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Noyes Health is proud to recognize the many dedicated professionals who work in our laboratories services throughout the organization. Noyes laboratory professionals work hard to ensure that critical information about our patients’ health is delivered accurately with minimal turnaround time. Medical Laboratory Professionals Week allows us to spotlight the important role that laboratory professionals play as a vital part of the patient care team at Noyes Health.

Lab Week offers us a chance to show our gratitude to all of our dedicated workers on the Noyes Laboratory team—pathologists, medical laboratory professionals, phlebotomists and the administrative support personnel who keep things moving along on a day to day basis. And for those of you who ever wondered what all those folks in Noyes’ Laboratory Department do every day, 24/7, 365 days per year, here’s a brief overview.

Phlebotomist -Phlebotomists are trained to draw blood to be submitted for various tests. Phlebotomists need to know which vials to use for which tests as different vials are prepared and color-coded differently. Many of the phlebotomists that work at Noyes Health completed all or part of their six-week training program right here at Noyes Memorial Hospital.

Histotechnician – A Histotechnician is an expert in preparing and staining microscope slides that are used in diagnosing disease. Normally the Histotechnician prepares these slides but does not do the actual microscopic examination and diagnosis; this part of the process is reserved for a pathologist. Also known as histologic technologists, people working in these science jobs have an important role in diagnostic processes, as they must have knowledge of many different methods of specimen preparation, and be able to quickly decide on the best way to preserve tissues.

Medical Technologist- Medical technologists analyze specimens of human blood and tissue under a microscope to look for bacteria, parasites, cancerous cells, or other microorganisms. They match blood for transfusions, check blood levels for chemicals, drugs, or other factors. Additionally, medical technologists evaluate test results, develop and modify procedures, and establish and monitor programs, to ensure the accuracy of tests.

Pathologist – Pathologists are medical doctors who have completed residencies in Pathology, and are typically trained in both areas of Pathology-Anatomic and Clinical. Pathologists study bodily fluid, blood, and tissue samples, in order to diagnose illness or search for other medical conditions. A Pathologist may have a subspecialty such as clinical pathology, anatomical pathology, molecular pathology, surgical pathology, cytopathology, or forensic pathology. Some pathologists work only on samples from living people, in order to diagnose or treat diseases or conditions, while other pathologists deal with autopsies and sometimes criminal murder investigations.
Noyes is proud of all of the team members in our Laboratory Department that serve a critical role with professionalism and courtesy at all times, in all areas of our organization. We thank you for your hard work and dedication!

Houghton College to Host Art Exhibit

Billy T —  Thursday, April 17, 2014

HOUGHTON, N.Y. - An opening reception for the Senior Art Majors Exhibition will be held Saturday, April 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The reception will be held in the Center for the Arts atrium and will include comments by the art department faculty at 7:30 p.m., followed by music and refreshments.

The Senior Art Majors Exhibition features work in a variety of media by graduating seniors in Houghton College’s art department. The exhibition, a culmination of four years of studio work, is designed, installed, and hosted by the 2014 graduating seniors.

“It’s a time for the students to assume the role of ‘first viewer’ and hopefully get to realize that the work, once created, begins to take on a life of its own apart from the direction of the maker,” states professor of art, John Rhett. “This exhibition is a way for the students to see the work from initial concept to final presentation, in a way that moves beyond simply turning it in as an assignment.”

“There is always thought-provoking work to be seen, in a variety of media, and the level of craft and sophistication of ideas is consistently very high,” says Rhett. “It’s also wonderful for friends and relatives to see the work of their loved ones presented so well. The opening reception is celebratory, crowded and great fun.”

The Senior Art Majors Exhibition is open April 26, through May 10. Visitors may browse the gallery from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit

image009April 16, 2014…Hornell, NY…St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) has received a grant in the amount of $5,450 from the Bethesda Foundation to enhance its Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training.   The funds will be used to purchase instructional DVD’s and interactive equipment used in the classroom to demonstrate the latest EMT skills, techniques and technologies.

“EMS – or Emergency Medical Services – is a vital part of our communities,” said Teri Symonds, SJMH course coordinator.  “The majority of local residents depend almost exclusively on the services of Emergency Medical Technicians for safe, effective and timely care during medical emergencies.  They make a significant contribution to the wellbeing of residents in our rural area.”

There are approximately twenty ambulance groups in Steuben County, the majority of which are staffed by EMS volunteers.   SJMH sponsors annual EMT certification training for about thirty students by providing instruction, equipment, space and staff supervision.  Once certified, the majority of students give back to local communities as EMS volunteers.

“Our goal at SJMH is to provide the most current, student-friendly training,” said Jennifer Sullivan, SJMH President & CEO.  “We take great pride in preparing these committed individuals for the indispensable role they play in serving others, and we are grateful to the Bethesda Foundation for supporting this essential program.”

“Our board of directors fully endorsed the EMT grant request,” said Fred Marks, Bethesda Foundation Executive Director.  “The proposal clearly outlined the need and positive impact the grant will have to our communities and neighbors.”  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.

For more information on the Emergency Medical Technician program at St. James Mercy contact Teri Symonds at607-324-8890 (

Fatal Accident in Sparta Details Released

Billy T —  Friday, April 11, 2014

SPARTA:   Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports a fatal motor vehicle accident that happened in the Town of Sparta on April 10, 2014 just before 4:00 p.m.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call reporting a car vs. pedestrian motor vehicle accident on State Route 63.

Through the investigation it was determined that 12 year old, Emery Lafferty, of Sparta had been playing baseball in the yard of his home.  The ball went across the roadway and the child ran across the road to retrieve the ball.  While doing so he was struck by a vehicle that was traveling southbound.  That vehicle was operated by Donna Scura, age 68 from Wayland NY.

No charges have been filed and the investigation continues.

Assisting on scene were members of the Sparta Fire Department, Dansville Fire Department, Dansville Ambulance, New York State Police, Livingston County ALS and the Livingston County Coroner’s Office.

Conservancy Visits Washington D.C.

Billy T —  Tuesday, April 8, 2014

IMG_4475_PressPhotoGenesee Valley Conservancy Executive Director Benjamin Gajewski visited Washington DC on April 2nd to participate in a national advocacy day for land conservation.  Ben met with Congressman Chris Collins and Senior Economic Policy Advisor to Congressman Tom Reed, Phillips Hinch, to discuss conservation issues important to landowners in the Genesee River watershed.

A priority for the visit was to seek support for enhanced tax incentives for donating conservation easements, which would make the existing incentives for conserving important natural resources accessible to families and farmers with more modest incomes.  Congressman Reed has co-sponsored this measure.  Additionally, the visit allowed Ben to express the Genesee Valley Conservancy’s appreciation to Congressman Collins and Reed for passing a farm bill that contains important conservation programs.  The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program in the farm bill will provide more opportunity for local farmers to protect important soil resources that provide the base for the regions agricultural economy.  Most recently, Livingston County Farm of the Year winner Mulligan Farms used this program to help ensure the permanent protection of their family farm.

Photo Caption: Genesee Valley Conservancy Executive Director Benjamin Gajewski (right) with Congressman Collins (center) and Western New York Land Conservancy board member Larry Brooks during a land trust advocacy day in Washington DC.


Genesee Valley Conservancy is a nationally accredited conservation organization working to protect the habitat, working lands and open space in the Genesee River watershed.  Founded in 1990 as a not-for-profit, over 14,400 acres of natural habitat and productive farm and forest land have been conserved by Genesee Valley Conservancy to-date.  The organization also owns preserves open to the public year-round for low impact recreation.  For more information visit


SJMH Announces OBGYN Collaboration

Billy T —  Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April 7, 2014…Hornell, NY…St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH), in Hornell, NY, announced today an opportunity for collaboration with Jones Memorial Hospital, in Wellsville, NY, that will help ensure the preservation of women’s health services in the region.  According to CEOs from both organizations, the opportunity arose in part due to the resignation last week of Andres Rubert, MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology, from SJMH, where he has been employed since 2007, to accept a position with Jones Memorial Hospital.  The hospitals are working together to facilitate a plan that will allow Dr. Rubert to serve patients in both communities.

“Dr. Rubert is a talented, compassionate physician who truly believes in the mission of providing quality care that is accessible to all in the community,” said Jennifer Sullivan, SJMH president & CEO.  “He has built a large, loyal practice here in Hornell, and we want to ensure he can continue to serve patients’ needs in this community as well as in the Wellsville area.”

While Dr. Rubert’s resignation from SJMH will be effective July 28, his office practice will continue to be located in Hornell even beyond that date.  He will perform deliveries at SJMH through the end of July and will begin performing deliveries at Jones starting in August.

“All of us are committed first and foremost to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents in our communities,” said Eva Benedict, CEO of Jones Memorial Hospital.  “We are pleased with this opportunity to collaborate with St. James Mercy Hospital to provide services for a greater number of community residents.”

“We have a unique opportunity to keep women’s healthcare services available to residents in the Hornell and Wellsville communities,” said Sullivan.  “Working together with Jones Memorial Hospital, we can ensure uninterrupted care for Dr. Rubert’s current patients as well as expanded care options for new patients outside of the Hornell community.”

“I am grateful for the support and collegiality I have experienced at St. James Mercy for the past six years,” said Dr. Rubert.  “My decision to affiliate with Jones Memorial Hospital is a ‘win-win’ for both communities.  I am excited about the opportunity to be part of this collaborative effort to continue providing quality women’s healthcare here in the Hornell community.”

Dr. Rubert’s current patients will continue to access care at the 430 Canisteo Street office, and new patients are welcome to his practice.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Rubert’s office at 607-324-0604.


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Kate Kreger, Director of Marketing and Communications

St. James Mercy Hospital


HOUGHTON NY, Houghton College recently received approval from the New York State Department of Education for a new Theology major offered as a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Art degree.

“Houghton currently offers a Christian Formation major, but we feel the added focus on Theology will strengthen Houghton’s ministry department as it will allow for course work to be delivered more efficiently,” commented Dr. Michael Walters, the associate dean for Biblical Studies and Theology.

All students within the ministry department will be trained alike in foundational areas.

“[This major] provides a tried and true platform from which students can zero in on other forms of ministry,” states Dr. Walters.

Houghton created the Theology major in hopes of being accessible to all students. The marketing campaign for the new major is, Theology And…; the biblical studies department is hopeful that students from varying majors will be drawn to this field of study and pair it as a double major.

“It provides the opportunity for students who have other primary majors to be equipped with Biblical and theological content enabling them to be more effective through their faith as they pursue their chosen vocational dreams,” states Walters.

The Theology major is comprised of 30 credit hours, 18 of which consist of core courses; such as spiritual formation, systematic theology and the history of Christianity. Students will take eight hours in Bible courses such as Biblical interpretation, theology of the Old Testament, or theology of the New Testament.

“We want to enable students to answer the deepest sense of call in their lives, no matter what that is,” said Walters. “Ministry involves every Christian, and our world calls for men and women sufficiently trained to serve God in a variety of places and vocations.”

HOUGHTON, N.Y. - Houghton College’s lyric theatre program will present the musical Children of Eden Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, in Wesley Chapel. Show time is 7:30 p.m. on both days and tickets cost $10 for general admission and $5 for children and students. Purchase tickets online at or by phone at 585.567.9210 or in person at the Houghton College Welcome Center.

“Author John Caird and composer Stephen Schwartz have adapted the first nine chapters of Genesis into an enchanting family entertainment of splendor and sweep.” –Variety Magazine

“In this moving, foot-stomping musical [of an Old Testament story], Children of Eden is a wonderful show for children and students.” –Music Theatre International

The music and lyrics for Children of Eden were composed by Stephen Schwartz, who also composed the music for the Tony Award winning musicals Wicked and Godspell. The book for Children of Eden was written by John Caird who also wrote The Beggar’s Opera and received a Tony for his direction of Les Miserables in 1987.

The story is loosely based upon Old Testament scripture, specifically the book of Genesis. The first act follows the story of God’s creation of the world and Adam and Eve, the Fall, and the conflict between Cain and Abel. Act 2 takes place hundreds of years later, and tells the story of Noah, his wife and his three sons; Shem, Ham and Japheth.

“The production will feature a larger than life tree for the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and larger than life animals in both the creation and ark scenes,” commented Mitchell Hutchings, director and assistant professor of voice and opera. “There will also be many challenging Broadway songs, as well as elaborate staging and dancing.”

The production features a full cast. Sophomore Tim McGowan and junior Hannah Renée Becker will fill the roles of Adam and Eve. Graduate student Sean Douglas lends his tenor voice to the role of Noah, with senior Suzannah Waddington cast as his wife Mama Noah. Junior Wynn Horton will fill the role of Father (God’s name in the musical).

Other graduate students involved include Margaret McGowan as Yonah, Robbie Stitt as Abel and Shem, William Strydhorst as Seth, Kelly Van Kirk as Aysha, and collaborative pianists Caleb Lawson and Elizabeth Martindale.

Directed by professor Mitchell Hutchings, the new director of lyric theatre here at Houghton, Children of Eden will be the first musical theatre production to be performed in Wesley Chapel.

Children of Eden was orchestrated by Bruce Coughlin and Martin Erskine. Coughlin has been a part of the production of 9 to 5: The Musical as well as Guys and Dolls. Erskine has recently arranged the music for the movie Captain America and The Music Man. The musical is based on a concept by Charles Lisanby who worked in shows such as Once Upon a Mattress and Applause with Carol Burnett and Bob Banner.

The production Children Of Eden is made possible through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Private AARP Drivers Safety Course

Billy T —  Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AARP and the St. James Mercy Hospital are teaming up to offer the Driver Safety Course.  Anyone with an active driving license may attend. The two-day course will be held on Tuesday, March 25th and Thursday, March 27thfrom 1pm-4pm at DeSales Hall, Hornell, NY.

Participants who complete the 6-hour classroom refresher course may receive a 10% discount on their auto insurance for three years and points may be taken off their license. The cost is $20.00 for AARP members and $25.00 for non-members.

For more information, or to register, call the St. James Mercy Hospital Community Services Office at (607) 324-8147.

Noyes Health Welcomes Dr. Gary Nicholson

Billy T —  Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dr. Gary NicholsonDr. Gary Nicholson joined Dr. Robert Bonvino and Jasmine McClay, CNM in the Finger Lakes Associates OB-GYN practice.

Prior to moving to Dansville, Dr. Nicholson practiced OB-GYN at Warsaw Women’s Health Care.

Dr. Nicholson completed his medical school training at the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine, and his OB-GYN training at Rochester General Hospital.

Dr. Nicholson is happy to be part of the Finger Lakes Associates team.  He is seeing patients in the Dansville, Geneseo and Hornell offices.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicholson, please call (585) 335-2296.

Please contact Cynthia Oswald, Director of Noyes Health Public Relations, for more detailed information, call 585-335-4323, or visit our website at:  HYPERLINK “”