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"Friends FORE Mercy" Golf Tournament
Friends for Mercy Golf Tournament

14th Annual "Friends FORE Mercy" to Benefit St. James Mercy Foundation, September 8, 2017. Click here for more information, registration and sponsorship opportunities.
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Shick Family Charity Golf Classic Donates $4,000+ Earnings to St. James Mercy Foundation
July 21, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Friends and members of Hornell’s Shick family gathered June 30 for a day of golf and fun, and raised $4,027.93 for the St. James Mercy Foundation. The money will be used to support the development of the Hospital’s new campus.

This year’s tournament—the family’s third—raised twice what their first outing earned, and 60% more than last year’s event. Historically, a different community organization has been chosen as the beneficiary each year. During a check presentation ceremony in July, family members surprised Hospital officials with the news that the St. James Mercy Foundation will benefit from their 2018 tournament as well.

"We all agree that the Hospital is the single most important cause in our community and we have strong family ties to it," said Becky Shick, whose parents the tournament was designed to honor. "Their dedication to our community is clear, so when it came time to vote on next year’s beneficiary, it was unanimous that we would do all we can for them. We are all looking forward to raising the bar yet again next year."


Shick Family Charity Golf Classic Donation
Pictured, left to right: St. James Mercy Foundation Executive Director Dustin Hewit, SJMH President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan, Anita Shick, Martha Shick-Wraight, Becky Shick, SJMH CFO Stan Konopko.


"We had a great time playing with the Shicks and their friends, and their selection of St. James Mercy Hospital to receive the proceeds means a lot," said Dustin Hewit, Executive Director of the St. James Mercy Foundation. "The support of this family and many others as we prepare for construction has shown what a truly special place Hornell is, and how strongly the community supports this hospital."

The Shick Family Charity Golf Classic was founded as a way to have fun and give back, as well as to honor matriarch Anita Shick, who has proudly led the family since the passing of her husband, William D. Shick, in 1974. He was 45. Anita was joined at the check presentation by her daughters Becky and Martha Shick-Wraight.

The Shick family history has been closely intertwined with that of the Hospital. Anita’s sister, Yolanda Fiordo, was part of the first graduating class of St. James’ nursing school. Another of her sisters, Rosemary Danaher, was the secretary at the school for many years. And Anita’s son, Dave, met his wife Pat (McBride) while she was a student there. They were married in 1974 and have four children and six grandchildren.

A series of generous sponsors were part of what made the tournament so successful. They include:

  • Simmons-Rockwell
  • Revolution Dance Studio
  • Jamison Wood Products
  • Doggie Doody Care
  • Hornell Golf Club
  • The Main Place
  • HP, Inc.
  • Bradley Supply
  • Richmond Diagnostics
  • Johnson Estates Winery
  • Italian American Women's Club
  • Bath Elks Lodge 1547
  • Wegmans
  • Alstom
  • Wherever Tours
  • Maple City Discount Liquors
  • Railhead Brewing
  • Sacha Bodin and Arnaud Larocca
  • Transit Air
  • Phil Palmesano
  • Caledonia
  • Maple City Dodge
  • John and Anne Watt
  • Walmart
  • Spotlight of Hornell
  • Joe Donlon Plumbing and Heating

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital Receives $7.9 million in State Funding to Support New Facility
July 19, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Governor Cuomo announced that St. James Mercy Hospital will receive $7.9 million in funding to support the development of its planned new facility on Seneca Road.

"Transforming health care in Hornell has been the focus of much time and effort for us and our colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center," said Jennifer L. Sullivan, President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital. "Today’s announcement further illustrates the state’s commitment to rural health care, and its support of our vision for a Medical Village that provides convenient, accessible care to the residents of the Hornell area."

In 2016, the Hospital was awarded $54.9 million in funding to support the development of a new facility and the implementation of a state-of-the-art Electronic Health Records (EHR) system. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2017.

The funding announced today comes from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program, designed to reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes for New Yorkers by expanding access to inpatient, primary, preventative, and other ambulatory care services as part of regionally integrated healthcare delivery systems.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital Welcomes New Chief Medical Officer
July 5, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Bilal Ahmed, MD St. James Mercy Hospital is pleased to welcome Bilal Ahmed, MD, FACP to the role of Chief Medical Officer at St. James Mercy Hospital. Dr. Ahmed joined the organization officially on July 1.

Dr. Ahmed received his medical education at Allama Iqbal College in Lahore, Pakistan, and the Royal College of Physicians in London, UK. He is also a Professor of Clinical Medicine and Assistant Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the Associate Medical Director at Highland Hospital.

In his role as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ahmed will focus primarily on improving quality, safety, and service in patient clinical outcomes. He will serve as a leader in promoting physician performance in these areas, particularly those defined by state and federal scorecards. He will provide leadership, direction, and planning for a wide variety of medical and related activities for the Hospital, and serve as a change agent for activities that create clinical improvement, integration, and optimization.

Dr. Ahmed will be joined at St. James Mercy Hospital by Associate to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roger Oskvig. Dr. Oskvig is currently a full-time member of the faculty at URMC, and will provide medical leadership focusing on credentialing, privileging, and practice monitoring, direction on bylaws for the Medical Staff, and input on admission status and Hospital billing/coding.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 224 Hours in June
July 5, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 224 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of June. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during June:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Kathy Burdick
  • Sandy Conway
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Julie McHale
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James
  • Donna Waters

St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at (607) 324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 283 Hours in May

June 19, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 283 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of May. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during May:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Kathy Burdick
  • Sandy Conway
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Julie McHale
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Gerard St. James
  • Donna Waters
  • Louise Wintermute
St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




Ribbon Cut on New MRI Service at St. James Mercy Hospital
June 16, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital officially cut the ribbon on its new, upgraded Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) service today. Organization leaders presided over a ceremony that included remarks from President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan, as well as Dr. David Waldman, Chairman of Imaging at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). URMC provides imaging services at St. James Mercy Hospital.


Ribbon cutting
(left to right) Architect Kathleen Engstrom of Razak Associates, URMC Chairman of Imaging Dr. David Waldman, and St. James Mercy Hospital President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan cut the ribbon during an official opening ceremony at the Hospital’s new, upgraded MRI service. Hospital staff and board of directors were also represented.


The GE Signa HDxt 1.5T MRI machine is located in a mobile unit adjacent to the existing entrance to the Emergency Department at St. James Mercy Hospital. MRI machines use a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the inside of the body. Those images are typically used to help diagnose or monitor treatment for a variety of conditions within the chest, abdomen, and pelvis.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital would like to welcome General Surgeon Dennis Blom, M.D.
May 31, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

General Surgeon Dennis Blom, M.D.

Dr. Blom Dr. Blom received his medical education at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. He completed a surgical residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry in Rochester, NY, and a clinical fellowship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.

He served in the United States Army Medical Corps, notably during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Most recently, he has operated a private surgical practice based in Utica. His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, gastrointestinal disease/surgery, treatment of gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal motility disorders, and esophageal/gastric cancer.

He will see patients at our Hornell office and perform surgery at St. James Mercy Hospital.




Increased Attendance for Healthy Kids Day at the 28th Annual Kids 1/4 Miler
May 30, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

The Healthy Kids Day, formerly the Pediatric Health Fair, enjoyed increased attendance at the May 20th event held in the Hornell High School gymnasium. The Hornell Kiwanis Club began the Kids Quarter-Miler 28 years ago, and joined forces with St. James Mercy Hospital within the last10 years to include a Pediatric Health Fair. This event is still going strong with help from Oak Orchard Health, Hornell YMCA and St. James Mercy Hospital, kudos to all!

The Kids 1/4 Miler races drew 180 race participants and brought more than 400 visitors to the Healthy Kids Day. There were approximately 20 participating vendors from health and human service organizations to share information with families focused on youth and healthy lifestyle choices.

Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day




Upgraded MRI Service at St. James Mercy Hospital Will Launch June 1
May 26, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital will launch a new, upgraded Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) service June 1. The service will be provided with a new machine that represents a significant upgrade in technology and capabilities when compared to the machine the Hospital previously used.

"The new MRI service at St. James Mercy Hospital features a machine that generates better images than ever before, which means we can see more and do more for our patients in Hornell," said Dr. David Waldman, Chairman of Imaging at University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), which provides imaging services at St. James Mercy Hospital.

The GE Signa HDxt 1.5T MRI machine will be located in a mobile unit adjacent to the existing entrance to the Emergency Department at St. James Mercy Hospital. Crews have been working for several weeks to construct the required corridor and technology connections for the unit.

MRI machines use a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the inside of the body. Those images are typically used to help diagnose or monitor treatment for a variety of conditions within the chest, abdomen, and pelvis.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




St. James Mercy Hospital Celebrates Hospital Week With Employee and Volunteer Service Recognition
May 24, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) recently celebrated Hospital Week with various employee appreciation centered activities and prizes. These activities included a website scavenger hunt, Aquinas Gift Shop discounts and word game challenges, daily door prizes, free chicken BBQ and ice cream social, and LifeNet helicopter on-site tours.

The culmination of this special week was the employee awards banquet. 33 employees and their guests were invited to a dinner held at The Main Place in Hornell to honor their years of service to SJMH. The combined total of years served was 470, including one employee with 40 years, Linda Dunham, and two employees, Kelly Grillo and Paul Quinlan, with 30 years. Two 2016 retirees were honored: Diane Benedict and Colleen Pernesky.

Celebrating 25 years were Jeni Cook, Charles Edgecomb, Heidi Margeson, and Debbie Preston, and celebrating 20 years was Gloria Hall. Recognized for 15 years were Jodi Amann, Neva Bossard, Amy Duthoy, Elaine Edmond, Jennifer Eicher, Misti Myers, Jennifer Olix, Charisse Smith, Amy Stewart, Justine Valentine, and Rachel Yanda. Recognized for 10 years were Linda Morgan, Jessica M. Mullen, Deborah Oyer, Michele Ranger, and Valerie Sexton. Recognized for 5 years were Erica Brewer, Aimee Dodge, Jessica C. Mullen, Heather Mullen, Robin Rideout, Jason Soles, and William Spicer.


25 year volunteers
25 Years – Pictured L-R: Jeni Cook, President & CEO Jen Sullivan, Heidi Margeson

15 year volunteers
15 Years – Rachel Yanda, Jodi Amann, Neva Bossard, President & CEO Jen Sullivan, Amy Duthoy, Elaine Egmond, Jennifer Eicher, Charisse Smith, Justine Valentine

10 year volunteers
10 Years – President & CEO Jen Sullivan, Linda Morgan, Jessica M. Mullen, Michele Ranger

5 year volunteers
5 Years – President & CEO Jen Sullivan, Jessica C. Mullen, Erica Brewer, Aimee Dodge, William Spicer


Also honored were the dedicated SJMH volunteers who contribute countless hours to various departments throughout the hospital. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records. Celebrating their volunteer time were Joan Brown, Josie Brown, Kathy Burdick, Sally Coates, Sandy Conway, Dolores D’Apice, Cynthia Harrington, Sandy Jimerson, Margaret Johnson, Bonnie Kraft, Donna Kull, Haley Law, April Lawrence, Pat Maker, Julie McHale, Jean Pollinger, Erin Pryor, Mary Teresa Purtell, Nan Racalto, Bonnie Ritter-Makitra, Margaret Sleggs, Diana Smith, Gerard St. James, Donna Waters, and Louise Wintermute.


Volunteers at Awards Banquet
Volunteers

Volunteers at Awards Banquet
Volunteers

Volunteers at Awards Banquet
Volunteers




Certificate of Need Application Approved for New St. James Mercy Hospital
May 19, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital has received notification from the New York State Department of Health that its Certificate of Need (CON) application related to the planned new hospital construction and electronic medical records implementation has been approved. Designs for the exterior elevations of the new Hospital (below) are also available now for the first time.

"We are thrilled to have reached this important milestone," said St. James Mercy Hospital President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan. "We’ve been waiting a long time for this day to come, and now that it’s here, we expect things will begin happening very quickly."

New SJMH design


New SJMH design


Some of the next steps for the Hospital include:

  • A more complete schedule for the project will be developed and shared with the public.
  • A groundbreaking event will be scheduled.

The Hospital learned last year that it had been granted $55 million by the state to support the construction of a new hospital building and the implementation of a new electronic medical records system. Since then, officials have worked to secure a site and plan the use of the space in more detail. All Hospital operations will relocate to the new site, located on Seneca Road in the former Kmart/Wegmans plaza. The new Hospital is currently slated to open in early 2019. The existing structure will be renovated and used as a Medical Office Building, housing outpatient and administrative services.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, mammography, digital imaging, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.




Hornell Rotary Partners with St. James Mercy Hospital for Community Blood Screening
May 15, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

The Hornell Rotary Club has engaged the laboratory services of St. James Mercy Hospital for its annual Community Blood Screening. The screening will be offered from

6 to 10 am
Saturday, June 10th
St. James Mercy Hospital
Please use Lobby Entrance

The Blood Screening Program is open to uninsured/underinsured and anyone over 18. These screenings serve as an inexpensive way for community members with high-deductible health care plans to monitor their health, or it may be an early warning system in identifying potential health problems. A comprehensive blood screening is conducted for a $35 fee with the results sent to the participant’s physician. Screening for prostate cancer is available for an additional fee.

Information will also available on free screenings from Cancer Services Program of Steuben County.

To register, please call (607) 590-7423 beginning June 1st between the hours of 9 am to noon or 5 to 7 pm, Monday through Friday.




Promoting Healthy Kids Day at the 28th Annual Kids 1/4 Miler
May 12, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Saturday, May 20, Healthy Kids Day kicks off the 28th Annual Kids Quarter-Miler at 9 a.m. in Hornell High School gymnasium. This event is co-sponsored by St. James Mercy Hospital, the Hornell Kiwanis Club, Oak Orchard Health and the Hornell YMCA. Parents and children can interact with several local organizations promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

The Kids 1/4 Miler races will promptly begin at 11am at Maple City Park. Entry fee for the race is $5.00. The Kids 1/4 Miler provides area kids aged 2 – 12 an opportunity to participate in a fun activity while promoting physical exercise as a key to good health. Registration and entry packets will be available on race day during the Healthy Kids Day. Pre-registration is strongly recommended; call the Community Services Office at St. James Mercy Hospital (607-324-8147) to pre-register your child for the race or for more information.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 250 Hours in April
May 4, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 250 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of April. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during April:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Sandy Conway
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Julie McHale
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Diana Smith
  • Gerard St. James
  • Donna Waters
  • Louise Wintermute
St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 277 Hours in March
April 19, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 277 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of March. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during March:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Sandy Conway
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • Haley Law
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Jean Pollinger
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Diana Smith
  • Gerard St. James
  • Donna Waters
  • Louise Wintermute
St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




Public Service Announcement
St. James Mercy Hospital Begins Construction for New Mobile MRI
Arpil 7, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Due to construction for a new mobile MRI at St. James Mercy Hospital, all Emergency Room (ER) walk-ins or drop-offs should enter through the ambulance bay entrance.

Parking space next to the ER will not be available. Please use the visitor parking after drop-off is made.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 233 Hours in February
March 20, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 233 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of February. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during February:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Sally Coates
  • Sandy Conway
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • Haley Law
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Jean Pollinger
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Diana Smith
  • Gerard St. James
  • Donna Waters
  • Louise Wintermute
St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




St. James Mercy Launches Cancer Peer Education Program
Awareness of Screening for Breast and Prostate Cancers is Focus
March 3, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital has filled two new positions for its New York State Breast and Prostate Cancer Peer Education Project.

Kelsey Solo, Program Coordinator, will manage the work plan and budget, relationship and networking opportunities throughout Steuben County, and report progress of the project to the New York State Department of Health. Kelsey also serves as the MercyLine Coordinator for St. James Mercy Hospital.

Sue Dunn, Peer Educator, will provide education and information to men and women throughout Steuben County regarding cancer screenings, specifically related to breast and prostate health. In addition, Sue will work to create relationships with town, city, and county leaders, as well as health/human services agencies to promote the efforts of the program.

Funding for the program was approved in 2016, in a grant to St. James Mercy Hospital from the New York State Department of Health. The Breast and Prostate Peer Education Project is a statewide initiative designed to help underserved women, regardless of insurance status, understand the importance of breast cancer screening and inform men, regardless of their insurance status, of their risks regarding prostate cancer. The work aims to encourage men and women to visit with their health care providers to discuss their risk of breast or prostate cancer and decide if they should be screened. This is accomplished through peer led, community based education activities.

"We are excited to bring the New York State Breast and Prostate Cancer Peer Education Project to Steuben County," said Laura Vetter, Community Services Supervisor. "Research proves the importance of awareness around appropriate screenings, so we’re pleased to be a part of this state-wide effort to reduce the incidence of these cancers."

For more information about the service, contact Kelsey Solo at 607-324-8139 or Sue Dunn at 607-324-8166.




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 273 Hours in January
February 24, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 273 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of January. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during January:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Sandy Conway
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Bonnie Kraft
  • Donna Kull
  • Haley Law
  • April Lawrence
  • Pat Maker
  • Jean Pollinger
  • Erin Pryor
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Diana Smith
  • Gerard St. James
  • Donna Waters
  • Louise Wintermute

Become a Volunteer
St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at 607-324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




Historic Hornell Photos on Display at St. James Mercy Hospital
January 18, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Local physician and SJMH board member Dr. Spencer Annabel has loaned a collection of historic Hornell photographs to St. James Mercy Hospital for display in the lobby, cafeteria, and emergency room hallway areas.


Local physician Spencer Annabel, MD poses with a few of his historic photographs
Local physician Spencer Annabel, MD poses with a few of his historic photographs
on display at St. James Mercy Hospital.


"These photos used to hang in my office and patients enjoyed looking at them so much I wanted to share them with more people. I would like to give credit to Norm Annis for his great work in restoring all these photos," said Dr. Annabel. "The historic photos depict the life styles, work places and the physical look of our community from years gone by. It would be a shame to keep them boxed up in storage."

"Dr. Annabel’s historic photographs have already sparked a great deal of interest and much reminiscing," commented Dustin Hewit, Executive Director St. James Mercy Foundation. "We are pleased for the opportunity to display this proud pictorial history of our community, and thankful to Dr. Annabel for sharing his collection with the community."




St. James Mercy Hospital Recognizes Volunteers
Dedicated Area Residents Gave 231 Hours in December
January 13, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Volunteers at St. James Mercy Hospital contributed 231 hours to various departments throughout the hospital during the month of December. Those departments include Environmental Services, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Room, Progressive Care and Medical Records.

The following volunteers are to be acknowledged for their service during December:

  • Joan Brown
  • Josie Brown
  • Kathy Burdick
  • Usman Chaudhry
  • Dolores D’Apice
  • Sandy Jimerson
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Donna Kull
  • April Lawrence
  • Mary Teresa Purtell
  • Nan Racalto
  • Bonnie Ritter-Makitra
  • Margaret Sleggs
  • Diana Smith
  • Gerard St. James
  • Donna Waters
St. James Mercy is actively searching for additional volunteers. Interested individuals are invited to call Connie Mullen at (607) 324-8748 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and get started on their volunteer journey.




Transition Planned for Dialysis Services at St. James Mercy
Patient Experience Expected to be Seamless
January 4, 2017, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital has finalized the transfer of ownership and management of its outpatient dialysis services to Fresenius Medical Care. The change in ownership took effect January 1.

No immediate changes to the patient experience are expected. St. James Mercy dialysis employees have been offered comparable positions with Fresenius. Patients with appointments for dialysis at the location should plan to keep those appointments.

"Fresenius is a widely respected organization that provides quality dialysis services to patients in locations around the country," said St. James Mercy Hospital President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan. "They are uniquely positioned to maintain this service for our community, in collaboration with St. James Mercy Hospital. Our job is to ensure quality and maintain access to care for Hornell and the surrounding communities, and we are confident that the way to do this with respect to dialysis is to collaborate with Fresenius in this way."

Fresenius Kidney Care Director of Operations Kenneth Crine reiterated that the transition should be seamless for patients.

"We will be implementing equipment and computer system upgrades almost immediately, but all appointments will be kept and we will have additional staff on site to ensure proper training on those systems" said Crine. "Our goal is to maintain and then steadily enhance the patient experience with upgrades to the technology and processes."

Anyone with questions about dialysis services in Hornell can call (607) 324-6950.




 
 

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