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Chair of the Board Letter

Welcome to our St. James Hospital! On behalf of our Board of Directors, I would like to share our excitement and enthusiasm for providing and enhancing medical care services in our community and region. We certainly have some "news" to celebrate. Our new CEO, Bryan O’Donovan, brings a broad knowledge and dedication to medical care provision and operation for our community. Our new affiliation with the University of Rochester Medical Center has allowed us to expand medical services to benefit our local area, including additional primary care, gastroenterology, imaging services, general surgery, orthopaedics, and otolaryngology. And soon, we will have two new facilities, including a medical office building opening late 2018 and a hospital facility opening early 2020, which will support and enhance additional medical services for our community with new space and equipment.

We are strengthening our partnerships with our affiliate hospitals to share equipment, space and medical services so that vital care can be as close to home as possible for our patients. We are thankful for the expertise, support and services that URMC has shared with us and with our region through our affiliation. As a board, we recognize that collaborating and partnering on a regional basis will increase our efficiency and strengthen the quantity and quality of medical services that we can provide.

St. James Hospital was founded in 1890 by Reverend James Early, the pastor of St. Ann’s Church, who saw a need to care for the sick in our growing community and who arranged the purchase of an old farmhouse on Canisteo Street, the first St. James Hospital in Hornell. We will now be opening a new St. James hospital which, along with the new medical office building, will support and enhance this century-old mission of St. James for compassionate quality health care, close to home, for our community. With our new facilities, our dedicated staff and our affiliation with URMC, we believe that tradition will continue and grow. Thanks to all for your support, loyalty and use of services as we continue our mission, face the challenges and embrace the changes that the future of health care will bring.


Susan Gray, President
St. James Hospital Board of Directors