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St. James Hospital Names Executive Vice President

Thursday, June 3, 2021

St. James Hospital has promoted Denise M. Becher to executive vice president (EVP), effective 6/1/21.  Denise

In this new position reporting to CEO, the EVP will provide leadership, direction, and oversight of hospital operations.  Ms. Becher will be responsible for maximizing St. James’s operating performance and achieving its financial goals by interacting with the hospital board of directors, ensuring sound financial practices, managing the strategic plan, and promoting a strong working environment that generates revenues and ensures healthy operations.

Ms. Becher joined St. James Hospital as a registration clerk in 1989 and has progressively taken on higher levels of management and operational responsibility within the organization during her career.

“Most recently Denise demonstrated exceptional leadership during a major transition as we opened and moved into our medical office building and completed construction and the opening of the new hospital,” said Bryan O’Donovan, president and CEO.  “She also oversaw the application and use of the NYS grants that allowed us to successfully execute these projects, on time and on budget.  Denise continues to take on major projects, possesses extraordinary operational and analytical skills, and understands the complex and ever-changing regulatory requirements that are essential in managing an organization like a hospital.”  

A native and current resident of Hornell, Ms. Becher has a bachelor degree in Business Administration. In addition to her extensive career with St. James Hospital, she also worked at Rochester Regional Health as billing manager in long term care.

“We are excited to have Denise take on this new role as we move into the next phase of St. James Hospital…that of growth and expansion of services,” said O’Donovan.  “She has been integral to the stabilization of St. James in recent years and will provide great leadership as we continue to grow.”  

St. James Hospital Honors Staff During National Hospital Week

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Staff appreciation

As part of National Hospital Week, May 9-15, St. James Hospital held a number of events to commemorate the hard work and dedication of its approximately 400 employees and providers.

SJH board president Shawn Hogan praised the efforts of everyone.

“This annual celebration is an opportunity to thank and recognize our team members for their many contributions and commitment to our hospital and the community,” he said. “This year especially, we want to celebrate our health care heroes at St. James Hospital.”

A variety of activities were scheduled for staff including lunch donated by GV Street Food, wooden flowers donated by Mark Van Durm, and Twisters ice cream sponsored by Spectrum Reach.

In a message to staff, CEO Bryan O’Donovan said, “Every day, you help serve our patients and their families in their time of need.  This past year you worked very hard to find innovative ways to provide our patients with the highest level of care, as we responded to the pandemic.”

Staff with food

National Hospital Week was started by the American Hospital Association to celebrate hospitals and the women and men who support the health and wellbeing of their communities through dedication and compassionate care from the heart.

Staff getting food

St. James Hospital Launches Program to Recognize  Inpatients for Military Service

Monday, February 15, 2021

Today St. James Hospital launched a program to recognize inpatients who are actively serving or who have served in the U.S. military.flag

Each patient who is admitted to St. James Hospital is asked if he or she has served in the military, and if they want to be acknowledged during their stay.  For those who consent, staff insert a card outside of the patient’s room and place an American flag in the room.  This alerts staff of the patient’s military service and the opportunity to acknowledge it.  The patient is encouraged to take the flag home.  

“We are honored to formally show appreciation to patients who have served our country,” said Bryan O’Donovan, president and CEO and U.S. Army veteran.  “This is one small way that we can thank them for their service, and as safety restrictions allow, our leadership team will also visit military and non-military patients in their rooms.”  

“We feel that these patients deserve to be recognized for their service,” said Melissa Rackmil, chief nursing officer, “and after several months of planning we’re happy to get it started.”  

“We hope that this gesture genuinely demonstrates our appreciation for patients who have served in the military,” said Jason Bisker, inpatient nurse manager.

St. James Hospital Assists the Public in Obtaining COVID Vaccine Information

Monday, January 11, 2021

In an effort to help the public access and utilize the NYS Dept. of Health COVID vaccination program, St. James Hospital issued the following guidance.  
“Now that New York has entered Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, more eligible groups can register for the vaccine,” said Bryan O’Donovan, St. James Hospital president and CEO.
O’Donovan clarified that although St. James serves as a site to administer the vaccination, all first-dose vaccine registrations are managed by NYS Dept. of Health – not the hospital, primary care, or urgent care.
“The Dept. of Health has a system in place for people to check their eligibility and register for a vaccine at various sites,” he said.  “People should avoid calling the hospital, PCP’s or urgent care to request the vaccine, as the supply and process are managed by the Dept. of Health.  As vaccine becomes available to St. James Hospital, our location will be updated in the system and those meeting the criteria will be able to register for the vaccine at our hospital.  If St. James Hospital is not listed in the database that means we do not have the vaccine and another location will need to be selected.  All vaccinations are by appointment only.”  
The public is asked to contact the Dept. of Health at the website or phone number noted below for information about eligibility, and to register for a vaccination.  
The vaccination web site is  Beginning at 4 p.m. today (January 11), the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline will open for scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible New Yorkers:  1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). 
St. James Hospital will continue to work with the Dept. of Health to support the community by sharing resources and updates as they become available.

St. James Hospital Announces New Medical Staff Officers

Monday, January 4, 2021

St. James Hospital announces the election of its new medical staff officers.  Effective 1/1/21, Uzma Mehr, M.D. will serve as president of the medical staff; Pradeep Sharda, M.D. as vice president; and Sachin Manthuruthil, M.D. as secretary/treasurer.Uzma
Currently a pediatrician with Oak Orchard Hornell, Dr. Mehr has provided high-quality medical services to the local community and to St. James Hospital for almost twenty years.  She has served as chief of pediatrics at St. James and is currently a board member at Hornell City School District.  Dr. Mehr is taking the medical staff president position that was held by Spencer Annabel, M.D., who retired from clinical practice at the end of 2020.
“Dr. Annabel has provided exceptional leadership to our medical staff and it’s been an honor working with him,” said Bilal Ahmed, M.D., chief medical officer.  “Dr. Mehr is a well-respected colleague among our medical staff, and we look forward to her leadership as president starting in 2021.”