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A new vision for quality health care services in our community
Rotary Community Blood Screening Program, May 30th

Blood screening program
Blood screening will be available on May 30 at St. James Mercy Hospital to all community members over the age of 18. This program is an inexpensive way to monitor your health.
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"Books Are Fun!" Friday, May 8th from 9am-3pm in the Hospital Lobby
Come shop for a wide variety of books and gifts for Mother’s Day, graduations, weddings and other occasions at great savings! Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Proceeds benefit St. James Mercy Foundation.


Christ Church Episcopal in Hornell Raises Funds for St. James Mercy Hospital’s "Reach Out & Read" Program

Christ Church Episcopal in Hornell Raises Funds
Sunday School members from Christ Church Episcopal in Hornell raised funds for the "Reach Out & Read" program, which provides books to young patients in St. James Mercy Hospital’s outpatient clinics. Through a large group effort, $102 were raised to support the reading program.
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St. James Mercy Hospital Receives $1,000 to Support Local Hunger Relief
Support Local Hunger Relief
St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced that it was been awarded a $1,000 grant from Sodexo Foundation to fund the Hornell-based Backpack Food Program. The grant will be provided to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to support local hunger relief efforts for children in need. SJMH was the only Sodexo account in New York State to receive a grant. Sodexo’s Backpack Food Program brings local food banks and schools together to provide backpacks filled with nutritious, easy-to-prepare, non-perishable food for students who are at-risk for hunger on weekends.
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Holiday Bears Project for Pediatrics Patients
Holiday Bears Project for Pediatrics Patients
St. James Mercy received ten bears to give to pediatrics patients during the holidays from the Holiday Bears Project, sponsored by radio WDNY in Dansville. WDNY asked local merchants to "sponsor" a bear, which in turn was given to local organizations for distribution. We’d like to say thank you to WDNY and their merchant partners for thinking of the kids.


Healthy Eating for the Holidays Interview

.   Listen to a radio interview about Healthy Eating during the Holidays with Erika
Zerkowski, registered dietician, on Kickin’ Country WKPQ with T.J. Sharp (with helpful websites and apps). (mp3)
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Take a Visual Tour of the Center for Express Care

Center for Express Care
Video highlights include the Express Care interior, medical care, providers, and hours/days Express Care is open.
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New Physician Joins St. James Mercy Hospital Medical Staff
Dr. Tamera Paczos will serve as SJMH Pathologist and Lab Director
St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced that Tamera Paczos, MD has joined the SJMH Medical Staff to serve as SJMH’s Pathologist and Laboratory Director in a part-time capacity. "We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Paczos to St. James Mercy Hospital and the Medical Staff," said Jennifer L. Sullivan, president and CEO, SJMH. "Dr. Paczos brings an impressive resume of training and experience that will benefit providers and patients alike."
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  Dr. Tamera Paczos will serve as SJMH Pathologist and Lab Director
St. James Mercy Hospital welcomes Dr. Tamera Paczos.


UR Medicine, St. James Mercy Hospital to Explore Formal Affiliation
UR Medicine and St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell announced today their intent to explore a formal affiliation between the organizations. While St. James Mercy and UR Medicine have been working collaboratively for nearly a year, the proposed affiliation would add St. James Mercy to UR Medicine’s hospital network, alongside Strong Memorial, Highland, and Thompson Health. UR Medicine previously announced that it is in similar affiliation discussions with Noyes Health in Dansville and Jones Memorial in Wellsville.
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St. James Mercy Hospital Announces New Provider to Support Behavioral Health Services
St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) is pleased to announce that Maureen Graham, PMHNP-BC, ANP, will be joining the Hospital as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, effective June 8, 2015, providing services to patients and clients in the Mercycare Addiction Treatment Center of Hornell / MATCH programs on a part-time basis. "We are pleased to have Ms. Graham join the team at MATCH to provide inpatient and outpatient care," said Gina Reagan, SJMH quality director and compliance officer. "Patients who seek chemical addiction treatment often benefit from access to other behavioral health services, and Ms. Graham’s appointment will ensure access to and continuity of care for this vulnerable population."
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St. James Mercy Hospital Receives $270,673 Grant for Emergency Department Upgrades
St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced that it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $270,673 from the New York State Rural Health Care Access Development Program. The funds will be used to upgrade equipment in the Hospital’s emergency department. "The receipt of this grant will improve efficiency, safety and overall quality of care for individuals who access our emergency room service," said Erica Brewer, nurse manager, Emergency Department. Specifically the funds will be used to purchase new cardiac monitors, stretchers, and EKG machines.
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St. James Mercy Hospital Announces Interim Chief Medical Officer and Interim Clinical Director
UR Medicine provides support in filling key leadership roles
As part of the developing partnership with UR Medicine, clinical leaders from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) will be joining St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) on an interim basis. Raymond J. Mayewski, MD, FACP, will serve as interim chief medical officer (CMO)/medical director, succeeding John Carroll, MD, who is stepping down effective May 31....Roger M. Oskvig, MD, also will be on site weekly at SJMH providing support to Dr. Mayewski and the medical staff leadership transition.... In addition to providing interim leadership to the SJMH Medical Staff, Dr. Mayewski and Dr. Oskvig will work with SJMH administration to develop the process for securing a permanent CMO for the organization going forward. Neva Bossard, RN, MSN, has been named interim clinical director and will assume leadership for nursing services and patient care services from Kathleen Brodbeck, RN, MSN, who is stepping down as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) effective June 18.
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St. James Mercy Hospital Extends Operation of Hornell Pediatric Care Clinic
St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced today that it will continue to operate its Pediatric Care Clinic until the services transition to Oak Orchard Community Health Center. According to Hospital officials, the clinic will remain open as Oak Orchard and St. James Mercy Hospital await pending regulatory approvals. "While Oak Orchard continues to complete the necessary steps it needs to take to open a clinic in Hornell, we will continue to offer uninterrupted pediatric care at the SJMH Pediatric Care Clinic," said Jennifer L. Sullivan, president and CEO. "We are notifying patients of this transition update."
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St. James Mercy Hospital Commemorates Health Care Auxilian Day
Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed May 6, 2015 as "Health Care Auxilian Day" in New York State. St. James Mercy Hospital is joining hospitals across the state in recognizing the dedicated auxilian volunteers who annually donate countless hours of service to their health care facilities and communities. Over 75 Auxiliary members will be honored by St. James Mercy at a luncheon on June 9th.
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Healthy Eating on a Budget Interview on Kickin’ Country WKPQ
Listen to Erika Zerkowski, registered dietician, talk about Healthy Eating on a Budget (mp3). For more information call Erika Zerkowski at (607) 324-8172.


St. James Mercy Hospital Announces Transitions for Two Clinics
St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH), in Hornell, NY, announced transition plans for two clinics. Beginning in May, the providers at SJMH’s Hornell Pediatric Care Clinic, Dr. Uzma Mehr and Tamara Suzanne, N.P, will be joining Oak Orchard Community Health, Inc., to continue providing pediatric care to residents of Hornell and surrounding communities. Dr. Mehr and Ms. Suzanne will be relocating to 20 Elm Street, in Hornell, where the Oak Orchard Health services will operate. Oak Orchard Health is a patient-centered practice that will offer primary and preventive family medicine and pediatrics to the Hornell community. "Our intention in opening a practice in Hornell is to provide accessible, quality primary and preventive care for families. We look forward to working in concert with other healthcare providers in the community to create a sustainable healthcare model for the future," said Jim Cummings, Oak Orchard Community Health Center, Inc. CEO. "We are excited about joining the community, getting to know residents, and providing care that makes a difference to individuals’ quality of life."
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St. James Mercy Hospital Surgeon Irfan Rizvi joins UR Medicine, will continue to see patients in Hornell
St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) general and colorectal surgeon Irfan Rizvi, M.D., FACS, has joined UR Medicine’s Department of Surgery as a Clinical Assistant Professor effective May 1. Dr. Rizvi, who has been on staff at St. James Mercy Hospital since 2011, will continue to see patients at his office, 460 Canisteo St., Hornell, and to perform outpatient procedures at SJMH.
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St. James Mercy Hospital Receives Confirmation of Critical Funding
Hospital also announces completion of workforce transition; approximately 460 employees to transition to independent SJMH beginning May 1.
The State of New York has notified St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) that is has been awarded $7.5 million under the Health Facility Restructuring Loan (HFRL) program, which is jointly administered by the Dormitory Authority of New York State (DASNY) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). The interest-free loan will allow SJMH to continue providing services for the community post-March 31, 2015. SJMH has been relying on funding under the Interim Access assurance Fund (IAAF) since July 1, 2014. "This funding is vital to securing a vibrant healthcare future for Hornell," said Jennifer Sullivan, president and CEO, St. James Mercy Hospital.
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Flu Prevention Interview on WKPQ
Neva Bossard from St. James Mercy Hospital discusses flu prevention, treatment, and where to find more information on WKPQ radio.
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Addiction Treatment Interview on WKPQ
Beth Burke, Clinical Director for MATCH (Mercycare Addiction Treatment Center of Hornell) discusses substance abuse and addiction treatment on WKPQ radio.
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St. James Mercy Hospital Board Opens Door for Continuation of Inpatient Services Board action reaffirms partnership with UR Medicine
Following receipt of two new competitive proposals, the St. James Mercy Health System board of directors today unanimously re-affirmed its partnership with UR Medicine. As a part of the competitive review, UR Medicine proposed a plan for continuation of limited inpatient medical and surgical services. The plan remains subject to review, approval and funding by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and approval of the University of Rochester Trustees. "We are delighted to reaffirm our commitment to our dedicated partner in UR Medicine, and we applaud the efforts of community leaders—Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan, in particular—who have fought tirelessly for a sustained inpatient presence," said Jennifer Sullivan, president and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital.
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St. James Mercy Hospital Selects Fresenius Medical Care as Buyer for Dialysis Services
Transaction will ensure continued access to vital healthcare services, consistent with the SJMH New Vision for Healthcare in Hornell. St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced today that it has signed a letter of intent with Fresenius Medical Care North America, a national provider of renal therapy services, to acquire its dialysis services. "Today’s announcement means reliable access to top-notch care for our community and further paints the picture of a sustained vibrant healthcare presence in Hornell," said Jen Sullivan, president and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital.
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Chronic Heart Failure and Advance Directives Interviews on WKPQ


St. James Mercy Hospital Auxiliary Funds Equipment for Physical Therapy and Emergency Department
St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) Auxiliary has allocated $6,100 to St. James Mercy Foundation to fund new equipment in the Emergency Department and Physical Therapy. The purchases include wall-mounted computer stations and a large paraffin bath system. SJMH chief nursing officer, Kathy Brodbeck, said the new equipment will enhance the delivery of outpatient care. "The enhanced computer capabilities in the ED will allow immediate and more accurate transmission of orders to the pharmacy, lab and radiology. The paraffin bath system for PT will expand our ability to treat patients with sports injuries, arthritis, rheumatism and other joint conditions."
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PSA: St. James Mercy Hospital Offers Congestive Heart Failure Support Group
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) support group meetings will be held starting the second Friday of every month. This month’s meeting will be Friday, February 13, 2015 at 2:00PM in the Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab department on the 2nd floor. The Congestive Heart Failure support group is aimed at cardiac patients and their spouses, families and friends to provide education and support for both the physical and emotional aspects of heart disease.
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PSA: St. James Mercy Hospital’s New Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program
The Diabetes Self-Management Education staff offers a free session every Thursday from 11:00AM – Noon in SJMH’s 3rd Floor Conference Room. These sessions provide attendees information related to the Diabetes Self-Management Program at St. James Mercy Hospital. This free program is offered through SJMH and is open to persons with diabetes, pre-diabetes as well as their family and friends.
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WENY’s interview with CEO Jen Sullivan on "Independent SJMH"
Click below to view WENY’s interview with CEO Jen Sullivan on this week’s announcement on "Independent SJMH."
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Multiple Sclerosis Support Group – Temporary Change of Location
The Multiple Sclerosis meetings will be held the first Wednesday of every month. The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 10:00AM at Texas Hots Café, 29 Broadway in Hornell (note: new temporary location). The focus of this support group is to help people manage on a day to day basis.
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Transition to New Vision Begins in Earnest with WARN Notices and Announcement of ‘Independent SJMH’
The leadership of St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) informed employees it will transition from a Trinity Health ministry to "Independent SJMH" effective May 1, 2015, as part of the implementation of the New Vision for healthcare in Hornell. As part of the announcement, 581 employees received a 90-day Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice that their St. James Mercy employment will end as of April 30. Of the total number of employees receiving notice, 96 are per diem employees. "We are pleased to announce that multiple new providers are ready, willing and able to hire nearly two-thirds of our employees," said Jennifer L. Sullivan, president and CEO, St. James Mercy Hospital.
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St. James Mercy Hospital Selects Buyer for McAuley Manor Long-term Care Service
Deal will ensure continued access to a vital healthcare service, consistent with the SJMH New Vision for Healthcare in Hornell
St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced today that it has agreed to terms for New York State-based Post Acute Partners to acquire St. James Mercy’s McAuley Manor long-term care service. "Our New Vision for healthcare in Hornell is designed to ensure continued access to quality health care services for our community," said Jennifer Sullivan, president and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital. "The selection of Post Acute Partners—a high-quality, highly reputable long-term care provider—is a very positive step toward achieving our mission."
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Wayland Pediatrician to Join Tri-County Family Medicine As Part of New Vision Transition Plan
St. James Mercy Hospital pediatrician Dr. Gayle A. Mosher has announced she will join Tri-County Family Medicine, a non-for-profit family practice group with an office located in Wayland, effective April 1, 2015. She will remain caring for patients at her current office located at 200 North Main Street. Later this spring, joining Dr. Mosher at her current office located at 200 Main Street in Wayland, will be the Wayland office providers of Tri-County Family Medicine Joseph DePra, M.D. and Anita Eck, P.A.
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  Wayland Pediatrician to Join Tri-County Family Medicine


Op-Ed Post Employee Forums
A new year always brings with it a promise of new beginnings and a fresh look at our opportunities to grow and change. I recently met with St. James Mercy Hospital employees regarding the year behind us and what I expect the year ahead will bring. I want to share with you—our community—the same insights. 2014 brought to our community regional collaborators such as Noyes Memorial Hospital, Oak Orchard Health, and Jones Memorial Hospital, providers who researched whether their expertise would be a good fit for our community. This year—2015—will bring significant change to St. James Mercy.
Jennifer L. Sullivan
President & CEO, St. James Mercy Hospital
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