Genesee Valley

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 (tsymonds@sjmh.org).

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.

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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 www.geneseevalleyconservancy.org

 

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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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 www.houghton.edu/eden 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 “http://www.noyes-health.org” www.noyes-health.org

Newtown Square, Pa., February19, 2014 – The St. James Mercy Hospital board of directors and CHE Trinity Health have announced that Jennifer L. Sullivan has been named president and chief executive officer of St. James Mercy Health System, effective February 4, 2014. Following a search by the board of directors, Sullivan was named interim president and CEO in August 2013.

“We are pleased that Jen has accepted the role of president and CEO,” said John Capasso, CHE Trinity executive vice president. “She has clearly demonstrated her commitment to creating a long-term, viable healthcare presence for the Hornell community and her capacity for leadership through this time of transformation.”

“Jen has worked extremely hard in the last six months to strengthen St. James Mercy’s relationships with physicians, employees, volunteers, and the community, all of which are critical to implementing the New Vision of healthcare,” said Sr. Mary Fran Wegman, SJMH board president. “She understands the urgency of transforming the organization, and her energy and communication style have enhanced support of our most important initiatives.”

Sullivan will continue her focus on the “New Vision” for healthcare in Hornell. “My priority is to continue leading our New Vision Task Force in its extremely important work to create a business plan that outlines a new model of healthcare for our community,” she said. “The new model will deliver an attractive array of services that are sustainable and meet the community’s primary healthcare needs. The people in Hornell need and deserve high-quality care close to home, and we are best positioned to deliver this care. ” Sullivan discussed progress of the New Vision at a public Town Meeting on Wednesday, February 12.

Sullivan, who joined St. James Mercy Hospital in 2003, has more than 20 years experience in finance and operations management. Prior to joining St. James Mercy, she held positions at Arthur Andersen, Rochester, N.Y.; KPMG Peat Marwick, Boston, Mass.; Unity Health System, Rochester, N.Y.; and the Catholic Healthcare Audit Network, St. Louis, Mo.

Hornell, NY…St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) is pleased to announce the opening of a new walk-in “Express Care” clinic that will offer primary care services at its medical building located at 20 Elm St., Hornell (in the former SJMH Family Practice lower level suite). The Center for Express Care is scheduled to open for business on March 10, 2014 and will be staffed by physician assistants Cynthia Marino and David Krohn, who are well known to the Hornell community through their work at SJMH.

The Center for Express Care will be open 12:00noon – 10:00pm, seven days a week. Services will be similar to those in a primary care office including diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses, health care monitoring, examinations, prevention and wellness services, and referrals to other healthcare services.

Dr. John Robshaw, SJMH physician, will supervise the clinic. “Cindy Marino and Dave Krohn are highly qualified professionals and well-versed in all aspects of primary care,” he said. “They have been providing care to the Hornell community through SJMH’s ‘fast track’ process and so are familiar with community residents and the nature of local health care needs.”

“We are excited about opening the Express Care clinic to address community need,” said Jennifer Sullivan, interim president and CEO. “Local residents have wanted greater access to primary care services, especially during evening and weekend hours. With The Center for Express Care, SJMH is meeting that need.”

SJMH Express Care will provide convenient, non-emergency care for treatment of conditions such as:

  • -  coughs, colds and earaches
  • -  flu symptoms and sore throats
  • -  urinary tract infections
  • -  allergies and skin conditions
  • -  minor lacerations and minor burns
  • -  strains and sprains
  • -  minor injuries and suture removal
  • -  animal and insect bites
  • -  minor eye problems and nose bleeds

Other available services include school and sports physicals.