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Chair of the Board Letter

I am honored to take on the role as St. James Hospital Board of Directors chairperson.  2020 was an exciting and challenging year for St. James.  We officially opened the doors of our new 87,000 ft2 hospital on March 17 – completing the creation of a comprehensive “medical village” – just as patients began arriving with COVID symptoms.  It was a challenge for St. James leadership and staff, to acclimate to and operate in a new facility while caring for patients during a worldwide pandemic.  Further complicating the situation, the Hornell area quickly became a COVID-19 “hot spot” in the state and the nation.  

Not surprisingly, our staff and providers rose to the challenge, successfully opening the new hospital while safely managing COVID-19.  It is a tribute to the leadership and all of the employees – clinical and non-clinical – who came together during this time of need.  This is the spirit of St. James Hospital.  

Having served Hornell and surrounding communities since 1890, our work isn’t done yet.  We continue to enhance the quality of healthcare services through our affiliation with UR Medicine by recruiting top-level medical specialists, and expanding the breadth of services available locally.  We are proud to say you can get the best quality emergency, diagnostic, inpatient, specialty and surgical care, right here, close to home.  

We are thankful to the community for its untiring support, to local emergency medical services who care for patients in need, and for our partnership with many entities who believe in our mission to deliver the best care.  We look forward to serving new generations of patients at St. James Hospital, well into the future.  


Shawn Hogan, Chair

St. James Hospital Board of Directors