Keeping Up With The Jones
MEET THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE JMH HOSPITALIST TEAM
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 28, 2021) – Jones Memorial Hospital welcomes these providers to the hospital’s Hospitalist Team. A hospitalist provides care for patients while in the hospital.
Physician Assistant Olivia Franke, PA-C, earned her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at West Liberty University in West Virginia. She also hold a MS in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University and earned her BS in Natural Sciences at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. Oliva has completed clinical rotations in family medicine, psychiatry, emergency medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, internal medicine, and general surgery. She certified in ACLS, BLS, CPR, and in Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT). A student member of the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the West Virginia Association of Physician Assistants (APA).
Physician Assistant Nancy F. Bedrosian, PA-C, earned her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Lemoyne College in Syracuse, NY. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology form St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and an Associates Degree in Respiratory Therapy from Community College of the Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. In addition to serving clinical rotations in pediatrics, psychiatry, primary care, women’s health, rheumatology, emergency medicine, general surgery and internal medicine at hospitals and medical centers in Central New York, Ms. Bedrosian was a respiratory therapist at Jones Memorial, St. James in Hornell, and at healthcare facilities in Texas. She is a member of the American Association of Physician Assistants, the New York Physician Assistant Society, the Physician Assistant Student Society, and the American Association of Respiratory Care.
Family Nurse Practitioner Amber M. Harding, FNP-BC, completed her Associate Degree in Nursing at Alfred State College in Alfred, NY. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. Amber is Board Certified in Family Medicine through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has completed clinical rotations in outpatient pediatrics, outpatient women’s health, and both inpatient and outpatient adult settings. Amber comes to Jones Memorial from Olean General Hospital, where she most recently worked in the role of Manager of House Operations. Her previous positions at OGH included Medical/Surgical Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, and Emergency Nursing. She is certified in Basic Live Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. In 2016, she received the Olean General Hospital Nightingale Award.
Please join us in welcoming these Advanced Practice Providers to JMH!
JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT ADDS NEW PROVIDERS
Wellsville, NY (September 30, 2021) – Jones Memorial Hospital welcomes these providers to the hospital’s Emergency Department.
Dr. Stephen Doyle, MD, comes to Jones from Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware, a three-hospital system specializing in trauma care and emergency medicine. A graduate of the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, Dr. Doyle is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the Emergency Medicine Residents Association (EMRA) the American College of Medical Toxicology, and the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology. He is certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), and is a certified Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP). Dr. Doyle’s hobbies include weightlifting, running, cooking, and sporting events.
Dr. Joshua J. Trenkamp, MD, recently completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester. A graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Dr. Trenkamp is certified in ACLS, ATLS, PALS, NRP, BLS, Fundamentals of Critical Care Services (FCCS), and Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS). His ultrasound certifications include cardiac, renal, transabdominal pelvic, ocular, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). He is a member of the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Trenkamp’s hobbies include golf, basketball, cooking, video games, and indoor rock climbing.
Dr. Jackie Mae Anderson, DO, comes to Jones Memorial from the University of Rochester, where she has been an attending physician in the Emergency Department since August 2021. A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Anderson also has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the West Virginia University and she completed her post baccalaureate studies at Thomas Jefferson University and Villanova University. all has Her most recent Jefferson Health Northeast in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her residency at Jefferson Health Northeast in Philadelphia where the four-year residency program provides experience in a number of specialty areas including the burn ICU, pediatric emergency medicine, obstetrics. Dr. Anderson has volunteered her time and expertise with a number of overseas organizations including the Honduras Child Alliance and the Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage in South Africa.
Please join us in welcoming these providers to the Wellsville community!
JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL REPORTS 95-PERCENT OF STAFF COMPLIANT WITH NYS MANDATE
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 28, 2021) – As of yesterday’s deadline to meet the New York State mandate requiring all healthcare employees to be vaccinated against COVID 19, Jones Memorial Hospital reported that 96-percent of the hospital staff is compliant, with 86-percent vaccinated. The difference includes staff with exemptions or who are currently on medical or other leave.
Hospital-wide, fifteen staff members resigned on Monday. This included six nurses, three of which were full-time nurses and three-were per diem nurses, those who only work when needed by the hospital. Seven of those fifteen resignations were per diem staff.
“We recognize that it was a difficult decision for our unvaccinated staff, but at the end of the day, the most important thing is the safety of our patients,” said Jim Helms, President/CEO at Jones Memorial. “I want to commend our management team for their efforts to minimize the impact of the mandate on our patients. I also want to thank the dedicated staff of Jones Memorial who continue to give so much of themselves to our community.”
The number of COVID-positive inpatients at Jones Memorial has impacted the wait times in the hospital Emergency Department (ED) and the Walk-in Clinic. Anyone with relatively minor symptoms should avoid the ED and contact your primary care provider. All Jones Memorial Medical Practices Primary Care and Pediatric offices offer COVID testing by appointment.
Vaccinations are the best way to support your community hospital. Please support the staff of Jones Memorial by getting vaccinated so that we can reduce the number of COVID related services and focus our limited resources on the other health needs.
JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL CONTINUES TO TREAT COVID PATIENTS
wellsville, NY (September 22, 2021) –With 30-40-percent of the inpatient population at Jones Memorial Hospital being treated for COVID and the prediction that the rate of COVID cases in Allegany County will continue to double every 1-2 weeks, Jones Memorial Hospital and the Allegany County Health Department are asking everyone to get vaccinated.
“Allegany County has one of the lowest vaccination rates in New York State and one of the fastest rates of infection increase,” said Tyler Shaw, Director, Allegany County Health Department. “The reasons are simple and easily addressed: Low vaccination rates combined with decreased social distancing and masking means that more people are getting sick and our communities are more vulnerable.”
The low COVID vaccination rate, according to Dr. Kevin McCormick, Medical Director at Jones Memorial Hospital, can be traced to the false and misleading information that has made people unnecessarily anxious about it. “This is a very safe and highly effective protection against the COVID virus,” he said, adding that the percentage of inpatients being treated for COVID is an unprecedented statistic one-third of the total inpatients at Jones Memorial are being treated for the same illness.”
Since the very beginning of the pandemic, the nurses and providers at Jones Memorial have been caring for COVID patients. “Treatments at Jones have included all advances in COVID treatment including the use of antiviral medication remdesivir,” Dr. McCormick said, noting that infectious disease consultations with Intensive Care specialists at UR Medicine are available 24/7. Another promising treatment is Monoclonal Ab, but availability is limited nationwide. “The Jones team will explore what is available for use on those most vulnerable to serious illness,” he added.
Those who are vaccinated are less likely to get the virus and if they do, they are less likely to be hospitalized. “We are dealing with one of the fastest increase rates of COVID cases in the state,” said Dr. McCormick. “The large unvaccinated population in this community jeopardizes the health of everyone as the number of inpatients begins to exceed the number of healthy health care workers.” Vaccinated healthcare workers are unlikely to get seriously ill, but exposure to sick community members takes them out of work and reduces the hospital’s capacity to care for all patients.
Please support the nurses and staff at Jones by getting vaccinated. For a list of Myths and Facts about the COVID vaccine, please use this link on the Jones Memorial Hospital website: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/MediaLibraries/URMCMedia/jones-memorial/about-us/images/COVIDMythsandFacts.pdf.
Support your community hospital: get vaccinated.
JONES NOW OFFERING PELVIC FLOOR PT
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 20, 2021) -- Vanessa Sweet, DPT, has been certified by American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Pelvic Health in Level 1 Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy. Vanessa is part of the Jones Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Services team. This certification brings a much-needed service to the local community.
Vanessa’s interest in Pelvic Floor PT began with an elective course she took while earning her DPT at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. “I realized that no one was providing this service locally and I saw a huge need for it,” she explained. “So many women can benefit from pelvic floor PT, but there is a lack of awareness that it is available.”
To earn this certification, Vanessa completed a series of comprehensive evidence-based education courses followed by written exam and the practical skill assessment. “In many other first world countries it is the standard of care that women are referred for physical therapy postpartum,” she noted. “I believe that all postpartum women can benefit from a PT evaluation to ensure safe and full return to prior level of function, help with things like prolapse, diastasis rectus, and other conditions.”
Pelvic floor physical therapy involves the muscle groups that support the pelvic organs, assist in bowel and bladder control, and contribute to sexual arousal and orgasm. “Women may also benefit from Pelvic Floor PT if they are incontinent, have difficulty with urination or bowel movements or constipation, have chronic pelvic pain, and painful intercourse,” Vanessa said. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have increased urinary frequency and urgency, leakage with certain movements, or pain in the back, abdomen, buttocks, hip or thigh, Pelvic Floor PT might be the answer.
To find out if Pelvic Floor PT can help you, call the Rehab Department at (585) 596-4011 and talk to Vanessa Sweet. A physician referral is needed so talk to your healthcare provider today.
Providing the care you need, close to home.
RIDGEWALK & RUN WILL BE A VIRTUAL EVENT THIS YEAR
wellsville, NY (September 16, 2021) – Jones Memorial Hospital has announced that the 29th Annual RidgeWalk & Run will be a virtual event this year. The announcement comes after months of wrestling with how to ensure the safety of participants as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise.
“Last year, we hoped that the virtual RidgeWalk would be a once in a lifetime occurrence,” said Event Chair Jim Helms. “But given the resurgence of COVID, this is the right thing to do.”
The second virtual RidgeWalk will be very much like the first one. Participants can register as usual at https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Wellsville/28thAnnualRidgeWalkRun. “The registration process is the same and all of the standard distances are listed,” Helms said. “Complete the chosen route between October 9th and 18th and submit a completion form.”
The committee is asking participants to submit photos of their walk or run, which they hope will continue the spirit of the event by taking place on trails. “We recognize this isn’t possible for everyone,” he added. “But we are encouraging people to post photos of their participation on Instagram (#ridgewalkrun) or The RidgeWalk & Run Facebook page or by Facebook Messenger.” You can also email pictures and stories to RidgeWalk@urmc.rochester.edu.
The good news for RidgeWalk t-shirt collectors is that those participating in the virtual event will be mailed a 29th annual RidgeWalk t-shirt, noting that it was a virtual event. Because there are no sponsors, this year’s swag bag is limited to the t-shirt, which will be mailed in late November.
As usual, all proceeds from the RidgeWalk & Run will be used for community health initiatives. A link to registration can be found on the Jones Memorial Hospital website: jones.rochester.edu.
"We hope this will be the last year we have to hold a virtual RidgeWalk," said Helms, noting that the continued presence of COVID in the community makes it difficult to plan large events like this. "We encourage everyone to get the COVID vaccine. Next year is the 30th RidgeWalk & Run which calls for something special - especially after two years of virtual events. Getting the vaccine is a great way to support the RidgeWalk and Jones Memorial Hospital."
SUPPORT JONES MEMORIAL HOSPTIAL: GET VACCINATED
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 15, 2021) – The increase in COVID patients being admitted and seen in outpatient settings is exacerbating the existing staffing challenges at Jones Memorial and other hospitals in the region.
“The surge in the number of COVID patients in the past two weeks – the overwhelming majority of whom are unvaccinated – is creating additional stress on our nursing staff,” said James Helms, CEO at Jones. “In that time period, 36-percent of the patient population at Jones is being cared for due to COVID. It is unprecedented to have over one-third of all inpatients affected by one diagnosis.”
Additionally, on September 27th, all hospitals and nursing homes in New York State are required to have staff vaccinated against COVID. While some staff members have resigned rather than be vaccinated, Mr. Helms noted that 100-percent of the Jones Memorial employed medical staff are already vaccinated against COVID. He projected that about 85-percent of all hospital staff will meet the September 27th deadline. The hospital has 470 employees, including part-time and per diem staff.
“We continue to encourage our staff to get vaccinated to meet the mandate and expect our vaccination percentage to improve,” Mr. Helms said. “We are actively recruiting now to fill vacant positions, working with UR Medicine leadership to share resources across hospitals, and monitoring developments at the state level that could help to reduce staff shortages when the mandate takes effect.”
Helms said the hospital is also making contingency plans to prepare for potential staff shortages, with a goal of minimizing impact on patient care.
“One option we are considering is the possible suspension of ICU care for a temporary period after the mandate takes effect,” Helms said. “If that happens, Jones will create a step-down unit to care for all but the most critically ill patients, and transfer patients who need 24/7 care to another facility.”
So, what can you do to support the Jones Memorial Hospital and the nursing staff? Get vaccinated.
“If our community can support us by getting vaccinated, we can keep them out of our hospital and ensure we have resources to support non-COVID patients,” said Sandra Watkins, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Jones. “Getting vaccinated greatly reduces the risk of hospitalization if you contract the virus, freeing up the needed staff and beds to care for our community.” COVID patients require an additional level of care because of the time involved in donning and doffing protective equipment before entering the patient room.
“The healthcare community has been on this front line for a very long time now,” added Mrs. Watkins. “We need the support of our community to help reduce the infection rate and therefore help us to be here for them when they need us.”
JODI HOWE NAMED CFO AT JONES & ST. JAMES HOSPITALS
HORNELL, NY (August 26, 2021) --The St. James Hospital and Jones Memorial Hospital (Wellsville) boards of directors have appointed Jodi L. Howe to chief financial officer (CFO), effective 8/26/21.
Reporting to the CEO at both hospitals, Ms. Howe will provide fiscal leadership for St. James and Jones Memorial including financial services, general accounting, revenue cycle (at Jones), and financial and statistical reporting activities. She will also have administrative oversight of materials management, and provide guidance concerning investments and reimbursement matters.
Ms. Howe began her career at St. James Hospital in 2004 as a senior accountant and was promoted to reimbursement/budget analyst in 2006. In 2010 she joined Alfred University as a senior financial analyst and was promoted to controller in 2012. Seven years later she returned to the healthcare arena as director of finance for St. James Hospital and Jones Memorial Hospital.
“Jodi rejoined our organization as we were preparing to open the new hospital,” said Bryan O’Donovan, St. James Hospital president and CEO. “She helped us successfully manage that from a financial perspective, has fostered strong collaboration between the two hospitals, and has helped us successfully execute other strategic initiatives to further our growth.”
"I have worked closely with Jodi in her increasingly important roles at both hospitals,” said James Helms, Jones Hospital president and CEO. “She has proven herself as a financial and management leader, and as CFO, will be integral to guiding both entities during their next important growth stages.”
“Jodi rejoined our organization as we were preparing to open the new hospital,” said Bryan O’Donovan, St. James Hospital president and CEO. “She helped us successfully manage that from a financial perspective, has fostered strong collaboration between the two hospitals, and has helped us successfully execute other strategic initiatives to further our growth.”
A long-time resident of Arkport, NY, Ms. Howe earned a masters of business administration with a concentration in accounting from St. Bonaventure University, and a bachelor degree in accounting and business management from Elmira College. She will divide her time between the two hospitals in her new position.
DEANNA WORTH EARNS PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION IN HEALTHCARE FINANCE
WELLSVILLE, NY (July 1, 2021) – Jones Memorial Hospital has announced that Deanna Worth, HIM Supervisor and Privacy Officer at Jones, is now certified by the Healthcare Financial Management Association as a Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP).
“Deanna has always stepped up to bigger challenges here at Jones,” said James Helms, CFO at Jones Memorial, congratulating Deanna in photo. Jim oversees the HIM department. “She has been working on this certification for some time now, striving to be ever better and I couldn’t be prouder of her newest accomplishment. Well done, Deanna.”
To earn this certification Deanna completed intensive HFMA classes for members whose jobs require a deep understanding of the financial realities of health care.
Deanna began her career at Jones Memorial Hospital in 2013 as the HIM/Quality Management assistant. She was promoted to HIM lead in 2017 and assumed the duties of the Privacy Officer in 2018. Deanna earned her Bachelor of Science in Management at Houghton College. In 2019, she graduated from both the Leadership Allegany Program and the Lions Club International Leadership Institute. She has been a member of HFMA since 2020. Deanna is very active in the community as well, serving as a member of the Bolivar American Legion Auxiliary and president of the Bolivar Lions Club. She is in-line to serve as the Lions Club Zone Chair for the region next year. She and her husband, Brian, live in Bolivar. She has two grown daughters and a granddaughter.
Please join us in congratulating Deanna on this accomplishment.
RICHARD WHITNEY, RN BSN, IS DIRECTOR OF ACUTE CARE NURSING
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 21, 2021) -- Richard Whitney, BSN RN, is the new Director of Acute Care Nursing at Jones Memorial Hospital.
“With his extensive experience in the administrative and the patient care aspects of nursing, we are fortunate to have Rich join the nursing team at Jones,” said Sandra Watkins, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Jones. “I look forward to working with him.”
As the director of Acute Care Nursing, Rich is responsible for management of the Medical-Surgical Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Respiratory Therapy Department, and Sleep Study Lab.
A native of Angelica, Rich began his nursing career at Jones Memorial 1988. He relocated to Massachusetts in 1994, where he served in a number of hospitals in both staff nurse and management positions. When Rich returned to the local area in 2005, he began working at Olean General Hospital before accepting a position in 2019 at St. James Hospital in Hornell, most recently as Nurse Manager of Ambulatory Services. Rich is a graduate of Alfred State College, where he earned his RN and obtained his BSN at Daemen College in Amherst.
Rich and his wife Paula live in Scio with their dog, Rufus. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his two children and four grandchildren. “I wanted to come back to Allegany County because this area has always been home and I am very excited to be a part of my community healthcare system,” he said.
Please join us in welcoming Rich Whitney to the JMH team!
JONES MEMORIAL ANNOUNCES STAFF UPDATES
Carrie Walker Named Vice President of Medical Practices & Professional Services
Kristopher Green is Director of Human Resources
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 16, 2021) -- Jones Memorial Hospital has announced the selection of Kristopher Green as the hospital’s Director of Human Resources. Kris assumes the position most recently held by Carrie Walker, who was named promoted to Vice President of Medical Practices and Professional Services, in March 2021.
“We are fortunate to have Kris Green, who has a wealth of Human Resources experience, coming on board to take the reins in HR; he will serve our staff and facility very well,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “Carrie has been a member of the administrative team for the past four years and a department director since 2008. She has experience leading and growing outpatient services, as well as the strategic leadership experience that will be valuable in her new role.”
Carrie Walker started her career at Jones as a Medical Imaging as a technologist in 2002. She was promoted to Director of Medical Imaging six years later and was named Executive Director of Human Resources in 2017. Carrie has a Bachelor of Science in Radiology & Science and a Master’s degree in Human Resources & Employee Relations. A native of Andover, Carrie and her husband, Kevin, raised their three children in her hometown: Colby, 20; Chris, 18, and Caroline, 16.
"Being a resident of Allegany County for the majority of my life I am well aware of the important place Jones Memorial has in the health of our community,” she said. “It is gratifying to be a member of the administrative team and to guide of our hospital into the future. This promotion brings me back to supporting the clinical practices, the cornerstone of healthcare, and I am looking forward to getting back to my roots.”
A life resident of Wellsville, Kris Green comes to Jones from Amazon Logistics where he was the Upstate NY Senior Regional Human Resources Business Partner and the interim Regional HR Manager for New York. Kris graduated from Thomas Edison State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources Management. He earned his Masters of Science in Human Resource Management at State University of New York at Stony Brook.
“Working in Human Resources allows me to support the organization’s most valuable resource – its people,” he said. “This, in turn, helps the organization accomplish its mission. I am very fortunate and proud to have joined the Jones Memorial Hospital team and am looking forward to working with everyone!”
Kris and his wife, Allison, have two children Wyatt, 7, and five-year-old Liam. A fan of baseball, Kris is involved in Little League and enjoys spending time with his family. He is involved in a number of community organizations including the American Legion and the Lions Club. He is also involved with the David A. Howe Public Library.
Please join Jones Memorial in welcoming Kris Green and congratulating Carrie Walker.
JIM HELMS SELECTED AS CEO
After Four Decades of Service at JMH Eva Benedict to Retire July 16
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 17, 2021) -- The Jones Memorial Hospital Board of Directors has selected James Helms, FHFMA, CPA, as the hospital’s new president/CEO. Mr. Helms will take over the role and responsibilities on July 16 when current CEO Eva Benedict, RN, BSN, MS, FACHE retires after four decades of service at Jones Memorial. Mr. Helms is currently the Vice President of Finance/CFO at Jones Memorial and has been also been serving as chief financial officer at St. James Hospital in Hornell since 2019.
“Jim has the experience, commitment, and the hard-earned confidence of the Hospital board members. Our nationwide CEO search resulted in unanimous support for Mr. Helms,” said Richard Ewell, chairman of the Jones Memorial Board of Directors. “In her 14 years as CEO at Jones, Eva has been an incredible advocate for the hospital and rural healthcare. She is well-known to our state and federal representatives and will be missed. Eva used her unique combination of leadership ability, work ethic, kindness and wisdom to guide our Hospital through many challenges. Our board has the utmost respect for her and wish her well in the future. Moving forward, we are looking forward to working with Jim in his new role.”
Mr. Helms and Mrs. Benedict have had the opportunity to work together for a number of years. Under their leadership, Jones Memorial secured $13 million in Vital Access Provider Program (VAP) grants, which helped to fund operational improvements and start up new programs, resulting in a positive operating margin in just over three years. They also secured a total of $23.7 million in NYS Transformation grants for both electronic medical record (EMR) conversion as well as the medical village construction which includes a third-floor expansion for provider clinic and operating room and fixed MRI additions. When faced with service line closures due to the COVID pandemic, Mr. Helms was able to secure a combined $8 million for Jones Memorial and St. James Hospitals in paycheck protection funding and avoiding staffing reductions.
"I have worked closely with Jim for several years and I have every confidence that he will successfully lead Jones Memorial in the future,” said Mrs. Benedict. “He has demonstrated his leadership abilities and dedication to Jones and our community as CFO of both Jones and St. James. He is highly respected by the management team at Jones and by UR Medicine leadership. Our community is fortunate to have a committed professional to lead Jones into the future.”
“In eight years at Jones Memorial Hospital, Jim Helms has taken on increased levels of leadership responsibility that have prepared him well to serve as CEO,” said Steven I. Goldstein, senior vice president of the University of Rochester Medical Center who oversees UR Medicine regional hospitals, and also serves as president and CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals in Rochester. “Jim is well-known as an effective administrator within the UR Medicine system as well as in Allegany County, which will help him to build on the track record of growth and success Eva Benedict has led at Jones over the past 14 years.”
In addition to his past finance roles Mr. Helms has experience leading multiple departments within healthcare operations, to include facilities, corporate compliance, supply chain, health information management (HIM), information technologies, nutrition, revenue cycle, and practice management.
“Working alongside the clinical managers and medical provides to ensure we have the resources to deliver quality healthcare to our rural communities has always been a top priority,” Mr. Helms said. “We need to constantly evaluate who our customers are, both internally and externally, and work to meet and exceed their needs.”
Heather Lanphere, MD, Chief of Staff at Jones, is excited to be working with Mr. Helms in his new position. “Jim’s commitment to the health of our community and to the stability of the medical staff and the services we provide make him the right choice to take over the reins from Eva, who has been a tireless advocate for rural healthcare,” she said. “I look forward to working with him to enhance and expand the healthcare providers and services available to the Wellsville community.”
"I am humbled to be given this opportunity by our board of directors and the University of Rochester," Mr. Helms said. "As we celebrate the hospital’s 100th anniversary this year, I couldn’t be prouder to work with the Jones Memorial team to take our healthcare into the next chapter of our history. Ensuring that we continue to provide high quality healthcare to our rural community is a team effort, I look forward to partnering with our medical staff to continue this long-standing tradition of caring."
Mr. Helms has received undergraduate degrees in business from both Alfred State College and St. Bonaventure University, where he also received his master in business administration. He is a fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Mr. Helms served over two decades in the U.S. Army Reserves, working throughout global areas of operations and serving in multiple leadership roles before retiring at the rank of Command Sergeant Major.
Please join Jones Memorial Hospital in congratulating Jim Helms!
Photo Caption: CEO Eva Benedict congratulates Jim Helms on being selected as the new CEO when she retires in July 2021.
IT'S A FAMILY THING: A LEGACY OF CARING
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 5, 2021) – This year, Jones Memorial Hospital is celebrating 100 Years of Caring. Looking back through our history, there are a handful of names that standout as having had a tremendous impact on community health since the hospital opened in 1921. The descendants of three of these families – Jones, Tullar, and Comstock – continue the tradition of serving the Wellsville community as active members of service clubs. In addition, you can find them on the board at the hospital, the library, and other organizations that impact this community.
The Family of Gertrude Jones
The decedents of hospital founder Gertrude Fassett Jones have continued to be a part of Jones Memorial’s history. While Mrs. Jones had no children, her brother Isaac’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have guarded her legacy by serving on the hospital board of directors, taking care of the tremendous gift “Aunt Gertie” left for the Village of Wellsville and surrounding towns and villages.
“We always knew the hospital here because of Aunt Gertie,” said Samantha Gilkey, great-great-grandniece of Gertrude Jones. “She died in 1920, but she was something of an icon to us growing up.” Mrs. Jones’ family has taken an active role on the hospital board of directors. Her great niece, Cynthia Fassett Gridley, served as chair of the hospital board for several terms, as did Cynthia’s daughter, Sammy.
Mrs. Gilkey and her sister, the late Lee Gridley, chose careers that lent themselves to community involvement. As a nurse, Sammy worked at Jones in obstetrics and later for the Allegany County Health Department. She has served the hospital as chair of the board of directors and is currently serving her second terms on the board. She is also chair of the Jones Memorial Foundation Board. Her sister Lee was a history teacher and very active in several organizations including the Allegany County Planning Board, Genesee River Wilds, Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce, and the Allegany County Development Advisory Board.
The Tullar Family
When Angie Cobb Tullar donated the entire cost to build a separate maternity annex at Jones Memorial Hospital, she had already established herself as a generous philanthropist. Completed in 1928, the Tullar Maternity Annex was furnished by George and Laura Rosa.
In 1920, Angie set up a scholarship program at Alfred University: the Eugene B. Tullar and Angie Cobb Tullar Scholarship. In her will, she left a property to the Village of Wellsville to be used for athletic purposes – an interest that may have been sparked when her son, Bayard Sr., was a first-string pitcher on the Cornell University baseball team. After his mother passed, Bayard Sr. was instrumental in transforming the property into Tullar Field, home to the first professional baseball team in Wellsville.
Angie Tullar’s grandson, Bayard Tullar Jr., was active on a number of community clubs and organizations and was past president of the Wellsville Lions Club. Many of his philanthropic works were done “behind the scenes” for individuals who needed a helping hand by providing unofficial scholarships to deserving individuals. When the Allegany County Vietnam Veterans were looking to build a quiet get-away for members, Bayard Jr., and Mason Dye, donated a piece of property they owned to the group.
His daughter, Gwyn, also prefers to keep her acts of kindness out of the spotlight. In addition to mentoring individuals and giving them riding lessons, Gwyn and her husband, Rich Shear, helped organize the first RidgeWalk & Run over 25 years ago. The couple has been recognized with the Spirit of Wellsville Award for that and their continuing, hands-on involvement with the event. Every fall, Gwyn and Rich can be found spending endless hours prepping the Jones Memorial Hospital Finish Line property and getting it ready for the hundreds of walkers and runners who attend the event each year. Rich has also served two terms on the hospital board of directors and is presently on the Foundation Board.
The Comstock Family,
Dr. Francis E. Comstock, born in Andover in 1860, is credited with admitting the very first patient and performing the first surgery at Jones Memorial Hospital in 1921. He had a private practice at 22 State Street and was the first of three generations of Comstock doctors; his son Edwin Sr. joined the office in 1926 and his grandson Edwin Jr. in 1960.
Community involvement has continued to be important to the Comstock family. Edwin Jr. had two sons and a daughter. Donald Comstock has served on the David A. Howe Public Library board of directors for over 40 years. He is also active in the Rod & Gun Club, and the Elks Club. Two family members, Donald’s wife Jackie and her sister, Ann, are on the Jones Memorial Foundation Board, Ann was married to Edwin III, who died in 2002. Nancy Comstock Mosher, Edwin Jr.’s daughter, is a former member of the Lioness Club, now an active member of the Lions Club and chair of the Diabetes Committee for the club. Nancy’s daughter, Jessica Mosher Strassner has brought the family back into the healthcare field. She is a pediatric and neonatal nurse practitioner at F.F. Thompson Hospital. She also works part-time in the pediatric practices in Wellsville and provides care in the nursery at the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Birthing Center.
“Jones Memorial Hospital would not be celebrating 100 Years of Caring without the support of our community,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “These families are an example of how important it is to continue the work that started a century ago. With your support, Jones Memorial will be here for generations to come.”
HONOR YOUR VETERAN'S MEMORY IN THE FIELD OF FLAGS
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 7, 2021) Each year, Jones Memorial joins with the Wellsville American Legion Post 702 and Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders to transform the front lawn at the hospital into a Field of Flags.
What began eight years ago as a way to honor the memory of veterans who have died, the field has become a tradition and remains in place from Armed Forces Day (May 15, 2021) through Memorial Day (May 31, 2021).
Each flag in the Field of Flags will have a card with the name of the deceased service member and branch of service, as well as the name of the person who sponsored the flag. To find out more or sponsor a flag, please:
- Stop by the Wellsville American Legion, 23 Jefferson Street
- Go to the switchboard at JMH
- On-line at www.WellsvilleFlags.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All cards and donations must be returned by May 14th.
All proceeds will be donated to LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve, an outdoor recreational facility in Northern PA for wounded and injured service members and veterans.
JONES MEMORIAL CELEBRATES DOCTOR’S DAY
WELLSVILLE, NY (March 29, 2021) –This year, as Jones Memorial celebrates 100 Years of Caring, the hospital would like to take a moment this Doctor’s Day to recognize all of the health care providers – past and present – who serve our community.
Nearly 100 years ago, Dr. Francis E. Comstock admitted the very first patient to the brand-new Jones Memorial Hospital on July 1, 1921. A general physician with a private practice on State Street in Wellsville for 35 years, Dr. Francis Comstock is also credited with performing the first surgery in the new hospital. He was the first of three generations of Drs. Comstock. His son, Dr. Edwin F. Comstock, was at his bedside when he died suddenly of a heart attack in 1931. Dr. Edwin F. Comstock Jr. was the third Dr. Comstock to see patients at the 22 State Street office when he moved back to Wellsville in 1960.
“Doctor’s Day is the perfect opportunity to thank our dedicated medical staff,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “Without their dedication to our patients and caring for this community, Jones Memorial would not be celebrating our 100th anniversary. Thank you to all of our providers.”
Today, the active medical staff at Jones Memorial includes physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives. Representing a wide array of specialties, the medical staff includes Edwin Acosta, MD; Monica Acomb, NP; Zaheer Alam, MD; Ruthanne Ashworth, NP; Paul Axtell, MD; Nancy Berosian, PA-C; Kurt Benham, MD; Gerard Buffo, MD; Andrew Call, MD; Nishant Chaudhary, MD; David Chung, MD; Tera Ciesla, PA-C; William Coch, MD; Steven Collins, MD; Heide Crandall, MD; Orlando Cruz, MD; Richard Cudahy, MD; Christopher Depner, MD; Frank Edwards, MD; Jay Ellie, MD; Mark Elliott, CRNA; Travis Ely, PA-C; Douglas Fuller, CRNA; Keith Gembusia, DO; Robert Gilfert, DPM; Stuart Hanau, MD; Dean Hanna, MD; Yohetsor Ometse Hargoe, NP; Anna Haring, MD; Corazon Hoffman, CRNA; Christopher John, PA-C; Chelsea Jones, PA-C; Zahi Kassas, MD; Theodor Kaufman, MD; Lu-Ann Kaye, MD; Margaret Kent, NP; Asfandyar Khan, MBBS; Kevin Klayman, DO; Neil Kline, DO; Albert Koh, DO; Heather Lanphere, MD; Kathryn Lewis, LCSW; Tareen Loqman, DO; Robert Maiden, PhD; Kathyron Maine, NP; Bulent Mamikoglu, MD; Gary Mann, NP; Kevin McCormick, MD; Jennifer Middaugh, CNM; Cortni Monroe, PA-C; Shannon Mooney, PA-C; Gurumurthaiah V. Nagabhushana, MBBS; Du Nguyen, MD; Jeremy Oosterkamp, CRNA; Niharika Pasumarty, MD; David Pelkowski, MD; Kerime Perese, NP; Pasquale Picco, MD; Wade Porterfield, MD; Bruce Portner, MD; Michael Presutti, PA; David Rayne, MD; Maria Reyes, MD; David Roae, NP; William Roberts, MD PhD; Andres Rubert, MD; James Rummel, DO; Ravi Sahni, MBBS; James Sakr, MD; Calvin Schierer, DO; Nishit Shah, MD; Shachi Shah, MD; Kim Simmons, NP; Ryan K. Smith, PA-C; Neeta Soni, MD; Alex Strassburg, MD; Jessica L. Strassner, NP; Thomas F. Taylor, MD; Robert Ungeheuer, PA-C; William Van Duzer, PA-C; Alison Vogt, MD; John Waide, PA-C; Emily Walsh, PA-C; Matthew Walton, PA-C; Adam C. Wojciechowski, PA-C; Mark Wronecki, PA-C; Gabriel Yacob, MBBCH; Saddam Yasin, MBBS; and Yao Zheng, NP.
Please join us in thanking all our healthcare providers for everything they do for our patients!
COVID vaccines while pregnant or breastfeeding: what you need to know
ROCHESTER, NY (March 29, 2021) -- When Kate Ocon found out she was pregnant in November 2020, she thought about the COVID-19 vaccines on the horizon — and she thought she wouldn’t get one.
As a pharmacist, she wasn’t worried about vaccines in general. “But there was no data on vaccine and pregnant women,” she said. “I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll wait and see how it goes.’”
A lot has changed in the few months since then. Most significant is the sheer number of pregnant people who have gotten vaccinated.
Dr. Loralei Thornburg, a high-risk OB/GYN at UR Medicine, cites Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health when people ask her how pregnant people have responded to the vaccines.
“I think Dr. Fauci put it best: In over 10,000 pregnant people who have received this vaccine, there have been no red flags. There has been no sign that there’s an increased risk.”
Compare that to not getting vaccinated: “In the tens of thousands of pregnant people who have gotten COVID, there is definitely evidence that patients are at an increased risk,” she explained.
It’s one reason that pregnant people became eligible for the vaccines early, along with others at high risk of severe effects from COVID.
“It makes sense with the physiology of pregnancy — we know that respiratory illness in pregnancy is much more severe than outside of pregnancy,” Dr. Thornburg said. “So it’s no surprise that pregnant people seem to be more at risk for getting severe versions of COVID, just like they’re more at risk for getting severe versions of the flu and the swine flu (H1N1).”
Pregnant people sometimes underestimate the danger of getting COVID, said
Dr. Casey Rosen-Carole, Medical Director of Lactation Services at UR Medicine. And that can be tragic.
“I have seen pregnant people who are in comas after their babies are born,” Dr. Rosen-Carole said.
Dr. Thornburg said one of “the biggest problems is not understanding just how dangerous COVID is in pregnant people.”
That’s what ultimately convinced Kate Ocon, who also has a 17-month-old. She realized how damaging getting COVID could be — not just for her but for her infant daughter and husband, as well. She also knew other pregnant women who were getting vaccinated and sharing their stories on social media, saying they had experienced no problems and explaining it was “the best thing to do for my baby.”
Ocon received her second dose at the end of January and experienced a sore arm but no other side effects.
Once she gives birth, she can take comfort in a fringe benefit of the vaccines: A study conducted at the University of Rochester Medical Center showed that antibodies that fight COVID-19 will pass into breast milk while the actual virus does not.
At the start of the pandemic, when not much was known, “mom and baby were being separated,” said Dr. Rosen-Carole. Now, this study suggests that breastfeeding can help protect babies from COVID.
That’s also reassurance to anyone who wonders if the vaccine itself can somehow affect a fetus. As Dr. Thornburg pointed out, in pregnancy, there’s an instinct to think that doing nothing is the safest thing. But in this case, the science suggests the opposite.
The vaccines do not contain the actual virus, just a protein fragment that fools the immune system into thinking the virus is present. That protein disintegrates quickly in the body.
For anyone who still worries about a COVID vaccine somehow affecting a newborn, Dr. Rosen-Carole explained why the science can put that fear to rest.
“There are so many layers it would have to go through. It has to get into the mother’s blood. Then into the milk. Then stay in the milk and get into the baby. And then be active in the baby … That’s just not plausible.” Again, that’s because what triggers the immune system to form a defense against COVID is a tiny piece of protein in the vaccine that is quickly broken down. That’s also why it’s impossible to get COVID from the vaccines.
And the UR research showed that, in people with COVID, the virus itself was not transferred to breast milk, let alone the protein fragment that’s contained in the vaccine.
That’s why experts like Dr. Thornburg and Dr. Rosen-Carole have no hesitation in encouraging the vaccines in pregnancy and during breastfeeding.
As Dr. Thornburg put it, the real comparison is this: “The vaccines are very low risk, and the coronavirus does put you at risk.”
ONCOLOGY NURSES RECOGNIZED FOR COLLABORATION & TEAMWORK
WELLSVILLE, NY February 23, 2021) – Each year, members of the Genesee Valley Oncology Nursing Society present the Nurse of Distinction award to an individual nurse who exemplifies excellence in oncology nursing. Like everything else in 2020, things are being done differently this year: The GVONS Nurse of Distinction Award is going to all of the oncology nurses in our area.
“We can all agree that 2020 was a year like no other,” said Tammy Clarke, GVONS President. “Collaboration was paramount in health care in 2020 and oncology nurses in our region stayed strong as we guided our patients through cancer, during a pandemic, without missing a beat.”
Tammy Clarke, president, and GVONS Board member Kathy Doerner stopped by the UR Medicine|Wilmot Cancer Institute Infusion Center at Jones Memorial Hospital. The Nurse of Distinction Plaque will be presented to all Wilmot Cancer Institute and Lipson Cancer Center sites. Kathy Doerner, left, presented the plaque to Beth Cooke, RN, one of the infusion nurses at Jones.
“When it comes to cancer, it is imperative to keep patients on track with their treatment plans,” said Amanda Elliott, RN, OCN, and Director of Oncology & Infusion. “The COVID-19 pandemic presented some unique challenges to meeting this goal and continuing individual care plans on schedule, but we are very pleased that we have been able to continue to provide high quality cancer care to our oncology patients.”
Jones Memorial Hospital has a UR Medicine|Wilmot Cancer Institute Infusion Center at the hospital in Wellsville and on State Street in Olean.
JONES CELEBRATING CARDIAC REHAB WEEK
WELLSVILLE, NY (February 14, 2021) -- In the 25+ years the Cardiac Rehab Program has been available through the Rehabilitation Services Department at Jones Memorial Hospital, close 1000 people been through the three-phase program.
Developed for those who have experienced heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty, or heart surgery, the program provides supervised exercise and education. Both the Jones Memorial Cardiac Rehab Lead, Devin Matthews, and the JMH Cardiac Rehab program are certified by the AACPR.
While the goal of the program has remained the same over the years, the structure of the sessions have changed. “In the early years, the program was more structured with groups of patients and it was more like a class,” explained Cathy Talbett, Director of Rehab Services. “Now we have a more relaxed model where the patients independently do their exercises under the Devin’s direction. This allows us to be more accommodating of the patient’s individual lifestyle.”
After completing the 36 sessions, participants can continue to continue to exercise in the rehab gym under Devin’s supervisor on a self-pay basis.
While Devin is the main face of the cardiac rehab program, it also includes the medical supervision of Cardiologist Dr. David Pelkowski, who sees patients at the UR Medicine Cardiopulmonary Clinic on the third floor at Jones
Photo Caption: Cardiac Rehab in times of COVID means supervised exercise from a distance. In addition to masking, all machines are sanitized between uses. Here, Cardiac Rehab lead Devin Matthews, left, keeps a close eye on one of his patients.
JMH MEDICAL PRACTICES ACHIEVES RURAL HEALTH CLINIC STATUS
WELLSVILLE, NY (February 4, 2021) – The Rural Health Clinic program was established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid in 1977 to increase access to primary care services in rural, underserved communities.
After two years of intense effort, the Jones Memorial Primary Care Practices primary care offices in Hornell, Wellsville, Belvidere, and Bolivar have been certified RHC.
“Rural Health Clinic status is another way of ensuring that the quality services provided by our primary care practices meet RHC guidelines,” explained Michele McMorris, Jones Memorial Medical Practices Director of Operations. “The practice management team has been focused on this goal since early in 2019. With RHC status, our patients will continue to have access to the care they need, close to home.”
In addition to being a rural practice in an underserved area, to qualify for RHC status the medical staff at the practice must include a non-physician provider such as nurse practitioner (NP), physician assistant (PA), or certified nurse midwife (CNM) and these providers must see patients during at least 50-percent of office hours. In addition, RHCs are required to provide basic laboratory services on-site.
“I know Michele and her staff have been working very hard to achieve this status,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “On behalf of the board and administration, I want to thank them for their hard work and congratulate them on their success.”
Maintaining RHC certification requires a successful on-site recertification inspection by CMS every three years.
PHOTO CAPTION: The Medical Practices management team has received letters of approval awarding the primary care practices RHC status. Celebrating the news are left, Sarah Cole, Administrative Assistant; Joanna Holliday , Data Coordinator, Belinda Ferguson, Office Manager, Michele McMorris, Director of Operations, and Heather Folts, Office Manager.
JONES MEMORIAL WELCOMES SANDRA WATKINS, MS,RN
NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF PATIENT CARE AND CHIEF NURSING OFFICER
WELLSVILLE, NY (February 1, 2021) – Jones Memorial Hospital has welcomed Sandra Watkins, MS,RN to the Administrative Team as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer.
A native of Chicago, IL, Sandra graduated from nursing school in Chicago, where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Chicago State University and her Masters in Nursing Administration at North Park University in Chicago.
Sandra, comes to Jones Memorial from Olean General Hospital, where she had been the director of nursing of the Emergency Department and Cardiac Services since 2017. Her career in nursing leadership began as Director of Med/Surg at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago eventually coming to Buffalo as Director of Nursing for the Emergency Department and several med/surg floors at Buffalo General Medical Center. She has also worked at the Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.
“We are excited to have Sandra join the administrative team,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “She brings a wealth of nursing and leadership experience to the table. Sandra’s commitment to high quality, safe patient care is very much in line with our mission, vision and values for Jones Memorial Hospital. We are fortunate to have recruited such a talented leader with knowledge and experience to Western New York.”
Sandra says all the staff has been very welcoming. She plans to look at the nursing care and processes in her first three months, working with management, staff, and physicians to determine which projects the team plans to undertake. Service Excellence is big on her radar.
In her new position at Jones, Sandra is responsible for all patient care areas including inpatient, emergency, and surgical nursing. In addition, emergency preparedness, infection prevention, cardiopulmonary services, pharmacy, pastoral care, and staff development fall under her direction.
Sandra lives in Olean with her husband, Kevin. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, gardening and shopping.
Please join us in welcoming Sandra Watkins to the Jones Memorial Hospital team!
A GIFT FOR KIDS WHO COME TO THE JONES ER
WELLSVILLE, NY (January 28, 2021) – When Marshall Green saw a bunch of book and stuffed animal sets on the clearance rack at a local store, they bought them all. Today, Marshall delivered a supply of them to the Jones Memorial Hospital Emergency Department as gifts for children who come to the ER, either as a patient or with a family member.
“My children have been in the ER over the years and I know first-hand how unsettling it can be for a youngster,” he said. “Buying the sets was an opportunity to give a gift to kids who might be hurt or scared.” This is not the first time the local business owner has brought gifts to patients at Jones Memorial. The owner of Top Entertainment DJ Service, Marshall donated gift packages of baby clothes, books, and a stuffed animal to the OB Department for moms who might need them in 2017.
“When kids come to the ER, they really love to get a gift like this,” said Kelly Foster, Director of the Emergency Services at Jones Memorial Hospital. “It really means a lot to them at a time when they don’t feel well or are here with a parent or family member. We can’t thank you enough Marshall for bring a little comfort to our young patients.”
Marshall is hoping others will follow his lead. “The hope is to encourage people who have the financial means to take action,” he said. “When you see new toys, clothes, or other necessities on deep discount in a store or online, buy them up! First responders and community action organizations like ACCORD Corporation can help distribute them to families in need.”
Top Entertainment DJ Service was founded by Marshall Green in 2016 and offers a VIP wedding DJ and photo booth service throughout the Western New York region. More information can be found at www.topentertainmentdj.com.
DONNA BLIVEN RETIRES AFTER 44 YEARS AT JONES MEMORIAL
WELLSVILLE, NY (January 13, 2021) – Donna Bliven, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, planned to retire when she reached her 44th anniversary at Jones Memorial Hospital last summer. She started as a part-time nurse in August 1976 and looked forward to spending more time with her husband, Dennis, traveling, gardening, and visiting her grandchildren. But, as we all know by now, a global pandemic has a way of putting plans on hold.
“When COVID started in March, we were all so immersed in managing guidelines, precautions, and preparations that there was no time to look for my replacement,” she explained, adding that all her post-retirement trips and plans were also cancelled, so it was an easy decision to stay on. Now that her replacement has been found, Donna is looking forward to retiring on January 30.
“Donna has served the staff and patients of Jones with compassion and dedication for many years,” said Jones CEO Eva Benedict. “While we congratulate Donna on her well-deserved retirement, we will miss her commitment to mentoring emerging clinical leaders and her passion for ensure our community receives the highest quality of care. She graciously worked months passed her original retirement date when COVID threatened our community, we will be forever grateful.”
Looking back over her career, Donna noted that her interest in nursing evolved gradually and started in high school when she volunteered as a candy striper at a local hospital. She started as a nursing assistant at a nearby nursing home, a position she continued after graduation and throughout college. After graduating with her RN from Alfred State, Donna worked as a night-shift charge nurse at the Cattaraugus County nursing home. “I always thought I would have a career in long-term care,” she said. However, working days became a goal once she got married, so she stopped by Jones Memorial Hospital to pick up an application. “I wasn’t dressed for an interview – I was planning on just picking up the application and dropping it off later – but they wanted to interview me immediately.” She was hired part time as a day shift nurse, until a full-time position opened on Med-Surg. During her early career, Donna worked primarily on Med-Surg, but also spent time in the ER, ICU, and in Stress Testing, eventually moving into leadership as a Head Nurse on the Med-Surg unit after passing the Civil Service test required at the time. Donna obtained her BSN from Daemen College, and Masters in Health Administration (MHA) from Roberts Wesleyan College. As the focus of patient care transitioned to outpatient services, the hospital merged the two inpatient units on the second floor and eventually closed the third floor to inpatients. At this point, Donna was offered a different opportunity in the hospital, overseeing clinical pathway development and patient education, as well as Case Management. The addition of ICU Manager was added eventually. Then, in 2006, Donna became the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, which included oversight of the Pharmacy, Staff Development, and Infection Prevention, as well as the inpatient areas and ER. She has held this position for the past 14 years.
“I was attracted to nursing because I loved dealing with patients and their families – I know it sounds cliché, but I wanted to make a difference,” she said, noting that the doctors she worked with early in her career – Dr. Felsen, Dr. Coch, Dr. Cudahy, Dr. Sale - were a major influence on the nurse she became. “It was different then because you really got to know the doctors and had to earn their trust in your assessment and clinical skills and abilities,” she said. “They came in to round on their patients in the mornings and then left for their offices, leaving us to manage the patients.” Her first nurse manager also gave her advice that she continues to pass on to new nurses. “Nursing is a stressful job so it is important to have fun,” she said. “We need to laugh.”
Once she is retired, Donna has no plans to leave the area. Her son, Matthew, and daughter-in-law, Katrina, and two grandchildren Sawyer, 5, and Hadley, 2, live in the Syracuse area. “I won’t go any farther from them,” she said.
Please join us in wishing her the best.
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF CARING
WELLSVILLE, NY (January 1, 2021) – This year Jones Memorial Hospital is celebrating our 100th anniversary. So many things have changed since the first patient was admitted on June 27, 1921, but throughout our history the one thing that has remained constant is the support of our community.
“One of the joys of rural healthcare is that not only you are taking care of your family, your friends, and your neighbors, you are also working alongside them,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial. “For 100 years, when the hospital has needed something, the community has answered the call and ensured that quality healthcare is available close to home. This relationship between the hospital and those we serve is at the heart of our celebration!”
Jones Memorial was founded when Gertrude Jones left her home and an endowment to the Village of Wellsville with instructions to open a public hospital within one year. As a village-owned entity, community support was vital from the very beginning when voters had to accept the gift and the $75,000 bond needed to transform the home into a hospital. Of the 202 votes cast on this proposition, 196 were in favor, giving Wellsville, according to the Wellsville Daily Reporter of July 18, 1920, “a hospital that is ready-made and will be the pride of the city for all time.”
Appointed as the first hospital board of managers in 1920, members Lee Fassett, Marian Fisher, Alwin Shaller, Myrtle Bradley, and Frank Wall were charged directing the transformation of the Jones mansion into a modern, up-to-date community hospital. While the duties of the hospital board have expanded, the commitment required of its members is vital to Jones Memorial’s success. Today’s board is responsible for hospital policy and direction, as well as monitoring the quality of services and the financial soundness of the hospital. The board now includes Rich Ewell, Karol Marciano, Samantha Gilkey - a descendent of Gertrude Jones, Dan Johnson, Dr. William A. Coch, Mary Kate Cole, Dr. Robert Gilfert, Daniel Guiney, Ian Jones, James Knapp, and Barry Kulp.
For the last several years, the overall scope of healthcare has shifted from simply caring for the sick to include keeping the community well by providing initiatives that encourage healthy activities, including Health & Wellness Fairs, the GLOW 5K and the RidgeWalk & Run. “Because our community supports these events as participants and sponsors, Jones Memorial was recognized with the HANYS 2020 Community Health Improvement award,” said Mrs. Benedict. “The funds raised at these events are put back into the community for wellness efforts like the measured walking trails throughout the village.”
Jones Memorial has a number of events planned for this year to celebrate this milestone anniversary. First up, a trivia contest can be found on the hospital website and Facebook page. The winners will be chosen from those with the most correct answers and the prizes are Wellsville-Area Chamber Gift Certificates. Find the link to the trivia contest at jones.urmc.edu and facebook.com/jmhny. If you have photos, comments, or memories to share about Jones Memorial, please email Judy_Burt@URMC.rochester.edu.
For 100 years, Jones Memorial has been a part of nearly every local family. From births to end of life and everything in between, Jones Memorial has been here, on the corner of Main and Pearl providing the high quality healthcare with a hometown touch.
SELINA SCHELL NAMED JMH CARE CHAMPION
WELLSVILLE, NY (December 21, 2020) – Selina Schell, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Jones Memorial Hospital, has been selected as the second Care Champion for 2020.
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. Each quarter, the Employer of Choice Committee selects the most outstanding nominee.
Selina, who has been a part of the rehab team for about ten months, was nominated by both Chelsea Leahy, DPT, and Kaitlyn Cooney, DPT for going above and beyond in everything she does. “When helping me with a patient, Selina noticed that he had poor oral hygiene and made sure it was addressed,” Chelsea noted in her nomination. “When the patient started to resist, she suggested using a different flavor, which ended up being successful. She never hesitates to go the extra mile to ensure that her patients are receiving the best care possible.”
Selina’s verbal skills were also noted by Kaitlyn Cooney in her nomination. “She is very confident when discussing patient care and advocating for patient needs,” she wrote. “She has a caring and supportive manner and always attends the daily morning huddles so that she is well-prepared for her treatment sessions.”
The best part of her job, Selina said, is being able to have a positive impact on people’s lives. “I can show them they are capable of living their life, despite their diagnosis,” she said. Congratulations Selina!
PAT BALCOM CREATES HATS AND BLANKETS FOR NEWBORNS
WELLSVILLE, NY (December 17, 2020) -- Thank you to Pat Balcom who has been busy this winter crocheting hats and blankets for the babies born at Jones Memorial. Delivered by her husband, Gary, the gift includes hats in so many colors and styles; each one is more beautiful than the last!
They arrived just in time, according to Director of Maternal Health Jackie Adrian, left, the hat supply was getting low. Jackie and Donna Bliven, VP of Patient Care Services brought the crocheted items right up to the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Birthing Center.
Thank you Pat for thinking of us and our patients!
CHRIS BURDETT NAMED JMH CARE CHAMPION
WELLSVILLE, NY (December 1, 2020) – Chris Burdett, Medical Imaging Tech at Jones Memorial Hospital has been selected as a 2020 Care Champion.
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. Each quarter, the Employer of Choice Committee selects the most outstanding nominee.
Chris was nominated for stepping up to help a patient in the Emergency Room. “Chris drove a patient home who was having family issues and needed to get home, but had no ride,” said the person who nominated him. “The patient had been in the ER for evaluation for over 24 hours and was unable to be taken by the ambulance and was unable to get a cab. Chris drove the patient home and made sure he was all set before he left.”
Chris has been a member of the Medical Imaging Department as an X-Ray tech for 17 years. The best part of the job, he says, is getting to know his patients and helping them. “Oh yeah, and my co-workers,” he added. In his spare time, Chris and his wife are renovating a house they recently purchased in 2019 for $2,000.
Also nominated in the first quarter were Kelly Cavagna, also in medical imaging, and Teresa Randall of the registration department.
JONES RECOGNIZING COMMUNITY & STAFF ON RURAL HEALTH DAY
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 17, 2020) – On Thursday, November 19, Jones Memorial Hospital joins other healthcare facilities in recognizing National Rural Health Day. Celebrated nationwide on the third Thursday in November, Rural Health Day was started as a way to increase awareness of rural health-related challenges.
This year Jones Memorial is dedicating Rural Health Day recognition to our dedicated staff and our caring community, according to Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial.
“With the COVID pandemic, this has been a year unlike any other – especially for rural hospitals and those we serve,” she said. “Throughout the pandemic, the dedication of our staff and the acts of support and kindness toward our workforce from the community has been very much appreciated as we work to keep our patients, our staff, and our community safe during an unprecedented time.” Since March, Jones has been showered with gifts including food, flowers, headbands, Tupperware, chalk art, cards, personal protective equipment, and even a trailer for the drive-through COVID swabbing station. “What a wonderful reminder of what it means to work in a rural hospital, caring for our family, friends, and neighbors,” she added.
Additional information about National Rural Health Day can be found at PowerofRural.org. To learn more about NOSORH, visit www.nosorh.org. To learn more about Jones Memorial Hospital, please visit jones.urmc.edu.
General Surgeon from Bassett Healthcare Joins URMC
Theodor I. Kaufman to lead UR Medicine Regional Surgery team
ROCHESTER, NY (November 16,2020) -- The University of Rochester Medical Center welcomes Theodor I. Kaufman, M.D., FACS, to the Department of Surgery. Kaufman was recruited from Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown to enhance UR Medicine’s general surgery program and further strengthen the health system’s surgery presence in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions. He began Nov. 15.
Based in Canandaigua at F.F. Thompson Hospital, Kaufman will provide patients with a wide range of general surgery options: general abdominal surgery – gastric, intestinal, spleen, gallbladder, hiatal hernias, groin hernias, complex abdominal wall hernias; skin cancer-related surgery; endocrine surgery – thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal surgery; and breast cancer-related surgery.
He also will serve as division chief for UR Medicine Regional Surgery, working collaboratively with established surgeons at affiliates Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, St. James Hospital in Hornell, Noyes Health in Dansville, and F.F. Thompson, as the expanding team focuses on strategies to grow the programs at their respective hospitals.
“Providing medical care in rural America is a particular passion of mine,” Kaufman said. “I have spent my entire career in rural areas serving patients, and led a training program in Cooperstown for young surgeons who are equally passionate about ensuring all patients, no matter their location, have access to high-quality care that allows them to stay close to home for procedures and post-surgical recovery.”
“I am excited to join URMC, a world-class institution, and look forward to further integrating the health care across our vast network to function as a cohesive unit that is supported by the Medical Center, as it continues to deliver top-notch care at the local level in all of our communities of the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier.”
Kaufman will work closely with the growing regional surgery team, including several new surgeons who have recently joined the health system:
- Du Nguyen, M.D., who sees patients at Jones Memorial, with expertise in advanced minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic colon surgery, anorectal diseases, hernia repairs, endocrine surgery, breast surgery, and endoscopy.
- Andrew Powers, M.D., who sees patients at F.F. Thompson and St. James, with expertise in advanced minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, laparoscopic colon surgery, hernia repairs, and acid reflux.
- Asfandyar Khan, M.D., who joins the medical staff of St. James in December, with expertise in advanced minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic colon surgery, anorectal diseases, hernia repairs, breast surgery, and endoscopy.
“We are very proud of the work that has been done in assembling an integrated regional surgical program that serves our immediate rural communities,” said David C. Linehan, M.D., the Seymour I. Schwartz Professor of Surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery. “After a national search, we feel fortunate to have recruited Dr. Kaufman. He is recognized as a leader in rural surgical education and will lead our mission in developing a first-rate clinical program, with the goal of training future surgeons in this important and underserved realm of surgery.”
CEO EVA BENEDICT RETIRING JULY 1, 2021
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 5, 2020) – Jones Memorial Hospital has announced that after four decades in healthcare, President/CEO Eva Benedict will be retiring in July 2021.
Mrs. Benedict has served as CEO since 2007. The hospital board of directors has appointed a search committee that will work with UR Medicine leadership to conduct a national search to fill her position.
“Throughout her career – and most especially since she has been CEO – Eva has provided visionary leadership needed to ensure the future of local healthcare services,” said Rich Ewell, president of the hospital board of directors, noting that it was under Mrs. Benedict’s tenure that Jones Memorial Hospital became an affiliate of UR Medicine.
“A staunch advocate for rural health care, Eva has dedicated a nearly 40-year career to supporting the patients of the Southern Tier Region,” said Steven I. Goldstein, senior vice president of the University of Rochester Medical Center who oversees UR Medicine regional hospitals, and president and CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals. “She has worked tirelessly to build a strong health system, a legacy that will continue to provide high-quality services for the community well into the future. In her 14 years as CEO, and as a strong component of the UR Medicine system over the last five, she will be missed. We look forward to working with the Jones Board of Directors to find an individual who will continue Eva’s efforts.”
During her time as CEO Mrs. Benedict has been successful in recruiting a number of talented leaders and medical staff. Working collaboratively with UR Medicine, a number of specialty clinics have also been added to the medical care available locally. Specialty care brought to the region under Mrs. Benedict’s leadership includes cancer care, with oncology clinics and infusion centers in Wellsville and Olean.
Mrs. Benedict led the intensive two-year effort that resulted in Jones Memorial Hospital being awarded a $17 million Healthcare Facility Transformation Grant in 2019. The grant will help secure Jones Memorial’s long-term viability by funding capital improvements that enable Jones to better serve the community. Among the elements of the project are the expansion and modernization of the surgical services suite and an initiative to integrate behavioral health and primary care.
An area of special emphasis during her tenure as CEO was the education of elected representatives about the unique role and the special challenges faced by rural community hospitals. Mrs. Benedict was recognized for this commitment to rural health at the state and national levels.
In 2018, she received the American Hospital Association’s Grassroots Champion Award in recognition of her effective, persistent advocacy before the United States Congress and her work with the New York State Congressional Delegation to advance federal policies that enable rural and small community hospitals to deliver innovative and patient-centered care throughout the state. In August 2020 she was honored by Senator George M. Borrello as a 2020 New York State 57th Senate District “Woman of Distinction” for her extraordinary achievements and dedication to preserving health-care quality and access for the community.
Most recently, Jones Memorial received the Healthcare Association of New York State 2020 Community Health Improvement Award. The award recognized the organization’s commitment to improving the wellness of our community. Recognizing that the hospital did not have the resources to dedicate to needed community wellness initiatives, Mrs. Benedict promoted the proceeds from the RidgeWalk & Run and the GLOW 5K Run & Walk be dedicated for these purposes.
Eva and her husband, Neil, live in Wellsville and have two married daughters, Meghan (Aaron) Peters and Jillian (Matthew) Vilasi. Both are CPA’s working in the accounting field in Washington, DC. Eva and Neil have five beautiful grandchildren. After her retirement Eva and her husband plan to relocate to Virginia where they will be closer to their daughters and their families.
JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL SUSPENDING VISITATION DUE TO COVID-19 RESURGENCE IN ALLEGANY COUNTY
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 15, 2020) – To maintain a safe environment for Jones Memorial Hospital patients, families, and staff and reduce exposure to COVID-19, JMH is suspending visiting hours. Effective immediately, there will be a ZERO visitor policy for adult patients except for support persons as outlined below.
- Pediatric patients may have one guardian visitor
- OB patients may have ONE support person with them throughout labor and delivery.
- One support person is allowed when deemed essential to the care of the patient, meaning it is medically necessary.
- One support person is also allowed for any patient with an intellectual and/or developmental disability, and patients with cognitive impairments including dementia.
- End of life visitation will also be allowed.
- Further information regarding this policy is available through HERE.
- The Jones Memorial Hospital café will remain closed to the public until further notice.
“The overall goal is to minimize traffic at the hospital and decrease potential exposure to COVID-19,” explained Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. Jones Memorial Hospital in collaboration with Allegany County Department of Health have decided visitation should be restricted considering the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Allegany County and surrounding areas.
"We will continue to verbally screen all those entering any JMH building or practice," noted Donna Bliven, VP of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. "Those entering will have to stop and answer a few basic questions before being allowed to proceed."
All hospital services and practices remain open and fully capable of caring for our community’s needs. At this time, this policy change does not impact any surgeries or procedures.
Please do your part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 – wear your mask, wash your hands, avoid large gatherings, and stay home when sick. This policy will be re-evaluated as needed.
HANYS RECOGNIZES JMH WITH COMMUNITY HEALTH IMPROVEMENT AWARD
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 7, 2020) -- The Healthcare Association of New York State is pleased to announce that UR Medicine Jones Memorial Hospital is the winner of HANYS’ 2020 Community Health Improvement Award, in recognition of its outstanding “Promoting Healthy Lifestyles” program.
“On behalf of the board of directors and our staff, I would like to say how honored Jones Memorial Hospital is for being recognized for our efforts to improve the health of our community, “ said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial. “Thanks also go to our community, without your support we would not have earned this recognition. The health and wellness of our community has been a part of the mission and vision at Jones Memorial Hospital for many years and it is so gratifying to have our efforts recognized.”
The hospital’s community wellness efforts went into high gear in 2014, according to Brenda Szabo, Vice President of Outpatient Services and Chair of the hospital’s Wellness Committee. “Allegany County has some of the highest obesity rates in the state,” she said. “When we noticed that there were no dedicated walking trails in the Village of Wellsville, it made sense to focus on ways to provide accessible, free, and easy to use trails to help families increase their physical activity, which would help prevent chronic disease.”
Outcomes of its winning initiative include:
• A “complete street” agreement, a transportation policy focused on safe roadway access for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists, signed with the local town and village of Wellsville;
• Completion of two bridges and opening of the renovated recreational WAG Trail, through a partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation;
• Completion of the River Walk extension project; and
• Approval of a $150,000 grant for Local Waterfront Revitalization for 10 communities along the Genesee River.
“It is important to note that all money raised at the successful RidgeWalk & Run and the GLOW 5k are put back into the community for the projects that have earned us this HANYS recognition,” said Mrs. Benedict. “We thank and appreciate our generous event sponsors, the countless volunteers who work tirelessly at and before these events, and – of course – the runners and walkers who participate in them. This award would not be possible without your dedication.”
The Community Health Improvement Award, established by HANYS in 1997, recognizes outstanding initiatives designed to improve the health and well-being of communities. The award is presented to facilities and programs that target specific community health issues, demonstrate leadership, collaborate among diverse groups and achieve quantifiable results. “We are thrilled to recognize the UR Medicine Jones Memorial Hospital team for this successful community initiative,” said HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD. “Their work shows you exactly how a hospital can positively impact an individual’s health beyond its four walls, whether they’re biking down a roadway or taking advantage of a trail.”
“From all of us at Jones Memorial, thank you HANYS for this recognition and thank you to our community for your continued support,” Mrs. Benedict said. “The health and wellness of those we serve has been a part of the mission and vision at Jones Memorial Hospital for many years and it is so gratifying to have our efforts recognized at the state level.”
Photo Caption: Admiring the award are from left RidgeWalk & Run Chair Jim Helms, Jones CEO Eva Benedict, GLOW 5K Chair Carrie Walker, and Brenda Mong-Szabo, chair of the hospital’s wellness committee.
AUDIOLOGIST CHELSEA FREEMAN, AuD, JOINS JMH
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 2, 2020) – Audiologist Dr. Chelsea Freeman has joined the Jones Memorial Rehab team and Audiology services have returned to Jones Memorial Hospital.
As a graduate of and Arizona State University and Nazareth College in Rochester, Dr. Freeman discovered Audiology and made a commitment to helping people with speech and hearing difficulties as an undergraduate. “Prior to college, I didn’t even know what an audiologist was,” she said. “When I learned about the audiology profession and the impact it can have on individuals of all ages, I made the decision to become an Audiologist and have developed a true passion for helping people reach their full potential in their ability to communicate with others.”
Dr. Freeman provides evaluation and treatment options for adults and children with hearing and communication difficulties at Jones Memorial Hospital. She uses a variety of tests to determine the nature and degree of hearing-related disorders, which help to determine the best treatment options for her patients. “I see my patients as individuals with unique hearing and balance concerns and goals,” she said. “I work closely with each of them to assess their individual communication needs and establish a plan of care.”
Sometimes that plan of care includes hearing aids, which Dr. Freeman is licensed to dispense and fit. “My favorite part of being an audiologist is seeing my patients’ eyes light up when they experience hearing again,” she said. “Or in the case of some pediatric patients, for the first time.”
One thing Dr. Freeman stresses is that not all hearing aids are the same. “If you have had a negative experience with hearing aids in the past, that does not necessarily mean that hearing aids are not an option for you,” she said. “There is so much that goes into recommending, fitting, and programming hearing aids, and there are so many changes we can make in order to make sure we’re best meeting your hearing goals.”
Dr. Freeman is available by appointment or provider referral. Call (585) 596-4010 for information or to make an appointment. Please join Jones Memorial Hospital in welcoming Dr. Freeman to Wellsville!
LEAD LEVEL MONITORING NOW PART OF PEDIATRIC ROUTINE VISIT
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 1, 2020) – Thanks to a generous donation from the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Trust Fund, pediatric patients at the Jones Memorial Medical Practices can be tested for lead levels as part of their routine well-child visit and have the results in as little as three minutes. The results and the discussion about what those results mean will take place during the same appointment.
Lead is a toxin that can be found throughout our environment. High lead levels in children can have devastating life-long impact on their development and health. Using a sample obtained from a simple finger stick, the lead levels can be determined in as little as three minutes. A blood test is the only way to diagnose lead exposure and it is recommended that children have two lead tests by age two – 2 by 2. The new monitor is a quick and convenient way to measure lead levels in real time.
The visit also included a discussion about how important it is to be proactive when it comes to lead testing. For more information about the risks of lead exposure and the importance of testing, please talk to your pediatrician.
Above, Sara Abbott, LPN at Dr. Lu-Ann Kaye’s family practice office, prepares the Lead II monitor for a quick and easy lead test. At right, Delainie Finnemore, sitting with her mother, Julie Finnemore prepares for the finger stick that comes with having her lead levels tested.
PARKING LOT IS STEP ONE OF TRANSFORMATION GRANT PROJECT
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 19, 2020) – When it was announced that Jones Memorial Hospital had received a $17 million NYS Health Facility Transformation grant, one of the projects identified was adding a third floor for physician offices and specialty clinics. Once complete, these projects will bring more people to the hospital, which begs the question, where are they going to park?
If you have driven along Route 417 in recent weeks, you may have seen the answer! Jones Memorial has been clearing land along the highway between the hospital and the Bradley building to prepare that space for a new employee parking lot, which will leave the spaces immediately around the hospital for patients and visitors.
“Putting in the parking lot is the first step in what will be a major, multi-year project,” explained Jim Helms, Chief Financial Officer at Jones, adding that the cemetery in that area is not part of the hospital and public access will be maintained. The capital improvement projects funded by the transformation grant include:
- Adding a third floor to the 1993 addition for physician offices and the services to support those offices
- Expanding and modernizing the surgical services suite
- Creating a permanent MRI suite with state-of-the-art equipment.
“We are working with our neighbors to ensure that the day-to-day access will not be impacted,” Helms said. “We are in the planning and design phases right now, but once we have established timelines, they will be shared with the public.”
Stay tuned for further updates about other projects and timelines.
EVA BENEDICT NAMED WOMAN OF DISTINCTION
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 15, 2020) – Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, UR Medicine|Jones Memorial Hospital President and CEO Eva Benedict was honored Friday by Senator George M. Borrello as a 2020 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction for her extraordinary achievements and dedication to preserving health-care quality and access for the community
Dignitaries, including Congressman Tom Reed, and community and health-care leaders, gathered Friday at Wellsville Country Club to recognize Ms. Benedict for her achievements and contributions to the community.
“Eva Benedict has devoted nearly 40 years to the field of health care and Jones Memorial Hospital, starting as an ICU nurse where she cared for the most critically ill. Constantly learning and building on her experience, she rose through clinical and leadership positions that expanded the depth and scope of her contributions, culminating with her appointment as Jones Memorial President and CEO in 2007,” Senator Borrello said. “Along the way, she established herself as one of the most accomplished health-care professionals in Western New York and a determined advocate for rural and community hospitals. She is a leader in the very best sense of the word and I am very proud to honor her as this year’s ‘Woman of Distinction.’”
Ms. Benedict said the honor belongs to her team at Jones Memorial, not just herself. “This recognition is such an honor and one that I have to share with my team at Jones Memorial,” she said. “Early in my nursing career I realized the impact teamwork has on patient care. From the patient bedside to the administrative suite, we all have the same goal: Providing the highest quality care to our community. Thank you all for making this award possible.”
Congressman Tom Reed of New York’s 23rd Congressional District cited Ms. Benedict’s deep commitments to the hospital and the community as her defining strengths. “It's clear Eva Benedict’s hard work, professionalism, and advocacy for rural hospitals has left its mark on the community,” said Congressman Reed. “Patients across the area are better off because of Eva’s efforts and deep commitment to Jones Memorial Hospital. This is the kind of leadership that defines Wellsville and makes me so proud to represent our district. We’re going to keep celebrating individuals like Eva as a prime example of what's possible when you work together, prioritize high quality care, and pour your heart into addressing the needs of a community. Congratulations Eva.”
Richard Ewell, Chairman of the Jones Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, credited Ms. Benedict’s leadership and focus on sound business practices with guiding the hospital’s success. “On behalf of the Board of Directors of Jones Memorial Hospital, we could not be more pleased that Eva is receiving this well-deserved award,” Mr. Ewell said. “As a hands-on board, we have seen Eva consistently use her experience, strong leadership skills, work ethic and good business sense to accomplish the hospital’s critical goal of caring for the community.”
Steven I. Goldstein is Senior Vice President of the University of Rochester (UR) Medical Center and oversees UR Medicine regional hospitals. He also serves as President and CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals in Rochester. Mr. Goldstein said Benedict’s commitment to excellence makes her a great health-care executive and patient advocate. “She is a recognized expert on rural health care, and her insights have been instrumental in helping Jones Memorial Hospital provide outstanding high quality services for the Wellsville community. I am delighted to see her receive this well-deserved recognition,” he said.
Assemblyman Joseph Giglio of New York’s 148th Assembly District said Ms. Benedict’s advocacy for rural health care has benefitted not only Jones Memorial Hospital, but hospitals and health-care facilities across the region. “I am pleased that Eva Benedict is this year’s New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction” Award recipient,” he said. “This is a well-deserved honor. Eva has shown exemplary leadership in the community and the hospital for decades. I am thrilled to add my congratulations on this momentous occasion.”
“Eva Benedict’s ongoing dedication to providing and improving health care and wellness in our area is a Wellsville asset we enjoy every day. Wellsville appreciates Eva Benedict and we congratulate her on this well-deserved honor," said Wellsville Mayor Randy Shayler. Mayor Shayler declared Friday, August 14, 2020 as Eva Benedict Day in the Village of Wellsville.
Senator Borrello said the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic brought into sharp relief the importance of rural health care. “We all have a heightened appreciation for the dedication of our health care professionals. Whether they be doctors and nurses or hospital CEOs like Eva, they all work together to sustain and advance the most vital of society’s services – providing quality health care to our citizens and saving lives,” Senator Borrello said. “Eva’s leadership shows she recognizes and supports this truth by emphasizing a team-oriented approach and ‘people first’ culture within the hospital. As a result, Jones Memorial is strong and moving forward, even as the larger environment for rural hospitals remains challenging. Her example truly deserves to be recognized and celebrated.”
Established in 1997, the New York State Senate Woman of Distinction award is hosted annually to pay tribute to women who have demonstrated remarkable character, initiative and commitment in serving their neighbors, strengthening our communities, and acting as role models.
Ms. Benedict started her career at Jones Memorial Hospital as a Critical Care Staff Nurse in 1981. In the decades that followed, her accomplishments and dedication propelled her upward through the ranks of the hospital’s administration and management, culminating with her appointment as President and CEO in 2007. Her tenure has provided visionary leadership for Jones Memorial at a pivotal time for small, community hospitals. She helped the hospital evolve in conjunction with larger changes occurring in health care.
In 2015, she led an evaluation of potential partners, culminating in Jones Memorial’s affiliation with the University of Rochester Medical Center. She continues to serve both Jones Memorial and the University as an active member of the affiliate leadership team.
In her leadership role, Ms. Benedict has made a priority of educating elected leaders about the unique role of rural community hospitals. In 2018, she was honored for that advocacy with AHA’s Grassroots Champion Award. The award recognized her effective, persistent advocacy before the United States Congress and her work with the New York State Congressional Delegation to advance federal policies that enable rural and small community hospitals to deliver innovative and patient-centered care throughout the state.
Most recently, she helped the hospital secure a $17 million Health-care Facility Transformation Grant, an intensive, two-year effort. The grant will help secure Jones Memorial’s long-term viability by funding capital improvements that support new revenue streams. Among the elements of the project are the expansion and modernization of the surgical services suite and an initiative to integrate behavioral health and primary care.
A native of Bath, NY, Ms. Benedict received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the State University at Albany and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from St. John Fisher College. She and her husband, Neil, live in Wellsville and have two grown daughters and five beautiful grandchildren.
“Eva Benedict truly represents the best of our community and is an outstanding role model for women of all ages. She exemplifies the spirit of service at the heart of the ‘Woman of Distinction’ award and is worthy of our respect, admiration and thanks,” said Senator Borrello.
Photo caption: The region’s elected officials joined Senator Borrello to celebrate Jones Memorial Hospital President/CEO Eva Benedict as a New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” From left to right: Assemblyman Joe Giglio; President/CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals, Steven Goldstein; Congressman Tom Reed; Eva Benedict; Senator Borrello; Wellsville Mayor Randy Shayler; Jones Memorial Board Chairman Richard Ewell.
PAIN MANAGEMENT AVAILABLE AT JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 10, 2020) – UR Medicine Pain Management Specialist Gabriel Yacob, MD, will begin seeing patients at Jones Memorial Hospital on September 2, 2020.
Dr. Yacob will see patients and do procedures at Jones Memorial Hospital’s Pain Management Clinic. He offers non-invasive and invasive treatments of neck and back pain, headaches and facial pain, cancer-related pain, complex regional pain syndromes, nerve injuries and neuropathy, pain of the joints, chest and abdomen, sports injuries, neuralgia and shingles pain, and related neuromedicine conditions.
“Bringing pain management services back to Jones Memorial has been a priority for several years,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “Our community now has access to a physician with extensive experience managing chronic and acute pain right here as well as the resources offered by the UR Medicine right here in Wellsville.”
Board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology as well as in the subspecialty of pain management, Dr. Yacob received both his Medical Doctorate and his Masters in clinical pathology from Cairo (Egypt) University School of Medicine. He completed a Residency in clinical pathology at Kasr-El Aini School of Medicine/Cairo University Hospitals; one in internal medicine at New York Methodist Hospital and Sloan Kettering Center Center/Weill Cornell Medical College (New York); and one in anesthesiology at Brookdale University and Staten Island University Hospitals (New York). Dr. Yacob did his Fellowship in pain management at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Dr. Yacob has held positions as a staff anesthesiologist at Ambulatory Surgery Center (Brooklyn), director of pain management at Olean General Hospital (Olean, NY), and assistant professor in anesthesiology at University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston). He joined UR Medicine’s neurosurgery team in April 2020.
“I am excited to come back to the Southern Tier to serve patients in this region,” he said. “There are many types of pain that can be effectively treated, to help people live a better quality of life.”
Patients will need a referral from their primary care physician to see Dr. Yacob. Appointments can be made at Jones Memorial Hospital beginning August 25th by calling (585) 593-7911.
JMH PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS RE-CERTIFIED PCMH
Pediatric CERTIFICATION underway
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 7, 2020) – The primary care providers of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices have been recertified by the National Committee on Quality Assurance as Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) sites. The PCMH providers are Dr. Keith Gembusia and Cortni Monroe, PA, in Bolivar, Dr. Pasquale Picco and Shannon Mooney, PA, in Wellsville, and Dr. Steven Collins and David Roae, FNP in Belvidere. The pediatric practice of Dr. Nishit Shah and Dr. Shachi Shah is currently in the process of transforming their practice and receiving their initial certification with NCQA.
PCMH is a way of organizing primary care that emphasizes care coordination and includes the patient as a part of the team. “In addition to leading to higher quality care and lower costs, a PCMH cultivates more engaging patient relationships,” explained Michele McMorris, Medical Practices Director at Jones Memorial Hospital. “A better patient experience leads to better health outcomes.”
At a PCMH-certified practice, a care manager or social worker is available to help coordinate patients on their care and ensure a smooth transition from one level of care to another – like going from the hospital to home. “Care managers and social workers provide education and arrange for additional support and resources that the patient may need,” Mrs. McMorris added. “They look at the patient’s record and follow up on preventative care and tests ordered by the provider, reminding the patient when they have not been completed.”
Each of the primary and pediatric practices have regular huddles to discuss individual patient care. “It is a team approach – the provider, the nurse, the receptionist the care manager and the social worker – coordinate to come up with a plan for each patient before the next appointment.”
In order to maintain PCMH status, the medical practices will continue to identify opportunities to better manage patients.
HEMLOCK TWIG DONATES GIFTS IN MEMORY OF MARTY TEZAK
Last October, the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Hemlock Twig donated several pieces of equipment to the hospital in memory of long-time member and Twig treasurer Marty Tezak. The purchased was possible because Marty’s family asked that donations in her memory be made to the group that she was so committed to.
After donating two wheelchairs and a recliner, Twig President Caren Gibson said that donations were still coming in and the Twig would be making more purchases in Marty’s memory. Recently Caren, left, and Marty’s husband, Ed Tezak, presented two more wheelchairs, two blood pressure cuffs, and a lamp for the ICU Family waiting room to the hospital. “That is all the donations,” Caren said.
Eva Benedict, CEO, accepted the gifts and noted how very much the hospital appreciates the support of the community. “These will be put into use immediately,” she said. “We are so grateful to Ed and Marty’s family for designating the Hemlock Twig for memorials in her name.”
2020 RIDGEWALK & RUN A VIRTUAL EVENT
WELLSVILLE, NY (July 20, 2020) – Jones Memorial Hospital has announced that the 28th Annual RidgeWalk & Run will be a virtual event this year. The disappointing – but not unexpected – announcement comes after months of wrestling with how to ensure the safety of participants in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
“This is hands down the hardest decision we have had to make in the life of the RidgeWalk,” said Event Chair Jim Helms. “To be successful, the RidgeWalk needs the support of the Wellsville school system for registration and busing, as well as the more than 50 land owners who allow the trails to cross their land, and the local volunteers and sponsors who keep things running smoothly. Without all of these pieces in place, we knew a live RidgeWalk would not be possible and strongly considered just cancelling it.”
Runners like Jim Helms will tell you that running is a great opportunity for clear thinking and it was during a solo run on the WAG trail that he got the idea to transition the 2020 RidgeWalk & Run into a virtual event. “I realized the runners and walkers who look forward to the event love to share their adventures on the trails regardless of where those trails are,” he said. “The RidgeWalk committee agreed: If we can’t get together in person, we will hold a virtual event.”
So the first – and hopefully only – virtual RidgeWalk was born. The over 70 people who registered for the event prior to July 15, 2020 have three options. They can participate in the historic RidgeWalk & Run as virtual walk or run; request a deferral of their registration to the 29th RidgeWalk & Run on for October 17, 2021; or request a refund of the 2020 registration, minus the Run Signup processing fee. Requests for deferrals or refunds should be made no later than Saturday, August 15th, 2020.
If you would like to continue to support the RidgeWalk & Run as a virtual event, the first step is registering as usual at https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Wellsville/28thAnnualRidgeWalkRun. “The registration process is the same and all of the standard distances are listed,” Helms said. “Complete the chosen route between October 10th and 18th and submit a completion form.” The committee is asking participants to submit photos of their walk or run, which they hope will continue the spirit of the event by taking place on trails. “We recognize this isn’t possible for everyone,” he added. “But we are encouraging people to post photos of their participation on Instagram (#ridgewalkrun) or The RidgeWalk & Run Facebook page or by Facebook Messenger.” You can also email pictures and stories to RidgeWalk@urmc.rochester.edu.
The good news for RidgeWalk t-shirt collectors is that those participating in the virtual event will be mailed a 28th annual RidgeWalk t-shirt, noting that it was a virtual event. Because there are no sponsors, this year’s swag bag is limited to the t-shirt, which will be mailed in late November.
As usual, all proceeds from the RidgeWalk & Run will be used for community health initiatives. A link to registration can be found on the Jones Memorial Hospital website: jones.rochester.edu.
“It won’t be the same RidgeWalk,” Helms added. “But we hope that by holding a virtual trek and sharing the stories and photos will keep our RidgeWalk community connected during a difficult time.’
TIRED OF BEING TIRED? MAYBE IT'S TIME FOR A SLEEP STUDY
WELLSVILLE, NY (July 14, 2020) – A sleep disorder is more than just being tired. Sleep deprivation can put you at risk for a number of chronic health conditions including asthma, heart attack, and high blood pressure. If you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, wake up groggy, or feel drowsy during the day, maybe it’s time to talk to your provider about the Jones Memorial Hospital Sleep Disorder Center.
A sleep study can identify the reasons you are not getting the rest you need. There are many conditions that can be identified with a sleep study – including restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, and insomnia – but the most common problem identified by a sleep study is sleep apnea.
“This a potentially serious sleep disorder – especially for people who have had a stroke or heart attack, or are dealing with have diabetes, heart failure, hypothyroidism, and high blood pressure,” said Daniel Covel, Director of Acute Care Nursing at Jones. “Those who have these conditions are more likely to have sleep apnea and should strongly consider having a sleep study.”
Sleep apnea is snoring interrupted by periods of silence, gasping, or choking during sleep. As the soft tissues and muscles in and around the throat relax, the airway becomes narrower, causing snoring and breathing difficulties. If these muscles relax too much, the airway can become completely blocked and prevent breathing. After a short period of time—ten seconds to two minutes—the brain realizes there is a lack of oxygen and alerts the body to wake up.
“Sleep apnea can occur hundreds of times during the night and the person is not even aware of it,” said Jodi Rogosienski, RPT (registered polysomnographic technician). “During a sleep study, the person is attached to 25 leads that record their brain waves, blood oxygen level, and heart rate, breathing, and eye and leg movements.”
Sleep studies at Jones Memorial are reviewed by physicians Dr. Neil Kline and Dr. Alex Strassberg, sleep medicine specialists who make a diagnosis and recommend the best course of treatment. “The final report and recommendations are sent to the referring provider,” Jodi said, adding that sometimes a second study will be ordered. “If sleep apnea is identified and a CPAP is the treatment, it can be difficult to optimize the settings either as part of an initial study or with a trial of therapy at home.”
A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy delivers lightly pressurized air through a small nose mask while you sleep. The flow of air acts like an air splint to keep the upper airway open and prevent snoring and apneas. Most people experience almost immediate and total relief with CPAP treatment. “While wearing a CPAP may take some getting used to initially, the masks are getting lighter and more comfortable all the time,” said Jodi, adding that the machines themselves are not big and typically come in a carry case for easy travel.
For more information about sleep studies at Jones Memorial Hospital Sleep Disorder Center, talk to your healthcare provider or check the hospital website: jones.rochester.edu.
Photo Caption: Jodi Rogosienski, RPT, prepares the headbox and leads for a sleep study patient at Jones Memorial Hospital.
PEDIATRICIANS NISHIT & SHACHI SHAH JOIN REACH OUT & READ PROGRAM
WELLSVILLE, NY (July 8, 2020) -- Reach Out and Read is a national nonprofit organization that integrates reading aloud into pediatric care by providing children a free book at each routine well-child visit from birth to age six. And now this wonderful program has come to Allegany County!
With the support of the Jones Memorial Hospital Community Wellness Committee, Dr. Nishit Shah and Dr. Shachi Shah are the first pediatricians in Allegany County to incorporate the Reach Out and Read program into their practice. The Shahs joined the Reach Out and Read program in March 2020.
By providing books and sharing the power that reading aloud has on developing brains, the Reach Out and Read program aims at making reading part of the daily routine for families of all backgrounds and economic means. “About one-third of young children—and half of children living in poverty—arrive at kindergarten without the skills that they need to do well in school,” said Dr. Shachi. “Reading to children helps them develop communication skills, patience, empathy, and literacy – all vital skills for success in school and in life.”
At each age-appropriate well-child visit, children are given a free book. “We also talk to parents about the positive effect reading together has on childhood development,” said Dr. Nishit, adding that the program has been very well-received by both children and parents.
Founded in 1989, Reach Out and Read is a network of 6,400 pediatric teams like the Shahs. “More than 80 percent of a child’s brain is formed during their first three years and early childhood brain development has lifelong impact.” said Dr. Nishit. “By integrating reading into pediatric care, we are promoting healthy brain development as well as a strong family bond.” Children who are read to more often have improved language and listening skills including recognition of sounds and letters and a wider range of vocabulary. “Reading also develops a child’s imagination, curiosity, and memory by transporting them to places and times they have never experienced and enhance their understanding of the world,” added Dr. Shachi.
Dr. Nishit and Dr. Shachi Shah are accepting new patients age birth through 18 at the Women & Children Health Center, 127 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY. To make an appointment, please call the office at (585) 596-2046.
Photo Caption: Joy Watrous is sharing her new book with, from left, Dr. Shachi Shah, Dr. Nishit Shah and her mom, Elizabeth Watrous. Dr. Shah gave Joy the book to Joy during her routine well-child visit.
VISITOR RESTRICTIONS START TO EASE JUNE 29, 2020
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 26, 2020) -- As COVID-19 cases decline in New York, limited visitation for patients will resume at UR|Jones Memorial Hospital on Monday, June 29.
The changes follow New York State Department of Health (DOH) guidance released June 18 that allowed hospitals to adjust the “zero visitation” policies that took effect statewide in March as COVID-19 cases were climbing.
The visitor guidelines that go into effect next week enable some in-person visitation, but continue to limit the number of people on-site at health facilities.
“It is very good news that we can welcome visitors back, while maintaining safeguards to help protect everyone from COVID-19,” said Kevin McCormick, MD, Medical Director at UR|Jones Memorial Hospital. “These new guidelines recognize the medical and emotional benefits of in-person visits to patients, as well as the need to maintain vigilance in preventing the spread of this illness.”
UR|Jones Memorial visitation follows state DOH safety recommendations, including limiting visit length and the total number of visitors allowed per patient. Visiting policies/hours may vary among UR Medicine hospitals and will be posted on each hospital’s website. Patients and their designated visitors also will receive detailed information at the hospital.
For UR|Jones Memorial Hospital:
- Hospital inpatients can have a total of two designated visitors age 18 or older throughout their stay. Patients designate their visitors upon admission. Only one of these two can visit per day, for no more than four continuous hours. Visitation in the ICU will be limited to one hour.
- Visitors will have a temperature check and be asked screening questions before being allowed to proceed past the main lobby.
- Visitors will be provided with appropriate PPE, as well as written information advising them how to perform hand hygiene and how to properly wear a mask
- Visitors and patients, if appropriate, will have the risks and benefits of the visitor’s presence reviewed with them by health care workers
- Patients who are COVID positive or suspected of having COVID will not be allowed visitors.
- Visiting hours are between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- Visitors are not allowed in the Emergency Department; support people must wait in their vehicles or offsite while ED patients are being evaluated
- Visitors will not be allowed in the Ambulatory Surgery area or Operating Room. Support people must wait in their vehicles or offsite until patients are ready for discharge
- Support people will not be allowed during office practice visits.
- Support people that are deemed essential to care for patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and patients with cognitive impairments including dementia, one support person may be identified and present with no time limitations
- Exceptions will be made for obstetric and pediatric patients as well as for patients at end of life.
“We appreciate the understanding of patients and families as we have adjusted our operating procedures to protect against the spread of COVID-19,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “We ask for their continued cooperation as we balance the need for safety and our goal to allow family and friends to visit patients in our hospitals.”
CONGRESSMAN TOM REED VISITS JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 9, 2020) – Who was that masked man touring Jones Memorial Hospital last week with CEO Eva Benedict?
It was Congressman Tom Reed, the New York's 23rd congressional district representative! Rep. Reed stopped at Jones to express his appreciation to the staff and providers for their service on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.
“Thank you to the incredible staff at Jones Memorial for your ongoing work to care for the community and combat the spread COVID-19,” he said. “We will continue to advocate for federal support to go to our rural hospitals because we care deeply about the health and safety of the areas that rely on institutions like Jones Memorial for critical medical services.”
Rep. Reed announced in April that Jones Memorial would receive $4.5 million in funding from the Paycheck Protection Program, a federal Small Business Administration program that provides loans to businesses to support their workforce and meet payroll obligations.
“We were so pleased to welcome Rep. Reed to Wellsville and to Jones Memorial. This visit gave us an opportunity to thank Tom for his assistance in securing the much-needed PPP funds,” said CEO Eva Benedict. “Rural hospitals are close to his heart and he was very helpful in making sure that we had the information and guidance to secure this federal aid.”
This visit to Jones was a little different than previous stops in Wellsville because of the additional precautions in place. After clearing the universal screening station in the main lobby, Rep. Reed donned a facemask and met Mrs. Benedict and Donna Bliven, the hospital’s vice president of patient care services, for a tour of the facility. The tour included a stop at the COVID-19 swabbing station in the Main Street parking lot and a small and socially distanced meet and greet in the hospital’s Walchli Center. Throughout the tour, Rep. Reed stopped to chat with staff members and thank them for their commitment our patients.
Photo caption: Demonstrating the safety precautions taken before swabbing people for COVID-19, is Ambulatory Surgery Nurse Paula Ramirez, RN, one of the nurses in the Swabbing Trailer. She explained that patients pull up to the trailer and stay in their car while she does the tests. The two nurses assigned to the trailer have done up to 43 in one day. Testing is by appointment only.
PATIENTS FEEL SAFE AT JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 3, 2020) – When Robert Thompson had a bilateral total knee replacement at Jones Memorial Hospital in early March, it was well before the restrictions associated with COVID-19 were in place. Later in the month, however, when it was time to start his physical therapy, the precautions and restrictions were just beginning. Post-operative PT is essential to a positive outcome, so it was essential that Robert start and continue his therapy at Jones – despite the pandemic.
Even with the many restrictions in place from his first day of physical therapy at Jones Memorial, Robert never had any anxiety or concerns about coming into the hospital. For many of his early visits, he was the only patient there. “It was just me and my therapist,” he said. Now that outpatient services at the hospital are gearing back up, the gym is getting busier. But he still has no worries about getting treatment at Jones. “Everyone is very conscientious – wearing masks and wiping down all the equipment after use,” he said. “They are all very good at what they are doing here.”
If you have been hesitating about getting rehabilitation or any outpatient services at Jones Memorial, the hospital has taken a number of steps to ensure the safety of patients and staff. Some of these are more obvious – everyone is wearing a masks, for example. Other precautions, like hand sanitizers located throughout the building and extra attention to cleaning and sanitizing between all patient visits, are less obvious. It all adds up to one thing: Jones Memorial Hospital is a safe place to get the care you need.
For more information about the outpatient services at Jones Memorial and the restrictions and precautions currently in place, please check the website: jones.urmc.edu.
Photo Caption: Robert Thompson and his physical therapist Chelsea Leahy after a session in the Rehab gym at Jones Memorial.
JONES MEMORIAL PRESIDENT/CEO EVA BENEDICT SELECTED AS
2020 WOMAN OF DISTINCTION
ALBANY, NY (June 1, 2020) - In recognition of her distinguished career in the field of health care, Eva Benedict, President/CEO of Jones Memorial Hospital, will be honored as the New York State Senate 2020 “Woman of Distinction.” Senator George Borrello selected Ms. Benedict as the 57th Senate District’s honoree for her extraordinary achievements and dedication to preserving health care quality and access for the community.
Established in 1998, the New York State Senate Woman of Distinction award is hosted annually to pay tribute to women who have demonstrated remarkable character, initiative and commitment in serving their neighbors, strengthening our communities, and acting as role models.
“Eva Benedict has devoted nearly 40 years to the field of health care and Jones Memorial Hospital, starting as an ICU nurse where she cared for the most critically ill and rising through a series of clinical and leadership positions that expanded the depth and scope of her contributions, culminating with her appointment as President and CEO in 2007,” said Senator George Borrello. “Along the way, she established herself as one of the most accomplished health care professionals in Western New York and a determined advocate for rural and community hospitals. She is a leader in the very best sense of the word, and I am very proud to honor her as this year’s ‘Woman of Distinction.’”
“At this unprecedented time in our history, we all have a heightened appreciation for the singular dedication and contributions of our health care professionals. Whether they deliver hands-on patient care, or provide administrative support, or oversee an entire hospital like Eva Benedict, their contributions all work together to sustain and advance the most vital of society’s services – providing quality health care to our citizens and saving lives,” said Senator Borrello. “Eva Benedict’s leadership shows she recognizes and supports this truth by emphasizing a team-oriented approach and ‘people first’ culture within the hospital. As a result, Jones Memorial is strong and moving forward, even as the larger environment for rural hospitals remains challenging. Her example truly deserves to be recognized and celebrated.”
Ms. Benedict started her career at Jones Memorial Hospital as a Critical Care Staff Nurse in 1981. In the decades that followed, her accomplishments and dedication propelled her upward through the ranks of the hospital’s administration and management, culminating with her appointment as President and CEO in 2007.
Her tenure has provided visionary leadership for Jones Memorial at a pivotal time for small, community hospitals. She has helped the hospital to evolve in conjunction with larger changes occurring in healthcare.
In 2015, she led an evaluation of potential partners, culminating in Jones Memorial’s affiliation with the University of Rochester Medical Center. She continues to serve both Jones Memorial and the University as an active member of the affiliate leadership team.
In her leadership role, Ms. Benedict has made a priority of educating elected leaders about the unique role of rural community hospitals. In 2018, she was honored for that advocacy with the 2018 Grassroots Champion Award by the American Hospital Association (AHA) in Partnership with the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). The award recognized her effective, persistent advocacy before the United States Congress and her work with the New York State Congressional Delegation to advance federal policies that enable rural and small community hospitals to deliver innovative and patient-centered care throughout New York State.
Most recently, she helped the hospital secure a $17 million Healthcare Facility Transformation Grant, an intensive, two-year effort. The grant will help secure Jones Memorial’s long-term viability by funding capital improvements that support new revenue streams. Among the elements of the project are the expansion and modernization of the surgical services suite and an initiative to integrate behavioral health and primary care.
A native of Bath, NY, Ms. Benedict received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the State University at Albany and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from St. John Fisher College. She and her husband, Neil, live in Wellsville and have two grown daughters and five beautiful grandchildren.
Although the Woman of Distinction Award Ceremony that typically takes place in Albany each May had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis, Senator Borrello will publicly honor Ms. Benedict at a local event that will be announced shortly.
“Eva Benedict truly represents the best of our community and is an outstanding role model for women of all ages. She exemplifies the spirit of service at the heart of the ‘Woman of Distinction’ award and is worthy of our respect, admiration and thanks,” said Senator Borrello.
ONCOLOGY & INFUSION CENTER GRAND OPENING WILL BE VIRTUAL EVENT: Dr. Neeta Soni begins seeing patients at new space on June 1, 2020
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 29, 2020) – The official ribbon cutting at the new UR Medicine | Wilmot Cancer Institute Oncology and Infusion Center, Part of Jones Memorial Hospital is still a couple of weeks away, but Oncologist Dr. Neeta Soni has started seeing patients at the new 6000-square foot center.
The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the new outpatient oncology center, located at 1504 W. State Street in Olean, is set for Friday, June 19, 2020. Because of COVID-19 restrictions on the size of public gatherings, the event is by invitation only.
“There are a limited number of options for celebrating an event like this,” said Brenda Szabo, Vice President of Specialty Services at Jones Memorial. “We can only have 10 people attend the event in person, but wanted to make sure that everyone who is interested can see everything the new center has to offer so we will be broadcasting it as a Facebook Live event and then posting that video on our website.” The new Olean office has five exam rooms and 10 infusion chairs, as well as an educational area for patients
Local oncologist Neeta Soni, MD, who joined the UR Medicine | Wilmot Cancer Institute team last year will continue to provide consultation and treatment to oncology patients at The Infusion Center at Jones Memorial in Wellsville as well as the new office in Olean.
“We wanted to keep access to these services close to home and convenient for these communities,” said Szabo. “Cancer patients who were driving to larger metropolitan areas like Buffalo and Rochester, can avoid that drive and receive quality cancer care with Dr. Soni, an experienced and knowledgeable oncologist.”
To attend the virtual ribbon cutting, go to the Jones Memorial Hospital Facebook page (Facebook.com/JMHNY) at noon on Friday, June 19. The video will be available on the hospital website, jones.rochester.edu soon after that.
IT’S SAFE TO COME TO JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 26, 2020) – Have you put off routine health testing or procedures because of COVID-19 concerns? Have you delayed well-child visits to the pediatrician to avoid waiting rooms? Are you avoiding going to the emergency room, ignoring what could be the signs of a serious illness? Are you overdue for your colonoscopy or a blood test?
It’s time to get back on track and Jones Memorial wants you to know, it’s safe to come back.
“Because of the COVID-19 crisis and the restrictions that came with it, people are reluctant to come to the hospital or their provider’s office,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial. “We have implemented a number of safety measures to protect our staff and our patients.” In addition having hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility and universal masking and screening of all patients and staff, Jones is asking patients to call and make an appointment for outpatient procedures like blood tests and x-rays. In addition, anyone coming for surgery or who is an inpatient are tested for COVID-19. “It is important they people understand that the hospital is a safe place,” added Mrs. Benedict.
Jones Memorial is also encouraging outpatients to make an appointment for services by calling the department you will be visiting. For the lab, call (585) 596-4090 between 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays and 9 to 11 am on Saturdays; for medical imaging, call (585) 596-4013 between 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays; for physical, occupational, or speech therapy or cardiac or pulmonary rehab, please call (585) 596-4011 between 8 am to 4 pm on weekdays; for EKG/EEG, sleep studies, pulmonary function tests, holter monitors, diabetes or nutrition counseling, call (585) 596-4024 or (585) 596-4025 weekdays between 7 am and 3 pm. Please note, the laboratory is offering standing appointments for those who have blood work on a regular basis. If you would like to schedule a standing appointment, please call the lab. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the laboratory manger, Elaine Austin at 585-596-4041.
The Jones Memorial Medical Practices are also safe. You will notice the difference as soon as you arrive. Crowded waiting rooms are gone. Staff will be wearing masks and other protective gear to keep you and them safe. You won’t be bumping into other patients in hallways since we changed visit schedules and patient flow. Some things you won’t see, such as the extra attention to cleaning that happens between all patient visits. So if you have been delaying bringing your child to the pediatrician for regular check-ups, it’s time to get back into the routine. According to pediatricians Nishit Shah and Shachi Shah, who see patients at the Women and Children Health Center, well-child visits are important to a child’s long and short-term health. Getting immunizations on schedule and checking in with the doctor about your child’s physical, mental, and social development are vital.
Even more important than keeping up with routine health care and well-child visits is the need to come to the hospital emergency department when you are experiencing unusual symptoms. “If you are experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, sudden intense headaches, high or persistent fever, sudden confusion, unusual bleeding, swelling in the legs, sudden or severe abdominal pain, or sudden vision changes, you should get medical attention immediately,” said Kevin McCormick, MD, chief medical officer for Jones Memorial, “Heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia, and cancer are all more common than COVID-19, so it is vital that you seek medical attention immediately if you have any of these symptoms. It could be your body telling you that you have a more common, but possibly serious condition.”
Jones Memorial Hospital is a safe place to take care of your health.
NURSES AT JONES CELEBRATE NURSES WEEK BY GIVING BACK
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 20, 2020) – Every year, seven days in May are set aside to celebrate National Nurses Day. The week of May 6th until Florence Nightingale's birthday on May 12th is an opportunity to show our nurses how much they are appreciated.
This year, the nursing staff at Jones Memorial Hospital celebrated by giving back to the community that has been so generous and supportive during the COVID-19 crisis by holding a food drive.
“The JMH Nurses Giving Back food drive was inspired by the incredible generosity from the community to the hospital during this COVID crisis,” explained Donna Bliven, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Jones Memorial. “We wanted to do something for the community to show our appreciation and the food pantry was in need, so it was a win-win.”
To support the effort, nurses brought in an assortment of canned goods including fruits, vegetables, beans, and evaporated milk, as well as cereal, pasta, and sauces. By the end of the week, they had collected ten boxes of food for the Joyce Family Food Pantry in Wellsville.
In photo at left, JMH nurses, from left, Matt Depner, Donna Bliven, Jackie Adrian, Susan Yates, Linda Innamorato, Briana Meehan, and Shannon Billings, loaded the hospital truck with ten boxes of canned goods and food items donated to the Joyce Family Food Pantry by the hospital nursing staff.
In photo at right, ICU Nurse Matt Depner helps Joyce Family Food Pantry staff members Jim Campbell and Mitch Baldwin.
ENT SEEING PATIENTS IN WELLSVILLE & HORNELL
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 18, 2020) – Leadership at St. James Hospital and Jones Memorial Hospital are pleased to welcome ENT/Otolaryngologist, Bulent Mamikoglu, M.D., effective June 1, 2020.
Dr. Mamikoglu will provide general ear, nose and throat services for children and adults. He has clinical interests in dizziness/vertigo (Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuronitis, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo/BPPV). He also treats infections, tonsils, allergies, nasal and sinus conditions, tinnitus, and snoring, and inserts ear tubes. Additionally, he treats chronic ear conditions including hearing loss and chronic ear diseases. He offers surgical and non-surgical treatments of ear, nose and throat diseases.
Dr. Mamikoglu will have a clinic in Hornell and Wellsville, and do surgical procedures related to diseases of the ear, nose, and throat at both St. James and Jones Memorial hospitals.
“I am excited to join a hospital network with strong leadership that works together for the health and well- being of the community,” said Dr. Mamikoglu. “It is a great feeling to be able to contribute my skills to work with hospitals that truly make patient care a priority. My wife and I have both have been made to feel we are a welcome addition to the Southern Tier region and it is greatly appreciated.”
Dr. Mamikoglu completed a residency in Otorhinolaryngology at University of Marmara Hospital (Istanbul), and fellowships in Rhinology at University of Chicago Hospitals and in Otology Neurotology at Northwestern University Medical School. He has provided ENT and surgical services at River North Surgery Center (Chicago), Randolph County Medical Center (Arkansas), Chicago Dizziness and Hearing Center, and Illinois Valley Ear, Nose and Throat Associates. He joined UR Medicine’s ENT/Otolaryngology team in May 2020.
“My philosophy of care is simple: First and foremost, I believe great care involves truly listening to the patient without interrupting, so that a correct diagnosis is made initially,” he said. “Kindness and a sense of humor help patients feel more comfortable. I believe in having compassion for the patients and staying up to date on advancements in the medical field by attending seminars, reading and conferring with colleagues on various medical topics of interest and relevance to my medical practice. My goal is to constantly improve my skills as a physician in order to better serve my patients.”
Patients will need a referral from their primary care physician, and appointments can be made at St. James Hospital by calling (607) 385-3820 and at Jones Memorial Hospital (585) 758-5700.
OUTPATIENT SERVICES OPENING AT JMH: APPOINTMENTS RECOMMENDED
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 5, 2020) – The safety of our patients and our staff is the number one priority at Jones Memorial Hospital as we begin to reschedule Imaging procedures, elective surgeries, therapy visits, laboratory visits, and specialty appointments.
Things may look a little different. The social distancing adjustments that have been made and universal masking requirements remain in place. Access to the hospital and medical practices will continue to be limited and everyone – patients and staff - will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the buildings. If you arrive at your appointment without a mask, one will be provided to you.
To make an outpatient appointment, please contact the department you wish to visit. The scheduling lines are listed below. Unless noted, once you have completed the screening process, you may proceed to the department for your appointment without stopping at registration.
LABORATORY: Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 7:30 am to noon. To make an appointment, please call (585) 596-4090 between 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays and 9 to 11 am on Saturdays.
MEDICAL IMAGING: To make an appointment for X-rays, CAT scan, MRI, Ultrasound, Echocardiogram, bone scans and Stress Tests, please call (585) 596-4013 between 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays.
PHYSICAL, OCCUPATIONAL, AND SPEECH THERAPY AND CARDIAC AND PULMONARY REHAB: To make an appointment for physical, occupational, or speech therapy or cardiac or pulmonary rehab, please call (585) 596-4011 between 8 am to 4 pm on weekdays.
EKG/EEG, SLEEP STUDY, PULMONARY FUNCTION TESTS, HOLTER MONITORS, DIABETES CENTER, NUTRITION COUNSELING, or COVID-19 TESTING: Call (585) 596-4024 or (585) 596-4025 weekdays between 7 am and 3 pm. You must stop in the registration department before proceeding to your appointment.
INFUSION CLINIC: Please call the scheduling line, (585) 596-2059, weekdays between 8 am and 4 pm.
WALK-IN CLINIC: If you have a non-urgent medical concern and your primary care provider is unavailable, please call (585) 596-2042 to make an appointment. If you have an emergency, please call 911.
Two things to remember about outpatient appointments at Jones Memorial:
- If you are more than 15 minutes early for your appointment, you may be asked to wait in your car until your appointment time. If you are late, your appointment may need to be rescheduled.
- Patients with appointments for EKG/EEG, sleep studies, pulmonary function tests, Holter monitors, or the diabetes center should stop at registration first. All others can proceed directly to the department you are scheduled for.
A PLAN FOR MOVING FORWARD: WHAT PATIENTS CAN EXPECT AT JMH
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 29, 2020) – The efforts to flatten the curve during this COVID-19 crisis appear to be working. Social distancing, isolation, and universal masking seem to be making a difference and the number of new COVID-19 patients has stabilized. So Jones Memorial is planning the next steps for our staff, patients, and community.
“As we slowly and carefully ease restrictions, we will be working with the Allegany County Health Department to monitor for any spikes in COVID-19 in the county,” said Dr. Kevin McCormick, the medical director at Jones Memorial. “It is like we are turning the dial a little at a time, observing to assure no harmful effects, and moving forward gradually.”
This week Jones Memorial has started Phase One of the New Normal. The number of patients being seen in the Jones Memorial Medical Practices has been expanded and the hospital has started scheduling a limited number of elective surgery procedures. “Our patients will notice when they come to the hospital or the medical practices, that it is not business as usual,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “Adjustments have been made in every area to ensure the safety or our patients and our staff.”
Here are some of the things you can expect:
- Universal Screening & Masking: You will be asked questions about possible COVID-19 symptoms. Everyone who comes to the hospital will be provided a facemask if you do not have one. If you have a facemask, please wear it to your appointment.
- Staggered Scheduling: This will limit the number of patients in an area at one time. In addition, the time for appointments will be expanded to avoid patient overlap and ensure social distancing is maintained. If you arrive more than 15 minutes before your appointment you may be asked to wait in your car. If you are late for your appointment, it may need to be rescheduled.
- Telehealth: The providers in the Jones Memorial Medical Practices will determine which patients need to be seen in person and which are candidates for telehealth appointments.
- Registration Changes: In many cases, registration will be done over the phone prior to the appointment with signatures provided upon arrival if needed. For Medical Imaging exams, patients should go directly to the department to register.
- Limited Support People: We will continue to restrict support people accompanying patients to appointments. If you have a driver, they are asked to remain in the car and will be contacted when you are ready to leave.
- Additional Restrictions: If your provider, therapist, or technician has additional restrictions, they will call you before your appointment to discuss them.
“It is very likely that COVID-19 will continue to be a part of our lives for some time,” added Mrs. Benedict. “By working together and following these precautions, we can keep our community as healthy as possible.”
If you have questions, please contact your provider’s office or the hospital department where you will be receiving care.
TELEHEALTH: IT'S THE NEXT BEST THING TO BEING THERE!
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 23, 2020) – If you have a chronic health condition, it is important that you continue to see you healthcare provider. However, in light of the COVID-19 restrictions, patients may be hesitant to go to the provider’s office for care. Good news: the Jones Memorial Medical Practices are now offering telehealth appointments! Telehealth is a way to see and talk to you provider without leaving home!
“We are still seeing patients in the office for acute issues and for obstetrical appointments, but our providers have switched to phone consults and video appointments for those who do not need to be seen in person,” explained Michele McMorris, Director of Operations for the Medical Practices, noting that this type of appointment reduces the risk of infection. “I want to stress, however, that if someone does need to be seen in person, we urge them to come to the office.” If you have symptoms of COVID-19 – coughing, fever, shortness of breath – please call before coming to the office. The provider will meet you in the parking lot and perform a swab test.
Patients who have a scheduled appointment will be contacted and offered a telehealth visit. After confirming your email address, a follow-up email will be sent with your appointment date and time. Telehealth appointments are ZOOM meetings so in order to participate with your provider, you must have a strong internet connection and a device such as a smart phone, laptop, tablet, or desktop computer with a camera and audio capability. The follow-up email will also have an internet link and a unique ZOOM meeting ID. About five minutes before your appointment time, click on the link in the email, enter your meeting ID. These visits are safe and secure. Your provider has access to your health information in the office, but it will not be shared on-line. Telehealth visits are covered by most insurances and are subject to a co-pay.
If you have questions or would like more information or to schedule a telemedicine appointment, please contact your provider’s office.
CERTIFIED SAFETY PRODUCTS DONATES FACE SHIELDS TO JMH
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 17, 2020) – Andover-based Certified Safety Products of New York, Inc., has retooled the company’s sign-making production and is now manufacturing - and donating - face shields for Jones Memorial Hospital.
After discussing how the company could support the local community and Jones Memorial during the COVID-19 pandemic with CSPNY owner Christine Joyce, Jimmy Joyce reached out to Jones CEO Eva Benedict to see what the hospital needed and how CSPNY could help. Jimmy Joyce is the company’s sales manager.
“When Eva asked if we had the ability to manufacture face shields, we knew exactly how we could help support the hospital,” said Mr. Joyce, giving a much of the credit for production to Tony Cook, who runs daily operations and has been in charge of assembly.
“The process of producing face shields uses many of the same tools used in making signs, so the transition was fairly simple,” Jimmy said. Mr. Joyce spent several hours on-line, looking at various images and noting the details of each component, comparing what he found with the sample shield provided by Jones. “I reached out to my suppliers in the sign industry to see what clear plastic options would work, ordered several samples, and found the one that worked best.” The most difficult part was finding the other parts of a face shield – the elastic for the head bands, plastic clips to connect the elastic to the plastic, and foam forehead strips. “Many of the usual sources are out of these because of the demand,” he added.
The small first-run of 30 face shields has been delivered to Jones. “I wanted to make sure everyone is happy with them before we went into full production,” Jimmy said. The facility expects to produce a minimum of 30 to 50 face shields a day, depending on the workload and the crew on hand. “With this epidemic, both items change daily so it’s hard to get a specific number,” he added.
“Jones Memorial is very appreciative of everyone at Certified Safety Products of New York for stepping up and making face shields for our caregivers,” said Mrs. Benedict. “Maintaining the supplies needed to keep our front line staff safe while they care for our patients is a top concern. Being able to purchase these supplies from a local manufacture is truly a win-win situation and a wonderful example of the commitment the Joyce family has to this community.”
CSPNY is a local family owned and operated business with 30 employees including Christine Joyce, owner, Jimmy Joyce, sales director; Mike McCormick, construction foreman/estimator; Maria McCormick, Human Resources/Estimator.
Photo Caption: Jimmy Joyce, far right, delivered a new batch of face shields to Jones Memorial Hospital, donated by Certified Safety Products of New York. On hand to meet Jimmy and thank him and the whole CSPNY team were, left, OB Nurse Kylee Kowalewski, OR Nurse Rachel Hersee, Materials Management Director Mark Brophy, OR Nurse Kathy Bowers, and Jackie Adrian, director of maternal services.
JMH STAFF BENEFITS FROM "ADOPT A FIRST RESPONDER" PROGRAM
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 17, 2020) – “The response was overwhelming!”
When Kate McKinley Murphy posted on Facebook that she was organizing a program called “Adopt a Medical First Responder,“ her goal was to have sponsors for 100 Tupperware soup mugs to be donated to local nurses, doctors, police, firefighters, and ambulance squads. Instead, 288 mugs were sponsored and will be donated to first responders in the community, including over 50 to Jones Memorial Hospital.
A Tupperware dealer, Kate was looking for a way to bring a spot of sunshine to local folks working on the front lines during the current Covid-19 pandemic by filling a Tupperware soup mug filled with teabags, oatmeal, and a snack for local first responders. Responses to her post came from all over the country.
“I got responses from people who used to live in Wellsville and wanted to support our first responders as well as people who live here now.” The $6 sponsorship donation covered the cost of the mugs, but Kate covered the shipping and the items to put in the mugs. She and her family spent Easter Sunday putting the mugs together for the first group: Jones Memorial Hospital.
“What a wonderful idea and a kind and thoughtful donation,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. The mugs have a tag with the name of the sponsor.
To spread the gift among all JMH staff, the hospital had a random drawing so all staff members had a chance to win. The winners were able to choose between one of the soup mugs and the beautiful stretch headbands donated by The Savvy Coconut, thanks to Leah Scoville. The Savvy Coconut is currently donating two headbands for every headband purchased. The buyer, in this case Leah Scoville, chose Jones Memorial to receive the free headbands.
Everyone at Jones extends a thank you to Kate and everyone who supported her effort and to Leah for choosing Jones Memorial Hospital.
A PARTNERSHIP FOR COMMUNITY WELLNESS: JONES MEMORIAL AND LOCAL SEAMSTRESSES
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 11, 2020) – In partnership with the wonderful and generous seamstresses who have sewn facemasks and donated them to the hospital, the Jones Memorial Hospital Community Wellness committee is supplying the cashiers and front line staff at two Wellsville grocery stores - Tops Friendly Market and Giant Food Mart – with homemade face masks. Save-a-Lot in Wellsville was also offered masks but their staff already has a supply from a generous donor of their own.
“These workers are an essential workforce with many public contacts each day,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “Shoppers who wear masks are taking an extra precaution to protect themselves and the workers at our local grocery stores. I encourage everyone who goes out in public to wear a mask.”
Jones Memorial will also provide the homemade face masks to designated at-risk hospital patients at the time of discharge. Thanks to our generous and caring community, we have adequate supply of these medical grade masks for our staff right now, but we are still accepting donations of homemade masks in the event our supplies run low for employees and to continue to be able to assure the essential workforce in our community has protection as well.
PHOTO CAPTION: Brenda Mong-Szabo, VP of Diagnostics and Rehab at Jones Memorial Hospital, left, and hospital CEO Eva Benedict, far right, delivered a supply of homemade facemasks for use by the staff at Tops and Giant supermarkets. The masks, which were donated to the hospital by local seamstresses, are part of a community wellness initiative to protect the health of our community.
Left, Giant: Accepting the masks are, left, Store Manager Phil Williams, Assistant Front End Manager Sherri Salter, and cashier Deena Dunham.
Right, Tops: TOPS: Accepting the masks are, from left, Pat Gill, dairy and frozen manager; Angie Sliski, scan coordinator; Peggy Lyons, grocery manager; and Amy Harris, bookkeeping lead. .
SOCIAL WORKERS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE HEALTHCARE TEAM
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 3, 2020) – Social workers play an important role in healthcare in general and at the Jones Memorial Medical practices in particular. March was celebrated as National Social Worker month to bring a spotlight to the important link social workers can provide between a patient’s physical, mental, and environmental health.
For patients of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices, social workers Marcia Nupp, LMSW, and Laura Young, MSW, are important members of their healthcare team. Ms. Nupp works with women and children at the Women & Childrens Health Office in Wellsville and checks in with new moms and babies in the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Birthing Center to assess potential needs of the newborns and their families. Ms. Young has offices and works with patients at the Bolivar, Belvidere, and Loder Street medical practices.
“Often the needs of many our patients are both clinical and social in nature,” said Michele McMorris, Director of Operations for the Jones Memorial Medical Practices. “A short list of what our social workers can do for them includes helping patients who need assistance in finding housing, food, and transportation, as well as helping patients to connect with area agencies and services.”
If you are a patient of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices and would like to meet with one of the social workers, please call your providers office. Marcia Nupp can be reached at the Women and Childrens Health Office by 585-596-9094. To speak with Laura Young, patients of the Bolivar practice can reach her at 585-928-1600; patients in Belvidere can call her at 585-268-5700; patients of Shannon Mooney should call 585-596-4088; and patients of Dr. Pasqual Picco can call her at 585-596-4129.
“Social workers are an essential part of our team,” noted Mrs. McMorris. “We couldn’t do our jobs without them.”
WHAT DO THE NEW VISITOR RESTRICTIONS MEAN TO OB PATIENTS?
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 1, 2020) – The new ZERO visitors policy at Jones Memorial Hospital has two exceptions: Pediatric patients are allows to have a guardian and OB patients are allowed to have one support person.
Please carefully read the detailed guidelines below so that we may help ensure the safety of our patients, their family members, and our dedicated staff. If any support person does not strictly follow these safety precautions, we will have no choice but to have them removed from the hospital premises.
- One support person is permitted to be present during your labor, and throughout the post-partum period until discharge. The support person will be required to wear a mask throughout the stay.
- Once the support person arrives on the unit, they will be screened for symptoms twice a day, including temperature. Those with symptoms will be asked to leave the hospital.
- The support person MUST remain with their patient continually and cannot leave the patient’s room. Guest food trays will be provided at no charge upon request. Please note, there will be NO exceptions – this includes leaving to smoke.
- Please bring all items you will need for your stay, including:
- Essential medications or nicotine patches
- Personal technology needed to communicate with family and friends during this happy time, including chargers
- All items you will need for baby including car seat
- Any snacks or special foods or drinks you may need for your stay
- Any other item you may deem essential to meet your daily needs
“These restrictions are for the protection of our mothers and babies as well as the staff,” said Jackie Adrian, Director of Maternal Health at Jones Memorial Hospital. “These restrictions were put in place to help prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus and are in effect until further notice.”
ALL JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL STAFF NOW WEARING MASKS: NEW PRECAUTIONS FOR COVID19
WELLSVILLE, NY (March 31, 2020) – Beginning Tuesday, March 31 at 7 pm, all Jones Memorial Hospital staff will be wearing a facemask as universal masking is implemented at the hospital and the Jones Memorial Medical Practices. This is in conjunction with new UR Medicine and Rochester Regional guidelines.
The move to universal masking comes as the number of cases of COVID-19 in the region is showing a slow but steady rise since the first case was reported on March 12. “Universal masking is a preventative strategy we can take to keep our healthcare workers safe and to slow down the increase in positive cases,” said Dr. Kevin McCormick, Medical Director at Jones Memorial. “Because the virus spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets, by masking our entire workforce we are reducing the risk of exposure among our staff, patients, and our family and friends in the community.”
Patients who are COVID-19 positive or show symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to wear a mask. Find the latest updates on our website: jones.urmc.edu.
WONDERING HOW YOU CAN HELP?
WELLSVILLE, NY (March 27, 2020) – If you are one of the many community members who have asked what you can do to help out local healthcare workers during the current health crisis, Jones Memorial Hospital has some suggestions.
“We are very appreciative of the thoughts and prayers for our staff on the front lines as we prepare for the anticipated surge of COVID-19 patients,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “Right now, we have all the supplies we need, but to ensure that we can continue to support our staff as they care for our community, Jones Memorial is now accepting donations of certain personal protective equipment (PPE) items.”
These items include safety goggles and safety glasses, M95 or other commercially-made protective masks in unopened boxes, and homemade face masks. The hospital has placed bins outside the main entrance to collect these items, which can be dropped off between 8 am and 7 pm. If you leave a donation, please email email@example.com with a list of the items you have donated.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have been in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days OR you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, PLEASE DO NOT MAKE MASKS.
If are able to make masks, there are many patterns and instructions for making facemasks online. While there is not a list of preferred textiles for homemade PPE, generally a few layers of looser weave is more comfortable than a single layer of dense weave. As long as they are made with layers of washable fabric and have a snug fit, the homemade masks will help preserve supplies of actual professional PPE.
If you have any questions, please call the administrative office at (585) 596-4002.
NY STATE OF HEALTH OPENS SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD
WELLSVILLE, NY (March 18, 2020) – Do you need health insurance? The NYS of Health Marketplace has opened a special open enrollment from now until April 15th! The open enrollment period for coverage in 2020 had previously ended in early February.
Open Enrollment is the period when people can enroll in a health insurance plan. For this special enrollment, you can apply over the phone by calling the Jones Memorial Hospital Patient Financial Consultants at (585) 596-4040 or (585) 596-4039. Coverage will be effective starting April 1, 2020.
This step is being taken in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency to further protect the public health of New Yorkers. All New York insurers have waived cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing. You can also apply for coverage through NY State of Health on-line at nystateofhealth.ny.gov, by phone at 855-355-5777.
JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL APPLIES NEW PRECAUTIONS FOR COVID19
WELLSVILLE, NY (March 17, 2020) – To maintain a safe environment for Jones Memorial Hospital patients, families, and staff and reduce exposure to the Coronavirus, JMH has instituted is restricting visitor hours and rescheduling routine outpatient appointments and elective surgeries at the hospital and the Medical Practices.
Effective immediately, there will is a ZERO visitors policy for adult patients. Pediatric patients may have one guardian visitor and OB patients may have ONE support person with them throughout labor and delivery. The hospital is also asking people NOT to come to the hospital for routine laboratory testing until further notice. Patients of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices may be asked to reschedule office appointments and the rehabilitation department may contact patients about rescheduling their therapy. Testing done at ancillary locations, such as the Women’s Health Office, will also be rescheduled. The Jones Memorial Hospital café is closed to the public until further notice.
“The overall goal is to minimize traffic at the hospital and decrease potential exposure to the Coronavirus,” explained Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “By reducing the number of office appointments and elective tests and surgeries, we are freeing up resources for patients needing acute care.”
Beginning today, there will be a screening table in the lobby. Anyone coming into the facility will have to stop and answer a few basic questions before being allowed to proceed into the building.
In addition, the Jones Memorial Medical Practices will be contacting patients to reschedule routine appointments and surgeries. These adjustments to the providers’ schedules are made with the objective of freeing up capacity and resources for acutely ill patients. To encourage social distancing and reduce infection risk, the number of chairs in the waiting areas will be reduced.
“Jones Memorial Hospital, our medical practices, and other clinics will remain open for our community members. These measures will also allow acutely ill and most critical patients to get the care they need and to follow the precautions promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization,” said Mrs. Benedict. “Patient safety is always our number one concern.”
LAURA YOUNG SELECTED AS CARE CHAMPION
WELLSVILLE, NY (March 10, 2020) – Laura Young, MSW, Adult Social Worker for the Jones Memorial Medical Practices, has been selected as the Care Champion for the fourth quarter of 2019.
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. Each quarter, the Employer of Choice Committee selects the most outstanding nominee.
Laura was nominated by Physician Assistant Shannon Mooney, who noted that Laura’s care and compassion for their patients in the short time she has been in the practice has been incredible. “One example that stands out involves a patient named Roger,” Shannon said in her nomination. “I asked Laura to see him after his appointment with me because of his inadequate housing.” Laura followed Roger home after the appointment to evaluate his living situation. Using a flashlight to light the way, Roger led her to his home: A camper in the middle of a field without electricity, plumbing, or running water. “Laura went home and had her significant other go through his closet and pull out several items of clothing that he was no longer wearing because, she said, even if it is a little worn out, it is better than what Roger has,” Shannon noted. The next day, Laura brought the clothes along with a box of food and information about an apartment for the winter. On Thanksgiving Day she look him a Thanksgiving dinner. “I think we all need to be more like Laura,” she added.
Laura has been a part of practice management since September 2019. Looking at the nomination, it is no surprise that her favorite part of the job is helping resolve the issues facing our patients. “Being a social worker at Jones Memorial is incredibly rewarding,” she said, noting that the team atmosphere leaves her feeling encouraged and empowered to help patients in their time of need. “Together our we are changing lives and showing our community that we truly care. I am blessed to be able to help to help others and make a difference.”
The oldest of ten children, Laura has three children and enjoys meeting new people. “I was raised to look for the positive and learn something new every day,” she added.
In photo, Laura, left, celebrates with Michele McMorris, Director of Operations for the Jones Memorial Medical Practices.Please join us in congratulating Laura on her selection as a 2019 Care Champion!
2020 IS THE YEAR OF THE NURSE & MIDWIFE AT JMH AND AROUND THE WORLD
WELLSVILLE, NY February 4, 2020) – In conjunction with the 200th birthdays of Florence Nightingale and Susan B. Anthony, both important figures in Women’s history, and the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, Jones Memorial Hospital and UR Medicine have joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in celebrating 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
At Jones Memorial, the celebration kicked off with a special reception in the main lobby for all of the nurses with a banner, balloons, and refreshments the year is off to a good start!
Each of the 127 Registered Nurses, 31 Licensed Practical Nurses, 17 patient care technicians (PCTs), two Nurse Practitioners, three CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist), and the nurse midwife received a pin declaring 2020 as the year of the Nurse and Midwife. “We are excited about celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” said Donna Bliven, Chief Nursing Officer at Jones Memorial, and a nurse for over 40 years. “It’s so important to focus on the vital part nurses play in health care, and to encourage future nurses to choose this field, which offers meaningful and important work in a variety of settings.” Nursing careers are diverse and include bedside nursing, leadership, education, and research and encompass primary care and a broad spectrum of specialties.
Nurses are the largest workforce in health care and are a critical part of the health care team. “Nurse are special people who are passionate about the work they do,” said Karen Davis, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, and Chief Nursing Executive at UR Medicine. “This is an opportunity to highlight them and tell their stories.”
According to the WHO, the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. WHO also notes there are currently more than 20 million nurses in the world, and according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) there are currently 3.8 million registered nurses in the United States. WHO and partners, including the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are collaborating in plans to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.
The World Health Organization will release a State of the World's Nursing Report on World Health Day, April 7, 2020. The report aims to provide evidence to make a stronger case for governments to invest in nursing.
JMH AWARDED $17 MILLION NYS TRANSFORMATION GRANT FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT & NEW INITIATIVE
WELLSVILLE, NY (February 7, 2020) – Jones Memorial Hospital announced today that the hospital has been awarded a NYS Healthcare Facility Transformation Grant in the amount of $16,856,625.00. These grant funds are designated to be used for four projects at the hospital, including three targeting capital improvement.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be approved for this grant funding,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “These projects reflect our commitment to continue to care for this community as we have for nearly 100 years.” The capital improvement projects include adding a third floor to the 1993 addition for desperately needed physician offices and the services to support those offices, expanding and modernizing the surgical services suite, and creating a permanent MRI suite with state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, the grant will fund an initiative to integrate behavioral health and primary care.
“This is a major step forward in the future of healthcare services in our community,’ said Rich Ewell, Chairman of the Jones Memorial Board of Directors. “These grants are available only to institutions that have demonstrated a true commitment to providing top quality health care and that have a plan to succeed operationally and financially in the future. Over the past several years, a massive amount of effort has gone into applying for and advocating for this award. The Board extends its sincere thanks to Jones CEO Eva Benedict, JMH Chief Financial Officer Jim Helms, and other Jones Memorial directors who have been a part of the process. We also have to thank UR Medicine’s Associate Vice President of Business Development Michele Lawrence and Steve Goldstein, president/CEO of Highland and Strong Memorial, and other University of Rochester personnel who have been a part of the effort to secure this grant.“
“The goal of UR Medicine is to provide high-quality health care close to home for families across upstate New York, including communities in and around Allegany County,” said Steven I. Goldstein, president and CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals in Rochester, and senior vice president of the University of Rochester Medical Center. “Gov. Cuomo and New York State should be applauded for making an investment that enables Jones Memorial to expand and modernize as part of the UR Medicine system.”
The grant application was submitted nearly 2 years ago. “While we have conceptual drawings for these capital projects, we will be revisiting those plans,” added Mrs. Benedict. “To assure that the new construction meets the needs of patients and staff, we will be working closely with JMH directors and staff as well as the medical providers who will be working in the new spaces.”
The Transformation Grant program is intended to help facilities re-design and “transform” their organization to accommodate the changing healthcare environment by funding capital improvements that support revenue streams that stabilize and strengthen the financial stability of the organization.
“This is an exciting time for Jones Memorial Hospital,” she added. “We are so grateful to the NYS Department of Health and Governor Cuomo for the grant award.”
RENOVATIONS TO BEGIN FOR NEW OUTPATIENT CANCER IN OLEAN
WELLSVILLE, NY (January 17, 2020) -- Jones Memorial Hospital will begin a project this month to create an outpatient cancer care center in downtown Olean. Services at the new center will be provided by Neeta Soni, M.D., who has been delivering medical oncology and chemotherapy infusion services in the Cattaraugus County area since 2003.
The new center will occupy the former Family Video at 1504 W. State St., and is a collaboration with UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute. The 6,000 square-foot center is larger than Dr. Soni’s current oncology clinic and it will include five exam rooms and 10 infusion chairs, as well as an educational area with computers for patients.
Since joining the Wilmot Cancer Institute in 2019, Dr. Soni has also been seeing patients in Wellsville at Jones Memorial Hospital’s infusion center, which has increased access to these services in Allegany County.
“It’s all about keeping health care local for both of these communities,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial. “By bringing quality cancer care close to home, patients who were driving to Buffalo and Rochester for treatment will have a shorter drive for their care.”
The center is expected to open in June.
MARK BROPHY NAMED DIRECTOR OF MATERIALS MANAGEMENT
WELLSVILLE, NY (January 2, 2020) – Jones Memorial Hospital (JMH) is pleased to announce that Mark Brophy has joined the JMH team as the new Director of Materials Management. He is taking over for the current director, Edward Wilson, who retires in January after 32 years at JMH.
With a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University, Mark came to Wellsville in 1990 working for ABB Air Preheater, Inc. After remaining with the company through numerous ownership and name changes, Mark comes to Jones from Arvos Ljungstrom, where he was director of supply chain management for 13 years.
As the Director of Materials Management at Jones, Mark is the primary purchasing agent for a wide variety of materials, supplies, and equipment for nearly every department at the hospital. He will be the direct contact for salespersons, analyzing all bids and – with the exception of food and drugs – will collaborate with other department managers to identify and maintain the resources needed to provide an effective supply chain. . In addition to inventory control and meticulous record keeping and analysis, Mark will work with other department managers and coordinate with our affiliates at the University of Rochester on all capital equipment purchases.
“I would like to thank Ed Wilson for his many years of dedicated service to Jones Memorial. He has worked tirelessly to support Jones and control costs for over 30 years,” said Jim Helms, Chief Financial Officer at Jones Memorial. “Mark has decades of supply chain and project management in his background and we are very excited to welcome him to the leadership team at Jones. This position calls for careful management, fast decisions, and firm control of detail, all things that Mark is experienced in.”
A native of Williamsport, PA, Mark and his wife, Carol, live in Wellsville and have three children, Kayla, Taylor, and Eli.
NEW DPTS JOIN JMH REHAB TEAM
WELLSVILLE, NY (December 17, 2019) – Jones Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the newest members of the Rehabilitation Team! Like most of the PT staff at Jones, new therapists Chelsea Leahy and Kaitlyn Cooney have earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT).
Chelsea Leahy, PT, DPT, is a graduate of Upstate Medical University in Syracuse with a special interest in orthopaedics, athletes, and geriatrics. She is originally from Rochester and now lives in Rushford with her husband John, who is a veterinarian at Lake Shore Vet Hospital in Rushford. Chelsea enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and skiing. She also likes to paint and enjoys the community atmosphere at Jones.
Olean-native Kaitlyn Cooney, PT, DPT, is a graduate of Gannon University in Erie, PA. She has a special interest in outpatient rehab but also has a strong background in acute care and inpatient rehab. She enjoys being able to see a variety of patients and having a hand in their recovery. A dedicated runner, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her family and doing craft projects with her young niece.
The PTs and PT Assistants at Jones Memorial have additional training in areas including vestibular rehab; mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine, wound care, and pediatrics. For more information or to make an appointment, please call the Jones Memorial Rehabilitation Department at (585) 596-4011.
#GIVINGTUESDAY: GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE DECEMBER 3RD
WELLSVILLE, NY (November 21, 2019) – This year, Jones Memorial Hospital invites you to “Give Where You Live” by joining the #GivingTuesday movement and making a gift that will help your community hospital continue its mission to provide our patients with the highest quality healthcare. A global generosity movement, Giving Tuesday will be on December 3, 2019.
“The Giving Tuesday goal at Jones Memorial is $50,000,” explained Jodi Pearson, Foundation Coordinator at Jones Memorial. “We have earmarked these funds to enhance our surgical services department with equipment that will support our new surgeon, Dr. Du Nguyen, who has expanded the procedures available locally to including thyroid surgery, lung procedures, and laparoscopic bowel surgery, laparoscopic hernia, and laparoscopic fundoplication.”
Now recognized around the world, #GivingTuesday started as a way to encourage people to do good by supporting causes they care about. This is the first time Jones Memorial has participated in the movement. “Our theme is Give Where You Live: #GIV2JONES,” said Mrs. Pearson. “This community has a long tradition of supporting Jones Memorial Hospital and we are proud of the care we provide to our families, friends, and neighbors.”
If you would like to be a part of this event, you can make a gift on line at jones.urmc.edu or by contacting Jodi Pearson at (585) 596-2053 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to mail your gift, please send it to Jones Memorial Hospital Foundation, 191 North Main Street, Wellsville, New York 14895.
HEMLOCK TWIG GIFTS MADE IN MEMORY OF MARTY TEZAK
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 21, 2019) – When Marty Tezak of Wellsville died unexpectedly last year, her family asked that memorials be made to the Jones Memorial Hospital Hemlock Twig. Marty was a long-time member of the Hemlock Twig and its treasurer for many, many years.
“The Hemlock Twig appreciates that so many gifts were made in memory of Marty,” said President Caren Gibson. “I believe that this is the first time a family has asked for memorials to a particular Twig and we are grateful to Marty’s family for understanding how important the Twig was to her.” So far, the memorial funds have been used to purchase a recliner and two wheelchairs – all items for patient care.
Marty is survived by Ed Tezak, her husband of 52 years; her daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Chuck Quinley, her son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Anne Tezak; and her grandson, Michael.
Photo: Eva Benedict, Jones Memorial CEO, right, and Hemlock Twig president Caren Gibson, left, had an opportunity to personally thank Ed Tezak for designating the Hemlock Twig for memorials to his late wife, Marty Tezak. The Twig has purchased two wheel chairs and a recliner in her memory with these funds.
JIM HELMS NAMED CFO AT JONES MEMORIAL AND ST. JAMES HOSPITAL
HORNELL, NY (October 18, 2019) -- St. James Hospital and Jones Memorial Hospital are pleased to announce that James H. Helms, CHFP, CPA, FHFMA, has been named chief financial officer (CFO) effective October 27, 2019. Mr. Helms will take on a dual role as CFO of St. James Hospital and Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, where he currently is vice president of finance. Prior to his current role at Jones Memorial he served as their director of health information management/revenue cycle and corporate compliance officer.
In this new position, Mr. Helms will oversee the financial operations of both hospitals, including financial policies, financial strategic planning, cost management, budgets, financial reports, funding streams, and the finance staff at both locations. He will also retain some of his financial and operational responsibilities at Jones while taking on some operational roles at St. James as well.
According to St. James president & CEO, Bryan O’Donovan, “We are pleased to work with the leadership at Jones and UR Medicine to create a position that will benefit both of our organizations. Jim is the right fit, and has extensive experience at both entities and is well versed in leading hospitals through transition.”
“This strategic appointment will improve our respective operations,” said Eva Benedict, CEO of Jones Memorial Hospital. “Jim is well respected at both organizations, and has had great success working with the Jones team in stabilizing our financial position. He will work tirelessly to build solid working relationships with our colleagues across the region, so that we all can continue to expand much-needed healthcare services in our local communities.”
Before joining Jones Memorial Hospital in 2013, Mr. Helms served as administrative director of clinic operations/support services and the financial controller at St. James Hospital for nine years. He is a certified public accountant (CPA), certified healthcare financial professional (CHFP), and fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA). He earned his associate in applied science in accounting at Alfred State College and both his MBA and bachelor of business administration at St. Bonaventure University. He also served for twenty five years in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as command sergeant major.
Mark Prunoske, CFO at UR Medicine/Thompson Health and interim CFO at St. James, said, “Not only will Jim help transition St. James into its new facility, but most importantly, he will strengthen the collaboration among the local UR Medicine hospitals so that we can continue to bring high-quality healthcare services to people in this region.”
Founded in 1890, St. James Hospital is an affiliate of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. St. James provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency department, general surgery, orthopedics and rehab services, imaging and lab services, urgent care, and a host of local outpatient clinics through its URMC affiliation.
An affiliate of University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), Jones Memorial Hospital is a 49-bed acute care facility serving all of Allegany County, as well as western Steuben County and northern Potter County, PA. Located in beautiful southwestern New York State, JMH is committed to continuously raising quality and safety to higher levels and providing top quality healthcare in a hometown community setting. Jones Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission.
HAVE YOU REGISTERED FOR THE RIDGEWALK & RUN YET?
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 7, 2019) – For 27 years, the RidgeWalk & Run has been promoting good health by offering an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beauty that is Western New York in the fall. Over the years, thousands of walkers and runners of all ages and fitness levels have made the RidgeWalk the premier outdoor activity in the region. Whether you are looking to take a 2-mile relaxing walk through the woods or to compete in the 25K run, the RidgeWalk has something for everyone.
This year’s event is set for Sunday, October 20th. Registration and information can be found at Ridgewalk.com. As always, the options include 5K, 10k, and 25K competitive trail runs as well as a two-mile country road walk and 2-mile, 6-mile, 9-mile, and 25K trail walks. The 25k Trail Run is part of the USATF (USA Track & Field) Niagara Association Open, the USATF Niagara Masters Trail Championship, and the Eastern Grip Series. All events conclude on a gorgeous horse farm with festivities including music, food, and kids’ activities. The first 1,000 registrants will receive amenity bags which include a t-shirt, water bottle, cinch bag, and ball cap.
RidgeWalk Weekend kicks off with a pre-event dinner on Saturday October 19th, from 6-8 pm at the Wellsville Country Club. Marathon running standout Terry Stanley will be the guest speaker. A native of Eldred, PA, Mr. Stanley is one of only two dozen individuals in the world to have run marathons in less than three hours over five consecutive decades. He is third on the world list of first place marathon wins over the longest time span – 32 years and 143 days – and is in the Pennsylvania Marathon Hall of Fame and the Mansfield University Athletic Hall of Fame. Tickets to the pre-event dinner are $20 and include a pasta bar dinner and a cash bar.
The proceeds from the RidgeWalk & Run are used to support and provide a variety of initiatives that encourage community health and wellness in a number of ways. In addition to providing free wellness screenings at events throughout the community, RidgeWalk monies have been used to purchase blood pressure machines and hydration stations at both JMH and the Wellsville YMCA. The latest project is now underway. Targeting the safety of walkers and runners who use the Riverwalk Trail, JMH Wellness funds are helping extend the trail so that it goes under the bridge on Route 417 and resumes on the other side of the highway, expanding our walkable community and improving safety.
You can find more information and registration links at www.ridgewalk.com. You can stay current with the event by liking “RidgeWalk & Run” on Facebook. On-line registrations can be done at https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=18047 .
OPEN ENROLLMENT IS COMING: IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER
WELLSVILLE, NY (September 25, 2019) – Although Open Enrollment for the New York State Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicare managed care plans begins in a few weeks, it’s not too early to start looking at what health insurance plan best provides the coverage you will need in 2020. Below are some tips to help with your planning.
Why Prepare Ahead of Time? Open Enrollment is often the only time of the year when you can select a health insurance plan for the following year. Looking at your current and previous year’s health expenses will help you understand which plan may work best for you. Be sure and also consider if your primary care provider, specialists, and hospitals you would most likely use accept the plans that you are considering. That’s because if you select a health insurance plan that your doctors or hospitals do not accept, you will likely end up paying more or all of the charges for those services. You can view the list of health insurances accepted at Jones Memorial Hospital and its affiliated specialists at jones.urmc.edu (look for Financial Assistance under Patients & Family).
Know Your Dates: Enrollment for Medicare managed care plans runs Oct. 15 to December 7, 2019; New York State Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment runs Nov. 1, 2019 to Jan. 31, 2020.
How to Get Answers to Your Questions:
- Jones Memorial Hospital: Patient Financial Consultants can help answer your questions and even enroll you in a plan on the NYS Health Exchange or Medicaid. (585) 596-4040 or (585) 596-4039.
- Trained professionals at the Allegany County Office for the Aging can answer questions about insurance options, like Medicare. (585) 268-9390
- Other resources, such as the https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/ and http://medicare.gov websites, are also helpful.
LILAC TWIG DONATES CUDDLE KITS TO JONES ER
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 29, 2019) -- “You have been hugged!” That’s the message included with the comfort kits handcrafted by members of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Lilac Twig. The kits will be given to youngsters who come to the JMH Emergency Department and include a soft fleece blanket, a stuffed animal, and a book. Prompted by the desire to bring a little joy and comfort to a kids in a scary situation, several members of the Lilac Twig get together regularly to make and assemble the kits. Dropping off the kits to the ER were, from left, Lilac Twig members Lorraine Walsh, Doreen Taylor, and Patty Sherman. Accepting on behalf of the Emergency Department are Kelly Foster, Linda Innamorato, and Julie Kailbourne. “We can’t thank the Lilac Twig enough for thinking of our young patients,” said Mrs. Foster, Director of Emergency and Cardiac Services at Jones. “They are sure to be appreciated by the kids and their families.”
JMH OFFERS LABORING MOTHERS NEW PAIN RELIEF OPTION
First Facility in the Region to Offer Nitrous Oxide to OB Patients
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 13, 2019) – Traditionally, women in labor have been offered narcotics and local anesthetics through an epidural for pain relief. Now women delivering at Jones Memorial Hospital will have another option: The Pro-Nox nitrous oxide delivery system. Jones Memorial the only facility in the region to offer this type of pain relief to laboring mothers.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is safe for mother and baby while offering immediate pain relief. “Women who use nitrous oxide during labor may still have an awareness of labor pain,” said Jackie Adrian, RN, director of Maternal Health at Jones Memorial. “But many women find it helps them relax and decreases their perception of labor pain.” Nitrous oxide is simple to administer, can be easily discontinued, and its effects disappear within five minutes after cessation.
One of the many benefits of using nitrous oxide to relieve pain during labor is that it does not affect infant alertness during the early bonding period between a mother and her newborn. It also does not affect breastfeeding and because it is self-administered, not only can a woman decide how much to use, but she can also decide if she wants to stop using it and try another method of pain relief instead.
“Nitrous oxide used as a form of pain relief since the late 1900’s,” Jackie noted. “It has been widely available for laboring women in other countries, and we are very excited to have this option available for laboring moms.”
For more information, talk to your obstetrical provider or call the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Birthing Center at Jones Memorial Hospital at (585) 596-4032.
Photo Caption: Jackie Adrian, RN, Director of Maternal Health at Jones Memorial talks about the new Pro-Nox nitrous oxide delivery system with OB Nurses Sandra Moore, RN, and Kristina Willets, RN. Jones is the first facility to offer nitrous oxide as a pain relief options for mothers in labor.
SURGEON DU NGUYEN, MD, JOINS JMH MEDICAL STAFF
BEGINS SEEING PATIENT SEPTEMBER 10
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 6, 2019) – Jones Memorial has announced that Du Nguyen, MD, a general surgeon, has joined the JMH Medical Staff and will begin seeing patients at his new office, located on the first floor of Jones Memorial Hospital, on September 10. Appointments can be made now by calling (585) 593-7911.
Dr. Nguyen, who comes to Jones from UR Medicine in Rochester, will have a full-time practice in Wellsville and has relocated to the area. “Since I grew up in a remote rural village, I understand the need for access to good health care in rural areas,” he said. “I am committed to providing great surgical care for everyone.”
As a general surgeon, Dr. Nguyen encounters conditions that range from relatively simple to complex. Not only is he proficient in the surgical treatment of colorectal, skin, soft tissue, breast and thyroid cancers, Dr. Nguyen is available to treat hernias, and biliary diseases and anorectal diseases including hemorrhoids, abscesses, fissures, and fistulas, as well as abdominal and groin hernias, gallbladder diseases, varicose veins, pneumothorax, and empyema.
Dr. Nguyen has expertise in hand-assisted laparoscopic colon resection for diverticulitis or cancer, laparoscopic inguinal and hiatal hernia repair, fundoplication and large ventral hernia repair with component separation. “I also perform video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for lung biopsies, pneumothorax or empyema, as well as vein ablation and varicose vein stripping, AV fistula for dialysis access and port placement for chemotherapy,” he said. Dr. Nguyen also does temporal artery biopsies for giant cell arteritis and muscle biopsies.
Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at Bassett Health. He is Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, UR Medicine Division of Regional General Surgery. “I am looking forward to giving my patients the best care available, treating them as if they are my family members – with dignity and respect,” he said.
To make an appointment with Dr. Nguyen, call his office at (585) 593-7911. Appointments will be made after September 10.
FULL TIME SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY RETURNS TO JMH
WELLSVILLE, NY (August 5, 2019) – Jones Memorial Hospital has announced that Speech Pathologist Sara C. Carbone Hess, MS, CCC-SLP, is now seeing patients at the hospital on a full-time basis.
As a hospital-based speech language pathologist, Ms. Hess sees both inpatients and outpatients at Jones. She provides assessment and treatment of issues relating to speech, language, swallowing, voice, cognitive communication, memory, fluency/stuttering, pragmatics/social skills, motor speech disorders such as dysarthria or apraxia, auditory processing, and alternative/augmentative means of communication across all ages. She is also able to provide Modified Barium Swallow Studies under live video x-ray to view the oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal phases of the swallow in conjunction with the radiology department at JMH.
Ms. Hess is also certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities. She is trained in pediatric speech-language development and feeding and swallowing disorders. She has extensive experience working with individuals with a variety of disorders and disabilities.
A graduate of SUNY Fredonia and Nazareth College of Rochester, Sara is a nationally accredited Speech Language Pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competence.
For information or appointments, please talk to your healthcare provider.
GRAND RE-OPENING OF JMH WOMENS HEALTH SERVICES OFFICE IN HORNELL
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 27, 2019) – With the snip of a ribbon, the long-awaited relocation of the JMH Women's Health Services Office in Hornell is complete!
Located in Suite 114 of the new medical office building at 7309 North Seneca Road in Hornell, the spacious office includes six exam rooms and is home to Dr. Andres Rubert, OB/GYN; Dr. Anna Haring, OB/GYN; and Emily Walsh, PA. The new office is located adjacent to the UR Medicine Women’s Imaging & Breast Center (part of St. James Hospital), which makes screening exams very convenient.
The Open House, which included tours and refreshments, was kicked off with the official ribbon cutting. On hand for the celebration were, left, PA Emily Walsh; Dr. Andres Rubert; JMH Board Chair Rich Ewell; JMH Medical Practices Director of Operations Michele McMorris; JMH CEO Eva Benedict; and Dr. Anna Haring.
Appointments are available and new patients are welcome. Please call the office at 607-324-0604 to find out more.
NEW MAMMOGRAPHY TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE TO JMH PATIENTS
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 25, 2019) – Jones Memorial Hospital patients have a new option for mammography with the opening of the UR Medicine Women’s Imaging and Breast Center in Hornell. Adjacent to Jones’ new Women’s Health Office on Seneca Road North, the imaging location brings together the latest technology and key services, providing increased access to care.
The center is a collaboration of Jones Memorial Hospital, UR Medicine Imaging, Noyes Health and St. James Hospital. “Our patients will be able to receive screening and diagnostic mammograms with cutting-edge technology and expertise from radiologists who specialize in breast imaging,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial, adding that women also have the option to get mammogram results while they wait.
Because the existing mammography technology at Jones is in need of an upgrade that is cost-prohibitive, and given the timing of the opening of the Women’s Imaging and Breast Center, Jones Memorial Hospital made the decision to provide mammography services at the hospital only through December 31, 2019. Patients will then be directed to the Hornell location for mammography services.
“To ensure our community continues to have access to mammograms, we have been working with local public transportation systems to explore opportunities for those in need of assistance with transportation,” Mrs. Benedict noted. “Once those opportunities are established, the Women’s Imaging and Breast Center will work to coordinate appointments with the public transit systems for patients coming from Allegany County.”
Jones Memorial will continue to provide all other imaging services currently available in Wellsville, including bone density DEXA scanning exams at the hospital and 3D/4D ultrasound exams at the Women & Children Health Services Office in Wellsville.
To schedule an appointment in 2019 for a mammogram, please call (585) 596- 4013. For 2020 appointments, please call the UR Medicine Women’s Imaging and Breast Center, located at 7309 Seneca Road North in Hornell, at (607) 324-8279.
JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AWARDED TJC LABORATORY RE-ACCREDITATION
(WELLSVILLE, NY – June 11, 2019) – Jones Memorial Hospital’s Laboratory has been re-accredited by The Joint Commission, earning the organization’s Gold Seal of Approval® by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects the hospital’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
In March, the lab underwent a rigorous onsite survey that included an evaluation of compliance with TJC laboratory standards in document and process control, healthcare-associated conditions, risk reduction, and staff qualifications and competency. The surveyor also conducted onsite observations and interviews. “The surveyor was very complimentary of the staff and our efforts to ensure patient safety and good patient care,” said Elaine Austin, Director of Laboratory Services at Jones.
The Joint Commission has accredited hospital laboratory services since 1979 and freestanding laboratories since 1995. More than 1,500 organizations, including laboratories in hospitals, reference labs, blood transfusion and donor centers, public health laboratories, and point-of-care test sites, currently maintain Laboratory Services Accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a two-year cycle.
“We are proud to achieve this re-accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial. “The laboratory staff continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies and are always looking for ways to improve care for our patients.”
The Joint Commission’s laboratory standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.
DEANNA WORTH GRADUATES FROM LEADERSHIP ALLEGANY
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 11, 2019) -- Deanna Worth, Health Information Management Lead at Jones Memorial Hospital, was one of 16 graduates from the Leadership Allegany Class of 2018-19.
Deanna, who has been a part of the JMH family for six years, is currently hospital’s Privacy Officer in addition to her position in Health Information Management. “Leadership Allegany is an excellent opportunity for existing and aspiring leaders in our county,” Deanna said. “It was a rewarding, worthwhile experience.”
Leadership Allegany, a joint initiative of Houghton College and the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, is a training program for adult professionals living in Allegany County. The classes are held twice a month at Houghton College and various other locations around Allegany County.
SARAH MERRIAM EARNS AAS DEGREE
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 10, 2019) – It took four long years, taking one or two classes every semester, but Jones Memorial Hospital's Lead Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomy Technician (PBT, ASCP) Sarah Merriam recently completed her Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Medical Laboratory Science.
In addition to on-line course work through Weber State University in Utah, Sarah was required to complete several clinical rotations. “I was able to complete the clinical requirements at Jones and at Strong Memorial in Rochester,” she said, noting that while she was not required to attend classes physically, “I was faithfully at my computer attending pre-recorded lectures most nights of the week.”
It was a challenge to get to graduation day, she said. “During that four years, I got married and had a baby,” she said. “The coursework involved sacrificing time with my husband Matt and our daughter, so I did consider quitting.” Sarah has been a part of the JMH family for over six years. She was nominated as a Care Champion in 2018. Her husband, Matt, is part of the Information Technology staff at Jones.
Sarah credits her family for their unwavering support. “I couldn't have made it through these long semesters, working full time and being a full time parent, without their encouragement,” she said. “I'd also like to thank my lab family for cheering me on through this journey and for being an integral part of my education.”
OPEN HOUSE PLANNED FOR NEW JMH WOMENS HEALTH OFFICE IN HORNELL
WELLSVILLE, NY (June 5, 2019) – Mark your calendar! The JMH Women’s Health Office is celebrating the move to the new Hornell Medical Office Building with an open house on Tuesday June 25, 2019!
The open house is planned for 3:15 to 5 pm in Suite 114, of the new building, which is located at 7309 Seneca Road North in Hornell. After the official ribbon cutting, there will be refreshments, and tours of the office. “We are very excited about relocating the practice to the new office,” said Michele McMorris, Director of Medical Practices. “We have doubled the number of exam rooms and are adjacent to the UR Medicine Women’s Imaging & Breast Center (part of St. James Hospital), making screening exams very convenient.”
Please stop by to see the new office and meet the providers, above, Dr. Anna Haring, OB/GYN: Dr. Andres Rubert, OB/GYN; and the newest member of the team, Physician Assistant Emily McCumiskey, who will provide a full range of gynecological services and exams.
Now with three providers, the Jones Memorial Women’s Health Office will continue to offer a full range of gynecological and obstetrical services, as well as surgical consults, family planning, prenatal care, and referrals for health screenings such as mammograms and bone density.
For more information or appointments, please call the office at (607) 324-0604.
EMIILY MCCUMISKEY, PA, JOINS JMH WOMENS HEALTH OFFICE IN HORNELL!
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 28, 2019) – When the Jones Memorial Hospital Womens Health Office in Hornell opens on June 24 at its new location in the Hornell Medical Office Building, there will be a new member of the staff: Physician Assistant Emily McCumiskey!
A native of Belfast, Emily graduated from the Physician Assistant program at Daemen College in Buffalo. “Women’s Health and Pediatrics are where my interests are,” she said, adding that it has long been her plan to move closer to home. “I want to give back to the community that gave so much to me.”
As a physician assistant, Emily will be working with Dr. Anna Haring, OB/GYN. She will provide a full-range of women’s health services, including annual exams, family planning, and womens health screening referrals. Appointments with Emily are now being accepted and scheduled beginning June 24. Call the office at (607) 324-0604 today.
There will be an open house at the new office on Tuesday, June 25th from 3:15 to 5 pm. Please stop by to meet Emily, Dr. Haring, and Dr. Andres Rubert. After the official ribbon cutting, there will be refreshments, and tours of the office.
OPEN HOUSE JUNE 25 FOR NEW JMH WOMENS HEALTH OFFICE IN HORNELL
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 28, 2019) – Mark your calendar! The JMH Women’s Health Office is celebrating the move to the new Hornell Medical Office Building with an open house on Tuesday June 25, 2019!
The open house is planned for 3:15 to 5 pm in Suite 114, of the new building, which is located at 7309 Seneca Road North in Hornell. After the official ribbon cutting, there will be refreshments, and tours of the office. “We are very excited about relocating the practice to the new office,” said Michele McMorris, Director of Medical Practices. “We have doubled the number of exam rooms and are adjacent to the UR Medicine Women’s Imaging & Breast Center (part of St. James Hospital), making screening exams very convenient.”
Please stop by to see the new office and meet the providers: Dr. Andres Rubert, OB/GYN; Dr. Anna Haring, OB/GYN; and the newest member of the team, Physician Assistant Emily McCumiskey, who will provide a full range of gynecological services and exams.
Now with three providers, the Jones Memorial Women’s Health Office will continue to offer a full range of gynecological and obstetrical services, as well as surgical consults, family planning, prenatal care, and referrals for health screenings such as mammograms and bone density. The new office opens on June 24, 2019.
For more information or appointments, please call the office at (607) 324-0604.
FIELD OF FLAGS SETS RECORD AT 500+ FLAGS
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 20, 2019) – For the past six years, Jones Memorial Hospital has joined with American Legion Post 702 and Auxiliary, the Legion Riders, and the Sons of the American Legion, to put up a Field of Flags at the hospital to honor deceased veterans of the American Armed Forces. Flags are available for a $5 donation and all funds raised are donated to LEEK Hunting & Northern Mountain Preserve, an organization dedicated to providing outdoor hunting, fishing, and recreational experiences for disabled vets.
This year, the Field includes over 500 flags. The group that worked to place the flags on Armed Forces Day includes, in photo from left, Judy Burt, Del Broussea, Dennis White, Paul Brousseau, Jaime White, Terese Brousseau, Linda Stark, Eric Stark, Sue Kays, Richard Flint, Dan Frungillo, Jackie Merrick, and Steve Conderman. Also on hand to help, but not for the photograph, were Loretta Conderman, Vickie Scott, Nate Scott, Skip Merrick, JoAnne White, and Claudia Gildner.
All funds raised by the Field of Flags are donated to LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve. This is a volunteer-run facility in Potter County, PA that is dedicated to offering therapeutic outdoor programs for wounded veterans with all levels of disabilities. The check will be presented to LEEK during the organization’s annual open house in June.
Thank you to everyone for making the 2019 Field of Flags!
JMH CELEBRATES STAFF ANNIVERSARIES DURING HOSPITAL WEEK
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 14, 2019) – Jones Memorial Hospital recently honored 42 employees for a total of 510 years of dedicated service to the hospital with a dinner and awards ceremony. This event has become one of the highlights of Jones Memorial’s Hospital Week celebrations and includes naming of the Care Champion of 2018, the 2018 Healthy Hero, and the Golden J winners.
Employees honored for 30 years of service were Mary Ellen Burdick, Linda Innamorato, and Deborah Jackson. Celebrating 25 years was Cheryl Baker, Heather Kelley, Deborah Mitchell, and Carrie Slocum. Employees honored for 20 years of service were Marlene Burdick, Natalie Grice, and Angel Schrlau. Celebrating 15 years of service were Andrew Black, Christopher Burdett, Jennifer Frungillo, Douglas Fuller, and Christine Sisson. Reaching their tenth anniversary were Elaine Austin, Layne Brainard, Christina Collins, Jason Hunt, Dr. Heather Lanphere, Julie Lehman, Peter Maslona, PA Shannon Mooney, Michael Ruhl, and Heather Vogel. Reaching their five year mark were Carol Barney, Sara Carbone, William Foster, Jr.; Dr. Keith Gembusia; Kristie Hamlin, Kim Hannon, Jessianne Hosmer, Suzanne Jackson-Mix; Taren Jaycox; Tracy Jones, Jennifer Middaugh; Beverly Nye; Sydnee Slocum; Sarah Voccola; Samantha Wagner; Breanna Willson; and Deanna Worth.
Recognized as winners of the Golden J were Sara Abbott, Sarah Cole, Christina Collins, Jaime Gleason, Karey Hanks, Kristin Ives, and Michele Monroe. The Care Champion of 2018 was Cathy Neugent; other nominated Care Champions were Melinda Fancher, Sarah Merriam, and Kimberly Mulkin. Recognized as a Health Hero was Tamara Windus.
Congratulations to each of you and thank you for your service!
PHOTO ID: Seated, left: Chris Sisson; Angel Schrlau, Breanna Willson, Chris Burdett. Standing from left, Jennifer Middaugh, Shannon Mooney, Sara Carbone, Mary Ellen Burdick; Jessianne Hosmer, Christina Collins, Andrew Black, Elaine Austin, Dr. Heather Lanphere, Sue Jackson-Mix, Samantha Wagner, Kim Hannon, Jennifer Frungillo, Marlene Burdick, and Deanna Worth. Missing from the photo were Linda Innamorato, Deb Jackson, Cheryl Baker, Heather Kelley, Debbie Mitchell, Carrie Slocum, Natalie Grice, Douglas Fuller, Layne Brainard, Jason Hunt, Julie Lehman, Peter Maslona, Mike Ruhl, Heather Vogel, Carol Barney, Billy Foster, Dr. Keith Gembusia, Kristie Hamlin, Taren Jaycox, Tracy Jones, Beverly Nye, Sydnee Slocum, and Sarah Voccola.
TRAVIS ELY, PA, JOINS DR. AXTELL'S ORTHOPAEDIC PRACTICE
WELLSVILLE, NY (May 7, 2019) – Travis Ely, PA, has joined the orthopaedic services team at Jones Memorial Hospital and is now seeing patients at the Orthopaedic Clinic at JMH. Appointments are available by calling (585) 596-2054.
A graduate of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Ely has joined Dr. Axtell’s practice, consulting and treating patients with general orthopaedic concerns, especially sports injuries. “As an athlete, the mechanical side of anatomy has always been interesting to me,” he said, explaining why he chose to specialize in orthopaedics. “I enjoyed it more than the other areas we explored during rotations at school.”
In his spare time, Mr. Ely enjoys guitar, music, golf, and running. He recently placed first in his age group at the 6th Annual GLOW 5K Run & Walk.
Welcome to Jones, Travis Ely!
DR. JACOB MILLIRON HEADS JMH PHARMACY
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 29, 2019) –Jacob Milliron, Pharm D, has joined Jones Memorial Hospital as the Director of Pharmacy. Dr. Milliron comes to JMH from Cardinal Health and UPMC Cole, where he was acting clinical pharmacy manager for the past six years.
A native of Coudersport PA, Dr. Milliron graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. He has practiced in Alaska, Pennsylvania and Now New York in a variety of care settings. His previous work experience includes focus on infectious diseases, critical care, and pharmacy practice management.
Dr. Milliron and his wife, have three children and a golden doodle, all keeping each other busy. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, cooking, and being outdoors.
Please join Jones Memorial in Welcoming Dr. Milliron to the Wellsville community!
FIELD OF FLAGS DEDICATIONS DUE MAY 17TH
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 23, 20198) – Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor all deceased members of the American armed forces. Each year, the front lawn at Jones Memorial Hospital is 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 18. The field will remain in place through Memorial Day, May 27. Each flag in the Field of Flags 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 switchboard. You may also contact Sue Kays at (607) 765-1916. Cards and donation must be returned by May 17. 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. In five years, the Field of Flags has donated over $9,500 to LEEKS.
For information or to sponsor a flag, stop by the Wellsville American Legion at 23 Jefferson Street, the JMH switchboard, or email Sue Kays at email@example.com.
GLOW 5K RUN AND WALK MOVES TO AIRPORT MAY 3
Deadline for Race T-shirts is Friday, April 19: Register Today
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 16, 2018) – The 6th Annual GLOW 5K Run & Walk will be on Friday, May 3 at the Wellsville Municipal Airport, 2600 Tarantine Drive, Wellsville.
“Our wellness program is always looking for ways to motivate and increase physical activity so we thought why not a new location for the GLOW Run & Walk,” said event chair Carrie Walker. The airport offers a paved route making it easier for participants and being a family event we wanted the route to be accessible for strollers. Registration and awards will take place in the hanger where planes will be on display and DJ’d music will be provided to get participants energized for the Run & Walk.
Register through Runsignup using the following link https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Wellsville/GLOW5KRunWalk or paper registrations can be found at the hospital switchboard or online at www.jmhny.org. Don’t forget to register by April 19th if you’d like to receive this year’s GLOW 5K tech shirt.
Registration categories and fees remain the same as last year: Under 6, free (no shirt); age 6 to 13 years, $15; and age 14 and over, $25. Prizes given to the most festively dressed individual or group. Computer Chip Timing Provided by Happily Running, Inc.
All proceeds from the race will benefit community wellness. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find registration forms and more information on the hospital website: www.jmhny.org.
HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS HONORED
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 16, 2019) – In celebration of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Jones Memorial Hospital recently honored its dedicated volunteers with a special luncheon and gifts of appreciation.
“You are so important to what we do every day,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at JMH, addressing the volunteers. “You are there to give our patients that something extra; the special touch that is so important to a community hospital like Jones Memorial. I can’t thank you enough for all you do.”
In 2018, the volunteers at Jones Memorial donated 8,368 hours in service of JMH. “The service provided by our volunteers run the gamut – we have volunteers in nearly every department at Jones,” said Carrie Walker, Executive Director of Human Resources at JMH. “If you translate those hours into a paid, minimum wage position, our volunteers donated $92,884 in 2018. That said, what the volunteers do for Jones Memorial is priceless.”
JMH Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Keib noted that volunteers are always need. “There are so many opportunities for volunteering at Jones; nearly every department in the hospital benefits from having a volunteer,” she said. To find out what volunteer opportunities are currently available at Jones Memorial, please contact Lisa at (585) 596-4019 or by email, email@example.com.
Photo Caption: Some of the JMH volunteers who attended the special appreciation luncheon held in their honor were, left, front left, Ruth Edwards, Lyle Edwards, and Gretchen Probst. Back left, Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Keib, Kathy Whitesell, Ryann Milligan, Liz Billings, Judy Easton, Kay Eicher, Lorraine Walsh, Kathryn Gilbert, Patty Sherman, Della Gross, Beth Ludden, Jan Mattison, Sylvia Masin, Betty Stoll, and Dot Martelle. Back left, Wade Stempert and Don Cinque.
PHARMACY TECH BIZZY PERRIN NATIONALLY CERTIFIED
WELLSVILLE, NY (April 1, 2019) – Jones Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that Pharmacy Tech Elizabeth Perrin has earned a two-year certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, a national certification program. In order to achieve this certification, Bizzy had to prepare for and successfully complete a 90-question exam. Bizzy earned her certification in Sterile IV Compounding in August 2018.
As a pharmacy tech, Ms. Perrin’s responsibilities include filling daily medication requests for patients, internal hospital departments, and the Jones Memorial Medical Practices. She also processes billing for the offsite clinics and maintains and orders medications for the pharmacy inventory. Her certifications and experience make her an invaluable part of the pharmacy team. “Certified pharmacy techs bring an increased level of patient safety and a higher standard of care,” said Donna Bliven, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Jones. “Bizzy is a valuable member of the pharmacy staff and we are proud of her continued commitment to our patients.”
Bizzy has been working in the pharmacy at JMH since August 2018, having started as a Rehab Tech in the rehabilitation department. Bizzy lives in Wellsville.
CONNOR RITTWAGE: NEW JMH INFECTION PREVENTIONIST
WELLSVILLE, NY (February 11, 2019) – Connor Rittwage, MPH, CHES, is the new Infection Preventionist at Jones Memorial Hospital.
As the hospital’s Infection Preventionist, Connor is a resource for all staff in the area of preventing and controlling the spread of infectious disease within the hospital and medical practices. Connor holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Toledo. He also has a Bachelors in Health Science from Lock Haven University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.
“We are pleased to have someone with Connor’s experience and expertise on the clinical team here at Jones,” said Donna Bliven, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Jones. “As the Infection Preventionist, Connor will work with the clinical staff to help provide a safe environment for our patients.”
In addition to his position at Jones, Connor works remotely as the epidemiologist at seven health departments in Ohio. Epidemiologists collect and study data to find patterns that can be used to identify public health crises and determine appropriate solutions.
A native of the Philadelphia area, Connor now lives in Genesee, Pa with his wife Mariah and three dogs. Welcome to Jones Memorial Connor!
CELEBRATING CARDIAC REHAB WEEK AT JMH
WELLSVILLE, NY (February 6, 2019) – The heart has it in February! This is when we celebrate American Heart Month, Wear Red For Women Day, Valentine’s Day, and, during the week of February 10-16, National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. This year’s theme, “Making Positive Changes, One Beat at a Time,” honors the patients, families, and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to cardiac rehabilitation as a vehicle for a healthy lifestyle.
Heart disease is one of the most common leading causes of death in individuals in the United States, with most individuals having one or more risk factors associated with heart disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, being overweight, or smoking. Proper nutrition and regular physical exercise can help reduce the risk factors associated with heart disease. Here are some additional tips for a healthy heart!
- Aim for at least thirty minutes of cardiovascular exercise - walking, jogging, or running - three to five days of the week. Include strength training with weights two to three days of the week. This will help individuals to build endurance, strength, stamina, and strengthen the muscles of the heart.
- Instead of sitting on the couch while watching television try to incorporate exercise such as riding a stationary bike while watching television.
- Remember to drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated. Seventy percent of the body is composed of water and water is lost during sweating and other activities. The body needs a proper amount of water to function and to be healthy.
- Sleep is very important for the health of the body. Seven to eight hours of regular uninterrupted sleep is important to allow the body to rest, recover, and function properly.
- Skip the sweets and sugars and opt for more heart healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain, and low fat dairy. Eating heart healthy foods can aid in weight loss and help individuals to reduce the risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
The Cardiac Rehab Program at Jones Memorial Hospital includes supervised cardiac rehab services. The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinicians on staff work with individuals to improve their quality of life through monitored exercise and nutritional education. Do your part for your heart!
For more information about Jones Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program please contact Devin Matthews at (585)-593-1100 ext. 5371 or check out our website: www.jmhny.org.
JMH EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST CERTIFIED IN CARDIAC REHAB
WELLSVILLE, NY (February 5, 2019) – Jones Memorial Hospital Exercise Physiologist and Cardiac Rehab Lead Devin Matthews is now a Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional after successfully completing the coursework and exam from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. This is a three-year certification.
After graduating from the College of Brockport Exercise Physiology program, Devin joined the rehab team at JMH. His current responsibilities include the management of the cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is designed to help people recover faster and return to full, productive lives after being hospitalized with a heart event. Qualifying diagnoses or procedures include heart attack, balloon angioplasty, stent placement, bypass surgery, valve surgery, heart transplantation, and heart failure. Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps people with lung disease or other lung conditions cope with the daily limitations of shortness of breath.
“Both programs include exercise and education,” Devin said, noting that the classes are group sessions but he works with the individual patients to design an exercise regime based on his or her own physical capabilities and limitations. “The education classes include disease specific information as well as counseling on nutrition, medications, exercise, emotional issues and stress management,” he said.
Devin currently lives in Hornell and is an avid golfer. Congratulations Devin!
DR. MILLER MEMORIAL FUND USED TO PURCHASE FOR WOMENS HEALTH OFFICES
WELLSVILLE, NY (January 28, 2019) – When the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Memorial Fund was established, the purpose was clear: all funds donated would be used for projects and equipment that benefit the women and children in this community. Recently, new equipment was purchased to enhance the ultrasound services provided by the hospital’s OB/GYN providers!
“The Dr. F. Clifton Miller Memorial Fund was established as a way to continue the legacy of Dr. Miller, a physician who spent his entire 40-year career in Wellsville providing care for countless women and delivering over 8,400 babies,” explained Jodi Pearson, Foundation Coordinator of the Jones Memorial Hospital Foundation. “We are excited that the first equipment purchased will benefit both mothers and babies – two V-Scan hand held ultrasounds.”
Pocket sized and portable, the V-Scans are available for all the OB providers at the Jones Memorial Women and Children’s Health offices in Wellsville and in Hornell. “Using the hand held ultrasound assists with visualization of an early pregnancy during office visits,” explained Dr. LuAnn Kaye, who provides family practice with OB. “In the first trimester especially, it can be reassuring to the patient to be able to see the baby right away.”
“Being able to do a quick scan when the patient comes in for her appointment is very efficient and she can see her baby very early in her pregnancy,” said Dr. Heather Lanphere, adding that a traditional ultrasound can provide more detail. “Either way – handheld or traditional – we have the latest ultrasound technology at our practice and our patients are very excited that they can see their baby during their office visit as needed.”
JMH employees, providers, patients, and community members generously provided the funds to establish the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Trust Fund. The fund is on-going and donations can be made anytime. Funding also came from donors who purchased a brick for the memorial wall outside the Maternity Unit in honor of Dr. Miller or babies that have been born at Jones. It is overseen by a committee that includes Dr. Lanphere, (Dr. Miller’s daughter); Dianna Miller Emrick, (Dr. Miller’s widow); Dr. Kaye, who shared his office; and fellow medical staff members Dr. Andres Rubert, OB/GYN, and Dr. James Edmonston, General Surgeon. It was Dr. Edmonston’s vision to honor Dr. Miller by establishing this fund.
If you would like more information about how you can support the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Trust Fund, and/or would like to purchase a brick to be added to the memorial wall, please contact Jodi Pearson at (585) 596-2053.
Photo Caption: Dr. Heather Lanphere demonstrates the new V-Scan Hand Held Ultrasound - with permission from patient Makayla Rogers - to Dr. LuAnn Kaye and Dianna Miller Emrick.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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. 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.”