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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Red Cross to conduct blood drive at UMMC -- donors urgently needed

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Press release:

The American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive at United Memorial Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29. The mobile unit will be in front of the hospital at 127 North St., Batavia.

There is an urgent need for blood donors to offset shortages incurred in summer months and for type O negative donors. Donations in June were down by over 50,000 nationally.

All presenting donors at the blood drive on July 29th will receive a free gift card to Dunkin’ Donuts. Appointments may be made by calling (585) 344-4474. Walk-ins are welcome.

Generally to be eligible to donate, individuals must be 17 years of age or older, healthy and weigh at least 110 pounds. On the day of the donation, the American Red Cross recommends drinking an extra 16 ounce glass of water before and after the donation. They also suggest eating a healthy meal, avoiding high fat foods, before donating.

For the appointment (walk-ins are welcome) bring a driver’s license or two other forms of identification and a list of any current medications. After registration, presenting donors will have their blood pressure, temperature, pulse and hemoglobin measured. They will also be asked for a brief health history and asked about their travels to foreign countries.

The donation process itself usually lasts 8-10 minutes, but can be longer based on the donation. After donating, refreshments are provided. The entire process usually takes less than an hour to complete.

People can donate multiple times but must wait eight weeks/56 days between donations of whole blood.

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Photo: New residents join staff at UMMC

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UMMC welcomed a group of new residents to their team today. All six are training as doctors of osteopathic medicine. They are, from left, Tobin Carson, Adia Taylor, Cedric McKinney, Imeh Sampson Jr., J. Francis Asuquo and Mithun Daniel.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm

UMMC honored for giving newborn baby from Medina a 'Safe Haven'

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Staff at UMMC were honored this morning for their participation recently in the "Safe Haven" drop off of a newborn baby by a mother in distress.

Timothy Jaccard, president and director of AMT Children of Hope Foundation, and author of the 1996 law that makes Safe Haven possible, presented plaques to the hospital and to staff for UMMC's acceptance of a Safe Haven baby last month.

In late may, a mother contacted Jaccard's organization looking for an option for a baby she could no longer care for. The mother was directed to the Medina Fire Department, which accepted the baby and transported it to UMMC.

The Safe Haven law allows mothers to hand over babies to Safe Haven ambulances and hospitals without any repercussions.

Prior to the law's adoption, Jaccard said, as many as 25 babies a year in New York were being left to die in Dumpsters and along roadways. Last year, only three babies in New York died after being abandoned.

"It’s very rewarding to know that we made a difference in the community," said Maryann Cogdill, who is in charge of the maternity ward.

The baby was given a medical examination to ensure it was healthy and then placed in a foster home and it will eventually be adopted.

Photo: Mary Beth Bowen, VP of nursing, Mark Schoell, CEO of UMMC, Denise Polovick, RN, Jaccard, Cogdill and Dan Ireland, VP of clinical support services.

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5:16 pm

UMMC urgent care in Le Roy closed for two weeks for plumbing repair

post by Howard B. Owens in business, Le Roy, UMMC

Press release:

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

UMMC unveils upgraded maternity unit

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

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

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm

UMMC unveils its newly renovated postpartum Maternity Unit this afternoon

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Press release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm

UMMC receives surgical care award

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Press release:

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, May 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm

UMMC recognizes volunteers at annual awards dinner

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Press release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Visitor access points for UMMC reduced on nights and weekends

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Press release:

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, January 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm

UMMC, RGH release statement of affiliation agreement talks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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