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After Four Decades of Service at JMH Eva Benedict to Retire July 16

WELLSVILLE, NY (May 17, 2021) -- The Jones Memorial Hospital Board of Directors has selected James Helms, FHFMA, CPA, as the hospital’s new president/CEO. Mr. Helms will take over the role and responsibilities on July 16 when current CEO Eva Benedict, RN, BSN, MS, FACHE retires after four decades of service at Jones Memorial. Mr. Helms is currently the Vice President of Finance/CFO at Jones Memorial and has been also been serving as chief financial officer at St. James Hospital in Hornell since 2019. 

“Jim has the experience, commitment, and the hard-earned confidence of the Hospital board members.  Our nationwide CEO search resulted in unanimous support for Mr. Helms,” said Richard Ewell, chairman of the Jones Memorial Board of Directors. “In her 14 years as CEO at Jones, Eva has been an incredible advocate for the hospital and rural healthcare. She is well-known to our state and federal representatives and will be missed. Eva used her unique combination of leadership ability, work ethic, kindness and wisdom to guide our Hospital through many challenges.  Our board has the utmost respect for her and wish her well in the future.  Moving forward, we are looking forward to working with Jim in his new role.”

Mr. Helms and Mrs. Benedict have had the opportunity to work together for a number of years. Under their leadership, Jones Memorial secured $13 million in Vital Access Provider Program (VAP) grants, which helped to fund operational improvements and start up new programs, resulting in a positive operating margin in just over three years. They also secured a total of $23.7 million in NYS Transformation grants for both electronic medical record (EMR) conversion as well as the medical village construction which includes a third-floor expansion for provider clinic and operating room and fixed MRI additions. When faced with service line closures due to the COVID pandemic, Mr. Helms was able to secure a combined $8 million for Jones Memorial and St. James Hospitals in paycheck protection funding and avoiding staffing reductions.

"I have worked closely with Jim for several years and I have every confidence that he will successfully lead Jones Memorial in the future,” said Mrs. Benedict. “He has demonstrated his leadership abilities and dedication to Jones and our community as CFO of both Jones and St. James.  He is highly respected by the management team at Jones and by UR Medicine leadership. Our community is fortunate to have a committed professional to lead Jones into the future.”  

“In eight years at Jones Memorial Hospital, Jim Helms has taken on increased levels of leadership responsibility that have prepared him well to serve as CEO,” said Steven I. Goldstein, senior vice president of the University of Rochester Medical Center who oversees UR Medicine regional hospitals, and also serves as president and CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals in Rochester. “Jim is well-known as an effective administrator within the UR Medicine system as well as in Allegany County, which will help him to build on the track record of growth and success Eva Benedict has led at Jones over the past 14 years.”

In addition to his past finance roles Mr. Helms has experience leading multiple departments within healthcare operations, to include facilities, corporate compliance, supply chain, health information management (HIM), information technologies, nutrition, revenue cycle, and practice management.

“Working alongside the clinical managers and medical provides to ensure we have the resources to deliver quality healthcare to our rural communities has always been a top priority,” Mr. Helms said. “We need to constantly evaluate who our customers are, both internally and externally, and work to meet and exceed their needs.”

Heather Lanphere, MD, Chief of Staff at Jones, is excited to be working with Mr. Helms in his new position. “Jim’s commitment to the health of our community and to the stability of the medical staff and the services we provide make him the right choice to take over the reins from Eva, who has been a tireless advocate for rural healthcare,” she said. “I look forward to working with him to enhance and expand the healthcare providers and services available to the Wellsville community.”

"I am humbled to be given this opportunity by our board of directors and the University of Rochester," Mr. Helms said. "As we celebrate the hospital’s 100th anniversary this year, I couldn’t be prouder to work with the Jones Memorial team to take our healthcare into the next chapter of our history.  Ensuring that we continue to provide high quality healthcare to our rural community is a team effort, I look forward to partnering with our medical staff to continue this long-standing tradition of caring."

Mr. Helms has received undergraduate degrees in business from both Alfred State College and St. Bonaventure University, where he also received his master in business administration. He is a fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association.  Mr. Helms served over two decades in the U.S. Army Reserves, working throughout global areas of operations and serving in multiple leadership roles before retiring at the rank of Command Sergeant Major.

Please join Jones Memorial Hospital in congratulating Jim Helms!

Photo Caption: CEO Eva Benedict congratulates Jim Helms on being selected as the new CEO when she retires in July 2021.


WELLSVILLE, NY (April 5, 2021) – This year, Jones Memorial Hospital is celebrating 100 Years of Caring. Looking back through our history, there are a handful of names that standout as having had a tremendous impact on community health since the hospital opened in 1921. The descendants of three of these families – Jones, Tullar, and Comstock – continue the tradition of serving the Wellsville community as active members of service clubs. In addition, you can find them on the board at the hospital, the library, and other organizations that impact this community.   

The Family of Gertrude Jones

gertrudejonesThe decedents of hospital founder Gertrude Fassett Jones have continued to be a part of Jones Memorial’s history. While Mrs. Jones had no children, her brother Isaac’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have guarded her legacy by serving on the hospital board of directors, taking care of the tremendous gift “Aunt Gertie” left for the Village of Wellsville and surrounding towns and villages.

“We always knew the hospital here because of Aunt Gertie,” said Samantha Gilkey, great-great-grandniece of Gertrude Jones. “She died in 1920, but she was something of an icon to us growing up.” Mrs. Jones’ family has taken an active role on the hospital board of directors. Her great niece, Cynthia Fassett Gridley, served as chair of the hospital board for several terms, as did Cynthia’s daughter, Sammy.

Mrs. Gilkey and her sister, the late Lee Gridley, chose careers that lent themselves to community involvement. As a nurse, Sammy worked at Jones in obstetrics and later for the Allegany County Health Department. She has served the hospital as chair of the board of directors and is currently serving her second terms on the board. She is also chair of the Jones Memorial Foundation Board. Her sister Lee was a history teacher and very active in several organizations including the Allegany County Planning Board, Genesee River Wilds, Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce, and the Allegany County Development Advisory Board.

The Tullar Family

AngieTullarWhen Angie Cobb Tullar donated the entire cost to build a separate maternity annex at Jones Memorial Hospital, she had already established herself as a generous philanthropist.  Completed in 1928, the Tullar Maternity Annex was furnished by George and Laura Rosa.

In 1920, Angie set up a scholarship program at Alfred University: the Eugene B. Tullar and Angie Cobb Tullar Scholarship. In her will, she left a property to the Village of Wellsville to be used for athletic purposes – an interest that may have been sparked when her son, Bayard Sr., was a first-string pitcher on the Cornell University baseball team. After his mother passed, Bayard Sr. was instrumental in transforming the property into Tullar Field, home to the first professional baseball team in Wellsville.  

Angie Tullar’s grandson, Bayard Tullar Jr., was active on a number of community clubs and organizations and was past president of the Wellsville Lions Club. Many of his philanthropic works were done “behind the scenes” for individuals who needed a helping hand by providing unofficial scholarships to deserving individuals. When the Allegany County Vietnam Veterans were looking to build a quiet get-away for members, Bayard Jr., and Mason Dye, donated a piece of property they owned to the group.

His daughter, Gwyn, also prefers to keep her acts of kindness out of the spotlight. In addition to mentoring individuals and giving them riding lessons, Gwyn and her husband, Rich Shear, helped organize the first RidgeWalk & Run over 25 years ago. The couple has been recognized with the Spirit of Wellsville Award for that and their continuing, hands-on involvement with the event.  Every fall, Gwyn and Rich can be found spending endless hours prepping the Jones Memorial Hospital Finish Line property and getting it ready for the hundreds of walkers and runners who attend the event each year. Rich has also served two terms on the hospital board of directors and is presently on the Foundation Board.

The Comstock Family,

FEComstockDr. Francis E. Comstock, born in Andover in 1860, is credited with admitting the very first patient and performing the first surgery at Jones Memorial Hospital in 1921. He had a private practice at 22 State Street and was the first of three generations of Comstock doctors; his son Edwin Sr. joined the office in 1926 and his grandson Edwin Jr. in 1960.

Community involvement has continued to be important to the Comstock family. Edwin Jr. had two sons and a daughter. Donald Comstock has served on the David A. Howe Public Library board of directors for over 40 years. He is also active in the Rod & Gun Club, and the Elks Club. Two family members, Donald’s wife Jackie and her sister, Ann, are on the Jones Memorial Foundation Board, Ann was married to Edwin III, who died in 2002. Nancy Comstock Mosher, Edwin Jr.’s daughter, is a former member of the Lioness Club, now an active member of the Lions Club and chair of the Diabetes Committee for the club. Nancy’s daughter, Jessica Mosher Strassner has brought the family back into the healthcare field. She is a pediatric and neonatal nurse practitioner at F.F. Thompson Hospital. She also works part-time in the pediatric practices in Wellsville and provides care in the nursery at the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Birthing Center.

“Jones Memorial Hospital would not be celebrating 100 Years of Caring without the support of our community,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “These families are an example of how important it is to continue the work that started a century ago. With your support, Jones Memorial will be here for generations to come.”


WELLSVILLE, NY (April 7, 2021) Each year, Jones Memorial joins with the Wellsville American Legion Post 702 and Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders to transform the front lawn at the hospital into a Field of Flags.

What began eight years ago as a way to honor the memory of veterans who have died, the field has become a tradition and remains in place from Armed Forces Day (May 15, 2021) through Memorial Day (May 31, 2021).

Each flag in the Field of Flags will have a card with the name of the deceased service member and branch of service, as well as the name of the person who sponsored the flag. To find out more or sponsor a flag, please:

  • Stop by the Wellsville American Legion, 23 Jefferson Street
  • Go to the switchboard at JMH
  • On-line at or email

All cards and donations must be returned by May 14th.

All proceeds will be donated to LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve, an outdoor recreational facility in Northern PA for wounded and injured service members and veterans.


WELLSVILLE, NY (March 29, 2021) –This year, as Jones Memorial celebrates 100 Years of Caring, the hospital would like to take a moment this Doctor’s Day to recognize all of the health care providers – past and present – who serve our community.

Nearly 100 years ago, DFECOMSTOCKr. Francis E. Comstock admitted the very first patient to the brand-new Jones Memorial Hospital on July 1, 1921. A general physician with a private practice on State Street in Wellsville for 35 years, Dr. Francis Comstock is also credited with performing the first surgery in the new hospital.  He was the first of three generations of Drs. Comstock. His son, Dr. Edwin F. Comstock, was at his bedside when he died suddenly of a heart attack in 1931. Dr. Edwin F. Comstock Jr. was the third Dr. Comstock to see patients at the 22 State Street office when he moved back to Wellsville in 1960.

“Doctor’s Day is the perfect opportunity to thank our dedicated medical staff,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “Without their dedication to our patients and caring for this community, Jones Memorial would not be celebrating our 100th anniversary. Thank you to all of our providers.”

Today, the active medical staff at Jones Memorial includes physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives. Representing a wide array of specialties, the medical staff includes Edwin Acosta, MD; Monica Acomb, NP; Zaheer Alam, MD; Ruthanne Ashworth, NP; Paul Axtell, MD; Nancy Berosian, PA-C; Kurt Benham, MD; Gerard Buffo, MD; Andrew Call, MD; Nishant Chaudhary, MD; David Chung, MD; Tera Ciesla, PA-C; William Coch, MD; Steven Collins, MD; Heide Crandall, MD; Orlando Cruz, MD; Richard Cudahy, MD; Christopher Depner, MD; Frank Edwards, MD; Jay Ellie, MD; Mark Elliott, CRNA; Travis Ely, PA-C; Douglas Fuller, CRNA; Keith Gembusia, DO; Robert Gilfert, DPM; Stuart Hanau, MD; Dean Hanna, MD; Yohetsor Ometse Hargoe, NP; Anna Haring, MD; Corazon Hoffman, CRNA; Christopher John, PA-C; Chelsea Jones, PA-C; Zahi Kassas, MD; Theodor Kaufman, MD; Lu-Ann Kaye, MD; Margaret Kent, NP; Asfandyar Khan, MBBS; Kevin Klayman, DO; Neil Kline, DO; Albert Koh, DO; Heather Lanphere, MD; Kathryn Lewis, LCSW; Tareen Loqman, DO; Robert Maiden, PhD; Kathyron Maine, NP; Bulent Mamikoglu, MD; Gary Mann, NP; Kevin McCormick, MD; Jennifer Middaugh, CNM; Cortni Monroe, PA-C; Shannon Mooney, PA-C; Gurumurthaiah V. Nagabhushana, MBBS; Du Nguyen, MD; Jeremy Oosterkamp, CRNA; Niharika Pasumarty, MD; David Pelkowski, MD; Kerime Perese, NP; Pasquale Picco, MD; Wade Porterfield, MD; Bruce Portner, MD; Michael Presutti, PA; David Rayne, MD; Maria Reyes, MD; David Roae, NP; William Roberts, MD PhD; Andres Rubert, MD; James Rummel, DO; Ravi Sahni, MBBS; James Sakr, MD; Calvin Schierer, DO; Nishit Shah, MD; Shachi Shah, MD; Kim Simmons, NP; Ryan K. Smith, PA-C; Neeta Soni, MD; Alex Strassburg, MD; Jessica L. Strassner, NP; Thomas F. Taylor, MD; Robert Ungeheuer, PA-C; William Van Duzer, PA-C; Alison Vogt, MD; John Waide, PA-C; Emily Walsh, PA-C; Matthew Walton, PA-C; Adam C. Wojciechowski, PA-C; Mark Wronecki, PA-C; Gabriel Yacob, MBBCH; Saddam Yasin, MBBS; and Yao Zheng, NP.

Please join us in thanking all our healthcare providers for everything they do for our patients!

COVID vaccines while pregnant or breastfeeding: what you need to know

covidpregnancyROCHESTER, NY (March 29, 2021) -- When Kate Ocon found out she was pregnant in November 2020, she thought about the COVID-19 vaccines on the horizon — and she thought she wouldn’t get one.

As a pharmacist, she wasn’t worried about vaccines in general. “But there was no data on vaccine and pregnant women,” she said. “I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll wait and see how it goes.’”

A lot has changed in the few months since then. Most significant is the sheer number of pregnant people who have gotten vaccinated.

Dr. Loralei Thornburg, a high-risk OB/GYN at UR Medicine, cites Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health when people ask her how pregnant people have responded to the vaccines.

“I think Dr. Fauci put it best: In over 10,000 pregnant people who have received this vaccine, there have been no red flags. There has been no sign that there’s an increased risk.”

Compare that to not getting vaccinated: “In the tens of thousands of pregnant people who have gotten COVID, there is definitely evidence that patients are at an increased risk,” she explained.

It’s one reason that pregnant people became eligible for the vaccines early, along with others at high risk of severe effects from COVID.

“It makes sense with the physiology of pregnancy — we know that respiratory illness in pregnancy is much more severe than outside of pregnancy,” Dr. Thornburg said. “So it’s no surprise that pregnant people seem to be more at risk for getting severe versions of COVID, just like they’re more at risk for getting severe versions of the flu and the swine flu (H1N1).”

Pregnant people sometimes underestimate the danger of getting COVID, said

Dr. Casey Rosen-Carole, Medical Director of Lactation Services at UR Medicine. And that can be tragic.

“I have seen pregnant people who are in comas after their babies are born,” Dr. Rosen-Carole said.

Dr. Thornburg said one of “the biggest problems is not understanding just how dangerous COVID is in pregnant people.”

That’s what ultimately convinced Kate Ocon, who also has a 17-month-old. She realized how damaging getting COVID could be — not just for her but for her infant daughter and husband, as well. She also knew other pregnant women who were getting vaccinated and sharing their stories on social media, saying they had experienced no problems and explaining it was “the best thing to do for my baby.”

Ocon received her second dose at the end of January and experienced a sore arm but no other side effects.

Once she gives birth, she can take comfort in a fringe benefit of the vaccines: A study conducted at the University of Rochester Medical Center showed that antibodies that fight COVID-19 will pass into breast milk while the actual virus does not.

At the start of the pandemic, when not much was known, “mom and baby were being separated,” said Dr. Rosen-Carole. Now, this study suggests that breastfeeding can help protect babies from COVID.

That’s also reassurance to anyone who wonders if the vaccine itself can somehow affect a fetus. As Dr. Thornburg pointed out, in pregnancy, there’s an instinct to think that doing nothing is the safest thing. But in this case, the science suggests the opposite.

The vaccines do not contain the actual virus, just a protein fragment that fools the immune system into thinking the virus is present. That protein disintegrates quickly in the body.

For anyone who still worries about a COVID vaccine somehow affecting a newborn, Dr. Rosen-Carole explained why the science can put that fear to rest.

“There are so many layers it would have to go through. It has to get into the mother’s blood. Then into the milk. Then stay in the milk and get into the baby. And then be active in the baby … That’s just not plausible.” Again, that’s because what triggers the immune system to form a defense against COVID is a tiny piece of protein in the vaccine that is quickly broken down. That’s also why it’s impossible to get COVID from the vaccines.

And the UR research showed that, in people with COVID, the virus itself was not transferred to breast milk, let alone the protein fragment that’s contained in the vaccine.

That’s why experts like Dr. Thornburg and Dr. Rosen-Carole have no hesitation in encouraging the vaccines in pregnancy and during breastfeeding.

As Dr. Thornburg put it, the real comparison is this: “The vaccines are very low risk, and the coronavirus does put you at risk.”


NurseofDistinctionWELLSVILLE, NY February 23, 2021) – Each year, members of the Genesee Valley Oncology Nursing Society present the Nurse of Distinction award to an individual nurse who exemplifies excellence in oncology nursing. Like everything else in 2020, things are being done differently this year: The GVONS Nurse of Distinction Award is going to all of the oncology nurses in our area.

“We can all agree that 2020 was a year like no other,” said Tammy Clarke, GVONS President. “Collaboration was paramount in health care in 2020 and oncology nurses in our region stayed strong as we guided our patients through cancer, during a pandemic, without missing a beat.”

Tammy Clarke, president, and GVONS Board member Kathy Doerner stopped by the UR Medicine|Wilmot Cancer Institute Infusion Center at Jones Memorial Hospital. The Nurse of Distinction Plaque will be presented to all Wilmot Cancer Institute and Lipson Cancer Center sites. Kathy Doerner, left, presented the plaque to Beth Cooke, RN, one of the infusion nurses at Jones.

“When it comes to cancer, it is imperative to keep patients on track with their treatment plans,” said Amanda Elliott, RN, OCN, and Director of Oncology & Infusion. “The COVID-19 pandemic presented some unique challenges to meeting this goal and continuing individual care plans on schedule, but we are very pleased that we have been able to continue to provide high quality cancer care to our oncology patients.”

Jones Memorial Hospital has a UR Medicine|Wilmot Cancer Institute Infusion Center at the hospital in Wellsville and on State Street in Olean. 


CARDIACREHABWELLSVILLE, NY (February 14, 2021) -- In the 25+ years the Cardiac Rehab Program has been available through the Rehabilitation Services Department at Jones Memorial Hospital, close 1000 people been through the three-phase program.

Developed for those who have experienced heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty, or heart surgery, the program provides supervised exercise and education. Both the Jones Memorial Cardiac Rehab Lead, Devin Matthews, and the JMH Cardiac Rehab program are certified by the AACPR.

While the goal of the program has remained the same over the years, the structure of the sessions have changed. “In the early years, the program was more structured with groups of patients and it was more like a class,” explained Cathy Talbett, Director of Rehab Services. “Now we have a more relaxed model where the patients independently do their exercises under the Devin’s direction. This allows us to be more accommodating of the patient’s individual lifestyle.”

After completing the 36 sessions, participants can continue to continue to exercise in the rehab gym under Devin’s supervisor on a self-pay basis.

While Devin is the main face of the cardiac rehab program, it also includes the medical supervision of Cardiologist Dr. David Pelkowski, who sees patients at the UR Medicine Cardiopulmonary Clinic on the third floor at Jones

Photo Caption: Cardiac Rehab in times of COVID means supervised exercise from a distance. In addition to masking, all machines are sanitized between uses. Here, Cardiac Rehab lead Devin Matthews, left, keeps a close eye on one of his patients.


MedicalPracticeManagementWELLSVILLE, NY (February 4, 2021) – The Rural Health Clinic program was established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid in 1977 to increase access to primary care services in rural, underserved communities.

After two years of intense effort, the Jones Memorial Primary Care Practices primary care offices in Hornell, Wellsville, Belvidere, and Bolivar have been certified RHC.

“Rural Health Clinic status is another way of ensuring that the quality services provided by our primary care practices meet RHC guidelines,” explained Michele McMorris, Jones Memorial Medical Practices Director of Operations. “The practice management team has been focused on this goal since early in 2019. With RHC status, our patients will continue to have access to the care they need, close to home.”

In addition to being a rural practice in an underserved area, to qualify for RHC status the medical staff at the practice must include a non-physician provider such as nurse practitioner (NP), physician assistant (PA), or certified nurse midwife (CNM) and these providers must see patients during at least 50-percent of office hours. In addition, RHCs are required to provide basic laboratory services on-site.

“I know Michele and her staff have been working very hard to achieve this status,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “On behalf of the board and administration, I want to thank them for their hard work and congratulate them on their success.”

Maintaining RHC certification requires a successful on-site recertification inspection by CMS every three years.

PHOTO CAPTION: The Medical Practices management team has received letters of approval awarding the primary care practices RHC status. Celebrating the news are left, Sarah Cole, Administrative Assistant; Joanna Holliday , Data Coordinator, Belinda Ferguson, Office Manager, Michele McMorris, Director of Operations, and Heather Folts, Office Manager.



SandraWatkinsWELLSVILLE, NY (February 1, 2021) – Jones Memorial Hospital has welcomed Sandra Watkins, MS,RN  to the Administrative Team as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer.

A native of Chicago, IL, Sandra graduated from nursing school in Chicago, where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Chicago State University and her Masters in Nursing Administration at North Park University in Chicago.

Sandra, comes to Jones Memorial from Olean General Hospital, where she had been the director of nursing of the Emergency Department and Cardiac Services since 2017. Her career in nursing leadership began as Director of Med/Surg at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago eventually coming to Buffalo as Director of Nursing for the Emergency Department and several med/surg floors at Buffalo General Medical Center. She has also worked at the Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca.

“We are excited to have Sandra join the administrative team,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “She brings a wealth of nursing and leadership experience to the table.  Sandra’s commitment to high quality, safe patient care is very much in line with our mission, vision and values for Jones Memorial Hospital.  We are fortunate to have recruited such a talented leader with knowledge and experience to Western New York.”   

Sandra says all the staff has been very welcoming.  She plans to look at the nursing care and processes in her first three months, working with management, staff, and physicians to determine which projects the team plans to undertake. Service Excellence is big on her radar.

In her new position at Jones, Sandra is responsible for all patient care areas including inpatient, emergency, and surgical nursing. In addition, emergency preparedness, infection prevention, cardiopulmonary services, pharmacy, pastoral care, and staff development fall under her direction.

Sandra lives in Olean with her husband, Kevin. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, gardening and shopping.

Please join us in welcoming Sandra Watkins to the Jones Memorial Hospital team!


WELLSVILLE, NY (January 28, 2021) – When Marshall Green saw a bunch of book and stuffed animal sets on the clearance rack at a local store, they bought them all. Today, Marshall delivered a supply of them to the Jones Memorial Hospital Emergency Department as gifts for children who come to the ER, either as a patient or with a family member.

“My children have been in the ER over the years and I know first-hand how unsettling it can be for a youngster,” he said. “Buying the sets was an opportunity to give a gift to kids who might be hurt or scared.” This is not the first time the local business owner has brought gifts to patients at Jones Memorial. The owner of Top Entertainment DJ Service, Marshall donated gift packages of baby clothes, books, and a stuffed animal to the OB Department for moms who might need them in 2017.

“When kids come to the ER, they really love to get a gift like this,” said Kelly Foster, Director of the Emergency Services at Jones Memorial Hospital. “It really means a lot to them at a time when they don’t feel well or are here with a parent or family member. We can’t thank you enough Marshall for bring a little comfort to our young patients.”

Marshall is hoping others will follow his lead. “The hope is to encourage people who have the financial means to take action,” he said. “When you see new toys, clothes, or other necessities on deep discount in a store or online, buy them up! First responders and community action organizations like ACCORD Corporation can help distribute them to families in need.”

Top Entertainment DJ Service was founded by Marshall Green in 2016 and offers a VIP wedding DJ and photo booth service throughout the Western New York region.  More information can be found at



DONNABLIVENWELLSVILLE, NY (January 13, 2021) – Donna Bliven, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, planned to retire when she reached her 44th anniversary at Jones Memorial Hospital last summer. She started as a part-time nurse in August 1976 and looked forward to spending more time with her husband, Dennis, traveling, gardening, and visiting her grandchildren. But, as we all know by now, a global pandemic has a way of putting plans on hold.

“When COVID started in March, we were all so immersed in managing guidelines, precautions, and preparations that there was no time to look for my replacement,” she explained, adding that all her post-retirement trips and plans were also cancelled, so it was an easy decision to stay on. Now that her replacement has been found, Donna is looking forward to retiring on January 30.

“Donna has served the staff and patients of Jones with compassion and dedication for many years,” said Jones CEO Eva Benedict. “While we congratulate Donna on her well-deserved retirement, we will miss her commitment to mentoring emerging clinical leaders and her passion for ensure our community receives the highest quality of care.  She graciously worked months passed her original retirement date when COVID threatened our community, we will be forever grateful.”

Looking back over her career, Donna noted that her interest in nursing evolved gradually and started in high school when she volunteered as a candy striper at a local hospital. She started as a nursing assistant at a nearby nursing home, a position she continued after graduation and throughout college. After graduating with her RN from Alfred State, Donna worked as a night-shift charge nurse at the Cattaraugus County nursing home. “I always thought I would have a career in long-term care,” she said. However, working days became a goal once she got married, so she stopped by Jones Memorial Hospital to pick up an application. “I wasn’t dressed for an interview – I was planning on just picking up the application and dropping it off later – but they wanted to interview me immediately.” She was hired part time as a day shift nurse, until a full-time position opened on Med-Surg. During her early career, Donna worked primarily on Med-Surg, but also spent time in the ER, ICU, and in Stress Testing, eventually moving into leadership as a Head Nurse on the Med-Surg unit after passing the Civil Service test required at the time.  Donna obtained her BSN from Daemen College, and Masters in Health Administration (MHA) from Roberts Wesleyan College. As the focus of patient care transitioned to outpatient services, the hospital merged the two inpatient units on the second floor and eventually closed the third floor to inpatients. At this point, Donna was offered a different opportunity in the hospital, overseeing clinical pathway development and patient education, as well as Case Management. The addition of ICU Manager was added eventually. Then, in 2006, Donna became the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, which included oversight of the Pharmacy, Staff Development, and Infection Prevention, as well as the inpatient areas and ER. She has held this position for the past 14 years.

“I was attracted to nursing because I loved dealing with patients and their families – I know it sounds cliché, but I wanted to make a difference,” she said, noting that the doctors she worked with early in her career – Dr. Felsen, Dr. Coch, Dr. Cudahy, Dr. Sale - were a major influence on the nurse she became. “It was different then because you really got to know the doctors and had to earn their trust in your assessment and clinical skills and abilities,” she said. “They came in to round on their patients in the mornings and then left for their offices, leaving us to manage the patients.” Her first nurse manager also gave her advice that she continues to pass on to new nurses. “Nursing is a stressful job so it is important to have fun,” she said. “We need to laugh.”

Once she is retired, Donna has no plans to leave the area. Her son, Matthew, and daughter-in-law, Katrina, and two grandchildren Sawyer, 5, and Hadley, 2, live in the Syracuse area. “I won’t go any farther from them,” she said.

Please join us in wishing her the best.


WELLSVILLE, NY (January 1, 2021) – This year Jones Memorial Hospital is celebrating our 100th anniversary. So many things have changed since the first patient was admitted on June 27, 1921, but throughout our history the one thing that has remained constant is the support of our community.

“One of the joys of rural healthcare is that not only you are taking care of your family, your friends, and your neighbors, you are also working alongside them,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial. “For 100 years, when the hospital has needed something, the community has answered the call and ensured that quality healthcare is available close to home. This relationship between the hospital and those we serve is at the heart of our celebration!” 

Jones Memorial was founded when Gertrude Jones left her home and an endowment to the Village of Wellsville with instructions to open a public hospital within one year. As a village-owned entity, community support was vital from the very beginning when voters had to accept the gift and the $75,000 bond needed to transform the home into a hospital. Of the 202 votes cast on this proposition, 196 were in favor, giving Wellsville, according to the Wellsville Daily Reporter of July 18, 1920, “a hospital that is ready-made and will be the pride of the city for all time.

Appointed as the first hospital board of managers in 1920, members Lee Fassett, Marian Fisher, Alwin Shaller, Myrtle Bradley, and Frank Wall were charged directing the transformation of the Jones mansion into a modern, up-to-date community hospital. While the duties of the hospital board have expanded, the commitment required of its members is vital to Jones Memorial’s success. Today’s board is responsible for hospital policy and direction, as well as monitoring the quality of services and the financial soundness of the hospital. The board now includes Rich Ewell, Karol Marciano, Samantha Gilkey - a descendent of Gertrude Jones, Dan Johnson, Dr. William A. Coch, Mary Kate Cole, Dr. Robert Gilfert, Daniel Guiney, Ian Jones, James Knapp, and Barry Kulp.

For the last several years, the overall scope of healthcare has shifted from simply caring for the sick to include keeping the community well by providing initiatives that encourage healthy activities, including Health & Wellness Fairs, the GLOW 5K and the RidgeWalk & Run. “Because our community supports these events as participants and sponsors, Jones Memorial was recognized with the HANYS 2020 Community Health Improvement award,” said Mrs. Benedict. “The funds raised at these events are put back into the community for wellness efforts like the measured walking trails throughout the village.”

Jones Memorial has a number of events planned for this year to celebrate this milestone anniversary. First up, a trivia contest can be found on the hospital website and Facebook page. The winners will be chosen from those with the most correct answers and the prizes are Wellsville-Area Chamber Gift Certificates. Find the link to the trivia contest at and If you have photos, comments, or memories to share about Jones Memorial, please email

For 100 years, Jones Memorial has been a part of nearly every local family. From births to end of life and everything in between, Jones Memorial has been here, on the corner of Main and Pearl providing the high quality healthcare with a hometown touch.


HATS FOR OBWELLSVILLE, NY (December 17, 2020) -- Thank you to Pat Balcom who has been busy this winter crocheting hats and blankets for the babies born at Jones Memorial. Delivered by her husband, Gary, the gift includes hats in so many colors and styles; each one is more beautiful than the last!

They arrived just in time, according to Director of Maternal Health Jackie Adrian, left, the hat supply was getting low. Jackie and Donna Bliven, VP of Patient Care Services brought the crocheted items right up to the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Birthing Center.

Thank you Pat for thinking of us and our patients!



WELLSVILLE, NY (December 1, 2020) – Chris Burdett, Medical Imaging Tech at Jones Memorial Hospital has been selected as a 2020 Care Champion.

Four times a year, the hospital recognizes a staff member or volunteer as a Care Champion. To be nominated, the person must demonstrate through words or actions an exemplary commitment to JMH patients, their co-workers, and the JMH employee code of conduct. Each quarter, the Employer of Choice Committee selects the most outstanding nominee.

Chris was nominated for stepping up to help a patient in the Emergency Room. “Chris drove a patient home who was having family issues and needed to get home, but had no ride,” said the person who nominated him. “The patient had been in the ER for evaluation for over 24 hours and was unable to be taken by the ambulance and was unable to get a cab. Chris drove the patient home and made sure he was all set before he left.”

Chris has been a member of the Medical Imaging Department as an X-Ray tech for 17 years. The best part of the job, he says, is getting to know his patients and helping them. “Oh yeah, and my co-workers,” he added. In his spare time, Chris and his wife are renovating a house they recently purchased in 2019 for $2,000.

Also nominated in the first quarter were Kelly Cavagna, also in medical imaging, and Teresa Randall of the registration department.


WELLSVILLE, NY (November 17, 2020) – On Thursday, November 19, Jones Memorial Hospital joins other healthcare facilities in recognizing National Rural Health Day. Celebrated nationwide on the third Thursday in November, Rural Health Day was started as a way to increase awareness of rural health-related challenges.

This year Jones Memorial is dedicating Rural Health Day recognition to our dedicated staff and our caring community, according to Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial.

“With the COVID pandemic, this has been a year unlike any other – especially for rural hospitals and those we serve,” she said. “Throughout the pandemic, the dedication of our staff and the acts of support and kindness toward our workforce from the community has been very much appreciated as we work to keep our patients, our staff, and our community safe during an unprecedented time.” Since March, Jones has been showered with gifts including food, flowers, headbands, Tupperware, chalk art, cards, personal protective equipment, and even a trailer for the drive-through COVID swabbing station. “What a wonderful reminder of what it means to work in a rural hospital, caring for our family, friends, and neighbors,” she added.

Additional information about National Rural Health Day can be found at To learn more about NOSORH, visit To learn more about Jones Memorial Hospital, please visit

General Surgeon from Bassett Healthcare Joins URMC

Theodor I. Kaufman to lead UR Medicine Regional Surgery team

kaufmanROCHESTER, NY (November 16,2020) -- The University of Rochester Medical Center welcomes Theodor I. Kaufman, M.D., FACS, to the Department of Surgery. Kaufman was recruited from Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown to enhance UR Medicine’s general surgery program and further strengthen the health system’s surgery presence in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions. He began Nov. 15.

Based in Canandaigua at F.F. Thompson Hospital, Kaufman will provide patients with a wide range of general surgery options: general abdominal surgery – gastric, intestinal, spleen, gallbladder, hiatal hernias, groin hernias, complex abdominal wall hernias; skin cancer-related surgery; endocrine surgery – thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal surgery; and breast cancer-related surgery.

He also will serve as division chief for UR Medicine Regional Surgery, working collaboratively with established surgeons at affiliates Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, St. James Hospital in Hornell, Noyes Health in Dansville, and F.F. Thompson, as the expanding team focuses on strategies to grow the programs at their respective hospitals.

“Providing medical care in rural America is a particular passion of mine,” Kaufman said. “I have spent my entire career in rural areas serving patients, and led a training program in Cooperstown for young surgeons who are equally passionate about ensuring all patients, no matter their location, have access to high-quality care that allows them to stay close to home for procedures and post-surgical recovery.”

“I am excited to join URMC, a world-class institution, and look forward to further integrating the health care across our vast network to function as a cohesive unit that is supported by the Medical Center, as it continues to deliver top-notch care at the local level in all of our communities of the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier.”

Kaufman will work closely with the growing regional surgery team, including several new surgeons who have recently joined the health system:

  • Du Nguyen, M.D., who sees patients at Jones Memorial, with expertise in advanced minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic colon surgery, anorectal diseases, hernia repairs, endocrine surgery, breast surgery, and endoscopy.
  • Andrew Powers, M.D., who sees patients at F.F. Thompson and St. James, with expertise in advanced minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, laparoscopic colon surgery, hernia repairs, and acid reflux.
  • Asfandyar Khan, M.D., who joins the medical staff of St. James in December, with expertise in advanced minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic colon surgery, anorectal diseases, hernia repairs, breast surgery, and endoscopy.

“We are very proud of the work that has been done in assembling an integrated regional surgical program that serves our immediate rural communities,” said David C. Linehan, M.D., the Seymour I. Schwartz Professor of Surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery. “After a national search, we feel fortunate to have recruited Dr. Kaufman. He is recognized as a leader in rural surgical education and will lead our mission in developing a first-rate clinical program, with the goal of training future surgeons in this important and underserved realm of surgery.”


Eva BenedictWELLSVILLE, NY (November 5, 2020) – Jones Memorial Hospital has announced that after four decades in healthcare, President/CEO Eva Benedict will be retiring in July 2021.

Mrs. Benedict has served as CEO since 2007. The hospital board of directors has appointed a search committee that will work with UR Medicine leadership to conduct a national search to fill her position.

“Throughout her career – and most especially since she has been CEO – Eva has provided visionary leadership needed to ensure the future of local healthcare services,” said Rich Ewell, president of the hospital board of directors, noting that it was under Mrs. Benedict’s tenure that Jones Memorial Hospital became an affiliate of UR Medicine. 

“A staunch advocate for rural health care, Eva has dedicated a nearly 40-year career to supporting the patients of the Southern Tier Region,” said Steven I. Goldstein, senior vice president of the University of Rochester Medical Center who oversees UR Medicine regional hospitals, and president and CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals. “She has worked tirelessly to build a strong health system, a legacy that will continue to provide high-quality services for the community well into the future. In her 14 years as CEO, and as a strong component of the UR Medicine system over the last five, she will be missed. We look forward to working with the Jones Board of Directors to find an individual who will continue Eva’s efforts.”

During her time as CEO Mrs. Benedict has been successful in recruiting a number of talented leaders and medical staff.  Working collaboratively with UR Medicine, a number of specialty clinics have also been added to the medical care available locally.  Specialty care brought to the region under Mrs. Benedict’s leadership includes cancer care, with oncology clinics and infusion centers in Wellsville and Olean. 

Mrs. Benedict led the intensive two-year effort that resulted in Jones Memorial Hospital being awarded a $17 million Healthcare Facility Transformation Grant in 2019. The grant will help secure Jones Memorial’s long-term viability by funding capital improvements that enable Jones to better serve the community. Among the elements of the project are the expansion and modernization of the surgical services suite and an initiative to integrate behavioral health and primary care.

An area of special emphasis during her tenure as CEO was the education of elected representatives about the unique role and the special challenges faced by rural community hospitals. Mrs. Benedict was recognized for this commitment to rural health at the state and national levels.

In 2018, she received the American Hospital Association’s Grassroots Champion Award in recognition of her effective, persistent advocacy before the United States Congress and her work with the New York State Congressional Delegation to advance federal policies that enable rural and small community hospitals to deliver innovative and patient-centered care throughout the state. In August 2020 she was honored by Senator George M. Borrello as a 2020 New York State 57th Senate District “Woman of Distinction” for her extraordinary achievements and dedication to preserving health-care quality and access for the community.

Most recently, Jones Memorial received the Healthcare Association of New York State 2020 Community Health Improvement Award.  The award recognized the organization’s commitment to improving the wellness of our community.  Recognizing that the hospital did not have the resources to dedicate to needed community wellness initiatives, Mrs. Benedict promoted the proceeds from the RidgeWalk & Run and the GLOW 5K Run & Walk  be dedicated for these purposes. 

Eva and her husband, Neil, live in Wellsville and have two married daughters, Meghan (Aaron) Peters and Jillian (Matthew) Vilasi. Both are CPA’s working in the accounting field in Washington, DC. Eva and Neil have five beautiful grandchildren. After her retirement Eva and her husband plan to relocate to Virginia where they will be closer to their daughters and their families. 


WELLSVILLE, NY (October 15, 2020) – To maintain a safe environment for Jones Memorial Hospital patients, families, and staff and reduce exposure to COVID-19, JMH is suspending visiting hours.  Effective immediately, there will be a ZERO visitor policy for adult patients except for support persons as outlined below.

  • Pediatric patients may have one guardian visitor
  • OB patients may have ONE support person with them throughout labor and delivery.
  • One support person is allowed when deemed essential to the care of the patient, meaning it is medically necessary.
  • One support person is also allowed for any patient with an intellectual and/or developmental disability, and patients with cognitive impairments including dementia.
  • End of life visitation will also be allowed.
  • Further information regarding this policy is available through HERE.
  • The Jones Memorial Hospital café will remain closed to the public until further notice.

“The overall goal is to minimize traffic at the hospital and decrease potential exposure to COVID-19,” explained Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. Jones Memorial Hospital in collaboration with Allegany County Department of Health have decided visitation should be restricted considering the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Allegany County and surrounding areas.

"We will continue to verbally screen all those entering any JMH building or practice," noted Donna Bliven, VP of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. "Those entering will have to stop and answer a few basic questions before being allowed to proceed."

All hospital services and practices remain open and fully capable of caring for our community’s needs. At this time, this policy change does not impact any surgeries or procedures.

Please do your part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 – wear your mask, wash your hands, avoid large gatherings, and stay home when sick. This policy will be re-evaluated as needed.


hanys awardWELLSVILLE, NY (October 7, 2020) -- The Healthcare Association of New York State is pleased to announce that UR Medicine Jones Memorial Hospital is the winner of HANYS’ 2020 Community Health Improvement Award, in recognition of its outstanding “Promoting Healthy Lifestyles” program. 

“On behalf of the board of directors and our staff, I would like to say how honored Jones Memorial Hospital is for being recognized for our efforts to improve the health of our community, “ said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial. “Thanks also go to our community, without your support we would not have earned this recognition. The health and wellness of our community has been a part of the mission and vision at Jones Memorial Hospital for many years and it is so gratifying to have our efforts recognized.”

The hospital’s community wellness efforts went into high gear in 2014, according to Brenda Szabo, Vice President of Outpatient Services and Chair of the hospital’s Wellness Committee. “Allegany County has some of the highest obesity rates in the state,” she said. “When we noticed that there were no dedicated walking trails in the Village of Wellsville, it made sense to focus on ways to provide accessible, free, and easy to use trails to help families increase their physical activity, which would help prevent chronic disease.”

Outcomes of its winning initiative include:

•          A “complete street” agreement, a transportation policy focused on safe roadway access for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists, signed with the local town and village of Wellsville;

•          Completion of two bridges and opening of the renovated recreational WAG Trail, through a partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation;

•          Completion of the River Walk extension project; and

•          Approval of a $150,000 grant for Local Waterfront Revitalization for 10 communities along the Genesee River.

“It is important to note that all money raised at the successful RidgeWalk & Run and the GLOW 5k are put back into the community for the projects that have earned us this HANYS recognition,” said Mrs. Benedict. “We thank and appreciate our generous event sponsors, the countless volunteers who work tirelessly at and before these events, and – of course – the runners and walkers who participate in them. This award would not be possible without your dedication.”

The Community Health Improvement Award, established by HANYS in 1997, recognizes outstanding initiatives designed to improve the health and well-being of communities. The award is presented to facilities and programs that target specific community health issues, demonstrate leadership, collaborate among diverse groups and achieve quantifiable results. “We are thrilled to recognize the UR Medicine Jones Memorial Hospital team for this successful community initiative,” said HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD. “Their work shows you exactly how a hospital can positively impact an individual’s health beyond its four walls, whether they’re biking down a roadway or taking advantage of a trail.”

“From all of us at Jones Memorial, thank you HANYS for this recognition and thank you to our community for your continued support,” Mrs. Benedict said. “The health and wellness of those we serve has been a part of the mission and vision at Jones Memorial Hospital for many years and it is so gratifying to have our efforts recognized at the state level.”

Photo Caption: Admiring the award are from left RidgeWalk & Run Chair Jim Helms, Jones CEO Eva Benedict, GLOW 5K Chair Carrie Walker, and Brenda Mong-Szabo, chair of the hospital’s wellness committee. 


fREEMANWELLSVILLE, NY (September 2, 2020) – Audiologist Dr. Chelsea Freeman has joined the Jones Memorial Rehab team and Audiology services have returned to Jones Memorial Hospital.

As a graduate of and Arizona State University and Nazareth College in Rochester, Dr. Freeman discovered Audiology and made a commitment to helping people with speech and hearing difficulties as an undergraduate. “Prior to college, I didn’t even know what an audiologist was,” she said. “When I learned about the audiology profession and the impact it can have on individuals of all ages, I made the decision to become an Audiologist and have developed a true passion for helping people reach their full potential in their ability to communicate with others.”

Dr. Freeman provides evaluation and treatment options for adults and children with hearing and communication difficulties at Jones Memorial Hospital. She uses a variety of tests to determine the nature and degree of hearing-related disorders, which help to determine the best treatment options for her patients. “I see my patients as individuals with unique hearing and balance concerns and goals,” she said. “I work closely with each of them to assess their individual communication needs and establish a plan of care.”

Sometimes that plan of care includes hearing aids, which Dr. Freeman is licensed to dispense and fit. “My favorite part of being an audiologist is seeing my patients’ eyes light up when they experience hearing again,” she said. “Or in the case of some pediatric patients, for the first time.”

One thing Dr. Freeman stresses is that not all hearing aids are the same. “If you have had a negative experience with hearing aids in the past, that does not necessarily mean that hearing aids are not an option for you,” she said. “There is so much that goes into recommending, fitting, and programming hearing aids, and there are so many changes we can make in order to make sure we’re best meeting your hearing goals.”

Dr. Freeman is available by appointment or provider referral. Call (585) 596-4010 for information or to make an appointment. Please join Jones Memorial Hospital in welcoming Dr. Freeman to Wellsville!


WELLSVILLE, NYpreparingleadtest (September 1, 2020) – Thanks to a generous donation from the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Trust Fund, pediatric patients at the Jones Memorial Medical Practices can be tested for lead levels as part of their routine well-child visit and have the results in as little as three minutes. The results and the discussion about what those results mean will take place during the same appointment.

Lead is a toxin that can be found throughout our environment. High lead levels in children can have devastating life-long impact on their development and health. Using a sample obtained from a simple finger stick, the lead levels can be determined in as little as three minutes. A blood test is the only way to diagnose lead exposure and it is recommended that children have two lead tests by age two – 2 by 2. The new monitor is a quick and convenient way to measure lead levels in real time.

The visit also included a discussion about how important it is to be proactive when it comes to lead testing. For more information about the risks of lead exposure and the importance of testing, please talk to your pediatrician.finnemore

Above, Sara Abbott, LPN at Dr. Lu-Ann Kaye’s family practice office, prepares the Lead II monitor for a quick and easy lead test. At right, Delainie Finnemore, sitting with her mother, Julie Finnemore prepares for the finger stick that comes with having her lead levels tested.


parking lotWELLSVILLE, NY (August 19, 2020) – When it was announced that Jones Memorial Hospital had received a $17 million NYS Health Facility Transformation grant, one of the projects identified was adding a third floor for physician offices and specialty clinics. Once complete, these projects will bring more people to the hospital, which begs the question, where are they going to park?

If you have driven along Route 417 in recent weeks, you may have seen the answer! Jones Memorial has been clearing land along the highway between the hospital and the Bradley building to prepare that space for a new employee parking lot, which will leave the spaces immediately around the hospital for patients and visitors.

“Putting in the parking lot is the first step in what will be a major, multi-year project,” explained Jim Helms, Chief Financial Officer at Jones, adding that the cemetery in that area is not part of the hospital and public access will be maintained. The capital improvement projects funded by the transformation grant include:

  • Adding a third floor to the 1993 addition for physician offices and the services to support those offices
  • Expanding and modernizing the surgical services suite
  • Creating a permanent MRI suite with state-of-the-art equipment.

“We are working with our neighbors to ensure that the day-to-day access will not be impacted,” Helms said. “We are in the planning and design phases right now, but once we have established timelines, they will be shared with the public.”

Stay tuned for further updates about other projects and timelines.


WELLSVILLE, NY (AuguWoman of Distinctionst 15, 2020) – Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, UR Medicine|Jones Memorial Hospital President and CEO Eva Benedict was honored Friday by Senator George M. Borrello as a 2020 New York State Senate Woman of Distinction for her extraordinary achievements and dedication to preserving health-care quality and access for the community

Dignitaries, including Congressman Tom Reed, and community and health-care leaders, gathered Friday at Wellsville Country Club to recognize Ms. Benedict for her achievements and contributions to the community.

“Eva Benedict has devoted nearly 40 years to the field of health care and Jones Memorial Hospital, starting as an ICU nurse where she cared for the most critically ill. Constantly learning and building on her experience, she rose through clinical and leadership positions that expanded the depth and scope of her contributions, culminating with her appointment as Jones Memorial President and CEO in 2007,” Senator Borrello said. “Along the way, she established herself as one of the most accomplished health-care professionals in Western New York and a determined advocate for rural and community hospitals. She is a leader in the very best sense of the word and I am very proud to honor her as this year’s ‘Woman of Distinction.’”

 Ms. Benedict said the honor belongs to her team at Jones Memorial, not just herself. “This recognition is such an honor and one that I have to share with my team at Jones Memorial,” she said. “Early in my nursing career I realized the impact teamwork has on patient care. From the patient bedside to the administrative suite, we all have the same goal: Providing the highest quality care to our community. Thank you all for making this award possible.”

Congressman Tom Reed of New York’s 23rd Congressional District cited Ms. Benedict’s deep commitments to the hospital and the community as her defining strengths. “It's clear Eva Benedict’s hard work, professionalism, and advocacy for rural hospitals has left its mark on the community,” said Congressman Reed. “Patients across the area are better off because of Eva’s efforts and deep commitment to Jones Memorial Hospital. This is the kind of leadership that defines Wellsville and makes me so proud to represent our district. We’re going to keep celebrating individuals like Eva as a prime example of what's possible when you work together, prioritize high quality care, and pour your heart into addressing the needs of a community. Congratulations Eva.”

Richard Ewell, Chairman of the Jones Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, credited Ms. Benedict’s leadership and focus on sound business practices with guiding the hospital’s success. “On behalf of the Board of Directors of Jones Memorial Hospital, we could not be more pleased that Eva is receiving this well-deserved award,” Mr. Ewell said. “As a hands-on board, we have seen Eva consistently use her experience, strong leadership skills, work ethic and good business sense to accomplish the hospital’s critical goal of caring for the community.”

Steven I. Goldstein is Senior Vice President of the University of Rochester (UR) Medical Center and oversees UR Medicine regional hospitals. He also serves as President and CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals in Rochester. Mr. Goldstein said Benedict’s commitment to excellence makes her a great health-care executive and patient advocate. “She is a recognized expert on rural health care, and her insights have been instrumental in helping Jones Memorial Hospital provide outstanding high quality services for the Wellsville community. I am delighted to see her receive this well-deserved recognition,” he said.

Assemblyman Joseph Giglio of New York’s 148th Assembly District said Ms. Benedict’s advocacy for rural health care has benefitted not only Jones Memorial Hospital, but hospitals and health-care facilities across the region. “I am pleased that Eva Benedict is this year’s New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction” Award recipient,” he said. “This is a well-deserved honor. Eva has shown exemplary leadership in the community and the hospital for decades. I am thrilled to add my congratulations on this momentous occasion.”

“Eva Benedict’s ongoing dedication to providing and improving health care and wellness in our area is a Wellsville asset we enjoy every day.  Wellsville appreciates Eva Benedict and we congratulate her on this well-deserved honor," said Wellsville Mayor Randy Shayler. Mayor Shayler declared Friday, August 14, 2020 as Eva Benedict Day in the Village of Wellsville.

Senator Borrello said the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic brought into sharp relief the importance of rural health care. “We all have a heightened appreciation for the dedication of our health care professionals. Whether they be doctors and nurses or hospital CEOs like Eva, they all work together to sustain and advance the most vital of society’s services – providing quality health care to our citizens and saving lives,” Senator Borrello said. “Eva’s leadership shows she recognizes and supports this truth by emphasizing a team-oriented approach and ‘people first’ culture within the hospital. As a result, Jones Memorial is strong and moving forward, even as the larger environment for rural hospitals remains challenging. Her example truly deserves to be recognized and celebrated.”

Established in 1997, the New York State Senate Woman of Distinction award is hosted annually to pay tribute to women who have demonstrated remarkable character, initiative and commitment in serving their neighbors, strengthening our communities, and acting as role models.

Ms. Benedict started her career at Jones Memorial Hospital as a Critical Care Staff Nurse in 1981. In the decades that followed, her accomplishments and dedication propelled her upward through the ranks of the hospital’s administration and management, culminating with her appointment as President and CEO in 2007. Her tenure has provided visionary leadership for Jones Memorial at a pivotal time for small, community hospitals. She helped the hospital evolve in conjunction with larger changes occurring in health care.

In 2015, she led an evaluation of potential partners, culminating in Jones Memorial’s affiliation with the University of Rochester Medical Center. She continues to serve both Jones Memorial and the University as an active member of the affiliate leadership team.

In her leadership role, Ms. Benedict has made a priority of educating elected leaders about the unique role of rural community hospitals. In 2018, she was honored for that advocacy with AHA’s Grassroots Champion Award. The award recognized her effective, persistent advocacy before the United States Congress and her work with the New York State Congressional Delegation to advance federal policies that enable rural and small community hospitals to deliver innovative and patient-centered care throughout the state.

Most recently, she helped the hospital secure a $17 million Health-care Facility Transformation Grant, an intensive, two-year effort. The grant will help secure Jones Memorial’s long-term viability by funding capital improvements that support new revenue streams. Among the elements of the project are the expansion and modernization of the surgical services suite and an initiative to integrate behavioral health and primary care.

A native of Bath, NY, Ms. Benedict received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the State University at Albany and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from St. John Fisher College. She and her husband, Neil, live in Wellsville and have two grown daughters and five beautiful grandchildren.

“Eva Benedict truly represents the best of our community and is an outstanding role model for women of all ages. She exemplifies the spirit of service at the heart of the ‘Woman of Distinction’ award and is worthy of our respect, admiration and thanks,” said Senator Borrello.

Photo caption: The region’s elected officials joined Senator Borrello to celebrate Jones Memorial Hospital President/CEO Eva Benedict as a New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” From left to right: Assemblyman Joe Giglio; President/CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals, Steven Goldstein; Congressman Tom Reed; Eva Benedict; Senator Borrello; Wellsville Mayor Randy Shayler; Jones Memorial Board Chairman Richard Ewell.


Pediatric CERTIFICATION underway

NCQAWELLSVILLE, NY (August 7, 2020) – The primary care providers of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices have been recertified by the National Committee on Quality Assurance as Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) sites. The PCMH providers are Dr. Keith Gembusia and Cortni Monroe, PA, in Bolivar, Dr. Pasquale Picco and Shannon Mooney, PA, in Wellsville, and Dr. Steven Collins and David Roae, FNP in Belvidere. The pediatric practice of Dr. Nishit Shah and Dr. Shachi Shah is currently in the process of transforming their practice and receiving their initial certification with NCQA.

PCMH is a way of organizing primary care that emphasizes care coordination and includes the patient as a part of the team. “In addition to leading to higher quality care and lower costs, a PCMH cultivates more engaging patient relationships,” explained Michele McMorris, Medical Practices Director at Jones Memorial Hospital. “A better patient experience leads to better health outcomes.”

At a PCMH-certified practice, a care manager or social worker is available to help coordinate patients on their care and ensure a smooth transition from one level of care to another – like going from the hospital to home. “Care managers and social workers provide education and arrange for additional support and resources that the patient may need,” Mrs. McMorris added. “They look at the patient’s record and follow up on preventative care and tests ordered by the provider, reminding the patient when they have not been completed.”

Each of the primary and pediatric practices have regular huddles to discuss individual patient care. “It is a team approach – the provider, the nurse, the receptionist the care manager and the social worker – coordinate to come up with a plan for each patient before the next appointment.”

In order to maintain PCMH status, the medical practices will continue to identify opportunities to better manage patients.


TEZAKLast October, the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Hemlock Twig donated several pieces of equipment to the hospital in memory of long-time member and Twig treasurer Marty Tezak. The purchased was possible because Marty’s family asked that donations in her memory be made to the group that she was so committed to.

After donating two wheelchairs and a recliner, Twig President Caren Gibson said that donations were still coming in and the Twig would be making more purchases in Marty’s memory. Recently Caren, left, and Marty’s husband, Ed Tezak, presented two more wheelchairs, two blood pressure cuffs, and a lamp for the ICU Family waiting room to the hospital. “That is all the donations,” Caren said.

 Eva Benedict, CEO, accepted the gifts and noted how very much the hospital appreciates the support of the community. “These will be put into use immediately,” she said. “We are so grateful to Ed and Marty’s family for designating the Hemlock Twig for memorials in her name.”


WELLSVILLE, NY (July 20, 2020) – Jones Memorial Hospital has announced that the 28th Annual RidgeWalk & Run will be a virtual event this year. The disappointing – but not unexpected – announcement comes after months of wrestling with how to ensure the safety of participants in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

“This is hands down the hardest decision we have had to make in the life of the RidgeWalk,” said Event Chair Jim Helms. “To be successful, the RidgeWalk needs the support of the Wellsville school system for registration and busing, as well as the more than 50 land owners who allow the trails to cross their land, and the local volunteers and sponsors who keep things running smoothly. Without all of these pieces in place, we knew a live RidgeWalk would not be possible and strongly considered just cancelling it.”

Runners like Jim Helms will tell you that running is a great opportunity for clear thinking and it was during a solo run on the WAG trail that he got the idea to transition the 2020 RidgeWalk & Run into a virtual event. “I realized the runners and walkers who look forward to the event love to share their adventures on the trails regardless of where those trails are,” he said. “The RidgeWalk committee agreed: If we can’t get together in person, we will hold a virtual event.”

So the first – and hopefully only – virtual RidgeWalk was born. The over 70 people who registered for the event prior to July 15, 2020 have three options. They can participate in the historic RidgeWalk & Run as virtual walk or run; request a deferral of their registration to the 29th RidgeWalk & Run on for October 17, 2021; or request a refund of the 2020 registration, minus the Run Signup processing fee. Requests for deferrals or refunds should be made no later than Saturday, August 15th, 2020.

If you would like to continue to support the RidgeWalk & Run as a virtual event, the first step is registering as usual. “The registration process is the same and all of the standard distances are listed,” Helms said. “Complete the chosen route between October 10th and 18th and submit a completion form.” The committee is asking participants to submit photos of their walk or run, which they hope will continue the spirit of the event by taking place on trails. “We recognize this isn’t possible for everyone,” he added. “But we are encouraging people to post photos of their participation on Instagram (#ridgewalkrun) or The RidgeWalk & Run Facebook page or by Facebook Messenger.” You can also email pictures and stories to

The good news for RidgeWalk t-shirt collectors is that those participating in the virtual event will be mailed a 28th annual RidgeWalk t-shirt, noting that it was a virtual event. Because there are no sponsors, this year’s swag bag is limited to the t-shirt, which will be mailed in late November.

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

“It won’t be the same RidgeWalk,” Helms added. “But we hope that by holding a virtual trek and sharing the stories and photos will keep our RidgeWalk community connected during a difficult time.’



reach out and readWELLSVILLE, NY (July 8, 2020) -- Reach Out and Read is a national nonprofit organization that integrates reading aloud into pediatric care by providing children a free book at each routine well-child visit from birth to age six. And now this wonderful program has come to Allegany County!
With the support of the Jones Memorial Hospital Community Wellness Committee, Dr. Nishit Shah and Dr. Shachi Shah are the first pediatricians in Allegany County to incorporate the Reach Out and Read program into their practice.  The Shahs joined the Reach Out and Read program in March 2020.
By providing books and sharing the power that reading aloud has on developing brains, the Reach Out and Read program aims at making reading part of the daily routine for families of all backgrounds and economic means. “About one-third of young children—and half of children living in poverty—arrive at kindergarten without the skills that they need to do well in school,” said Dr. Shachi. “Reading to children helps them develop communication skills, patience, empathy, and literacy – all vital skills for success in school and in life.”

At each age-appropriate well-child visit, children are given a free book. “We also talk to parents about the positive effect reading together has on childhood development,” said Dr. Nishit, adding that the program has been very well-received by both children and parents.

Founded in 1989, Reach Out and Read is a network of 6,400 pediatric teams like the Shahs. “More than 80 percent of a child’s brain is formed during their first three years and early childhood brain development has lifelong impact.” said Dr. Nishit. “By integrating reading into pediatric care, we are promoting healthy brain development as well as a strong family bond.” Children who are read to more often have improved language and listening skills including recognition of sounds and letters and a wider range of vocabulary. “Reading also develops a child’s imagination, curiosity, and memory by transporting them to places and times they have never experienced and enhance their understanding of the world,” added Dr. Shachi.

Dr. Nishit and Dr. Shachi Shah are accepting new patients age birth through 18 at the Women & Children Health Center, 127 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY. To make an appointment, please call the office at (585) 596-2046.

Photo Caption: Joy Watrous is sharing her new book with, from left, Dr. Shachi Shah, Dr. Nishit Shah and her mom, Elizabeth Watrous. Dr. Shah gave Joy the book to Joy during her routine well-child visit. 


WELLSVILLE, NY (June 26, 2020) -- As COVID-19 cases decline in New York, limited visitation for patients will resume at UR|Jones Memorial Hospital on Monday, June 29.

The changes follow New York State Department of Health (DOH) guidance released June 18 that allowed hospitals to adjust the “zero visitation” policies that took effect statewide in March as COVID-19 cases were climbing.

The visitor guidelines that go into effect next week enable some in-person visitation, but continue to limit the number of people on-site at health facilities.

“It is very good news that we can welcome visitors back, while maintaining safeguards to help protect everyone from COVID-19,” said Kevin McCormick, MD, Medical Director at UR|Jones Memorial Hospital. “These new guidelines recognize the medical and emotional benefits of in-person visits to patients, as well as the need to maintain vigilance in preventing the spread of this illness.”

UR|Jones Memorial visitation follows state DOH safety recommendations, including limiting visit length and the total number of visitors allowed per patient. Visiting policies/hours may vary among UR Medicine hospitals and will be posted on each hospital’s website. Patients and their designated visitors also will receive detailed information at the hospital.

For UR|Jones Memorial Hospital:

  • Hospital inpatients can have a total of two designated visitors age 18 or older throughout their stay. Patients designate their visitors upon admission. Only one of these two can visit per day, for no more than four continuous hours. Visitation in the ICU will be limited to one hour.
  • Visitors will have a temperature check and be asked screening questions before being allowed to proceed past the main lobby.
  • Visitors will be provided with appropriate PPE, as well as written information advising them how to perform hand hygiene and how to properly wear a mask
  • Visitors and patients, if appropriate, will have the risks and benefits of the visitor’s presence reviewed with them by health care workers
  • Patients who are COVID positive or suspected of having COVID will not be allowed visitors.
  • Visiting hours are between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Visitors are not allowed in the Emergency Department; support people must wait in their vehicles or offsite while ED patients are being evaluated
  • Visitors will not be allowed in the Ambulatory Surgery area or Operating Room. Support people must wait in their vehicles or offsite until patients are ready for discharge
  • Support people will not be allowed during office practice visits. 
  • Support people that are deemed essential to care for patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and patients with cognitive impairments including dementia, one support person may be identified and present with no time limitations
  • Exceptions will be made for obstetric and pediatric patients as well as for patients at end of life.

“We appreciate the understanding of patients and families as we have adjusted our operating procedures to protect against the spread of COVID-19,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “We ask for their continued cooperation as we balance the need for safety and our goal to allow family and friends to visit patients in our hospitals.”



safe at jonesWELLSVILLE, NY (June 3, 2020) – When Robert Thompson had a bilateral total knee replacement at Jones Memorial Hospital in early March, it was well before the restrictions associated with COVID-19 were in place. Later in the month, however, when it was time to start his physical therapy, the precautions and restrictions were just beginning. Post-operative PT is essential to a positive outcome, so it was essential that Robert start and continue his therapy at Jones – despite the pandemic. 

Even with the many restrictions in place from his first day of physical therapy at Jones Memorial, Robert never had any anxiety or concerns about coming into the hospital. For many of his early visits, he was the only patient there. “It was just me and my therapist,” he said. Now that outpatient services at the hospital are gearing back up, the gym is getting busier. But he still has no worries about getting treatment at Jones.  “Everyone is very conscientious – wearing masks and wiping down all the equipment after use,” he said. “They are all very good at what they are doing here.”

If you have been hesitating about getting rehabilitation or any outpatient services at Jones Memorial, the hospital has taken a number of steps to ensure the safety of patients and staff. Some of these are more obvious – everyone is wearing a masks, for example. Other precautions, like hand sanitizers located throughout the building and extra attention to cleaning and sanitizing between all patient visits, are less obvious. It all adds up to one thing: Jones Memorial Hospital is a safe place to get the care you need.

For more information about the outpatient services at Jones Memorial and the restrictions and precautions currently in place, please check the website:

Photo Caption: Robert Thompson and his physical therapist Chelsea Leahy after a session in the Rehab gym at Jones Memorial.


EBenedictALBANY, NY (June 1, 2020) - In recognition of her distinguished career in the field of health care, Eva Benedict, President/CEO of Jones Memorial Hospital, will be honored as the New York State Senate 2020 “Woman of Distinction.” Senator George Borrello selected Ms. Benedict as the 57th Senate District’s honoree for her extraordinary achievements and dedication to preserving health care quality and access for the community.

Established in 1998, the New York State Senate Woman of Distinction award is hosted annually to pay tribute to women who have demonstrated remarkable character, initiative and commitment in serving their neighbors, strengthening our communities, and acting as role models.

“Eva Benedict has devoted nearly 40 years to the field of health care and Jones Memorial Hospital, starting as an ICU nurse where she cared for the most critically ill and rising through a series of clinical and leadership positions that expanded the depth and scope of her contributions, culminating with her appointment as President and CEO in 2007,” said Senator George Borrello. “Along the way, she established herself as one of the most accomplished health care professionals in Western New York and a determined advocate for rural and community hospitals. She is a leader in the very best sense of the word, and I am very proud to honor her as this year’s ‘Woman of Distinction.’”

“At this unprecedented time in our history, we all have a heightened appreciation for the singular dedication and contributions of our health care professionals. Whether they deliver hands-on patient care, or provide administrative support, or oversee an entire hospital like Eva Benedict, their contributions all work together to sustain and advance the most vital of society’s services – providing quality health care to our citizens and saving lives,” said Senator Borrello. “Eva Benedict’s leadership shows she recognizes and supports this truth by emphasizing a team-oriented approach and ‘people first’ culture within the hospital. As a result, Jones Memorial is strong and moving forward, even as the larger environment for rural hospitals remains challenging. Her example truly deserves to be recognized and celebrated.”

Ms. Benedict started her career at Jones Memorial Hospital as a Critical Care Staff Nurse in 1981. In the decades that followed, her accomplishments and dedication propelled her upward through the ranks of the hospital’s administration and management, culminating with her appointment as President and CEO in 2007.

Her tenure has provided visionary leadership for Jones Memorial at a pivotal time for small, community hospitals. She has helped the hospital to evolve in conjunction with larger changes occurring in healthcare.

In 2015, she led an evaluation of potential partners, culminating in Jones Memorial’s affiliation with the University of Rochester Medical Center. She continues to serve both Jones Memorial and the University as an active member of the affiliate leadership team.

In her leadership role, Ms. Benedict has made a priority of educating elected leaders about the unique role of rural community hospitals. In 2018, she was honored for that advocacy with the 2018 Grassroots Champion Award by the American Hospital Association (AHA) in Partnership with the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). The award recognized her effective, persistent advocacy before the United States Congress and her work with the New York State Congressional Delegation to advance federal policies that enable rural and small community hospitals to deliver innovative and patient-centered care throughout New York State.

Most recently, she helped the hospital secure a $17 million Healthcare Facility Transformation Grant, an intensive, two-year effort. The grant will help secure Jones Memorial’s long-term viability by funding capital improvements that support new revenue streams. Among the elements of the project are the expansion and modernization of the surgical services suite and an initiative to integrate behavioral health and primary care.

A native of Bath, NY, Ms. Benedict received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the State University at Albany and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from St. John Fisher College.  She and her husband, Neil, live in Wellsville and have two grown daughters and five beautiful grandchildren.

Although the Woman of Distinction Award Ceremony that typically takes place in Albany each May had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis, Senator Borrello will publicly honor Ms. Benedict at a local event that will be announced shortly.

“Eva Benedict truly represents the best of our community and is an outstanding role model for women of all ages. She exemplifies the spirit of service at the heart of the ‘Woman of Distinction’ award and is worthy of our respect, admiration and thanks,” said Senator Borrello.

ONCOLOGY & INFUSION CENTER GRAND OPENING WILL BE VIRTUAL EVENT: Dr. Neeta Soni begins seeing patients at new space on June 1, 2020

OOCWELLSVILLE, NY (May 29, 2020) – The official ribbon cutting at the new UR Medicine | Wilmot Cancer Institute Oncology and Infusion Center, Part of Jones Memorial Hospital is still a couple of weeks away, but Oncologist Dr. Neeta Soni has started seeing patients at the new 6000-square foot center.

The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the new outpatient oncology center, located at 1504 W. State Street in Olean, is set for Friday, June 19, 2020. Because of COVID-19 restrictions on the size of public gatherings, the event is by invitation only.

“There are a limited number of options for celebrating an event like this,” said Brenda Szabo, Vice President of Specialty Services at Jones Memorial. “We can only have 10 people attend the event in person, but wanted to make sure that everyone who is interested can see everything the new center has to offer so we will be broadcasting it as a Facebook Live event and then posting that video on our website.” The new Olean office has five exam rooms and 10 infusion chairs, as well as an educational area for patients

Local oncologist Neeta Soni, MD, who joined the UR Medicine | Wilmot Cancer Institute team last year will continue to provide consultation and treatment to oncology patients at The Infusion Center at Jones Memorial in Wellsville as well as the new office in Olean.

“We wanted to keep access to these services close to home and convenient for these communities,” said Szabo. “Cancer patients who were driving to larger metropolitan areas like Buffalo and Rochester, can avoid that drive and receive quality cancer care with Dr. Soni, an experienced and knowledgeable oncologist.”

To attend the virtual ribbon cutting, go to the Jones Memorial Hospital Facebook page ( at noon on Friday, June 19. The video will be available on the hospital website, soon after that.


WELLSVILLE, NY (May 26, 2020) – Have you put off routine health testing or procedures because of COVID-19 concerns? Have you delayed well-child visits to the pediatrician to avoid waiting rooms? Are you avoiding going to the emergency room, ignoring what could be the signs of a serious illness? Are you overdue for your colonoscopy or a blood test?

It’s time to get back on track and Jones Memorial wants you to know, it’s safe to come back.

“Because of the COVID-19 crisis and the restrictions that came with it, people are reluctant to come to the hospital or their provider’s office,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial. “We have implemented a number of safety measures to protect our staff and our patients.” In addition having hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility and universal masking and screening of all patients and staff, Jones is asking patients to call and make an appointment for outpatient procedures like blood tests and x-rays. In addition, anyone coming for surgery or who is an inpatient are tested for COVID-19. “It is important they people understand that the hospital is a safe place,” added Mrs. Benedict.

Jones Memorial is also encouraging outpatients to make an appointment for services by calling the department you will be visiting. For the lab, call (585) 596-4090 between 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays and 9 to 11 am on Saturdays; for medical imaging, call (585) 596-4013 between 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays; for physical, occupational, or speech therapy or cardiac or pulmonary rehab, please call (585) 596-4011 between 8 am to 4 pm on weekdays; for EKG/EEG, sleep studies, pulmonary function tests, holter monitors, diabetes or nutrition counseling, call (585) 596-4024 or (585) 596-4025 weekdays between 7 am and 3 pm. Please note, the laboratory is offering standing appointments for those who have blood work on a regular basis. If you would like to schedule a standing appointment, please call the lab. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the laboratory manger, Elaine Austin at 585-596-4041.

The Jones Memorial Medical Practices are also safe. You will notice the difference as soon as you arrive. Crowded waiting rooms are gone. Staff will be wearing masks and other protective gear to keep you and them safe. You won’t be bumping into other patients in hallways since we changed visit schedules and patient flow. Some things you won’t see, such as the extra attention to cleaning that happens between all patient visits. So if you have been delaying bringing your child to the pediatrician for regular check-ups, it’s time to get back into the routine. According to pediatricians Nishit Shah and Shachi Shah, who see patients at the Women and Children Health Center, well-child visits are important to a child’s long and short-term health. Getting immunizations on schedule and checking in with the doctor about your child’s physical, mental, and social development are vital.

Even more important than keeping up with routine health care and well-child visits is the need to come to the hospital emergency department when you are experiencing unusual symptoms. “If you are experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, sudden intense headaches, high or persistent fever, sudden confusion, unusual bleeding, swelling in the legs, sudden or severe abdominal pain, or sudden vision changes, you should get medical attention immediately,” said Kevin McCormick, MD, chief medical officer for Jones Memorial, “Heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia, and cancer are all more common than COVID-19, so it is vital that you seek medical attention immediately if you have any of these symptoms. It could be your body telling you that you have a more common, but possibly serious condition.”

Jones Memorial Hospital is a safe place to take care of your health.


WELLSVILLE, NY (May 20, 2020) – Every year, seven days in May are set aside to celebrate National Nurses Day. The week of May 6th until Florence Nightingale's birthday on May 12th is an opportunity to show our nurses how much they are appreciated.

This year, the nursing staff at Jones Memorial Hospital celebrated by giving back to the community that has been so generous and supportive during the COVID-19 crisis by holding a food drive.

“The JMH Nurses Giving Back food drive was inspired by the incredible generosity from the community to the hospital during this COVID crisis,” explained Donna Bliven, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Jones Memorial. “We wanted to do something for the community to show our appreciation and the food pantry was in need, so it was a win-win.”

To support the effort, nurses brought in an assortment of canned goods including fruits, vegetables, beans, and evaporated milk, as well as cereal, pasta, and sauces. By the end of the week, they had collected ten boxes of food for the Joyce Family Food Pantry in Wellsville.

Nurses Food DonationdeliveryIn photo at left, JMH nurses, from left, Matt Depner, Donna Bliven, Jackie Adrian, Susan Yates, Linda Innamorato, Briana Meehan, and Shannon Billings, loaded the hospital truck with ten boxes of canned goods and food items donated to the Joyce Family Food Pantry by the hospital nursing staff.

In photo at right, ICU Nurse Matt Depner helps Joyce Family Food Pantry staff members Jim Campbell and Mitch Baldwin.


MamikogluWELLSVILLE, NY (May 18, 2020) – Leadership at St. James Hospital and Jones Memorial Hospital are pleased to welcome ENT/Otolaryngologist, Bulent Mamikoglu, M.D., effective June 1, 2020.

Dr. Mamikoglu will provide general ear, nose and throat services for children and adults.  He has clinical interests in dizziness/vertigo (Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuronitis, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo/BPPV).  He also treats infections, tonsils, allergies, nasal and sinus conditions, tinnitus, and snoring, and inserts ear tubes.  Additionally, he treats chronic ear conditions including hearing loss and chronic ear diseases.  He offers surgical and non-surgical treatments of ear, nose and throat diseases.

Dr. Mamikoglu will have a clinic in Hornell and Wellsville, and do surgical procedures related to diseases of the ear, nose, and throat at both St. James and Jones Memorial hospitals.

“I am excited to join a hospital network with strong leadership that works together for the health and well- being of the community,” said Dr. Mamikoglu.  “It is a great feeling to be able to contribute my skills to work with hospitals that truly make patient care a priority.  My wife and I have both have been made to feel we are a welcome addition to the Southern Tier region and it is greatly appreciated.”

Dr. Mamikoglu completed a residency in Otorhinolaryngology at University of Marmara Hospital (Istanbul), and fellowships in Rhinology at University of Chicago Hospitals and in Otology Neurotology at Northwestern University Medical School.  He has provided ENT and surgical services at River North Surgery Center (Chicago), Randolph County Medical Center (Arkansas), Chicago Dizziness and Hearing Center, and Illinois Valley Ear, Nose and Throat Associates.  He joined UR Medicine’s ENT/Otolaryngology team in May 2020.

“My philosophy of care is simple: First and foremost, I believe great care involves truly listening to the patient without interrupting, so that a correct diagnosis is made initially,” he said.  “Kindness and a sense of humor help patients feel more comfortable.  I believe in having compassion for the patients and staying up to date on advancements in the medical field by attending seminars, reading and conferring with colleagues on various medical topics of interest and relevance to my medical practice.  My goal is to constantly improve my skills as a physician in order to better serve my patients.”

Patients will need a referral from their primary care physician, and appointments can be made at St. James Hospital by calling (607) 385-3820 and at Jones Memorial Hospital (585) 758-5700.


WELLSVILLE, NY (April 29, 2020) – The efforts to flatten the curve during this COVID-19 crisis appear to be working. Social distancing, isolation, and universal masking seem to be making a difference and the number of new COVID-19 patients has stabilized. So Jones Memorial is planning the next steps for our staff, patients, and community. 

“As we slowly and carefully ease restrictions, we will be working with the Allegany County Health Department to monitor for any spikes in COVID-19 in the county,” said Dr. Kevin McCormick, the medical director at Jones Memorial. “It is like we are turning the dial a little at a time, observing to assure no harmful effects, and moving forward gradually.”

This week Jones Memorial has started Phase One of the New Normal. The number of patients being seen in the Jones Memorial Medical Practices has been expanded and the hospital has started scheduling a limited number of elective surgery procedures. “Our patients will notice when they come to the hospital or the medical practices, that it is not business as usual,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “Adjustments have been made in every area to ensure the safety or our patients and our staff.”

Here are some of the things you can expect:

  • Universal Screening & Masking: You will be asked questions about possible COVID-19 symptoms. Everyone who comes to the hospital will be provided a facemask if you do not have one. If you have a facemask, please wear it to your appointment.
  • Staggered Scheduling: This will limit the number of patients in an area at one time. In addition, the time for appointments will be expanded to avoid patient overlap and ensure social distancing is maintained. If you arrive more than 15 minutes before your appointment you may be asked to wait in your car. If you are late for your appointment, it may need to be rescheduled.
  • Telehealth: The providers in the Jones Memorial Medical Practices will determine which patients need to be seen in person and which are candidates for telehealth appointments. 
  • Registration Changes: In many cases, registration will be done over the phone prior to the appointment with signatures provided upon arrival if needed. For Medical Imaging exams, patients should go directly to the department to register.
  • Limited Support People: We will continue to restrict support people accompanying patients to appointments. If you have a driver, they are asked to remain in the car and will be contacted when you are ready to leave.
  • Additional Restrictions: If your provider, therapist, or technician has additional restrictions, they will call you before your appointment to discuss them.

“It is very likely that COVID-19 will continue to be a part of our lives for some time,” added Mrs. Benedict. “By working together and following these precautions, we can keep our community as healthy as possible.”

If you have questions, please contact your provider’s office or the hospital department where you will be receiving care.


WELLSVILLE, NY (April 23, 2020) – If you have a chronic health condition, it is important that you continue to see you healthcare provider. However, in light of the COVID-19 restrictions, patients may be hesitant to go to the provider’s office for care. Good news: the Jones Memorial Medical Practices are now offering telehealth appointments! Telehealth is a way to see and talk to you provider without leaving home!  

“We are still seeing patients in the office for acute issues and for obstetrical appointments, but our providers have switched to phone consults and video appointments for those who do not need to be seen in person,” explained Michele McMorris, Director of Operations for the Medical Practices, noting that this type of appointment reduces the risk of infection. “I want to stress, however, that if someone does need to be seen in person, we urge them to come to the office.” If you have symptoms of COVID-19 – coughing, fever, shortness of breath – please call before coming to the office. The provider will meet you in the parking lot and perform a swab test.

Patients who have a scheduled appointment will be contacted and offered a telehealth visit. After confirming your email address, a follow-up email will be sent with your appointment date and time. Telehealth appointments are ZOOM meetings so in order to participate with your provider, you must have a strong internet connection and a device such as a smart phone, laptop, tablet, or desktop computer with a camera and audio capability. The follow-up email will also have an internet link and a unique ZOOM meeting ID. About five minutes before your appointment time, click on the link in the email, enter your meeting ID. These visits are safe and secure. Your provider has access to your health information in the office, but it will not be shared on-line. Telehealth visits are covered by most insurances and are subject to a co-pay.

If you have questions or would like more information or to schedule a telemedicine appointment, please contact your provider’s office.


CSPNYWELLSVILLE, NY (April 17, 2020) – Andover-based Certified Safety Products of New York, Inc., has retooled the company’s sign-making production and is now manufacturing - and donating - face shields for Jones Memorial Hospital.

After discussing how the company could support the local community and Jones Memorial during the COVID-19 pandemic with CSPNY owner Christine Joyce, Jimmy Joyce reached out to Jones CEO Eva Benedict to see what the hospital needed and how CSPNY could help. Jimmy Joyce is the company’s sales manager.

“When Eva asked if we had the ability to manufacture face shields, we knew exactly how we could help support the hospital,” said Mr. Joyce, giving a much of the credit for production to Tony Cook, who runs daily operations and has been in charge of assembly.  

“The process of producing face shields uses many of the same tools used in making signs, so the transition was fairly simple,” Jimmy said. Mr. Joyce spent several hours on-line, looking at various images and noting the details of each component, comparing what he found with the sample shield provided by Jones. “I reached out to my suppliers in the sign industry to see what clear plastic options would work, ordered several samples, and found the one that worked best.” The most difficult part was finding the other parts of a face shield – the elastic for the head bands, plastic clips to connect the elastic to the plastic, and foam forehead strips. “Many of the usual sources are out of these because of the demand,” he added.

The small first-run of 30 face shields has been delivered to Jones. “I wanted to make sure everyone is happy with them before we went into full production,” Jimmy said. The facility expects to produce a minimum of 30 to 50 face shields a day, depending on the workload and the crew on hand. “With this epidemic, both items change daily so it’s hard to get a specific number,” he added.

“Jones Memorial is very appreciative of everyone at Certified Safety Products of New York for stepping up and making face shields for our caregivers,” said Mrs. Benedict. “Maintaining the supplies needed to keep our front line staff safe while they care for our patients is a top concern. Being able to purchase these supplies from a local manufacture is truly a win-win situation and a wonderful example of the commitment the Joyce family has to this community.”

CSPNY is a local family owned and operated business with 30 employees including Christine Joyce, owner, Jimmy Joyce, sales director; Mike McCormick, construction foreman/estimator; Maria McCormick, Human Resources/Estimator.

Photo Caption: Jimmy Joyce, far right, delivered a new batch of face shields to Jones Memorial Hospital, donated by Certified Safety Products of New York. On hand to meet Jimmy and thank him and the whole CSPNY team were, left, OB Nurse Kylee Kowalewski, OR Nurse Rachel Hersee, Materials Management Director Mark Brophy, OR Nurse Kathy Bowers, and Jackie Adrian, director of maternal services.



WELLSVILLE, NY (April 17, 2020) – “The response was overwhelming!”

When Kate McKinley Murphy posted on Facebook that she was organizing a program called “Adopt a Medical First Responder,“ her goal was to have sponsors for 100 Tupperware soup mugs to be donated to local nurses, doctors, police, firefighters, and ambulance squads. Instead, 288 mugs were sponsored and will be donated to first responders in the community, including over 50 to Jones Memorial Hospital.

A Tupperware dealer, Kate was looking for a way to bring a spot of sunshine to local folks working on the front lines during the current Covid-19 pandemic by filling a Tupperware soup mug filled with teabags, oatmeal, and a snack for local first responders. Responses to her post came from all over the country.

“I got responses from people who used to live in Wellsville and wanted to support our first responders as well as people who live here now.” The $6 sponsorship donation covered the cost of the mugs, but Kate covered the shipping and the items to put in the mugs. She and her family spent Easter Sunday putting the mugs together for the first group: Jones Memorial Hospital.

 “What a wonderful idea and a kind and thoughtful donation,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. The mugs have a tag with the name of the sponsor.

To spread the gift among all JMH staff, the hospital had a random drawing so all staff members had a chance to win. The winners were able to choose between one of the soup mugs and the beautiful stretch headbands donated by The Savvy Coconut, thanks to Leah Scoville. The Savvy Coconut is currently donating two headbands for every headband purchased. The buyer, in this case Leah Scoville, chose Jones Memorial to receive the free headbands.

Everyone at Jones extends a thank you to Kate and everyone who supported her effort and to Leah for choosing Jones Memorial Hospital.


WELLSVILLE, NY (April 11, 2020) – In partnership with the wonderful and generous seamstresses who have sewn facemasks and donated them to the hospital, the Jones Memorial Hospital Community Wellness committee is supplying the cashiers and front line staff at two Wellsville grocery stores - Tops Friendly Market and Giant Food Mart – with homemade face masks. Save-a-Lot in Wellsville was also offered masks but their staff already has a supply from a generous donor of their own.

“These workers are an essential workforce with many public contacts each day,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “Shoppers who wear masks are taking an extra precaution to protect themselves and the workers at our local grocery stores. I encourage everyone who goes out in public to wear a mask.”

Jones Memorial will also provide the homemade face masks to designated at-risk hospital patients at the time of discharge. Thanks to our generous and caring community, we have adequate supply of these medical grade masks for our staff right now, but we are still accepting donations of homemade masks in the event our supplies run low for employees and to continue to be able to assure the essential workforce in our community has protection as well.   

PHOTO CAPTION: Brenda Mong-Szabo, VP of Diagnostics and Rehab at Jones Memorial Hospital, left, and hospital CEO Eva Benedict, far right, delivered a supply of homemade facemasks for use by the staff at Tops and Giant supermarkets. The masks, which were donated to the hospital by local seamstresses, are part of a community wellness initiative to protect the health of our community.

Left, Giant: Accepting thGIANTe masks are, left, Store Manager Phil Williams, Assistant Front End Manager Sherri Salter, and cashier Deena Dunham.

Right, Tops: TOPS: Accepting the masks are, from left, Pat Gill, dairy and froztopsen manager; Angie Sliski, scan coordinator; Peggy Lyons, grocery manager; and Amy Harris, bookkeeping lead. .





WELLSVILLE, NY (April 3, 2020) – Social workers play an important role in healthcare in general and at the Jones Memorial Medical practices in particular. March was celebrated as National Social Worker month to bring a spotlight to the important link social workers can provide between a patient’s physical, mental, and environmental health.

For patients of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices, social workers Marcia Nupp, LMSW, and Laura Young, MSW, are important members of their healthcare team. Ms. Nupp works with women and children at the Women & Childrens Health Office in Wellsville and checks in with new moms and babies in the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Birthing Center to assess potential needs of the newborns and their families. Ms. Young has offices and works with patients at the Bolivar, Belvidere, and Loder Street medical practices.

“Often the needs of many our patients are both clinical and social in nature,” said Michele McMorris, Director of Operations for the Jones Memorial Medical Practices. “A short list of what our social workers can do for them includes helping patients who need assistance in finding housing, food, and transportation, as well as helping patients to connect with area agencies and services.”

If you are a patient of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices and would like to meet with one of the social workers, please call your providers office. Marcia Nupp can be reached at the Women and Childrens Health Office by 585-596-9094. To speak with Laura Young, patients of the Bolivar practice can reach her at 585-928-1600; patients in Belvidere can call her at 585-268-5700; patients of Shannon Mooney should call 585-596-4088; and patients of Dr. Pasqual Picco can call her at 585-596-4129.

“Social workers are an essential part of our team,” noted Mrs. McMorris. “We couldn’t do our jobs without them.”


WELLSVILLE, NY (April 1, 2020) – The new ZERO visitors policy at Jones Memorial Hospital has two exceptions: Pediatric patients are allows to have a guardian and OB patients are allowed to have one support person.

Please carefully read the detailed guidelines below so that we may help ensure the safety of our patients, their family members, and our dedicated staff.  If any support person does not strictly follow these safety precautions, we will have no choice but to have them removed from the hospital premises.

  • One support person is permitted to be present during your labor, and throughout the post-partum period until discharge. The support person will be required to wear a mask throughout the stay.
  • Once the support person arrives on the unit, they will be screened for symptoms twice a day, including temperature. Those with symptoms will be asked to leave the hospital. 
  • The support person MUST remain with their patient continually and cannot leave the patient’s room. Guest food trays will be provided at no charge upon request. Please note, there will be NO exceptions – this includes leaving to smoke.
    • Please bring all items you will need for your stay, including:
    • Essential medications or nicotine patches
    • Personal technology needed to communicate with family and friends during this happy time, including chargers
    • All items you will need for baby including car seat
    • Any snacks or special foods or drinks you may need for your stay
  • Any other item you may deem essential to meet your daily needs

“These restrictions are for the protection of our mothers and babies as well as the staff,” said Jackie Adrian, Director of Maternal Health at Jones Memorial Hospital. “These restrictions were put in place to help prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus and are in effect until further notice.”


universal maskingWELLSVILLE, NY (March 31, 2020) – Beginning Tuesday, March 31 at 7 pm, all Jones Memorial Hospital staff will be wearing a facemask as universal masking is implemented at the hospital and the Jones Memorial Medical Practices. This is in conjunction with new UR Medicine and Rochester Regional guidelines.

The move to universal masking comes as the number of cases of COVID-19 in the region is showing a slow but steady rise since the first case was reported on March 12. “Universal masking is a preventative strategy we can take to keep our healthcare workers safe and to slow down the increase in positive cases,” said Dr. Kevin McCormick, Medical Director at Jones Memorial. “Because the virus spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets, by masking our entire workforce we are reducing the risk of exposure among our staff, patients, and our family and friends in the community.”

Patients who are COVID-19 positive or show symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to wear a mask. Find the latest updates on our website:


binsWELLSVILLE, NY (March 27, 2020) – If you are one of the many community members who have asked what you can do to help out local healthcare workers during the current health crisis, Jones Memorial Hospital has some suggestions.

“We are very appreciative of the thoughts and prayers for our staff on the front lines as we prepare for the anticipated surge of COVID-19 patients,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “Right now, we have all the supplies we need, but to ensure that we can continue to support our staff as they care for our community, Jones Memorial is now accepting donations of certain personal protective equipment (PPE) items.”

These items include safety goggles and safety glasses, M95 or other commercially-made protective masks in unopened boxes, and homemade face masks. The hospital has placed bins outside the main entrance to collect these items, which can be dropped off between 8 am and 7 pm. If you leave a donation, please email with a list of the items you have donated.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have been in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days OR you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, PLEASE DO NOT MAKE MASKS.

If are able to make masks, there are many patterns and instructions for making facemasks online. While there is not a list of preferred textiles for homemade PPE, generally a few layers of looser weave is more comfortable than a single layer of dense weave. As long as they are made with layers of washable fabric and have a snug fit, the homemade masks will help preserve supplies of actual professional PPE.

If you have any questions, please call the administrative office at (585) 596-4002.


WELLSVILLE, NY (March 18, 2020) – Do you need health insurance? The NYS of Health Marketplace has opened a special open enrollment from now until April 15th! The open enrollment period for coverage in 2020 had previously ended in early February.

Open Enrollment is the period when people can enroll in a health insurance plan. For this special enrollment, you can apply over the phone by calling the Jones Memorial Hospital Patient Financial Consultants at (585) 596-4040 or (585) 596-4039. Coverage will be effective starting April 1, 2020.

This step is being taken in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency to further protect the public health of New Yorkers. All New York insurers have waived cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing. You can also apply for coverage through NY State of Health on-line at, by phone at 855-355-5777.


WELLSVILLE, NY (March 17, 2020) – To maintain a safe environment for Jones Memorial Hospital patients, families, and staff and reduce exposure to the Coronavirus, JMH has instituted is restricting visitor hours and rescheduling routine outpatient appointments and elective surgeries at the hospital and the Medical Practices.

Effective immediately, there will is a ZERO visitors policy for adult patients. Pediatric patients may have one guardian visitor and OB patients may have ONE support person with them throughout labor and delivery. The hospital is also asking people NOT to come to the hospital for routine laboratory testing until further notice. Patients of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices may be asked to reschedule office appointments and the rehabilitation department may contact patients about rescheduling their therapy. Testing done at ancillary locations, such as the Women’s Health Office, will also be rescheduled. The Jones Memorial Hospital café is closed to the public until further notice.

“The overall goal is to minimize traffic at the hospital and decrease potential exposure to the Coronavirus,” explained Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “By reducing the number of office appointments and elective tests and surgeries, we are freeing up resources for patients needing acute care.”

Beginning today, there will be a screening table in the lobby. Anyone coming into the facility will have to stop and answer a few basic questions before being allowed to proceed into the building.

In addition, the Jones Memorial Medical Practices will be contacting patients to reschedule routine appointments and surgeries. These adjustments to the providers’ schedules are made with the objective of freeing up capacity and resources for acutely ill patients. To encourage social distancing and reduce infection risk, the number of chairs in the waiting areas will be reduced.

“Jones Memorial Hospital, our medical practices, and other clinics will remain open for our community members. These measures will also allow acutely ill and most critical patients to get the care they need and to follow the precautions promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization,” said Mrs. Benedict. “Patient safety is always our number one concern.”


2019CARE CHAMPWELLSVILLE, NY (March 10, 2020) – Laura Young, MSW, Adult Social Worker for the Jones Memorial Medical Practices, has been selected as the Care Champion for the fourth quarter of 2019.

Four times a year, the hospital recognizes a staff member or volunteer as a Care Champion. To be nominated, the person must demonstrate through words or actions an exemplary commitment to JMH patients, their co-workers, and the JMH employee code of conduct. Each quarter, the Employer of Choice Committee selects the most outstanding nominee.

Laura was nominated by Physician Assistant Shannon Mooney, who noted that Laura’s care and compassion for their patients in the short time she has been in the practice has been incredible. “One example that stands out involves a patient named Roger,” Shannon said in her nomination. “I asked Laura to see him after his appointment with me because of his inadequate housing.” Laura followed Roger home after the appointment to evaluate his living situation. Using a flashlight to light the way, Roger led her to his home: A camper in the middle of a field without electricity, plumbing, or running water. “Laura went home and had her significant other go through his closet and pull out several items of clothing that he was no longer wearing because, she said, even if it is a little worn out, it is better than what Roger has,” Shannon noted. The next day, Laura brought the clothes along with a box of food and information about an apartment for the winter. On Thanksgiving Day she look him a Thanksgiving dinner. “I think we all need to be more like Laura,” she added.

Laura has been a part of practice management since September 2019. Looking at the nomination, it is no surprise that her favorite part of the job is helping resolve the issues facing our patients. “Being a social worker at Jones Memorial is incredibly rewarding,” she said, noting that the team atmosphere leaves her feeling encouraged and empowered to help patients in their time of need. “Together our we are changing lives and showing our community that we truly care. I am blessed to be able to help to help others and make a difference.”

The oldest of ten children, Laura has three children and enjoys meeting new people. “I was raised to look for the positive and learn something new every day,” she added.

In photo, Laura, left, celebrates with Michele McMorris, Director of Operations for the Jones Memorial Medical Practices.Please join us in congratulating Laura on her selection as a 2019 Care Champion!


NursesWELLSVILLE, NY February 4, 2020) – In conjunction with the 200th birthdays of Florence Nightingale and Susan B. Anthony, both important figures in Women’s history, and the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, Jones Memorial Hospital and UR Medicine have joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in celebrating 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

At Jones Memorial, the celebration kicked off with a special reception in the main lobby for all of the nurses with a banner, balloons, and refreshments the year is off to a good start!

 Each of the 127 Registered Nurses, 31 Licensed Practical Nurses, 17 patient care technicians (PCTs), two Nurse Practitioners, three CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist), and the nurse midwife received a pin declaring 2020 as the year of the Nurse and Midwife. “We are excited about celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” said Donna Bliven, Chief Nursing Officer at Jones Memorial, and a nurse for over 40 years. “It’s so important to focus on the vital part nurses play in health care, and to encourage future nurses to choose this field, which offers meaningful and important work in a variety of settings.” Nursing careers are diverse and include bedside nursing, leadership, education, and research and encompass primary care and a broad spectrum of specialties.

 Nurses are the largest workforce in health care and are a critical part of the health care team. “Nurse are special people who are passionate about the work they do,” said Karen Davis, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, and Chief Nursing Executive at UR Medicine. “This is an opportunity to highlight them and tell their stories.”

According to the WHO, the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. WHO also notes there are currently more than 20 million nurses in the world, and according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) there are currently 3.8 million registered nurses in the United States.  WHO and partners, including the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are collaborating in plans to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.

The World Health Organization will release a State of the World's Nursing Report on World Health Day, April 7, 2020. The report aims to provide evidence to make a stronger case for governments to invest in nursing. 


TRANSFORMATIONWELLSVILLE, NY (February 7, 2020) – Jones Memorial Hospital announced today that the hospital has been awarded a NYS Healthcare Facility Transformation Grant in the amount of $16,856,625.00. These grant funds are designated to be used for four projects at the hospital, including three targeting capital improvement.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be approved for this grant funding,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “These projects reflect our commitment to continue to care for this community as we have for nearly 100 years.” The capital improvement projects include adding a third floor to the 1993 addition for desperately needed physician offices and the services to support those offices, expanding and modernizing the surgical services suite, and creating a permanent MRI suite with state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, the grant will fund an initiative to integrate behavioral health and primary care.

“This is a major step forward in the future of healthcare services in our community,’ said Rich Ewell, Chairman of the Jones Memorial Board of Directors. “These grants are available only to institutions that have demonstrated a true commitment to providing top quality health care and that have a plan to succeed operationally and financially in the future. Over the past several years, a massive amount of effort has gone into applying for and advocating for this award. The Board extends its sincere thanks to Jones CEO Eva Benedict, JMH Chief Financial Officer Jim Helms, and other Jones Memorial directors who have been a part of the process. We also have to thank UR Medicine’s Associate Vice President of Business Development Michele Lawrence and Steve Goldstein, president/CEO of Highland and Strong Memorial, and other University of Rochester personnel who have been a part of the effort to secure this grant.“

“The goal of UR Medicine is to provide high-quality health care close to home for families across upstate New York, including communities in and around Allegany County,” said Steven I. Goldstein, president and CEO of Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals in Rochester, and senior vice president of the University of Rochester Medical Center. “Gov. Cuomo and New York State should be applauded for making an investment that enables Jones Memorial to expand and modernize as part of the UR Medicine system.”

The grant application was submitted nearly 2 years ago.  “While we have conceptual drawings for these capital projects, we will be revisiting those plans,” added Mrs. Benedict. “To assure that the new construction meets the needs of patients and staff, we will be working closely with JMH directors and staff as well as the medical providers who will be working in the new spaces.”

The Transformation Grant program is intended to help facilities re-design and “transform” their organization to accommodate the changing healthcare environment by funding capital improvements that support revenue streams that stabilize and strengthen the financial stability of the organization. 

“This is an exciting time for Jones Memorial Hospital,” she added. “We are so grateful to the NYS Department of Health and Governor Cuomo for the grant award.” 


ONCOLOGYWELLSVILLE, NY (January 17, 2020) -- Jones Memorial Hospital will begin a project this month to create an outpatient cancer care center in downtown Olean. Services at the new center will be provided by Neeta Soni, M.D., who has been delivering medical oncology and chemotherapy infusion services in the Cattaraugus County area since 2003.

The new center will occupy the former Family Video at 1504 W. State St., and is a collaboration with UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute. The 6,000 square-foot center is larger than Dr. Soni’s current oncology clinic and it will include five exam rooms and 10 infusion chairs, as well as an educational area with computers for patients.

Since joining the Wilmot Cancer Institute in 2019, Dr. Soni has also been seeing patients in Wellsville at Jones Memorial Hospital’s infusion center, which has increased access to these services in Allegany County.

“It’s all about keeping health care local for both of these communities,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial. “By bringing quality cancer care close to home, patients who were driving to Buffalo and Rochester for treatment will have a shorter drive for their care.”

The center is expected to open in June.


MARKBROPHYWELLSVILLE, NY (January 2, 2020) – Jones Memorial Hospital (JMH) is pleased to announce that Mark Brophy has joined the JMH team as the new Director of Materials Management. He is taking over for the current director, Edward Wilson, who retires in January after 32 years at JMH.

With a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University, Mark came to Wellsville in 1990 working for ABB Air Preheater, Inc. After remaining with the company through numerous ownership and name changes, Mark comes to Jones from Arvos Ljungstrom, where he was director of supply chain management for 13 years.

As the Director of Materials Management at Jones, Mark is the primary purchasing agent for a wide variety of materials, supplies, and equipment for nearly every department at the hospital. He will be the direct contact for salespersons, analyzing all bids and – with the exception of food and drugs – will collaborate with other department managers to identify and maintain the resources needed to provide an effective supply chain. . In addition to inventory control and meticulous record keeping and analysis, Mark will work with other department managers and coordinate with our affiliates at the University of Rochester on all capital equipment purchases.

“I would like to thank Ed Wilson for his many years of dedicated service to Jones Memorial.  He has worked tirelessly to support Jones and control costs for over 30 years,” said Jim Helms, Chief Financial Officer at Jones Memorial. “Mark has decades of supply chain and project management in his background and we are very excited to welcome him to the leadership team at Jones. This position calls for careful management, fast decisions, and firm control of detail, all things that Mark is experienced in.”

A native of Williamsport, PA, Mark and his wife, Carol, live in Wellsville and have three children, Kayla, Taylor, and Eli.


tezakWELLSVILLE, NY (October 21, 2019) – When Marty Tezak of Wellsville died unexpectedly last year, her family asked that memorials be made to the Jones Memorial Hospital Hemlock Twig. Marty was a long-time member of the Hemlock Twig and its treasurer for many, many years.

“The Hemlock Twig appreciates that so many gifts were made in memory of Marty,” said President Caren Gibson. “I believe that this is the first time a family has asked for memorials to a particular Twig and we are grateful to Marty’s family for understanding how important the Twig was to her.” So far, the memorial funds have been used to purchase a recliner and two wheelchairs – all items for patient care.

Marty is survived by Ed Tezak, her husband of 52 years; her daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Chuck Quinley, her son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Anne Tezak; and her grandson, Michael.
Photo: Eva Benedict, Jones Memorial CEO, right, and Hemlock Twig president Caren Gibson, left, had an opportunity to personally thank Ed Tezak for designating the Hemlock Twig for memorials to his late wife, Marty Tezak. The Twig has purchased two wheel chairs and a recliner in her memory with these funds.


HELMSHORNELL, NY (October 18, 2019) -- St. James Hospital and Jones Memorial Hospital are pleased to announce that James H. Helms, CHFP, CPA, FHFMA, has been named chief financial officer (CFO) effective October 27, 2019. Mr. Helms will take on a dual role as CFO of St. James Hospital and Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, where he currently is vice president of finance.  Prior to his current role at Jones Memorial he served as their director of health information management/revenue cycle and corporate compliance officer. 

In this new position, Mr. Helms will oversee the financial operations of both hospitals, including financial policies, financial strategic planning, cost management, budgets, financial reports, funding streams, and the finance staff at both locations.  He will also retain some of his financial and operational responsibilities at Jones while taking on some operational roles at St. James as well.

According to St. James president & CEO, Bryan O’Donovan, “We are pleased to work with the leadership at Jones and UR Medicine to create a position that will benefit both of our organizations.  Jim is the right fit, and has extensive experience at both entities and is well versed in leading hospitals through transition.”

“This strategic appointment will improve our respective operations,” said Eva Benedict, CEO of Jones Memorial Hospital.  “Jim is well respected at both organizations, and has had great success working with the Jones team in stabilizing our financial position.  He will work tirelessly to build solid working relationships with our colleagues across the region, so that we all can continue to expand much-needed healthcare services in our local communities.”  

Before joining Jones Memorial Hospital in 2013, Mr. Helms served as administrative director of clinic operations/support services and the financial controller at St. James Hospital for nine years.  He is a certified public accountant (CPA), certified healthcare financial professional (CHFP), and fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA).  He earned his associate in applied science in accounting at Alfred State College and both his MBA and bachelor of business administration at St. Bonaventure University.  He also served for twenty five years in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as command sergeant major. 

Mark Prunoske, CFO at UR Medicine/Thompson Health and interim CFO at St. James, said, “Not only will Jim help transition St. James into its new facility, but most importantly, he will strengthen the collaboration among the local UR Medicine hospitals so that we can continue to bring high-quality healthcare services to people in this region.”

Founded in 1890, St. James Hospital is an affiliate of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.  St. James provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency department, general surgery, orthopedics and rehab services, imaging and lab services, urgent care, and a host of local outpatient clinics through its URMC affiliation. 

An affiliate of University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), Jones Memorial Hospital is a 49-bed acute care facility serving all of Allegany County, as well as western Steuben County and northern Potter County, PA. Located in beautiful southwestern New York State, JMH is committed to continuously raising quality and safety to higher levels and providing top quality healthcare in a hometown community setting. Jones Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission.


RidgeWalkWELLSVILLE, NY (October 7, 2019) – For 27 years, the RidgeWalk & Run has been promoting good health by offering an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beauty that is Western New York in the fall. Over the years, thousands of walkers and runners of all ages and fitness levels have made the RidgeWalk the premier outdoor activity in the region.  Whether you are looking to take a 2-mile relaxing walk through the woods or to compete in the 25K run, the RidgeWalk has something for everyone.

This year’s event is set for Sunday, October 20th. Registration and information can be found at As always, the options include 5K, 10k, and 25K competitive trail runs as well as a two-mile country road walk and 2-mile, 6-mile, 9-mile, and 25K trail walks. The 25k Trail Run is part of the USATF (USA Track & Field) Niagara Association Open, the USATF Niagara Masters Trail Championship, and the Eastern Grip Series. All events conclude on a gorgeous horse farm with festivities including music, food, and kids’ activities. The first 1,000 registrants will receive amenity bags which include a t-shirt, water bottle, cinch bag, and ball cap.

RidgeWalk Weekend kicks off with a pre-event dinner on Saturday October 19th, from 6-8 pm at the Wellsville Country Club. Marathon running standout Terry Stanley will be the guest speaker. A native of Eldred, PA, Mr. Stanley is one of only two dozen individuals in the world to have run marathons in less than three hours over five consecutive decades. He is third on the world list of first place marathon wins over the longest time span – 32 years and 143 days – and is in the Pennsylvania Marathon Hall of Fame and the Mansfield University Athletic Hall of Fame. Tickets to the pre-event dinner are $20 and include a pasta bar dinner and a cash bar.

The proceeds from the RidgeWalk & Run are used to support and provide a variety of initiatives that encourage community health and wellness in a number of ways. In addition to providing free wellness screenings at events throughout the community, RidgeWalk monies have been used to purchase blood pressure machines and hydration stations at both JMH and the Wellsville YMCA. The latest project is now underway. Targeting the safety of walkers and runners who use the Riverwalk Trail, JMH Wellness funds are helping extend the trail so that it goes under the bridge on Route 417 and resumes on the other side of the highway, expanding our walkable community and improving safety.

You can find more information and registration links at You can stay current with the event by liking “RidgeWalk & Run” on Facebook.


CUDDLE KITSWELLSVILLE, NY (August 29, 2019) -- “You have been hugged!” That’s the message included with the comfort kits handcrafted by members of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Lilac Twig. The kits will be given to youngsters who come to the JMH Emergency Department and include a soft fleece blanket, a stuffed animal, and a book. Prompted by the desire to bring a little joy and comfort to a kids in a scary situation, several members of the Lilac Twig get together regularly to make and assemble the kits. Dropping off the kits to the ER were, from left, Lilac Twig members Lorraine Walsh, Doreen Taylor, and Patty Sherman. Accepting on behalf of the Emergency Department are Kelly Foster, Linda Innamorato, and Julie Kailbourne.  “We can’t thank the Lilac Twig enough for thinking of our young patients,” said Mrs. Foster, Director of Emergency and Cardiac Services at Jones. “They are sure to be appreciated by the kids and their families.”


First Facility in the Region to Offer Nitrous Oxide to OB Patients

ProNoxWELLSVILLE, NY (August 13, 2019) – Traditionally, women in labor have been offered narcotics and local anesthetics through an epidural for pain relief. Now women delivering at Jones Memorial Hospital will have another option: The Pro-Nox nitrous oxide delivery system. Jones Memorial the only facility in the region to offer this type of pain relief to laboring mothers.

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is safe for mother and baby while offering immediate pain relief. “Women who use nitrous oxide during labor may still have an awareness of labor pain,” said Jackie Adrian, RN, director of Maternal Health at Jones Memorial. “But many women find it helps them relax and decreases their perception of labor pain.” Nitrous oxide is simple to administer, can be easily discontinued, and its effects disappear within five minutes after cessation.  

One of the many benefits of using nitrous oxide to relieve pain during labor is that it does not affect infant alertness during the early bonding period between a mother and her newborn. It also does not affect breastfeeding and because it is self-administered, not only can a woman decide how much to use, but she can also decide if she wants to stop using it and try another method of pain relief instead.

“Nitrous oxide used as a form of pain relief since the late 1900’s,” Jackie noted. “It has been widely available for laboring women in other countries, and we are very excited to have this option available for laboring moms.”

For more information, talk to your obstetrical provider or call the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Birthing Center at Jones Memorial Hospital at (585) 596-4032.

Photo Caption: Jackie Adrian, RN, Director of Maternal Health at Jones Memorial talks about the new Pro-Nox nitrous oxide delivery system with OB Nurses Sandra Moore, RN, and Kristina Willets, RN. Jones is the first facility to offer nitrous oxide as a pain relief options for mothers in labor.



NGUYENWELLSVILLE, NY (August 6, 2019) – Jones Memorial has announced that Du Nguyen, MD, a general surgeon, has joined the JMH Medical Staff and will begin seeing patients at his new office, located on the first floor of Jones Memorial Hospital, on September 10. Appointments can be made now by calling (585) 593-7911.

Dr. Nguyen, who comes to Jones from UR Medicine in Rochester, will have a full-time practice in Wellsville and has relocated to the area. “Since I grew up in a remote rural village, I understand the need for access to good health care in rural areas,” he said. “I am committed to providing great surgical care for everyone.”

As a general surgeon, Dr. Nguyen encounters conditions that range from relatively simple to complex. Not only is he proficient in the surgical treatment of colorectal, skin, soft tissue, breast and thyroid cancers, Dr. Nguyen is available to treat hernias, and biliary diseases  and anorectal diseases including hemorrhoids, abscesses, fissures, and fistulas, as well as abdominal and groin hernias, gallbladder diseases, varicose veins, pneumothorax, and empyema.

Dr. Nguyen has expertise in hand-assisted laparoscopic colon resection for diverticulitis or cancer, laparoscopic inguinal and hiatal hernia repair, fundoplication and large ventral hernia repair with component separation. “I also perform video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for lung biopsies, pneumothorax or empyema, as well as vein ablation and varicose vein stripping, AV fistula for dialysis access and port placement for chemotherapy,” he said. Dr. Nguyen also does temporal artery biopsies for giant cell arteritis and muscle biopsies.

Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at Bassett Health. He is Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, UR Medicine Division of Regional General Surgery. “I am looking forward to giving my patients the best care available, treating them as if they are my family members – with dignity and respect,” he said.

To make an appointment with Dr. Nguyen, call his office at (585) 593-7911. Appointments will be made after September 10.


hESSWELLSVILLE, NY (August 5, 2019) – Jones Memorial Hospital has announced that Speech Pathologist Sara C. Carbone Hess, MS, CCC-SLP, is now seeing patients at the hospital on a full-time basis.

As a hospital-based speech language pathologist, Ms. Hess sees both inpatients and outpatients at Jones. She provides assessment and treatment of issues relating to speech, language, swallowing, voice, cognitive communication, memory, fluency/stuttering, pragmatics/social skills, motor speech disorders such as dysarthria or apraxia, auditory processing, and alternative/augmentative means of communication across all ages. She is also able to provide Modified Barium Swallow Studies under live video x-ray to view the oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal phases of the swallow in conjunction with the radiology department at JMH.

Ms. Hess is also certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities. She is trained in pediatric speech-language development and feeding and swallowing disorders. She has extensive experience working with individuals with a variety of disorders and disabilities.

A graduate of SUNY Fredonia and Nazareth College of Rochester, Sara is a nationally accredited Speech Language Pathologist with a Certificate of Clinical Competence.

For information or appointments, please talk to your healthcare provider.  


RIBBON CUTTINGWELLSVILLE, NY (June 27, 2019) – With the snip of a ribbon, the long-awaited relocation of the JMH Women's Health Services Office in Hornell is complete!

Located in Suite 114 of the new medical office building at 7309 North Seneca Road in Hornell, the spacious office includes six exam rooms and is home to Dr. Andres Rubert, OB/GYN; Dr. Anna Haring, OB/GYN; and Emily Walsh, PA. The new office is located adjacent to the UR Medicine Women’s Imaging & Breast Center (part of St. James Hospital), which makes screening exams very convenient.

The Open House, which included tours and refreshments, was kicked off with the official ribbon cutting. On hand for the celebration were, left, PA Emily Walsh; Dr. Andres Rubert; JMH Board Chair Rich Ewell; JMH Medical Practices Director of Operations Michele McMorris; JMH CEO Eva Benedict; and Dr. Anna Haring.

Appointments are available and new patients are welcome. Please call the office at 607-324-0604 to find out more.


The Joint Commission National Quality Approval Seal(WELLSVILLE, NY – June 11, 2019)  – Jones Memorial Hospital’s Laboratory has been re-accredited by The Joint Commission, earning the organization’s Gold Seal of Approval® by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects the hospital’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 

In March, the lab underwent a rigorous onsite survey that included an evaluation of compliance with TJC laboratory standards in document and process control, healthcare-associated conditions, risk reduction, and staff qualifications and competency. The surveyor also conducted onsite observations and interviews. “The surveyor was very complimentary of the staff and our efforts to ensure patient safety and good patient care,” said Elaine Austin, Director of Laboratory Services at Jones.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospital laboratory services since 1979 and freestanding laboratories since 1995. More than 1,500 organizations, including laboratories in hospitals, reference labs, blood transfusion and donor centers, public health laboratories, and point-of-care test sites, currently maintain Laboratory Services Accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a two-year cycle.

“We are proud to achieve this re-accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial. “The laboratory staff continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies and are always looking for ways to improve care for our patients.”

The Joint Commission’s laboratory standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.



WELLSVILLE, NY (June 11, 2019) -- Deanna Worth, Health Information Management Lead at Jones Memorial Hospital, was one of 16 graduates from the Leadership Allegany Class of 2018-19.

Deanna, who has been a part of the JMH family for six years, is currently hospital’s Privacy Officer in addition to her position in Health Information Management. “Leadership Allegany is an excellent opportunity for existing and aspiring leaders in our county,” Deanna said. “It was a rewarding, worthwhile experience.”

Leadership Allegany, a joint initiative of Houghton College and the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, is a training program for adult professionals living in Allegany County. The classes are held twice a month at Houghton College and various other locations around Allegany County.

Congratulations Deanna!



SARAHMERRIAMWELLSVILLE, NY (June 10, 2019) – It took four long years, taking one or two classes every semester, but Jones Memorial Hospital's Lead Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomy Technician (PBT, ASCP) Sarah Merriam recently completed her Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Medical Laboratory Science.

In addition to on-line course work through Weber State University in Utah, Sarah was required to complete several clinical rotations. “I was able to complete the clinical requirements at Jones and at Strong Memorial in Rochester,” she said, noting that while she was not required to attend classes physically, “I was faithfully at my computer attending pre-recorded lectures most nights of the week.”

It was a challenge to get to graduation day, she said. “During that four years, I got married and had a baby,” she said. “The coursework involved sacrificing time with my husband Matt and our daughter, so I did consider quitting.” Sarah has been a part of the JMH family for over six years. She was nominated as a Care Champion in 2018. Her husband, Matt, is part of the Information Technology staff at Jones.

Sarah credits her family for their unwavering support. “I couldn't have made it through these long semesters, working full time and being a full time parent, without their encouragement,” she said. “I'd also like to thank my lab family for cheering me on through this journey and for being an integral part of my education.”

Congratulations Sarah!


HornellProvidersGroupWELLSVILLE, NY (June 5, 2019) – Mark your calendar! The JMH Women’s Health Office is celebrating the move to the new Hornell Medical Office Building with an open house on Tuesday June 25, 2019!

The open house is planned for 3:15 to 5 pm in Suite 114, of the new building, which is located at 7309 Seneca Road North in Hornell. After the official ribbon cutting, there will be refreshments, and tours of the office. “We are very excited about relocating the practice to the new office,” said Michele McMorris, Director of Medical Practices. “We have doubled the number of exam rooms and are adjacent to the UR Medicine Women’s Imaging & Breast Center (part of St. James Hospital), making screening exams very convenient.”

Please stop by to see the new office and meet the providers, above, Dr. Anna Haring, OB/GYN: Dr. Andres Rubert, OB/GYN; and the newest member of the team, Physician Assistant Emily McCumiskey, who will provide a full range of gynecological services and exams.

Now with three providers, the Jones Memorial Women’s Health Office will continue to offer a full range of gynecological and obstetrical services, as well as surgical consults, family planning, prenatal care, and referrals for health screenings such as mammograms and bone density.

For more information or appointments, please call the office at (607) 324-0604.


MCCUMISKEYWELLSVILLE, NY (May 28, 2019) – When the Jones Memorial Hospital Womens Health Office in Hornell opens on June 24 at its new location in the Hornell Medical Office Building, there will be a new member of the staff: Physician Assistant Emily McCumiskey!

A native of Belfast, Emily graduated from the Physician Assistant program at Daemen College in Buffalo. “Women’s Health and Pediatrics are where my interests are,” she said, adding that it has long been her plan to move closer to home. “I want to give back to the community that gave so much to me.”

As a physician assistant, Emily will be working with Dr. Anna Haring, OB/GYN. She will provide a full-range of women’s health services, including annual exams, family planning, and womens health screening referrals. Appointments with Emily are now being accepted and scheduled beginning June 24. Call the office at (607) 324-0604 today.

There will be an open house at the new office on Tuesday, June 25th from 3:15 to 5 pm. Please stop by to meet Emily, Dr. Haring, and Dr. Andres Rubert. After the official ribbon cutting, there will be refreshments, and tours of the office.


front door hornellWELLSVILLE, NY (May 28, 2019) – Mark your calendar! The JMH Women’s Health Office is celebrating the move to the new Hornell Medical Office Building with an open house on Tuesday June 25, 2019!

The open house is planned for 3:15 to 5 pm in Suite 114, of the new building, which is located at 7309 Seneca Road North in Hornell. After the official ribbon cutting, there will be refreshments, and tours of the office. “We are very excited about relocating the practice to the new office,” said Michele McMorris, Director of Medical Practices. “We have doubled the number of exam rooms and are adjacent to the UR Medicine Women’s Imaging & Breast Center (part of St. James Hospital), making screening exams very convenient.”

Please stop by to see the new office and meet the providers: Dr. Andres Rubert, OB/GYN; Dr. Anna Haring, OB/GYN; and the newest member of the team, Physician Assistant Emily McCumiskey, who will provide a full range of gynecological services and exams.

Now with three providers, the Jones Memorial Women’s Health Office will continue to offer a full range of gynecological and obstetrical services, as well as surgical consults, family planning, prenatal care, and referrals for health screenings such as mammograms and bone density. The new office opens on June 24, 2019. 

For more information or appointments, please call the office at (607) 324-0604.


Field of Flags 19WELLSVILLE, NY (May 20, 2019) – For the past six years, Jones Memorial Hospital has joined with American Legion Post 702 and Auxiliary, the Legion Riders, and the Sons of the American Legion, to put up a Field of Flags at the hospital to honor deceased veterans of the American Armed Forces. Flags are available for a $5 donation and all funds raised are donated to LEEK Hunting & Northern Mountain Preserve, an organization dedicated to providing outdoor hunting, fishing, and recreational experiences for disabled vets.

This year, the Field includes over 500 flags. The group that worked to place the flags on Armed Forces Day includes, in photo from left, Judy Burt, Del Broussea, Dennis White, Paul Brousseau, Jaime White, Terese Brousseau, Linda Stark, Eric Stark, Sue Kays, Richard Flint, Dan Frungillo, Jackie Merrick, and Steve Conderman. Also on hand to help, but not for the photograph, were Loretta Conderman, Vickie Scott, Nate Scott, Skip Merrick, JoAnne White, and Claudia Gildner.  

All funds raised by the Field of Flags are donated to LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve. This is a volunteer-run facility in Potter County, PA that is dedicated to offering therapeutic outdoor programs for wounded veterans with all levels of disabilities. The check will be presented to LEEK during the organization’s annual open house in June.  

Thank you to everyone for making the 2019 Field of Flags!


2019ANNIVERSARYWELLSVILLE, NY (May 14, 2019) – Jones Memorial Hospital recently honored 42 employees for a total of 510 years of dedicated service to the hospital with a dinner and awards ceremony. This event has become one of the highlights of Jones Memorial’s Hospital Week celebrations and includes naming of the Care Champion of 2018, the 2018 Healthy Hero, and the Golden J winners.

Employees honored for 30 years of service were Mary Ellen Burdick, Linda Innamorato, and Deborah Jackson. Celebrating 25 years was Cheryl Baker, Heather Kelley, Deborah Mitchell, and Carrie Slocum. Employees honored for 20 years of service were Marlene Burdick, Natalie Grice, and Angel Schrlau. Celebrating 15 years of service were Andrew Black, Christopher Burdett, Jennifer Frungillo, Douglas Fuller, and Christine Sisson. Reaching their tenth anniversary were Elaine Austin, Layne Brainard, Christina Collins, Jason Hunt, Dr. Heather Lanphere, Julie Lehman, Peter Maslona, PA Shannon Mooney, Michael Ruhl, and Heather Vogel. Reaching their five year mark were Carol Barney, Sara Carbone, William Foster, Jr.; Dr. Keith Gembusia; Kristie Hamlin, Kim Hannon, Jessianne Hosmer, Suzanne Jackson-Mix; Taren Jaycox; Tracy Jones, Jennifer Middaugh; Beverly Nye; Sydnee Slocum; Sarah Voccola; Samantha Wagner; Breanna Willson; and Deanna Worth.

Recognized as winners of the Golden J were Sara Abbott, Sarah Cole, Christina Collins, Jaime Gleason, Karey Hanks, Kristin Ives, and Michele Monroe. The Care Champion of 2018 was Cathy Neugent; other nominated Care Champions were Melinda Fancher, Sarah Merriam, and Kimberly Mulkin. Recognized as a Health Hero was Tamara Windus.  

Congratulations to each of you and thank you for your service!

PHOTO ID: Seated, left: Chris Sisson; Angel Schrlau, Breanna Willson, Chris Burdett. Standing from left, Jennifer Middaugh, Shannon Mooney, Sara Carbone, Mary Ellen Burdick; Jessianne Hosmer, Christina Collins, Andrew Black, Elaine Austin, Dr. Heather Lanphere, Sue Jackson-Mix, Samantha Wagner, Kim Hannon, Jennifer Frungillo, Marlene Burdick, and Deanna Worth. Missing from the photo were Linda Innamorato, Deb Jackson, Cheryl Baker, Heather Kelley, Debbie Mitchell, Carrie Slocum, Natalie Grice, Douglas Fuller, Layne Brainard, Jason Hunt, Julie Lehman, Peter Maslona, Mike Ruhl, Heather Vogel, Carol Barney, Billy Foster, Dr. Keith Gembusia, Kristie Hamlin, Taren Jaycox, Tracy Jones, Beverly Nye, Sydnee Slocum, and Sarah Voccola.


TRAVIS ELYWELLSVILLE, NY (May 7, 2019) – Travis Ely, PA, has joined the orthopaedic services team at Jones Memorial Hospital and is now seeing patients at the Orthopaedic Clinic at JMH. Appointments are available by calling (585) 596-2054. 

A graduate of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Ely has joined Dr. Axtell’s practice, consulting and treating patients with general orthopaedic concerns, especially sports injuries. “As an athlete, the mechanical side of anatomy has always been interesting to me,” he said, explaining why he chose to specialize in orthopaedics. “I enjoyed it more than the other areas we explored during rotations at school.”

In his spare time, Mr. Ely enjoys guitar, music, golf, and running. He recently placed first in his age group at the 6th Annual GLOW 5K Run & Walk.

Welcome to Jones, Travis Ely!


JAKEMILLIRONWELLSVILLE, NY (April 29, 2019) –Jacob Milliron, Pharm D, has joined Jones Memorial Hospital as the Director of Pharmacy. Dr. Milliron comes to JMH from Cardinal Health and UPMC Cole, where he was acting clinical pharmacy manager for the past six years.

A native of Coudersport PA, Dr. Milliron graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. He has practiced in Alaska, Pennsylvania and Now New York in a variety of care settings. His previous work experience includes focus on infectious diseases, critical care, and pharmacy practice management.

Dr. Milliron and his wife, have three children and a golden doodle, all keeping each other busy.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, cooking, and being outdoors. 

Please join Jones Memorial in Welcoming Dr. Milliron to the Wellsville community!


WELLSVILLE, NY (April 23, 20198) – Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor all deceased members of the American armed forces. Each year, the front lawn at Jones Memorial Hospital is transformed into a “Field of Flags” to honor the memory of veterans who have died.    

FieldofFlagsMembers of the sponsoring organizations - JMH, the Wellsville American Legion Post 702 and Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders – will place the flags on Armed Forces Day, May 18. The field will remain in place through Memorial Day, May 27. Each flag in the Field of Flags will have a card with the deceased service member’s name and branch of service, and the name of the person who sponsored the flag.

 If you would like to make a $5 donation in honor of your deceased veteran, please stop by the Wellsville American Legion, 23 Jefferson Street or Jones Memorial Hospital switchboard. You may also contact Sue Kays at (607) 765-1916. Cards and donation must be returned by May 17.  Checks may be made out to Jones Memorial Hospital. 

All proceeds from the Field of Flags will be donated to LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve, an outdoor recreational facility for wounded and injured service members and veterans. LEEK is located in Northern Pennsylvania. In five years, the Field of Flags has donated over $9,500 to LEEKS.

For information or to sponsor a flag, stop by the Wellsville American Legion at 23 Jefferson Street, the JMH switchboard, or email Sue Kays at


Deadline for Race T-shirts is Friday, April 19: Register Today

Jones Memorial Hospital GLOW 5K Run & WalkWELLSVILLE, NY (April 16, 2018) – The 6th Annual GLOW 5K Run & Walk will be on Friday,  May 3 at the Wellsville Municipal Airport, 2600 Tarantine Drive, Wellsville.

“Our wellness program is always looking for ways to motivate and increase physical activity so we thought why not a new location for the GLOW Run & Walk,” said event chair Carrie Walker. The airport offers a paved route making it easier for participants and being a family event we wanted the route to be accessible for strollers.  Registration and awards will take place in the hanger where planes will be on display and DJ’d music will be provided to get participants energized for the Run & Walk.

Register through Runsignup or paper registrations can be found at the hospital switchboard or online at Don’t forget to register by April 19th if you’d like to receive this year’s GLOW 5K tech shirt.

Registration categories and fees remain the same as last year: Under 6, free (no shirt); age 6 to 13 years, $15; and age 14 and over, $25. Prizes given to the most festively dressed individual or group. Computer Chip Timing Provided by Happily Running, Inc.

All proceeds from the race will benefit community wellness. For more information, email Find registration forms and more information on the hospital website:


volunteersWELLSVILLE, NY (April 16, 2019) – In celebration of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Jones Memorial Hospital recently honored its dedicated volunteers with a special luncheon and gifts of appreciation.

“You are so important to what we do every day,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at JMH, addressing the volunteers. “You are there to give our patients that something extra; the special touch that is so important to a community hospital like Jones Memorial. I can’t thank you enough for all you do.”

In 2018, the volunteers at Jones Memorial donated 8,368 hours in service of JMH. “The service provided by our volunteers run the gamut – we have volunteers in nearly every department at Jones,” said Carrie Walker, Executive Director of Human Resources at JMH. “If you translate those hours into a paid, minimum wage position, our volunteers donated $92,884 in 2018. That said, what the volunteers do for Jones Memorial is priceless.”

JMH Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Keib noted that volunteers are always need. “There are so many opportunities for volunteering at Jones; nearly every department in the hospital benefits from having a volunteer,” she said. To find out what volunteer opportunities are currently available at Jones Memorial, please contact Lisa at (585) 596-4019 or by email,

Photo Caption: Some of the JMH volunteers who attended the special appreciation luncheon held in their honor were, left, front left, Ruth Edwards, Lyle Edwards, and Gretchen Probst. Back left, Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Keib, Kathy Whitesell, Ryann Milligan, Liz Billings, Judy Easton, Kay Eicher, Lorraine Walsh, Kathryn Gilbert, Patty Sherman, Della Gross, Beth Ludden,  Jan Mattison, Sylvia Masin, Betty Stoll, and Dot Martelle. Back left, Wade Stempert and Don Cinque. ​



BIZZYPERRINWELLSVILLE, NY (April 1, 2019) – Jones Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that Pharmacy Tech Elizabeth Perrin has earned a two-year certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, a national certification program. In order to achieve this certification, Bizzy had to prepare for and successfully complete a 90-question exam.  Bizzy earned her certification in Sterile IV Compounding in August 2018.

As a pharmacy tech, Ms. Perrin’s responsibilities include filling daily medication requests for patients, internal hospital departments, and the Jones Memorial Medical Practices. She also processes billing for the offsite clinics and maintains and orders medications for the pharmacy inventory. Her certifications and experience make her an invaluable part of the pharmacy team. “Certified pharmacy techs bring an increased level of patient safety and a higher standard of care,” said Donna Bliven, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Jones. “Bizzy is a valuable member of the pharmacy staff and we are proud of her continued commitment to our patients.”

Bizzy has been working in the pharmacy at JMH since August 2018, having started as a Rehab Tech in the rehabilitation department. Bizzy lives in Wellsville.


crittwageWELLSVILLE, NY (February 11, 2019) – Connor Rittwage, MPH, CHES, is the new Infection Preventionist at Jones Memorial Hospital.

As the hospital’s Infection Preventionist, Connor is a resource for all staff in the area of preventing and controlling the spread of infectious disease within the hospital and medical practices. Connor holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Toledo. He also has a Bachelors in Health Science from Lock Haven University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

“We are pleased to have someone with Connor’s experience and expertise on the clinical team here at Jones,” said Donna Bliven, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Jones. “As the Infection Preventionist, Connor will work with the clinical staff to help provide a safe environment for our patients.”

In addition to his position at Jones, Connor works remotely as the epidemiologist at seven health departments in Ohio. Epidemiologists collect and study data to find patterns that can be used to identify public health crises and determine appropriate solutions.

A native of the Philadelphia area, Connor now lives in Genesee, Pa with his wife Mariah and three dogs. Welcome to Jones Memorial Connor!


WELLSVILLE, NY (February 6, 2019) – The heart has it in February! This is when we celebrate American Heart Month, Wear Red For Women Day, Valentine’s Day, and, during the week of February 10-16, National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. This year’s theme, “Making Positive Changes, One Beat at a Time,” honors the patients, families, and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to cardiac rehabilitation as a vehicle for a healthy lifestyle.

Heart disease is one of the most common leading causes of death in individuals in the United States, with most individuals having one or more risk factors associated with heart disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, being overweight, or smoking.  Proper nutrition and regular physical exercise can help reduce the risk factors associated with heart disease. Here are some additional tips for a healthy heart!

  • Aim for at least thirty minutes of cardiovascular exercise - walking, jogging, or running - three to five days of the week.  Include strength training with weights two to three days of the week. This will help individuals to build endurance, strength, stamina, and strengthen the muscles of the heart. 
  • Instead of sitting on the couch while watching television try to incorporate exercise such as riding a stationary bike while watching television. 
  • Remember to drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated.  Seventy percent of the body is composed of water and water is lost during sweating and other activities.  The body needs a proper amount of water to function and to be healthy.
  • Sleep is very important for the health of the body.  Seven to eight hours of regular uninterrupted sleep is important to allow the body to rest, recover, and function properly.
  • Skip the sweets and sugars and opt for more heart healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain, and low fat dairy.  Eating heart healthy foods can aid in weight loss and help individuals to reduce the risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. 

The Cardiac Rehab Program at Jones Memorial Hospital includes supervised cardiac rehab services. The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinicians on staff work with individuals to improve their quality of life through monitored exercise and nutritional education. Do your part for your heart! 

For more information about Jones Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program please contact Devin Matthews at (585)-593-1100 ext. 5371 or check out our website:


WELLSVILLE, NY (February 5DEVINMATTHEWS, 2019) – Jones Memorial Hospital Exercise Physiologist and Cardiac Rehab Lead Devin Matthews is now a Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional after successfully completing the coursework and exam from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. This is a three-year certification.

After graduating from the College of Brockport Exercise Physiology program, Devin joined the rehab team at JMH. His current responsibilities include the management of the cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs. 

Cardiac Rehabilitation is designed to help people recover faster and return to full, productive lives after being hospitalized with a heart event. Qualifying diagnoses or procedures include heart attack, balloon angioplasty, stent placement, bypass surgery, valve surgery, heart transplantation, and heart failure. Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps people with lung disease or other lung conditions cope with the daily limitations of shortness of breath.

“Both programs include exercise and education,” Devin said, noting that the classes are group sessions but he works with the individual patients to design an exercise regime based on his or her own physical capabilities and limitations. “The education classes include disease specific information as well as counseling on nutrition, medications, exercise, emotional issues and stress management,” he said.

Devin currently lives in Hornell and is an avid golfer. Congratulations Devin!


VSCANWELLSVILLE, NY (January 28, 2019) – When the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Memorial Fund was established, the purpose was clear: all funds donated would be used for projects and equipment that benefit the women and children in this community. Recently, new equipment was purchased to enhance the ultrasound services provided by the hospital’s OB/GYN providers!

“The Dr. F. Clifton Miller Memorial Fund was established as a way to continue the legacy of Dr. Miller, a physician who spent his entire 40-year career in Wellsville providing care for countless women and delivering over 8,400 babies,” explained Jodi Pearson, Foundation Coordinator of the Jones Memorial Hospital Foundation. “We are excited that the first equipment purchased will benefit both mothers and babies – two V-Scan hand held ultrasounds.”

Pocket sized and portable, the V-Scans are available for all the OB providers at the Jones Memorial Women and Children’s Health offices in Wellsville and in Hornell. “Using the hand held ultrasound assists with visualization of an early pregnancy during office visits,” explained Dr. LuAnn Kaye, who provides family practice with OB. “In the first trimester especially, it can be reassuring to the patient to be able to see the baby right away.”

“Being able to do a quick scan when the patient comes in for her appointment is very efficient and she can see her baby very early in her pregnancy,” said Dr. Heather Lanphere, adding that a traditional ultrasound can provide more detail. “Either way – handheld or traditional – we have the latest ultrasound technology at our practice and our patients are very excited that they can see their baby during their office visit as needed.”

JMH employees, providers, patients, and community members generously provided the funds to establish the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Trust Fund. The fund is on-going and donations can be made anytime.  Funding also came from donors who purchased a brick for the memorial wall outside the Maternity Unit in honor of Dr. Miller or babies that have been born at Jones. It is overseen by a committee that includes Dr. Lanphere, (Dr. Miller’s daughter); Dianna Miller Emrick, (Dr. Miller’s widow); Dr. Kaye, who shared his office; and fellow medical staff members Dr. Andres Rubert, OB/GYN, and Dr. James Edmonston, General Surgeon. It was Dr. Edmonston’s vision to honor Dr. Miller by establishing this fund.

If you would like more information about how you can support the Dr. F. Clifton Miller Trust Fund, and/or would like to purchase a brick to be added to the memorial wall, please contact Jodi Pearson at (585) 596-2053.

Photo Caption: Dr. Heather Lanphere demonstrates the new V-Scan Hand Held Ultrasound - with permission from patient Makayla Rogers - to Dr. LuAnn Kaye and Dianna Miller Emrick.


AlamWELLSVILLE, NY (January 4, 2019) – UR Medicine Urologist Zaheer Alam is now seeing patients at Jones Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Alam is in Wellsville on a weekly basis to provide medical and surgical treatment of urinary tract problems including disorder of the kidneys and bladder in men and women and genital disorders in men. To make an appointment with Dr. Alam in Wellsville, please call his office at (585) 275-2838.

A fellowship-trained physician with extensive clinical experience, Dr. Alam specializes in general urology. The conditions he treats include kidney stone disease, hematuria, elevated PSA, and prostate disorders. He is an assistant professor of urology and a member of the UR Medicine Urology Research community, where he focuses on the prevalence of neurogenic bladder.

Urology is the latest UR Medicine Specialty Clinic at Jones Memorial Hospital. Specialists in Oncology, Neurology, Otolaryngology (ENT), and Cardiology consult and treat patients at Jones Memorial Hospital.