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WELLSVILLE, NY (August 12, 2015) – Patient safety has taken another step forward at Jones Memorial Hospital. Beginning August 18, when registering for services at JMH, patients will be asked to a scan a fingerprint for medical identity theft protection and efficient patient registration. JMH has partnered with CrossChx, a leader in healthcare intelligence solutions.
“Patient safety has always been important to us,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “This system will have the added benefit of improving health outcomes and reducing medical errors by ensuring that the right patient receives the right care every time they visit our facilities.” It is common to see patients with the same name and it would be possible, although unlikely, to pull the incorrect medical file because of the common name. “This potential error cannot happen with this system because each patient will be identified and linked to his or her corresponding medical benefits; ensuring the right person receives the right care. “
According to Jim Helms, Director of Health Information Management at JMH, the process involves scanning a patient’s index finger. “This system does not store our patients’ finger prints, however it gives each patient a unique code that links them to their medical benefits so no one else can use them,” he said. “All patients will be asked to initially scan their right index finger five times in order to get their unique code; the next visit will only require a fast one time scan to verify their identity.” Participating in SafeChx is voluntary for patients over age five.
The SafeChx system mean quicker patient registration, easier doctor access to view patient medical records, decrease administrative burdens of duplicate or incorrect records, and will allow for quick and accurate patient identification in emergency situations. “We are very excited to be offering this technology to our patients,” noted Mr. Helms.
PHOTO CAPTION: Ellie Garcia of CrossCHX is training Kathy Kurschner, JMH Registration Coordinator, on how to use the new, improved patient registration system.


WELLSVILLE, NY (July 23, 2015) – The original artwork, created just for the 23rd Annual RidgeWalk & Run, was unveiled at Jones Memorial Hospital recently. The beautiful landscape—rolling fields, hills and hay bales—will be used on this year’s posters and t-shirts. The original will be auctioned off at the Auxiliary’s Gala & Silent Auction, Saturday, November 14 at the Wellsville Country Club.
The artist this year is Kris Davenport Toohey. A resident of Westport, Connecticut, Ms. Toohey has a special connection with Wellsville and the surrounding area. “Wellsville is my mom’s hometown and I spent countless vacations there as a child with my grandparents, Helen and Dick Shear, on their farm,” she said. “Now that I am a parent, I try to visit every year so that my own children can grow up knowing the woods, the hills and the views that make Wellsville so beautiful. “ The Shear farm has been the finish line for the RidgeWalk & Run since the first year.
This is the second year the RidgeWalk & Run has been a Jones Memorial Hospital community wellness event. “We are very thankful for the donation of this year’s painting and it is very representative of a typical scene you will see along the RidgeWalk & Run trails. We are committed to using all the proceeds from this event for projects that will enhance and encourage community wellness,” said Jim Helms, who is serving his second year as chairman of the RidgeWalk. “The 2014 profits purchased lumber to re-deck two bridges so that the WAG Trail could be expanded.” The WAG Trail is a multi-use recreational that is used for used for walking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, biking and other outdoor activities. Once the bridges are repaired, the WAG trail will go to the Pennsylvania border.
Registration for the RidgeWalk & Run - set for Sunday, October 18 - is now open. Visit to find out more and to sign up.
PHOTO (courtesy of Wellsville Daily Reporter Kathryn Ross): Chairman Jim Helms, left, and Rich Shear unveiled the 2015 RidgeWalk & Run painting recently.


WELLSVILLE (July 10, 2015) – Jones Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that Karol Marciano and Rich Ewell have joined the JMH Board of Directors.

Karol Marciano has worked in healthcare for over 40 years; most recently as a Healthcare Administrator/Consultant. She is on the YMCA Board and is a member of the Andover Historical Society. A native of Andover, Karol is a graduate of Alfred State College and St. John Fisher in Rochester. Her hobbies include golf, exercising, collecting and restoring antique trunks and collecting antique postcards. “Healthcare is such an important component of any community,” she said, explaining why serving on the JMH Board of Directors is important to her. “I have had the privilege of working in many different communities with physicians, healthcare teams, business leaders and government officials. I look forward to sharing my experience working together to meet the challenges of healthcare and develop new services.”

A life-long resident of Wellsville, Rich Ewell is presently an agent with Richardson & Stout Insurance. He is also on the Allegany County Industrial Development Board and a member of the Wellsville Elks Club. A graduate of SUNY Oswego, Rich and his wife, Gabrielle, live in Wellsville and have two children. In his spare time, Rich enjoys the outdoors, hunting, and target shooting. “I am proud to serve the community and am looking forward to being a part of the team that ensures our hospital will be here for this community for generations to come,” he said.
At the recent organization meeting, the board said good bye and thank you to Samantha Gilkey, who has been a dedicated member of the board for 14 years. While no longer on the board of directors, she will continue to serve the hospital as the chairman of the new Jones Memorial Hospital Foundation Board.
The newly elected slate of officers for the JMH Board of Directors is Mary Kate Cole, Chairperson; Barry Kulp as Vice Chair; Gary Balcom, Treasure; and Kim Toot, Secretary. Also serving on the board are Rich Shear, Dr. William Coch, Dr. Rob Gilfert, Dan Guiney, Kathy Woughter, and Dr. James Edmonston, Chief of Staff.


WELLSVILLE, NY (June 29, 2015) – It was a beautiful day for golfing when 25 teams competed in the 10th annual Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Celebrate Summer Classic on Friday, June 26. The tournament is a best-ball, four-person scramble format. Team prizes were given to the following teams:

  • With a score of 74, the winning women’s team was Marty Fuller, Kitty Cretekos, Alice Stevens, and Mary Lois Denner.
  • The lowest score among all men’s teams was a 56, shot by Eric Zlomek, Hans Zlomek, John Zlomek, and Justin Babbitt.
  • The mixed team with the lowest score – a 67 - was Brenda Sobeck, Zach Zuckerman, Marcus Maloney, and Dan Kenzie.

For more more pictures, click here. Prizes were also given on four holes. The winners each received a $25 Wellsville-area Chamber Gift Certificate. The men and women winners were:

  • Hole #7, Closest to the Line: Luke Velley and Alice Stevens.
  • Hole #11, Closest to the Pin: Dan Kenzie and Ashley Walker
  • Hole #12 Longest Drive: Chuck LeFleur and Judy Clark
  • Hole #18, Longest Putt: Zach Zuckerman and Rose Cozzi

“The golf tournament has been one of our most successful events,” said Jason Reynolds, co-chair of the event. “We are so appreciative of everyone who participated in the tournament and those who supported it with sponsorships. It is always a fund event and we are already looking forward to next year!”
For more information about how you can support Jones Memorial Hospital, please contact Jodi Pearson, Fund Development Coordinator, at (585) 596-2053.


WELLSVILLE, NY (June 29, 2015) – Beginning July 1, 2015, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Paul Axtell will consult and treat patients by appointment at his office, located on the third floor at Jones Memorial Hospital, 191 North Main Street in Wellsville.
“We are very excited that Dr. Axtell is returning to Wellsville,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial. “He is an excellent addition to our medical staff.” Dr. Axtell had a private practice in Wellsville for four years, when he relocated to California.
Dr. Axtell will be heading up the new Jones Memorial Medical Practices Orthopedic Clinic. The services he will be providing include total hip and knee replacements, knee and shoulder arthroscopy, and surgical repair of fractures.
Appointments can be made by calling (585) 596-2054.


WELLSVILLE, NY (June 22, 2015) – Three of the primary care providers in the Jones Memorial Medical Practices network have achieved National Committee on Quality Assurance certification as Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) sites. The Providers who have been certified as PCMH are Dr. Libby Osborn in Bolivar, Dr. Pasquale Picco and Shannon Mooney, PA, in Wellsville.
PCMH is a way of organizing primary care that emphasizes care coordination and includes the patient as a part of the team. “In addition to leading to higher quality care and lower costs, a PCMH cultivates more engaging patient relationships,” said Julie Hart, VP of Physician Practices at Jones Memorial Hospital. “A better patient experience leads to better health outcomes.”
One way the patient experience is improved is the addition of the Care Manager (CM) to a PCMH practice. “The CM works one-on-one with the patient to help coordinate care as well as smoothing transitions from one level of care to another, such as hospital to home,” explained Michele McMorris, RN, Clinical Coordinator for the Jones Memorial Medical Practices. “CM’s provide education and help arranging additional support and resources that the patient may need.” The CM looks at the patient’s record and follows up on preventative care and tests ordered by the provider that have yet to be completed, calling to remind the patient they are outstanding.
The care manager also identifies resources that may benefit the patient. Take, for example, Anna, a 64-year-old diabetic who has struggled to control her blood sugar levels since being diagnosed four years ago. “Through frequent contact with the care manager, Anna has learned what she needs to do and the lifestyle changes she needs to make to gain good control of her diabetes,” said McMorris. The Care Manager may facilitate a referral to an endocrinologist or the Wellsville Lions Club Diabetes Center. The PCMH is a team approach to healthcare. “The practices now have regular huddles,” explained McMorris. “The team – the provider, the nurse, the receptionist and the CM – meet to discuss the patients and come up with a game plan for each patient before they hit the door.”
In order to maintain PCMH status, the medical practices will continue to identify opportunities to better manage patients. By 2018, all primary care providers will be required to meet PCMH criteria in order to secure payment from health insurance companies. The Belvidere office of the Jones Memorial Medical Practices will soon be working toward PCMH designation.


WELLSVILLE, NY (May 27, 2015) – It is time for the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s 11th Annual Celebrate Summer Classic Golf Tournament. Set for Friday, June 26, at the Wellsville Country Club, there is still room for players and a need for tournament sponsors!
The tournament is a 4-person scramble. “What is really nice about the scramble format is that it is fun for serious golfers as well as those who haven’t picked up a club in years – or ever,” said Co-Chair Jason Reynolds. “We are still looking for golfers and for businesses and individuals who would like to be sponsors.”
There is a new sponsorship level available this year: Media Sponsor. “For a $1,500 donation, the Media Sponsor will be recognized in all of the print, radio and social media as well as the tournament program,” explained Mr. Reynolds. Other sponsorship opportunities range from the $2,500 Hole in One Tournament Sponsor, to the Eagle level for $1000 and the Birdie level for $500, as well as Par sponsors for $250 and Tee sponsors for $100 and a cart sponsorship for $50. To find out the benefits that come with each sponsorship level, check out the tournament brochure For golfers, the cost of the tournament and complimentary dinner is $340 per four-person team or $85 per person. The fee includes a cart, 18 holes of golf and complimentary dinner. Members of the Wellsville Country Club pay $70 per golfer and $280 per team. If you want to come just for the dinner and awards ceremony, the cost is $15. If you would like a brochure or more information about how you can participate in this event, please contact Jason at 585-596-4060 or Jodi Pearson at 585-596-2053.


WELLSVILLE, NY (May 26, 2015) – After running the race side by side, Justin Dudley and Alex Jones crossed the finish line in the 2nd Annual Jones Memorial Hospital’s GLOW 5K Run & Walk at the same time. Their time was 19:42 seconds and earned them the Overall Male Winner title. “A tie is something we didn’t anticipate,” explained Carrie Walker, chair of the event. “We had to wait until a second medal came in before presenting them with their award.”
Residents of Bolivar, Justin and Alex, both 15, have been friends since kindergarten and are now sophomores at Bolivar-Richburg School. They have been on the school’s track team for four years together and recently made sectionals. Justin will be competing in the 400 meter dash, the 200 meter dash and the 4-man 100 meter relay and Alex in the 4-man 800 meter relay and the 1600 meter run. Congratulations to both boys on their win and good luck at Sectionals!

Other division winners for the 2015 GLOW Run were: Overall female Megan Crimmins, female 14 and under, Sophie Majewski; male 14 and under, Colby Walker; female 15-19, Kacey Kane; male 15 to 19, Dakota Gavin; female 20-29, Bridget Kehrer; male 20-29, Daniel Goetschius; female 30-39, Casey Cline; male, 30-39, Paul Cone, Jr.; female 40-49, Patricia Cooney; male 40-49, Daniel Allen; female, 50-59, Teri Noyes; male, 50-59, Randy Sloat; female, 60+, Rosie Mulhollen; and male, 60+, Ron Wightman . For all of the times, check out the Yellow Jacket Racing website with this link.. This year’s GLOW 5K had 402 registered walkers and runners. The winner of the Spirit of the Glow award was eight-year-old Molly Hannon, right. “I’d like to thank everyone for supporting this fun, family event,” said Mrs. Walker. “It was so much fun to see the creative ways that people celebrated the Spirit of the GLOW by dressing up and finding unique ways to get glowing!” Photo Caption: Justin Dudley, 15 (left) and Alex Jones, 15, both of Bolivar, crossed the finish line at the same time with a race time of 19:42 in the 2nd Annual JMH Glow Run, making them co-overall male champions. Eight year old Molly Hannon was awarded the Spirit of the GLOW for her fun, festive and bright outfit!


WELLSVILLE, NY (May 26, 2015) – Jones Memorial Hospital recently received the Univera Healthcare 2014 Small Hospital Incentive Program Certificate of Excellence.
“We are very excited because this award recognizes that we have reached the highest percentage of clinical measures at or above the national average,” said Cherrie Macafee, Quality Management Director at Jones. The measures Jones Memorial was recognized for were related to industry standard quality of care measures.
Since 2013, Univera Healthcare’s Small Hospital Incentive Program (SHIP) has been a collaboration between the health insurer and small hospitals like JMH. “The goal of SHIP is to improve patient safety and drive quality outcomes to national performance levels,” explained Ms. Macafee, noting that the hospital is continuing to submit data. “The scoring methodology for this award aligns with what is required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).” This award was presented to Jones for submitted data covering April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.


WELLSVILLE, NY (April 20, 2015) – Memorial Day began in 1868 as a way to honor members of the Union and Confederate armies who had died in the Civil War. Today, we honor all deceased members of the American armed forces on Memorial Day. In Wellsville, we honor of those vets with a “Field of Flags” in the front lawn at Jones Memorial Hospital.
Members of the sponsoring organizations - JMH, the Wellsville American Legion Post 702 and Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders – will place the flags on Armed Forces Day, May 16. The flags will remain in place through Memorial Day, May 25. Each flag will have the deceased service member’s name and branch of service, and the name of the person who sponsored the flag. If you would like to make a $5 donation in honor of your deceased veteran, please stop by the Wellsville American Legion, 23 Jefferson Street or Jones Memorial Hospital’s Business Office or the hospital switchboard. Cards and donation must be returned by May 11. Checks may be made out to Jones Memorial Hospital.
The 2015 Field of Flags is sponsored by Jones Memorial Hospital, American Legion Post 702 & Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion, and the Legion Riders. All proceeds will be donated to LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve, an outdoor recreational facility for wounded and injured service members and veterans. LEEK is located in Northern Pennsylvania ( For more information, email Sue Kays at or stop in at the Wellsville Legion.


WELLSVILLE, NY (April 18, 2015) -- Representatives from UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute, Noyes Health, Jones Memorial Hospital and UR Medicine Radiation Oncology in Hornell announced today that they are collaborating to develop a regional cancer center based in Dansville in Livingston County. The regional cancer center, which will also include services in Wellsville, will allow the organizations to address the needs of an area with a high incidence of cancers and provide patients more convenient access to comprehensive cancer care.
A $2 million gift from Ann and Carl Myers of Springwater, will be used to help construct the new facility and fund the establishment of care programs. In recognition of the family’s gift, the center will be named the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center. The Myers Cancer Center will be located on the campus of Noyes Hospital and serve patients in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Western New York.
“My wife Ann and I are grateful to be in a position to do this, and we think this cancer center will be good for anyone who lives in this area,” Carl Myers said. “Whether you need to be treated for cancer or not, this will attract quality medical professionals to our community, and that will benefit everyone.”
Plans for the cancer center and UR Medicine’s regional cancer services in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier include:

  • A 4,500-square-foot, lower-level addition to house a radiation oncology clinic at Noyes Health in Dansville.
  • A 2,300-square-foot medical oncology clinic in renovated and new first-floor space at Noyes, featuring three exam rooms and five chemotherapy/infusion bays.
  • A medical oncology center will be established at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, allowing patients to receive follow-up care and consultations closer to home.
  • UR Medicine’s recently purchased radiation oncology practice in Hornell, which complements a medical oncology practice co-located in the same building.

Each year, approximately 4,000 patients travel from Allegany, Livingston and Steuben counties to Wilmot Cancer Institute for outpatient care. They often make daily or weekly trips over a period of months to receive radiation and/or chemotherapy. The Myers Cancer Center will help alleviate the strain of traveling an hour or more for care.
“A regional cancer center is an example of how important it is for hospitals and health centers to form partnerships,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial Hospital. “It isn’t feasible, or even realistic in the challenging financial environment that all health care facilities face, for each local hospital or provider to offer all the latest technology. By forming collaborations like this, we are able to ensure access to the highest quality specialty care, closer to home. For patients and their caregivers, Wilmot Cancer Institute, with services in Dansville, Wellsville, and Hornell, will ease the financial and physical burden of travel for medically vulnerable patients.”
“Noyes Health is excited to partner with Wilmot Cancer Institute and Jones Memorial Hospital to bring a comprehensive cancer program to the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier,” said Amy Pollard, president and CEO of Noyes Health System. “This collaboration will expand access to medical oncology and radiation services, as well as support the mission of all of our organizations to improve the health of individuals in a compassionate and caring environment. I would like to thank Ann and Carl Myers for taking the philanthropic lead on this important project and for their history of support of Noyes Health.”
“We are grateful for the generosity of the Myers family and the commitment of these communities to support the creation of a regional cancer center,” said Jonathan W. Friedberg, M.D., M.M.Sc., director of Wilmot Cancer Institute. “As cancer care has become more complex, access to comprehensive and coordinated treatment is essential for patients and their families. By working together with Noyes Health, Jones Memorial Hospital, and UR Medicine Radiation Oncology in Hornell, we will be able to bring our vision of comprehensive cancer care closer to home for patients in this region.”
“Not only will these facilities be more convenient for patients and their families, but they will also serve older patients and those who are not physically able to handle a long daily commute well,” said Yuhchyau Chen, M.D., Ph.D., chair of Radiation Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Richard T. Bell Endowed Professor. The regional cancer center in Dansville will also provide patients with access to services including advanced diagnostic testing, clinical trials, outpatient palliative care, and Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program. Physicians at the cancer center and the medical oncology clinic at Jones Memorial Hospital will have access to UR Medicine’s region-wide electronic medical record system and regular consultations with multidisciplinary teams focused on cancer.
The new medical oncology services in Wellsville will be available this fall. Construction on the campus of Noyes Health is expected to be complete by the end of 2016. This cancer center project is unique in our region and comes at a time when health systems across the country are forging relationships to ensure specialty services while improving quality.
Photo Caption: Amy Pollard, CEO of Noyes Health System; Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial Hospital; and Dr. Jonathan Friedberg, director of Wilmot Cancer Institute, announced today that the three facilities have partnered on a regional cancer center to be located in Dansville with services at Jones Memorial in Wellsville.


WELLSVILLE, NY (March 23, 2015) – Congratulations to Jim Helms, Director of Health Information Management/Revenue Cycle at Jones Memorial Hospital! Jim recently completed the requirements to be certified as a Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Fellow.
The FHFMA certification is the organization’s most elite professional certification. Those who earn this designation have demonstrated that they have achieved a gold standard in technical proficiency. “Time and again Jim has shown an admirable commitment to excellence,” said Tracy Gates, CFO at Jones. “Earning Fellowship status takes time and dedication to his profession – we are proud to have him as part of the JMH family!”
To be awarded the FHFMA distinction, applicants must be credentialed as a certified health care financial professional; be an HFMA member for at least five years; complete a bachelor’s degree or 120 semester hours from an accredited college or university; and volunteer in HFMA or the industry. More than 1,800 HFMA members nationwide have achieved this accomplishment in the organization’s 68 year history.
Jim has been at Jones Memorial since 2013. He also serves as the hospital’s IT Project Manager and the Corporate Compliance Officer. A former member of the HFMA certification committee, Jim has been a member of that organization since 2005. Jim has an associate degree from Alfred State College and a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University and has done voluntary training for other professionals working toward HFMA certification. He has also served the board of directors for Home & Healthcare Services, Inc. in Hornell.
Jim has served in the US Army Reserves for 23 years and has achieved the rank of Command Sergeant Major. An avid runner, he volunteered to serve as chairman of the hospital’s annual RidgeWalk & Run. He is the finance officer for American Legion Post 702 in Wellsville, a director and finance committee member for the Alfred State College Development Fund Board and is on the Board of Elders at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville.


WELLSVILLE, NY (March 5, 2015) – Ready, set, GLOW! The Wellness Committee at Jones Memorial has once again joined with Allegany Trails, Inc. to sponsor the GLOW 5K Run & Walk at Island Park in Wellsville on Friday, May 1.
The success of the first GLOW 5K Run & Walk was a something of a surprise to the organizers. “When we came up with the idea of the GLOW 5K, we were looking for a community wellness event that was a little different,” explained Carrie Walker, the GLOW chairman, adding that in the beginning organizers expected no more than 50 people. “But the registrations kept coming in – we had close to 300 walkers and runners of all ages and fitness levels. It turned into a fun family event for our community!”
Everyone who registers for the event will receive a free glow stick and those over age five who register by April 10 will get a free race t-shirt. “Because many of the walkers and runners really got into the spirit of the event - with matching shirts and glowing accessories and headgear - we decided to award a prize to the group or individual that best represents the spirit of the GLOW,” explained Mrs. Walker.
The race will feature computer chip timing, which allows for the posting of the results and awarding of medals shortly after the last runner comes in. “Medals will be awarded to the overall winners and the top male and female runners in each age group,” said Mrs. Walker, adding that the overall winners will not be the division winners.
There is no charge – and no t-shirt - for participants under five, although registration is required of all ages. Those age 6 to 13 are $15 and age 14 and over at $25. The run is a rain or shine, outdoor event over uneven terrain and takes place after dark. “The trail will be lit with glow sticks and tiki torches and we have volunteers along the route to provide direction, but it is a really good idea to bring a flashlight,” she added.
Registration forms are available on the JMH website as well as through using this link.
On race night, sign-in begins at 7:30 pm at the Island Park Pavilion in Wellsville. The race will begin promptly at 8:30 pm, starting at Island Park, continuing through the Upper Genesee Trail and then back to Island Park for the finish line.
All proceeds from the race will benefit Wellsville Programs for Area Youth. For more information, email


WELLSVILLE, NY (February 18, 2015) – For diabetics, it’s all about control. The better you control your glucose levels, the better your chances of avoiding diabetic complications. Uncontrolled blood sugar can lead to blindness, circulation problems, and other serious health problems.
Thanks to a grant from Univera Healthcare, the Wellsville Lions Club Diabetes Center at Jones Memorial Hospital is now able to offer one of the most effective tools in the diabetes care kit: continuous glucose monitoring (CGM).
“A blood glucose meter provides a snapshot of your glucose level at a single moment in time,” explained Brenda Torrey, RN, the diabetes nurse educator at the Lions Club Diabetes Center, “But continuous glucose monitoring measures glucose levels in real-time, day and night.” With that information, your healthcare provider can look for patterns that will assist in designing a treatment program based on your glycemic profile.
The first step in the three-day CGM takes place at the Diabetes Center. “The glucose sensor is inserted under the skin and the recorder is synchronized with the patient’s blood glucose meter,” explained Mrs. Torrey. The patient has to check their blood sugar four times a day and record daily activities like meals, exercise and insulin bolus. Upon returning to the Diabetes Center after 72-hours, sensor and glucometer information is downloaded, the log sheet information entered and the report generated for the patient’s medical record.
Continuous glucose monitoring reveals problems and patterns that finger stick and A1C testing do not uncover. “With this information, it is possible to design a treatment program that takes into account the fluctuations brought on by carbohydrates, exercise and medications,” explained Mrs. Torrey. If you have questions about CGM or would like to make an appointment at the Wellsville Lions Club Diabetes Center at Jones Memorial Hospital, call (585) 596-4035.
Photo caption: Brenda Torrey, RN CDE, left, and Donna Bliven, JMH Vice President of Patient Care Services, discuss the new Continuous Glucose Monitoring System recently purchased for the Wellsville Lions Club Diabetes Center at Jones Memorial Hospital. The purchase was made possible thanks to a grant from Univera Healthcare.


WELLSVILLE, NY (February 9, 2015) – When Vern Larson started Cardiac Rehabilitation at Jones Memorial Hospital in 2002 shortly after having a stent put in, he was skeptical about how much good it would do him.
“When I first came, I didn’t think it was going to help me,” he said. “But after a few classes, I noticed an improvement in how I was feeling.” He was feeling so good, in fact, that 13 years later he is still coming in three times a week to exercise and – equally important – socialize with his fellow cardiac rehab participants as well as the nurses and physical therapists.
Cardiac Rehab at Jones Memorial is a three phase program that starts when a patient is hospitalized due to cardiac medical problems, including heart attack, coronary by-pass surgery, or stable angina. “The program is a collaboration between the patients physician, a cardiac rehab team, and a physical therapist,” explained Colleen Truax, Cardiac Nurse at JMH. “We work as a team with the patient to design a regimen of supervised exercise, risk factor modification and education about cardiac awareness.” A complete health assessment including blood work and a stress test are done to individualize the treatment program.
In this phase, patients make the transition from the hospital back to their usual lifestyle. “We use education to help them learn to identify and modify their lifestyle to reduce their risk factors,” said Mrs. Truax. The weekly education sessions cover topics including exercise, sex and the heart patient, cardiac medicine, prudent diet, cardiac warning signs, and stress management. A series of risk modification sessions on weight reduction and smoking is also available.
Then on to stage three: Independence. Patients can stay at this stage as long as they like, using the rehab gym to exercise and continue their progress under the supervision of the cardiac rehab nurse. This is the stage where Mr. Larson, who celebrated his 98th birthday on February 9, has been enjoying for the last 13 years. “Why do I keep coming? It is a lot of fun and I am feeling good,” he said. “It is a great social hour and I have so many friends here now.” He likes the idea of exercising with a nurse close by. “If anything happens, I’m in the right place,” he added.
For more information about the Cardiac Rehab program at Jones Memorial Hospital, please call Mrs. Truax at (585) 593-1100, ext. 5371.
PHOTO CAPTION: Vern Larson has been coming to Jones Memorial Hospital three times a week for the nurse-supervised exercise program since he experienced heart problems in 2002. Here he takes a well-earned break with Cardiac Rehab Nurse Colleen Truax.


WELLSVILLE, NY (February 6, 2015) – Proving that there is no such thing as useless knowledge, Jones Memorial Hospital is hosting Trivia Night from 7 to 11 pm on Saturday, March 28 at the Wellsville Country Club.
Teams of one to six players will compete in three rounds of questions with cash prizes awarded to the top three teams at the end of the night. Tickets are $20 per person and are available now by calling Jodi Pearson at (585) 596-2053 or Jennifer Scheible at (585) 596-2046. The event is being organized by the nursing staff at Jones Memorial.
Once your team purchases their tickets, you may pre-register your team – and team name - by calling the JMH Nursing Administration Office (585-596-4024 or 596-4025) between 6:30 am and 5 pm. “There are only a limited number of tickets available,” said Jennifer Scheible, a Nursing Director at JMH. “We recommend buying your tickets early and getting them for everyone on your team at the same time.” If there are tickets are remaining on the night of the event, they will be available at the door.
All funds raised will go towards the 2015 Annual Fund Drive. “The focus of this year’s fund drive is a new nurse call system,” explained Jodi Pearson, Fund Development Coordinator at Jones Memorial, noting that the new system will enhance patient privacy and provide a quieter environment. The evening will include door prizes, refreshments, a cash bar and a silent auction.
Trivia Nights are always a lot of fun and you will be amazed at the things you didn’t know you knew! Hope to see you there!


WELLSVILLE (January 13, 2015) – It is estimated that 25.8 million Americans have diabetes. If diabetes is well-managed, many of the serious complications—including blindness, heart disease and amputations— can be prevented.
To help diabetics learn to manage their condition, the Wellsville Lions Club Diabetes Center at Jones Memorial Hospital regularly offers a series of four group education sessions. The next session will begin on Tuesday, February 3 and continue on the next three Tuesdays: February 10, February 17 and February 24. Each two-hour class will begin at 4 pm. Pre-registration is required by calling the Diabetes Center at (585) 596-4035.
According to Diabetes Nurse Educator Brenda Torrey, RN CDE, the class discussions will cover a range of topics that are of special interest to diabetics. These include disease process, nutritional management, physical activity and diabetes, diabetic medications, blood sugar monitoring, personal health habits and foot care, preventing serious complications, goal setting and problem solving, psychological adjustment to diabetes, and cardiovascular and diabetes risk prevention.
The fee for this Medicaid-approved educational program is covered by most insurance plans, but a referral from your primary care provider is required. The classes are taught by an RN Certified Diabetes Educator or a Registered Dietician. To register, or for more information, contact the Wellsville Lions Club Diabetes Center at Jones Memorial Hospital at (585) 596-4035.
Certified by the American Diabetes Association, the Wellsville Lions Club Diabetes Center also offers on-site testing, such as A1C, lipids, urine micro albumin, and a retinal camera. For more information, contact your healthcare provider or call the Diabetes Center at 585 596 4035.


WELLSVILLE, NY (January 5, 2015) -- The family of Emogene Davison of Bolivar was so pleased with the care she received while in the Comfort Care Room at Jones Memorial Hospital that a simple thank you didn’t seem enough when she passed away last August.
With nine children as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren visiting her, finding a place to sit or stretch out for a rest was often a challenge for the family. “We started talking about what we could do to say thank you to the hospital for making a very tough time – saying good-bye to our mom – a little easier,” said Dick Davison.
“We spent a lot of time there,” said her daughter, Marcia Robinson. “Everyone took such good care of Mom, but they also took care of all of us - her family. There was always coffee and food, and the staff brought us extra chairs because there are a lot of us and there weren’t always enough places to sit.” The Comfort Care Room has two loveseats can be converted into beds and the family took turns stretching out.
“We were talking about how nice a recliner would have been for us and decided we should give one to the hospital for the next family to use,” explained daughter Linda Barkley, noting that the gift is in memory of Emogene as well as two of her children that passed before her: Paula Mitchell and Dale Davison.
The Comfort Care Room at Jones Memorial was a gift from Hugh Church in memory of his mother, Kathryn Church. “The Comfort Care Room is used for hospice care,” explained Jennifer Scheible, Med/Surg Director. “We try to make sure that the patient’s family can focus on their loved one and spend as much time with them as possible. This gift will be much appreciated by those who will use this room in the future.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Joining JMH Med/Surg Director Jennifer Scheible, far left, in the Comfort Care Room to see the new recliner are, from left, Donna Emrick, Marcia Robinson, Linda Barkley, and Dick Davison. Missing from the photo are Brenda Witter, Dan Davison, Ralph Best, and Sheila Davison.


WELLSVILLE, NY (December 8, 2014) – The holidays always bring to mind family and friends, especially those who are no longer here to enjoy the season with us. The Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has a wonderful way to remember these dear ones and help the Hospital at the same time.
The Auxiliary’s Tree of Angels offers an opportunity to buy an angel ornament to hang on the Auxiliary’s tree, located in the blood drawing waiting area in the main hallway. Each ornament will be inscribed with the name of the person being honored or remembered. The cost is $5 each and they are available in the Hospital Gift Shop.
“People can buy the ornaments in memory of someone or in their honor,” said Hilda Whitney, the Auxiliary member who coordinates the Tree of Angels. “The ornaments will hang on the tree until the first week in January, at which time they will be available to be picked up at the gift shop.”
For more information, stop by the JMH Gift Shop or ask a member of the JMH Auxiliary.


WELLSVILLE, NY (December 3, 2014) -- For the second consecutive year, Jones Memorial Hospital has been named one of the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission! TJC is the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. JMH is one of 1,244 hospitals in the U.S. to earn this distinction for 2013.
Jones Memorial was recognized for exemplary performance using clinical processes that improve care for pneumonia and surgical patients. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice –giving antibiotics one hour before surgery, for example – that has been shown to improve patient outcomes. The Joint Commission awarded this recognition based on the data reported during the 2013 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations represents 37-percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals who reported performance data for 2013.
According to JMH Director of Quality Management Cherrie Macafee, in order to earn this distinction, Jones Memorial had to achieve a cumulative performance of 95-percent or above across all reported accountability measures. “We also reached that score on every accountability measure that had at least 30 cases,” she said, noting that at least one core measure set also had to have a composite rate of 95-percent or above and all applicable individual accountability within that measure had to have a performance rate of 95-percent or above.
Meeting these measures has been a team effort, according to CEO Eva Benedict. “What matters most to patients and their families is safe, effective care,” said she said. “That’s why Jones Memorial has made the commitment - as a team - to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Gathered for the Morning Huddle, one of the initiatives that helped JMH earn Top Performer on Key Quality Measures status from The Joint Commission are, standing from left, Erin Frank, Physician Assistant; Pamela Haywood, Clinical Documentation Specialist; Kerry Clark, Pharmacist; Dan Frungillo, Patient Financial Services; and Shanna Winters, Physical Therapist; and seated from left, Scott Szalay, PT Assistant; Keith Kozminski, Respiratory Therapist; Vicki Parry, Occupational Therapist; Marene Johnson, Case Manager; Cherrie Feeman Macafee, Quality Management Director; Mary Morris, Infection Prevention; Charlotte Behan, RN; and Dr. Alex Strassburg, hospitalist.


Jones Memorial Hospital was one of five organizations in the region to be honored recently with a Community Appreciation Award from the YMCA of the Twin Tiers. The YMCA presented the award to Jones CEO Eva Benedict. The hospital was cited for partnering with the YMCA to “strengthen our region through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.” The award also included a certificate of recognition from Congressman Tom Reed.


WELLSVILLE, NY (November 21, 2014) – The Jones Memorial Hospital Medical Imaging Department was recently chosen as a Top Team by AHRA, the Association for Medical Imaging Management. The team was cited for the impressive strives forward in terms of education, certifications and updated equipment.
“I am very proud that this department has been recognized by the AHRA,” said Department Director Carrie Walker, Certified Radiology Administrator. “This team has worked hard to make each patient’s experience top-notch in terms of the care we give and the quality services we provide.” Mrs. Walker noted that improvements have been the result of great staff members, teamwork and education. In the past six years, the department has added state of the art equipment including; ultrasound machines, digital radiography rooms with a wireless detector, a DEXA scanner for bone density, and a 60-slice CT scanner. “We have also been able to provide the following new services for our patients; nuchal ultrasound screenings, contrast and stress echocardiograms,” she added.
The department has off-site ultrasound services at Jones Memorial Medical Practices Women & Children Health Office, 24/7 coverage for all x-rays and CT exams, and patient preregistration for three of the six modalities performed in the department.
The Medical Imaging Department has been awarded American College of Radiology Accreditations in Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, CT and MRI. The 23 staff members hold 39 certifications in the following areas: CT, MRI, OB ultrasound, echocardiography, and nuchal screening.
Congratulations to the JMH Medical Imaging staff! Sitting, from left, Kelly Cavagna, Heather Kelley, Carrie Walker, Donna Cicierello and Aimee Vallieres; standing, from left, Kelly Foster, Gina Hoyt, Jennifer Frungillo, Chris Burdett, Amanda Russo, Patti Brainard, Katy Willard, Arielle Szabo, and Kathy McDowell. Missing from photo are department members Jamie White, Kent Wichert, Renee Orpet, Kelli Niedermaier, Cherie Truax, Megan Padden Sydnee Jeffers and Jaime Gleason.


WELLSVILLE, NY (November 18, 2014) -- Attention all blood donors and potential blood donors! Beginning January 12, the Community Blood Bank Blood Drives at Jones Memorial will be on Mondays from 11 am to 4:30 pm in the Walchli Room at the hospital. After the February 16 drive, CBB Blood Drives at Jones will be held every other month. Below is the schedule for 2015. Please mark your calendar!

  • Monday, January 12, 2015
  • Monday, February 16
  • Monday April 20
  • Monday, June 15
  • Monday, August 17
  • Monday, October 19
  • Monday, December 21

Remember, blood that is collected locally is used locally by the CBB member facilities. More locations for blood drives are needed. If you would like to discuss hosting a blood drive for Community Blood Bank, please contact Lora Cope, CBB Mobile Drive Coordinator toll-free at 1-716-450-0376 or by email.


WELLSVILLE, NY (November 13, 2014) – Jones Memorial Hospital has been awarded the Obstetrical Improvement Project’s 2013 Quality Improvement Award from the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC).
The project team at Jones was recognized for having one scheduled delivery before 39 weeks gestation without a medical indication in 2013 – the highest level of achievement possible, according to the NYSPQC. “What a wonderful recognition this is,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “This is an important issue and one that our OB team has worked hard on.” The team continues to submit data for 2014.
The goal of the NYSPQC project, which started collecting data from participating birthing centers in 2012, is to reduce the number of scheduled deliveries without a medical indication between 36 and 39 weeks. Jones Memorial joined the NYSPQC in 2012 and has been submitting monthly data for all of 2013 and 2014. “The idea behind the project is to eliminate elective deliveries before 39 weeks, including C-Sections,” explained Tamara Chaffee, RN, Coordinator of Maternal Services at JMH. A typical full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks, but the actual date of conception can be off by a week or two. Deliveries after 39 weeks are best for the baby. “The baby has a greater chance of being fully developed with less risk of needing to be shipped to a larger facility as a preemie,” she added.
Prior to this project, Mrs. Chaffee said, Jones Memorial had a higher number of “elective inductions” between weeks 38 and 39. Elective inductions are done at the request of the mother for a variety of reasons. Participating in the project involves a quality check after all deliveries prior to 39 weeks were medically indicated.
Even when the NYSPQC project is completed at the end of this year, the age of “elective inductions” among the 97 participating hospitals is over. Waiting until at least 39 weeks, is safer for the baby and the mom.
Photo Caption: The maternity services staff at Jones Memorial Hospital recently received a 2013 Quality Improvement Award from the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative. A few of the team members who have worked on this initiative are, seated, Tamara Chaffee, RN, Coordinator of Maternal Health Services at JMH and standing, left, Sandra Moore, RN; Jennifer Middaugh, Certified Nurse Midwife, and Lois Whitney, RNC.


WELLSVILLE (October 10, 2014) – In addition to falling leaves and dropping temperatures, November means it is time for two of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s major fund raising activities: The Country Fair and The Gala & Silent Auction.%% A Wellsville tradition for many years, the Country Fair will be on Saturday, November 1 from 9 am to 6 pm at the Wellsville Elementary School. Stop by and support the Auxiliary with the purchase of baked goods, handmade items, books, handmade crafts and other items. Try your luck at the basket auction! Of course, the JMH staff will providing a craft booth for kids and Santa will be there for photos and requests!
The Annual Gala & Silent Auction will be held from 7 to 11 pm on Saturday, November 8 at the Wellsville Country Club. There will be a silent auction, refreshments, a cash bar and dancing to the music of Steel Door. This year, will also be a live auction of artist Tom O’Grady’s original RidgeWalk & Run artwork by local auctioneer Scott R. Burt. Tickets are $25, and available at the hospital gift shop, Hamilton’s Shoe Store or the JMH Administration Office. For more information on either the Gala or the Country Fair, stop in at the hospital Gift Shop or call Lisa Sweet at (585) 596-4002.


WELLSVILLE, NY (October 6, 2014) -- Ron Sutton, Senior Vice President & Trust Officer at Key Bank was in Wellsville recently to deliver a check from the F.T. and Anna C. Manley Memorial Trust. The $6,350 was awarded to JMH for the purchase of two fetal monitors and carts for the maternity suite.
The proposal was submitted by Donna Bliven, Vice President of Patient Care Services at JMH, who accepted the grant on behalf of the hospital. “Thank you to the Manley Trust for granting this request,” said Mrs. Bliven. “Mothers and newborns at JMH will benefit from this gift for years to come.” This is not the first time the Manley Trust has made a gift to JMH, she added. “Last year, they approved a grant for a pediatric glidescope, which is used to intubate infants,” she explained.
Of the 30 requests for funding the Manley Trust received in 2014, the trust awarded a total of $150,000 to 19 groups.


Grand Raffle Tickets Available Now!
WELLSVILLE, NY (October 1, 2014) -- The candidates for the 2014 Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Gala Queen have been announced! As part of a long-time tradition, each of the Auxiliary’s Twigs and several community organizations sponsor a queen candidate to sell tickets to the Grand Raffle, which is drawn at the Auxiliary’s Gala & Silent Auction. The young lady who sells the most tickets will be crowned the Auxiliary’s 2014 Queen.

Representing the Lilac Twig is Alexis Lombardo of Belmont. Alexis is the daughter of Jennifer and John Lombardo and attends Genesee Valley Central School. In addition to serving as class secretary and treasurer, Alexis is a part of the school’s gardening club. Presently a member of the volleyball team, she has also played softball and soccer. Her high school academic achievements include highest average in algebra, English, global studies, history and geometry. Her hobbies include painting, drawing, photography and gardening, with a special interest in medicinal herbs. She is planning to study business and journalism and would like to eventually have a business selling herbal products.

The Olive Twig has named Payton Low as its candidate. She is the daughter of Carol and Paul Low of Wellsville. A junior at Wellsville High School, Payton plays on the soccer and basketball teams. A physically active young lady, she enjoys drawing and painting and spending time with her family. Payton plans on continuing her education after high school and pursuing a career in law.

The Hemlock Twig is represented this year by Samantha Hennessy, the daughter of Thomas and Kendra Hennessy of Wellsville. A soccer player at WHS, Samantha also volunteers at her church and enjoys exercising and hanging out with her friends.

Rylie Hoffman is the Evergreen Twig candidate. The daughter of Keith and Heather Hoffman of Shinglehouse, PA, Rylie has been an active member of her community’s 4H Club for eight years. She plays basketball and softball at WHS, where is on the honor role. Her hobbies include playing sports, spending time with friends and family and showing cows at the county fair. She works on her family’s dairy farm and plans to attend college. Rylie enjoys traveling and is planning to attend the WHS trip to England, Ireland and Wales next summer. She is also active in fundraising for diabetes research and participates in the Step Out Walk in Rochester.

Liz Cole, the daughter of Mary Kate and Jeremy Cole of Wellsville, is representing the Wellsville Rotary Club. A junior at WHS, Liz is volunteers at the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce. She plays soccer and basketball and enjoys helping the community and spending time with family and friends. Honored to have been chosen by the Wellsville Rotary Club, Liz plans to attend college after graduation.

The Xi Alpha Omicron Beta Sigma Phi Sorority will be represented by Emily Grace Willard,. Emily is the daughter of Deborah Insley and Timothy Willard of Wellsville. A graduate of Immaculate Conception School, Emily is an honor student and a member of WAVE, choir and band at WHS. She is also involved the school’s musical theater program, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and the Teen Advisory Board. She plays basketball and is captain of the color guard. Emily enjoys dancing singing, reading, shopping and spending time with her family. She babysits and works at the Beef Haus. A member of a large family, she is planning to go to college after graduation.

Darcy Brownell, the daughter of Doria and Darrold Brownell of Wellsville, is the Wellsville Educators Association candidate. Darcy is a member of the WHS soccer team and has been wrestling for eight years, the last four on the boys high school team. In addition to over 70 wins with the boys team, Darcy is a member of the New York State Girls Wrestling Team. She was named to the Expressway All-Star first team for reaching over 300 career wins and received special recognition for her achievements by the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame in Belfast. When not travelling with the NYS girls wresting team, Darcy enjoys hanging out with friends. She plans to continuing wrestling while attending college, where she will major in Criminal Justice. For more information about where to buy raffle tickets, contact the JMH Auxiliary at 585-593-1100, ext. 5426.


WELLSVILLE, NY (September 29, 2014) – Carrie Walker, Administrative Director of Medical Imaging at Jones Memorial Hospital, was certified in Radiology Administration. After completing a national test by the Radiology Administration Certification Commission, Carrie, became one of only 41 CRAs in New York State.
Carrie has been with the JMH Medical Imaging Department for 12 years, the past six in her currently position. The certification exam tested Carrie’s knowledge in several areas including human and asset resource management, as well as fiscal, operations, communication and information management.
“We congratulate Carrie on achieving this certification,” said Brenda Szabo, Vice President of Diagnostics and Rehab at Jones Memorial. “Carrie is a valuable part of the Jones team and by voluntarily pursing this certification; she has demonstrated her pursuit of excellence.”
As the Administrative Director, Carrie is responsible for managing all diagnostic imaging, computed tomography, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and women’s imaging.


WELLSVILLE, NY (September 29, 2014 ) – If you are a business owner and have questions about the Affordable Care Act, plan on attending an information session on Wednesday, October 1 at Jones Memorial Hospital. here is some good news!
AIM Independent Living Center is partnering with JMH to present two free information sessions especially for small business owners. The sessions will be held in the hospital’s Walchli Education Center from noon-2 pm and from 5 to 7 pm. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended, but not required. Refreshments will be provided at both sessions.
The topics to be discussed include highlights from the Affordable Care Act, an explanation of the Marketplace Health Exchange tax credits, when the special enrollment and open enrollment periods are, what the navigator program involves and identifying your community health advocates. The guest speaker is from SAY2 Rural Health Network.
For more information or to reserve your seat, please contact Katherine Reynolds at (888) 962-8244 or email


WELLSVILLE, NY (September 24, 2014) – Please join Jones Memorial Hospital at a special reception for the newest members of the hospital’s medical staff. Set for 7 pm on Tuesday, October 14, in the Walchli Education Center, this reception is free and open to the community.
“The welcome reception has become a regular event on the JMH calendar," explained Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. "It is an opportunity for us to officially welcome these professionals to the JMH family and for the community to meet them."
The new members of the JMH medical staff are Acupuncturists Kevin Ferst, L.Ac and Sarah Nelson, L.Ac.; Family Practitioner Dr. Keith Gembusia; Audiologist Laura Lewicki Lamb, Au.D.; Physician Assistants Cortni Monroe, PA, and Katherine Mallery, PA; Certified Nurse Midwife Jennifer Middaugh, CNM; Otolaryngologist Dr. Brendan O’Brien, ENT; Pediatrician Dr. Melissa Perrin; Pulmonologist and Internist Dr. Pasquale Picco; OB/GYN Dr. Andres Rubert; Hospitalist Dr. Alex Strassburg; and Family Nurse Practitioner Carolyn Vavrecan.
Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Lisa Sweet at 585-596-4002.


WELLSVILLE, NY (September 10, 2014) – Jones Memorial Medical Practices and long-time local physician F.C. Miller welcome Pediatrician Dr. Melissa Perrin to the Women & Children’s Health Office at 127 North Main Street in Wellsville.
“Dr. Perrin has been a wonderful addition to my practice,” said Dr. Miller. “As a colleague and as a physician, she has brought something special to this office.” Dr. Perrin came to Wellsville from downstate New York. Her pediatric residency was at the Steve & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York. She is certified in Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neo-natal Resuscitation.
Being a small-town doctor has been a lifelong dream for Dr. Perrin. “I knew I wanted to be a physician from the time I started school and I always wanted to work in a small town where everyone knows each other and cares about each other,” she said. “I simply love children of all ages: sweet, innocent babies, playful children and funny, sassy teenagers.”
As a pediatrician, Dr. Perrin sees patients from newborns through age 18 and believes that prevention starts with early healthcare. “If I do my job well we can have very healthy adults with less preventable medical disease,” she said. “My job is not just helping children and their families, but helping shape the future of their lives and easing some of the medical burden for my colleagues who care for adults.”
Dr. Perrin and her husband, Steve, live in Wellsville. Her hobbies include reading, dabbling in writing and decorating the home they share with their three cats.
Dr. Perrin is accepting new patients. Appointments can be made by calling her office at (585) 596-2040.


WELLSVILLE, NY (August 28, 2014 ) – If you have questions or want more information about the Affordable Care Act, here is some good news! AIM Independent Living Center is presenting two free community information sessions on Wednesday, September 17 at Jones Memorial Hospital.
The result of collaboration between AIM and JMH, the sessions will be held in the hospital’s Walchli Education Center from noon-2 pm and from 5 to 7 pm. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended, but not required. Refreshments will be provided at both sessions. There will also be a special information session for small businesses held on October 1 from noon to 2 pm and from 5 to 7 pm.
The topics to be discussed include highlights from the Affordable Care Act, an explanation of the Marketplace Health Exchange tax credits, when the special enrollment and open enrollment periods are, what the navigator program involves and identifying your community health advocates. The guest speaker is from SAY2 Rural Health Network.
For more information or to reserve your seat, please contact Katherine Reynolds at (888) 962-8244 or email.


WELLSVILLE, NY (September 2, 2014 ) – Jones Memorial Hospital and the Allegany County Suicide Prevention Coalition are hosting a free webinar at the hospital at 5 pm on Thursday, September 25.
The webinar, Better is Not Well 2014: Consumer-Clinician Collaboration to Raise Treatment Expectations, is a live broadcast of an interactive panel discussion between peers and clinicians on raising the expectations for the treatment of mood disorders.
According to the Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance (DBSA), individuals often don't know they should expect more - and their clinicians often don't realize they can do more for their patients. DBSA believes that the problem of lowered expectations for treatment is best addressed jointly, and in equal partnership, between people who live with these conditions and those who treat them. You can participate by joining DBSA New York for the web-streamed event!
Pre-registration is encouraged. Please RSVP to Betty Guinnip or Emily Barner at 585-593-1100!


WELLSVILLE, NY (September 1, 2014 ) – Acupuncture Services are again available at Jones Memorial Hospital!
“There has been a void in acupuncture services since long-time practitioner Graham Marks retired and left the area,” explained Brenda Szabo, Vice President of Diagnostics and Rehab at JMH. “Licensed acupuncturists Sarah R. A. Nelson and Kevin R Ferst have opened The Center for Traditional Acupuncture & Herbs in Alfred and will see patients at JMH every Thursday starting October 9th.” Both Nelson and Ferst are both nationally certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), licensed by New York State, and Certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA).
Acupuncture is commonly used for chronic conditions, pain management, and stress reduction. Other conditions that can be helped by acupuncture are headaches, neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, low back pain, various forms of tendinitis, sciatica, arthritis pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, pre-menstrual syndrome, digestive complaints, insomnia, and fibromyalgia in addition to helping relive tingling, numbness, and other non-specific sensory complaints.
To make an appointment for Acupuncture Services at JMH, please call the Rehabilitation Services Department at (585) 596-4011 to make an appointment or for more information.


WELLSVILLE, NY (August 28, 2014) – Beginning October 1, Jones Memorial Hospital and the UR Medicine are collaborating on an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Clinic in Wellsville.
Dr. Brendan O’Brien, a physician in the Department of Otolaryngology at UR Medicine, will be consulting and treating patients at JMH on a regular basis. He will see patients in his office at Jones Memorial Hospital every Tuesday and surgeries will be scheduled for every other Monday. A graduate of Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Dr. O’Brien completed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center before joining the Otolaryngology Department.
Because they are specially trained in medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose and throat conditions, otolaryngologists are more often referred to as ENTs. The most common reasons for seeing an ENT are hearing loss, ear infections, allergies and sinus problems. Other medical conditions treated by Dr. O’Brien include balance problems, Bell’s palsy, cancer, earache, nose bleeds, plugged ears, swallowing problems, tinnitus, tonsillitis, vertigo and vocal disorders.
To find out if Dr. O’Brien can help you, talk to your provider or call 585.596.2041 to make an appointment.


WELLSVILLE, NY (August 27, 2014) – Jones Memorial Hospital’s Women & Children Health Services is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Andres Rubert, OB/GYN. Dr. Rubert will continue to see patients at his office at 430 Canisteo Street in Hornell. Deliveries and surgeries will take place at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville.
“Dr. Rubert is a wonderful addition to the Women’s Health Services team,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome him to Wellsville and to give his patients the opportunity to deliver in our warm and welcoming birthing suites.”
In addition to a busy private practice, Dr. Rubert has been chief of staff and on the board of directors at St. James Mercy Hospital. A graduate of Princeton, Dr. Rubert completed his medical education at the University of Arizona. Following his residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center, he served as chief resident at the University of Tennessee and was a fellow in the OB/GYN Department.
Dr. Rubert is welcoming new patients. Appointments can be made by calling his office at (607) 324-0604.


WELLSVILLE, NY (August 1, 20140 -- Dr. Heather Lanphere has welcomed Certified Nurse Midwife Jennifer Middaugh to her practice at the JMH Medical Practices Women and Children’s Health Office on North Main Street! As a CNM, Jennifer Middaugh is an independent provider collaborating with Dr. Lanphere. She can write prescriptions, and has admitting privileges. Jennifer provides prenatal care, labor and delivery support, postpartum support, annual gynecological exams, contraception, breast exams and evaluation and treatment of common gynecological problems, menstrual irregularities, menopausal management and referrals for mammograms. To make an appointment with Jenn Middaugh, please call her office at (585) 596-4091.


WELLSVILLE, NY (July 7, 2014 ) – If you have been a visitor or a patient at Jones Memorial in the past year, you may have noticed the wonderful changes to the second floor.### With the support received in 2012, Jones Memorial was able to completely renovate 12 patient rooms. Now it’s time to complete the project with the remaining 10 rooms. The focus of the 2014 Annual Fund Drive is to install new floors, bedding, window treatments, bathrooms, televisions and custom cabinetry in the rest of the patient rooms. “The redecorated rooms are beautiful and have been well-received by patients and staff,” said Jodi Pearson, Fund Development Coordinator at Jones. “There is definitely more of a warm, home-like feel to the rooms now.”
The goal of this year’s fund drive is $150,000. “Thanks to the generosity of our employees, the board of directors and the medical staff, we are almost halfway to that goal,” said Mrs. Pearson. “With the support of the community, our goal is within reach.”
As a community hospital, Jones Memorial has enjoyed a long tradition of support from those it serves. “Each and every gift makes a difference,” she added. “We could not continue our tradition of quality, commitment and caring without the support of the community.”
Please be generous. You can make a gift on-line at the JMH website: For more information about how you can support this campaign, please contact Jodi Pearson at 585- 596-2053 or by email.


The Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s 10th Annual Celebrate Summer Classic Golf Tournament is set for Friday, June 27, at the Wellsville Country Club. Golfers and sponsors are both needed!

The tournament is a 4-person scramble. “What is really nice about the scramble format is that it is fun for serious golfers as well as those who haven’t picked up a club in years – or ever,” said Co-Chair Jason Reynolds. “We are still looking for golfers and for local businesses and individuals who would like to be sponsors.”
The cost of the tournament and complimentary dinner is $340 per four-person team or $85 per person. The fee includes a cart, 18 holes of golf and complimentary dinner. Members of the Wellsville Country Club pay $70 per golfer and $280 per team. If you want to come just for the dinner and awards ceremony, the cost is $15.
Sponsorship opportunities range from the $2,500 Hole in One Tournament Sponsor, to the Eagle level for $1000 and the Birdie level for $500, as well as Par sponsors for $250 and Tee sponsors for $100 and a cart sponsorship for $50.
If you would like a brochure or more information about how you can participate in this event, please contact Jason at 585-596-4060, Jodi Pearson at 585-596-2053 or Lisa Sweet at 585-596-4002.


WELLSVILLE, NY (April 9, 2014) -- Jones Memorial Hospital and the Wellsville American Legion Post 702 are sponsoring a Field of Flags to honor deceased veterans.
The flags are $5 and will be placed in the front lawn of Jones Memorial from Armed Forces Day on May 17 though Memorial Day, May 26. Memorial cards will be attached to each flag with the veteran’s name, branch or service and rank and the name of the donor.
If you would like to make a donation and fly a flag in honor of your deceased veteran, please stop by the Wellsville American Legion, 23 Jefferson Street or Jones Memorial Hospital’s Business Office or the hospital switchboard by May 16. Checks should be made payable to American Legion Post 702.
All proceeds will be donated to LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve, an outdoor recreational facility for wounded and injured service members and veterans. LEEK is located in Northern Pennsylvania. For more information, contact Sue Kays by phone (585) 596-2052 after Tuesday, April 15 or by email. Photo Caption: Volunteers from the Wellsville American Legion Post 702 Riders placed over 350 flags in the Field of Flags to honor deceased veterans.


WELLSVILLE, NY (April 3, 2014) – The conclusion of the recent “endless winter” is bittersweet for the many people who suffer with seasonal allergies. Since some of the most common allergy triggers – pollen, ragweed, grass – are waiting just outside the door, gardening, yard work and other springtime activities often leads to itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and congestion.
The key to living with allergies is good management. “While allergies can occur all year long, for many people, spring is when allergies go into high gear,” explained Dr. Keith Gembusia, a family practitioner who sees patients at the Jones Memorial Medical Practices office in Belvidere. “This year, winter has been hanging on and once the temperatures finally warm up, we can expect more pollen in the air as everything starts budding and blooming at the same time.”
But it’s not all doom and gloom, allergy sufferers! Dr. Gembusia has some tips to help control and management your allergies AND get your share of the sunshine. To reduce the inflammation caused by pollen and other allergens, Dr. Gembusia recommends starting over-the-counter antihistamines early in the season. “If you start early and keep the inflammation quiet, you may avoid a flare-up of symptoms, which is what causes the misery of allergies,” he said. The main types of over-the-counter (OTC) medications used to help control seasonal allergies include topical nasal sprays, inhaled corticosteroids, oral antihistamines and decongestants.
For mild seasonal allergies, nasal sprays, inhalants and oral antihistamines can effectively manage symptoms. “Despite rumors you may have heard, antihistamines are not addictive, but they can lose effectiveness if used over a few months,” he said. “Switching brands periodically is an excellent way of ensuring that your medication is doing its best.”
If your nose is still congested after taking the antihistamine, Dr. Gembusia recommends a nasal rinse or a decongestant. “However, decongestants are usually used for cold symptoms and are not meant to be used long-term,” he added, noting that your healthcare provider may also prescribe a nasal spray. Other prescription options include antihistamines, leukotriene modifiers, and antihistamine eye drops. “The bottom line,” said Dr. Gembusia, “is that you don’t have to be miserable during allergy season if you work with your provider and come up with a plan.”
If the OTC and prescription medicines don’t relieve your seasonal allergies – or if you have symptoms more than three months a year - allergy shots might be the answer. “Immunotherapy involves getting shots that contain a small amount of whatever is causing the allergic reaction,” explained Dr. Gembusia. “At first, you get a shot once or twice a week; then it’s once or twice a month.” Eventually, your immune system is desensitized to that allergen and you only need shots every two to five years.
Find our more by talking to your healthcare provider. If you are looking for a primary care provider, Dr. Gembusia is accepting new patients. You can call his office at (585) 268-5700 for more information.


WELLSVILLE, NY (March 31, 2014) – After 22 years, Ridgewalk & Run – known as the premier outdoor fitness event in the region - is changing hands. Sponsored by the Wellsville-area Chamber of Commerce since 1993, the 2014 Ridgewalk & Run will be a Jones Memorial Hospital Community Wellness Event.
“It was a natural transition,” explained Rich Shear, chairman of the hospital board and founder of the Ridgewalk. “The hospital has always been a major supporter of the Ridgewalk and when the Chamber was ready to move it to another organization, it made sense that the hospital should step forward.”
The Ridgewalk & Run brings thousands of people to Wellsville to enjoy the natural beauty of Western New York. “We are excited to add the Ridgewalk into our Community Wellness Events,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones. “It is a natural fit with our efforts to enhance and promote wellness with activities like the upcoming GLOW 5K Run and the Girls on the Run program.”
A successful Ridgewalk & Run is a major undertaking and one that relies on a dedicated group of volunteers. “Most of the committee chairs have agreed to stay on and help us – and that is a relief,” added Mrs. Benedict. “The support of the community in pulling it together is vital!” The event takes months of planning, though much of the more intense, hands-on work taking place in the last few weeks. This includes walking and running all of the routes and setting up the aid stations along the route.
The first Ridgewalk was in 1993 and Jones Memorial got involved a year later when Mr. Shear asked Jones Memorial’s Mona Carbone, RN, if the hospital would consider organizing and running the 12 aid stations along the route. Since then, the hospital’s involvement has expanded to sponsoring the Finish Line Tent and bringing in the University of Rochester Medical Center as a co-sponsor.
As a hospital-sponsored event, the Ridgewalk & Run is now a non-profit event. “That means sponsors will be eligible for a tax credit in exchange for their support,” explained the 2014 Ridgewalk & Run Chairman Jim Helms, an avid runner and director of Health Information Management at Jones Memorial. “This is such a unique event and I am looking forward to playing a bigger part in pulling it together.” The Ridgewalk has a maximum number of participants, 1100, and would like to see the event reach that number this year. If you would like to help out with the Ridgewalk & Run or register to participate, please check out
PHOTO CAPTION: Outgoing Ridgewalk & Run Chair Rich Shear, left, officially handed over the reins to the event to Jim Helms, Jones Memorial’s HIM Director during the first organizational meeting for the 2014 Ridgewalk & Run.


WELLSVILLE, NY (March 5, 2014) – After 26 years, the Allegany Eye Foundation has disbanded. Since 1988, the AEF has donated nearly $250,000 to Jones Memorial for the purchase of surgical eye equipment. This latest gift, $45,720, represents the final gift from the now disbanded non-profit group.
“When the Allegany Eye Foundation started, it was a vehicle for people who wanted to contribute toward the purchase of ophthalmology equipment for Jones Memorial Hospital,” explained Dr. Ken Van Dine, a retired ophthalmologist and one of the founders of the organization. "At that time, there was no formal way for people to designate that gifts to Jones Memorial be used for eye equipment." The group, which has never done active fund raising, operated on private donations and bequests left by patients of Dr. Van Dine.
According to Gary Enderle, president of the AEF board for many years, the group disbanded because - as is true with so many community groups - the members have gotten older and no longer had the time to dedicate to it. Since his retirement, for example, Dr. Van Dine has continued to serve as the AEF administrator. However, he has much less time since he and his wife, Judi, have become more active in their church activities in addition to the work he does in Haiti.
“In order for the Allegany Eye Foundation to continue, the group needed a new administrator,” said Dr. Van Dine. “Failing that, the group decided to disband because we are confident that the hospital fundraising program is in good hands.” The hospital recently named Jodi Pearson as the Fund Development Coordinator.
“Today, those who make a gift to Jones Memorial can request that it be used for the purchase of eye equipment,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones, noting that part of the gift from the Allegany Eye Foundation will be used toward the purchase of eye surgery stretcher for the OR. “We at Jones are very grateful for all the gifts the AEF has made over the years.”
Gary Enderle, seated, and Dr. Ken Van Dine recently presented the final check from the Allegany Eye Foundation to Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones, seated, and Ramonia McCann, JMH Director of Surgical Services.


WELLSVILLE, NY (March 4, 2014) – Allegany Eye Associates under the direction of Dr. Kurt Benham, are delighted to announce the option of bladeless cataract removal at Jones Memorial Hospital!
“Femtosecond laser surgery is an exciting new procedure for laser cataract removal,” explained Dr. Benham, who has been performing cataract surgery in this area for 10 years. “It is a significant advancement in cataract surgery, using laser pulses to create incision in the lens capsule, crystalline lens and the cornea with a remarkable degree of accuracy.”
Dr. Benham is the first in the area to use the image-guided computer precision of the femtosecond laser equipment to perform refractive cataract surgery, astigmatic correction and presbyopia correction. “The system performs the surgery using laser pulses to create the necessary incisions with a remarkable degree of accuracy,” he explained, noting that it creates predictable openings that carry through subsequent steps of cataract surgery to deliver on a targeted refractive outcome.
“This is a wonderful leap forward and we are delighted that Dr. Benham is offering this type of surgery,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial Hospital.
Allegany Eye Associates offers full service ophthalmologic treatments for a variety of conditions and diseases of the eye, with offices in Wellsville (585-593-6041) and Olean (716-372-8642). For more information or an appointment, please contact their offices or visit
Dr. Kurt Benham performs a bladeless cataract surgical procedure at Jones Memorial Hospital. Observing the procedure is Tatiana Castner, MD, a clinical application specialist with Alcon.


WELLSVILLE, NY (February 3, 2014) – Ready, set, GLOW! The Wellness Committee at Jones Memorial has joined with Allegany Trails, Inc. to sponsor the first GLOW 5K Run & Walk at Island Park in Wellsville on Friday, April 11.
“This will be a night run – which is something a little different,” explained Brandie Dickerson, licensed massage therapist at JMH and one of the organizers of the GLOW Run. “One of the most exciting features of this run is that the timing is by computer chip and will be done by Yellow Jacket Racing.”
You can find a printable registration forms here. Fill out and return to the address on the form. You can also register on-line at For the early discount and a free New Balance race shirt, entries must be postmarked March 11. After that date, registration will be $25.
On race night, sign-in begins at 7:30 pm at the Island Park Pavilion in Wellsville. The race will begin promptly at 8:30 pm, starting at Island Park, continuing through the Upper Genesee Trail and then back to Island Park for the finish line. There will be free glow sticks for all participants and medals for the top three finishers in age groups.
All proceeds from the race will benefit Wellsville Programs for Area Youth. For more information or a registration form, contact Brandie Dickerson at (585) 593-1100, ext. 5251.


Next JMH Blood Drive on Friday, February 14th, in the Walchli Center from 9 am to 3 pm. No appointment needed! The Community Blood Bank has seen the blood supply drop to critical levels in the past 24 hours and the new storm forecast could spell real problems for area hospitals that are already concerned about dwindling supplies. Last week between 250 and 300 donations were lost due to cancelled blood drives. Those days simply cannot be made up as schedules are full months in advance. Only additional donors can pull the region out of this shortage. People with Type O & Type A blood are especially encouraged to come give blood.


WELLSVILLE, NY (February 6, 2014) – Jones Memorial Hospital is featured in the American Hospital Association’s publication “Community Connections: Ideas & Innovations for Hospital Leaders”!
Jones Memorial Hospital has been included because of its Health Insurance Coverage for the Uninsured Population (HICUP) program. “HICUP is designed to assist and encourage the uninsured in the community to apply for public health insurance,” explained Sue Kays, Patient Financial Services Director at JMH. “The hospital’s patient financial consultants identify and reach out to the uninsured population in the community, encouraging them to apply for public health insurance and assisting them in filling out the application.”
In 2012, 336 people applied for public health insurance with the assistance of the patient financial consultants at Jones Memorial. Of these, 256 people were enrolled in a health insurance program and are now covered. “Finding and accessing the programs that are available to individuals and families who are without health insurance is a priority for JMH,” added Mrs. Kays. “If patients need prescriptions or have to leave the area for specialist consultations and treatments, the goal is to ensure they have health insurance.”
The patient financial consultants at Jones Memorial are available Monday through Friday by appointment and can be reached at (585) 596-4040. In addition, the hospital has hosted evening workshops with refreshments for those who are unable to come during the day. Because transportation can be an issue in a rural community, the JMH consultants have made home visits to the elderly and set up a table at the WIC office in order to capture the population served by that program. The hospital website and billing statements have information about HICUP.
The Community Connections publication is released annually and highlights innovative hospital programs throughout the country that promote community health, access to health care, and other social and basic needs.


Establish with a new provider BEFORE you are sick!
WELLSVILLE, NY (January 20, 2014) – Access to primary healthcare providers in our region is better than ever! If you need assistance finding the right provider, either by specialty or geography, you can call our Physician Referral Line for assistance: 585-596-2051. The Jones Memorial Medical Practices is welcoming new patients at all offices.

  • Shannon (Wesche) Mooney, PA, relocated to Loder Street in Wellsville where she will see patients ages 18 and up, under the supervision of Dr. Picco.
  • With her departure, Dr. Keith Gembusia moved his practice to the Belvidere office where he and Dr. Steven Collins provide care for patients of all ages.
  • Dr. LuAnn Kaye welcomed Carolyn Vavrecan, Family Nurse Practitioner, to her busy practice on Main Street in Wellsville.
  • Dr. Heather Lanphere added Nurse Midwife Jennifer Middaugh to her practice, expanding access to Obstetrical and gynecological services locally.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Osborn sees patients of all ages in her Bolivar office.

In addition, the following Family Practice providers are also accepting new patients:

  • In Alfred: Dr. Andrew Call
  • In Andover: Dr. James Rummel and Dan Woolston, NP
  • In Wellsville: Nurse Practitioner Brad Speta, NP

“It is very important to establish with a primary care provider now, before you become ill,” said Julie Hart, VP of Practice Management at Jones Memorial. “The first visit with a new provider is usually a lengthy one that includes time to review your medical history and understand what medications you take or health issues you may have.” Because most healthcare providers have a limited number of these longer appointments on their schedule, you may need to wait up to a month to get in to be seen as a new patient. “However, once you've had the initial appointment, it is easier to get a quick appointment when you are ill,” she said, noting that the several of the JMH Medical Practices providers offer appointments after 5 pm. For more information, call the Physician Referral Line, (585) 596-2051.


WELLSVILLE, NY (January 4, 2014) -- Jodi Pearson has been named the Fund Development Coordinator at Jones Memorial Hospital!
In this new position Jodi will work with current and potential donors to further the hospital's fund development efforts, plan JMH fund raising activities and oversee donor recognition.  Jodi, who will also continue as JMH Volunteer Coordinator, is looking forward to her new role. By bringing attention to the excellent care and services we provide to our community, I will hope to inspire current donors to continue and new donors to come forward,she said.
Eva Benedict, CEO, is very pleased that Jodi will be taking on these duties. "We are delighted that Jodi has agreed to take on the responsibility for fund development at Jones, said CEO Eva Benedict. "She brings experience with fund raising in previous positions to her new role and she has a proven track record with event coordination and planning at JMH with the volunteers and the 90th Anniversary celebration." For more information about giving to Jones Memorial Hospital, please contact Jodi at (585) 596-2053.


WELLSVILLE, NY (January 2, 2014) -- Max Warren Vossler, the son of Craig and Jill Culbertson Vossler of Petrolia, was born at 1:58 am on January first, making him the official 2014 New Year’s Baby!
Max, who weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and measured 20-inches, arrived two weeks before his due date. He is the fourth child and first son born to Jill and Craig. With three sisters at home: Izabel, 9; Morgan, 7; and three-year-old Rowan, Max is sure to get plenty of attention. Wrapped in an Alabama University blanket, Max has already watched his first football game with Dad.
JMH Nurse Lois Whitney presented Max and his parents with a congratulatory gift bag on behalf of everyone at JMH.

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