deceased veterans. But did you know it is also a way to take care of living veterans? All funds raised are donated to LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve, an organization dedicated to providing outdoor hunting, fishing, and recreational experiences for disabled vets.
“This was our fifth year sponsoring the Field of Flags,” said Sue Kays, one of the organizers of the Field of Flags at Jones. “This year’s donation was $2,300 - bringing our five year total donation to LEEK to $9,300. We are so happy that we can support its mission to help our disabled vets get back to the outdoor activities that they enjoyed before their injury.”
The Field of Flags is sponsored by JMH, the Wellsville American Legion Post 702 and Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders. Every year, the flags are placed in the front lawn at JMH on Armed Forces Day and remain in place through Memorial Day. The suggested donation to sponsor a flag is $5. “We would love to have next year be the biggest field yet,” said Mrs. Kays. “To see hundreds of flags waving in the breeze is breath-taking and an incredible way to remember the sacrifices our veterans made for all of us and for this country.”
If you would like to support the 2019 Field of Flags, the hospital and the Legion will begin accepting donations in late March. Dedication cards and donations can be turned in at the Wellsville American Legion, 23 Jefferson Street and at Jones Memorial Hospital’s Business Office. Checks may be made out to Jones Memorial Hospital.
For more information about the 2019 Field of Flags, contact Sue Kays at (585) 596-2052 or stop in at the Wellsville Legion.
KIM MULKIN NAMED SECOND CARE CHAMPION OF 2018
WELLSVILLE, NY (July 24, 2018) – Kimberly Mulkin, Cardio-Pulmonary Tech at JMH, has been chosen as the Jones Memorial Hospital Care Champion for the second quarter of 2018.
Four times a year, the hospital recognizes a staff member or volunteer as a Care Champion. To be nominated, the person must demonstrate - through words or actions - an exemplary commitment to JMH patients, to their co-workers, and to the JMH employee Code of Conduct.
Kim was nominated by her colleague Patty Brainard, a Medical Imaging Technologist at JMH. When Patty’s car broke down on her way to work one cold and rainy day, Kim saw her and stopped to offer her assistance. “Kim then hopped in her car and brought me back a can of gas to see if that was the problem,” said Patty. “It was an amazing thing for her to do! She is always so kind and thoughtful and not just to her co-workers, but to her patients as well.”
Kim, who has been at JMH for three years, says her favorite part of the job is her patients and being able to help them. “I work with inpatients and outpatients and I get to meet some wonderful people,” she said. “In this profession, you see people at their best and at their worst. To me, the job is all about the patients.” Kim has been in the healthcare field for 30 years, starting her career as a cardiac sonographer after earning her certification at Washburn University in Kansas. Something you may not know about Kim? She has a fraternal twin sister who lives in Franklinville.
“My second favorite part of my job is my co-workers,” she added. “The ER staff and the x-ray staff here are the most impressive I have ever worked with. This is a nice organization to work for and I am very happy to be part of the UR Jones Family!”
Please join us in congratulating Kim on her selection as Care Champion!
DR. ANNA HARING JOINS JMH MEDICAL STAFF
OB/GYN Will See Patients in Wellsville & Hornell
WELLSVILLE, NY (July 12, 2018) – Dr. Anna Haring, OB/GYN, has joined the Jones Memorial Medical Practices and is welcoming women of ages to her practice.
Dr. Haring will have offices in Wellsville at the Women and Childrens’ Health Office, 127 North Main Street in Wellsville, and at the JMH Medical Practices Office at 430 Canisteo Street in Hornell.
To make an appointment with her at the Wellsville Office, please call (585) 596-4047. To see her in Hornell, please call (607) 324-0604.
A graduate of the University Of Texas School of Medicine, Dr. Haring served her residency at Wesley Hospital at Kansas University. She has relocated to Wellsville with her husband.
EVA BENEDICT HONORED BY AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION
WELLSVILLE, NY (July 3, 2018) – At the June 28 HANYS Annual Awards Banquet, the American Hospital Association presented Jones Memorial Hospital CEO Eva Benedict with the 2018 Grassroots Champion Award, citing her commitment to bringing the challenges of rural hospitals to the attention of elected officials.
A national honor, the Grassroots Award is presented annually to one person in each state. Eva was recognized for her effective and persistent advocacy with politicians in Albany and Washington to advance the policies that enable rural and small community hospitals to deliver innovative and patient-centered care throughout New York State. Eva continues to play a crucial role in protecting rural hospital Medicare payment programs and promoting policies that ease barriers to innovation and improved care.
In her leadership role, Eva has made a priority of meeting with and educating elected leaders about the unique role of small and rural community hospitals. “Making sure that our elected officials understand the practical impact that the policies they are considering will have on those living and working in rural areas is crucial,” she said.
Eva active on the American Hospital Association-convened forums, including the Regional Policy Board and the AHA Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities. “I am honored to represent Jones Memorial and other rural hospitals by ensuring that we have a voice in state, regional, and national discussions about healthcare policies,” she said. “I am honored to receive this award.”
Eva started her career at Jones Memorial as a staff nurse in the ICU in 1981. She has served as President/CEO at the hospital for nearly 12 years.
TOBY MORRIS ACHIEVES DEC CERTIFICATION
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 28, 2018) – Toby Morris, Jones Memorial Hospital’s Maintenance and Plant Operation Tech, was recently certified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a Commercial Pesticide Applicator.
Although he has been a certified pesticide technician for several years, as a commercial pesticide applicator Toby is responsible for adding biocides to the hospital’s cooling system. “These pesticides are added to the chilled water for the air conditioner to ensure that it is free from bacteria and safe for our patients and staff,“ he explained. To achieve this level of certification, Toby attended a one-week class in Rochester concluding in a final exam at the DEC building in Bath.
As the hospital mechanic, Toby’s general responsibilities include repairing and rebuilding machines throughout the hospital, from ice machine in the cafeteria to the heavy equipment used by the facilities staff. He is also certified in asbestos removal and has successfully completed the ten-hour federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) course. Toby has been a part of the JMH Facilities staff since April 2015.
CHEMO CARE KITS DELIVERED TO WILMOT CANCER INSTITUTE INFUSION CENTER, PART OF JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 26, 2018) – “What can I do to help?” That is the question most often asked by the friends and family of those undergoing chemotherapy. Cards and flowers can brighten the day, but recently a group of women in Wellsville went a step further: They donated 36 Chemo Care Kits for patients at the Wilmot Cancer Institute Infusion Center, Part of Jones Memorial Hospital.
“This is such a kind and generous gift,” said Eva benedict, CEO at Jones. “The thought and planning in choosing the contents of the kits will be truly appreciated by the recipients.” The group that organized and assembled the kits includes Kristin Ives, Sarah Cole, Nancy Jo Harrington, Brandi and Mikayla Lasnick, Betty Costello, Cassie Rogers, Crystal Wiech, Emma McDowell, Jacqueline McLaughlin, Jamie and Emily Fuller, and Stephanie Miller. A big thank you also goes out to everyone who sponsored a kit!
“We have all been affected by cancer in one way or another,” said Kristen Ives about what inspired the gift. “We knew about different organizations and hospitals distributing chemo care kits and now that our very own JMH has a chemo infusion center we wanted to spread the love to our community.”
Each of the Chemo Kits includes an inspirational card with handwritten note, a handmade hat, Purell wipes, a crossword puzzle book, a Sudoku puzzle book, a pen, a small notebook, mints, hard candy, gum, a stress ball, a blanket, hand lotion, a muscle rub stick, tissues, a bottle of water, and Propel flavor packets. “We chose these items because they are a mix of pampering, entertainment, and necessity,” explained Sarah Cole, adding that the group also asked chemo patients what would be most appreciated. “We plan on continuing this project on an as needed basis. The infusion nurses will let us know when they are running low.”
“We truly appreciate the thoughtful support of our chemo patients that is represented by this gift,” said Brenda Szabo, VP of Diagnostics and Rehab at Jones who oversees the Infusion Center. “One of the best things about living in a small community is people supporting and caring for their friends and neighbors during challenging times.”
For more information about the Wilmot Cancer Institute Infusion Center, Part of Jones Memorial Hospital, please call the center at (585) 596-2059 or check out our website: www.jmhyny.org.
PHOTO CAPTION: Kristin Ives, right, and Sarah Cole, left, delivered the Chemo Care Kits put together by a group of local women. The kits will be given to chemotherapy patients at the Wilmot Cancer Institute Infusion Center, Part of Jones Memorial Hospital! Oncology Nurses Breanna Willson, left, and Amanda Elliott were on hand to accept this generous and thoughtful gift! Thank you for thinking of our patients.
CODY DEAN NEW PATIENT FINANCIAL CONSULTANT
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 25, 2018) – As the new Patient Financial Consultant at Jones Memorial Hospital, Cody Dixon spends much of his time talking to health insurance companies and helping patients apply for financial subsidies.
“I have a responsibility to our patients to make sure that their admissions are authorized by their insurance so they aren’t responsible for the entire bill,” Cody explained. “Another big part of the job is helping patients who need to apply for financial subsidies.”
Cody is also available to consult with self-pay patients and advise them on available health insurance coverage options and financial subsidies that may be available. If you have questions about your health insurance coverage or need help finding a way to pay your medical bills, please stop by the Patient Financial Services office at Jones Memorial. If you have questions or would
JAIME GLEASON CERTIFIED APPLICATION COUNSELOR
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 15, 2018) – Navigating the New York State Health Insurance Marketplace for coverage can be an intimidating task. The good news is that Jones Memorial Hospital’s Jaime Gleason is now a New York State of Health Certified Application Counselor. She is available to help you explore the options and find the health insurance that is best for you.
“I like the interaction with patients and helping them find what they need,” she added. “Every person has a different story – I’ve never seen the same situation twice.” If you need help paying your hospital bills or finding health insurance, please contact Jaime Gleason at (585) 596-4040. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.
For Jaime, this new certification expands her role as a Patient Financial Consultant. “As an application counselor,” she explained, “I help self-pay and uninsured patients find what they need - whether it is applying for Medicaid or one of the many insurance products available through the marketplace.” When she is wearing her patient financial counselor hat, Jaime works with patients to apply for financial assistance or to set up a payment plan to pay their medical bills. In both cases, she works one-on-one with inpatients and outpatients to help them pay for their medical care.
Jaime has been part of the JMH team for nearly six years.
Like to make an appointment with Cody, please call him at (585) 596-4039.
A part of the JMH family for nearly three years, Cody got his start as a stock clerk in Materials Management. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from SUNY Buffalo and is currently working on his Masters at Alfred University.
SARAH MERRIAM NAMED JMH CARE CHAMPION
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 12, 2018) – Sarah Merriam, Lead Laboratory Assistant at JMH, has been chosen as the Jones Memorial Hospital Care Champion for the first quarter of 2018.
Four times a year, the hospital recognizes a staff member or volunteer as a Care Champion. To be nominated, the person must demonstrate through words or actions an exemplary commitment to JMH patients, their co-workers, and the JMH employee code of conduct.
Sarah was nominated by Kristin Ives of the Anticoagulation Clinic. “One of my patients contacted me saying that she made it through her fasting blood work without passing out because of Sarah,” said Kristin. “She told Sarah how she was feeling and Sarah was ready with a damp paper towel for her forehead and the chair leaned back. She said Sarah talked to and distracted her so that it was over before she knew it!”
This situation was nothing out of the ordinary for Sarah, according to Kristin. “Sarah always goes above and beyond to help her co-workers and all patients,” she said. “She always has a smile and encouraging words and is a fantastic example of a JMH Care Champion!”
Sarah, who has been at JMH for five years, said her favorite part of her job is patient care and interaction. “Being able to connect with and invest in the lives of my patients is one of the blessings of our rural hospital,” she said. “I get to laugh, cry, rejoice, and mourn with patients and their families. This gives my work purpose and fulfillment. Plus, I get to work alongside some pretty amazing co-workers!”
Please join us in congratulating Sarah on her selection as Care Champion!
THE JMH CELEBRATE SUMMER CLASSIC SET FOR JUNE 29
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 11, 2018) – Mark your calendar: You don’t want to miss the 14th Annual Celebrate Summer Classic Golf Tournament, sponsored by Jones Memorial Hospital. This year, the event will be held on Friday, June 29, at the Wellsville Country Club. Registration is at noon and a shotgun start goes off at 1:30 pm.
The tournament is a 4-person scramble for mens, womens, or mixed teams. “This format emphasizes the fun without the pressure of players keeping individual scores,” explained Jason Reynolds, event co-chair. The game begins with each player hitting a tee shot on every hole, but then everyone on the team plays from the spot of the best shot. “What is really nice about the scramble format is that it is fun for serious golfers as well as those who haven’t picked up a club in years – or ever.”
The cost of the tournament and complimentary dinner is $320 per four-person team or $80 per person. The fee includes a cart, 18 holes of golf and complimentary dinner. If you want to come just for the dinner and awards ceremony, the cost is $20. Payment is due for the tournament and the dinner by June 22, 2018.
Sponsorship opportunities range from the $2,500 Hole in One Tournament Sponsor, to the Eagle level for $1000 and the Birdie level for $500, as well as Par sponsors for $250 and Tee sponsors for $100 and a cart sponsorship for $50. Each sponsorship level includes special incentives.
Brochures and registration forms can be found on the JMH website, www.jmhny.org, or by calling Jason at 585-596-4060 or Jodi Pearson at 585-596-2053.
CATHY TALBETT ELECTED CHAIR OF FINGERS LAKES CHAPTER OF NYPTA
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 4, 2018) – Catherine Talbett, Clinical Supervisor for Rehabilitation Services at Jones Memorial Hospital, has been elected chair of the Finger Lakes District of the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA). The Finger Lakes District includes Allegany, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties.
As District Chair, Cathy will be responsible for organizing and overseeing all chapter meetings as well as working with other members of the District and State Executive Committees. Cathy anticipates serving as the NYPTA district representative at the American Physical Therapy Association House of Delegates as part of her responsibilities. APTA House of Delegates is the professional organization’s policy making body and consists of therapists and therapist assistants from around the country. Cathy is an experienced advocate, having served nine years as the Finger Lakes Chapter’s Legislative Liaison. In this position, she was responsible for keeping members updated on the legislative efforts of the organization – like reducing high-copays-in addition to advocating for these issues in Albany. She has twice been a delegate for the Finger Lakes District to the NYPTA Delegate Assembly. She has also been vice chair of the Finger Lakes Chapter for three years, serves on the NYPTA Public Policy Committee, and is presently on the editorial board of the NYPTA newsletter.
“It is a privilege to serve my profession in a leadership role and to represent our area at a regional and state level,” said Cathy. “Though meetings are typically held in Rochester, one of my goals is to be able to facilitate more active participation from locations in the district south of Rochester. As chair, I am looking forward to representing our region in the NYS Chapter.”
A native of Friendship, Cathy has been at JMH for 17 years, is also a Board Certified Pediatric Physical Therapist and is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment. Congratulations Cathy!
2018 ANNUAL FUND DRIVE KICK-OFF SET FOR MAY 30TH
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 10, 2018) – The kick-off event for Jones Memorial Hospital’s 2018 Annual Fund Drive will be from 5 pm to 7 pm on Wednesday, May 30th at the Wellsville Country Club.
“This is a friend-making event,” said Eva Benedict, CEO. “If you would like to learn more about Jones Memorial and how you can make a difference to the future of healthcare, I encourage you to attend.” In addition to being a casual meet and greet with refreshments, the program will include an overview of the regional healthcare scene and what the future holds for Jones Memorial. Part of the evening will also focus on those donors who have reached Lifetime Associates status by giving $10,000 or more to the hospital.
The 2018 campaign goal is $150,000 which will be used to expand the specialty services at JMH. Pledges and gifts will be accepted at this kick-off event. Please RSVP to Jodi Pearson by May 25, 2018 by calling her at (585) 596-2053.
The JMH Lifetime Associates include: Arthur and Ethel Alexander; Allegany Co-op Insurance; Allegany Eye Foundation; Alstom Power Inc.; Dr. and Mrs. Mohammad Ayyub; Bayard C. Tullar Trust; Eva and Neil Benedict; Dr. and Mrs. Kurt Benham; Frank and Barb Boekell; Harriett Bradley; Dr. and Mrs. Billy Carstens; Hugh Church; Kathryn Church; Larry and Deborah Clark; Dr. William Coch; Luanne Comstock; Eleanor Dates; Delphi Emergency Physician Services; Dresser Rand; Eastern Seaboard, Inc.; Dr. James and Maureen Edmondston; Jeff Ely and Janine Greene; F.T. and Anna C. Manley Memorial Fund; Federated Clover Investment Advisor; Dr. Joe and F.A. Felsen; Fillmore & Fisher Pharmacy; Dr. and Mrs. Rob Gilfert; Clinton and Samantha Gilkey; Gary and Ann Gilpin; Dr. Kirk Heriot; Michael and Cheryl Jackson; Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; Charles and Lorraine Joyce; Charles P. Joyce; Richard, Tina and Cory Joyce; Teresa Joyce; Erkie Kailbourne; Dr. Zahi Kassas; Paul Kilbane; Loyal Order of Moose #601; Preston and Pauline Lucas; Cherrie Feeman Macafee; Dr. F. C. Miller and Diana Fleming Miller; Moogan Family Foundation; Sue and Rich Nicol; Otis Eastern Service, Inc.; Pediatrix Medical Group; H. Gretchen Probst; Dr. Daniel Proto; Paul Rhodes; Robin and Mary Rhodes; Mr. & Mrs. Constantine Rigas; Short’s Oil Company; Steuben Trust Company; Ralph “Tim” Tompkins; Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth Van Dine; Art & Pat Van Tyne; The Walchli Family; Sherry Walton; Wellsville American Legion Post 702; and Wellsville Lions Club.
JMH STAFF RECOGNITION AND AWARDS DINNER HELD
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 9, 2018) – One of the highlights of Hospital Week at Jones Memorial Hospital is the Employee Recognition and Service Awards Dinner. This year, 47 employees were honored for a total of 665 years of dedicated service to the hospital. In addition, the dinner was an opportunity to award the Care Champion, the Healthy Heroes, and the Golden J winners.
Honored for 40 years of service were Steven VanSkiver and Nancy Wilson. Celebrating 35 years was Barbara Lanphier. The eight employees honored for 30 years of service were Sonya Ellis, Carol Fuller, Mary Jo Healy, Kathleen Kurschner, Cheryl Macafee, Brenda Mong-Szabo, Teri Monroe, and Edward Wilson, Jr. Also honored were Lisa Armstrong, 25 years, and Thomas Dickerson and Kelly Rapan, 20 years each. Fifteen years of service were noted for Lynn Frungillo, Lu-Ann Kaye, Pamela Spink, Iona Wiley, and Shanna Winters. Celebrating their 10th anniversary were Michele McMorris, Michelle Monroe, Lauren Morris, Sarah Moyer, Laura Slocum, and Christopher Wagner. Reaching their five year mark were Susan Baer, Tracy Barlow, Dixie Church, Jaime Gleason, James Helms, Mary Iantorno, Glen Krotje, Jacqueline McLaughlin, Matthew Merriam, Sara Merriam, Anthony Mureddu, Megan Padden, Hillary Robbins, Carolyn Smith, Britney Stillman, Cynthia Sweet, Susan Thomas, Christina Torpey, Elizabeth Velia, Cynthia Weakland, Keith Weekley, and Audrey Youmans.
Recognized as winners of the Golden J were Sara Abbott, Christina Collins, Kristin Ives, Christine Sisson, and Nancy Wilson. The Care Champion of the Year was Erik Stein; other nominated Care Champions were Theresa Toth-Fleischman and Cathy Talbett. Recognized as a Health Hero was Suzanne Jackson-Mix.
In photo, from left, Cathy Talbett, Erik Stein, Michelle Monroe, Teri Monroe, Jackie McLaughlin, Kristin Ives, Lauren Morris, Liz Velia, Christina Torpey, Carolyn Smith, Britney Stillman, Sonya Ellis, Christina Collins, Lisa Armstrong, Cherrie Macafee, Christine Sisson, Cindy Weakland, Ed Wilson, Michele McMorris, Sara Abbott, Brenda Szabo, Jim Helms, Pam Spink, Kathy Kurschner, Nancy Wilson, Sue Baer, and Dixie Church. Congratulations to each of you
JMH RECOGNIZED FOR HIGH QUALITY MATERNITY CARE
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 8, 2018) – BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has recognized Jones Memorial Hospital with a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
These designated centers are medical facilities recognized for delivering quality specialty care safely and effectively, based on objective, transparent measures on patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community. The Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care program evaluates hospitals on quality measures for vaginal and cesarean delivery. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care designation, a hospital must also demonstrate cost-efficiency.
BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) companies across the nation have recognized more than 1,000 hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care. Hospitals recognized with this designation are assessed using a combination of quality information supplied by hospitals and cost measures derived from BCBS companies’ medical claims.
Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, maternity care, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery, and transplants, while encouraging health care professionals to improve the care they deliver. Research shows that, compared to other hospitals, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients. On average, Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20% more cost-efficient than hospitals that are not Blue Distinction Center+ designated.
FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS AT JMH WELLNESS FAIR
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 1, 2018 ) – The Annual Community Wellness Screening at Jones Memorial Hospital will be in the Walchli Education Center at the hospital from 7 am to 4 pm on Thursday, May 10 in the Walchli Education Center.
JMH staff will be providing a variety of free health screenings, including blood pressure, bone density testing, balance assessment and flexibility measurement. The lab work offered will include glucose and cholesterol screenings. Other screenings include the Tanita Scale, which measures body fat and BMI (Body Mass Index), a Pulmonary Function Test to measure lung health. It will take about 20 minutes to visit all of the health screening stations.
No appointment is necessary. Knowing your numbers is an important first step to understanding how to make smart decisions about your health.
DONNA BLIVEN RECOGNIZED BY THE GREATER ALLEGANY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 20, 2018) – Donna Bliven, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, recently received the prestigious Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Presidential Award.
According to GACCC President Girard Kelly, this annual award is given to some who has been involved with the GACCC and tourism. “I look throughout the year for the right person and this year, Donna was clearly the right person,” he said, adding that Donna is very involved not only with the chamber and tourism, but with the Jones Memorial Hospital and Allegany County. “She is very well-liked by her peers and is professional, dedicated, and hard working – she spends countless hours volunteering locally and in other counties.”
“I am so pleased that Donna received this award from the Allegany County Chamber,” said JMH CEO Eva Benedict. “It is especially gratifying when someone like Donna – who works quietly and behind the scenes – is recognized for her efforts.”
Donna has been on the GACCC for five years. She is also a director on the Allegany County Tourism Board. She has been part of the JMH family for 42 years, the past 11 in her current role in Administration. Congratulations Donna!
AIMEE VALLIERES CERTIFIED IN MAMMOGRAPHY
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 19, 2018) –Jones Memorial Hospital Medical Imaging Technologist Aimee Vallieres has passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist exam and is now certified in mammography. Please join JMH in congratulating Aimee.
Routine digital mammograms like those provided at JMH are one of the best ways to detect breast cancer in its early stages. The mammography equipment at JMH is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology and all exams are administered by one of three female certified mammo technologists and read by board certified radiologists.
Mammography appointments at JMH are available Mondays, Thursday and Fridays from 7 am to 3 pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 am to 5:30 pm. Call (585) 596-4013 for more information or to make an appointment.
DEANNA HACKETT NAMED PRIVACY OFFICER AT JMH
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 17, 2018) – Deanna Hackett, Health Information Management (HIM) lead at Jones Memorial Hospital, has been named the hospital’s Privacy Officer.
The HIM department ensures the appropriate and confidential use of health information. The primary responsibility of the Privacy Officer is to enforce HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information. “It is a natural fit,” said Ms. Hackett of adding the Privacy Officer to her duties. “My HIM responsibilities fall in line with the responsibilities of the privacy officer. On both fronts the task is to protect and uphold state and federal laws, while balancing patient care needs and patient privacy.”
Ms. Hackett, who will be celebrating her fifth anniversary at JMH, started her career in HIM and Quality Management. Congratulations Deanna!
JMH AUXILIARY SPRING FLING SET FOR APRIL 28
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 19, 2018) – The 2nd Annual Spring Fling, a fundraiser for the JMH Auxiliary, is set for Saturday, April 28 from 9 am to 6 pm at the Wellsville Elementary School.
The basket auction is always a big hit and this year there will be a special basket auction just for kids! In addition, the kids’ activities have been expanded to include a bounce house, face painting, and a craft table.
“We are excited about the variety of items that are coming in for the basket auction,” said Sue Dempsey, treasurer for the Auxiliary and chair of the basket auction. “Last year we had 265 items in the basket auction and we are hoping to surpass that this year.” This year the items donated for the auction include an Adirondack chair, a silver and agate necklace from Walker Metalsmiths, an outdoor fire ring from Brand Names, a Waterford Crystal bowl, a basket of products and services from LaGra Salon, an Ellen Scott duffle bag, and three $100 cash prizes. Tickets will be sold from 9 am until 3:45 pm with the drawing beginning at 4 pm.
“Anyone who would like to put together a basket or donate an item can do so until noon on Friday, April 27,” she added. Donations can be dropped off at the hospital switchboard or pick-up can be arranged by calling Ms. Dempsey at (607) 356-3488. “All donations are gratefully accepted,” she added.
In addition to the basket auction, the Auxiliary will have a vintage jewelry booth, a baked goods table, and a pie baking contest. The lunch offerings include hot dogs, nachos, loaded baked potatoes, and – after the contest – pie! Anyone who would like to enter the pie contest should bring their pie to the school by 8:30 am on Saturday, April 28. No cream pies or other pies that must be chilled please.
“This is one of the Auxiliary’s major fundraisers,” said Kay Eicher, president of the Auxiliary and Spring Fling Chair. “We appreciate the support of the community.”
FIELD OF FLAGS HONORS DECEASED VETERANS
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 10, 2018) – Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor all deceased members of the American armed forces. For the past five years, the front lawn at Jones Memorial Hospital has been transformed into a “Field of Flags” to honor the memory of veterans who have died.
Members of the sponsoring organizations - JMH, the Wellsville American Legion Post 702 and Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders – will place the flags on Armed Forces Day, May 19. The field will remain in place through Memorial Day, May 28. Each flag will have a card with the deceased service member’s name and branch of service, and the name of the person who sponsored the flag. If you would like to make a $5 donation in honor of your deceased veteran, please stop by the Wellsville American Legion, 23 Jefferson Street or Jones Memorial Hospital’s Business Office or the hospital switchboard. Cards and donation must be returned by May 18. Checks may be made out to Jones Memorial Hospital.
All proceeds from the Field of Flags will be donated to LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve, an outdoor recreational facility for wounded and injured service members and veterans. LEEK is located in Northern Pennsylvania (www.leekpreserve.org).
For more information about the 2018 Field of Flags, contact Sue Kays at (585) 596-2052 or stop in at the Wellsville Legion.
KIM MARCIANO RINGS THE BELL FOR HER FINAL CHEMO TREATMENT
WELLSVILLE, NY (March 13, 2018) – Kim Marciano can tell you first-hand how important it is to have a baseline mammogram when you turn 40; her first mammogram saved her life. After an ultrasound mammogram and a biopsy confirmed the initial diagnosis, she started a journey she never expected to be taking.
Over 16 weeks, she had eight three-hour chemo treatments at the Wilmot Cancer Institute Infusion Center at Jones Memorial Hospital. She recently celebrated her final treatment with the traditional bell ringing ceremony surrounded by family and friends.
“When you turn 40, there are a number of things you are supposed to do and having a mammogram is one of them,” she said. “When I made my appointment, I was not expecting cancer. I am proof of how important it is to follow the screening guidelines.” A resident of Belmont and a teacher at Genesee Valley High School, Kim is also proof that having cancer treatment available close to home is beneficial to both the patient and her caregiver. “It was easier to take a 15 minute trip to get my treatments rather than going to Rochester or Dansville,” she added, noting that her husband, Jeff, or family and friends accompanied her to her treatments.
Diagnosed in October of 2017, Kim started her chemo in December. “This is a wonderful facility,” she said of the Infusion Center at Jones. “You don’t feel like a number - the nurses have a passion for what they do and really care about their patients and making sure they are comfortable. My nurses, Amanda (Elliott) and Brianna (Willson) were phenomenal. They were professional and serious when they needed to be, but very funny and entertaining when they didn’t.”
Further testing after Kim’s breast cancer diagnosis revealed that she has the relatively rare BRCA gene, a genetic mutation which increases a woman’s likelihood to develop breast or ovarian cancer. She inherited that gene from her mother; whether she has passed it on to her two daughters, ages 10 and 6, will remain a question until they can be tested at 18. Now that her chemo is done, Kim has scheduled prophylactic surgeries to reduce her cancer risk.
“It was a long road to get here,” Kim said just before ringing the bell to celebrate receiving her final chemotherapy treatment. “It wasn’t as bad as I expected and it has really gone fast. I want to thank everyone who supported me on this journey.”
PHOTO CAPTION: After four months of treatment, Kim Marciano and her husband Jeff said goodbye to her oncology nurses, Amanda Elliott, left, and Bri Willson.
FIVE YEARS AND STILL GLOW-ING: GLOW RUN & WALK SET FOR APRIL 20TH
WELLSVILLE, NY (March 5, 2018) – It has been five years since Jones Memorial Hospital’s first GLOW 5K Run & Walk and it just keeps growing every year! Last year over 400 walkers and runners participated!
Sponsored by the JMH Wellness Committee at Jones Memorial this year’s GLOW 5K will be held on Friday, April 20. April 21. Sign-in begins at 7:30 pm at the Island Park Pavilion and the race will begin promptly at 8:30 pm. Registration forms and a link for on-line registration are available at www.jmhny.org. Register by April 4 to get a race shirt.
“The GLOW Run is a great family event because it is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels,” explained Carrie Walker, event chair. The festive atmosphere includes a DJ and awards for the individual or group dressed in the Spirit of the Glow. “We would also like to thank Allegany Trails, Inc. for opening part of the trail for the GLOW.”
For the more competitive participant, computer chip timing will be provided by Happily Running, Inc. “This allows us to post the results and award medals shortly after the last runner comes in,” explained Mrs. Walker. “Medals will be awarded to the overall winners and the top male and female runners in each age group.”
Everyone who registers for the event will receive a free glow stick. April 4 is the deadline for registrations for those over age five who would like a race t-shirt. There is no charge – and no shirt - for participants under five. Those age 6 to 13 are $15 and age 14 and over at $25. Runners are encouraged to bring a flashlight, be aware of uneven terrain, and embrace the spirit of the GLOW.
Registration forms are available on the JMH website, www.jmhny.org. On-line registration can be done through this link: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Wellsville/GLOW5KRunWalk. All proceeds from the race will benefit community wellness. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARRIE WALKER NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HR AT JONES MEMORIAL
WELLSVILLE, NY (February 8, 2018) – Carrie Walker, Director of Medical Imaging has accepted the position of Executive Director for Human Resources. Carrie has transitioned into her new role by working with HR Director Brenda Sobeck, who plans to retire in April 2018.
Mrs. Walker holds a master’s degree in Professional Studies in Human Resources Management from Penn State University. She has been at Jones Memorial for 15 years, the past nine as the director of Medical Imaging. With Carrie’s transition to Human Resources, she will be maintaining oversight of Medical Imaging and Corporate Compliance.
Please join Jones Memorial Hospital congratulating Carrie Walker in her new role and we look forward to the many contributions she will bring to Human Resources and the organization.
DAVID ROAE, FNP, JOINS JMH MEDICAL PRACTICES IN BELVIDERE
WELLSVILLE, NY (January 24, 2018) – David Roae, Family Nurse Practitioner, has joined the Jones Memorial Medical Practices Belvidere office and is collaborating with Dr. Steven Collins. Dr. Keith Gembusia has relocated his practices to the Bolivar Office.David is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with an advanced practice degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. As a Family Nurse Practitioner David will see all age groups from newborns to geriatric patients.
David, his wife Alison and son Andrew (22 months old) have recently moved here from the Denver, Colorado area. David and Alison are originally from Pennsylvania and are excited to be back in the area. Alison is the Executive Director of Bradford Manor, a skilled nursing facility in Bradford, PA.
For appointments with David Roae, please contact the office by calling (585) 268-5700.
RIBBON CUTTING & OPEN HOUSE AT NEW INFUSION CENTER DECEMBER 6
See A Video of the Official Ribbon Cutting Here!
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 29, 2017) - A ribbon cutting and open house will mark the official opening of the Wilmot Cancer Institute Infusion Center at Jones Memorial Hospital.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this special event, set for 4 - 5:30 pm on Wednesday, December 6. There will be refreshments and tours, as well as a chance to meet the staff and look over the newly renovated space.
SKYLER SCHRLAU CROWNED 2017 AUXILIARY QUEEN!
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 13, 2017) – This year’s JMH Auxiliary Queen Candidates raised a record-breaking $17,181.63 by selling tickets to the Grand Raffle. Maple Twig candidate Skyler Schrlau earned the crown with an incredible $5,183 in ticket sales. The runners up were, on left, Sarah Cole, the Wellsville Rotary Club candidate, and Olivia Hart, representing the Olive Twig.
Each year, the Auxiliary Twigs and local community groups nominate a queen candidate who is crowned at the Auxiliary’s major fundraiser, The Gala & Silent Auction. The candidates compete for the crown by selling tickets to the Auxiliary’s grand raffle. The other candidates this year were Shaquay Ely, the Lilac Twig candidate; Quincy Buckley, representing the Wellsville Educators Association; Ellie Davis, candidate for the Hemlock Twig; Paige Palmer, representing American Legion Post 702; and Grace Middaugh, sponsored by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.
“This is an incredible – recording-breaking - amount of money,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “High school students lead very busy lives between sports, academics, and extra-curricular activities so this is not an easy task for our candidates. We thank each of you for your dedication and hard work.”
Three Grand Raffle tickets are drawn at the Gala for prizes of $500, $300, and $100. This year’s winners were Dale Vossler, Don Beckwith, and Michelle Gonska.
WILMOT CANCER INSTITUTE INFUSION CLINIC AT JONES MEMORIAL OPENS
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 8, 2017) – After months of extensive renovations to the third floor at Jones Memorial Hospital, patients who need infusion therapy can get the care they need close to home at the Wilmot Cancer Institute Infusion Clinic, a part of Jones Memorial Hospital. An official ribbon cutting and public open house has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 6 at from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at Jones.
“The patients in need of infusion therapy often have a condition that is so severe it can’t be treated with oral medications, which can make traveling for care a burden,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial, noting that chemotherapy should be available at Jones later this month. The infusion clinic is housed in a newly renovated area on the third floor at Jones. Other UR Medicine specialty clinics found on the third floor at Jones are cardiology, ENT, neurology, oncology, and endocrinology telemedicine.
The comfort of patients as well as those that accompany them to treatment was an important consideration when the infusion clinic was under construction. For patients, each of the six infusion stations has a spacious recliner with heat and massage, an individually controlled ceiling-mounted heat panel, personalized lighting, and individual televisions. The clinic also offers blankets, a nourishment station with soup and beverages, wireless internet, and USB ports to connect and charge electronic devices such as computers and cell phones and seating for companion.
Patients have been coming to Jones for infusion therapy since the clinic opened in early October. Kelli Empson of West Field, PA, was one of the first Wilmot Cancer Institute patients to receive care in Wellsville. “The entire atmosphere was very relaxing,” she said. “It is not easy to access to my veins, but the nurses helped me stay calm and relaxed while they found the perfect vein.” Kelli had a mild reaction to the medicine and the staff immediately called Dr. Picco for permission to treat it with Benadryl. “They also made sure to give me Benadryl before my next dose so that I did not have the same reaction,” she added. “I would definitely tell other patients that our Infusion Center is one of the best. They are a great team and made my four-hour treatment very comfortable.” The RNs in the infusion clinic are, in photo from left, Brianna Willson, Beth Cooke, and Amanda Elliott
The services provided at the Jones Memorial infusion site include red blood cell transfusions, platelet transfusions, chemotherapy, biologic therapy, coagulation factor infusions, fluid and electrolyte replacement, IV immune globulin infusion, iron infusions, therapeutic phlebotomy , TPA instillation, growth factor injections,erythropoietin injections, IV antibiotics, and mediport draws/flushes. All medications are prepared by the Jones Memorial Hospital pharmacy.
A few examples of conditions treated with IV infusion include: anemias, iron deficiency, hemochromatosis, polycythemia, thrombocytopenia, auto-immune thrombocytopenia purpura, migraine headaches, ankylosing spondylitis, Behcet's disease, cancer, common variable immunodeficiency, Crohn's disease, dermatomyositis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, iIritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, pemphigus, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, ulcerative colitis, and Wegener's granulomatosis.
If you have questions or need more information about the Infusion Clinic at Jones Memorial Hospital, please call the clinic at (585) 596-2059.
ERIKA ZERKOWSKI RECEIVES SODEXO CORNERSTONE AWARD
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 2, 2017) – JMH Dietitian Erika Zerkowski was recently awarded the Sodexo Cornerstone Award for Innovation. The award was presented to Erika during Sodexo’s annual awards ceremony in October for her work on the JMH Glycemic Control Committee (GCC).
“When a diabetic patient is admitted to the hospital, they can have increased blood sugars for a variety of reasons – stress, infection, new medications,” explained Erika. “The GCC developed and instituted standardized treatment protocols for diabetic in-patients. These protocols have led to better control of our patients’ blood sugars without increasing hypoglycemia – low blood sugar.”
The program came to the attention of the Partnership for Patients, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Team members Erika, Dr. Bill Coch, and Lauren Morris presented the JMH protocols at a national webinar last May. The JMH team demonstrated the “gold standards” of these protocols with positive trending results in a short five month period. “We were selected to present our experience, successes, results, and challenges in implementing electronic order sets for standard basal/bolus administration, hypoglycemic protocols, patient’s own insulin pumps, and our diabetic management panels within our electronic health record,” Erika said. “Our presentation focused on implementation of basal/bolus insulin protocols to help control glycemic management in the hospital setting.”
Erika was nominated for her efforts by Jason Reynolds, Director of Food and Nutrition at Jones.
ANTIBIOTICS: PROCEED WITH CAUTION!
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 26, 2017) -- Cold and flu season is on its way. With it comes the question: When do I need an antibiotic? Antibiotics are lifesaving drugs and they need to be used properly. However, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the United States are unnecessary. Over prescribing antibiotics is one of the main causes of antibiotic resistance and is a threat to global health.
“Antibiotics are not always the answer because they only treat bacterial infections,” said Dr. William Coch, Medical Director at Jones Memorial Hospital. “Your provider may run some tests to determine if you have a viral or bacterial illness and – if needed – which antibiotic will work best for you.” A viral infection – such as a cold, bronchitis, flu, sore throat – will not be helped with an antibiotic. “You can find plenty of over-the-counter remedies to help with the symptoms,” he said. Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections, including whooping cough, strep throat, and urinary tract infections.
If you are not feeling well, your provider can determine if you have a virus or if it is a bacterium that has laid you low. “Blood, urine, and other tests can determine if the illness is caused by bacteria,” said Dr. Coch. “If these tests show that the illness IS caused by bacteria, the tests can also determine which antibiotic will work best for that illness.” Your healthcare provider may start you on an antibiotic if a bacterial infection is suspected, but if the tests results show that a different antibiotic – or that it is a bacterial infection – adjustments will be made. “Staying on an antibiotic when you don’t need one is more harmful than helpful,” he added.
There are side effects from antibiotics, some very serious. “But the most serious side effect of taking antibiotics is the risk of getting an antibiotic-resistant infection later,” added Dr. Coch. “These are often more difficult to treat and can lead to very serious complications.”
If you have questions about antibiotic treatment, talk to you provider.
JMH AWARDED MANLEY TRUST GRANT
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 25, 2017) – Ron Sutton, Senior Vice President & Trust Officer at Key Bank, stopped by JMH recently to present a $8,251 grant from the F.T. & Anna C. Manley Memorial Trust to Donna Bliven, RNC BSN MHA, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at JMH.
The funds will be used to purchase of two vital signs machines and two portable CO2 monitors. “All of us at Jones Memorial truly appreciate the continued support of the Manley Trust,” said Mrs. Bliven. In previous years, the grant funding from the Manley Trust has been used to purchase patient care items including a portable neonatal resuscitation unit for OB, an Accuvien illumination system, two vital signs machines, an end tidal CO2 monitor, a pediatric glidescope to intubate infants and children, and two fetal monitors and carts.
“Keeping up with the latest patient care equipment can be a challenge,” said Mrs. Bliven. “We at Jones truly appreciate the support that we have received from the Manley Trust over the years.”
DR. MANDYCH JOINS UR MEDICINE OTOLARYNGOLOGY CLINIC AT JMH
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 19, 2017) – Jones Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Alexander K. Mandych, who specializes in general otolaryngology, has joined UR Medicine Otolaryngology and will begin seeing patients in November at UR Medicine Otolaryngology’s office in Wellsville. Located on the third floor of Jones Memorial Hospital, Dr. Mandych will see patients in this office on Tuesdays, Appointments can now be made by calling (585) 758-5700.
Dr. Mandych is a board certified otolaryngologist and is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery. Dr. Mandych is a founding member of Southtowns Ear, Nose, & Throat in Orchard Park. He chaired the Otolaryngology Department at St. Joseph Hospital in Cheektowaga and was a physician and partner at Western New York Ear, Nose & Throat.
For more information and appointments, please call (585) 758-5700.
PT CARA GALLETTA CERTIFIED IN THE MCKENZIE METHOD OF MECHANICAL DIAGNOSIS & THERAPY
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 10, 2017) – Jones Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Services is pleased to announce that Cara Galletta, PT, DPT was recently certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.
The McKenzie Method is a voluntary post-graduate training program. To be certified, Ms. Galletta completed a series of basic and advanced courses, followed by a competency exam. To maintain her certification, Ms. Galletta is required stay current with changes in the field by attending training events to stay current with changes in the field and to upgrade her skills. Jones Memorial now has two McKenzie Method certified trainers. Cathy Talbett, PT, DPT, PCS, Cert. MDT was certified in 2004 and continues to evaluate and treat patients utilizing this method. .
The McKenzie Method works in three primary steps: assessment, treatment, and prevention. “After the initial assessment of the issue, a unique treatment plan is designed using the movements that directly reduces or abolishes pain for that particular patient,” explained Ms. Galletta. “The goal of the McKenzie Method is patient independence; patients learn to self-treat, minimizing the chances of the pain reoccurring.”
The McKenzie Method is an exercised-based approach to musculoskeletal pain relief. It has been shown to provide relief to those suffering from back and neck pain; pain in the shoulder, knee, and ankle; as well as pain associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms, and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. “The key is the initial assessment,” said Ms. Galletta. “The treatment program for each patient is based on the effects of defined and repeated movements that directly reduces or abolishes pain and restores function.”
If you would like an appointment with Cara Galletta or to find out more about what Physical Therapy can do for you, please contact the PT Department at (585) 596-4011.
BOOKS DONATED TO JMH THANKS TO SUMMER READING PROGRAM
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 2, 2017) – When school lets out and the “no more pencils, no more books” mindset kicks in, it’s time the summer reading programs. These programs encourage kids to continue to read over the summer months. Thanks to the avid readers in one of these programs, pediatric patients at Jones Memorial Hospital are enjoying some brand new books!
The 21 kids who participated in the two week summer reading program led by April Miller earned reward points for the books they read. “They had to read at least 15 minutes a day,” she said. “Knowing they were going to donate books to the hospital helped them work hard and had them excited throughout the program.” The kids compiled their points and were able to pick out 15 books to donate to Jones Memorial pediatric patients. “It was such a rewarding experience to be a part of; we feel blessed to give back to the community,” she said.
The hospital was honored to be the focus of the children’s efforts, said Anne McCormick, Director of Med/Surg Nursing at JMH. “With the approach of the colder weather, our pediatric population increases and reading is a wonderful way for them to pass the time was they recover,” she said. “It was wonderful to meet some of them when they delivered the books and thank them for thinking of our patients.”
Photo caption: It took a lot of reading this summer to enable these kids to earn enough points to donate 15 books to the pediatric patients at Jones Memorial Hospital. The generous – and avid – readers are, from left, Noah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Zachary Fanton; Abby and Brooke Willson ; Leah and Riley Miller; and Pandora Burdick.
PEPE THE THERAPY DOG SPREADING SMILES AT JMH
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 28, 2017) – They call it “Pepe-love” when Pepe the Therapy Dog stops by Jones Memorial Hospital with his companion Julie Thompson to bring a little cheer to patients, visitors, and everyone they meet!
Pepe and Julie have been volunteering at JMH since early July. “We go from patient room to room and ask if people would like a visit,” Julie explained. “If they say yes, we come in for a few minutes. Patients and their visitors pet Pepe and talk about their pets at home.” After a few minutes, Julie and Pepe move on to the next patient. “If there is time, we will stop at the waiting areas and – of course – we say hello to the staff.” The team cannot stop to see patients in the ICU, Maternity, or those in isolation. Both Julie and Pepe stop use antibacterial gel between rooms.
Julie and Pepe got their start as a therapy dog team at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. “They have a great program to help people learn and apply to be therapy dog teams,” she said, adding that Pepe is nationally registered with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD). “Being registered nationally through a reputable group is very important for therapy dog teams; it gives a wonderful avenue for communication and the ATD has their own insurance, if there is an incident.” While Pepe is her first therapy dog, Julie’s experience includes serving as an assistant therapy dog trainer in Columbus, OH.
Any breed can be a therapy dog, but they must be friendly and well trained and Pepe has that covered. “Pepe passed his initial test and is tested every two years to certify that he is keeping up with training,” Julie said.
Pepe is a popular visitor. The mother of one young patient said her daughter was delighted when Pepe came to visit. “This is a great program,” she said of Pepe’s visit. “My little one was in a much better mood after they left - Julie gave her a card with Pepe’s picture on it and she was very excited to show all of her family when they came to visit.”
Spreading joy and cheering up patients. All in a day’s work for Pepe the Therapy Dog!
JMH MEDICAL PRACTICES ANNOUNCES 2017 FLU SHOT CLINICS
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 27, 2017) – Influenza is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
Beginning October 9th, the Jones Memorial Medical Practices will begin offering flu shots to patients in most of the offices. These flu clinics are for patients of the practice only. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. The cost for private and self-pay patients will be $45.
- Belvidere Office, 5877 Old State Route 19: from 8 am to 4 pm on these Mondays: October 9, 16, 23, and 30. Call 585-268-5700 for appointments.
- Bolivar Office, 120 First Street: from 8 am to 4 pm on these Tuesdays: October 10, 17, 24, and 31. Call 585-928-1600 for appointments.
- Wellsville Office, 13 Loder Street, Shannon Mooney: 8 am to 4 pm on these Fridays: October 13, 20, and 27, and November 3. Call (585) 596-4088 for appointments.
- Wellsville Office, 127 North Main Street: 9 am to 3:30 pm on the following Wednesdays: October 11, 18, and 25, and November 1. Pediatric patient appointments can be made by calling (585) 596-2040; patients of Dr. Lanphere or Jennifer Middaugh should call (585) 596-4091; and patients of Dr. Kaye should call (585) 596-4112.
If you receive your annual flu shot outside of your provider’s office, please be sure to share that information with your provider so that it is included in your medical record. Please be sure to bring your insurance card with you.
COMMEMORATIVE QUILT INTEGRATES 25 YEARS OF RIDGEWALK & RUN T-SHIRTS
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 18, 2017) – How do you commemorate the 25th anniversary of the RidgeWalk & Run, an event that continues to bring thousands of people from throughout the region to Wellsville to enjoy the beauty that is Allegany County in the fall? Why with a quilt made from the event t-shirts RidgeWalk participants receive each year, or course!
In early January, the RidgeWalk & Run Committee began collecting t-shirts from each of the 25 years the event has taken place. After the community and past participants answered the call by donating shirts from each year since 1993, the project was on!
“No one thought 25 years ago that we might want to put away a shirt - or even the artwork and posters – from each year for posterity,” explained Jim Helms, RW&R chairman. “When we announced we were trying to find a shirt from each year, the response was gratifying and we are thrilled with the resulting quilt.” Special thanks go to Kevin Demster, Sammie Gilkey, Sandy Guenter, Jim and Dena Helms, RoseAnna Ladage, Doris MacFarquhar, Teri Monroe, Rich Shear, Ralph Stockman, the Wellsville-Area Chamber of Commerce, and Ron Wightman for their help in collecting the shirts.
A big box of t-shirts was sent to Professional Quilter Kathleen Woods of Still Quilting in Medical Lake, Washington. She turned a pile of new, old, and sometimes well-worn t-shirts into a beautiful anniversary quilt. The quilt is on display at Jones Memorial Hospital. Between now and the RidgeWalk, you will be able to see it at Trend Addictions, LC Whitford, the David A. Howe Library, and the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce.
Chances on the quilt are $5 and can be purchased at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville-Area Chamber of Commerce, Hamilton’s Shoe Store, Wellsville Country Club, and Trend Addictions. Tickets will also be available at the RidgeWalk & Run at registration and under the finish line until the awards ceremony.
For more information, contact Jodi Pearson at (585) 596-2053. The winning ticket will be drawn at the RidgeWalk & Run on October 15, 2017. You do not have to be present to win.
CARDIOLOGIST DAVID PELKOWSKI JOINS UR MEDICINE CARDIOLOGY CLINIC AT JMH
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 13, 2017) – Wellsville Cardiology, a UR Medicine Heart & Vascular Clinic located on the third floor at Jones Memorial Hospital, is pleased to announce Dr. David Pelkowski is now the medical director of the clinic. Dr. Pelkowski joins Nurse Practitioners Catherine Burys and Yao Zheng, providing a full range of cardiology services, including new and follow up cardiac patient care.
“I am looking forward to continuing to care for current patients of Wellsville Cardiology and welcoming new patients to the practice,” said Dr. Pelkowski, noting that the team approach to cardiac care – one that also involves the patient and primary care provider – ensures the best possible outcomes. The services available in Wellsville include a monthly electrophysiology clinic and onsite cardiology testing such as echocardiograms, stress echocardiograms, cardiac stress testing, and Holter monitoring.
Dr. Pelkowski comes to Wellsville Cardiology from Weeks Medical Center in New Hampshire, where he served as director of Cardiology and the Echo Lab. Dr. Pelkowski was previously at the Gutherie Clinic, where he served as director of the facility’s mobile eco lab, director of the cardiology fellowship training program, and the lipid clinic. He is board certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine. Catherine Burys, NP, comes to the clinic from Alfred University Wellness Center Health, where she provided comprehensive women’s healthcare and primary care for students on campus. Yao Zheng, FNP, is a graduate of the SUNY at Binghamton Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Her clinical experience included women’s health, adult primary care, and family practice.
To make an appointment with the providers at Wellsville Cardiology, talk to your provider or call the office at 585-596-0134.
PHOTO CAPTION: The Wellsville Cardiology Team includes, from left, Rebecca Joyce, RN; Melissa Vance, Outpatient Access Specialist; Charlotte Behen, RN, Assistant Nurse Manager; Kimberly Lee, RN; Catherine Burys, NP; Dr. David Pelkowski; Kelly Roberts, Physician Support Specialist; Yao Zheng, NP; and Rebecca Hurd, Med Tech.
RIDGEWALK & RUN PRE-EVENT DINNER FEATURES KRISSY MOEHL
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 1, 2017) – Ultramarathon standout, Krissy Moehl will be the featured speaker at this year’s RidgeWalk & Run Pre-Event Dinner on Saturday, October 14th at 6 pm at the Wellsville Country Club. Tickets are $15 and include a pasta bar dinner, cash bar, and a chance to meet this running legend.
An ultramarathon is a foot race of 26 miles or more. Krissy Moehl is recognized world-wide for her dedication to the sport. She has participated in over 100 ultramarathon races, with 55 female wins and two overall wins. She is a two-time champion of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, a 103-mile mountain race through the Alps in France, Italy, and Switzerland. Ms. Moehl holds the fastest known times for the 93-mile Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier in Washington at 22 hours, 22 minutes, and the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail, loop around the Lake Tahoe Basin in the Sierra Nevada and Carson ranges of California and Nevada, for which she hold a women’s record of 47 hours, 29 minutes. She is the director of the Chuckanut 50K in her hometown of Bellingham, WA. You could say she wrote the book on ultramarathons. Krissy is the author of “Running Your First Ultra: Customizable Training Plans for the Your First 50K or 100 Mile Race” and she will sign copies at the dinner.
“We are very excited to have a runner of Krissy’s caliber here in Wellsville,” said Rich Shear, founder of the RidgeWalk & Run. “She is a true running legend and will be an inspiration to runners, walkers, and hikers alike”
The 25th Annual RidgeWalk & Run will be held on Sunday, October 15. You may register and find pre-event tickets and information on the web at RidgeWalk.com or by contacting maybe Jodi Pearson at (585) 596-2053 or email email@example.com.
JMH AWARDED $5.7 MILLION GRANT FROM NYS
WELLSVILLE, NY (July 19, 2017) – Jones Memorial Hospital has received a $5.7 million grant from the NYS Health Care Transformation Program.
One of three hospitals currently affiliated with UR Medicine to be included in the award, JMH will use the funds for a multi-year project to implement a new electronic medical record system (EMR) that will integrate Jones into the UR Medicine EMR system. The EPIC System will allow patient information to flow seamlessly between Jones Memorial Hospital and its Rochester partners, including Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals.
“These funds will provide us with the resources to work more effectively and more efficiently with our partners,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones, adding her thanks to Senator Cathy Young for her support of Jones Memorial’s grant application. “Not only will migrating to a common EMR with the UR Medicine and the other affiliates of UR Medicine be beneficial when recruiting specialists from UR, it will - most importantly - enhance the communication of patient medical information across the system and improve patient safety.”
According to Alicia Johnson, the IT director at Jones Memorial, EPIC will replace Meditech and LSS, the electronic medical record system that has been in use at Jones since 1999. “One of the most exciting aspects of the project to transform Jones Memorial to the EPIC system that is currently in use by UR Medicine and our regional affiliates, is that we will have partners with years of experience available if we have questions or need to trouble shoot,” she said. “Because all of the affiliates will eventually be migrating to EPIC, there will be a safer and more streamlined approach to patient care, with patient records available to providers across the affiliation.”
Physicians and specialists will be able to use ONE medical records system at each of the five affiliate hospitals, rather than a different system at each hospital. As a result, sharing staff and specialists between the affiliate hospitals will be much simpler. The timeline for implementation of this multi-year project begins with an IT work group with members from all regional partners who will develop a plan to develop and build the system.
As an affiliate of UR Medicine, JMH is part of that network’s efforts to create a collaborative health system among Rochester and hospitals in Livingston, Northern Steuben and Allegany counties. “These grants help to close the gap between what’s needed by those we serve and what’s affordable based on our operations. This funding will help us build an infrastructure that works better for patients and providers, and furthers our efforts to address daunting behavioral health challenges,” said Mark B. Taubman, M.D., CEO of UR Medicine. “I want to thank Gov. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for their support in helping us facilitate a broad, comprehensive delivery system transformation plan across several systems in a manner that ensures that these hospitals remain the cornerstone of local health care by strengthening services for patients across the Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier.”
The Governor’s Office announced a total of $18.7 million was awarded for six projects that will protect and transform the Finger Lakes Region's health care system. "Now, more than ever, we need to protect health care in New York and ensure the system in place is meeting the needs of current and future generations of New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said in a press release announcing the awards. "While others seek to decimate our hospitals and reduce access to quality healthcare, we are investing to help ensure a stronger, healthier New York for all."
2017 AUXILIARY QUEEN CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED
WELLSVILLE, NY (July 13, 2017) -- The candidates for the 2017 Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Gala Queen have been announced! As part of a long-time tradition, the Auxiliary Twigs and several community organizations sponsor a young lady to sell tickets to the Grand Raffle. The candidate who sells the most tickets is crowned the Auxiliary’s annual Gala & Silent Auction.
Skyler Schrlau, the daughter of Angel and Michael Schrlau of Wellsville, is representing the Maple Twig. Skyler will be a junior at Wellsville High School this fall. She is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and is on the yearbook committee. She plays soccer at school and in community leagues and also enjoys bowling and slow-pitch softball. She is an excellent student and is consistently in the top ten of her class. Skyler is presently employed by the David A. Howe Public Library as a student desk clerk. After high school, college is definitely in the plans and she is leaning toward something in the medical field – a physician assistant or an MD. In her spare time, she enjoys her friends and family, bonfires, and music. Skyler also likes to travel.
The Lilac Twig has named Shaquay Ely as the 2017 candidate. Shaquay is the daughter of Janine Greene and Jeff Ely of Scio. A student at Genesee Valley High School, Shaquay is a member of the foreign language club and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and is active in student government. She is on the Principal’s Honor Roll and ranked second in her class. Shaquay’s hobbies include playing piano, listening to music, playing with her dog, learning new instruments, and hanging out with her friends. She is a volunteer at Jones Memorial and plans to attend college and study accounting.
Sarah Cole, the daughter of Mary Kate and Jeremy Cole of Wellsville, is representing the Wellsville Rotary Club. Sarah is a student at Wellsville High School, where she is part of the FBLA and plays soccer. While a student at Immaculate Conception School, she was awarded the Kelley Cooper Memorial Scholarship twice. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, being active in the community, and shopping. After high school, Sarah is planning on going to college, pursuing a business degree.
The Wellsville Educators Association will be represented by Quincy Buckley, the daughter of Leslie and Matthew Buckley. Quincy attends Wellsville High School, where she is on the student council. She is a member of the basketball, soccer, and track teams. She also consistently makes the academic honor roll while taking advanced placement and honors classes. Quincy is planning on continuing her education with college.
The Hemlock Twig representative this year is Ellie Davis, the daughter of David and Mary Davis of Wellsville. A student at Wellsville High School, Ellie is involved in student government and is on the student leadership committee. She is president of the International Club a member of SADD. She serves on the yearbook marketing and finance team as well as its design and photography team. Ellie is on the high honor roll and was selected for the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence. She enjoys singing and is on the WHS Chamber Choir. She plays summer soccer and is on the high school volleyball team. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, writing, studying, travelling, volleyball, babysitting, and smiling. Ellie works at the YMCA afterschool program. Ellie has been considering joining the military, followed by medical or law school. If she chooses the medical field, her interest is in STEM-related field.
Paige Palmer, the daughter of Michele and Bob McMorris of Wellsville and Jerry and Pam Palmer of Scio, is representing the American Legion Post 702 this year. A student at Wellsville High School, Paige is on the track team and is consistently on the high honor roll, placing in the top 10 in her class. In her spare time, Paige is a member of the Legion’s Junior Auxiliary and enjoys painting and drawing as well as reading. She is employed at the Wellsville Country Club and plans to take a gap year after graduation so that she can volunteer.
The Olive Twig is represented by Olivia Hart, the daughter of Christy and Joe Hart of Wellsville. A junior at Wellsville High School, Olivia is a member of the Leo’s Club and the Aqua Jags Swim Club and a member of the varsity swim team. She is on the high honor roll and has won the Coach’s Award for varsity swimming. She enjoys baking, reading, and hanging out with her friends. She currently works at Fisher’s Pharmacy and is planning on college and a career in the medical field.
Grace Middaugh has been selected as the Beta Sigma Phi sorority candidate this year. Grace is the daughter of Travis and Jennifer Middaugh of Wellsville. She is a junior at Wellsville High School, where she belongs to the International Club and is on the track and swimming teams. She enjoys spending time with friends and family. Grace is consistently on the honor roll. Her plans after high school include college, studying a science-based major.
For more information about where to buy raffle tickets, contact the JMH Auxiliary at 585-593-1100, ext. 5426.
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF RIDGEWALKING!
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 22, 2017) – With 25 years – and countless miles – behind it, the RidgeWalk & Run is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year and it all starts with a special design.
The new artwork – which will appear on the 2017 t-shirts and event posters - brings together all of the images used to promote the event over the years. Graphic Designer Steve Harriger explained that in addition to using the t-shirt images from each year the event was held, he incorporated the iconic maple leaf that can be found in much of the literature used to promote the RidgeWalk.
“We decided to try and find a t-shirt from every year since 1993 so that we could photograph the images for Steve to use in his design for the anniversary,” explained event chair Jim Helms. “It wasn’t easy - no one was thinking about the 25th anniversary in the early years.” After posting the t-shirt drive on the hospital’s Facebook page and sending emails to past participants, the shirts started to come in.
“Some have been worn and used A LOT over the years, but we were able to collect at least one from each year,” Mr. Helms said. “Then we started talking about what we could do to commemorate the RidgeWalk and someone mentioned making a t-shirt quilt.” The shirts were delivered to a professional quilter who will design the RidgeWalk 25th Anniversary Quilt and complete it by early August. The quilt will be approximately 60-inches by 80-inches. “I have seen her work and I am very excited to see what she comes up with,” Mr. Helms said, adding that the committee will be selling raffle tickets when the finished quilt is delivered to the hospital in early August.
Registration is now open for the 2017 RidgeWalk & Run, which is set for Sunday, October 15, 2017. For more details, check out our Facebook page, facebook.com/ridgewalkrun or visit the website, www.ridgewalk.com.
VESTIBULAR REHAB NOW AVAILABLE AT JMH
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 15, 2017) -- Good news for those who have an issue with dizziness or balance: JMH Physical Therapist Christy Hart has achieved competency in vestibular rehabilitation, bringing service to patients in the JMH Rehab Services Department.
To achieve this level of competency, Christy completed an intense, evidence-based six-day course at Emory University School of Medicine. The course included lectures, laboratory, and self-study lessons as well as written, video, and practical examinations before certificates are awarded. To certified as competent, Christy demonstrated her ability to assess a patient’s balance and gait, fall risk, and functional skills. She was also required to demonstrate proper treatment protocols. “We are very excited to be able to offer vestibular rehab as one of the rehab services available in one convenient location at Jones Memorial,” said Cathy Talbett, Rehab Clinical Supervisor.
For patients, vestibular rehab is an exercise-based program to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness. While dizziness is generally not serious, but is often a sign of a mechanical problem and it can be uncomfortable. “If it is caused by an inner ear disorder, a side effect of medications, or a sign of neck dysfunction, I will work with the patient on an individualized program to meet their special need,” said Christy, adding “The goal is to improve the patient’s ability to perform activities of daily living, reduce their risk of falling, and improve their quality of life,” she said.
Normal balance is achieved and maintained by a complex set of sensorimotor control systems that include sensory input from vision (sight), proprioception (touch), and the vestibular system (motion, equilibrium, spatial orientation). Injury, disease, certain drugs, or the aging process can affect one or more of these components. “When these systems are not functioning well, individuals may experience episodes of spinning, light-headedness, trouble focusing their eyes poor balance, falls, or vertigo,” explained Mrs. Hart.
Christy is a physical therapist with 20 years of experience. Her areas of practice also include acute care, outpatient, aquatic therapy, and pediatrics. For more information or to make an appointment with the JMH Balance Clinic, call the Rehab Department at 585 596 4011.
HOSPITAL FRONT LAWN IS A FIELD OF FLAGS
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 20, 2017) – With military precision, members of the Wellsville American Legion Post 702 and Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion, and the Legion Riders met on Armed Forces Day and laid out the grid used to transform the front lawn at Jones Memorial into the 4th Annual Field of Flags.
For the past few months, members of the community have been donating $5 to sponsor a flag on the field in memory of their deceased veteran of the American armed forces. On a bright and sunny Saturday morning, members of the sponsoring organizations placed approximately 375 flags. The flags will remain on the hospital lawn through Memorial Day.
“The sight of so many flags waving in the breeze is so beautiful and so inspiring,” said Sue Kays, Business Office Director at Jones. Mrs. Kays and Jim Helms, Vice President of Finance at the hospital, organized the Field of Flags program four years ago, and brought in the Wellsville Legion organizations as co-sponsors. The Field of Flags is now an annual event, one that the community looks forward to enjoying every year.
As in the past, the proceeds from the Field of Flags will be donated to LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve, an outdoor recreational facility for wounded and injured service members and veterans. LEEK is located in Northern Pennsylvania (www.leekpreserve.org).
PHOTO CAPTION: Members of Wellsville American Legion Post 702 and Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion, the Legion Riders, and Jones Memorial Hospital placed nearly 375 flags in honor of deceased veterans on the 2017 Field of Flags. The flags will remain in place on the front lawn at the hospital through Memorial Day.
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT SET FOR JUNE 23RD
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 22, 2017) – Mark your calendar: You don’t want to miss the 13th Annual Celebrate Summer Classic Golf Tournament, sponsored by Jones Memorial Hospital. This year, the event will be held on Friday, June 23, at the Wellsville Country Club. Registration is at noon and a shot-gun start goes off at 1:30 pm.
The tournament is a 4-person scramble, welcoming mens, womens, or mixed teams. “This format emphasizes the fun without the pressure of players keeping individual scores,” explained Jason Reynolds, event co-chair. The game begins with each player hitting a tee shot on every hole, but then everyone on the team plays from the spot of the best shot. “What is really nice about the scramble format is that it is fun for serious golfers as well as those who haven’t picked up a club in years – or ever.”
The cost of the tournament and complimentary dinner is $320 per four-person team or $80 per person. The fee includes a cart, 18 holes of golf and complimentary dinner. If you want to come just for the dinner and awards ceremony, the cost is $20. Payment is due for the tournament and the dinner by June 16, 2017.
Sponsorship opportunities range from the $2,500 Hole in One Tournament Sponsor, to the Eagle level for $1000 and the Birdie level for $500, as well as Par sponsors for $250 and Tee sponsors for $100 and a cart sponsorship for $50. Each sponsorship level includes special incentives.
Brochures and registration forms can be found on our website, www.jmhny.org, or by calling Jason at 585-596-4060, Jodi Pearson at 585-596-2053or Lisa Sweet at 585-596-4002.
JMH HONORS STAFF DURING HOSPITAL WEEK
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 8, 2017) -- One of the highlights of the annual Hospital Week Celebration is recognizing employees who have reached a milestone in their career at Jones Memorial. This year, 45 employees were honored for giving a total of 650 years of dedicated service to Jones Memorial Hospital!
The staff being honored who were able to attend the banquet included, from left, Amy Fanton, 15 years; Kristin Ives, 10 years; Mona Carbone, 30 years; Roxie Williams, 35 years; Kim Shelp, 10 years; Cindy Carlin, 10 years ; Judy Burt, 25 years; Donna Bliven, 40 years; Vivian Moline, 35 years; Bobby Brainard, 15 years; Patty Brainard, 10 years; Katy Willard,15 years; Carrie Walker, 15 years: Kathy McDowell, 25 years; and Brenda Sobeck, 5 years.
Congratulations and thank you for being an important part of the JMH Family!
FIELD OF FLAGS HONORS DECEASED VETS
WELLSVILLE, NY (March 20, 2017) – Memorial Day began in 1868 as a way to honor members of the Union and Confederate armies who had died in the Civil War. Today, we honor all deceased members of the American armed forces on Memorial Day. In Wellsville, we honor of those vets with a “Field of Flags” on the front lawn at Jones Memorial Hospital.
Members of the sponsoring organizations - JMH, the Wellsville American Legion Post 702 and Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders – will place the flags on Armed Forces Day, May 20. The flags will remain in place through Memorial Day, May 29. Each flag will have the deceased service member’s name and branch of service, and the name of the person who sponsored the flag. If you would like to make a $5 donation in honor of your deceased veteran, please stop by the Wellsville American Legion, 23 Jefferson Street or Jones Memorial Hospital’s Business Office or the hospital switchboard. Cards and donation must be returned by May 17. Checks may be made out to Jones Memorial Hospital.
The 2017 Field of Flags is sponsored by Jones Memorial Hospital, American Legion Post 702 and Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion, and the Legion Riders. All proceeds will be donated to LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve, an outdoor recreational facility for wounded and injured service members and veterans. LEEK is located in Northern Pennsylvania (www.leekpreserve.org).
For more information about the 2017 Field of Flags, contact Sue Kays at (585) 596-2052 or stop in at the Wellsville Legion.
JMH STAFF RECOGNIZED FOR HELPING FAMILIES
WELLSVILLE, NY (March 9, 2017) – Two representatives from Healthy Families of Allegany and Cattaraugus stopped by Jones Memorial Hospital recently to present a plaque recognizing the support JMH staff has provided the organization over the years.
“On behalf of all of us at Health Families of Allegany and Cattaraugus, I would like to present this plaque to the staff of Jones Memorial for the many years of support to our program,” said Pollyanne Casper, Family Support Supervisor with Healthy Families. In the past, JMH staff has held a very successful collection drive for Healthy Families through which employees donated items much-needed needed by the families the organizations serves.
“I am glad that we are able to help,” said Jeff Ely, the facilities supervisor at Jones and one of the event organizers. “I am also proud of the way our staff has supported this effort and has helped young families who need a little assistance.” The plaque will be displayed in the hospital cafeteria.
In photo, Pollyanne Casper, left, Family Support Supervisor with Healthy Families, presents a plaque of appreciation to JMH staff Taryn Potter, Deanna Hackett, and Jeff Ely for organizing the collection drives at the hospital. Also on hand is Cindy Evingham, Healthy Families Breastfeeding consultant.
TIME TO GET YOUR GLOW ON: GLOW RUN IS SET FOR APRIL 21
WELLSVILLE, NY (March 6, 2017) -- The Wellness Committee at Jones Memorial has once again joined with Allegany Trails, Inc. to sponsor the GLOW 5K Run & Walk at Island Park in Wellsville on Friday, April 21. Sign-in begins at 7:30 pm at the Island Park Pavilion and the race will begin promptly at 8:30 pm
“The GLOW Run is a great family event because it is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels,” explained Carrie Walker, event chair. The festive atmosphere includes a DJ and awards for the individual or group dressed in the Spirit of the Glow.
For the more competitive participant, computer chip timing will be provided by Happily Running, Inc. “This allows us to post the results and award medals shortly after the last runner comes in,” explained Mrs. Walker. “Medals will be awarded to the overall winners and the top male and female runners in each age group, but the overall winners will not be the division winners.” Happily Running also takes a photo when you cross the finish line and those pictures will be available to purchase.
Everyone who registers for the event will receive a free glow stick. A free race tech-shirt will be available for those over age of 5 if paper registration is post marked by March 24, 2017. On-line registrations done by March 28 are also eligible for a shirt. There is no charge – and no shirt - for participants under five. Those age 6 to 13 are $15 and age 14 and over at $25.
“The run is a rain or shine, outdoor event over uneven terrain and takes place after dark,” said Mrs. Walker. “The trail will be lit with glow sticks and tiki torches and we have volunteers along the route to provide direction, but it is a really good idea to bring a flashlight and to be aware of the uneven ground.”
Registration forms are available on the JMH website, www.jmhny.org. On-line registration can be done through this link: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Wellsville/GLOW5KRunWalk. All proceeds from the race will benefit community wellness. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE FLU IS HERE - VISITING HOURS RESTRICTED
WELLSVILLE, NY (February 2, 2017) – The flu is now prevalent in Allegany County and throughout New York State. To protect our patients, Jones Memorial Hospital has a restricted visitor policy that will remain in effect throughout flu season.
“Visitors can help us to protect our patients during flu season by following a few simple guidelines,” explained Mary Morse, RN, Infection Control Nurse at JMH. “You may be infected before flu symptoms become severe so if you have had flu-like symptoms in the last 48 hours, please don’t come to the hospital.” The symptoms include fever or chills, cough or chest congestion, sore throat, muscle aches and pains, runny or stuffy nose, or an overall lack of energy.
“If you are not feeling well and have to come to JMH for testing or to see our providers, we ask that you wear a mask while you are here,” she added, noting that hand sanitizers are available throughout the facility.
Hospital-wide visiting hours during flu season are 11 am to 8 pm. Only TWO visitors may be with any patient at any time. Children under 14 years of age will not be allowed to visit. On Maternity/OB, however HEALTHY siblings under 14 will be allowed to visit if accompanied by a parent.
NEW ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY TABLE ARRIVES
WELLSVILLE, NY (January 23, 2017) – Increased patient safety and comfort are just two of the benefits of the new orthopaedic surgery table, recently delivered and put into immediate use at Jones Memorial Hospital.
Purchased through a gift from Charlie Joyce and Otis Eastern, the new fracture table was chosen with input from Dr. Paul Axtell, orthopaedic surgeon. “Dr. Axtell had used this table in the past and recommended it,” explained Donna Bliven, Vice President of Patient Care services at Jones. “The new table includes features that will shorten the time the patient spends in surgery, which means a shorter time under anesthesia, which is a benefit to patient safety.”
The new fracture table, a Mizuho OSI Hana table, replaces one that is more than 30 years old. In the photo above, Melissa Aznar-Beane, a representative from Mizuho OSI, demonstrated the many features available on the Hana table. Attending the staff training were, left, Kari Zwiefka, interim director of surgical services; Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Paul Axtell; Anesthesiologist Mark Elliott, CRNA; and OR Nurse Ryan Moscho. The new OR table will be used for orthopaedic surgery and fracture repair. The entire OR staff has been trained on the new table, which was immediately put into use.
GET A SNEAK PEEK OF WILMOT CANCER INSTITUTE'S ANN AND CARL MYERS CANCER CENTER IN DANSVILLE
DANSVILLE, NY (December 19, 2016) -- UR Medicine’s Noyes Health, Jones Memorial Hospital and Wilmot Cancer Institute are hosting an informal “sneak peek” of the new Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center. Tours of the nearly completed facility, located at on the Noyes Health campus at 111 Clara Barton Street in Dansville, will be offered in two sessions on Thursday, January 5: from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The “sneak peek” of the new facility is an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the services that will be available to cancer patients and their caregivers. Attendees should park in the north lot of Noyes Memorial Hospital and enter the building through hospital outpatient registration, then follow posted signs to the Cancer Center entrance.
The Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center is collaboration among Wilmot Cancer Institute, Jones Memorial Hospital, and Noyes Health. It will serve as a hub for oncology services, and it includes medical oncology services at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville and a clinic in Hornell. The Myers Cancer Center will provide patients in Livingston, Steuben and Allegany Counties more convenient access to comprehensive state-of-the art cancer care.
“This community has been so supportive of the cancer center project from the beginning,” says Noyes Health CEO Amy Pollard. “We wanted to make sure people have an opportunity to see the results of their efforts. “
“The Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center brings the best in cancer care closer to where our patients live and work,” adds Eva Benedict, CEO of Jones Memorial Hospital. “It will allow cancer patients in this region to focus on getting well rather than on the stress of traveling to and from treatment.”
“The opening of the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center reflects the community’s investment not just in the construction of this building, but also in transforming cancer care across the region,” says Jonathan W. Friedberg, M.D., MMSc, director of Wilmot Cancer Institute. “We are excited to provide a sneak peek at this new facility and what it will offer.”
Established with a $2 million gift from Ann and Carl Myers, the project features a 4,500-square-foot lower level addition housing a radiation oncology clinic, and a 2,300-square-foot medical oncology clinic featuring three exam rooms and five chemotherapy/infusion chairs on the first floor. The regional cancer center will also provide patients with access to services including advanced diagnostic testing, clinical trials, outpatient palliative care, and Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program.
For more information, please call 585-335-4323
EAGLE SCOUT BRINGS COMFORT TO PEDIATRIC ER PATIENTS
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 29, 2016) – A trip to the ER can be a scary experience for a youngster – whether they come as a patient or with a close family member who needs care. The Blanket, Book, and Buddy Bundle may be just what the doctor ordered!
Eagle Scout candidate Lance Weaver of Boy Scout Troop 708 and Amy Bump of Cuba Memorial Hospital worked together on a Leadership Allegany Service Project that will bring comfort to pediatric patients who to come to the ERs at Jones and Cuba Memorial and other local medical facilities.
In photo above, Lance, a tenth grade student at Cuba-Rushford High School, recently delivered 106 Blanket, Book, and Buddy bundles to Jones Memorial. Laura Babcock, RN, Emergency Department Nurse at Jones, left, and Mona Carbone, Nurse Manager of the ER gratefully accepted the generous gift and thanked Lance. The bundles will be given to children who come to the emergency room. What a wonderful gift!
JESSICA SPINELLI NAMED 2016 JMH AUXILIARY QUEEN
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 16, 2016) – Seven young ladies competed to be named the 2016 JMH Auxiliary Queen by selling tickets to the Auxiliary’s grand raffle. This top seller this year was Jessica Spinelli, who sold $2,890 worth of tickets, more than any other candidate vying for the crown. The total amount raised by the grand raffle was over $9,970.80.
Jessica, the daughter of James and Melissa Spinelli of Wellsville, was representing the Maple Twig.
Jaden Hyslip came in second place. Jaden represented the Olive Twig candidate and is daughter of Jeff and Darcy Hyslip of Belmont. Taking third place was Sadie Embser, the daughter of John and Diana Embser of Wellsville, who represented the Wellsville Rotary Club.
The other queen candidates this year were Mariah Swarthout, representing the Lilac Twig; Jordyn L. Pettit, representing Beta Sigma Phi Sorority; Shannon Nye, representing the Wellsville Educators Association; and Trinity Roulo, the Hemlock Twig candidate.
“There was a mix-up when the Queen was announced at the Gala,” noted Kathryn Gilbert, Co-Chair of the Grand Raffle and Queen Candidates. “But once it was straightened out, Jessica clearly deserved the crown and the title of 2016 Auxiliary Queen. Thank you to all of the girls who worked so hard to raise an amazing amount of money. We appreciate how much effort each of you put into this effort.”
All money raised by the Auxiliary is donated to Jones Memorial Hospital.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION STUDENTS JOIN DR. MILLER FAN CLUB!
The students at Immaculate Conception School recently held a fundraiser that netted $275 for Jones Memorial Hospital's Dr. Miller Fan Club! The students held a "Jean Day" and those who made a donation were allowed to wear jeans to school.
Accepting the check are Dr. Heather Lanphere, left, Dr. Miller's daughter, and his wife, Dianna Miller. Presenting the check are students Haley Benz and Nathan Miller, Dr. Miller's son.
The goal of the Dr. Miller Fan Club, a campaign started by Dr. Miller's colleagues, is to establish a trust fund for women and children's health and to rename the maternity unit at Jones Memorial Hospital as the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Birthing Center.
If you would like to help this worthy effort, please contact Jodi Pearson at (585) 596-2053 or send a gift to The Dr. Miller Fan Club, Jones Memorial Hospital, 191 North Main Street, Wellsville NY 14895. You can also make a gift on-line.
JOEL FOX JOINS JMH ADMIN TEAM
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 17, 2016) – Jones Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Joel Fox to the JMH team as the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Practice Management.
Mr. Fox comes to JMH from Borg & Ide Imaging in Rochester, where he served as the Chief Operating Officer, working extensively in practice management and strategic planning. “We are excited to have someone with Joel’s experience and background on the Admin team,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones.
In his new position as a member of the JMH administrative team, Mr. Fox will oversee primary care and specialty practices, as well as contributing to the overall strategic planning for the hospital. A graduate of both Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Applied Industrial Studies and Monroe Community College, Joel went on to earn his Bachelors of Science in Nursing and his Masters of Business Administration at St. John Fisher College in Rochester.
Mr. Fox and his wife Christine live in Scottsville, New York. Joel’s hobbies include vintage motorsports, upland game hunting, fly fishing and fine woodworking.
Welcome to Jones Memorial Hospital, Joel Fox!
BOLIVAR GIRLS JOIN THE DR. MILLER FAN CLUB!
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 13, 2016) – After deciding to have a lemonade stand this summer, four girls from Bolivar pledged to give one-third of what they raised to the campaign to rename the maternity unit at Jones Memorial Hospital as the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Birthing Center, The campaign is also known as the Dr. Miller Fan Club.
Over two days, the total raised was $42 or $14 for the Dr. Miller project. But Haley and Kori supplemented the donation with their own money to bring the donation to $40. In addition to giving one-third of their sales to the Dr. Miller Fan Club, the girls bought ice cream with one-third and donated the remaining portion the Hannah and Haley’s holiday project to make tie-blankets for local kids. The proud parents are Jonathan and Amy Thomas and Ryan and Rodney Mascho of Bolivar.
The Dr. Miller Fan Club is a fundraising campaign by Jones Memorial Hospital that was started to honor Dr. F. Clifton Miller, a physician who spent his entire 40 year career caring for the women and children of this community. Shortly after his sudden death, colleagues determined that a fitting tribute to his memory is to rename the hospital maternity unit as the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Birthing Center and to establish a trust fund that will be used to support women and children’s health services for generations to come. The campaign will continue through the holiday season and conclude on December 31, 2016. There is currently a raffle underway in which the winner can choose either a brand new Harley-Davidson Wide Glide motorcycle or $10,000. Tickets are available by calling Jodi Pearson at (585) 596-2053.
PHOTO CAPTION: Selling lemonade for a good cause were from left, Kori Thomas, Hannah Mascho, Haley Mascho, and Jayna Thomas
ACCUVEIN MEANS FEWER NEEDLESTICKS
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 5, 2016) – Question: What common medical procedure can be challenging for the provider and anxiety producing for the patient? Answer: Finding a suitable vein for a blood draw or placing an IV.
Jones Memorial Hospital is now using an AccuVein device to locate veins that might otherwise be undetectable. “The AccuVein provides vein illumination and allows the nursing staff to locate and map veins on the patients skin,” said Anne McCormick, RN. BSN, MHA, ONC, JMH Nurse Manager Med-Surg. “The main benefit for patients is nurse accuracy and fewer needle sticks."
The AccuVein was purchased with a grant from the FT & Anna Manley Trust. Staff training on the new portable device has been extended to the lab and the Emergency Department so that outpatients may also benefit from the new equipment.
So how does the AccuVein work? Using light! Hemoglobin in the blood absorbs infrared light. “When the AccuVein device is held above the skin, the veins show up clearly,” explained Mrs. McCormick. “Because they appear noticeably different than the surrounding tissue, it is easier for the nurse to map the veins and find a suitable one.” Fewer needle sticks make happier patients and nurses!
“Thank you to the Manley Trust for helping us to purchase this valuable piece of equipment to aid in patient care ,” added Donna Bliven, RN BSN, VP of Patient Care at Jones.
PHOTO CAPTION: Nurse Rachael McDonald demonstrates the new AccuVein equipment on Jamie Ross. The veins are highlighted in the red area, making it easier to find a suitable vein for blood work and IVs.
WIN A HARLEY-DAVIDSON OR $10,000
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 4, 2016) -- Since July, a campaign has been underway to raise the funds needed to rename the hospital maternity unit as the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Birthing Center and to establish a trust fund that will be used to support women and children’s health services for generations to come. The campaign will continue through the holiday season and conclude on December 31, 2016.
“We are happy with the success of the campaign so far, but we have a ways to go to meet the $250,000 goal,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “To help us get there, Dr. James Edmonston has donated a brand new 2016 Harley-Davidson Wide Glide motorcycle as the grand prize in a raffle.” The winner will also have the option of taking a $10,000 cash prize. Only 2000 of these $20 tickets are available. To find out where you can purchase your ticket - or if you would like to help sell tickets – please call Jodi Pearson, Fund Development Coordinator at Jones, at 585-596-2053. The drawing will be held on January 1, 2017.
Not interested in winning a Harley-Davidson or $10,000? Please consider making a donation to the campaign! You may make a gift on-line from the Jones Memorial Hospital website, www.jmhny.org. That link there will take you to an informational page that includes a video from Dr. Miller’s wife, Dianna, and his daughter, Dr. Heather Lanphere. You may enter your information and make a donation from that page. You may also send a check to the hospital at 191 North Main Street, Wellsville NY 14895.
“What better way to honor a man who spent his entire medical career – over 40 years – caring for the women and children of this community,” said Mrs. Pearson. “If Dr. Miller provided care for you or someone you love, please consider being a part of this effort to honor his memory.”
If you have questions or need more information, please don’t hesitate to call Jodi Pearson at (585) 596-2053 or email her.
JMH WALK-IN CLINIC OPENS SEPTEMBER 26
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 20, 2016) – The new walk-in clinic at Jones Memorial Hospital will begin accepting patients Monday, September 26. Open seven days a week from 2 pm to 7 pm, the clinic will be for non-emergencies including sprains and strains, flu symptoms, headaches, earaches, diarrhea, minor burns, coughs and colds, and urinary tract infections.
As a walk-in clinic, no appointments are necessary. “You just come in, register at the walk-in clinic window, located in the rehabilitation waiting room, and wait for the next appointment,” explained Brenda Szabo, Vice President of Diagnostics and Rehab at Jones Memorial. “When you are ill, you should always call your primary care provider first. However, illnesses and minor injuries occur during evenings and weekend hours and the walk-in clinic is available during those hours to provide care.”
Appointments will run about 15 minutes and the wait time depends on how many people are ahead of you – it’s a first come, first served basis. Diagnostic medical imaging and lab work will be limited in the walk-in clinic. “The walk-in clinic is not appropriate for cardiac issues, stroke, and other medical emergencies,” added Ms. Szabo. “If it is an emergency, you must go to the ER for care. In order to provide continuity of care, information regarding the visit will be communicated to the patient’s primary care doctor. The walk-in clinic is located on the first floor of the hospital, adjacent to the rehabilitation department.”
JMH MEETS GOAL: OVER $300,000 RAISED FOR REGIONAL CANCER CENTER
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 6, 2016) – Last April, Jones Memorial Hospital entered a collaboration with UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Center and Noyes Health in Dansville to establish an $8 million regional cancer center that will be located on the Noyes campus. Each organization agreed to contribute resources towards the creation of a regional cancer program. In addition, Jones and Noyes also agreed to seek support from their respective communities. For Jones Memorial, the goal was to raise $300,000.
“I am very pleased to announce that Jones Memorial has exceeded our goal,” said Campaign Chairman Erkie Kailbourne recently. “By supporting the project, the community has shown an understanding of how important it is to those who need these services to be able to access them closer to home. I can’t thank our donors enough for making this happen.”
The Ann & Carl Myers Cancer Center – named for the Livingston County couple who kicked off the project with a $2 million gift to Noyes Health - will allow oncology patients to get the care they need without the drive to Rochester. The regional cancer center will include a 4,500-square-foot, lower-level addition to house a radiation oncology clinic at Noyes Health in Dansville and renovations to the existing facility to house a 2,300-square-foot medical oncology clinic, also at Noyes, which will have three exam rooms and five chemotherapy/infusion bays. Construction is proceeding on schedule and the target date for the radiation services to be available in Dansville is January 1, 2017. Chemotherapy and Infusion services have already been expanded in Dansville.
“At Jones Memorial, we are already seeing the benefit of this collaboration,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial, noting that Oncologist Dr. Brian Smith of the Wilmot Cancer Institute is in Wellsville each week to consult patients at the Oncology Clinic on the third floor at Jones Memorial. “By forming collaborations like this, each facility is able to ensure access to the highest quality specialty care for our communities. For patients and their caregivers, having the services and resources of the Wilmot Cancer Institute closer to home will ease the financial and physical burden of travel for these medically vulnerable patients.”
“We are so grateful for the commitment of Jones Memorial Hospital and the support of the Wellsville-area community,” said Jonathan W. Friedberg, MD MMSc, Director of Wilmot Cancer Institute. “We are working together to ensure access to state-of-the-art, comprehensive cancer care, and together we are improving the health of our region.”
PHOTO CAPTION:Jonathan W. Friedberg, MD MMSc, Director of Wilmot Cancer Institute thanked those present at a recent donor appreciation event for their support of the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center. Under the direction of Wellsville-Area Campaign Chair Erkie Kailbourne, the Wellsville Community raised over $300,000 for the project.
MANLEY TRUST DELIVERS TO JMH
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 16, 2016) – Ron Sutton, Senior Vice President & Trust Officer at Key Bank, left, stopped by JMH recently to present a $12,455 grant from the F.T. & Anna C. Manley Memorial Trust to Donna Bliven, RNC BSN MHA, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at JMH.
The funds are earmarked to purchase a portable neonatal resuscitation unit for the OB Department and an AccuVein vein illumination system for the Med/Surg unit. “We have received these funds in past years to purchase patient care equipment,” said Mrs. Bliven. “The support of the Manley Trust is very important to us and our commitment to providing the highest quality care – with a hometown touch.”
Previous grants from the Manley Trust have been used to purchase two vital signs machines, an end tidal CO2 monitor, a pediatric glidescope to intubate infants and children, and two fetal monitors and carts. “Keeping up with the latest patient care equipment can be a challenge,” said Mrs. Bliven. “We at Jones truly appreciate the support that we have received from the Manley Trust over the years.”
2016 AUXILIARY QUEEN CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 15, 2015) -- The candidates for the 2016 Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Gala Queen have been announced! As part of a long-time tradition, each of the Auxiliary’s Twigs and several community organizations sponsor a candidate to sell tickets to the Grand Raffle, which is drawn at the Auxiliary’s Gala & Silent Auction in November. The young lady who sells the most tickets will be crowned the Auxiliary’s 2016 Queen at the Gala & Silent Auction on Saturday, November 12 at the Wellsville Country Club.
Jessica Spinelli, the daughter of James and Melissa Spinelli of Wellsville, is representing the Maple Twig. Jessica attends Wellsville High School where she is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) as well as the Science Club and the International Club. Consistently on the high honor roll, Jessica is in the top 10 of her class and has been received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence. She babysits and enjoys playing sports, running, shopping, art, and spending time with family and friends. Her future plans include college and dental school and opening her own dental practice.
The Lilac Twig has named Mariah Swarthout, the daughter of Alan and Kecia Swarthout, as their representative. Mariah attends Genesee Valley High School and has received numerous leadership awards including an Emily & Ethan Entrepreneur Award. She has placed at the annual Alfred State College Science Fair for the past three years. A member of the Belmont Fire Department, her hobbies also include hunting, fishing, and mudding. She babysits autistic twins and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her future plans include earning her Registered Nurse degree and working towards becoming a Natural Medicine Midwife.
Sadie Embser, the daughter of John and Diana Embser of Wellsville, is representing the Wellsville Rotary Club. Sadie is a member of SADD at Wellsville High School and the Leo’s, International, and Science clubs as well as the Student Council. Sadie is an honors student and is in the top 10 of her class. She enjoys running, target shooting, and spending time with family and friends. She is employed at the J.W. Embser Funeral Home and plans to attend college and law school.
The Wellsville Educators Association will be represented by Shannon Nye. Shannon is the daughter of Suzanne and Michael Nye of Wellsville. An honors student, she is in the top 10 of her class at Wellsville High School. Shannon is in the Science Club, International Club, and SADD. She also plays softball and soccer and is on the Southern Tier Bandits Travel Softball Team. She plans to attend college upon graduation.
The Hemlock Twig representative this year is Trinity Roulo of Wellsville, the daughter of Mandy Thompson and Troy Roulo. A student at Wellsville High School, Trinity an honor roll student and is on the volleyball and track teams. In her free time, Trinity enjoys water activities and camping. Her future plans include nursing school with the goal of becoming a neonatal nurse practitioner.
Jordyn L. Pettit, the daughter of Teri Pettit of Wellsville and Mark Pettit of Olean, is the Beta Sigma Phi sorority candidate this year. A student at Wellsville High School, Jordyn in the International Club and on the varsity swimming/diving, basketball, and softball teams. Her hobbies include modern and hip hop dance and travel basketball. She is a Red Cross certified babysitter and is looking forward to being a nurse or midwife. She was on two Section V championship teams in 2016, basketball and the all-tournament team.
The Olive Twig and the Wellsville Business and Professional Women Club have combined to name Jaden Hyslip, the daughter of Jeff and Darcy Hyslip of Belmont, as a candidate. A student at Wellsville, Jaden is an honor student, president of her class, and a member of the science club, the international club, and SADD. She is on the volleyball and basketball teams. In addition to playing violin in the school orchestra, Jaden is a member of WAVE, the school’s a-capella group. In her free time, she enjoys singing and playing the piano and hanging out with family and friends. She is planning on medical school. She enjoys traveling and never misses a chance to see somewhere new!
For more information about where to buy raffle tickets, contact the JMH Auxiliary at 585-593-1100, ext. 5426.
PILL DROP BOX NOW AT JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 11, 2016) – For the safety and convenience of patients and the community, Jones Memorial Hospital and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office have installed a secure pill drop box at the hospital.
A pill drop box is a safe, secure place for community members to dispose of expired and unused medications. The benefits of placing a box at the hospital are numerous, including the prevention of medications reaching our streets, promoting a drug-free community, protecting the environment, and offering a vital service to our community.
“Patients and community members have been asking for years for help with disposing of discontinued or expired medications,” explained Kerry Clark, pharmacist at Jones Memorial. She added that it is frustrating to tell patients they have to bring them to another location, especially if they are dealing with a difficult situation – such as the death of a family member. “If they have to try and figure out how to properly dispose of their loved ones’ medications while struggling with profound loss, having a pill drop box here at the hospital can make an already difficult situation a little easier for them,” she said. The pill drop box is not just for patients and their families; the entire community can take advantage of this convenient and easy method of medication disposal and be assured that their medications are disposed of safely and legally.
The drop box is located in the hallway between the Emergency Department and the main lobby, making it available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the main switchboard or Emergency Department entrance. “The drop box is a convenient and confidential method of reducing the amount of medications in our homes, community, and environment,” Kerry said, noting that the sheriff’s department will come and collect the drugs on a regular basis.
Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney said the drop box at the hospital is an appropriate location. “I want to thank Jones Memorial Hospital, CEO Eva Benedict and Pharmacist Kerry Clark for their help in placing a drop box at the hospital,” he said. “It is fitting to have this important public service located in a healthcare facility.” The hospital location brings the number of drop boxes throughout Allegany County to six. Boxes are also located at the Sheriff’s Office, the Wellsville and Cuba Police Departments, Alfred State College’s University Police and the Fillmore Pharmacy. “By working together, we can help keep unwanted drugs off our streets,” he added.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Jones Memorial Hospital at (585) 593-1100, the Allegany County Sheriff at (585) 268-9204, or visit the Partners for Prevention website,
PHOTO CAPTION: Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney, left, discussed the new Pill Drop Box located at Jones Memorial Hospital with Kerry Clark, the pharmacist at JMH, and CEO Eva Benedict, right. The box, located in the hallway between the Emergency Department and the main lobby, is available 24/7.
JMH NUCLEAR MEDICINE RE-ACCREDITED BY ACR
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 8, 2016) – Jones Memorial Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Nuclear Medicine is a procedure that uses small amounts of radioactive material, injected into the patient via IV, to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body. Digital images assist the physician in diagnosing kidney, heart, and lung function, as well as evaluating the skeletal system for fractures, tumors, or infection. Nuclear medicine is available at Jones every Tuesday from 7 am to 3:30 pm and on alternate Wednesdays. Cherie Truax, CNMT RT (R)(M), right, is the nuclear med tech at Jones Memorial Hospital.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.
OB RECOGNIZED FOR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 8, 2016) – The OB Department at Jones Memorial Hospital has been awarded the Obstetrical Improvement Project’s 2015 Quality Improvement Award by the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC) for successfully participating in the Maternal Hemorrhage/Hypertension Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to improve the identification and treatment of maternal hemorrhage and providing pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, and severe hypertension education prior to discharge.
As a participating hospital, the OB team at Jones was required to provide data showing that at least 80-percent of the women coming to the hospital in labor are evaluated for their risk of hemorrhage and also receive education about the signs and symptoms of postpartum pre-eclampsia prior to discharge. “I am proud of the OB team and happy to say that we exceeded the required 80-percent,” said Elizabeth Lewis, RN, Coordinator of Maternal Health at Jones Memorial. “The OB staff provides evaluation and pre-eclampsia education to every mother who comes here to Jones to deliver.”
“This is wonderful recognition for our OB team,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones, noting that the team has been actively participating in the three-phase NYSPQC Obstetrical Improvement Project since 2012. “Once again, the OB staff has gone over and above what is required to earn the award.” In 2014, Jones Memorial was recognized for having only one scheduled delivery prior to 39 week gestation without a medical indication. The requirement to earn the award was less than three. This was the first phase of the NYSPQE Obstetrical Improvement Project. Phase 3 involves Obstetrical Prenatal Education. Jones has submitted the necessary data to be considered for that phase as well.
The NYSPQ has the mission to provide the best and safest care for women and infants in New York by preventing and minimizing harm through the translation of evidence-based practice guidelines to clinical practice. There are 70 hospitals participating in the three-phase OB Improvement project.
PHOTO CAPTION: The OB Department at Jones Memorial has been recognized for quality Improvement by the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative. Celebrating their achievement are, left. Cierra Dean, RN; Kim Blue, RN; and Liz Lewis, RN, Maternal Health Coordinator at JMH.
JMH MEDICAL PRACTICES RECOGNIZED BY UNITED HEALTHCARE
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 4, 2016) -- For the second consecutive year, the Jones Memorial Medical Practice Group has been recognized by United Healthcare for Excellence in Patient Service! The award, which includes a $10,000 incentive payment, was presented for the efforts made in encouraging patients to take advantage of healthcare screenings provided by United Healthcare.
“The priority is providing outstanding care and working with the patients to make sure they get the annual preventative visit and recommended health screenings offered by their insurer,” explained Michele McMorris, Medical Practices Clinical Coordinator.
These screenings include mammograms, PAP tests, colonoscopy, and eye exams for diabetes. Working together, the receptionists and the nurses identified patients who were in need of an annual physical and recommended screenings. The team would then reach out to these patients and encourage them to complete these recommendations. These efforts resulted in much higher patient compliance.
The award was based on how well six measures were met by the group. “We scored 90-percent on all six, including breast cancer screens, colorectal cancer screens, Body Mass Index, diabetes testing requirements, and blood pressure control in patients with hypertension,” explained Mrs. McMorris. Early detection of chronic illnesses – like diabetes and hypertension – is key to controlling the complications that can arise from them.
The Medical Practices group was among approximately 1,000 practices nationwide that successfully met the United Healthcare program’s goals. “We have already started working on meeting the 2016 measures,” said Mrs. McMorris. “At the end of the day, the money is a nice reward, but the only thing that really matters is the health of our patients.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Michele McMorris, Clinical Coordinator, right, accepted the Excellence in Patient Service award from Janice Pavia, RN, Clinical Quality Nurse with United Healthcare on behalf of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices. Missing from the photo is Andrea Burch, Business Manager of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices.
JMH THERAPIST NOW CERTIFIED IN PEDIATRIC REHABILITATION
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 29, 2016) – Cathy Talbett, PT DPT PCS MDT, is now Board Certified in Pediatric Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Talbett, the Clinical Supervisor of Rehabilitation Services at Jones Memorial Hospital, is the only Pediatric Board Certified Therapist in the area.
With five pediatric patients currently in her schedule, Dr. Talbett said she is starting to see and identify genetic anomalies and developmental delays that bring them for therapy. “Pediatric patients can be in rehab longer than adults typically are,” she said. “I may see them from infancy until they enter kindergarten.”
Nineteen month old Lexi has been coming to see Cathy since she was two months old. Diagnosed with Ehler’s Danlos, Lexi had extensive developmental delays. “When we first started coming to Cathy, Lexi was very weak and couldn't hold up her head,” said Lexi’s mother Amanda. “She holds her head up and can sit up on her own - she can almost stand up by herself. Thanks to Cathy, she is making great progress and getting stronger every day!“
While self-access to Pediatric Rehab is available, physician referrals are preferred. A team made up of the parents, the provider, and the physical therapist develop a plan of care that can range from a short “jump start” program to long term therapy.
A year of conferences, training, and studying culminated in a national certification exam, which Dr. Talbett completed in February. “I wanted to expand my knowledge of the problems kids can have so that I can help them better,” she said. “Seeing them hit the typical milestones - rolling, sitting, reaching, standing, jumping, and running – is so rewarding. And it is fun to do!”
For more information about pediatric rehab, please talk to your provider or pediatrician or call JMH Rehab Services at (585) 596-4011.
PHOTO CAPTION: Cathy Talbett, now certified in Pediatric Rehabilitation has been working with Lexi for over a year. By collaborating with Lexi’s parents and pediatrician, Dr. Talbett came up with a plan of care that has resulted in improved strength and great progress.
COMMUNITY BANK MAKES GIFT TO REGIONAL CANCER CENTER PROJECT
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 30, 2016) – Community Bank, NA, has made a significant gift to the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center, a regional collaboration between Jones Memorial Hospital, Noyes Health, and the Wilmot Cancer Institute that will bring cancer care closer to home for patients.
Virginia Elliott, Community Bank Assistant Vice President/Main Street Branch Manager and Lori Dzielski, Branch Manager of the Bolivar Road Office, stopped by JMH recently to present a check for $2,500 to hospital CEO Eva Benedict and Erkie Kailbourne, chairman of the Wellsville Capital Campaign. “We really appreciate the support of Community Bank with this project,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “By locating the oncology clinic in Dansville, patients in the region will have more convenient access to comprehensive cancer care.”
The Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center – named for the Livingston County couple who gave $2 million to establish a regional cancer center – will allow patients to get the care they need in half the distance. “We are already seeing the benefit of this collaboration,” said Mrs. Benedict, noting that Dr. Brian Smith, an oncologist with Wilmot is here at Jones every week to consult with patients.
The full project has an estimated cost of $8 million with UR Medicine, Noyes and Jones each contributing to its development. According to Mr. Kailbourne, the Community Bank gift comes close to putting the local campaign at goal. “I appeal to the local community to help us over the top,” he added. “Gifts of any amount will be appreciated.”
The regional cancer center will include a 4,500-square-foot, lower-level addition to house a radiation oncology clinic at Noyes Health in Dansville and renovations to the existing facility to house a 2,300-square-foot medical oncology clinic, also at Noyes, which will have three exam rooms and five chemotherapy/infusion bays. The target date for the radiation and infusion in Dansville is January 1, 2017.
If you would like to make a gift to the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center on-line go to https://www.noyes-health.org/ann-and-carl-myers-cancer-center. You may also mail gift to: The Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center, Noyes Health, 111 Clara Barton Street, Dansville, NY 14437.
PHOTO CAPTION: Representative of Wellsville’s Community Bank NA stopped by with a giant check for the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center project. Discussing the project and the gift are, from left, Wellsville Campaign Chair Erkie Kailbourne, Community Bank Bolivar Road Branch Manager Lori Dzielski, Community Bank Assistant Vice President/Wellsville Branch Manager Virginia Elliott, and Jones Memorial CEO Eva Benedict.
JMH Honors 2015 Care Champions
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 26, 2016 ) – At Jones Memorial Hospital, a Care Champion is someone – employee or volunteer – who goes above and beyond what is expected and demonstrates caring and commitment to patients and to co-workers. Naming the Care Champion of the Year is one of the highlights of the Hospital Week celebration at Jones Memorial Hospital.
In choosing the Care Champion of the Year, the administrative team reviews the quarterly award winners. There were five worthy candidates to choose from, including one set of co-champs. “This year was exceptionally difficult,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial. “Each of the Care Champions had such heart-felt stories and are exemplary examples of what a Care Champion is.” So, for the first time in the history of the program, all of the candidates were selected. The 2015 Care Champions of the Year are:
- Jason Brew, Phone Tech in the IT Department. Jason was named a Care Champion for helping a patient in need. After noticing an elderly lady who was unsteady, he got her a wheelchair, took her to the third floor for her appointment, picked her up from there and took her to the lab for tests. All in all, it was several hours out of Jason’s very busy day, noted Alicia Johnson, his boss and the one who nominated him, but it is very much in character. Jason enjoys helping people.
- Teresa Gaston of Human Resources. Teresa was honored for rising to the occasion when a woman she knew as a patient of our hospital needed a friend. The woman’s husband had just passed away in the Emergency Room and Teresa stayed by her side through the ordeal of viewing the body and waited with her until family members arrived. Nancy Wilson, who nominated Teresa, explained that this is an example of her kindness and compassion.
- Cortni Monroe, Physician Assistant. Cortni was named a Care Champion for the compassion she demonstrated when she came to the rescue of an elderly patient. It looked like the patient, who wanted to go home, was going to have to be admitted because he needed oxygen and the insurance company could not clear the expense because it was a Friday evening. Cortni volunteered to pay for the oxygen from her own pocket so that he could go home. Jason Hunt and Jan Riesman nominated Cortni for this award because it is just one example of her dedication to patient care.
- Carrie Slocum of Laboratory Services. Carrie earned her Care Champion award after coming in when the laboratory’s two chemistry analyzers went down. It was a very busy night in the Emergency Department and Carrie’s ability to diagnose the problem and fix the equipment quickly was vital to patient care. According to Elizabeth Kubiak, who nominated Carrie, this is just one example of Carrie’s dedication to her fellow employees and patients. She often works late and is the first one to volunteer when the lab is short-handed. What a great team player!
- Elizabeth Stadelman of the Food and Nutrition Department. Lizz was honored for her caring attitude. Working in the food line in the JMH cafeteria, Lizz overheard a woman say she was hungry but didn't have any money. Lizz immediately offered to buy the woman lunch, an offer the woman gratefully accepted. Kristin Ives, who nominated Lizz, said she is known for her warmth and kindness with everyone – visitors, patients, and co-workers.
“As a hospital, we are in the business of caring and these five individuals are wonderful examples of that commitment,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial. “I am very proud of our team.” Each of the five Care Champions of the Year received a jacket embroidered with the new UR|Jones Memorial Hospital logo. Congratulations for each of you.
United Way Supports Walk-In Clinic at JMH
Members of the Allegany County United Way (ACUW) Board of Directors stopped by Jones Memorial Hospital recently to deliver a check and to see the progress of the hospital's new walk-in clinic.
Expected to be open later this year, the walk-in clinic will be located on the first floor of the hospital.
Presenting the check and taking a tour of the new space are, left, Abbie Pritchard, Vice President of the ACUW board; Randy Shaylor, President of the ACUW board; Brenda Szabo, Vice President of Diagnostics & Rehab at Jones Memorial; Malena Dunham, ACUW board member; and Barbara Bates, Executive Director of the ACUW.
Thank you to the ACUW for their support!
Field of Flags Honors Deceased Veterans
WELLSVILLE, NY (March 27, 2016) – Memorial Day began in 1868 as a way to honor members of the Union and Confederate armies who had died in the Civil War. Today, we honor all deceased members of the American armed forces on Memorial Day. In Wellsville, we honor of those vets with a “Field of Flags” in the front lawn at Jones Memorial Hospital.
Members of the sponsoring organizations—JMH, the Wellsville American Legion Post 702 and Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders—will place the flags on Armed Forces Day, May 21. The flags will remain in place through Memorial Day, May 30. Each flag will have the deceased service member’s name and branch of service, and the name of the person who sponsored the flag. If you would like to make a $5 donation in honor of your deceased veteran, please stop by the Wellsville American Legion, 23 Jefferson Street or Jones Memorial Hospital’s Business Office or the hospital switchboard. Cards and donation must be returned by May 11. Checks may be made out to Jones Memorial Hospital.
The 2016 Field of Flags is sponsored by Jones Memorial Hospital, American Legion Post 702 & Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion, and the Legion Riders. All proceeds will be donated to LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve, an outdoor recreational facility for wounded and injured service members and veterans. LEEK is located in Northern Pennsylvania (www..Leek Preserve.org). For more information, contact Sue Kays at (585) 596-2052 or stop in at the Wellsville Legion.
PHOTO CAPTION: Volunteers placed over 300 flags in precise lines on the front lawn at Jones Memorial Hospital during the 2015 Field of Flags.
JMH Auxiliary Raises over $110,856 in 2015
WELLSVILLE, NY (February 18, 2016) – The Jones Memorial Auxiliary is a small but very determined group of individuals who are dedicated to raising money for Jones Memorial Hospital. This year, the group did a spectacular job; raising over $110,856.
"Our auxiliary has once again exceeded all expectations," said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial Hospital. "This year they set a record, funding over $110,856 worth of patient equipment. We are so grateful for their dedication and all the hard work they do for our patients.
The new equipment includes an ultrasound machine to be shared between the emergency department and anesthesia, new sleep chairs for the birthing suites for fathers and other support people, and replacements for defibrillators and ENT equipment and instruments.
Some of the activities sponsored by the Auxiliary are used book sales, Vera Bradley sales, chicken barbecue, Books Are Fun sales, uniform sales, costume jewelry sales, employee appreciation tea, Celebrate Summer Classic Golf Tournament, fine jewelry sales, and the Gala & Silent Auction. The Auxiliary also runs the hospital gift shop.
Everyone at Jones Memorial Hospital would like to thank the Auxiliary for everything they do, every day!
PHOTO CAPTION: The JMH Auxiliary raised over $110,000 for the hospital in 2015. One of the items purchased was an ultrasound machine that will be shared between the emergency department and anesthesia. On hand to thank the Auxiliary members and take a look at the new machine were, standing from left: JMH President/CEO Eva Benedict; Auxiliary President Kay Eicher; Olive Twig President Marsha Sick; Sylvia Masin, one of the longest serving members of the Auxiliary; Emergency Department Physician Assistant Mike Mathieson, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Mark Elliott, and Emergency Department Nurse Coordinator Mona Carbone. Seated are Gift Shop Manager Kathrine Gilbert and Hemlock Twig President Caren Gibson.
Mona Carbone to Speak at Million Hearts Presentations
The Allegany County Million Hearts Committee, is sponsoring FREE Healthy Heart Workshops featuring Mona Carbone, representing Jones Memorial Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center, at any of the following locations:
- Friday, February 12, 2016 9 am - 10 am at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 12 Willets Avenue in Belmont, New York. Register for this class no later than Wednesday, February 10, 2016
- Friday, February 19, 2016 1 pm - 2 pm at Moonwinks’s Restaurant, 9302 Jackson Hill Road, Cuba, New York 14727 Register for this class no later than Wednesday, February 17, 2016
- Friday, February 26, 2016 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at Wellsville Country Club, 3006 Riverside Drive, Wellsville, New York Register for this class no later than Wednesday, February 24, 2016
PRESENTATION TOPICS WILL INCLUDE: understanding and preventing cardiovascular disease; risk factors for heart disease and stroke; focus on the ABC’S of cardiovascular disease; when is aspirin appropriate; controlling your blood pressure; managing your cholesterol; smoking cessation tips; and signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Registration deadlines are listed with each workshop above. To register, please call Jose Soto at (585)593-5223, ext. 10. Heart Healthy Refreshments will be served!
NYS Department of Health Names Jones Memorial Designated Stroke Center
WELLSVILLE, NY (January 24, 2016) – Jones Memorial Hospital has been designated by the New York State Department of Health as a Primary Stroke Center, meeting all the protocols and standards deemed vital to providing emergency treatment required by stroke. Designated stroke centers are part of a statewide initiative to improve the quality of care for stroke patients, implement best practice standards across the state, and educate the public about stroke.
A stroke results when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. “The key to stroke is to act FAST,” said Mona Carbone, RN, Nurse Manager of the Emergency Room at Jones Memorial. “Prompt treatment is crucial to minimizing brain damage and potential complications; time is brain.” The acronym FAST refers to the symptoms of stoke: Facial drooping, Arms drifting, Speech slurring, Time to get to the ER. Call 911 – stroke symptoms are an emergency situation!
As a designated stroke center, Jones Memorial will work with the local first responders to provide continuing education with regards to stroke. “The EMS teams have a very important role is providing stroke care,” Mrs. Carbone added. “They are often first on the scene when stroke is suspected and they are our eyes and ears, stabilizing the patient until they can get to the ER and the medications that must be given within the first three to four hours of symptom onset.”
To find out more about stroke prevention and symptoms, check out stroke.org or speak to your healthcare provider.
PHOTO CAPTION: The team responsible for Jones Memorial Hospital’s designation as a Primary Stroke Center hosted a visit by representatives of the NYS Department of Health. Discussing the hospital’s efforts are, from left, Dr. Jay Ellie, director of stroke medicine at JMH; Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones; Mona Carbone, ER and Stroke Medicine Coordinator; Dr. Greg Young, Associate Commissioner Western Region NYSDOH; Cindy Pullano, RN BSN, Hospital Nursing Services Consultant with NYSDOH; and Anna Colello, Esq., Quality and Patient Safety Officer with NYSDOH.
Exploring the Benefits of Acupuncture
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 23, 2015) – If you would like to know more about acupuncture, the ancient Chinese practice used to treat a variety of medical issues, please plan to attend the free community wellness presentation at Jones Memorial Hospital at 6 pm on Thursday, December 3.
Exploring the Benefits of Acupuncture, hosted by licensed Acupuncturist Kevin Ferst of The Center for Traditional Acupuncture & Herbs in Alfred, will include a discussion of some of the conditions that acupuncture helps as well as a question and answer period. Acupuncture is often used for pain control, headache and migraine relief, insomnia, women’s health issues, stress relief, and addition management. In addition to seeing patients at his office in Alfred, Kevin Ferst sees patients at Jones Memorial Hospital on a regular basis. Group acupuncture is the newest trend in this service and will soon be available at Jones Memorial.
For more information or to make an appointment for the Jones Memorial Hospital acupuncture clinic, please contact the JMH Rehabilitation Services Department at (585) 596-4011.
Third Consecutive Year: JMH Earns Top Performer Status!
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 24, 2015) - For the third consecutive year, Jones Memorial Hospital has been named one of the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission! TJC is the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. JMH is one of only 1,043 hospitals in the United States—29 in New York State—to achieve this distinction based on excellence in accountability measure performance.
Jones Memorial was recognized for exemplary performance using clinical processes that improve care for pneumonia and surgical patients, improve immunization rates, and preventing venous thromboembolism (VTE).
Each of these four accountability measures represents an evidence-based practice—giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, for example—that has been shown to improve patient outcomes. The Joint Commission awarded this recognition based on the data reported during the 2014 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations represents 37-percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals who reported performance data for 2014.
According to JMH Director of Quality Management Cherrie Macafee, in order to earn this distinction, Jones Memorial had to achieve a cumulative performance of 95-percent or above across all reported accountability measures. “We also reached that score on every accountability measure that had at least 30 cases,” she said, noting that at least one core measure set also had to have a composite rate of 95-percent or above and all applicable individual accountability within that measure had to have a performance rate of 95-percent or above.
“This is the third consecutive year we have been recognized as a Top Performer by The Joint Commission and we couldn't be more proud,” said Jones Memorial CEO Eva Benedict. “We have all worked as a team to achieve this status and we are committed to exceeding the requirements for accreditation and achieving positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes.”
PHOTO CAPTION: The Jones Memorial Hospital “Morning Huddle” is a daily multidisciplinary meeting that improves communication between everyone involved in patient care. Participating are, from left, Physical Therapy Intern Scott Hoskins, Patient Financial Counselor Dan Frungillo, Case Managers Ellen Lowry and Mo Johnson, Physical Therapist Shanna Winters, Vice President of Patient Care Services Donna Bliven, Pharmacist Kerry Clark, Physician Assistant Erin Frank, Dr. Dean Hanna, Quality Assurance Director Cherrie Feeman Macafee, Nurse Manager of Med/Surg Anne McCormick, Infection Control Nurse Mary Morse, and med/surg charge nurse Jamie Ross.
JMH Noes Forensic Nurses Week
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 23, 2015) – The International Association of Forensic Nurses recently celebrated the week of November 9-13th as Forensic Nurses Week. Jones Memorial Hospital would like to take this opportunity to honor those medical providers who care for victims of crime while collecting the evidence needed to bring offenders to justice.
At JMH, the STHCS (Southern Tier Healthcare System) certified Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE) who respond to sexual assault cases at JMH are Mona Carbone, RN, ER Manager, right, and Glenda Stocking, RN. As SAFE providers, they are trained to reduce trauma to the victim while collecting the evidence law enforcement and prosecutors need to convict sexual predators. “The SAFE providers make our community a safer place to live,” said Donna Bliven, RNC, BSN, MHA, Vice President Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Jones Memorial Hospital. “We should all take a moment to thank them for the work they do.”
For more information about the program or to apply to become a SAFE provider, please visit www.safety.org.
Molly Cole Crowned 2015 JMH Auxiliary Queen
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 18, 2015) – This year’s Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Queen Candidates raised over $10,000 for the hospital. Each year, the Auxiliary Twigs and local community groups nominate a queen candidate. The young ladies compete for the crown by selling tickets to the Auxiliary’s grand raffle. The drawing and the crowning is one of the highlights of the Auxiliary’s Gala & Silent Auction. This year, Molly Cole, the Wellsville Rotary Club candidate and daughter of Jeremy and Mary Kate Cole of Wellsville, sold the most raffle tickets, earning her the crown.
Coming in second place was the Olive Twig candidate, Danielle Gilfert, the daughter of Rob and Hope Gilfert of Wellsville. Rounding out the top three was the Maple Twig candidate Hayley Palmer, the daughter of Michelle and Bob McMorris of Wellsville and Jerry and Pam Palmer of Scio. The other queen candidates were the Lilac Twig is CheyAnn Shipman of Belmont; the Hemlock Twig candidate Melissa Graham; the Wellsville Educators Association candidate Taylor Case, and the Beta Sigma Phi sorority candidate, Mikala Chaffee.
“This was a wonderful group of young ladies,” said Kathryn Gilbert, who co-chairs the grand raffle with Sylvia Masin. “When you combine a generous and supportive community with a dedicated group like this, you have a very successful raffle fundraiser.” The Auxiliary has the express purpose of raising money for the hospital. The Gala is one of the major events on the Auxiliary calendar.
Molly Cole of Wellsville, center, was crowned during the JMH Auxiliary’s Gala & Silent Auction for selling the most tickets to the Grand Raffle. Danielle Gilfert, left, came in second and Hayley Palmer took third place.
Jones Memorial, Noyes Health Join UR Medicine
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 10, 2015) - After nearly a year of planning, Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville and Noyes Health in Dansville will officially join UR Medicine. The affiliations have been approved by each organization’s board, and leaders from UR Medicine will join the leadership, staff and physicians at Jones Memorial at 9:30 a.m. and Noyes Health at 12:00 noon to celebrate the announcement.
The affiliations expand UR Medicine’s network to five hospitals, including Strong Memorial, Highland Hospital, and Thompson Health. UR Medicine also has been working with the leadership of St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell to preserve its inpatient services and to obtain State funding to establish a new facility that would emphasize outpatient services but would also provide 15 inpatient beds, for patients with more complex needs.
The regional effort involving Jones, Noyes, and St. James Mercy hospitals, working collaboratively with each other and in partnership with UR Medicine, is aimed at strengthening health care services for patients across the Southern Tier. The institutions currently collaborate to bring UR Medicine specialists such as medical oncologists, cardiologists, neurosurgeons and others to all three communities. Two weeks ago, construction began on the new Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center in Dansville, part of the Wilmot Cancer Institute, that will serve as a hub for oncology services across the Southern Tier.
“The changes taking place in America’s health care system have significant implications for rural hospitals and the communities they serve,” said University of Rochester President Joel Seligman. “The regional approach of UR Medicine ensures that these hospitals remain the cornerstone of local health care and also an economic anchor for their communities.”
The boards of Jones and Noyes voted unanimously in favor of their hospitals’ respective affiliations with UR Medicine.
“These collaborations will allow us to strengthen health care services and make those services more easily accessible to patients who live in these 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. “Everyone’s boat rises when we can expand the capabilities of local health care providers and reverse the need for many patients to travel to Rochester.”
“Our overall goal is to provide services that will allow our patients to stay in their own community, close to their families and support systems, whenever possible,” said Eva Benedict, CEO of Jones Memorial Hospital. “It was clear from the start that UR Medicine’s goals in that regard are tightly aligned with our own.”
Photo Caption: Gathered at Jones Memorial to celebrate the affiliation agreement between UR Medicine and Jones are, from left, Steve Goldstein, president/CEO of UR Medicine's Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital; Dr. Mark Taubman, CEO, University of Rochester Medical Center; Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial Hospital; Mary Kate Cole, president of the Jones Memorial Board of Directors; and Joel Seligman, present/CEO of the University of Rochester.
Construction Begins on the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 28, 2015) - UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute and Noyes Health, Jones Memorial Hospital and UR Medicine Radiation Oncology celebrated the start of construction today on a regional cancer center based in Dansville, Livingston County.
The Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center will be located on the campus of Noyes Hospital and provide patients in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Western New York more convenient access to comprehensive cancer care. It will serve as a hub for oncology services, and it includes a medical oncology clinic at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, Allegany County, and a UR Medicine Radiation Oncology clinic in Hornell, Steuben County.
Established with a $2 million gift from Ann and Carl Myers of Springwater, Livingston County, the regional cancer center at Noyes is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
The $5.8 million project will feature a 4,500-square-foot, lower-level addition to house a radiation oncology clinic and a 2,300-square-foot medical oncology clinic, featuring three exam rooms and five chemotherapy/infusion bays, in renovated and new first-floor space.
“Celebrating the groundbreaking of the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center here at Noyes Health with our partners, UR Medicine, Wilmot Cancer Institute and Jones Memorial Hospital, is a very special event,” said Amy Pollard, president and CEO of Noyes Health System. “It is the official start of construction on the project that will bring a regional, comprehensive cancer program to the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier through partnership and collaboration. I would like to thank Ann and Carl Myers for taking the philanthropic lead on this important project and for their history of support of Noyes Health.”
Although construction is just beginning at Noyes, the project is already having an impact on the region. UR Medicine Radiation Oncology in Hornell has been operating since December, and the medical oncology clinic at Jones Memorial Hospital opened last month.
“Today’s groundbreaking and the work underway on the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center are a major step toward ensuring that patients and families in this region have access to state-of-the-art, comprehensive cancer care,” said Jonathan W. Friedberg, M.D., M.M.Sc., director of Wilmot Cancer Institute. “This would not be possible without the collaboration of the teams at the region’s hospitals, and we are deeply grateful for the support of the communities in Dansville, Wellsville and Hornell.”
Each year, approximately 4,000 patients travel from Allegany, Livingston and Steuben counties to Wilmot Cancer Institute for outpatient care. They often make daily or weekly trips over a period of months to receive radiation and/or chemotherapy. The Myers Cancer Center will help alleviate the strain of traveling an hour or more for care.
“This is a very exciting project. A regional cancer center will bring the expertise and cutting edge therapy of the Wilmot Cancer Institute closer to home for the nearly 600 people from Allegany County who travel to Rochester each year for care,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial. “With a medical oncology clinic in Wellsville, a radiation oncology clinic in Hornell, and radiation and infusion services at the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center in Dansville, the burden of traveling for follow-up care and treatment will be relieved.”
The regional cancer center will also provide patients with access to services including advanced diagnostic testing, clinical trials, outpatient palliative care, and Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program. Physicians at the cancer center and the medical oncology clinic at Jones will have access to UR Medicine’s region-wide electronic medical record system and regular consultations with multidisciplinary teams focused on cancer.
This cancer center project is unique in our region and comes at a time when health systems across the country are forging relationships to ensure specialty services while improving quality.
Eva Benedict, CEO at JMH, Amy Pollard, CEO at Noyes Health, and Jonathan W. Friedberg, MD, director of UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute were three of the dignitaries on hand at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center recently.
Hospital and Community Mourn Loss of Dr. Cliff Miller
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 26, 2015) – With heavy hearts we report that Dr. Cliff Miller, a pillar of this community and Jones Memorial Hospital for over 40 years, passed away suddenly as the result of a car accident on Monday night. The loss of someone as vital and compassionate as Dr. Miller is felt by all of us at Jones Memorial and throughout the community.
“Dr. Miller was a treasure; a remarkable physician who was dedicated to his patients,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial Hospital. “He was also generous with his medical knowledge and experience and served as mentor for many new physicians, medical students and nurses.” His ability to stay calm during a crisis—which can happen in an instant when babies are involved—was legendary. It was while on his way to the hospital for just such a crisis, that his car went off the road and he was killed.
Dr. Miller arrived in Wellsville two weeks after Hurricane Agnes in 1972 as a general practitioner just a year after graduating from medical school in Burlington, Vermont. Dr. Miller was board certified in pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology. He completed his pediatrics residency – and was chief pediatrics resident—at the University of Vermont in 1976. He completed his OB/GYN residency at the State University of New York in Buffalo in 1982 and was honored with the Capraro Award for Outstanding OB/GYN Resident. The father of six—Heather, Lindsey, Katie, Nate, Helena and Clifton - Dr. Miller lived in Scio with his wife, Dianna.
A very busy obstetrician, Dr. Miller has delivered over 8,400 babies and cared for thousands of women and children in his other roles as gynecologist and pediatrician. Five years ago he reached a milestone few obstetricians meet when he welcomed the third generation of one family. Great-grandma, grandma, and mom were all patients of Dr. Miller. In 2007, Dr. Miller was honored by Jones Memorial Hospital as the 1921 Associate of the Year for his outstanding service to both the hospital and the community. In 2008, he welcomed his daughter, Dr. Heather Lanphere, OB/GYN to his practice.
“The ripple effect of this tragedy will be felt throughout our community,” Mrs. Benedict added. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Dianna and his family. His patients can be assured that a plan for continuing their care is in place.”