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May 2, 2012 - 11:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, education, health, UMMC.

The auditorium at UMMC's Cary Hall (next to the YMCA) is all set up for important patient care -- with all of the care stations, instruments and devices of good medical care ready to help heal any teddy bears or dolls that are brought in today.

The event is UMMC's annual Teddy Bear and Doll Clinic, designed to give pre-schoolers, kindergarteners and first-graders an understanding of what is involved in medical care in case they or anybody else they know needs significant medical care.

The clinic is sponsored by Healthy Living Department and is open until 5 p.m.

April 3, 2012 - 1:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, UMMC.

Press release:

Needles, syringes, and lancets (sharps) used in the home setting provide the potential for disease transmission if not managed properly. In an effort to address the safe disposal of these sharps, they may be dropped off at specific United Memorial service areas for proper disposal.

Waste accepted as part of the Household Sharps Program is specific to that generated as a result of self-maintenance programs involving the delivery of injectable medication and includes needles, syringes and lancets only.

All sharps brought to United Memorial for disposal are to be in a container that is rigid, puncture resistant, shatterproof, leak proof, and secured with a screw top. An old detergent bottle is ideal. It should be labeled “Biohazard-Sharps” with a black permanent marker. Containers which are judged to not provide protection against needle-stick injuries cannot be considered as adequate for the purposes of this program and personnel at collection sites will not accept them.

Properly contained sharps will be accepted at the UMMC Laboratory at the hospital, located on the first floor, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The hospital is located at 127 North St. in the City of Batavia.

Properly contained sharps will also be accepted during routine hours of operation at the Jerome Center Outpatient Lab at 16 Bank St., Batavia; Le Roy Diagnostics, 3 Tountas Ave., Le Roy; and Pembroke Diagnostics, 860 Main St. Road, Corfu.


March 27, 2012 - 9:31am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has received $500,000 in NYS Economic Development funding. Five years ago, United Memorial began a multi-phased project to rehabilitate the former St. Jerome Hospital building, which is located at 16 Bank Street in the heart of Downtown Batavia.

The first phase renovated the ground floor to create an outpatient diagnostic center along with offices for primary care and occupational medicine services. The second phase addressed the upper floors and created 37 housing units for seniors 55 years of age or older earning less than 50 percent of the area median income. Several of the units contain features to assist those with mobility, hearing or visual impairments.

At the beginning of the second phase of the project, New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Senator Mary Lou Rath and then County Legislator Mike Ranzenhofer announced $500,000 in NYS Economic Development Assistance funding to assist with the redevelopment.

At that time, United Memorial’s President and CEO Mark C. Schoell stated, “The support from the State Senate will help us reinvigorate an important area of Downtown Batavia and re-purpose a vacant structure so that it once again serves the residents of Genesee County by providing the necessary elements of employment, housing and access to health care.” 

The adaptive reuse of the building was completed in November 2010; however the NYS Economic Development Assistance funding had not been received. United Memorial solicited help from the 61st District, New York State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer’s office.

“Senator Ranzenhofer has been diligent in assisting the hospital access the funds promised in 2008,” Schoell said. “The Jerome Center Project is an exemplary illustration of cooperation between government and the private sector to preserve an historic property and provide important services to the community. We greatly appreciate Senator Ranzenhofer’s dedication and commitment to healthcare, housing for our vulnerable population and economic growth.”

Senator Ranzenhofer said "Mark and I have been working closely together for many months to ensure that United Memorial received the funding it had been promised in 2008 for the Jerome Center Project. As a result of our collaborative efforts, we were able to push the funding part of this project across the finish line.

"The Jerome Center Project has had a positive impact -- particularly, the many jobs it has created and the services the site now offers to the community. I hope that the project serves as a paradigm to encourage both organizations and individuals in the community to contact me when encountering a state-related issue."

The Jerome Center currently houses a comprehensive diagnostic center offering medical imaging and laboratory specimen collection; the Corporate Health Center for occupational medicine services; Batavia Family and Pediatric Care; Surgical Associates; Hope Haven, the only secure inpatient chemical dependency rehabilitation unit in the GLOW region; and the fully occupied Jerome Senior Apartments.

The site also hosts a gift shop, refreshment kiosk and cafeteria. Next month an Urgent Care Center will open in the Jerome Center to provide an affordable and timely alternative to emergency room care for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries.

March 20, 2012 - 8:44am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

Press release:

Anupa Seth, MD recently joined United Memorial’s primary care practice, Batavia Family Care Center. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and completed a Fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Seth is a graduate of Sawai Man Signh Medical College in Jaipur, India. She completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at Unity Health System in Rochester and was an Anesthesia Fellow at Strong Hospital.
Dr. Seth resides in Rochester with her family. She is a volunteer and member of the Jain Society; has traveled extensively in the U.S. and India and visited Nepal, France, and the UK.
She is accepting new patients at Batavia Family Care, which is located within the Jerome Center at 16 Bank Street, Batavia. Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid are accepted. Please call (585)344-4800 for an appointment.
United Memorial has been working with Dr. Seth on plans for a future Pain Management Clinic

March 18, 2012 - 3:10pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, UMMC, diabetes.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center will host a community education event, Diabetes Alert!, on Tuesday, April 17 at Bohn’s Restaurant and Banquet Facility, Clinton Street Road, Batavia.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for informational displays. A light dinner, served at 5:45 p.m., will be followed by a program featuring guest speaker, Michele Barrios (RN BSN CWOCN) on the topic of wound prevention and care. Additional presenters include Rosann Quinn, YMCA fitness instructor on the topic of yoga, and registered dietician Amy Miller (RD CDN CDE) from United Memorial.

Tickets, which include a light dinner and program, are $10 each and available through the hospital’s Healthy Living Department. Checks may be made payable to UMMC and mailed to: Healthy Living, 127 North St., Batavia, NY 14020.

Payment may be made in person at the office location at Cary Hall, 211 E. Main St., Batavia, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets are pre-sale only and available until April 6.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 8.3 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes, and of that number, 28 percent is undiagnosed and untreated. Diabetes is a condition that results when the body fails to efficiently use the hormone insulin, causing excess sugar to build up in the blood. People with diabetes are also at risk for a number of other health complications including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, depression and lower extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

In addition to the yearly educational event, Diabetes Alert!, United Memorial provides a number of services to the community for chronic disease management as it relates to diabetes, including a diabetes self-management course held several times throughout the year. The multi-session course is typically covered by most insurance plans and provides participants with a number of ways to manage their illness with medication if necessary and healthy lifestyle changes to their diet and physical activity.

For more information on classes or to register for the event, please call Healthy Living at 344-5331.

March 15, 2012 - 4:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

Syed A, Shah MD has joined the United Memorial Cardiology and Internal Medicine Practice at 229 Summit Street, Batavia. Dr. Shah is a Board Certified non-invasive Cardiologist with extensive experience in developing outreach practices. He is a graduate of Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan; completed a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Dundee, Scotland; received an MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester and has an MD from the State University of New York.

Dr. Shah is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He is certified as a Physician Executive by the Certification Commission in Medical Management. Dr. Shah is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Diplomate of the American College of Physician Executives. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry. He practices in Batavia, Albion, Brockport and Olean. Dr. Shah resides in Penfield with his family.

Genesee Cardiology and Internal Medicine merged with United Memorial in December 2011 to create United Memorial Cardiology and Internal Medicine following the retirement of Dr. Keun Oh. The practice is accepting new patients.To make an appointment with Dr. Shah, Dr. Rathor or Susan Riner, NP telephone (585)344-4440. Most insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare are accepted.

March 4, 2012 - 1:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, UMMC.

Press release:

Carter Brent, RN, has been appointed the clinical coordinator for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at United Memorial Medical Center. Carter is a 2008 graduate of the Monroe Community College School of Nursing.

He holds additional associate degrees in Liberal Arts and Chemical Technologies. For the past three years he was employed at the University of Rochester Medical Center in the Neuromedical Unit.

United Memorial contracts with Diversified Clinical Services (DCS) to provide program management at the Wound Care Center. The Wound Care Center opened in October 2011 on the ground floor of the hospital at 127 North St., Batavia.

February 27, 2012 - 4:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, UMMC.

United Memorial Medical Center will offer FREE important health screenings to uninsured Genesee County residents between the ages of 40 and 64 next week.

The screenings will take place from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 8, at the Jerome Center, 16 Bank St., Batavia.

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

Services will include blood-sugar testing, total cholesterol and take-home colorectal cancer screening kits. Healthcare providers will also give free mammograms, pap smears and clinical breast exams for women and prostate screening exams for men.

Light refreshments, health information and free giveaways will also be available.

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

February 23, 2012 - 1:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Announcements, UMMC.

Press release:

The United Memorial Medical Center diabetes self-management education program offered through Healthy Living has been awarded continued Recognition from the American Diabetes Association.

The program was also recognized in March 2009. It offers high quality education services to the patients it serves.

The ADA Education Recognition effort began in the fall of 1986 as a voluntary process to assure that approved education programs met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-management Education Programs.

Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide the most current information regarding diabetes management for participants.

Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. One consequence of compliance with the national standards is the greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education offered to people with diabetes.

The participant in an ADA Recognized program will be taught, as needed, self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes treatment regimen.

All approved education programs cover the following topics as needed: diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; monitoring; preventing, detecting and treating acute complications; preventing, detecting, and treating chronic complications through risk reduction; goal setting and problem solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care, management during pregnancy and gestational management.

Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education. For more information, contact United Memorial’s Healthy Living Department, located at 211 E. Main St., Batavia, or by telephone at 344-5331.

February 8, 2012 - 5:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center is currently implementing an electronic medical record (EMR) system in outpatient clinics. Last week, Tountas Family Care Center in LeRoy was the first hospital-run outpatient service to transition to an electronic medical record and over the next six months each family care center and hospital based medical practice will shift to the new system. This includes Batavia Family Care Center, the Women’s Care Centers in Batavia and Medina, Surgical Associates, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, Cardiology and Internal Medicine, and the Corporate Health Center.

Evolving to an electronic medical record keeping system in all facets of health care will lead to improved quality, efficiency, and ease of access for providers to an individual’s important health information. Paper records require considerable storage space and collecting records for review by a single provider is time consuming and complicated. Handwritten notes can be illegible and important pieces of data can be buried under a “mountain” of paper. The electronic medical record provides standardization of information and can predict, detect and prevent adverse events based on the information submitted and stored on the system. With the patient’s medical history, laboratory test results, allergies, medication and immunization records at their finger tips, physicians will be able to make a faster, more accurate diagnosis and reduce medical errors.

In addition to providing clinical documentation in the providers’ office, orders can be sent electronically to other hospital departments, (i.e. the Laboratory, Diagnostic Imaging, Wound Care Center) as needed and prescriptions can be sent electronically to local pharmacies for new prescriptions and refills.

In 2006, United Memorial Medical Center began using Medical Information Technology, Inc. (MEDITECH), an integrated software solutions company as the information system in the acute care, hospital setting. LSS Data Systems, a subsidiary of MEDITECH, will provide software for use in the physician practices for the creation of an EMR. The compatibility between information systems at the Hospital and in the physician offices allows structured clinical data to be shared in a timely manner and permits all available clinical information to be in place when making decisions.

This marks a significant accomplishment towards a consolidated electronic medical record for United Memorial patients, regardless of the service provided.

February 6, 2012 - 6:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center Laboratory has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in laboratories. The accreditation award recognizes United Memorial’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

The UMMC Laboratory underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in the Fall of 2011. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the lab for compliance with standards of care that directly affect the quality and safety of diagnostic services and patient care.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, United Memorial has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Jennifer Rhamy, M.B.A., M.A., M.T. (ASCP) SBB, HP, executive director, Laboratory Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission.

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Mark C. Schoell, president and CEO of United Memorial.

“For our organization, achieving Joint Commission accreditation is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission has been evaluating and accrediting laboratory services since 1979. Today, The Joint Commission accredits almost 2,000 organizations providing laboratory services. This represents almost 3,000 Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment certificate laboratories, including independent reference labs and in vitro fertilization labs, and those connected with other health care organizations such as hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and long-term care facilities.

The Joint Commission’s laboratory standards emphasize the results a laboratory should achieve instead of emphasizing the technical methods of performing testing, and were developed with input from professional laboratory organizations.

Joint Commission standards address processes that follow laboratory specimens -- from the doctor’s order into the laboratory, from specimen collection then back to the patient through result reporting -- focusing on the provision of high quality, safe laboratory services integrated with patient care.

These standards highlight the essential nature of laboratory services on the actual care and service delivery processes that contribute to and support the overall health care delivery system.

January 20, 2012 - 7:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in health, UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce that it will continue to provide a Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and will eventually add the service to its newest physician practice, United Memorial Cardiology and Internal Medicine, located at 229 Summit St., Batavia. Planned renovations to the practice will be altered to accommodate Phase II cardiac rehab.

Acquiring the cardiology and internal medicine practice of Dr. Keun Oh and Dr. Mohammad Rathor following Dr. Oh’s retirement in December, allows the hospital to continue to provide the medically monitored Phase II program on a smaller, flexible scale than what was previously available.

In November, United Memorial announced that it would close its Cardiac Rehabilitation Department effective March 1 due to declining patient volumes in the Phase II program and high expenses that were not offset by the self-pay, cardiac maintenance program. The 90-day time frame allowed the current eight participants in Phase II to complete the medically monitored portion of their program. For the 70 individuals enrolled in Cardiac Maintenance, the hospital has worked closely with the GLOW YMCA, Genesee County Branch, to develop a cardiac maintenance program to meet their specific needs in a community setting.

“By working with our community partners and thinking creatively, we have found a way to provide locally delivered cardiac rehabilitation services for our residents in a manner that maintains the quality and availability of care and is economically feasible,” stated Mark C. Schoell, president and CEO of United Memorial.

Phase I cardiac rehabilitation occurs while the individual is still in the hospital following a cardiac issue such as a heart attack. Phase II is an outpatient rehabilitation program that begins following discharge from the hospital, usually within a few days.

Participants in Phase II exercise regularly in a closely supervised setting. They learn stretching and cooling techniques, how to monitor their heart rate and activity levels, increase their aerobic capacity and become stronger. While exercising, a health professional assesses their heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure and symptoms of distress. Patients receive extensive education that includes risk factor modification, stress management, and nutrition counseling. Phase II is a medically monitored program and requires a physician in close proximity.

Phase III cardiac rehab is often referred to as cardiac maintenance. It focuses on long-term lifestyle changes to prevent future cardiac issues and patients continue to exercise to regain physical function. They learn to monitor their pulse and weight and watch for symptoms of coronary artery disease. Patients track their progress in written logs and share the information with their physician. Cardiac maintenance usually has a group format where participants offer support and encouragement to each other. Many cardiac rehab maintenance programs are typically held in community facilities.

When the department closure was announced, cardiac maintenance patients expressed concern about having a program to go to where they could continue with their groups. Many patients have exercised together, following the same routine for a number of years and formed deep bonds and friendships.

“The mission of the YMCA to build the spiritual, mental and physical wellness of all people aligns itself perfectly with the needs of the Cardiac Maintenance participants. We want to focus on healthy living by helping people achieve lifestyle goals through wellness, education and social interaction,” said Scott Taylor, CEO of the GLOW YMCA.  

The Genesee County YMCA is currently developing the cardiac maintenance area for all those in the program. They will waive joiner fees for current cardiac rehab participants and offer the program at the same, if not slightly reduced, monthly fee level. United Memorial will donate much of the exercise equipment currently used in the program to the YMCA for their program, easing the transition of the clients and provide education regarding nutrition and wellness through the Healthy Living Department, UMMC’s community outreach program.

The YMCA will begin offering ardiac maintenance services on March 5 and provide a smooth transition to current participants.

January 5, 2012 - 5:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce that plans are under way to provide Urgent Care Services at the Jerome Center in Batavia.

“This continues United Memorial’s efforts to increase access to necessary health care services to residents of Genesee County,” said Mark Schoell, president and CEO.

United Memorial currently operates an Urgent Care Center on Tountas Avenue in Le Roy which opened in July 2010. Visits to United Memorial’s Urgent Care Center in Le Roy have grown from an estimated 3,500 to more than 6,000 annually. Analyzing patient demographics based on zip codes indicate that a great deal of that growth is from the Batavia area.

Urgent Care services are a cost effective and convenient way for patients to receive quality medical care when their primary care physician is unavailable and they do not want to spend time waiting in an emergency room to be treated for a non-life-threatening injury or illness. Co-payments for urgent care are typically less than emergency room co-pays.

UMMC’s Urgent Care Center in Batavia, like the center in Le Roy, will be well equipped to treat a variety of ailments, including: sprains and fractures; cuts and lacerations; animal and insect bites and stings; cold and influenza symptoms; ear infections; pneumonia; bronchitis; urinary tract infections; asthma; sore throats/strep and mono; and influenza vaccines.

Urgent Care at the Jerome Center will be supported by United Memorial’s state-of-the-art medical imaging services, the most advanced in Genesee County. The Jerome Center is conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Batavia at 16 Bank St. It offers handicap accessibility, convenient parking, a gift shop and refreshment kiosk.

An opening date will be announced soon and is expected to occur in early spring.

January 4, 2012 - 1:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center welcomed the first baby born within Genesee County in the New Year, 2012. Craig Michael Meyer Jr., a boy, was born to Jennifer and Craig Meyer, of Oakfield, on January 2, 2012. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. He was delivered by midwife, Cecelia Stearns, CNM.

Mr. and Mrs. Meyer are both employed by Applebee’s Restaurant. Mr. Meyer also works as an independent carpet installer.

As the New Year’s baby, Craig and his parents received a gift card to a local department store, an infant snuggler and baby safety items from United Memorial.

There were 545 babies born at United Memorial in 2011, a 4-percent increase from 2010.

December 2, 2011 - 5:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, UMMC, Health and Humanitarian Award.

Dorothy M. Baker received the 28th annual Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County from the UMMC Foundation during a luncheon at Terry Hills on Friday afternoon.

Baker was recognized for her many years of volunteer work, including at the Jerome Center gift shop and kiosk, the tourism information booth, Office of the Aging, Veterans Administration and St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Baker logged 1,750 volunteer hours in 2010.

November 28, 2011 - 4:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in UMMC.

Press release:

(Batavia, N.Y.) United Memorial Medical Center has experienced tremendous growth in the past year. The surgical expansion project was completed, the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center opened and a number of new physicians joined the medical staff. Several advancements were made in healthcare information technology, quality initiatives and improvements to our physical plant. Each program and project was a direct result of our strategic planning process to improve locally delivered healthcare based on the needs of the community and to continue to strengthen financial performance.

While growth is important to our viability, we must also assess established services and practices to determine whether they are fulfilling the mission of the organization and are sustainable. To maintain the financial balance of the organization and the needs of our community, several changes have been implemented.

The Cardiac Rehab Department and the Byron Family Care Center will close by March 1, 2012 due to unsustainable patient volumes. Cardiac Rehab will not accept new referrals and current patients will have the opportunity to complete their 90-day program. Patients of Byron Family Care were mailed letters informing them of the closure and information on transferring their medical records.

The primary care provider at Byron Family Care, Dr. Stanley Ambis, will continue with United Memorial’s Family Care centers in LeRoy and Batavia. Patients will be encouraged to remain with Dr. Ambis at one of the other sites. United Memorial Medical Center has filed its intent to close the Byron Family Care Center with the NYS Department of Health and will work through the appropriate steps in the next 90 days to complete this process.

Discontinuing the two services and realignment of job functions in other departments will result in the elimination of 16 positions, with the equivalent hours of approximately 14 full-time employees, slightly less than 2 percent of United Memorial’s 795 member workforce.

The eliminated positions include two Allied Health professionals, four registered nurses, four technicians, one licensed practical nurse, one patient access specialist, an administrative secretary and three salaried positions. Those eligible were offered severance packages and, where appropriate, options to extend their healthcare coverage. If qualified, they will be encouraged to apply for and be considered for other positions within the organization.

November 22, 2011 - 8:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Le Roy, UMMC.

Press release:

On Monday, members of the Le Roy Moose Lodge donated a dozen plush stuffed moose toys to United Memorial Medical Center’s Emergency Department. The Tommy Moose program is a national initiative started by the nonprofit Moose International. The toys are distributed to children in crisis by police officers, firefighters, emergency responders and hospitals. The friendly looking toys comfort and distract children in traumatic situations.

The toys donated to United Memorial were purchased by Moose members Judy Mills, Catherine Campbell, Shirley Schutt, Malinda Dykstra and an anonymous donor to the lodge. More information on the Tommy Moose program can be found at

Pictured in the photo from right to left are Catherine Campbell, UMMC registrar, Bonnie Bezon, Emergency Room nurse manager, and Judy Mills.

October 27, 2011 - 4:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, UMMC.

UMMC invited community members into the hospital today to see two new hyperbaric chambers installed as a key part of a new wound center.

There's an increase nationwide in patients developing non-healing wounds, particularly foot wounds, and hyperbaric chambers have proven effective in treating such them.

The wound center is an outpatient clinic. 

For more details, click on the headline above to read the full press release from UMMC.

Photos: Brooke Eck, RT, assists Christopher White, UMMC foundation board president, with a demonstration of the chamber.

October 24, 2011 - 2:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC.

Press release:

United Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce that Genesee Cardiology will join the United Memorial family of managed services beginning December 1, 2011 following the recently announced retirement of Cardiologist, Dr. Keun Oh.  Genesee Cardiology will remain in their current location of 229 Summit Street in the Summit Medical Office Building. Their name will change to “United Memorial Cardiology and Internal Medicine” to reflect the merger.

To maintain continuity of care, United Memorial has recruited Board Certified Cardiologist Syed A. Shah, MD. He will be joining Dr. Abdul Rathor and Nurse Practitioner Susan Riner in the practice as hospital employed healthcare providers.

“Dr. Oh has provided exceptional medical and cardiac care to patients in our region since 1979 and we wish him well in his retirement,” stated United Memorial CEO Mark C. Schoell. “As an organization, we have worked closely with Dr. Oh and Dr. Rathor to make sure patients will have continued access to cardiac care close to home.” 

Dr. Syed A. Shah has over 24 years of experience. He completed his residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Atlantic City Medical Center and a fellowship at UMDNJ, Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. Dr. Shah has maintained offices in Olean and Brockport.

For an appointment with Dr. Rathor, Dr. Shah, or Ms. Riner please call (585) 343-4440.

October 18, 2011 - 9:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, UMMC.

Press release:

The 28th annual Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County will be presented to Dorothy M. Baker on Friday, Dec. 2 at an awards luncheon at Terry Hills Restaurant. The award presented by The Jerome Foundation and United Memorial Medical Center Foundation recognizes volunteer men and women of Genesee County who have helped promote emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of the area’s residents.

In naming Dorothy Baker for this year’s award, the foundations will recognize her volunteer efforts and leadership at The Jerome Center Gift Shop and Kiosk, Genesee County Tourism Information Booth, Office of the Aging, Veterans Administration, and St. Joseph’s Church. Dorian Ely, coordinator of the RSVP Program of Genesee County, keeps a record of volunteer service by retired seniors.

“Dorothy logged 1,750 hours of service in 2010, bringing an exemplary sense of responsibility to her volunteer service," Ely said.

Since 1987, Baker has helped improve Genesee County’s economic health by volunteering at the Tourism Information Booth, providing information, direction and recommendations to visitors.

“Many visitors have a better impression of Genesee County because of Dorothy’s friendliness and knowledge of the area," said Dawn Ireland-Monsees, Genesee County tourism information coordinator in her letter nominating Dorothy for the Health and Humanitarian Award. "She is a great ambassador for our county and its residents."

At the VA Western New York Healthcare System, Baker regularly serves as a wheelchair escort on outings for veterans. At the Genesee County Office of the Aging, a senior citizen meal site, she helps serve seniors meals and provides needed socialization.

“Most dear to her heart is her volunteer service at The Jerome Center Gift Shop and Kiosk where she begins volunteering most mornings at 7 a.m. and has done so for years”, said Mary Barbeau, a friend and fellow volunteer.

Profits from the gift shop and food kiosk benefit United Memorial Medical Center.

The Health and Humanitarian Award luncheon is open to the public.  Reservations can be made by contacting United Memorial Medical Center Foundation at 344-5300. Seating will be limited so early reservations are encouraged.





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