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St. James Mercy Hospital Partners with LeChase Construction of Rochester, N.Y. to Build New Facility
July 11, 2016, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

After a thorough and competitive review, St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) has awarded the construction manager contract for its new hospital and medical village project to LeChase Construction Services, LLC. Headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., with a local office in Corning, N.Y., LeChase has an extensive background in health care construction, having recently completed the UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital.

In addition, LeChase has completed projects for institutions such as Duke University and Bausch & Lomb, Inc. Locally, LeChase recently has worked with both Alfred University and the North Hornell Elementary School.

"It was important for us to choose a construction partner with strong local ties to the Hornell community and who understands how important this project is, not only to SJMH, but also to the patients we serve," said Jennifer Sullivan, SJMH President and CEO. "LeChase has a proven track record of safety, efficiency and cleanliness, and the team has demonstrated a keen understanding of the needs of the Southern Tier. We are very excited to partner with LeChase for this project."

"We are proud to partner with St. James in building this transformative medical village in Hornell," said LeChase Construction CEO William H. Goodrich. "We have worked with more than 40 health care institutions and we will bring that experience along with a local presence to benefit the project. This is truly an exciting endeavor and the leadership of St. James Mercy Hospital is to be commended for being at the forefront of improving health care delivery and creating a true community asset."

LeChase will be working closely with architect Razak & Associates, and project manager HB Cornerstone for the $55 million facility and medical village project. Groundbreaking on the new facility is expected to occur by the end of 2016. The facility completion date is expected to be in early to mid-2018.

About St. James Mercy Hospital – Founded in 1890, St. James Mercy Hospital provides compassionate, quality care for the residents of Hornell, NY and the surrounding communities. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, express care, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, dialysis, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, physical therapy, and a personal emergency response system (MercyLine).

About LeChase Construction Services, LLC – LeChase Construction (www.lechase.com) is a full-service construction management and general construction firm with extensive experience in many industry sectors. Since 1944, the consistent stability and growth of LeChase Construction have stemmed from the dedication, interest and hard work of the entire organization allowing LeChase a broad reach of services and the ability to provide local delivery. The over 70-year-old firm is well recognized for its commitment to quality, innovation and safety.

Having completed projects throughout the U.S., as well as having project experience in Canada, Brazil and the U.K., LeChase is willing and able to travel for unique opportunities. With strategic alliances located throughout the country, mobile job teams and operational support in several states, we can dedicate the right resources to your specific project needs no matter where it is located. Widely recognized as one of the area’s top contractors, LeChase’s annual revenues are nearly $700 million in building construction.




St. James Mercy Scholarship Awarded to Christopher Lomax
June 29, 2016, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) is pleased to announce that Christopher Lomax has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 SJMH Memorial Scholarship. The $500 scholarship, which was established more than 20 years ago, is awarded annually in memory of deceased employees of St. James Mercy Hospital.

"This year, we are honored to present the SJMH Memorial Scholarship to Christopher Lomax," said Laura Vetter, supervisor of community services and chair of the scholarship committee. "Chris’s commitment to pursuing higher education and his strength of character in the face of adversity are among the qualities that most impressed our committee. We feel he possesses the courage to succeed in whatever career he pursues in the future."


Scholarship recipient Christopher Lomax
L-R, Front: Proud Mom, Mary McInerney, Scholarship recipient Christopher Lomax, Committee member Gina Reagan. Back: Committee member Linda Blauers, President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan, and Committee chair Laura Vetter. Missing from photo is Chris’s guide dog, Phoenix, who also participated in the interview process.

Lomax is a member of the Hornell High School 2016 graduating class, and has dedicated himself to finding success in all that he puts his mind to. Though blinded at an early age, he does not let his blindness define him and he fights to have the same experiences as his peers. Lomax has a passion for the theater arts, including singing, playing instruments and acting and served as a member of the student council. In his spare time, Lomax volunteers at the Concern for Youth because of his compassion and desire to help others.

"Becoming blind has given me amazing opportunities that a sighted person wouldn’t be able to experience," Lomax said. "I have seen a heightening of my other senses. Becoming blind is only one chapter in my life story."

Christopher’s mother, Mary McInerney, is employed as Manager of Nutrition/Environmental Services at SJMH. Lomax will be attending Alfred State College in the fall where he plans to major in Social Work and Counseling, and will be taking his guide dog, Phoenix, with him.

"We were impressed with the talented and ambitious students who applied for this year’s award, whose qualifications and plans for the future made the selection process difficult," said Vetter. "We wish them the best in their future careers."

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be the son or daughter of a SJMH employee, a high school senior, and have been accepted by an institution of higher education. The process includes a written application, letters of reference as well as a personal interview with the scholarship committee.




Amanda Kula’s Interview with Kickin’ Country 105.3 – Express Care Clinic
June 20, 2016, Hornell, NY

.   Amanda Kula, Manager of Out Patient Services talks about the Express Care clinic at St. James Mercy:
  • Express Care provides first come, first serve non-emergency medical services for coughs, colds and earaches, flu symptoms, minor lacerations and burns, urinary tract infections, rashes and skin conditions, allergies, sports injuries, animal and insect bites, strains and sprains, and more
  • Open 7 days a week from 10am-8pm
  • No appointment necessary
  • Located at 20 Elm Street, Hornell
  • Six (6) new providers in Express Care
Listen to Express Care interview (mp3).




St. James Mercy Hospital to Display
Barbara Bishop Photo Gallery and Mackenzie Brooks Oil Paintings
Now Through July

June 10, 2016, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Two Hornell residents each recently loaned a sampling of their artwork to St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) for display in the lobby, emergency room hallway, and cafeteria.

Photo artist Barbara Bishop has been practicing her art for more than thirty years and views the world through her camera lens. "I see pretty things that grab my eye; I take a photo and frame it," says Bishop. "I just love doing it. I enjoy giving them as Christmas, wedding or housewarming gifts."

Hornell High School junior Mackenzie (Macy) Brooks shared a few of her oil paintings to hang in the lobby and in the cafeteria. Macy just began painting this year in Mr. Kull’s art class, where she experimented with all types of paints but oil paint holds a special interest for her.

"I’m so excited to have this opportunity to display my paintings," said Brooks. "I didn’t think I had any artistic talent until I painted a portrait in oil that was chosen for the school art show."


Barbara Bishop
Hornell native Barbara Bishop with one of her photographs on display at St. James Mercy Hospital through July.

Hornell High School Junior Macy Brooks
Hornell High School Junior Macy Brooks with one of her oil paintings on display at St. James Mercy Hospital through July.


"We are pleased to display Ms. Bishop’s photographs and Miss Brooks’ oil paintings at our hospital," said Jen Sullivan, SJMH President and CEO. "We’ve known for quite some time that art can heal, comfort and soothe patients, visitors and our own colleagues in the hospital setting. We appreciate the willingness of both a retired employee, and the daughter of a current employee, to loan their works to enhance our facility."

This is the second art exhibit at SJMH this year, and will be on display at the hospital through July.




Community Health Assessment: Health Priority Setting Meeting
May 22, 2016, Hornell, NY
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Community Health Assessment Health Priority Meeting

Health Priority Meeting, June 7, 2-4pm


Steuben County Public Health & Steuben County Hospitals invite you to attend the

Community Health Assessment: Health Priority Setting Meeting
Tuesday, June 7, 2-4pm
Civil Defense Training Center
7220 State Route 54, Bath

We are looking for community input on the health priority areas for improvement in Steuben County.

RSVP by Friday June 3 to:
(607) 664-2438 or Loreleiw@co.steuben.ny.us




St. James Mercy Hospital Honors Volunteers and Staff National Nurses’ Week (May 6-12) and Hospital Week (May 8-14)
May 13, 2016, 2016, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) held a series of events during the week to commemorate the hard work and dedication to providing quality care as part of National Nurses’ Week (May 6-12) and Hospital Week (May 8-14).

SJMH employees were treated to a free chicken BBQ, ice cream social, received hospital gift shop discounts, and had the opportunity to participate in several gaming activities. On May 12 a banquet was held at The Main Place in Hornell to thank volunteers and honor employees with milestone years of service to the hospital.


SJMH Honors Volunteers and Staff
SJMH employees take a lunch break to enjoy an outdoor chicken BBQ, listen to music and play some games on the front lawn of the hospital.


"The ongoing commitment of our employees to the people of this community is truly inspiring," said Jennifer Sullivan, SJMH president and CEO. "They are the glue that keeps this hospital together, and they deserve our appreciation, respect and gratitude."

National Nurses Week ends on May 12, legendary nurse Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing for her work during the Crimean War. 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.




St. James Mercy Hospital Commemorates Health Care Auxilian Day
May 4, 2016, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed May 4, 2016 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.

Founded in 1904, St. James Mercy’s Auxiliary volunteers thousands of hours each year toward fundraising and community service projects. Through their past fundraising efforts, Auxiliary members have purchased much-needed equipment for the physical therapy and emergency departments, nursing home, and hospital; provided grants to adult day care and the School of Radiologic Science; and supported renovations to the Hospital lobby and McAuley Manor. The Auxiliary manages the gift shop at the Hospital, as well as coordinates events to benefit the hospital including book fairs, Trees of Life program, uniform sales, food fairs and bazaars. To date, the Auxiliary has contributed approximately $750,000 to support St. James Mercy Hospital.

According to Jennifer Sullivan, President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital, "The Auxiliary makes it possible for us to fulfill our mission – to provide a full range of services that support healthy communities, including quality medical care and holistic approaches to healing body, spirit and mind. These volunteers often work behind the scenes to provide comfort and support to patients, families and staff. We are so fortunate to have this dedicated and talented group, committed to serving the many needs of people who come to us for care."




Hornell Rotary Partners with St. James Mercy Hospital for Community Blood Screening – June 4th
May 3, 2016, 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 6:00 to 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 4th at St. James Mercy Hospital. Enter door by ER and look for directional signs.

The Blood Screening Program is open to uninsured/underinsured and anyone over 18. These screenings serve as an inexpensive way for community members with highdeductible 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) 968-3882 beginning May 23rd between the hours of 9:00AM to Noon or 5:00PM-7:00PM, Monday through Friday (except Memorial Day).




St. James Mercy Hospital Honored by Alfred State and Alfred University Day of Service
April 22, 2016, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) was the lucky recipient of volunteer services on Saturday, April 16 as part of Alfred University and Alfred State College’s "Spring into Action Day of Service."

Alfred co-sponsored a day of service for students and staff in celebration of National Volunteer Week and Global Youth Service Day. Two volunteers from Alfred State and one from Alfred University grabbed their rakes, brooms and clippers to trim shrubs, pull weeds and sweep the hospital’s patient parking lot.


Alfred State and Alfred University Day of Service
Photo left to right: Josephine Montique-James, Alfred University; Melissa Holland, Alfred State and Matthew Amphlett, Alfred State staff take a moment to pose for a photo during their recent Day of Service at SJMH.




Bethesda Foundation Grant Awarded to St. James Mercy Hospital
April 20, 2016, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) has received a grant in the amount of $130,000 from the Bethesda Foundation to purchase a cardiac ultrasound machine and a specialized treadmill which will aid in the early diagnosis of cardiac disease. "This grant is by far the largest ever made by the Bethesda Foundation in the almost thirty years of its existence," said Foundation Board President Phil Loree. "It is a reflection of the confidence and commitment our board has in St. James Mercy Hospital and its critical role in providing health care services to residents of Hornell and surrounding communities."

Created in 1986, the Bethesda Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization devoted to the funding and support of health-related projects and scholarships in the Hornell area. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than two million dollars in furtherance of its mission to support community health needs.


Bethesda Foundation Grant Awarded
Caption: Jennifer Sullivan, SJMH President & CEO accepts check from Phil Loree, Bethesda Foundation Board President as other Foundation and Hospital officials look on.

Front: Jennifer Sullivan and Phil Loree
Back L-R: Bethesda Foundation members Mary Huntington, Debbie Sullivan, Bill Mombert, Alice Allen, Duane Heineman, Al Monaghan, Joe Latham, Pat Strobel, SJMH Board Chair John Weyand, Foundation members Lynn Blades, Jim Varner, SJMH CFO Stan Konopko and Amanda Kula, SJMH Outpatient Services Manager.


"St. James Mercy Hospital is extremely grateful to the Bethesda Foundation for its continuing support over the years," said Jennifer Sullivan, SJMH President & CEO. "The $130,000 grant allows us to procure new, state-of-the-art equipment which enables us to improve clinical quality as well as the patient experience. It also allows us to expand echocardiology and cardiac rehabilitation services at St. James Mercy Hospital. The equipment will be integrated into our new hospital, once construction is complete."

About St. James Mercy Hospital – Founded in 1890, St. James Mercy Hospital provides compassionate, quality care for the residents of Hornell, NY and the surrounding communities. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, express care, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, dialysis, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, physical therapy, and a personal emergency response system (MercyLine).




SJMH, Post Acute Partners Celebrate Opening of Elderwood at Hornell
Former McAuley Manor facility opens today with new owner
April 13, 2016, Hornell, NY
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Officials from St. James Mercy Hospital and Post Acute Partners today are commemorating the official "day 1" for Elderwood at Hornell, a Post Acute Partners facility. The former McAuley Manor was acquired by Post Acute Partners from St. James Mercy Hospital yesterday as part of the healthcare transformation, preserving skilled nursing and adult day care services in Hornell.

"Today marks a significant healthcare milestone for Hornell and its surrounding communities," said Jennifer L. Sullivan, president and CEO, St. James Mercy Hospital. "We are confident Elderwood at Hornell will continue the long legacy of person-centered and compassionate care that McAuley Manor established for its residents."

McAuley Manor officially became Elderwood at Hornell on April 12, after the organizations signed the agreement of sale for the facility.

"Warren Cole and I are very excited about this transition," said Dr. Jeffrey Rubin, co-CEO, Elderwood. "Everyone we have met is clearly vested in the success of the facility. McAuley Manor has served an integral role in the Hornell community for many years. We look forward to partnering with St. James Mercy Hospital in continuing to provide muchneeded health care services in the area."

"I am so very pleased for the people of our City and region that they will continue to enjoy the availability of top notch skilled nursing care and related services right here at home," said Mayor Shawn Hogan. "Elderwood is a very respected name in this specialized health care field. I wish them a very warm and successful welcome."

For more information, please visit www.elderwood.com.


About St. James Mercy Hospital. Founded in 1890, St. James Mercy Hospital provides compassionate, quality care for the residents of Hornell, NY and the surrounding communities. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, express care, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, dialysis, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, physical therapy, and a personal emergency response system (MercyLine). For more information, visit www.stjamesmercy.org.

About Elderwood. Elderwood provides skilled nursing care, subacute care, rehabilitation, assisted living, independent living and memory care, to more than 5,000 people each year at 18 locations in Western and Central New York. Nine Elderwood skilled nursing facilities and six assisted living communities in Western and Central New York have earned Quality Awards from the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living, the most prestigious honor in long-term care. For more information, visit www.elderwood.com.




WLEA Newsmaker Interview with Jen Sullivan
April 11, 2016, Hornell, NY

  Brian O’Neil talks with Jen Sullivan, CEO and President of SJMH, on the improved state of St. James Mercy Hospital and its future:
  • all the departments are open and everything has been improving with an increase of patients—all the services that the community was used to having in the past are open; some services have changed ownership or will be transitioning in future
  • $55 million grant awarded by New York State
  • the architect and project team are currently working on the design for the new building so they can begin construction; plans include a step-up unit that provides more nursing time at the bedside
  • goal is to provide safe and effective patient care and welcomes community feedback
Listen to WLEA interview with Jen Sullivan (mp3).




Dr. Mayewski’s Interview with Kickin’ Country 105.3
March 22, 2016, Hornell, NY

.   Dr. Ray Mayewski, Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of SJMH, talks about how the hospital is thriving, services offered and the future:
  • full array of clinical services offered; surgical inpatient and outpatient
  • full on-call surgery and emergency services available 24/7
  • transportation and transfer can be arranged if needed
  • providers from the University of Rochester are being added and new providers are being recruited for gastroenterology, vascular surgery and other surgical disciplines
  • plans for the new building; New York State grant
  • University of Rochester partnership and affiliation
  • successful visit by the Joint Commission and accreditation
Listen to Dr. Ray Mayewski (mp3).




Canisteo Greenwood Student Artists Display Work at St. James Mercy Hospital
April 8, 2016, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Several Canisteo Greenwood students recently loaned their artwork to St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) for display in the lobby, cafeteria, and emergency room hallway.

This exhibit showcases artwork from members of the Canisteo Greenwood Central School (CGCS) Art Club. Art Club members include: Troy Colvin-Nix, Leah Evans, Randi Fay (Treasurer), Amanda Gardner (President), Lindsey Garrigues (Treasurer), Sadie Heckel (Vice President), Kennedy Henshaw, Meghan Johnson, Arielle Kallier, Reanna Lemen, Elizabeth Loop, Leighann Mattison, Lissy Nisbet, Olivia Reska (Secretary), and Lillian Thompson.

"We are delighted to display the works of so many creative students," said Jen Sullivan, president and CEO. "This is the first student art exhibit at SJMH, and we are pleased to offer the opportunity for local, budding artists to display their talents. Not only are we hopeful this exhibit will encourage local talent, but it also gives us the opportunity to enhance our facility."

Canisteo Greenwood Student Artists
Front-left to right: Elizabeth Loop, Reanna Lemen, Amanda Gardner, Olivia Reska, Lillian Thompson
Back-left to right: Leighann Mattison, Arielle Kallier, Kennedy Henshaw, Randi Fay, Lindsey Garrigues, Troy Colvin-Nix, Meghan Johnson

The student artwork will be on display at the hospital through May. Most of the pieces are available for purchase with 80 percent of the proceeds going to the Canisteo Greenwood Central School Art Club, and 20 percent being donated to St. James Mercy Foundation. Anyone interested in purchasing artwork may contact the Foundation at (607) 324-8146 or stop in at the Hospital's Aquinas Gift Shop.




St. James Mercy Hospital Celebrates "Patient Safety Awareness Week"
March 21, 2016, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) participated in the national Patient Safety Awareness Week held March 12-19. The goal of this event was to raise awareness of patient safety activities and develop lasting partnerships among staff, patients, and the community. The 2016 campaign theme, "Every Day is Patient Safety Day," is promoted by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF).

SJMH celebrated the week with a number of special activities including "brown bag lunch and learn" sessions, department in-services, quizzes, a scavenger hunt, a safe-handling patient relay race, and other events focused on patient safety.

The kickoff to the week’s activities was the hospital’s float in the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The theme of the float was patient safety and many hospital employees, family members and board members helped decorate the float and participated in the parade. The highlight of the week-long recognition was the Patient Safety Fair held March 17th and also was open to the public.

In the photo below, Cheryl Dobson—SJMH’s Registered Dietetic Technician, exhibited healthy food choices, appropriate portion sizes, as well as safe food storage and handling.


Patient Safety
Cheryl Dobson, SJMH’s Registered Dietetic Technician


About St. James Mercy Hospital—Founded in 1890, St. James Mercy Hospital provides compassionate, quality care for the residents of Hornell, NY and the surrounding communities. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, express care, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, dialysis, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, adult day care, long term care (skilled nursing), short term rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system (MercyLine).




THANK YOU!
March 17, 2016, Hornell, NY
Newspaper Ad (PDF)

Thank You Poster

THANK YOU!

Last week, St. James Mercy Hospital accomplished a significant milestone in our transformation, having secured $55 million in capital funding from New York State.

Our continued progress is a reflection of the dedication, perseverence and support of so many in the St. James Mercy community:

  • The physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers who ensure we deliver quality care each and every day.

  • The St. James Mercy leadership team, who worked resolutely to guide us through the funding application processes.

  • The past and present boards of St. James Mercy Hospital and the St. James Mercy Foundation, and past members of the SJM Properties and St. James Mercy Health System boards, who showed leadership and forward thinking during challenging times.

  • Our elected officials, including U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Congressman Tom Reed, State Senator Thomas F. O’Mara, Assemblyman Bill Nojay, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, and Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan, all of whom worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help ensure their colleagues at the local, state and federal level understood SJMH’s challenging position and our path forward.

  • Our partner, UR Medicine, who is leading the development of our regional hospital network in the Southern Tier.

  • Oak Orchard Health and Loyola Recovery Foundation, our new vision partners, who have made a commitment by investing in Hornell and serving our community.

Without the hard work of all of these individuals and organizations and their staffs, we could not have demonstrated to New York State why SJMH is such a critical part of our region. We thank them.

And, of course, we thank our patients, for their patience ... their confidence ... and their trust. It is our privilege to serve them.

St. James Mercy Hospital




SJMH Receives $54.9 million in State Funding to Support New Facility and UR Medicine Regional Planning
March 4, 2016, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Governor Cuomo announced today that St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) will receive $54.9 million in funding for the development of a new health care facility in Hornell and to support the regional planning efforts underway with UR Medicine.

"We are well on our way to transforming health care in Hornell, and today St. James Mercy Hospital is one step closer to achieving its goals," said Jennifer L. Sullivan, president and CEO, St. James Mercy Hospital. "Today’s announcement provides us, as well as our partner UR Medicine, with clarity regarding the state’s contribution to this effort."


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"Today is a near-historic day for health care in Hornell and this is by far the best news I have received in 2016," said Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan, who also serves on the board of directors of SJMH. "I believe this is the most money this region has ever received from New York State, and it will have a very positive impact on our health care delivery system."

The funding is being provided through the state’s Essential Health Care Provider Support Program.

"This is wonderful news for Hornell, and it’s an endorsement of our collective efforts to strengthen health care in communities across the Southern Tier," said Mark Taubman, M.D., CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. "I want to especially thank Governor Cuomo, Commissioner Zucker, and our state legislators for providing this transformational investment. Our goal is to help these communities provide services that will allow patients to receive care close to home, and close to their families and support systems, whenever possible."

Taubman praised the efforts of Sullivan as well as Steven Goldstein, president and chief executive officer of Strong Memorial Hospital. Goldstein, who also leads the development of UR Medicine’s regional hospital network, has been working for several years with leaders from St. James Mercy as well as Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville and Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. The institutions currently collaborate to bring UR Medicine specialists such as medical oncologists, cardiologists, neurosurgeons and others to all three communities.

UR Medicine and St. James Mercy announced last June that they are exploring a formal affiliation between the organizations. UR Medicine announced affiliations with Noyes Memorial and Jones Memorial in November.

Taubman and Sullivan praised the efforts of several legislators for their support of the funding request: Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Tom Reed, Sen. Tom O’Mara, Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, Assembly Majority Leader Morelle, Assemblyman Bill Nojay, Assemblyman Bronson, and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.

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About St. James Mercy Hospital - Founded in 1890, St. James Mercy Hospital provides compassionate, quality care for the residents of Hornell, NY and the surrounding communities. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, express care, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, dialysis, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, adult day care, long term care (skilled nursing), short term rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system (MercyLine).




50 FIT Friday, April 1, Noon-7pm
March 31, 2016, Hornell, NY
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St. James Mercy Hospital Elects 2016 Board of Directors
February 16, 2016, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Earlier this year, St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) elected its 2016 Board of Directors, comprising experts in healthcare, education, finance, business and government. John Weyand continues his two-year term as chairman of the board. Susan Gray, PhD, serves as vice chair; Mayor Shawn Hogan, secretary; and Peter Wall, treasurer. Ismail Mehr, MD, and Jennifer Sullivan, president and CEO of the hospital, retain their seats. New members include Spencer Annabel, MD, and Brian Schu.

"We are so thankful for the time and effort of the SJMH board of directors, as they fulfill their governance role for the hospital," said Sullivan. "We also want to thank Phil Loree, Robert Donius, Dr. Rhonda Peterson, Dr. Adrian Ashdown, Sister Mary Fran Wegman, and Maninder Virdee for their service, as their terms ended at the end of 2015."

The current board of directors will serve until December 31.


SJMH Board of Directors
The SJMH Board of Directors assembles for one of its monthly meetings.
Seated L-R: Shawn Hogan; Susan Gray, PhD; John Weyand; Pete Wall.
Standing L-R: Spencer Annabel, MD; Jennifer Sullivan; Ismail Mehr, MD; Brian Schu.
Photo credit: St. James Mercy Hospital.


About St. James Mercy Hospital – Founded in 1890, St. James Mercy Hospital provides compassionate, quality care for the residents of Hornell, NY and the surrounding communities. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, express care, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation; physical and speech therapy and orthopedics.




Op-Ed: What’s in Store for 2016
St. James Mercy Hospital Sets Sights on Successful 2016
February 7, 2016, Hornell, NY
Press Release (PDF)

Making predictions in the New Year—especially in a public manner—often puts one in a precarious position. Will we accomplish what we say we want to accomplish? Or will we fall flat of expectations?

Last year, I wrote a column for The Evening-Tribune that outlined what St. James Mercy Hospital expected for 2015. I recently reviewed the column, and I am proud to say we accomplished many of the goals we set out for ourselves.

Oak Orchard Health began providing pediatric care this past fall and plans to continue to expand more services in 2016. Loyola Recovery Foundation, Inc., began offering addiction services, and we continued to move forward with agreements to transition long-term care to Post Acute Partners and dialysis services to Fresenius.

We transformed how we deliver clinical care, aligning our operations with the current needs of Hornell and the surrounding communities. St. James Mercy Hospital continues to provide a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, express care, acute medical and surgical, imaging, laboratory, and specialty services such as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, physical and speech therapy, and orthopedics. We believe we are meeting the spirit of the New York State initiative to transform healthcare throughout the state. We have submitted applications for funding that will help us build a new facility from which our collaborative group of partners can deliver care in a modern setting.

Looking ahead to 2016, I am not planning to make any significant, groundbreaking pronouncements as I did in 2015. We weathered through a significant storm in our more than 125-year history, and we are still caring for the citizens of Hornell and surrounding communities. While we need to continue to work with the state and our partner UR Medicine to finalize our next steps for additional funding, a new facility and a potential formal affiliation, our collective primary focus is where it should be: delivering quality care to you.

You’ve noticed. We began to see more people using our healthcare services this past summer, and we’re pleased to see we have restored your confidence in our ability to help you heal. We’ve added more providers, restored 24/7 surgery, and are continuing to attract new physicians and nurses to our great region. We’re thankful for the efforts of the UR Medicine team and all of our regional partners in these endeavors and will continue to find new ways we can be your healthcare provider of choice.

Jennifer L. Sullivan
President and CEO
St. James Mercy Hospital




St. James Mercy Announces New CNO
January 27, 2015, Hornell, NY
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St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) is pleased to announce that Neva Bossard, RN, MSN, has been named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) after serving as interim clinical director for more than seven months. Ms. Bossard joined SJMH as a staff nurse and has served in various nursing leadership roles since joining the hospital in 2002.

"Neva possesses impressive leadership skills," said Jennifer Sullivan, president and CEO. "She demonstrates a willingness to go the extra mile on behalf of the organization and the patients we serve."

Ms. Bossard’s history of increased productivity and project management has resulted in improved clinical outcomes and patient care experiences. With her guidance, St. James Mercy will continue to remain focused on enhancing the healthcare services in Hornell and the surrounding communities.

About St. James Mercy Hospital – Founded in 1890, St. James Mercy Hospital provides compassionate, quality care for the residents of Hornell, NY and the surrounding communities. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, express care, acute medical and surgical, imaging, and laboratory. Specialty services include cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation; physical, occupational and speech therapy and orthopedics. For more information, visit www.stjamesmercy.org.

  Neva Bossard, RN, MSN

Neva Bossard, RN, MSN




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