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Wellsville, NY (March 25, 2024) --- On April 1, 2024, the Jones Memorial Urgent Care will begin expanded hours, opening its clinic seven days a week, from 11am – 7pm. Two new providers have joined the JMH Urgent Care team. Kerime Perese, NP and Jessica Lippa, FNP will join the team and provide almost exclusive patient care to the Urgent Care center.


Stated Brenda Szabo, VP of Specialty Services, “We are proud to be able to expand this service to our community and we’re thrilled to have such talented providers joining our team.” She went on to emphasize how important it is to keep rural healthcare local. “We recognize the need to keep as many services local as possible. Our patients don’t want to drive over an hour for routine issues and expanding our urgent care capabilities helps to expand access and keep healthcare local.”

The center will also now provide DOT physicals and pre-employment screenings by appointment only. Please call 585-596-2042 for more information.

The Jones Memorial Urgent Care clinic is located across from the lab inside the hospital. Urgent care is for non-emergency related issues only, including coughs, abdominal pain, cuts, earaches, falls, sprains, infections, minor burns, rashes, sore throat and upper respiratory infections. For emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or visit the Jones Memorial Emergency Department. For more information or to use the “On my way” feature, please visit



The family of Bryar Collins donates to the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Trust in honor of their son

collins family at Jones Memorial


On Wednesday, February 28, on the second floor of the Jones Memorial Hospital, the OB team, administrators and nurses gathered to celebrate the extraordinary gift given by the family of Bryar James Collins.  His family raised money by asking for birthday donations to the hospital in lieu of presents for their son’s first birthday, totaling $1,400. Watching little Bryar run through the halls on his toddler feet was an amazing sight – because the true gift in this story is him.

A Routine Procedure Takes A Turn

His life is by all accounts is a miracle. On February 2, 2023, Bryar’s mom, Hilary Briggs, came to Jones Memorial for her induction. After a routine epidural, the procedure took a turn and quickly became an emergency situation when the baby’s umbilical cord detached from the placenta. Bryar lost over 70% of his blood and went without oxygen for 17 minutes. After an emergency c-section, Dr. Kaye and Dr. Kassas started chest compressions on  the baby while Dr. Lanphere continued to care for Hilary. The baby was without a heartbeat for 9 minutes before the team was able to restart his tiny heart. Dr. Kassas remembers the tears pouring from Nurse Alycia Frost as she performed chest compressions on the tiny baby, while Nurse Cierra Dean continued to keep everyone supplied and lines of communication clear.

Dr. Kassas remembered back to that day, saying, “Everyone knew what they had to do and did it flawlessly.” He went on to praise the hospital team stating, “If we hadn’t had one piece, from the team to  the equipment to the supplies to the bloodbank, it wouldn’t have worked. Our team was ready.” He explained that this is a very rare complication that has never been seen at Jones but he was proud of the nurses and staff that came together that day to work on little Bryar with the help of some incredible outside support. “He defied all medical logic. The Lord was with him.”

Our Local Miracle

Today, Bryar is a year old and thriving. He is walking already and is a beloved little brother to his big sister, Hadley. Miraculously, Bryar has no lasting complications from his extraordinary birth. His mom and dad, Hilary & Bryan are grateful to the doctors and staff at Jones for their love and dedication.

[Our] son is a true miracle baby, and he would not be here without Jones and the staff working that day. He had an 8 day stay in the NICU at Oishei. EVERY single day Dr. Kaye checked in on him and me, sometimes 2, 3, 4 times a day. She is an amazing woman, and we are so blessed to have her in our community. Along with Lanphere and Kassas, both of which still check in on us and ask for updates on Bryar.”

Paying it Forward

The hospital is thankful for the family’s donation to the Dr. F Clifton Miller Trust. Those funds are used to advance women’s & children’s health services. The family will receive a plaque on the wall outside of the birthing unit. If you are interested in learning more about donating to the Miller Fund, please contact Jodi Pearson at Plaque donations start at $250. 

A Critical Component

About 1 in every 7 people that enter a local hospital will need blood. The need is constant – about every 2 seconds in the US and over 41,000 donations daily. Jones Memorial Hospital works with Community Blood Bank to support a community blood bank in Western NY so every donation received stays in our local community.

Blood donors can potentially save up to 3 lives with their donation. Since 1966, Community Blood Bank has been distributing blood supplies to 19 area hospitals in NY and PA. For more information on the next blood drive or to make an appointment, please visit:



A Colorado man visiting Western NY is grateful to the doctors, staff and Jones family, as well as UR Medicine system after a life-saving double lung transplant surgery in July of 2023.

A Poor Prognosis

In January of 2022, Patrick (Shon) Whitley was diagnosed with COPD and Fibrosis after working with asbestos and environmental clean ups throughout his adult life. There was significant scar tissue in his lungs at that time but the pulmonologists he spoke with gave him about 12 years before any real damage would start to occur. He was also told that nothing more could be done for him. Mr. Whitley, an admitted avid smoker as well, knew the prognosis from working with asbestos and was prepared for this news. 

Unfortunately, no one predicted how fast his lungs would begin to deteriorate and by July, his lung capacity was fading quickly. While driving through Western NY, he struggled to breath and was quickly admitted to the Jones Memorial Emergency Department and then to ICU.

During his stay, he was put on 3 liters of oxygen and given a grave prognosis. At the current rate of deterioration, he only had about 2-2.5 years to live. However, Mr. Whitley met with local pulmonologist, Dr. Picco, who discussed the possibility of a lung transplant with him, and they decided to get to work.

Fighting Against The Odds

There would be obstacles. Mr. Whitley would need quit smoking immediately. He did. He would also struggle with months of insurance negotiations and red tape, while his lungs continued to get worse. In October of 2022, Shon was admitted to the hospital again with fluid in his lungs. His blood oxygen level at that time was only 76. At that point, it was determined that Mr. Whitley would need to stop working for his own health and safety. His oxygen was increased and he would need to remain on O2 24/7. His prognosis was lowered to just 6 months – year to live.

A Turning Point

On June 16, 2023, Mr. Whitley was admitted again to the Emergency Department at Jones with oxygen levels dropping to dangerous levels. Due to a planned O2 shutdown at the hospital, Mr. Whitley was taken by ambulance to Strong Memorial. He remained in the ICU at Strong until July 7th when the medical team made the difficult decision to fly Shon by medical jet to NYC to await his lung transplant. While his providers were skeptical about the journey, Mr. Whitley was determined.

A Successful Donor

After a successful trip to NY and with his lung capacity at just 12%, Mr. Whitley was placed on the transplant list on July 19. His doctors were concerned that he would need an ecmo, before the lung donor was found.

However, a viable match was found just a few days later on July 24th. On July 25th, Mr. Whitley went in for a life-saving 13 hour double lung transplant surgery.

Looking Toward the Future

During his time in the hospital, Mr. Whitley made several lasting friendships. He remembers one of the nurses at Jones who sat with him for hours and even brought him a teddy bear after her shift and was moved by her desire to help, even though she was “off the clock.” He also recalls conversations and friendships forged with nurses, doctors, physical therapists, and housekeeping staff here at Jones Memorial – some relationships that extend through today.

Shon is a dedicated and strong individual who now works out 4x/day to stay strong. While waiting for surgery, his nurses would joke that you could set your watch to his workouts with his incentive spirometer (or flutter machine) – every 15 minutes, like clockwork.

Today, Shon looks forward to spending time with family, going hunting and fishing and working with horses. He is forever grateful to Dr. Picco for giving him this chance and opportunity. Now, he mentors other patients preparing for their lung transplant surgeries or on the road to recovery.

Essential Element

Organ donation is a critical component of Whitley’s life-saving surgery.

In the U.S., there are more than 115,000 people waiting for organ transplants, including about 9,500 in New York. Those figures far exceed the number of organs donated each year, according to the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network.

About 35% percent of eligible New Yorkers are registered organ donors. Nationally, 58% percent of eligible adults are registered organ donors. A donor can save as many as eight lives.

The shortage of organs means very sick patients must wait longer for life-saving surgeries. Sadly, 20 of them die each day before an organ becomes available. Anyone age 16 and older can enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry:

  • online at;
  • at the Department of Motor Vehicles;
  • applying for health care benefits through the New York Health Exchange;
  • registering to vote; or
  • using UR Medicine’s MyChart patient portal.


MRI machine delivered to Jones MemorialWELLSVILLE, NY (October 25, 2023) ---On September 12, Jones Memorial closed down the medical parking lot to welcome a new GE MRI machine. The 14 ton magnet was hoisted into the building using a specialized forklift and will be located in the new MRI tower within the expansion at Jones Memorial Hospital.

Says Jen Frungillo, director of Medical Imaging, “This new equipment will expand medical imaging access by decreasing scan times.” She went on to say, “The new scanner cuts scan times on some tests by up to half. For patients who were unable to sit for the long MRI scans in the older machines, this is a huge opportunity to increase access.” Frungillo added that the tunnel is also larger for greater accessibility.

The new MRI tower adds an MRI registration area, holding area, and changing rooms in addition to the new technology. Says Jim Helms, CEO, “The new MRI tower greatly improves the patient experience. We’re excited to be able to expand our medical imaging services in the region and hope to continue to expand patient access to high quality care through advanced medical imaging in our local communities.” 

The new machine is expected to be available to the public by late- November. For more information on medical imaging services available at Jones Memorial Hospital, please call 585-596-4013 or visit



Colleen Truax, FNPWELLSVILLE, NY (October 24, 2023) --- Jones Memorial Hospital is proud to welcome back Colleen Truax, FNP, to their general surgery unit working with Dr. Du Nguyen.


An Allegany County native, Colleen started at Jones in 2005 and remained with the hospital for 12 years, leaving as the Director of ICU and Cardiopulmonary. During her time at JMH, Colleen received her BSN and MSN degrees from Roberts Wesleyan College. She went on to receive an FNP certificate from Bradley University.

Colleen is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Heart Association for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Basic Life Support, as well Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Colleen was also recognized in 2022 as one of America’s Top Nurses in “Today’s Nurse.”

Most recently, Colleen has worked in a specialty clinic for Maria Parham Healthcare- Duke Lifepoint Healthcare for Gastroenterology/ Hepatology, caring for and treating patients with a multitude of GI disorders and diseases such as IBS, Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, GERD, peptic ulcers, pancreatic insufficiency, and liver diseases.

Said, Jim Helms, CEO, “We’re thrilled to have Colleen back at Jones Memorial. Her experience and dedication to rural healthcare are invaluable to our patients and our hospital.”

Colleen has been married for 33 years to her husband, Clayton. They have two children, four granddaughters and another grandchild on the way. Colleen enjoys reading, knitting, crocheting, and gardening, as well as spending time with family and friends.


Shelby Knapp, FNPWELLSVILLE, NY (October 12, 2023) ---Jones Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Shelby Knapp, FNP to the Bolivar Primary Care practice.  

Shelby received her Master’s in Family Nurse Practitioner in 2023 from Wilkes University and has a passion for rural health. She has worked as an RN in inpatient care, and has experience in outpatient care management and wound care. She is also specialized in critical care, emergency medicine, inpatient medical-surgical, and mental health services. Most recently, Shelby worked as a Care Manager at the Finger Lakes VA providing outpatient care.

“As a board-certified Registered Nurse and FNP, Shelby brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in rural healthcare and is an asset to our team at Jones,” states Carrie Walker, VP of Practice Management and Professional Services.

Shelby will be seeing patients in Bolivar starting November 13. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 585-928-1600.



WELLSVILLE, NY: (September 29, 2023) --- Jones Memorial Hospital will open a new family practice office in Alfred on October 2. The new office will be located at 35 Glen St. Dr. Ryan Nightingale and Molly Dempsey, FNP will see patients at the new location on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through the new year.

“We’ve often stated that, one of our hospital’s main goals is to increase access to healthcare services for our community” states Jim Helms, Jones Memorial Hospital CEO. He went on to share, “Access to quality care is so important and this new office will allow patients to access quality care close to home. We’re continuing our commitment to care in the region and hope to support healthcare initiatives for the Alfred residents.”

An expanded renovation will continue to take place at the new office and is expected to be completed by late February.  An official open house will be planned for the site in early spring.

Dr. Nightingale and Dempsey will both treat patients of all ages - from pediatric to geriatric. We’re excited for this new expansion!


Devin Thompson, MDWELLSVILLE, NY (September 27, 2023) – Jones Memorial Hospital is proud to welcome Dr. Devin Thompson to the medical practices team. He joins the office at 12 Martin St. in Wellsville. Please call the office at 585-593-4250 to make an appointment.

Dr. Devin Thompson, a physician hailing from the South Bronx, brings a diverse background that integrates information technology and medicine. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and received training at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, allowing him to offer a distinctive blend of clinical expertise and information technology skills. 

Exhibiting expertise across a broad spectrum of medical procedures, Dr. Thompson performs everything from incisions and drainage to joint injections. Furthermore, his proficiency seamlessly extends into the realm of electronic medical records and database management, where he has a track record of enhancing healthcare systems, crafting medical applications, and optimizing operational processes. This multifaceted skill set underscores his deep enthusiasm for the harmonious integration of these two domains. 

With a Medical Degree from Howard University and dual Bachelor's degrees—one in Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry, and another in Computer Information Systems—Dr. Thompson is well-prepared to contribute to the ongoing advancement of healthcare technology and patient care. 

“We’re excited to have Dr Thompson join the team at Jones Memorial Hospital and Martin St Primary Care,” stated Carrie Walker, VP Practice Management. “His experience in family medicine and dedication to quality patient care are an asset to the Jones team.”

In his professional journey, Dr. Thompson has gained valuable experience as a Senior Business Analyst, Data Analyst, and consultant at Montefiore Medical Center, further refining his analytical and problem-solving abilities. He is also a respected member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Outside of his professional pursuits, Dr. Thompson finds fulfillment in mentoring, construction, and a variety of outdoor activities. Driven by a deep commitment to his work and a strong connection to the spirit of the Bronx, Dr. Thompson is eager to use his unique skill set to make a meaningful impact in the healthcare field. 


Alicia McInroy, PNPWELLSVILLE, NY (September 20, 2023) – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Alicia McInroy, is now seeing pediatric patients from birth to 18. Her office is part of the Jones Memorial Women’s & Children’s Health Services. Please call the office at 585-596-2040 to make an appointment.

Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, Alicia has been an RN for over five years working in surgical, emergency and pediatric settings. After earning her BSN at SUNY Brockport, she attended University of Rochester for her MSN as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Alicia is a NYS licensed Registered Nurse. She has also earned American Heart Association certification in Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS), and Basic Life Support (BLS).

“We’re thrilled to have someone with Alicia’s experience and compassion joining our team,” said Carrie Walker, VP Practice Management. “Pediatric services are such a vital necessity for our community, and we know that Alicia will provide the highest level of patient care to Allegany County and our surrounding region.”

A native of Dansville, Alicia has been working as an RN at Stony Brook Pediatrics for more than three years and as a Med/Surg charge nurse. She and her husband have three children. Alicia enjoys the outdoors, camping and reading. She also enjoys spending time with her fur babies – a golden doodle and two golden retrievers.

Please call 585-596-2040 to request an appointment today.


SUZANNEMALEWELLSVILLE, NY (August 29, 2023) – Suzanne Male has been named the Community Relations and Marketing Coordinator at Jones Memorial Hospital.

“We are excited to have someone with Suzanne’s experience taking on this very important role,” said Jim Helms, CEO at Jones.  “Community Relations, which includes marketing as well as critical and timely communications to the public, is essential in the healthcare industry.  Suzanne’s broad industry background and knowledge of surrounding communities are going to be extremely beneficial to Jones Memorial.”

A graduate of SUNY Geneseo, Suzy earned her Master’s in Business Administration in Marketing at Southern New Hampshire University. In her new role, she will be responsible for internal and external communications and publications, social media and website management and content, as well as event planning.

A native of Belfast, Suzy and her husband and family live in Arkport. Her hobbies include skiing, horseback riding and hiking.

Welcome to Jones, Suzy Male!


JenScheibleWELLSVILLE, NY (August 15, 2023) -- Jennifer Scheible, BSN, RN, MHA, has been named the Senior Director of Nursing / Quality Management Director at Jones Memorial Hospital. Jennifer is the first person to take on the combined roles of senior director of nursing and director of quality management. “When the decision was made to combine these two important roles, we were looking for someone who not only appreciates the challenges of rural healthcare but has experience in both these areas,” said Sandra Watkins, MS, RN, Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at Jones. “Jennifer had everything we were looking for. She has worked in all areas of nursing as well as nursing administration, quality improvement, and patient satisfaction and safety.” Jennifer may look familiar because she was on the Jones Memorial nursing and nursing management teams from 2012 to 2017. She comes back to Jones from her most recent tenure at UPMC Cole in Coudersport, PA. “When the opportunity came up to use my skills and experience to help my hometown hospital and community, I was very excited,” she said. In her new role, Jennifer will be responsible for quality management, case management, patient experience, as well as nursing operations. Jennifer lives in Wellsville with her husband Keith and their 2 children Addison and Wyatt. Please join us in welcoming Jennifer Scheible!


calendarWELLSVILLE, NY (August 14, 2023) -- Ann Comstock, left, and Jackie Comstock recently delivered a check for $1000 to Jones CEO Jim Helms. The funds are part of the proceeds from the sale of the 2023 calendar they produced and printed. All proceeds are donated to various community organizations. Ann and Jackie credit Angela Glickstein with the idea to feature historic photos of people and places from Wellsville’s past in a calendar. A few 2023 calendars are still available at Tami’s Floral Expressions in Wellsville. Keep your eyes peeled for the 2024 calendar, which will be available later this year.



BLANKETS FOR ERWELLSVILLE, NY (August 30, 2023) -- Doreen Taylor, a member of the JMH Auxiliary’s Lilac Twig, recently delivered eight blankets made by members of the Lilac Twig for patients in the Emergency Department.

Emergency Department nurse Darcy Silsby, RN, accepts the gift on behalf of the hospital. Thank you to the Lilac Twig members for the kind and thoughtful gift to our patients.

The blankets are given to patients who need a little extra comfort during a trip to the ER. "Children are especially appreciative of the blankets.



HEMLOCK TWIG GIFTWELLSVILLE, NY (June 21, 2023) – When Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Hemlock Twig received a donation in memory of Gladys “Happy” Kelley, the group asked for a “wish list” of items that would benefit the patients. From that list, the group decided on a Roku for the hospice room, four pill crushers, and three activity aprons, which are for patients with dementia. There aprons have ties, zippers, and buttons to keep the patient’s hands busy. Accepting the generous and thoughtful gift on behalf of the hospital is Katie Wallace, RN, left, who thanked Happy Kelley’s daughter Ann Sobeck   and Caren Gibson.




stroke certificationWELLSVILLE, NY (June 29, 2023) – Jones Memorial Hospital has been received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Silver Performance Award for the care they provide stroke patients, as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association®.

The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association recertified Jones Memorial Hospital as a Primary Stroke Center. Celebrating this accomplishment in photo are, from left, Sandra Watkins, MS RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services; Mona Carbone, Jones Memorial’s Stroke Coordinator; and Jim Helms, CEO at Jones.

.”The Get With The Guidelines - Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care,” explained Sandra Watkins, BSN, Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at Jones. “We are committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines and putting proven knowledge to work on a daily basis, which helps patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure more people in our community can experience longer, healthier lives.”

To qualify for this designation, the Jones team demonstrated how the hospital is committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to the receipt of accreditation from the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, Jones Memorial is proud to accept this award as recognition for serving our community.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times. Please remember to always think F.A.S.T.


WELLSVILLE, NY (June 22, 2023) – For over 30 years, the RidgeWalk & Run has brought hundreds of people to Wellsville for this premier fitness event.  Set for Sunday, October 15, you can register today for this family, fitness event.

By registering for the RidgeWalk, walkers and runners of all ages and fitness levels have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage on the hills and trails in Alma, New York. Some of the trails are on private property and only open to the public during the RidgeWalk. From the 2-mile relaxing walk through the woods to the competitive 25K run, the RidgeWalk has something for everyone.

For more information can be found at From now until September 17th, discounted registration fees are available on all of the walking and running events.

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. All events conclude on a gorgeous horse farm with festivities including music, food, and kids’ activities.  

 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 most recently completed project was the extension of the River Walk Trail under the bridge on Route 417 so that it resumes on the other side of the highway. This improves the safety for those using the trail and expands our walkable community.

“The success of the RidgeWalk – and the reason we are still here to celebrate 30 years – is because of our volunteers, our participants, and our sponsors,” said Jim Helms, CEO at Jones and co-chairman of the event.

Find more information and registration links at Stay current with the event by liking “RidgeWalk & Run” on Facebook.

Grand Raffle Tickets Available Now!

WELLSVILLE, NY (June 20, 2023) -- The representatives for the 2023 Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Royal Court have been announced!  As part of a long-time tradition, the Auxiliary Twigs and several community organizations sponsor a young person to sell tickets to the Grand Raffle with the candidate who sells the most tickets announced at the Auxiliary’s Gala & Silent Auction in November.

hemlockMadelyn Muurisepp is the candidate representing the Hemlock Twig. Madelyn’s parents are Megan and Nick Freeman and Matt and Vanessa Muurisepp. A junior at Wellsville High School, she is secretary of the student council and a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams. She is also involved in the school’s theater program and WAVE, the Wellsville-Area Voice Ensemble. Madelyn is on the high honor roll and is interested in community service. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, singing, acting, and playing with her dogs and her sister. After graduation she plans to attend college and pursue acting.

mapleThe Maple Twig candidate this year is Marissa Weinhauer of Wellsville. The daughter of Jamie Bump and Larry Weinhauer, Marissa is a junior at Wellsville High School where she is a member of the scholastic challenge team. Marissa is a member of the track and field team and the cheer squad that recently placed fifth in the NYS finals. In her spare time, she enjoys reading. Marissa works at Fishers Pharmacy in Wellsville and her future plans include attending college where she will study forensic science.

OliveEryn McDowell, the daughter of Eric and Emma McDowell, is the Olive Twig candidate and a junior at Wellsville High School. Eryn is a member of the school’s competitive fall and winter cheer team. She is also an assistant dance teacher at Heidi Noel’s Performing Arts Center, and assistant choreographer for community theater. A member of the high honor roll, Eryn enjoys reading, camping, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. She is employed at the Wellsville Country Club and plans to attend Alfred University to major in Business and minor in psychology.

RotaryThe Rotary Club candidate this year is Shaeleigh Fisk, the daughter of Mary and Mike Fisk.  A member of the Wellsville High School International Club, Shaeleigh is also on the track team and the high honor roll. Her hobbies include running, swimming, reading, and pottery. She also enjoys cooking. An employee at Tops and the Beef Haus, she plans to attend college to enter the medical field and plans to become a pediatrician.


SororityThe Beta Gamma Phi sorority has chosen Brooklyn Dahlgren, the daughter of Erin and Jeremy Dahlgren, to represent the group this year. Brooklyn attends Wellsville High School and is part of the yearbook design team as well as the school’s volleyball and indoor and outdoor track teams. Brooklyn holds the school high jump record. In addition to being in the top ten of her class, she is on the high honor roll. She enjoys reading and writing as well as outdoor activities like camping and biking. She is interested in community projects and is considering attending college to study graphic design after graduation.

mulberryKeenan O’Connor is representing the Mulberry Twig. The son of Teresa and Christopher O’Connor, Keenan is part of the local community theater. He attends Wellsville High School where he is a member of the tennis, volleyball, soccer teams. He is also part of the school theater program and plays trumpet. In his spare time, Keenan enjoys sketching, long walks, performing, and spending time with family. He also enjoys working out and Transformers. His future plans include college and he is considering culinary school.

LionsThe Wellsville Lions Club is sponsoring Abigail Lanphier. Her parents are Ashley Kear, Scott Lanphier, Steve Kear, and Wendy Frungillo. Abigail is on the competitive cheer team at Wellsville High School. An honor roll student, she enjoys drawing and painting, as well as spending time with her dogs. She works at Burger King in Wellsville and plans to attend college for nursing when she graduates.


WlsvInvestMcKenna Wonderling is representing the Wellsville Investment Group on the Royal Court. The daughter of Heather and Rick Wonderling, McKenna attends Wellsville High School where her activities include the yearbook, theater, and the International Club. She plays on the varsity tennis and track teams and was named a Section V Scholar Athlete. A regular on the high honor roll, McKenna enjoys crocheting, playing guitar, as well as making jewelry. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and listening to music. Currently employed at Fishers Pharmacy, her future plans include becoming a professional photographer.

Please support these young people and the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary by purchasing tickets to the Grand Raffle. The 2023 Gala & Silent Auction will be held at the Wellsville Country Club on Saturday, November 11th.


WELLSVILLE, NY (June 14, 2023) – When a newborn needs care in the operating room a radiant warmer, resuscitation equipment, a scale, and monitors for tracking the baby’s vitals must all be close at hand.  While this has required several separate pieces of equipment go with the expecting mother to the OR, the new GE Panda Warmer - a recent gift from Dr. Zahi and Rayana Kassas – integrates all of this in one efficient and user-friendly piece of equipment.

The Panda Warmer is a state of the art, all-in-one neonatal radiant warmer/resuscitator equipped with a pulse oximeter, oxygen blender, monitoring gauges, suction and an integrated scale. This new equipment is a complement to the modern changes taking place in the OR as a result of the Transformation and Modernization project now going on at Jones. 

“The Panda warmer assists the staff in getting emergent cases from OB to the OR faster with less equipment to take downstairs,” explained Amanda Green, BSN, Director of Maternal Health, noting that there are approximately 140 C-Section deliveries a year and that the warmer will be used for each one. “Once the renovations to the OR are complete, the warmer will be housed in a dedicated space in one of the OR rooms, which will allow the Panda to be connected to a permanent oxygen source rather than a tank.”

Thank you, Dr. and Mrs. Kassas, for your generosity and caring.

Photo Caption: Dr. Zahi Kassas discusses the advantages of the new Panda Warmer with Kari Zwiefka, Director of Surgical Services; and Amanda Green, Director of Maternal Health.


AndoverOfficeWELLSVILLE, NY (June 13, 2023) -- On June 26th, the Jones Memorial Family Practice office in Andover will be relocated to the newly renovated space at 13 Main Street. Patients will be welcomed at the new office beginning June 27th.

For over a year crews have been working to transform half of the former Maier’s Market building into a beautiful, modern 3800-square-foot medical office. The new location has six exam rooms, a separate treatment room, a blood draw station, and offices to support three providers.

“One of the hospital’s goals is to expand the available healthcare services for residents in Andover and the surrounding community,” said Jim Helms, CEO at Jones, noting that the area is an important population center in eastern Allegany County. “Access to care is so important and this expanded office not only solidifies our commitment to providing the best quality healthcare close to home, but will allow us to bring in other specialty providers to consult and treat patients there in the future.”

An official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, August 2 at 2 pm at the new office. All are welcome to meet the providers and tour the new space.

Photo Caption: The team at the Andover office of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices is gearing up for the big move to a new office at 13 Main Street in Andover. From left, Dr. Ryan Nightingale, Bonnie Meyers, Receptionist; Megan Sexton, LPN; Miranda Phelps, Office Manager; Dorene Burrows, Receptionist; Ann Mullins, NP; Denise Nevol, Receptionist; Aimee Davison, LPN; Alexis Niedermaier, NP; and Renee Evingham, LPN.


MANSOUR-ADRIANWELLSVILLE, NY (June 5, 2023) – When John Adrian jammed his pinky on a railing last October, he heard it pop. He figured it was dislocated so continued what he was doing. But the pain continued and his pinky was no longer straight – in fact it drooped to one side – so he knew it was more than a sprain and headed to the nearest Emergency Department.

There X-rays determined that the break was caused by enchondroma, a benign bone tumor that causes the brittleness in the bone it is attached to. In John’s case, his finger was fractured above the knuckle and the bone was crushed and splintered. The x-ray clearly showed that John needed to consult an orthopaedic surgeon. He was advised that he should see someone with hand expertise because “fingers are finicky and if you don’t do them right, they never recover.”

As luck would have it, Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Ali Mansour had recently joined the Orthopaedic team at Jones Memorial Hospital. Dr. Mansour has extensive experience in hand surgery and is very familiar with enchondroma. “The tumor lives in the bone, making it weaker and more prone to break,” said Dr. Mansour. “When a patient has a problem – like John – the tumor will show up on an x-ray. Sometimes the tumor is silent, but sometimes it may cause finger pain or fracture.” After meeting with Dr. Mansour, John was confident that he was in good hands.

Because John’s late wife, Jackie, was undergoing cancer treatment at the time, her appointments were his focus and priority. “Jackie’s appointments came first and the surgery team did everything they could to accommodate me,” he said. “By the time I got to surgery, Dr, Mansour had to re-break my finger and clean out the tumor before putting it back together with pins.”

John started Occupational Therapy a few weeks later at Jones Memorial twice a week. “Kristie Schleigh was wonderful,” he said of his Occupational Therapist. “She evaluated my finger to see how much I could move it and gave me exercises to take home and do between visits. I couldn’t do much of anything so I was glad I could do something productive. She encouraged me to do as much as could. She was a wonderful help – I wouldn’t be as far along without her.”

John’s recovery has gone very well.  The goal of Occupational Therapy is to make both hands the same and John said he is well within that goal and is calling it a full recovery. He continues to do the exercises when he feels it getting stiff.  There is a very small chance that enchondroma could reoccur so Dr. Mansour will continue to monitor and take images of John’s hand.

“If you look at the x-ray now, you don’t see anything,” John noted. “I am so happy with all the team at Jones did for me and continue to do. Jones is a great hospital – Jackie was so right: Jones truly cares and treats you like family.”

From surgery through rehab, Jones Memorial Hospital has a full-range of orthopaedic services. Find out more on the website:

PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Ali Mansour, Orthopaedic surgeon, consults with John Adrian about his progress following hand surgery last fall.


DempseyWELLSVILLE, NY (May 30, 2023) – Jones Memorial Hospital has announced that Molly Dempsey, FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner), is welcoming new patients at the  Jones Memorial Family Practice at 12 Martin Street in Wellsville. To make an appointment, please call 607-247-1059.

A board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Molly has been an RN for over eight years in both inpatient and outpatient settings. After earning her BSN at Alfred State College, she attended Utica University for her MSN. Molly is a NYS licensed Family Nurse Practitioner, certified FNP by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has also earned American Heart Association certification in Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS), Advance Cardiovascular Life Support (ALS), and Basic Life Support (BLS)

“Molly has a wealth of experience as well as a passion for rural healthcare,” said Michele McMorris, BSN, Medical Practices Director. “She has over 800 hours of clinical hands-on patient care in pediatrics, OB/GYN, family health, and internal medicine.”

A native of Wellsville, Molly has been working as an RN at Jones Memorial’s Wilmot Cancer Institute Infusion Center for more than three years and as a Med/Surg charge nurse. She and her husband have three children. They enjoy the outdoors and enjoy kayaking.

Molly Dempsey is accepting new patients of all ages from birth through geriatric. Please call (607) 247-1059 today.


PAIGELOUNSBURYWELLSVILLE, NY (May 17, 2023) -- Beginning in June, obstetric patients of Jones Memorial providers who are in their third trimester can enroll in a free lactation consultancy program.  

Thanks to a three-year grant obtained by Accountable Health Partners (AHP), Certified Lactation Consultant Paige Lounsberry, IBCLC, will see participants at the Women’s Health Office in Hornell, at the Women’s and Children Health Office and the Bradley pediatric office in Wellsville, and at the Dr. F. C. Miller Birthing Center at the hospital. Women can receive lactation support until their baby turns six months old.

A native of Allegany County, Paige has been offering lactation support to families in the region since 2014.

The Lactation Care Management program was piloted at Noyes Hospital four years ago under the direction of Lactation Consultant, Catherine Wightman, MS, IBCLC, with support from Accountable Health Partners (AHP). Due to the success of this program at Noyes, AHP secured a 3-year Health Equity Program Support Office (HEPSO) Systems Transformation Fund grant to expand the Lactation Care Management Program to Jones Memorial Hospital.

For more information, talk to your obstetrician or pediatrician.


VOLUNTEERWELLSVILLE, NY (May 9, 2023) – On Saturday, May 20th, the installation of the 2023 Field of Flags at Jones Memorial Hospital will take place. The flags, each one flying in memory of a deceased veteran, will remain in place through Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th.

Since 2014, members of the Wellsville American Legion Riders have spent Armed Forces Day putting up memorial flags on the front lawn at Jones Memorial Hospital. Since that first year, The Field of Flags has expanded to include other service organizations.  “This is a community-wide effort that gives the friends and families of deceased veterans a way to honor them and thank them for their service,” said Jim Helms, CEO at Jones and a member of the Wellsville American Legion.

If you would like to be a part of this moving tribute to those who fought in the US Armed forces, please stop at one of these locations and complete a sponsorship tag.

All cards should be turned in by May 20th to ensure inclusion in this year’s field.

Every year, the proceeds of the Field of Flags are donated to LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve, located in Northwest Pennsylvania. LEEK provides veterans with a friendly accessible camp environment and therapeutic outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, LEEK believes in encouraging our wounded heroes to focus on their abilities, without compromising their current physical limitations.

Raising Awareness, One Story at a Time

WELLSVILLE, NY (March 14, 2023) – March has been designated Multiple Myeloma month.

Multiple Myeloma is a blood cancer that causes malignant plasma cells to accumulate in bone marrow. It is the second most prevalent blood cancer. The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 34,470 people living in the United States were diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2022. This number includes Kimberly Miller, a resident of Ceres, NY, and the receptionist at the Wilmot Cancer Institute Oncology and Infusion Center at Jones Memorial Hospital.

To raise awareness and put a face behind the statistics, the theme this year is #MYelomaStory.

KimMillerKim’s story began in August 2022, when she started experiencing intense pain in her lower back, hip and groin. Her Olean-based primary care provider told her it sounded like diverticulitis and she was advised to go to the Emergency Room.  “That was frustrating because even with my limited medical knowledge, I knew I did not have diverticulitis,” she said. “I decided to wait a week and see if it got better.” But it didn’t.

By late September, the pain became so unbearable she went to closest ER where she testing included blood work, an abdominal CT, and a spinal CT. With no family history of cancer, she was shocked when the results came back and she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. “It has settled in my spine,” she said, noting a that the cancer “eats holes in bone.”

Multiple myeloma symptoms may not be present in the early stages and are often non-specific like loss of appetite, bone pain, fever, frequent need to urinate, increased thirst, fatigue, and unexplained weight loss.

Kim is currently being treated by Oncologist Yasar Shad, MD at the Wilmot Cancer Institute Oncology and Infusion Center Part of Jones Memorial Hospital in Olean. Her treatment so far has included four cycles of chemotherapy, five sessions of radiation, and a spinal surgery. Now in her fifth cycle of chemo, Kim is anticipating a stem cell transplant in April. This is a procedure in which her bone marrow stem cells are removed from the blood and infused after a high dose of chemotherapy.

There’s no cure for the large majority of patients, but as myeloma treatments are advancing, people have more hope in managing the disease.

“I am thankful for all of the support I have received from staff at Jones Memorial Hospital (particularly Infusion and Oncology where I am receptionist), Strong Memorial Hospital, and Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong,” she said. “I know I have many, many people praying for me, and being able to get the treatment I need closer to home has been a blessing.”


glowWELLSVILLE, NY (February 6, 2023) – The Jones Memorial Hospital GLOW 5K Run & Walk is back! Sidelined since 2019 by COVID, the fun, family event will take place on Friday, April 28th, at the Wellsville Municipal Airport located at 2600 Tarantine Drive in Wellsville.

“We are so excited to bring the GLOW Run back to our community,” said Carrie Walker, who co-chairs the event with Mandy Sibble. Started in 2013 as a nighttime trail run/walk through Island Park, the GLOW moved to the Wellsville Municipal Airport for the last event, in 2019. The 5K route uses paved roads around the runway, which is much easier for those pushing strollers. Registration and awards take place in the hanger where a DJ will provide music.

Register using this link: Register by April 7th if you’d like to receive this year’s GLOW 5K tech shirt.

Registration categories and fees remain the same as previous years: 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 Find registration links and more information on the hospital website:


Stroke RecertificationWELLSVILLE, NY (January 30, 2023) – After a rigorous, unannounced on-site review, Jones Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Stroke Certification.

“This was a team effort and congratulations go to everyone involved,” said Jones President/CEO Jim Helms, noting that the review involved Jones staff and local EMS squads. “In 2019, the Commissioner of Health in New York State began delegating the review of stroke certifications to nationally recognized accrediting organizations. We chose to work with The Joint Commission as our hospital maintains accreditation with this organization and this was a significant change for the teams. This certification demonstrates a team effort across organizations and the use of healthcare industry standards for every stroke patient.”

According to Jones stroke coordinator Mona Carbone, the hospital certified as a New York State Primary Stroke Center since 2015. “The Joint Commission Primary Stroke certification is designed for hospitals providing the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes,” she said.

During the review on November 23, 2022, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with related certification standards including quality standards from patient arrival to the hospital through the course of care and rehabilitation, EMS care, patient and community education, program management and maintenance. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewer also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

Sandra Watkins, MS RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Jones, also offered her congratulations to everyone involved in the successful review. “Achieving Primary Stroke Center Certification means our hospital, EMS and community are making exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes,” she said. “It’s a commitment to our community the quality of care we provide meets the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.”

“Primary Stroke Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Deborah Ryan, MS, RN, executive vice president, Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “We commend Jones Memorial Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”

“We congratulate Jones Memorial Hospital for this outstanding achievement,” says Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”

Photo Caption: Celebrating the recertification of Jones Memorial Hospital as a Primary Stroke Center are, left, Sandra Watkins, MS RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services; Mona Carbone, Jones Memorial’s Stroke Coordinator; and Jim Helms, CEO at Jones. The hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Checkmark for Primary Stroke Certification.


WELLSVILLE, NY (January 12, 2023) – At Jones Memorial Hospital, the volunteers have always played a crucial role in the day to day operations of the hospital. From greeting patients and family members as they enter the hospital to helping staff members, our volunteers have long been an integral part of the Jones Memorial Hospital community.  So, when the volunteer program was suspended during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the volunteers were sorely missed.

The good news is that as the hospital continues to make significant strides in Covid-19 prevention, the volunteer program will be resumed in a limited capacity with the goal of soon expanding the areas and positions that people can volunteer for.

“We are currently looking for volunteers to serve as greeters/ambassadors,” explained Kris Green, Director of Human Resources at Jones. “They will be responsible for greeting patients and visitors when they enter the hospital, conducting Covid-19 screening questions, and providing general guidance, directions, and information to visitors.”

Qualified volunteers will be able to work Monday through Friday between 6 am and 6 pm and on Saturdays between 7 am and 1 pm. All volunteers are subject to the NY State Covid-19 Vaccination mandate and all mandatory Federal and State health requirements.

Volunteer application can be found on the hospital website, Please fill it out and submit to Bridget Christman or fax the application to 585-596-4122.

If you have any questions, please contact the HR department at 585-596-4019.


DylanChamberlainWELLSVILLE, NY (January 4, 2023) – Dylan Chamberlain, RN, an ICU nurse at Jones Memorial Hospital, was recently honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. 

“Dylan is one of the most dedicated nurses I have ever seen,” said Steve Melton when nominating Dylan for this prestigious award. “I thought nurses like him were all gone but after seeing how he loves what he does and what he brings to the job, I will always come to this hospital.” Mr. Melton, a disabled veteran, added that his mother was a nurse for 40 years. “She would be proud to see the excellence that is carried on in Dylan.”

Sandra Watkins, BSN RN, Chief Nursing Office at Jones, led the award presentation, thanking Dylan for the care he provides patients.  “I’m sure Dylan is thinking ‘I was just doing my job,’ but when nurses are ‘just doing their job’ they have a powerful impact on the patient and on the patient’s family,” she said.

Sharon Draper, BSN RN, presented Dylan with The Healer’s Touch, a unique sculpture that represents the bond between nurses and their patients. In addition, he was presented with a bouquet of daisies and a special DAISY pin. A banner with Dylan’s picture will be displayed in the ICU where he works. “quote from Sharon”

An international organization, the DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by his family after his death in late 1999 at age 33 from complications of an auto-immune disease. DAISY, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, was a way for the family to thank not only the nurses who cared for Patrick – and by extension his family - but exceptional nurses everywhere.  

If you or a family member have ever been an inpatient, you know firsthand the difference an exceptional nurse can make on that experience. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the exceptional compassionate care nurses provide patients and families every day.  Nominations can be submitted on line using the link at the JMH website ( or by submitting a paper nomination in one of the nominations boxes located throughout Jones Memorial.


THANKINGOURDONORSWELLSVILLE, NY (December 28, 2022) – Jones Memorial Hospital’s Capital Campaign has surpassed its $2 million goal! Over 30 donors have committed $25,000 or more to the project, making them Cornerstone Donors.

“With the latest Cornerstone Donor commitment of $100,000 we are actually very close to $2.1 million,” said James Helms, CEO at Jones. “Our community recognizes the impact this project will have on Allegany County as well as the surrounding areas and the healthcare options that will be available right here, close to home. We are thrilled that they came through with the support that was needed.”

The Transformation and Modernization project includes a third-floor addition that will add over 14,000 square feet of clinical space, as well as more than 4,000 square feet of renovations that expand the surgical department, and a permanent, fixed MRI tower with three levels of clinical space. Increases in construction costs and enhancements to the project beyond the original plan, left a gap of $2 million between the cost of the project and the amount of the grant.

Cherokee Burnell, one of the employee’s who donated to the campaign, said her inspiration to give to the project was the spirit of teamwork in the Surgical Services area, where she works. “My co-workers have made me feel so welcome and part of the team since I started,” she explained. “When I saw the project would expand and update the OR, I knew I wanted to donate as a way to thank them for their support.”

Mr. Helms credits the success of the capital campaign to the Campaign Executive Committee, which was chaired by Rich Shear of Wellsville.  Also serving on the committee Dr. Heather Lanphere, Dr. Paul Axtell, Jack Emrick, Jeff Ely, Larry Clark, Karol Marciano, and Samantha Gilkey. “This committee worked so hard to get us to our goal,” he said. “They not only donated generously to the campaign, but they donated even more of their time and talents to the cause.  I am extremely grateful for all their work.”

Jones Foundation Coordinator Jodi Pearson noted how grateful the hospital is to all the donors who made this project a success. “What a privilege to have a front row seat to see the way our community cares and comes together – it is truly amazing to watch,” she said. “We hope our donors realize that because of their generosity, healthcare in our area will be greatly improved for many years to come.”

There is still time to participate in this exciting effort! To find out how you can be part of this project, please contact Foundation Coordinator Jodi Pearson at (585) 596-2053 or email If you would like to make an on-line gift, you will find a link on our website: Your support is vital and very much appreciated.



Wellsville Pediatrician Zahi Kassas, MD, has been named the 2022 Rural Health Care Provider of the Year by the New York State Association for Rural Health!

A long-time member of the medical staff at Jones Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kassas was recognized for his selfless dedication to the community, the hospital, and especially, his patients. This award is presented annually to a direct service provider who has demonstrated leadership in bringing health services to citizens of rural New York.

“Dr. Kassas is a valuable member of our medical staff and we at Jones are thrilled that he has received this award and the well-deserved recognition that comes with it,” said Jim Helms, CEO at Jones Memorial. “We are proud of the commitment to care and caring that he demonstrates every day, with every patient.”

When he arrived in Wellsville in 1998, Dr. Kassas was eager to locate his new practice in a small, rural area.  “Knowing not just my patients but their parents and grandparents by name and - more recently - providing care to the children of my former patients is what practicing rural medicine is about,” he said, noting that he receives hundreds of invitations to graduations and weddings because a pediatrician becomes part of the family. “I often feel like being the other parent, or more accurately now, the other grandparent.”

In accepting the award, Dr. Kassas credited and thanked the hardworking colleagues he works with. These individuals include Monica Acomb, PNP: Dr. LuAnn Kaye; Neonatologist Jessica Strassner, PNP; Dr. Heather Lanphere, and Dr. Nishit Shah and Dr. Shachi Shah. He also noted his appreciation for his office team: Laura Knapp, Stacy Ordway, Melissa Walsh, Kelly Matteson, and Katelyn Syska. “They are the hardest working people I have ever met,” he said of his staff. He also thanked Dr. F.C. Miller and Dr. William Coch for serving as role models and mentors. “I am a reflection of what they have achieved and taught me,” he said.

Dr. Kassas noted that rural healthcare has unique challenges that urban doctors do not face. “For one thing, there are not as many of us so we often lean on each other for support and assistance,” he said. “For that reason, especially on a difficult case, the credit for treatment is usually shared among several providers.”

The completion of the Jones Memorial Transformation and Modernization project which brings new services and improvements to the building will go a long way in attracting the next generation of doctors and providers. Dr. and Mrs. Kassas have always been generous donors to the hospital fundraising campaigns and this one is no exception.  The Kassas family has led the way as a Cornerstone donor to this new capital project.

“A hospital must continue to grow and adapt to meet the needs of the patients it serves,” Dr. Kassas said. “Supporting it financially is vital to the future health of this community.”

Congratulations Dr. Kassas!


A Lymphedema treatment program is now available at the  Jones Memorial Hospital Rehab Department, making it the only lymphedema treatment program in the area.

”There is no cure for lymphedema and management is the key to avoiding complications,” said Catherine Zacher, PT,DPT, Director of Rehab Services at Jones Memorial. ”Certification by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies requires 45 hours of online pre-course work followed by a 9-day, 135 hour, in-person courses, which are held throughout the country. The rigorous testing involves a written exam, hands-on assessment, and treatment of a live patient via a case study. Simply put, this is not an easy certification to earn.”

Lymphedema is caused by a breakdown in the body’s lymphatic system. The network of vessels that carries protein-rich fluid throughout the body is part of the immune system. The fluid is pushed through the vessels by muscle contractions and is drained through the  lymph nodes. If the lymph nodes are damaged, the fluid cannot drain so it collects in the tissue of the arms or legs, in the chest wall, abdomen, neck, and genitals, causing painful swelling. The most common causes of lymphedema are traumas to the lymphatic system including cancers that block the lymph nodes, radiation treatments for cancers, and surgeries involving the lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system.

jessica hammers”Managing lymphedema focuses on reducing the swelling and preventing complications,” explained Jessica Hammers, OT, the Lymphedema Therapist at Jones Memorial. ”Left untreated, the trapped fluid provides a fertile ground for germs and the smallest injury to the arm or leg can be an entry point for infections.” Lymphedema complications can include cellulitis, sepsis, fungal infections,  leakage through the skin, and skin changes.

Ms. Hammers is certified in Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy. She decided to go for the training and certification for lymphedema treatment to help people around this area who have been diagnosed with this condition. ”There are not many providers locally who can give this type of treatment so to be able to provide this service to the community is really rewarding,” she said.

If you have been diagnosed with Lymphedema, talk to you provider about entering the treatment program at Jones Memorial. For more information, please call (585) 596-4011.


Jones Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that Rhiannon Sisson of Bolivar and Steven Mauro of Alfred have joined the Hospital’s Board of Directors.
SissonRhiannon Sisson, a Bolivar native, earned her bachelor’s degree in Business at Niagara University. She and her husband, Scott, are the second generation to run Sisson Chainsaws & Stoves in Bolivar, where Rhiannon is the office manager. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, boating, hiking in the summer and snowmobiling and snowshoeing in the winter. She is an active member of the Bolivar American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.  Two active - now teenage - children have led to her involvement with a number of youth sports programs. 
Mrs. Sisson feels that serving on the JMH Board of Directors is a great way to get involved in the community and to give something back to the area she has called home her entire life. “Healthcare in our rural area faces a variety of challenges and it’s important to the community that we have people guiding our hospital who are directly affected by the decisions the board makes,” she explained. “I hope to be a voice for our community.”
mauroThe second new member of the Board of Directors is Alfred State College President Dr. Steven Mauro, who recently relocated to Alfred with his wife, Melissa and their sons Quinn and Owen. Having spent over 15 years in administration at Mercyhurst and at Gannon University, Dr. Mauro cites a desire to be involved in the community and to support the hospital as his reasons to serve on the board of directors. Dr. Mauro attended the University of Buffalo, where he earned both a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in Biology. 
In welcoming the two new members, the board said goodbye and thank you to Dr. Robert Gilfert for his 10 years of service as a board member.  
The the reorganization meeting also involved the election of new officers for the board.  Karol Marciano of Andover takes over the role of Chairperson from Rich Ewell. Dan Johnson of Wellsville was elected Vice Chair, Jenny Bilotta of Cuba is the Treasurer, and Mary Kate Cole is the Secretary. Also serving on the board are Rich Ewell, Samantha Gilkey, Ian Jones, and Jim Knapp, as well as UR Medicine representative Michael Apostolakos, MD; Stephen Goldstein, and Mark Taubman, MD.  Dr. Andres Rubert attends the meetings as the Chief of Staff.


CBNAWELLSVILLE, NY (November 22, 2022) – If you have driven through downtown Wellsville lately, you cannot help but notice a change to the skyline at Jones Memorial Hospital. The $17 million Transformation and Modernization project is well underway!

The project includes a third-floor addition that will add over 14,000 square feet of clinical space, as well as more than 4,000 square feet of renovations that expand the surgical department, and a permanent, fixed MRI tower that provide multiple levels of added clinical space. To complete the project by the Fall of 2023, the hospital has launched a Capital Campaign.

“We are very excited about this project and how it will enable us to increase access to primary care and change how we deliver care here in Allegany County.  With the increases in construction costs and enhancements to the project beyond the original plan, there is a gap between the cost of the project and the amount of the grant,” explained Jim Helms, CEO at Jones Memorial. “To help fill the gap and complete the project we have launched a capital campaign with a goal of $2 million.”

While the public Capital Campaign was announced at the JMH Auxiliary’s Gala and Silent Auction on November 12, a silent campaign has been going on for several months. “Members of the Campaign Executive Committee have helped us identify and approach a number of major donors,” Mr. Helms added. “These Cornerstone Donors, primarily consisting of private individuals, have pledged over $1.4 million over the next five years.”

One of the first Cornerstone Donors was the JMH Auxiliary, which pledged $100,000 over five years. “All money raised by the Auxiliary will go toward paying off that pledge,” said Kay Eicher, Auxiliary President. “This is a very exciting project with long-lasting benefits to our community and we are delighted to play our part in completing it.”

Community Bank is also one of our Cornerstone donors. Bank representatives delivered the first installment of the $50,000 pledge, which will be paid over five years. “We are so thankful for the support of Community Bank and all of our donors,” Mr. Helms added. “This is such an exciting time for the hospital and, thanks to the impact these enhancements will have on local healthcare options, it is an exciting time for the community.”

To find out how you can be part of this project, please contact Foundation Coordinator Jodi Pearson at (585) 596-2053 or email. If you would like to learn more about the project and the capital campaign, please use this  link. Your support is vital and very much appreciated.

PHOTO CAPTION:Representatives of Community Bank stopped by Jones Memorial recently to deliver the first part of the bank’s $50,000 pledge to the hospital Capital Campaign. Standing in the newly renovated surgical waiting area for the check passing are, left, Jones Foundation Coordinator Jodi Pearson, Jones CEO Jim Helms, Capital Campaign Committee member Jack Emrick, Community Bank representatives Gina Elliott, branch manager at the Highland Ave office in Wellsville; Julie Hall, Vice President & Senior District Manager; and Bessie Davidson, branch manager of the Main Street office in Wellsville.


PALLIATIVECAREWELLSVILLE, NY (October 27, 2022) -- Palliative Care is now available in the Southern Tier thanks to a grant secured by Dr. Kevin McCormick, Chief Medical Officer at Jones Memorial Hospital and Dr. Bilal Ahmed, Chief Medical Officer at St. James & Noyes Hospital, Palliative Care is now available at Jones Memorial in Wellsville, St. James in Hornell, and Noyes in Dansville!

Awarded through the New York State Safety Net and Program Support Office, the Implementation of a Southern Tier Regional Palliative Care Program grant will fund a program in collaboration with Highland Hospital’s Palliative Care Program.

Highland’s Palliative Care Division Chief Dr. Chin-Lin Ching, and Dr. Nicole Giese, Director of Highland’s Outpatient Palliative Care program, and their team of providers are available to assist caregivers at  Jones Memorial and St. James in providing symptom management, goals of care discussions, and ethical questions or family discussion meetings.  The Highland Hospital team will also provide inpatient consultations and are available for outpatient referrals using remote access in the format best suited to the patient’s situation.

To help implement this initiative, Nancy Scott is the Palliative Care Coordinator. Based at Jones Memorial Hospital, Nancy serves all three southern tier hospitals, identifying and implementing training resources specific for the facility’s health care team.  In her role, Nancy will be coordinating with regional providers and their hospitals to bring this new specialty onboard. She will also distribute Palliative Care materials to local agencies to assist with educating the community in the role of Palliative Care.

If you have any questions regarding Palliative Care, please reach out to Nancy. She can be reached by phone at 585-596-4079 or by email:

Photo Caption: Dr. Chin-Lin Ching, Highland Hospital’s Palliative Care Division Chief, consults with a patient as part of the Palliative Care Program at Highland Hospital. Palliative Care is now available at Jones Memorial in Wellsville, St. James in Hornell, and Noyes Hospital in Dansville.


AlexisNiedermaierWELLSVILLE, NY (September 28, 2022) – Beginning October 10, Family Nurse Practitioner Alexis Niedermaier will begin seeing patients at the Andover office of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices, located at 20 Main Street in Andover. Appointments can be made today by calling (607) 478-8421.

“Alexis has strong ties in the community and we are happy that she has joined the Jones family practice team,” said Carrie Walker, Vice President of Medical Practices and Professional Services.

A graduate of Daemen College in Buffalo, where she earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree, Ms. Niedermaier graduated from the D’Youville College Family Nurse Practitioner program in Buffalo. She completed over 700 hours of clinical rotation and is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Most recently, she was part of the Olean Medical Group in Cuba where she provided Internal Medicine care. Prior to earning her FNP, she was a nurse at Jones Memorial and a school nurse at Belfast Central School.

For more information about Alexis Niedermaier, please check out the Jones Memorial Hospital website: For appointments please call (607) 478-8421.


BoydChappellwellsville, NY (August 30, 2022) – The Board of Directors has announced that Boyd Chappell is the new Chief Financial Officer at Jones Memorial Hospital.

A resident of Midland, Michigan, Mr. Chappell comes to Jones Memorial from Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, where he served as Chief Financial and Operating Officer for more than six years. He has also held financial positions at a number of healthcare facilities in Utah and Alaska. A graduate of Utah State University with a BS in Accounting, Mr. Chappell earned his MBA at Weber University in Ogden, Utah. He also holds a Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas.

“Boyd comes to Jones with an impressive amount of healthcare experience and will be a wonderful addition to the Administrative Team,” said Jones CEO James Helms. “He also has extensive experience with the unique challenges that face those of us in rural medicine.”

“I am excited to be joining the Jones Memorial admin team,” said Mr. Chappell. “The combination of the rural setting and the affiliation with the University of Rochester system is an appealing blend that will allow me to build on my prior experience while providing occasions for professional growth and development.”

Boyd and his wife, Alice McArthur Chappell, are the parents of three teenagers: Nolan, Afton, and Mia. The family also includes two goldendoodles, Jack and Emme. In addition to spending time with his family, Boyd’s interests include sports - particularly baseball and football - and reading. Boyd and his family will be looking to relocate in the coming months.

Please join us in welcoming Boyd Chappell to Jones Memorial Hospital and the Wellsville community!


Seeing Patients at Jones Memorial in Wellsville & St. James Hospital in Hornell

MANSOURWELLSVILLE, NY (August 26, 2022) – Orthopaedic treatment options have expanded in the Southern Tier with the addition of Ali Mansour, MD!  An orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hand surgery, Dr. Mansour has training and expertise to treat hand, wrist, and upper and lower extremities trauma and fractures.

Dr. Mansour offers surgical and non-surgical treatment for upper extremity conditions including fractures, arthritis, carpal tunnel, trigger finger, and wrist injuries and instability. He will also treat shoulder injuries, as well as trauma to the hips and knees. 

With over ten years’ experience as an upper extremity specialist, Dr. Mansour earned his MD and served his orthopaedic surgery residency at the American University of Beirut. His orthopaedic fellowship training included Hand Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at the University of Louisville, Orthopaedic Pediatric Spine Surgery at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, and Combined Spine Surgery at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.

Starting in September, Dr. Mansour will see patients at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and at St. James Hospital in Hornell on Wednesdays and Fridays. Appointments can be made by calling (585) 596-2054 in Wellsville or (607) 385-3740 in Hornell.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Mansour available to our community,” said James Helms, CEO at Jones Memorial. “As an orthopaedic hand surgeon trained in treating fractures as well as soft tissue and nerve injuries, he will expand the orthopaedic options for our patients.”

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Mansour to the Southern Tier and to St. James Hospital,” said Wendy Disbrow, St. James Hospital CEO. “He is a welcome addition to our growing Orthopaedics Department.”

Please join Jones Memorial and St. James in welcoming Dr. Mansour to the Southern Tier.


WELLSVILLE, NY (August 16, 2022) – Jones Memorial Hospital is welcoming two new members to the medical staff: Ryan Nightingale, MD, and Alexis Niedermaier, FNP.

Dr. Nightingale will join Dr. Niharika Pasumarty at her 12 Martin Street office in Wellsville. He and Family Nurse Practitioner Alexis Niedermaier will both see patients at the Andover medical office, located at 20 Main Street, Andover.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Nightingale and Alexis join our medical staff,” said James Helms, CEO at Jones Memorial Hospital.  “Expanding access to primary care providers to communities across Allegany County is one of our goals as we move forward. In addition, both of these providers have an interest and experience in rural medicine.”

NIGHTINGALE MDA family practice physician, Dr. Nightingale completed his residency at the University of Rochester. He completed the rural medicine track at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, having graduated from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in neuroscience. During medical school, Dr. Nightingale was co-founder and vice president for Upstate Medical University’s Students for Global Heath, recruiting students for global health projects sponsored by the University. He also assisted in research on dengue fever in Ecuador.

While at Upstate Medical University, Dr. Nightingale was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received both the Nightingale Scholarship and the Benjamin H. Keane Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He has professional proficiency in written and spoken Spanish.  Dr. Nightingale will be joining us on August 29, 2022.

NIEDERMAIER FNPAfter earning her Bachelor of Nursing degree at Daemen College, Alexis Niedermaier graduated from the D’Youville College Family Nurse Practitioner program in Buffalo. She completed over 700 hours of clinical rotation and is board certified by the AANP. Most recently, she was part of the Olean Medical Group in Cuba where she provided Internal Medicine care. Prior to that earning her FNP, she was a nurse at Jones Memorial and a school nurse at Belfast Central School. Ms. Niedermaier will be joining us on October 10, 2022

For more information about Dr. Nightingale or Alexis Niedermaier, please check out the Jones Memorial Hospital website; For Wellsville appointments with Dr. Nightingale, please call (607) 247-1059 after August 22nd. For appointments in Andover please call the Andover office at (607) 478-8421.


Community Invited to Nominate Nurses Who Have Made a Difference

DAISY AWARDWELLSVILLE, NY (June 28, 2022) – If you or a family member have ever been an inpatient, you know firsthand the difference an exceptional nurse can make on that experience. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the exceptional compassionate care nurses provide patients and families every day. 

Beginning July 1, you can thank an exceptional nurse at Jones Memorial Hospital by nominating him or her for the DAISY Award. All nominees receive a DAISY pin. Once a year, the committee will review the nominations received during the previous year and select one of the nurses for the DAISY Award. The winner of this very distinguished award will be recognized nationally and presented with a unique sculpture called The Healer’s Touch. The winning nurse is also eligible for educational opportunities and grants from the DAISY Foundation.   

An international organization, the DAISY Foundation was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by his family after his death in late 1999 at age 33 from complications of an auto-immune disease. DAISY, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, was a way for the family to thank not only the nurses who cared for Patrick – and by extension his family - but exceptional nurses everywhere.  

“We are excited to partner with the DAISY Foundation on this wonderful program,” said Sharon Draper, Senior Director of Nursing at Jones Memorial Hospital. “The impact of extraordinary nurses goes beyond the patient and extends to the family and friends. This award gives them a way to thanks our nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.” Patients, their families, and friends can all nominate a nurse for the Daisy Award.

Nominations can be submitted on line using this link or by submitting a paper nomination in one of the nominations boxes located throughout Jones Memorial.


WELLSVILLE, NY (June 28, 2022) -- A new start time, new games on the course during the tournament, and a new sponsorship format combined with perfect weather to make the return of this Jones Memorial Hospital Foundation event a big success!

“Our thanks for the success of the tournament go to the players, the sponsors, the volunteers and, of course, the Wellsville Country Club,” said Jodi Pearson, Jones Foundation Coordinator who co-chairs the event with Jason Reynolds, the Director of Food and Nutrition at Jones. “All proceeds from the golf tournament will go toward the $17 million, multi-year Transformation and Modernization Project that is currently underway at the hospital.”

See a gallery of photos taken during the tournament, here

  • The winning Men’s team was Kyle Kockler, Brad Joyce, Matt Burdick, and Mike Davis       
  • The winning Women’s team was Rose Cozzi, Myrna Adderly, Judy Clark, and Leisa Smith
  • The winning Mixed team was Jim Potter, Cindy Potter, Amy Black, and Kent Black.
  • The prize for Longest Putt went to Quyen Phan for women, and Tom Neugent for men.
  • The longest drive was hit by Jim Potter for men and Danielle Richmond for women
  • Closest to the pin winners were Mary McInerney for women and Jason Wolfanger for men.

Thank you everyone who participate or supported the Celebrate Summer Classic!


Grand Raffle Tickets Available Now!

WELLSVILLE, NY (June 23, 2022) -- The representatives for the 2022 Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Royal Court have been announced!  As part of a long-time tradition, the Auxiliary Twigs and several community organizations sponsor a young person to sell tickets to the Grand Raffle. The candidate who sells the most tickets is crowned at the Auxiliary’s Annual Gala & Silent Auction on November 12.

budingerEmily Budinger is the candidate representing the Hemlock Twig. Emily, the daughter of Jennifer and Bobby Budinger, lives in Wellsville and is a junior at Wellsville Secondary School. She is on the varsity swim team and the varsity track teams. A regular on the high honor roll, Emily enjoys reading and watching movies. Her hobbies include calligraphy and art. She is employed at the David A. Howe Public Library in Wellsville and plans to attend college and travel after graduation.


boussaThe Maple Twig candidate this year is Serena Boussa, a junior at Wellsville Secondary School and the daughter of Alesia and Jong Boussa of Wellsville. She is the president of the student council and was a winner in the Student Space Flight Experiment Program. Serena is on the school’s yearbook committee, the robotics team, and the golf team. A member of the Scholastic Challenge, she is in the academic top 10 and a regular on the high honor roll. Serena enjoys drawing, piano and music, reading and fashion. Her future plans include pursuing neuroscience at Cornell University, where she plans to earn her PhD.

Ecrandallthan Crandall, the son of Dr. Heide Crandall of Wellsville, is the Olive Twig candidate. A member of the Scholastic Challenge, Ethan is regularly on the high honor roll. A junior at Wellsville Secondary School, Ethan is a member of the school’s ski, swimming, and track teams. In the past two years, Ethan has been a finalist in the sectional swim meet. His hobbies include reading, skateboarding, and trampoline. He plans on attending college after graduation, majoring in business, law, or criminal justice.


VigelettaThe Rotary Club candidate this year is Lauren Viglietta, the daughter of Nick and Stephanie Viglietta of Wellsville. A member of the Wellsville Secondary School OM Team, Lauren is also on the school’s soccer and track teams and she is currently captain of the JV basketball team. A regular on the high honor roll, Lauren enjoys outdoor sports like hunting, fishing, and hiking. She likes all sports and enjoys coaching. Her plans after high school include attending college and becoming a speech pathologist.


waldenHayden Waldon is representing the Mulberry Twig. The daughter of Amy Hunt and Michael Hunt, she attends Wellsville Secondary School where she is a member of the varsity swimming and track teams and the theater club. Haydon is on the high honor roll and in the top ten in her class. As a member of the Wellsville Girls Swim Team, Hayden was recognized as the 2020 Sectional Swimmer of the Meet. The Livingston County Athletic Association has named her a swimming all-star every year since 2017 and Haydon holds three Wellsville school records for swimming. She is also a member of the AquaJags Swim Club at Genesee Valley School. Her hobbies include singing, painting, reading and playing the piano and guitar. Haydon works as a swim instructor and her future plans include a career in interior design.

Please support these young people and the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary by purchasing tickets to the Grand Raffle. The 2022 Gala & Silent Auction will be held at the Wellsville Country Club on Saturday, November 12.




wellsville, NY (June 14, 2022) – Jones Memorial Hospital has announced that pain management services are back at the hospital in Wellsville.

Dr. Chirag Patel will begin seeing patients at Jones Memorial one day a week. Dr. Patel is based at Nicholas Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. He is eager to expand that practice to include clinics at Jones Memorial and at St. James.  To make an appointment to see Dr. Patel  in Wellsville, please call 585-596-4093 AFTER JULY 1, 2022.

“I am excited to be back at Noyes and seeing patients in Wellsville and Hornell,” said Patel. “I will primarily be seeing patients with chronic pain.” After coming to the office for a formal evaluation, Dr. Patel will work with the patient to develop a treatment plan.

“Pain Management is much needed in our community,” said James Helms, CEO at Jones Memorial. “We are thrilled to be able to offer it once again to our community and this is a great example of being able to work with our UR affiliates in order to meet that need.”

Dr. Patel will be performing procedures in the operating room at Noyes, as well as at Noyes Health Services in Geneseo. “We are incredibly grateful to have a pain management specialist of Dr. Patel’s caliber back at Noyes,” said Dr. Chad Teeters, president and CEO of Noyes Health. “Sharing his services with the Hornell and Wellsville areas will benefit a large population that otherwise would have to travel for pain management.”

With the opioid crisis, some are concerned with visiting a pain management physician. “With everything that has been happening lately with the opioid crisis, my specialty is interventional treatments, explained Dr. Patel. “There are many avenues to help people that don’t involve medication. I am a proponent of physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic treatment. Sometimes simple exercises or injections can offer an incredible amount of relief.”

Dr. Patel likes to work with primary care providers, orthopedic surgeons, imaging, and other specialties to develop comprehensive plans to alleviate as much pain as possible.

“We don’t want people to be in severe pain, sometimes people will be in some sort of pain,” said Dr. Patel. “It is a part of getting older. But we don’t want anyone to suffer.” He is also expanding to add a second provider so as the practice expands, patients don’t have extended waits times to get an appointment. “We are trying to encompass a lot of patients who otherwise wouldn’t have anywhere to go to be seen or treated,” he said.

For more information, call 585-596-4093.


AmandaGreenRNBSNwellsville, NY (June 2, 2022) Amanda Green, BSN RN, has been named the new Director of Maternal Health at Jones Memorial.

A graduate of Jamestown Community College, Amanda earned her BSN at Daemen College in Buffalo. She was a full-time member of the OB nursing prior to transitioning to per-diem status in January 2022. An Olean resident, Amanda and her husband, Randy, have six children between them ranging in age from 5 years old to 23.

“We are delighted that Amanda has taken on this supervisory role,” said Sandra Watkins, MSN BSN RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care at Jones. “She has the experience and knowledge that will be very important in leading our maternal health services into the next chapter.”

“Amanda has been part of the birthing center team for several years,” noted Sharon Draper, BSN RN, the Senior Director of Nursing at Jones. “She has developed an understanding of the unique challenges of maternal health and will be a great addition to the nursing leadership team.”

Please join us in welcoming Amanda in her new role!


WELLSVILLE, NY (June 1, 2022) – Catching cancer early is the best chance of having a positive outcome! Jones Memorial Hospital is the latest UR Medicine Affiliate to offer a state-of-the-art low-dose lung cancer screening program. Noyes Health in Dansville and St. James Hospital in Hornell are also offering this important screening program.

What is a low dose CT Scan? The low-dose CT scan uses x-rays to create detailed 3-dimensional photos of your lungs. A minimal amount of radiation is used for this test compared to some other diagnostic CT studies.

For this painless test, patients will lay on a table as it passes through the CT scanner. The scans are read by a University of Rochester radiologist.

Who should get screened? You, or a loved one, should be screened if you meet the following criteria:

  • Are age 50-80
  • Are a current smoker or have quit in the past 15 years
  • Have at least a 20 pack-year history of smoking. A pack-year is 1 pack of cigarettes per day per year. So, 1 pack per day for 20 years or 2 packs per day for 10 years would both be 20 pack-years.

"Community Wellness has long been a key component of preventative medicine at Jones Memorial Hospital,” said James Helms, CEO at Jones. With a smoking rate that exceeds the state average, we continue to encourage our community to stop smoking, however we are excited to begin offering this lifesaving screening right here in Allegany County beginning early next year. Bringing the services our community needs closer to home is one of the many benefits of being part of the UR Medicine system.”

To schedule your screening, call 877-728-4543 or talk to your healthcare provider.

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rheumatologyWELLSVILLE, NY (May 26, 2022) – UR|Jones Memorial Hospital has announced the return of Rheumatology to the services offered by the hospital beginning on June 2.

Through a partnership with Southern Tier Arthritis & Rheumatism, James VanDeWall, MD, and Josephine Raab, ANP-C will provide rheumatology care at the Jones Memorial offices located in both Olean and Hornell. New patients are welcome with physician referral. 

“This partnership will increase access for this needed service in the Southern Tier,” said Brenda Mong Szabo, Vice President of Specialty Services at Jones. A rheumatologist is an internist with additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. 

“We are working closely with the team at Jones Memorial to ensure this is a smooth transition for our patients,” said Dr. VanDeWall. “This partnership provides them with access to the University of Rochester Medical Center, one of the top academic medical centers in our state with specialty services that are not available anywhere else in our region.”

“We are very excited to be partnering with Dr. VanDeWall and his team of professionals,” said Jim Helms, President and chief executive officer at Jones Memorial.  “Dr. VanDeWall was a past member of the UR medical staff and we are pleased to have him back on staff.  We believe that by working together we can increase access to this service for the benefit of Cattaraugus, Allegany and Steuben County residents.”

Patients with clinical appointments in Olean will continue to be seen at 415 North 8th Street in Olean.  However, if the treatment plan includes infusion therapy, that service will be provided at the Wilmot Infusion Center located at 1504 West State Street in Olean.

Patients in Hornell will be seen at the Hornell Medical Office Building, Suite 114, 7309 Seneca Road North in Hornell for clinic visits and for infusion therapy.

For appointments, please talk to your healthcare provider about a referral. For more information, call (716) 372-9399.

Photo Caption: A partnership begins! Brenda Szabo, VP of Specialty Services at Jones Memorial, Rheumatologist Dr. James VanDeWall, and Jones CEO Jim Helms have announced a partnership between the hospital and Southern Tier Arthritis & Rheumatism to provide rheumatology care in Olean and Hornell.

We Are Healthcare: Celebrating Hospital Week 2022

WELLSVILLE, NY (May 6, 2022) – Each May, Jones Memorial joins hospitals around the country to celebrate their employees and show their appreciation for a job well done. Hospital Week is officially May 8th to 14th and Jones Memorial has a variety of activities, treats, games, and contests from Monday, May 9th through Friday, May 13th! 

Find a PHOTO GALLERY of the 2022 Hospital Week Activities here!

“Hospital Week is an opportunity to tell our staff how much we prize the care they provide our community on a daily basis,” said James Helms, CEO at Jones Memorial. “It is when we stop and take the time to ensure they know they are valued and respected.”

The staff at Jones Memorial includes Elizabeth Aaron; Sara Abbott; Tamara Abbott; Monica Acomb, PNP; Jacquelyn Adrian; Kaitlyn Akers; Michelle Allen; Ann Armfield; Cody Armstrong; Lisa Armstrong; Michelle Armstrong; Danny Artlip; Elaine Austin; Paul Axtell, MD; Kayla Babcock; Brent Bailey; Cheryl Baker; Lindsey Baker; Nadine Barber; Dennis Barker; Tracy Barlow; Carol Barney; Aisling Barton; Melissa Baxter; Nancy Bedrosian, PA; Charlotte Behen; Reynaldo Belen; Donna Bertram; Christen Bidwell; Brooke Billings; Leroy Billings; Megan Billings; Melissa Billings; Shannon Billings; Megan Bird; Andrew Black; Erica Blake; Teresa Blakney-Randall; Kimberly Blue; Sally Bond; Brittnay Bowers; Catherine Bowers; Laurie Bracken; Amanda Bradley; Layne Brainard; Patricia Brainard; Christi Brewster; Mark Brophy; Brezi Brown; Amanda Brownell; Jeanna Brownell; Kevin Brush; Christopher Burdett; Marlene Burdick; Michelle Burdick; Nicholas Burdick; Cherokee Burnell; Dorene Burrows; Judith Burt; Haley Burton; David Butler; Sarah Butts; Joseph Calabrese; Ramona Carbone; Alyssa Carlin; Kylie Carter; Tammy Carter; Simon Case; Kelly Cavagna; Heather Chaffee; Tamara Chaffee, CNM; Dylan Chamberlain; Seren Chamberlain; Nishant Chaudhary, MD; Chelsea Church; Dixie Church; Donna Cicirello; Lauren Cicirello; Britney Clark; Skyler Clayson; Kristin Clower; William Coch, MD; Jessica Cole; Sarah Cole; Pamela Colerick; Christina Collins: Steven Collins, MD: Naomi Cook; Brielle Cornelius; Alexander Cornell; Lyla Corwine; Robert Cover; Taylor Craft;  Anna Crowe; Morgan Cumpston; Elaini Davis; Aimee Davison; Matthew Davison; Cierra Dean; Aurora Dee; Molly Dempsey; Christopher Depner, MD; Kasey Diaz; Luann Dixon; Maegan Dixon; Aimee Dodge; Terry Dodge; Paul Dowell; Sharon Draper; Neika Dreyer; Rose Dunn; Mitchell Duvall; Lori Eade; Makayla Edwards; Margaret Eisenhardt; Robert Eisenhardt; Amanda Elliott; Lori Elliott; Mark Elliott; Megan Elmes; Jeffrey Ely; Travis Ely, PA; Jenevera Embser; Nora Emerson; Hannah Evingham; Renee Evingham; Melissa Falandys; Melinda Fancher; Bridget Fanton; Deanna Fanton; Cathy Farrow; Crystal Fenti; Belinda Ferguson; Melissa Ferrusi; Amanda Feuchter; Katelyn Flamini; Karin Flower; Logan Flurschutz; Heather Folts; Alan Foote; Kelly Foster; Olivia Franke, PA; James Franklin; Jori Fratarcangelo; Bethany Frawley; Alycia Frost; Jennifer Frungillo; Douglas Fuller; Megan Gannon; Joanne Gant; Claire Gardner; Keith Gembusia, DO; Douglas George; Terri Giardina; Tristin Giardina; Hope Gilfert; Robert Gilfert, DPM; Joan Gilner Walton; Debra Glass; Jaime Gleason; Sarah Gleason; Theresa Golish; Christine Graves; Amanda Green; Kristopher Green; Denise Greene; Hannah Grisewood; Kathleen Grisewood; Danielle Hackett; Stacy Hale; Glenn Hall; Lucinda Hall; Jessica Hammers; Brandi Hand; Jessica Hand; Maureen Hanes; Karey Hanks; Kim Hannon; Amber Harding, PA; Deanna Harding; Anna Haring, MD; Deedrea Harold; Nina Harrison; Christine Hart; Anna Haxton; Pamela Haywood; Dena Helms; James Helms; Jenna Helms; Kirsten Herrneckar; Marissa Hess; Sara Hess; Lynette Hilliard; Ashley Hitchcock; Amanda Hitchcock-Winchell; Ashley Hoffman; Christopher Hoffman; Joanna Holliday; Deona Houghtaling; Rachel Hufnagel; Jason Hunt; Linda Innamorato; Dianna Irish; Kristin Ives; Deborah Jackson; Suzanne Jackson-Mix; Devin Jacobs; Bradley Jenison; Leone Jenison; Kimberly Jenkins; Alexis Jereb; Brian Johnson; Sara Johnson; Taylor Johnson; Angela Jones; Tracy Jones; Gina Kasperski; Mohamad-Zahi Kassas, MD; Lu-Ann Kaye, MD; Karlee Keane; Jennifer Kear; Tara Keller; Kelly Kellogg; Robin Kelly; Geon Kim; Julia Knapp; Laura Knapp; Brooke Knight; Kylee Kowalewski; Glen Krotje; Susan Kunkel; Shelby Lamphier; Heather Lanphere, MD; Barbara Lanphier; Vanessa Lanterman; Judith Layman; Michelle Leach; Vanessa Learn; Christy Lee; Julie Lehman; Susan Lenker; Gail Lewis; Mary Lewis; Tracy Little; Rachal Love; Ellen Lowry; Emily Lowry; Debra Lynch; Cheryl Macafee; James Macmichael; Autumn Martin; Olivia Mascho; Ryan Mascho; Peter Maslona; Rocky Matchaletti; Ashlynn Matteson; Kelly Matteson; Devin Matthews; Rita Mcallister; Leah Mccormick; Rachael Mcdonald; Elizabeth Mcdowell; Katherine Mcdowell; Rachel Mcgee; Emily Mcginnis; Jacqueline Mclaughlin; Michele McMorris; Briana Meehan; Carrie Merrick; Taylor Merry; Bonnie Meyers; Gracie Middaugh; Jennifer Middaugh, CNM; Maryellen Middaugh ·Kimberly Miller; Patricia Miller; Jacob Milliron; Deborah Mitchell; Vivian Moline; Michelle Monahan; Brenda Mong Szabo; Cortni Monroe, PA; Michelle Monroe; Teri Monroe; Shannon Mooney, PA; Kimberly Moore; Kathleen Morehouse; Yvonne Morris; Jessica Mullen; Anthony Mureddu; Esther Murphy; Rhiannon Murphy; Denise Nevol; Du Nguyen, MD; Ryan Nightingale, MD; Beverly Nye; Shannon Nye; Keegan O’Grady Jeremy Oosterkamp; Jessica Ordiway; Stacy Ordway; Kevin Orlowski; Carrie Osterhout; Taren Outman; Jennifer Pacer; Kelsey Pacer; Kelly Padden; Paige Palmer; Niharika Pasumarty, MD ·Hannah Paul; Katelynne Payne; Jodi Pearson; Ralph Penn; Cassandra Pensyl; Katelyn Pensyl; Samantha Pensyl; Jordan Perham; Michelle Perkins; Alycia Perry; Kyla Pessia; Brooke Pettenati; Cayla Pettit; Pasquale Picco, MD; Steven Pinto, MD; Amanda Potter; Katherine Pratt; Michael Presutti, PA; Linda Pritchard; Amanda Putman; Kristen Quick; Nena Rahr; Paula Ramirez; Kelly Rapan; Amber Reid; Tonya Reisman; Angela Rhodes; Bonnie Richmond; Danielle Richmond; Sharon Ritter; Connor Rittwage; David Roae, PA; Jamie Ross; Jennifer Ross; Meryl Roush; Andres Rubert, MD; Emily Ruggles; Michael Ruhl; Amanda Russo; Daniel Sabins; Jason Salmonson; Skylor Saxton; Kristy Schleigh; Amy Schmidt; Meghan Scholla; Angel Schrlau; Alexa Schultz; Stacy Schwarberg; Daniel Schweigart; Michelle Schweigart; Nancy Scott; Saundra Seep; Laura Sexton; Yassar Shad, MD; Nishit Shah, MD; Deborah Shaut; Thomas Sheridan; Amanda Sibble; Darcenia Silsby; Nancy Silsby; Karly Siperek; Katelyn Siska; Stacey Sisson; Lindsay Slaughter; Carrie Slocum; Kayla Slocum; Laura Slocum; Sydnee Slocum; Alexandra Smith; Carolyn Smith; Crystal Smith; Felicia Smith; Susie Smith; Elizabeth Sobeck; Neeta Soni, MD; Nicole Souter; Pamela Spink; Sadie Sprague; Valerie Sprague; Paul Stalker; Sharon Stalker; Melody Stephens; Sarah Stevens; Glenda Stocking; Serena Stocum; Jessica Strassner, PA; Stacy Stuck; Tara Stuck; Katelyn Sutter; Becky Sutton; Cynthia Sweet; Kristen Sweezy; Arielle Szabo; Catherine Talbett; Susan Thomas; Christina Torpey; Carla Travis; Lisa Tronetti; Ronald Truax; James Vandewall, MD; Steven Vanskiver; Ingrid Vantreese; Elizabeth Velia; Renee Wade; Paula Wagner; John Waide, PNP; Tonya Waite; Carrie Walker; Kaitlin Wallace; Emily Walsh, PA; Melissa Walsh; Fawn Waters; James Waters; Robin Waters; Sandra Watkins; Keith Weekley; AJ Weirich; Sara Wenslow; Jeffrey Werner; Krystena Wesche; Beth Wheaton; Amanda White; Heidi White; Vanessa White; Aimee Whitehouse; Richard Whitney; Lisa Wigent; Katy Willard; Kristina Willetts; Shirley Williams; Hali Williamson; Breanna Willson; Jessica Wilson; Thomas Wilson; Mary Winchell; Melissa Wlasniewski; Adam Wojciechowski, PA; Martha Woodruff; Deanna Worth; Nicole Wulf; Lauren Wyant; Laceanne Wyckoff; Saddam Yasin, MD; Susan Yates; Brooke Yetman; Rachel Yetman; Laura Young; Chung Hon; Staci Zeltwanger; Courtney Zuver ; and Kari Zwiefka.

The annual Employee Recognition Dinner will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 18th. This year, 36 employees will be honored for a combined 440 years of service!


WELLSVILLE, NY (May 3, 2022) – Every year, Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6th through May 12th, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Please join Jones Memorial across the country in thanking Our Nurses!

“National Nurses week is an opportunity to stop and say thank you to all of our nurses for the compassion, kindness, and professionalism they show our patients on a daily basis,” said Sandra Watkins, MS BSN RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Jones Memorial. “Nurses are vital members of the healthcare, performing the most essential healthcare tasks and serving as the first point of contact for most patients.”

The nurses at Jones Memorial include: Elizabeth Aaron, RN,  Sara Abbott, LPN, Tamara Abbott, LPN;Monica Acomb, PNP; Jacquelyn Adrian, BSN RN; Ann Armfield, RN; Nadine Barber, LPN; J.  Dennis Barker, RN; Charlotte Behen, RN; Christen Bidwell, RN; Megan Billings, LPN; Shannon Billings, BSN RN; Megan Bird, RN; Erica Blake, LPN; Kimberly Blue, RN; Sally Bond, LPN; Brittnay Bowers, LPN; Catherine Bowers, LPN; Amanda Bradley, RN; Layne Brainard, BSN RN; Brezi Brown, LPN; Haley Burton, RN; Ramona Carbone, RN; Heather Chaffee, BSN RN; Tamara Chaffee, CNM; Dylan Chamberlain, RN; Skyler Clayson, RN; Kristin Clower, RN; Pamela Colerick, RN; Lyla Corwine, BSN RN; Taylor Craft, BSN RN; Morgan Cumpston, BSN RN; Elaini Davis, LPN; Cierra Dean, BSN RN; Aurora Dee, LPN; Molly Dempsey, RN; Kasey Diaz, RN; Sharon Draper, BSN RN; Rose Dunn, MS BSN RN; Lori Eade, RN; Margaret Eisenhardt, BSN RN; Amanda Elliott, BSN RN OCN ; Mark Elliott, CRNA; Hannah Evingham, RN; Renee Evingham, LPN; Melinda Fancher, LPN; Bridget Fanton, RN; Deanna Fanton, LPN; Belinda Ferguson, LPN; Kelly Foster, BSN, RN; Jori Fratarcangelo, RN; Alycia Frost, BSN, RN; Douglas Fuller, CRNA; Megan Gannon, LPN; Joanne Gant, LPN; Claire Gardner, RN; Terri Giardina, LPN; Hope Gilfert, RN; Joan Gilner Walton, BSN RN; Christine Graves, RN; Amanda Green, BSN RN; Hannah Grisewood, RN; Lucinda Hall, LPN; Jessica Hand, RN; Kim Hannon, BSN RN; Amber Harding, NP; Pamela Haywood, RN; Dena Helms, RN; Jenna Helms, RN; Marissa Hess, BSN RN; Rachel Hufnagel, RN; Jason Hunt, BSN RN; Linda Innamorato, RN; Kristin Ives, RN; Devin Jacobs, LPN; Bradley Jenison, RN; Angie Jenison, RN; Kimberly Jenkins, RN; Taylor Johnson, LPN; Sara Johnson, RN; Tracy Jones, LPN; Geon Kim, CRNA; Julia Knapp, RN; Kylee Kowalewski, BSN RN; Glen Krotje, RN; Vanessa Lanterman, RN; Vanessa Learn, LPN; Christy Lee, RN; Susan Lenker, LPN; Tracy Little, RN; Rachal Love, RN; Ellen Lowry, RN; Debra Lynch, RN; Olivia Mascho, RN; Ryan Mascho, RN; Peter Maslona, BSN RN; Ashlynn Matteson, LPN; Rachael McDonald, RN; Rachel McGee, RN; Michele McMorris, BSN RN; Briana Meehan, BSN RN; Taylor Merry, RN; Jennifer Middaugh, CNM; Maryellen Middaugh, RN; Deborah Mitchell, RN; Yvonne Morris, RN; Scott Mureddu, RN; Beverly Nye, LPN; Jeremy Oosterkamp, CRNA; Jessica Ordiway, RN; Stacy Ordway, LPN; Carrie Osterhout, RN; Jennifer Pacer, RN; Hannah Paul, RN; Samantha Pensyl, RN; Kyla Pessia, RN; Amanda Potter, LPN; Katherine Pratt, RN; Linda Pritchard, RN; Paula Ramirez, BSN RN; Kelly Rapan, BSN RN; Tonya Reisman, RN; Bonnie Richmond, LPN; David Roae, NP; Jamie Ross, RN; Jennifer Ross, BSN RN; Emily Ruggles, RN; Amy Schmidt, LPN; Alexa Schultz, LPN; Michelle Schweigart, RN; Laura Sexton, LPN;  Darcenia Silsby, RN; Laura Slocum, LPN; Alexandra Smith, RN; Valerie Sprague, RN; Paul Stalker, RN; Sharon Stalker, RN; Glenda Stocking, RN; Jessica Strassner, PNP; Stacy Stuck, LPN; Kristen Sweezy, BSN RN; Susan Thomas, RN; Paula Wagner, LPN; Tonya Waite, LPN; Kaitlin Wallace, RN; Melissa Walsh, LPN; Sandra Watkins, MS BSN RN; Keith Weekley, RN; Amanda White, RN; Rich Whitney, BSN RN; Kristina Willetts, RN; Breanna Willson, RN; Jessica Wilson, LPN; Melissa Wlasniewski, LPN; Martha Woodruff, RN; Staci Zeltwanger, BSN RN; Courtney Zuver, RN; and Kari Zwiefka, BSN RN.

Nurses are at the heart of what we do. Thank you for the care you give to our patients.


WOJCIECHOWSKIWELLSVILLE, NY (April 5, 2022) – Physician Assistant Adam Wojciechowski has been named the Chief Advanced Practice Provider for the Emergency Department and the hospitalist program at Jones Memorial Hospital.

 “Adam was a valued member of the Delphi Emergency Medicine Team at Jones and so is a familiar face here,” said Sandra Watkins, Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer at Jones. “His compassion, caring, and professionalism has been appreciated by patients and by his colleagues. We are delighted to have him as a permanent part of our medical staff and I look forward to working with him in both of these critical areas of patient care.”

After serving as a Captain in the US Army, Adam graduated at the top of his class at Daemen College with a BS in Biology and Physician Assistant Studies. Most recently, he was part of the Delphi Emergency Physicians, LLC and worked at several hospitals in the region. Prior to that, his work experience included Universal Primary Care in Olean, where he worked in a primary care setting in Olean and in Cuba and served as a surgical assistant for general and obstetrical surgeons. Until December 2020, Adam was an instructor at Aberrant International, Inc., a veteran-owned business specializing in medical training for remote, national disaster, and emergency environments. His extracurricular activities include serving as part of the North Park Wesleyan Church Men’s Ministry and volunteering in the Amish community. He is also a home builder.

“Having been a part of rural healthcare for nearly 20 years, I am very familiar with the unique challenges involved,” he said. “I am looking forward to continuing to be a part of the UR Medicine|Jones Memorial team.”

Please congratulate Adam Wojciechowski, PA, on his new role as we welcome him back to Jones Memorial Hospital.


WEKASSASLLSVILLE, NY (March 30, 2022) – Jones Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that Pediatricians Dr. Zahi Kassas and Monica Acomb, PNP, will transition to a Jones Memorial Medical Practice, effect May 1, 2022.

“Dr. Kassas has been a long-time member of our medical staff and has served in various leadership roles here at Jones Memorial,” said Jim Helms, President and CEO of Jones Memorial.  “We not only appreciate his leadership in pediatrics, but his commitment to Jones Memorial and our community.  Nothing could make us happier than being able to partner with Dr. Kassas and his team.”

Dr. Kassas, who joined the Jones Memorial Medical Staff in 1999, has been in private practice at 313 North Main Street in Wellsville for 22 years. Patients will see very little changes from this transition. The current staff will remain and Dr. Kassas and Nurse Practitioner Monica Acomb will continue to provide medical care. Office hours and the phone numbers will also not change. Jones Memorial will manage the billing and take custody of patient records. After May 1st patients will be able to access their medical records by registering at

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Kassas and Monica Acomb joining the Jones Memorial Medical Practices,” said Carrie Walker Vice President of Medical Practices. “Dr. Kassas is committed to continuing to provide care for his patients and to being a part of this community.”

Current patients of the practice see very little change. “With Jones Memorial managing the practice, our staff will have the freedom to focus on continuing to provide the outstanding care our patients have come to expect,” said Dr. Kassas. “This is an exciting transition that will benefit our patients.”

“​After hours cell phone number will remain the same and patients will have the option of speaking with the physician on call,” Dr. Kassas added. “We are looking forward for cross-coverage with other pediatric providers in the area and have all the trust in them.”

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Beginning May 1, Kassas Pediatrics will transition to a Jones Memorial Medical Practice! Gathered for the announcement were, from left, Dr. Zahi Kassas, Pediatrician; Carrie Walker, Jones Memorial Hospital’s Vice President of Medical Practices and Professional Services; Monica Acomb, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; and Jim Helms, CEO at Jones Memorial Hospital.


WELLSVILLE, NY (March 29, 2022) –Every March 30, Jones Memorial takes a moment to thank the physicians on our medical staff for everything they do for our patients and for our community.

This year we are proud to honor 46 physicians on our medical staff, representing a wide range of specialty practices. “The dedicated medical staff at Jones Memorial are at the heart of what we do for this community,” said Jim Helms, CEO at Jones. “We are so thankful for the care and caring that they provide every day.”

The physicians on the medical staff are: Edwin Acosta, MD; Zaheer Alam, MD; Jackie Anderson, DO; Paul Axtell, MD; Kurt Benham, MD; Aishwarya Bhardwaj, MD; Gerard Buffo, MC; Andrew Call, MD; Vektra Casler, MD; Nishant Chaudhary, MD; David Chung, MD;  William Coch, MD; Steven Collins, MD; Heide Crandall, MD; Orlando Cruz, MD; Christopher Depner, MD; Steven Doyle, MD; Frank Edwards, MD; Jay Ellie, MD; Keith Gembusia, DO; Robert Gilfert, DPM; Kipling Goh, MD; Anna Haring, MD; Zahi Kassas, MD; Lu-Ann Kaye, MD; Asfandyar Khan, MBBS; Neil Kline, DO; Heather Lanphere, MD; Tareen Loqman, DO; Bulent Mamikoglu, MD; Kevin McCormick, MD; Du Nguyen, MD; Niharika Pasumarty, MD; David Pelkowski, MD; Pasquale Picco, MD; Steven Pinto, MD; Wade Porterfield, MD; David Rayne, MD; William Roberts, MD PhD; Andres Rubert, MD; Nishit Shah, MD; Neeta Soni, MD; Alex Strassburg, MD; Thomas F. Taylor, MD; Joshua Trenkamp, MD; and Saddam Yasin, MBBS.


WELLSVILLE, NY (March 21, 2022) -- Leadership at St. James Hospital and Jones Memorial Hospital today announced that Jodi L. Howe is stepping down as chief financial officer for both hospitals effective April 15, 2022 to pursue an opportunity at Alfred University.  An interim CFO will be identified by UR Medicine and the two hospital boards.

“At Jones Memorial, Jodi provided vital direction and support during the launch of a capital improvement project as well as the full implementation of our new accounting and enterprise reporting systems,” said Jim Helms, Jones president and CEO.  “Jodi has been a key financial leader for both of our organizations during the pandemic, and for that we thank her.”

“We are grateful for Jodi’s leadership at St. James during her tenure as CFO, where she led the implementation of a new accounting system and was part of the recent rollout of a new medical record system,” said Wendy Disbrow, St. James interim president and CEO. 

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.

“We appreciate Jodi’s willingness and ability to serve in this role and provide continuity and direction to both hospitals,” 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.  “We thank Jodi for her service and wish her all the best in her new endeavor.”

UR Medicine leadership will provide support and oversight for financial operations at both hospitals during the transition period, as well as assist in the search for a new chief financial officer. 


AndoverWELLSVILLE, NY (March 16, 2022) -- Keep an eye on the former Maier’s Market on Main Street in Andover this summer! Pending New York State approval, the Andover office of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices will be relocated to the former grocery store once the renovations of the space are complete.

“Andover and the surrounding communities are important population centers in eastern Allegany County,” said James Helms, CEO at Jones Memorial. “Since that medical office transitioned from a UR Medicine Practice to a Jones Memorial Medical Practice, our goal has been to solidify our presence by expanding available healthcare services for residents of that area. We are thrilled to be working with Richard and Teresa Joyce on this project.” 

The building is owned by Andover Main Street Memories, LLC, a partnership between siblings – and Andover natives - Richard and Teresa Joyce. “Our goal is saving and restoring buildings in Andover,” Teresa explained. “Renovations of several buildings in the village have been completed and we are currently working on renovating the old Blarney Stone building with a goal of opening a restaurant and Allegany County Sports Hall of Fame. The addition of a medical practice to the Main Street is a great asset for the town.”

“Access to healthcare is so important and we are honored to have such great partners for this project enabling quality healthcare to remain in Andover,” said Carrie Walker, VP of Practice Management and Professional Services at Jones Memorial, adding that renovations are expected to take place over the remainder of the year with a projected completion date in early 2023.

Once complete the medical practice will be approximately 3,800 square feet - half of the store’s usable space – and will be able to support three providers with exams rooms, a treatment room, and a draw station for blood work.

Photo Caption: Teresa Joyce and Richard Joyce of Andover Main Street Memories, LLC, left, hosted a visit from Jones Memorial Hospital's Vice President of Practice Management Carrie Walker and hospital CEO Jim Helms on a visit to the new location of the Andover Medical Practice.



WELLSVILLE, NY (February 16, 2022) – The Dr. F. Clifton Miller Trust Fund recently purchased a new birthing bed for the maternity unit at Jones Memorial Hospital.

The new bed is similar to the current birthing beds, but has a few more features that are much appreciated by the patients and the nurses. According to OB Nurse Cierra Dean, in photo, two of the features of the new bed that are especially notable are a thicker mattress and attached handles on the lower, removable part of the bed that are used to convert it from labor to delivery. There is also a separate mattress that is installed to make post-partum more comfortable.

The Dr. Miller Trust Fund was started as a way of continuing Dr. Miller’s legacy of caring for women and children in our community. The fund is used to purchase equipment that has a direct impact on the healthcare provided to women and children. If you would like to support the Dr. Miller Trust Fund, on-line gifts can be made at the hospital website: For more information, contact Jodi Pearson by calling (585) 596-2053 or email


Change Connects Patients Through My Chart Portal with Providers at 6 Hospitals and Affiliated Practices Across the Finger Lakes Region

WELLSVILLE, NY (February 10, 2022) -- UR Medicine affiliates Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, Noyes Health in Dansville and Geneseo, and St. James Hospital in Hornell will adopt a new electronic health record (EHR) platform on March 5, 2022, the same EHR used at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital and other affiliate organizations, Highland Hospital in Rochester and Thompson Health in Canandaigua. 

For the more than 2 million residents of Rochester, the Finger Lakes region and the Southern Tier served by UR Medicine, the alignment of patient records and patient care activities on the Epic platform, known at UR Medicine as eRecord, and the expansion of its use in the health system is part of an on-going effort to increase access for patients to health care services throughout the region, strengthen and enhance patient safety and quality of care, and work more efficiently.

The move to a standardized EHR means patients will be able to see information from their visits with providers at all UR Medicine-affiliated Urgent Care, primary care and specialty care practices through UR Medicine’s online patient portal, MyChart. Through the website,, or mobile app, patients can access provider’s appointment notes, medication lists and test results, appointment information and Urgent Care wait-times. They will also be able to request prescription refills and communicate directly with their provider’s office to ask questions and complete pre-appointment paperwork.  

MyChart also allows patients easily to pay and keep track of their bills online, which will be presented as a consolidated summary of charges from four affiliate facilities:  Noyes Health, St. James Hospital, Jones Memorial Hospital and Thompson Health.  Anyone can sign up for a MyChart account at any time at

“For the past ten years, our EHR has become an increasingly valuable tool in assessing the health care needs of the communities we serve,” 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 in Rochester. “With all of us working in the same EHR, we will be able to transition care more easily between local services and specialty care, with each provider and each location having a complete picture of the patient’s health and treatment needs.”

The multi-year integration effort was supported in part by New York State Health Care Facility Transformation Program grants to each individual hospital totaling $12 million. Leadership and staff at St. James, Noyes and Jones worked with their peers at the University of Rochester Medical Center to secure the funding, and plan and implement the new system.  UR Medicine contributed the remainder of the funding for the project.

“We are grateful to the New York State Department of Health and our state legislature for recognizing the importance of this kind of project which connects community-based and rural health care organizations with the specialty expertise of an academic medical center,” said Goldstein, “and to UR Medicine leadership who prioritized and enabled this project.”

“As a practicing physician, I know firsthand the value of eRecord. With all of us across the UR Medicine system on that one platform, our teams simply will be able to collaborate more effectively, both in terms of patient care and administrative oversight,” said J. Chad Teeters, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of Noyes Health. “That will lead to better patient communication, safety and satisfaction.”

“Our outpatient clinics have been on eRecord and their patients have had the benefits of eRecord and My Chart since we opened the new medical office building in Hornell three years ago,” said Bryan O’Donovan, M.P.A., M.S., St. James Hospital’s president and CEO.  “Now, with all of our inpatients and hospital-based services on the same system, it will make it easier and more efficient to coordinate care.”

“The challenges of navigating the Covid pandemic as a health system validated the need for an integrated patient record system,” said James Helms, CPA, FHFMA, president and CEO of Jones Memorial Hospital. “This seamless and clear view of our patients’ health history will enable us to provide the best care, whether it’s here locally, or, if needed, at another UR Medicine affiliate offering more specialized care. Serving our patients and expanding the level of service to our community has us all excited for March 5th and beyond!”

Noyes Health and Jones Memorial Hospital joined Thompson Health and Highland Hospital as affiliates of the University of Rochester Medical Center and became part of the UR Medicine health system in 2016.  St. James Hospital formally affiliated in 2018. 


SharonDraperWELLSVILLE, NY (January 6, 2022) – Please join Jones Memorial Hospital in welcoming Sharon Draper, RN BSN, to nursing administration team! The new Senior Director of Nursing, Sharon comes to Jones from Noyes Health in Dansville, where she was most recently Nurse Manager of the ICU.

“We are thrilled to have Sharon as part of the Jones Memorial nursing leadership team,” said Sandra Watkins, MS RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Jones. “She has a strong background in patient care and years of management experience; I look forward to working with her.”

A native of Australia, Sharon began her nursing career as a traveling nurse and earned her Bachelors in Nursing at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney. Attracted by the beauty of the Finger Lakes region and the reasonable cost of living, she accepted an RN position at Highland Hospital in 2006. After six years commuting from her home in Hornell to Canandaigua, she continued her career at Noyes as Nurse Manager of the Intensive Care Unit and a nursing supervisor. She also worked as a clinical nurse educator and charge nurse manager. Sharon is presently working on her Master’s in Healthcare and Leadership at Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah.

An enthusiastic traveler, Sharon’s tourist destinations have included Singapore, India, Nepal, and Mexico. An animal lover, Sharon and her life-partner Irene have filled their home with rescue animals including five dogs and four snakes. Her other interests include riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle, cooking, and gardening.

Welcome to Jones Memorial Hospital, Sharon Draper!


where care chartWELLSVILLE, NY (January 4, 2022) – A sore throat, runny nose, and headache COULD mean you have COVID, but it can also mean you have a cold. Your primary care provider can help you and should be your first call.

“People with the milder symptoms of COVID, such as fever and chills, cough, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, congestion, runny nose, diarrhea should call their primary care provider for guidance,” said Kelly Foster, Director of Emergency Services at Jones Memorial Hospital. “Your provider can tell you if the symptoms can be taken care of at home or require a visit to the office.”

On the other hand, some symptoms are signs that you should seek emergency medical care immediately. “If someone is experiencing trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, trouble waking up or staying aware, emergency medical attention is needed immediately,” Mrs. Foster added. “Don’t hesitate, don’t wait. These symptoms require a trip to the Emergency Department.”

Remember, the first call if you have minor symptoms should be to your primary care provider. “This includes COVID testing and other minor health issues,” she added. “The emergency room should be used only for emergencies.” The walk-in clinic at Jones Memorial is another option for non-emergencies when you can’t reach your primary care physician. Located near the JMH rehab department, the walk-in clinic is open every day from 2 pm to 7 pm.

Do you want to support your community hospital and the family, friends, and neighbors who work there? Get you vaccine. Jones Memorial Hospital is offering a free vaccine and booster clinic from noon to 5 pm on January 13, 20, and 27. All three vaccines available. Please call (585) 596-4119 to make an appointment.

The Allegany County Department of Health is offering free rapid testing during the month of January. Use this link for more information or to register,


JONES HOSTING COVID TOWN HALL Q&A: Submit Questions by Jan. 8

WELLSVILLE, NY (January 4, 2022) – Do you have questions about COVID, the Vaccine or Boosters, COVID exposure, COVID Variants, or any other aspect of the virus? On Tuesday, January 11 at noon, a panel of trusted Jones Memorial Hospital physicians will be hosting a COVID 19 Town Hall Q&A on Facebook Live.

To be included, questions must be submitted by midnight on Saturday, January 8th. Questions will not be taken during the event. Email your questions to no later than midnight on January 8. Log on to and #GetTheFacts.


WELLSVILLE, NY (December 28, 2021) – As of December 5, the minimum wage at Jones Memorial Hospital was been raised to $15 an hour.

“The original plan was to raise the minimum wage next spring,” explained Kristopher Green, HR Director at Jones. “But doing it now is an opportunity to thank our staff and recognize all they have done for our patients. Throughout the pandemic, and especially during this most recent surge, our team has routinely demonstrated their dedication to taking care of our patients.”

Jones Memorial is committed in providing fair and competitive wages, Mr. Green noted. “Our most valuable resource is our people,” he said. “By making this significant investment in the workforce, we are reaffirming our responsibility to retaining a dedicated and talented workforce while also strengthening the Hospital’s position as an Employer of Choice.”

The first hospital-wide job fair, Join the Jones, will be held from 11 am to 5 pm on Friday, February 4th at the Wellsville American Legion, 23 Jefferson Street in Wellsville. During the job fair, hiring managers will be conducting immediate interviews to fill open positions in Nursing, Laboratory, Rehab, Medical Imaging, Environmental Services, Practice Management, Food and Nutrition, Facilities Services, and Admissions.  “If you are looking for a career in caring for your family, friends, and neighbors, please come see what Jones Memorial has to offer,” Mr. Green added.

Walk-ins are welcome or you can register by calling (585) 596-4019. Door prizes will be awarded and snacks will be available.


WELLSVILLE, NY (December 27, 2021) – If you would like a career in caring for your family, friends, and neighbors it’s time to #JoinTheJones!

Jones Memorial Hospital is hosting a hospital-wide job fair from 11 am to 5 pm on Friday, February 4, 2022 at the American Legion, 23 Jefferson Street in Wellsville. In addition to the Human Resources team, hiring managers from nursing, the laboratory, medical imaging, environmental services, food and nutrition, practice management, facilities services, rehabilitation, and admissions will be on-site ready to conduct interviews and answer questions.

Jones Memorial offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits in a progressive, safe healthcare environment. “Jones is also offering potential sign on bonuses of up to $5,000 LPNs and $15,000 sign on bonus to RNs,” said Kristopher Green, Human Resources Director at Jones Memorial. “This is a great opportunity to find out everything the hospital has to offer and take the next step in your career!”

If you would like to find out more or to apply for an open position at the job fair, please stop in at the Legion between 11 am and 5 pm on January 28. You may pre-register by calling (585) 596-4019. There will be a chance to win a door prize and snacks will be available.  

You can find all the current openings on the hospital website, Jones Memorial Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, gender, age, disability, religion, marital status, citizenship, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.


WELLSVILLE, NY (December 22, 2021) – The surge of COVID positive inpatients admitted to Jones Memorial Hospital in the past three months has been challenging to the staff and resources at the hospital. Since September 1, Jones Memorial has admitted 187 COVID-positive patients. With the holidays continuing to bring people together, the hospital is again asking everyone to get vaccinated.

The best way to avoid hospitalizations related to COVID is to get vaccinated. According to the most recent statistics, of those 187 people hospitalized, 10-percent have passed away from COVID complications. “The median age of unvaccinated COVID deaths is 74,” explained Jim Helms, CEO at Jones. “Among vaccinated patients, the median age is 90 years old, demonstrating how the vaccine can aid otherwise health patients in the fight against this virus.”

“Since September 2021 we have seen a steady increase in the number of hospitalizations: 33 in September, 46 in October, 56 in November, and, so far, 52 in December,” said Connor Rittwage, Infection Prevention specialist at Jones Memorial. “Deaths have also increased over this same time frame with three in September, four in October, five in November and six so far in December.”

It is important to note that these deaths do not include patients who had COVID and were admitted weeks later because of complications of their initial disease. “This is concerning given the low vaccination rates in our county and the communities we serve,” Mr. Rittwage added. “The facts are that the majority of the COVID-19 burden at Jones Memorial is among the unvaccinated both in hospitalization (71-percent) and deaths (74-percent), again demonstrating how the vaccine aids in keeping patients out of the hospital.”

Not everyone who is admitted to Jones Memorial is a COVID patient. People come to the hospital for treatment of all kinds of other conditions: heart attacks, strokes, broken bones and having a baby are all good examples of people who need to come to the hospital. “If you need treatment for an emergency situation, do not hesitate to come to the hospital,” said Mr. Helms. “Our goal is to be able to treat our community locally, but our staff needs your help to be able to accomplish this.”

The bottom-line message from the hospital to the community is wear a mask in public places and more importantly get vaccinated or get your booster. “With the unknowns that come with COVID and with flu season upon us, the best way to support your community hospital - and the family, friends, and neighbors who work here - is to get your vaccines – both COVID and influenza,” added Mr. Helms, noting that Jones is seeing patients and hospitalization for flu unlike last year - which was virtually none.

If you have questions about the vaccines, please talk to your local health care provider. “The best place to get information about the vaccines is from your primary care provider,” Mr. Helms added. “This is someone you trust with your health and this is the time to trust them again.  If you need help reaching a provider to ask questions please reach out the hospital at (585) 596-4050 and we will put you in contact with someone to answer your questions.”

To further help the community, Jones Memorial will be hosting a Live COVID Town Hall Question and Answer session in mid-January. Questions must be submitted in advance. “We will be answering the questions that are submitted during the Live Town Hall, but we will not be taking questions live,” said Judy Burt, Community Relations Coordinator. If you have questions, please send an email to by January 10.


WELLSVILLE, NY (December 21, 2021) – Jones Memorial is pleased to announce that Steven Pinto, MD, an internal medicine physician, has joined the JMH Medical Staff and will begin seeing patients at the Andover Office of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices. New patients are welcome and appointments can be made now by calling (607) 478-8421. The office is located at 20 Main Street in Andover.

As an Internal Medicine provider, Dr. Pinto will see adult patients for routine care and chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and chronic lung disease.  

A graduate of St. Johns Medical College and Hospital in India, Dr. Pinto comes to Jones from the University of Nevada School of Medicine, where he completed his residency in internal medicine.  He is board eligible in Internal Medicine and certified in Advanced and Basic Life Support. While a resident, Dr. Pinto was recognized for his exceptional patient communication skills and bedside manner and his strong procedural proficiency.

A hiking enthusiast, Dr. Pinto is looking forward to exploring the hiking trails this area has to offer. He also enjoys reading, writing, and creating music.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Pinto to the Jones Memorial Team!



cardiologyPlease join Jones Memorial Hospital and St. James Hospital in welcoming Dr. Aishwarya Bhardwaj to the cardiology team! Dr. Bhardwaj will join Dr. David Pelkowski in Wellsville seeing patients at the Cardiology Clinic on the third floor at Jones Memorial.

A University of Rochester faculty physician, Dr. Bhardwaj received her medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine, completed her fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and did her residency in Internal Medicine at SUNY Buffalo.  Dr. Bhardwaj also earned a masters degree in Physical Health from Northumbria University and a bachelors degree in Science from McMaster University.  She is board certified in both Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine. Dr. Bhardwaj has done extensive research and published papers on cardiovascular disease and interventions, and has a special interest in adult comprehensive echocardiography. 

A referral from your primary care provider is required. For more information, call (585) 596-0134. 



CHAFFEEwellsville, NY (December 3, 2021) – Certified Nurse Midwife Tamara L. Chaffee has joined the Jones Memorial Hospital Women’s Health Team and will see patients at the Wellsville and Hornell Offices.

Tammy comes to Jones from Olean Medical Group, where she provided midwifery care. She is a familiar face at Jones, having served as the Director of Maternal Health Services and Prenatal Education, a certified childbirth education, certified lactation counselor, and the charge nurse in Obstetrics. She was also the office manager for well-known Wellsville Pediatrician Dr. Zahi Kassas.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester and completed her Masters in Midwifery at Stoney Brook University School of Nursing. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives.

Tammy and her husband, Mike, live in Wellsville and have three grown children: Dakota, Mikala, and Noah. In her spare time, Tammy enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys cooking.

Tammy will begin seeing patients in January but appointments can be made now by calling (585) 596-4047 in Wellsville and (607) 324-0604 in Hornell..


wellsville, NY (November 23, 2021) – As of this morning, 55-percent of the medical patients at Jones Memorial Hospital were admitted with a serious COVID illness. This led to a delay in admissions from the Emergency Room yesterday. Ambulance squads were advised that depending on the patient’s condition they may have to wait until a bed became available in the ER.

Throughout the fall, Jones Memorial has maintained a COVID census of more than 50-percent. “It feels like for every patient who is discharged, two more are admitted,” Sandra Watkins, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Jones Memorial Hospital. “Since September, we have admitted 98 patients with COVID. When we talk about a 50-percent COVID census, it is important to understand that these are different patients each day.”

Like hospitals everywhere, Jones Memorial has experienced a staffing shortage that is - for the most part - unrelated to the state’s vaccine mandate. “I am so proud of our staff; despite this incredibly challenging time, they have continued to provide the care our patients expect,” said Jim Helms, CEO at Jones. “They have proven their commitment to the health of our community while minimizing delays or disruptions as much as possible.” Jones continues to work with UR Medicine affiliates and other community hospitals in the area on strategies to balance the number of patients between facilities as much as possible. The hospital has remained open and without diversions since the NYS mandate.

Mr. Helms also recognizes the sacrifices of our local ambulance squads. “The EMS teams have been phenomenal,” he noted. “We can’t thank these volunteers and transport agencies enough for all they have done and continue to do for our community.”

The best way to move forward is for everyone to get vaccinated. “It is unprecedented to have such a large percentage of our inpatients here for the same illness – especially because there is a safe, effective, lifesaving vaccine available,” said Mr. Helms, noting that Allegany County remains the lowest vaccinated county in New York State.

“The best way to support Jones Memorial Hospital and our local first responders right now is to get vaccinated.” The hospital has weekly vaccine and booster clinics on the following Thursdays by appointment (call 585.596.4114) or walk-in: December 2, 9, 16, and 30.



The Sleep Disorder Center at Jones can help you get there!

WELLSVILLE, NY (November 18, 2021) –Do you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep? Do you wake up groggy? Feel drowsy during the day? Maybe it’s time to talk to your healthcare provider about a referral to the Jones Memorial Hospital Sleep Disorder Center.

A sleep disorder is more than just being tired. If you don’t get enough sleep, you are at risk for a number of chronic health conditions including asthma, heart attack, and high blood pressure. A sleep study can identify the reasons you are not getting the rest you need. These can include restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, insomnia, or the most common problem cause of sleep deprivation: Sleep apnea.

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 is a potentially serious sleep disorder – especially for people who have had a stroke or heart attack, or have diabetes, hypothyroidism, or high blood pressure. “People who have these conditions are more likely to have sleep apnea and should strongly consider having a sleep study,” said Brenda Mong Szabo, Vice President of Specialty Services at Jones Memorial.

Sleep apnea can occur hundreds of times during the night. During a sleep study, the person is attached to 25 leads that record their brain waves, blood oxygen level, heart rate, breathing, and eye and leg movements. This information is used to by a sleep medicine physician to make a diagnosis and recommend the best course of treatment.

With sleep apnea as the most common sleep disorder, often the answer is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy, which delivers a lightly pressurized air through a small nose mask during sleep.  Other options for treating sleep apnea include removal of tonsils and adenoids, oral appliances, weight loss, surgery, or the Inspire system for qualified candidates. 

For more information about sleep studies at Jones Memorial Hospital Sleep Disorder Center, talk to your healthcare provider or check the hospital website:

Dr. Richard Cudahy Retiring after 40 Years

CudahyRetiresRetiring physician Dr. Richard Cudahy was presented with a gift on behalf of the Jones Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and the hospital medical staff recently.

After 40 years, Dr. Cudahy has announced he is retiring at the end of the year.  Born in Little Genesee, Dr. Cudahy began his medical career in 1980 when he joined the Martin Street practice of Dr. F. C. Miller and Dr. Daniel Tartaglia. A little over a year later, he established his own practice in Bolivar, where he continued to see patients until December 2012. After retiring from private practice, Dr. Cudahy began the second phase of his medical career reading and interpreting EKGs at Jones Memorial. He and his wife, Becky, live in Bolivar and have no plans to relocate.

Teri Monroe, Executive Assistant to President/CEO and Vice President of Finance/CFO, worked with Dr. Cudahy as the medical staff coordinator for over 30 years, and Jones Memorial CEO Jim Helms. Congratulations Dr. Cudahy!


WELLSVILLE, NY (November 4, 2021) – The best way to support your community hospital is to get a vaccine. COVID vaccines and booster shots from all three manufacturers - Moderna, Pfizer, and Jensen Kaye(Johnson & Johnson) - are now available at Jones Memorial Hospital.

JIM SHOTAt Jones Memorial and other hospitals in the region, the inpatient rate for those admitted with COVID is exceptionally high. “While the surge rates across the nation are starting to decline, they remain high in Allegany County,” said Jim Helms, CEO at Jones, noting that the percentage of Jones Memorial in-patients has consistently been over 60-percent. “That is a direct reflection of the extremely low vaccination rates in our county. I hate getting shots, but I know that vaccines save lives and this booster is a positive step in getting this pandemic under control.”

vIVIANVivian Moline, who has been on the Food and Nutrition team at Jones for nearly 40 years, was also among the first to get her booster shot. “I have a compromised immune system that puts me at risk,” she said, noting that protecting her family and co-workers was also part of her decision. “I have done my research and am confident that it is safe. I trust my doctor and he advised me to get the shot.”

If you have not tested positive for COVID but are experiencing the symptoms – fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, and body aches – please call your primary care provider. If, however, you are having more serious symptoms - trouble breathing, chest pain, or stroke - please go to the Emergency Room immediately.

“Sometimes people with serious symptoms are hesitant to come the ER because they are afraid of being diagnosed with COVID,” said Kelly Foster, BSN. “But denying that you are ill never made anyone better so if you have serious symptoms, please seek medical care.” If you do not have a PCP, please visit the walk-in clinic, open 2 pm to 7 pm daily.

Jones Memorial Hospital is holding booster and initial vaccine clinics on the following Thursdays: November 11th and 18th and December 2nd, 9th, and 16th. Call (585) 596-4114 for an appointment but walk-ins are welcome.

PHOTO CAPTION: At Jones Memorial, 100-percent of the employed medical staff has been vaccinated and the majority of them are actively scheduling their booster. Shortly after the booster shots became available, Dr. Lu-Ann Kaye, a family practice physician at Jones Memorial Hospital’s Women and Children Health Center, stopped to see Employee Health Nurse Mona Carbone, RN, and received her booster shot.


WELLSVILLE, NY (November 4, 2021) – Kelsey Denhoff, certified pediatric nurse practitioner, will begin seeing patients at the Jones Memorial Medical Practices office of Dr. Nishit Shah.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Kelsey Denhoff back to Wellsville,” said Carrie Walker, VP of Practice Management & Professional Services. “Dr. Shachi Shah is leaving the Jones Memorial Pediatric Practice to pursue her interest in pediatric endocrinology at UR Medicine in Rochester, and Kelsey will be a great addition to the practice.”

Located at 127 North Main Street in Wellsville, the pediatric practice is part of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices Women & Children Health Office. Kelsey Denhoff will see patients from birth to age 18. To make an appointment, please call the office at (585) 596-2040.

Kelsey is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and earned her Masters in Nursing and her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification at the University of Rochester. She comes to Jones from the Golisano Children’s Hospital, where she was a Registered Nurse and served as a charge nurse and preceptor for new nurses.

A Wellsville-native, Kelsey graduated from Wellsville High School. Her parents and sister still live in the area and she is looking forward returning to her hometown. She and her chocolate lab, Lola, will be relocating next month. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys the outdoors and likes to read, travel, and try new restaurants.

“I’m excited about coming back to Wellsville because it is an opportunity to give back to my hometown and be closer to my family,” she said. “I have always loved Wellsville and enjoy the small community.”

To make an appointment with Kelsey Denhoff, PNP, please call the Jones Memorial Medical Practices Pediatrics Office at (585) 596-2040. 


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. 

FRANKEPhysician 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).

BEDROSIAN 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.

 HARDINGFamily 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!



Wellsville, NY (September 30, 2021) – Jones Memorial Hospital welcomes these providers to the hospital’s Emergency Department.

doyleDr. 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.


trenkampDr. 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.


andersonDr. 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!


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.


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:

Support your community hospital: get vaccinated.



vanessasweetWELLSVILLE, 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.


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. “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

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:

"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."


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.”


JodiLHoweHORNELL, 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.


Worth and HelmsWELLSVILLE, 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.


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!


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.”

walkerCarrie 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.”

greenA 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.