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LYMPHEDEMA TREATMENT NOW AVAILABLE AT JMH

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.”

Lymphadema 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.

SISSON AND MAURO JOIN HOSPITAL BOARD

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.

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN NOW UNDERWAY AT JONES MEMORIAL

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.

 

PALLIATIVE CARE NOW AVAILABLE IN THE SOUTHERN TIER!

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: Nancy_Scott@URMC.Rochester.edu.

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.

ALEXIS NIEDERMAIER, FNP, JOINS ANDOVER FAMILY PRACTICE

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: jones.urmc.edu. For appointments please call (607) 478-8421.

BOYD CHAPPELL NAMED NEW CFO AT JONES MEMORIAL

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!

ALI MANSOUR, MD, JOINS ORTHOPAEDIC TEAM

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.

DR. NIGHTINGALE & FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER ALEXIS NIEDERMAIER JOIN JMH MEDICAL STAFF

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; jones.urmc.edu. 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.

DAISY AWARD COMES TO JONES MEMORIAL

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.

CELEBRATE SUMMER GOLF TOURNAMENT RESULTS

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!

MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR THE AUXILIARY’S ROYAL COURT

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.

 

PAIN MANAGEMENT SERVICES ARE BACK AT JMH

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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.

AMANDA GREEN, BSN RN, NAMED DIRECTOR OF MATERNAL HEALTH

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!

LUNG CANCER SCREENING NOW AT JONES MEMORIAL

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.

For more information, visit lungcancerscreening.urmc.edu

JONES MEMORIAL BEGINS OFFERING RHEUMATOLOGY SERVICES

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!

JMH CELEBRATING NURSES WEEK!

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.

ADAM WOJCIECHOWSKI, PA NOW CHIEF APP AT JONES

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.

KASSAS PEDIATRICS JOINS JONES MEDICAL PRACTICES

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 mychart.urmc.rochester.edu.

“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.

JONES MEMORIAL CELEBRATES DOCTOR’S DAY

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.

JODI HOWE STEPPING DOWN AS CFO AT JONES AND ST. JAMES

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. 

ANDOVER MEDICAL PRACTICE TO RELOCATE

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.

DR. F. CLIFTON MILLER TRUST FUND BUYS BIRTHING BED

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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: jones.rochester.edu. For more information, contact Jodi Pearson by calling (585) 596-2053 or email Jodi_Pearson@URMC.rochester.edu.

UR MEDICINE AFFILIATES JOIN SYSTEM-WIDE ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD SYSTEM

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, mychart.urmc.edu, 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 mychart.urmc.edu.

“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. 

SHARON DRAPER, BSN, NAMED SENIOR DIRECTOR OF NURSING AT JONES MEMORIAL

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!

NON-EMERGENCIES SHOULD START WITH YOUR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER

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, https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=D2CDB3D0D02A02B6E0530A6C7C159637

 

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 Judy_Burt@urmc.rochester.edu no later than midnight on January 8. Log on to facebook.com/jmhny and #GetTheFacts.

MINIMUM WAGE AT JONES NOW $15 PER HOUR

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.

JONES MEMORIAL HOSTING HOSPITAL-WIDE JOB FAIR

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.urmc.edu. 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.

COVID UPDATE FROM JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

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 Judy_Burt@URMC.Rochester.edu by January 10.

DR. STEVEN PINTO JOINS ANDOVER MEDICAL PRACTICE

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!

 

WELCOME CARDIOLOGIST AISHWARYA BHARDWAJ, MD

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. 

 

CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE TAMMY CHAFFEE JOINS JMH WOMEN'S HEALTH TEAM

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..

UPDATE FROM JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

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.

 

ARE YOU READY FOR A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP?

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: jones.rochester.edu.

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!

MOVING FORWARD WITH COVID BOOSTER SHOTS

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.

KELSEY DENHOFF, PNP, JOINS PEDIATRIC PRACTICE

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. 

MEET THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE JMH HOSPITALIST TEAM

WELLSVILLE, NY (October 28, 2021) – Jones Memorial Hospital welcomes these providers to the hospital’s Hospitalist Team. A hospitalist provides care for patients while in the hospital. 

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!

 

JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT ADDS NEW PROVIDERS

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

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!

JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL REPORTS 95-PERCENT OF STAFF COMPLIANT WITH NYS MANDATE

WELLSVILLE, NY (September 28, 2021) – As of yesterday’s deadline to meet the New York State mandate requiring all healthcare employees to be vaccinated against COVID 19, Jones Memorial Hospital reported that 96-percent of the hospital staff is compliant, with 86-percent vaccinated. The difference includes staff with exemptions or who are currently on medical or other leave.

Hospital-wide, fifteen staff members resigned on Monday.  This included six nurses, three of which were full-time nurses and three-were per diem nurses, those who only work when needed by the hospital. Seven of those fifteen resignations were per diem staff.

“We recognize that it was a difficult decision for our unvaccinated staff, but at the end of the day, the most important thing is the safety of our patients,” said Jim Helms, President/CEO at Jones Memorial. “I want to commend our management team for their efforts to minimize the impact of the mandate on our patients.  I also want to thank the dedicated staff of Jones Memorial who continue to give so much of themselves to our community.”

The number of COVID-positive inpatients at Jones Memorial has impacted the wait times in the hospital Emergency Department (ED) and the Walk-in Clinic. Anyone with relatively minor symptoms should avoid the ED and contact your primary care provider. All Jones Memorial Medical Practices Primary Care and Pediatric offices offer COVID testing by appointment.

Vaccinations are the best way to support your community hospital. Please support the staff of Jones Memorial by getting vaccinated so that we can reduce the number of COVID related services and focus our limited resources on the other health needs.

JONES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL CONTINUES TO TREAT COVID PATIENTS

wellsville, NY (September 22, 2021) –With 30-40-percent of the inpatient population at Jones Memorial Hospital being treated for COVID and the prediction that the rate of COVID cases in Allegany County will continue to double every 1-2 weeks, Jones Memorial Hospital and the Allegany County Health Department are asking everyone to get vaccinated.

“Allegany County has one of the lowest vaccination rates in New York State and one of the fastest rates of infection increase,” said Tyler Shaw, Director, Allegany County Health Department. “The reasons are simple and easily addressed: Low vaccination rates combined with decreased social distancing and masking means that more people are getting sick and our communities are more vulnerable.”

The low COVID vaccination rate, according to Dr. Kevin McCormick, Medical Director at Jones Memorial Hospital, can be traced to the false and misleading information that has made people unnecessarily anxious about it. “This is a very safe and highly effective protection against the COVID virus,” he said, adding that the percentage of inpatients being treated for COVID is an unprecedented statistic one-third of the total inpatients at Jones Memorial are being treated for the same illness.”

Since the very beginning of the pandemic, the nurses and providers at Jones Memorial have been caring for COVID patients. “Treatments at Jones have included all advances in COVID treatment including the use of antiviral medication remdesivir,” Dr. McCormick said, noting that infectious disease consultations with Intensive Care specialists at UR Medicine are available 24/7. Another promising treatment is Monoclonal Ab, but availability is limited nationwide. “The Jones team will explore what is available for use on those most vulnerable to serious illness,” he added.

Those who are vaccinated are less likely to get the virus and if they do, they are less likely to be hospitalized. “We are dealing with one of the fastest increase rates of COVID cases in the state,” said Dr. McCormick. “The large unvaccinated population in this community jeopardizes the health of everyone as the number of inpatients begins to exceed the number of healthy health care workers.” Vaccinated healthcare workers are unlikely to get seriously ill, but exposure to sick community members takes them out of work and reduces the hospital’s capacity to care for all patients.

Please support the nurses and staff at Jones by getting vaccinated. For a list of Myths and Facts about the COVID vaccine, please use this link on the Jones Memorial Hospital website: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/MediaLibraries/URMCMedia/jones-memorial/about-us/images/COVIDMythsandFacts.pdf.

Support your community hospital: get vaccinated.

 

JONES NOW OFFERING PELVIC FLOOR PT

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.

RIDGEWALK & RUN WILL BE A VIRTUAL EVENT THIS YEAR

wellsville, NY (September 16, 2021) – Jones Memorial Hospital has announced that the 29th Annual RidgeWalk & Run will be a virtual event this year. The announcement comes after months of wrestling with how to ensure the safety of participants as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise.

“Last year, we hoped that the virtual RidgeWalk would be a once in a lifetime occurrence,” said Event Chair Jim Helms. “But given the resurgence of COVID, this is the right thing to do.”

The second virtual RidgeWalk will be very much like the first one. “The registration process is the same and all of the standard distances are listed,” Helms said. “Complete the chosen route between October 9th and 18th and submit a completion form.”

The committee is asking participants to submit photos of their walk or run, which they hope will continue the spirit of the event by taking place on trails. “We recognize this isn’t possible for everyone,” he added. “But we are encouraging people to post photos of their participation on Instagram (#ridgewalkrun) or The RidgeWalk & Run Facebook page or by Facebook Messenger.” You can also email pictures and stories to RidgeWalk@urmc.rochester.edu.

The good news for RidgeWalk t-shirt collectors is that those participating in the virtual event will be mailed a 29th annual RidgeWalk t-shirt, noting that it was a virtual event. Because there are no sponsors, this year’s swag bag is limited to the t-shirt, which will be mailed in late November.

As usual, all proceeds from the RidgeWalk & Run will be used for community health initiatives. A link to registration can be found on the Jones Memorial Hospital website: jones.rochester.edu.

"We hope this will be the last year we have to hold a virtual RidgeWalk," said Helms, noting that the continued presence of COVID in the community makes it difficult to plan large events like this. "We encourage everyone to get the COVID vaccine. Next year is the 30th RidgeWalk & Run which calls for something special - especially after two years of virtual events. Getting the vaccine is a great way to support the RidgeWalk and Jones Memorial Hospital."

SUPPORT JONES MEMORIAL HOSPTIAL: GET VACCINATED

WELLSVILLE, NY (September 15, 2021) – The increase in COVID patients being admitted and seen in outpatient settings is exacerbating the existing staffing challenges at Jones Memorial and other hospitals in the region.

“The surge in the number of COVID patients in the past two weeks – the overwhelming majority of whom are unvaccinated – is creating additional stress on our nursing staff,” said James Helms, CEO at Jones. “In that time period, 36-percent of the patient population at Jones is being cared for due to COVID.  It is unprecedented to have over one-third of all inpatients affected by one diagnosis.”

Additionally, on September 27th, all hospitals and nursing homes in New York State are required to have staff vaccinated against COVID.  While some staff members have resigned rather than be vaccinated, Mr. Helms noted that 100-percent of the Jones Memorial employed medical staff are already vaccinated against COVID. He projected that about 85-percent of all hospital staff will meet the September 27th deadline. The hospital has 470 employees, including part-time and per diem staff.

“We continue to encourage our staff to get vaccinated to meet the mandate and expect our vaccination percentage to improve,” Mr. Helms said. “We are actively recruiting now to fill vacant positions, working with UR Medicine leadership to share resources across hospitals, and monitoring developments at the state level that could help to reduce staff shortages when the mandate takes effect.”

Helms said the hospital is also making contingency plans to prepare for potential staff shortages, with a goal of minimizing impact on patient care.

“One option we are considering is the possible suspension of ICU care for a temporary period after the mandate takes effect,” Helms said. “If that happens, Jones will create a step-down unit to care for all but the most critically ill patients, and transfer patients who need 24/7 care to another facility.”

So, what can you do to support the Jones Memorial Hospital and the nursing staff? Get vaccinated.

“If our community can support us by getting vaccinated, we can keep them out of our hospital and ensure we have resources to support non-COVID patients,” said Sandra Watkins, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Jones. “Getting vaccinated greatly reduces the risk of hospitalization if you contract the virus, freeing up the needed staff and beds to care for our community.” COVID patients require an additional level of care because of the time involved in donning and doffing protective equipment before entering the patient room.

“The healthcare community has been on this front line for a very long time now,” added Mrs. Watkins. “We need the support of our community to help reduce the infection rate and therefore help us to be here for them when they need us.”

JODI HOWE NAMED CFO AT JONES & ST. JAMES HOSPITALS

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.

DEANNA WORTH EARNS PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION IN HEALTHCARE FINANCE

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.

RICHARD WHITNEY, RN BSN, IS DIRECTOR OF ACUTE CARE NURSING 

WELLSVILLE, NY (June 21, 2021) -- Richard Whitney, BSN RN, is the new Director of Acute Care Nursing at Jones Memorial Hospital.

“With his extensive experience in the administrative and the patient care aspects of nursing, we are fortunate to have Rich join the nursing team at Jones,” said Sandra Watkins, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Jones. “I look forward to working with him.”

As the director of Acute Care Nursing, Rich is responsible for management of the Medical-Surgical Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Respiratory Therapy Department, and Sleep Study Lab. 

A native of Angelica, Rich began his nursing career at Jones Memorial 1988. He relocated to Massachusetts in 1994, where he served in a number of hospitals in both staff nurse and management positions. When Rich returned to the local area in 2005, he began working at Olean General Hospital before accepting a position in 2019 at St. James Hospital in Hornell, most recently as Nurse Manager of Ambulatory Services. Rich is a graduate of Alfred State College, where he earned his RN and obtained his BSN at Daemen College in Amherst.

Rich and his wife Paula live in Scio with their dog, Rufus. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his two children and four grandchildren.  “I wanted to come back to Allegany County because this area has always been home and I am very excited to be a part of my community healthcare system,” he said.

Please join us in welcoming Rich Whitney to the JMH team!

JONES MEMORIAL ANNOUNCES STAFF UPDATES

Carrie Walker Named Vice President of Medical Practices & Professional Services

Kristopher Green is Director of Human Resources

WELLSVILLE, NY (June 16, 2021) -- Jones Memorial Hospital has announced the selection of Kristopher Green as the hospital’s Director of Human Resources. Kris assumes the position most recently held by Carrie Walker, who was named promoted to Vice President of Medical Practices and Professional Services, in March 2021.

“We are fortunate to have Kris Green, who has a wealth of Human Resources experience, coming on board to take the reins in HR; he will serve our staff and facility very well,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “Carrie has been a member of the administrative team for the past four years and a department director since 2008. She has experience leading and growing outpatient services, as well as the strategic leadership experience that will be valuable in her new role.”

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.