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May 31, 2013 - 5:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, Le Roy, UMMC.

Press release:

For the next two weeks, the lower suite of the building at 8745 Lake Street Road, Le Roy, which houses United Memorial’s Urgent Care and Diagnostic Services, will be undergoing extensive and disruptive repairs to its plumbing systems. After several discussions with the building’s owner, United Memorial feels that it is in the best interest and safety of our patients to temporarily close during this period.

During this time, patients are encouraged to utilize Urgent Care and Diagnostic Lab and Imaging Services at the Jerome Center at 16 Bank St., Batavia. Staffing at the Jerome Center will be enhanced to accommodate the expected increase in patient volumes.

United Memorial’s integrated computer system will allow any patient with standing orders for diagnostic laboratory or medical imaging, usually seen in Le Roy, to be seen at the Jerome Center without having to have orders resent from physician offices.

The Jerome Center is located in the center of Downtown Batavia. From Le Roy, take Route 5 (Main Street) to Batavia. Turn right onto Bank Street. The Jerome Center will be located on the right. Hours for Urgent Care are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends. Laboratory and Medical Imaging services are available 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

We apologize for any inconvenience and expect to reopen the Le Roy site on Monday, June 17.

May 30, 2013 - 12:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

UMMC officially opened it's new postpartum maternity unit Wednesday. The unit features 10 private patient rooms, which include sleeping accomodations for a birth partner. The project cost $2 million.

Photo and information via The Batavian's news partner, WBTA.

May 29, 2013 - 1:20pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center will conduct a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of major renovations to the postpartum Maternity Unit at 4:30 p.m. today (May 29). The ceremony will be held on the fourth floor of the Hospital at 127 North St., Batavia.

United Memorial’s Maternity Renovation Project was a $2 million reinvestment into the Hospital facility to create 10 private postpartum patient rooms with private bathrooms and sleeping accommodations for the birth partner. Also included in the project is a family lounge area, Nurses’ Station, visitor restrooms, storage and office areas and improvements to the Nursery. The United Memorial Medical Center League pledged $100,000 to the project over four years.

The postpartum maternity wing on the fourth floor was closed in November 2012 for demolition and construction. Postpartum was temporarily moved to a closed unit on the second floor for the duration of the renovation. Patients will be placed on the new unit following a final cleaning later this week.

Last year, there were 653 babies delivered at United Memorial; an increase of more than 20 percent from 2011. To assure healthy women and babies, United Memorial Medical Center provides an array of services to women in our area. They include obstetrical and gynecological services at the Women’s Care centers in Medina and Batavia, childbirth education classes, nutrition counseling and lactation support services; as well as the MOMS program, which assists uninsured pregnant women with prenatal care. Diagnostic testing for bone density, 3D/4D ultrasound and digital mammography are also available.

For the Maternity Renovation Project, architectural services were provided by Clark Patterson Lee and construction management was under the direction of Manning Squires Hennig.

The public is invited to attend today's ceremony. Tours will be available until 7 p.m. Light refreshments provided.

May 7, 2013 - 1:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

Press release:

On April 29, 2013, Univera Healthcare presented United Memorial with an award recognizing the greatest improvement in Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) Measures for the 2012 Hospital Performance Incentive Program (HPIP) Measurement period for the Western New York region. Daniel Ireland, COO and VP of Support Services accepted the award on behalf of United Memorial at the annual HPIP Quality Forum.

The Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) is a national quality partnership of organizations interested in improving surgical care by significantly reducing surgical complications.

United Memorial was selected for this prestigious award out of participating HPIP hospitals in Western New York because it improved its Surgical Quality of Care Composite score from 91.53% to 95.87%. The composite measures the organization’s effectiveness in implementing eight evidence based measures in Surgical Care Improvement. Such measures include use of Beta-Blocker therapy during surgery when indicated; use of preventative antibiotics in a timely manner and discontinuance of those antibiotics at the appropriate time; urinary catheter removal promptly following surgery (within the first two days from the date of surgery); use of venous thromboembolism prevention strategies on all surgical patients when indicated; and others.

United Memorial increased this composite score over a period of one year through multiple strategies including physician engagement, staff education, and standardization of clinical practices. This award follows closely on the opening of the new Surgical Center in 2011 which provided state-of-the-art surgical facilities and processes to the Genesee County region.

“Participation in initiatives to improve quality of care demonstrates United Memorial’s commitment to continuously improve the healthcare of our community,” stated CEO Mark Schoell. “It furthers our promise of delivering quality care, right at home.”

May 3, 2013 - 2:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Announcements, business, UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center held a dinner on May 2, 2013 at Bohn’s restaurant to recognize volunteer service within the organization. Their gifts of time were spent filing records in Human Resources, assisting visitors, comforting family members waiting for a loved one in surgery, stuffing envelopes in the Foundation, helping patients on Hope Haven, serving coffee at the refreshment kiosks at the Hospital and at the Jerome Center, and helping someone choose just the right item in the gift shop.

Their dedication and compassion assists United Memorial in caring for patients and visitors every day. Volunteers are part of our team and part of our UMMC family. We depend on them and turn to them when we need a helping hand with a daily task or need their input on a large project.

Each year, United Memorial and our auxiliaries, the UMMC League and St. Jerome Guild, Inc. honor volunteers who have reached milestones in the cumulative number of hours they have volunteered. This year Guild members Priscilla Dirisio, Jean Havens and Rosemarie Monachino received pins commemorating 100 hours of service. Debbie Pellegrino, Marge Rimmer, Judy Thrasher, and Fran Wigton were honored for 1,000 hours; Betty Luperino received her 2,000 hour pin; and Mary Grace Demarse was honored for 3,000 hours.

Dorothy Baker, the 2011 Genesee County Health and Humanitarian honoree, received her 20,000 hour pin; the equivalent of more than 10 years of full time employment. Dorothy volunteers at the Jerome Center Gift Shop and Refreshment Kiosk and organizes the annual poinsettia and spring flower sales.

League members who were honored include Kathy Hoerbelt and Norma Meyers for 300 hours; Lil Irrera and Carol Smith for 500 hours; Anne Barone and Tim Weatherbee received pins for 700 hours; Doris Lindebauer reached the 1,000 hour milestone; Kay Benton the 1,500 hour; and Linda Pembroke, 3,500.

Augustine Fleming, has volunteered at United Memorial’s Hope Haven unit for over 7,000 hours. Her dedicated volunteer hours to patients recovering from addiction would equal nearly four years of full time employment.

Last year, 79 individuals volunteered 14,689 hours to United Memorial; over 20 months of time compressed into one year.   United Memorial measures the time they have donated since their true gifts of compassion, empathy and care they each bring to the lives of our patients, visitors and colleagues is immeasurable.

January 30, 2013 - 11:26am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center will restrict visitor entrance points to the facility during evenings and weekends in an effort to better manage hospital security.

Beginning Feb. 4, the main entrance to the hospital will close at 7 p.m. on weekdays and be closed on weekends. The Summit Street Entrance will close at 9 p.m. each day. Visitors to United Memorial after 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, should use the Summit Street Entrance until 9 p.m. or the Emergency Room Entrance. All visitors on Saturday or Sunday should use the Emergency Room Entrance.

United Memorial recently completed renovations to allow visitor access to the main hospital from the Emergency Department. Signs will be placed in the hallways to assist locating your destination.

“For security and general safety, it is important to monitor building activity,” said Daniel Ireland, COO of United Memorial. “We want to protect the well-being of our patients and understand the importance visitors have in the healing process. Reducing access points to the facility during non-peak hours of operation, allows us to have a manageable span of control and maintains visitor hours for our patients.”

Visiting hours at United Memorial are from 9 a.m. to 9 pm; with the exception of Maternity which is from 1 to 8:30 p.m.

January 25, 2013 - 11:28am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

UMMC and Rochester General Hospital have released a joint press release regarding talks over a closer affiliation:

United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) and Rochester General Health System (RGHS) announced today that they are finalizing details of an expanded affiliation. This more defined affiliation will broaden and strengthen health care service provided to patients in Genesee County, help UMMC address the changes and challenges of healthcare reform, and will maintain all local control of UMMC operations in Batavia.

The two healthcare institutions are no strangers to each other, having partnered in the areas of Pathology, Urology, General Surgery and GI since 2008. Like United Memorial Medical Center, Rochester General has served residents of Genesee County and its surrounding areas for more than a century.

“As a regional health care delivery system, a core element of our mission is to collaborate with smaller area healthcare providers to help them better serve their local communities,” said Mark C. Clement, president and CEO of Rochester General Health System. “We currently participate in a number of collaborative relationships with hospitals, including Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, an owned affiliate of the system.

“Changes in state and federal reimbursements along with regulations associated with national healthcare reform have shown that a partnership with a larger, regional healthcare center will be imperative to the success of continuing to provide quality care right at home,” said Mark C. Schoell, president and CEO of United Memorial Medical Center. “Rochester General is a high-quality organization with a depth of resources, well established physician organization and similar cultural ideals.”

In making its decision to affiliate with RGHS, the UMMC board cited the system’s national recognition and longstanding focus on high-quality patient care and safety, its expertise in clinical integration, its comprehensive medical specialties that will enhance existing services available in the Batavia community, and its successful track record of collaboration with smaller acute care hospitals like Newark-Wayne. The UMMC board is committed to keeping appropriate health care local and providing the best care possible.

RGHS is the only area health system to be nationally rated by SDI – a premier health care analytics firm – as a TOP 100 Integrated Health Network (2007-2012). Integrated care networks are consistently recognized for delivering higher levels of quality, service, patient safety and efficiency. These are important factors, made even more so, as the government and insurers shift reimbursement to value-based health care.

January 25, 2013 - 9:34am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

The Democrat & Chronicle has a little more on a story we reported yesterday about United Memorial Medical Center moving toward a closer relationship with Rochester General Hospital.

While we the information we were given seemed to indicate no formal agreement between the two hospitals, the D&C reports an affiliation agreement is being negotiated.

Clement called the discussions a “work in progress” and while there is no formal agreement, he said talks are likely to result in one.

At the same time, he said RGHS is working with officials at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia to expand their four-year collaboration into an affiliation agreement.

In an affiliation, the hospitals still govern themselves. This is not a merger. It would provide more specialized services to patients.

“From the patient perspective, they should be very happy with it,” said Mark Schoell, president and chief executive officer of United Memorial. “Whether they recognize it or not explicitly, implicitly they’ve seen the results of some of the collaboration. I think when they see some of the programs that we’ll be able to put together, they will find this a good thing. We’ll have access to a lot of expertise in a smaller community you don’t normally see.”

While the D&C doesn't discuss ACOs under the Affordable Care Act, the article does say the act is accelerating the move toward affiliations, quoting Schoell, “we would have continued down this path without health care reform.”

The article concludes:

Schoell said it should lead to better results. “In the past, the patients we had to transfer out of the area will be able to stay in our hospital. It provides the support we need for the rest of our medical staff.”

January 22, 2013 - 2:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, UMMC.

United Memorial Medical Center will offer important health screenings for FREE to uninsured Genesee County residents between the ages of 40 and 64 on Saturday, Feb. 2.

They will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jerome Center, located at 16 Bank St. in Batavia, and include blood sugar testing, total cholesterol and take home colorectal cancer screening kits. Healthcare providers will also provide free mammograms, pap smears and clinical breast exams for women.

Please call United Memorial’s Healthy Living Department to schedule an appointment at 344-5331. Light refreshments, health information and free giveaways will also be available at the event.

This event is planned by the Cancer Services Partnership of Genesee and Orleans counties, through a state grant administered by United Memorial.

January 22, 2013 - 9:44am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Health Care, UMMC.

UMMC has long partnered with Rochester General Hospital on patient care, and the two hospitals are exploring ways to work together more closely, according to hospital spokeswoman Colleen Flynn.

But, she said, contrary to a rumor reportedly circulating among staff, there are no merger discussions taking place.

There aren't even immediate plans to form a formal partnership, known as a ACO (accountable care organization) under the Affordable Healthcare Act.

RGH has long helped UMMC recruit doctors and provide patients with specialized care, and the two hospitals are looking into ways to share those services even more, but that's as far as the talks are going, Flynn said.

An ACO, according to Wikipedia, is a coordinated group of heath care providers who commit to standards of quality care in order to reduce the total cost of health care and reimbursements.

UMMC is always looking for ways to improve patient care and provide more specialized care, Flynn said.

"We're an independent community hospital and we're going to be an independent community hospital," Flynn said. "We look for larger organizations to partner with because we're small."

January 21, 2013 - 4:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, UMMC.

A blood drive at United Memorial Medical Center is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. It will be held at the hospital’s main campus on North Street in Batavia. The American Red Cross mobile unit will be parked near the front entrance of United Memorial. Each presenting donor will receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

United Memorial, through a contractual agreement with the Red Cross, sponsors a number of blood drives throughout the year. Donors help the hospital reach donor goals, which offset and help reduce the cost of blood products received through the American Red Cross.

Appointments for Monday's blood drive may be made by calling 344-5474. Walk-ins are welcome.

January 9, 2013 - 3:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in UMMC, New Year's Baby.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center welcomed the first baby born within Genesee County in the New Year, 2013. Naomi Lynn, a baby girl, was born to Kristen Keiffer and Robert Gerety of Lyndonville, on Tuesday, January 1st at 4:16 a.m. at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She is the first child for the new parents.

Grandparents are Doug and JoAnn Keiffer, of Medina, and John and Nora Denfer, of Lyndonville.

Baby Naomi weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces and was 17 ¼ inches long. She was delivered by midwife, Cecelia Stearns, CNM.

The new mother, Ms. Keiffer is employed as an aide at Medina Memorial Hospital and Mr. Gerety works for ATB Staffing Solutions at Mizkan in Lyndonville.

As the New Year’s baby, Naomi and her parents received a $250 gift card to a local store from United Memorial.

In 2012, there were 654 babies delivered at United Memorial, a 21-percent increase from 2011.

December 19, 2012 - 6:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, UMMC.

Press release:

Due to an unexpected plumbing issue, Urgent Care at 8745 Lake St., Le Roy will be closed tonight, Dec. 19. They will reopen tomorrow, Dec. 20 at their regular time, 11 a.m. Patients who require urgent care services are encouraged to use the Batavia location at 16 Bank St.

December 7, 2012 - 9:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, UMMC, Jerome Foundation.

Edward and Beverly Corcoran were honored today by the UMMC Foundation and the Jerome Foundation with the 28th annual Health and Humanitarian Award.

The Corcorans founded and run Stephen’s Table, a soup kitchen that provides lunches six times a week, on average to 30 people a day.

The Corcorans prepare the meal each day. A typical lunch is homemade soup, sandwich, fruit, dessert and beverage. Volunteers help serve the meal. Ed and Beverly spend hours each week visiting local businesses that donate food to Stephen’s Table. Mrs. Corcoran also completes reports and correspondence.

The lunch was held at Terry Hills.

December 5, 2012 - 2:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center will adjust the hours of operation for outpatient services for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Urgent Care at 8745 Lake Street, Le Roy will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Services closed for the day include Cardiac Rehabilitation, Urgent Care (Batavia location only), the Pain Center, and the Women’s Care Centers in Medina and Batavia. Closing at noon on Christmas Eve are Jerome Center Diagnostics, the Corporate Health Center, Batavia Family and Pediatric Care, Pembroke Diagnostics, Le Roy Diagnostics, Tountas Family Care, and Summit Physical and Occupational Therapy Center. Outpatient services located at the hospital will close at 5 p.m.

For Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, Urgent Care in Le Roy will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other outpatient services will be closed.

All locations will be open regular hours on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

On New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, Cardiac Rehab will be closed. The Pain Center and Women’s Care in Medina and Batavia will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. All other outpatient sites will be open for regular hours. Urgent Care at the Le Roy and Batavia sites will be open for regular hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, Urgent Care will be open for regular hours at both locations. All other outpatient sites will be closed in observance of the holiday.

The time changes reflect only outpatient services. The hospital and Emergency Department will continue to be available around the clock to care for our families, friends and neighbors during the holidays.

November 16, 2012 - 2:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, UMMC, Jeffrey Goldstein.
Event Date and Time: 
November 27, 2012 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Gastroenterologist, Jeffrey Goldstein, MD, will discuss and answer questions related to celiac disease and gluten intolerance at a free community health talk sponsored by United Memorial Medical Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 27.

This event will be held in the Healthy Living Classroom in Cary Hall, 211 E. Main St., Batavia.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the gluten protein, commonly found in wheat products. As many as two million Americans, or one in 133 people, are estimated to be affected by the illness.

October 24, 2012 - 4:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, medical, health, UMMC.

UMMC invited the public into the ICU unit today to see a new patient simulator that will be used to help train hospital staff.

The $60,000 machine is a gift from CHART, the hospital’s insurance carrier. It provides a realistic representation of various medical conditions so medical personnel can practice everything from inserting an IV to performing defibrillation.

For more info, click here.

Above, Dan Grower learns about the simulator from Pamela Lynch.

October 15, 2012 - 7:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial’s Education Department will host an Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 2 – 5:30 p.m. in room 202 at the hospital in order to demonstrate the new patient simulator. The simulator, a $60,000 piece of equipment was provided to United Memorial at no cost from CHART, the organization’s insurance carrier. It will be used to educate clinical staff.

The simulator is wireless, lifelike and can be used to assist with training for multiple airway skills, catheter placement, airway complications and breathing complications. It has cardiac and circulation features, vascular access, blinking eyes, secretions, urine output, bowel sounds and the instructor can make it speak. The simulator can function as a male or female patient.

Pam Lynch, director of education; Kevin Aldrich, 2nd Floor nurse manager; Mary Lama, 3rd Floor clinical care coordinator and Judy Clark, ICU nurse manager were educated as trainers for the new equipment. The simulator assists in improving patient care and safety. It allows new students to practice basic nursing skills and veteran nurses to learn the latest technologies and use of new practices and equipment.

The public is welcome to attend this open house.

October 2, 2012 - 3:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, UMMC, pink hatters' night.

Press release:

The Cancer Services Partnership of Genesee and Orleans County will hold its annual cancer awareness program, Pink Hatters, on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Clarion Hotel, 8250 Park Road, Batavia.

A Chinese Auction will be held from 4 to 6:30 pm. Hors d’oeuvres and dessert stations will available from 5 to 7 pm. Cancer survivors will be recognized and prizes awarded for the best pink hats. “Breadtime Stories” will be presented by the evening’s featured speaker, Chet Fery.

The evening is a colorful, celebratory event filled with laughter. However, when survivors stand up based on the number of years since they received their cancer diagnosis, an awe-inspiring hush fills the room. Women who are currently battling the illness are applauded with support. Women who have been cancer free for 20 years, 30 years or longer provide hope to everyone.

Tickets are $20 each and available by pre-sale only. Call the UMMC Healthy Living Department at 344-5331 for registration information. Reservations are available for tables of 10.

Payment and registrations must be received by Oct 4. This event is funded in part by a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Western New York.

The Cancer Services Partnership is a grant funded program which provides access to free colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screenings for men and women, age 18 to 64, who are uninsured or underinsured. United Memorial manages the Partnership for Orleans and Genesee counties.

 

September 27, 2012 - 3:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center will conduct FREE health screenings for the uninsured at the Jerome Center, 16 Bank St., Batavia, from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18.

This event is for uninsured Genesee County residents between the ages of 40 and 64. Healthcare providers will also provide free mammograms, pap smears and clinical breast exams for women and prostate screening exams for men. Additional screenings services provided at the event will include blood sugar testing, total cholesterol and take home colorectal cancer screening kits.

Please call United Memorial’s Healthy Living Department to schedule an appointment at 344-5331.

Light refreshments, health information and free giveaways will also be available at the event. Assistance is available for individuals requiring follow-up medical care. People who meet the criteria and are unable to attend the event should call the Cancer Services Partnership at 344-5494. They can assist clients with scheduling services for other dates and times.

This event is planned by the Cancer Services Partnership of Genesee and Orleans County, through a grant from New York State that is administered by United Memorial.

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