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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Photo: UMMC's new patient simulator

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, health, medical, UMMC

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

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

For more info, click here.

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

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Public invited to see patient simulator at UMMC open house

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC

Press release:

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

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

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

The public is welcome to attend this open house.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

UMMC's Pink Hatters' Night registration deadline is Thursday

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Press release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Free health screenings for uninsured county residents

post by Billie Owens in announcements, UMMC

Press release:

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

UMMC to become teaching hospital to help Batavia 'grow its own' primary care physicians

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Health Care, UMMC

To help address a possible shortage of primary care physicians in the future, UMMC today announced a partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine to transform the local hospital into a teaching hospital.

UMMC completed a credentialing process by American Osteopathic Association in August and will begin accepting medical students in residence in 2013.

“This is an exciting moment for United Memorial Medical Center,” said President and CEO Mark C. Schoell (top photo). “As a teaching hospital, United Memorial will be at the forefront of the latest medical developments and be able to provide improved quality of care; advanced treatment therapies; a shorter length of stay for major illnesses; and achieve superior outcomes and survival rates for our patients.”

Dr. Anna Lamb, herself an osteopathic doctor, said the announcement today is "awesome" news for Batavia.

"We need to grow our own," Lamb said. "We’re going to have significant primary care shortage in the next few years as some of our physicians are getting a little older. We have to grow our own. Batavia is just not on people’s radar, so we have to get people in here to see it, to like it, and as Dr. Terry said, 'if we grow our own, they’ll stay here.'"

Dr. Richard Terry also said that local kids with medical aspirations will now have a way to complete their education locally and stay in their hometown, if they choose that route.

UMMC will use a variety of incentives, such as student loan repayment, to help convince residents to stay in Batavia and become primary care physicians.

Many young doctors, Schoell said, no longer want to go into private practice and would rather work for a medical institution.

The reason, he said, are reductions in government medical reimbursements, increasing regulation and the difficulty inherent in owning and running your own business.

There will be four residents accepted for each year of the program (for an eventual total of 12). They will reside in the community and receive compensation and benefits from United Memorial while participating in the program.

Serving as program director for United Memorial is Laurie Kilbury-Taylor, D.O.  Dr. Kilbury-Taylor is an emergency room physician at United Memorial with the group FDR Medical. She is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds additional degrees including a master of science degree from the State University of New York-Roswell Park Division, and bachelor of science degrees in Biology and Engineering.

The first year of residency emphasizes the inpatient experience. For second-year residents,a significant emphasis is placed on taking more clinical responsibilities and enhancing decision-making skills. There are four months of inpatient medicine where residents are the primary physicians for their patients.

Each resident will manage his/her own inpatient service with supervision by an attending physician. The third-year resident has a significant role in teaching and supervising junior residents and assumes direct responsibility for leading the Medicine Teaching Service and Family Medicine Inpatient Teaching Service.

Individuals who have completed a baccalaureate program and wish to pursue a career as a physician in the United States must be accepted to and complete an additional four-year course of study at an accredited osteopathic medical school in order to continue in the osteopathic residency program.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 12:45 am

UMMC moving Le Roy urgent care unit

post by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, UMMC

Press Release:

United Memorial's Urgent Care and Diagnostic Services currently located at 3 Tountas Ave. in Le Roy will move on Tuesday, Sept. 11 to their new location at 8745 Lake Road, Le Roy.

Urgent Care and Le Roy Diagnostics will be closed on Sept. 11 for the move, and will reopen at their new location on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Patients who require laboratory, X-ray or urgent care services and usually visit the Tountas Avenue site will be welcomed at the Jerome Center at 16 Bank St. in Batavia.

United Memorial greatly appreciates the understanding of our valued patients during the moving process and looks forward to serving them again on Wednesday, when they will be greeted and cared for by the same dedicated staff members they have relied on for their diagnostic testing and urgent care services in the Le Roy community.

Care at the Le Roy Diagnostics Center and Urgent Care is provided on a walk-in basis to patients and appointments are not necessary. To reach the center by phone, please continue to call (585)768-4220. Le Roy Diagnostics will maintain the same hours of operation Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Urgent Care will be open Monday thought Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The new location will provide greater visibility in the Le Roy community and is conveniently located.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 9:50 am

Nominations sought for annual health and humanitarian award

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Press release:

The Jerome Foundation and United Memorial Medical Center Foundation are seeking nominations for the 28th annual Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County. 

The award recognizes outstanding men and women whose volunteer efforts have improved the physical, emotional or spiritual well-being of the greater Genesee County area.   “We are fortunate to have many caring and committed volunteers devoted to the sick or to those in need, and helping build a stronger, healthier community for all of us”, said Justin Calarco-Smith, president of The Jerome Foundation.  He noted the accomplishments of Dorothy Baker, the 2011 Health and Humanitarian recipient, whose volunteer efforts and leadership with The Jerome Center Gift Shop have raised funds to support improvements at UMMC.

Nomination forms are available from UMMC Foundation Office at 127 North Street, calling 585-344-5300, or online at www.ummc.org. Organizations or individuals may nominate candidates.  Consideration will be given to actual accomplishments achieved through volunteer service and subsequent improvements to quality of life.  Nominations should be submitted on or before September 28.

The 2012 award winner will be honored at a luncheon on Friday, December 7 at Terry Hills Restaurant.

Monday, August 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm

UMMC announces personnel changes in medical records department

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, UMMC

Press release:

National reform measures and sweeping technology changes apply intense pressures to the way United Memorial currently delivers medical services to the people in our community.  Over the next ten years, it is estimated that our hospital will lose approximately $15 million in reimbursement due to payment reductions from Medicaid and Medicare. That, coupled with our move to an electronic medical record, has led to changes in the Medical Records Department.

For the past several months, United Memorial has used the services of Intivia, a medical transcriptionist service, for dictation and transcription of physician notes in the medical record of patients in the Sleep Lab and Medical Offices. Faced with the need to make a significant capital investment in the Hospital’s current transcription system and with the move to an electronic medical record for all patients, United Memorial began evaluating whether the time had come to contract with Intivia for all the Hospital’s transcription needs.  After carefully weighing the benefits and costs associated with using a service such as Intivia, with that of maintaining our current transcriptionist process, United Memorial, like many hospitals across the country, will transition to a transcriptionist service.

This change will be especially difficult for five transcriptionists currently employed by United Memorial. On Wednesday, their leadership team met with them to discuss the employment options available. Of the five people directly affected by the change, we are hopeful that two will immediately continue their employment at United Memorial by accepting positions as a coordinator for the transcriptionist service or as a medical records secretary, The three remaining employees will be invited to stay, at the same rate of pay and benefits, to work on a medical records project that is expected to last, at a minimum through the end of the year. They will receive preferential treatment for positions that become available within the organization where they meet the qualifications.

Transitioning from paper to an Electronic Medical Record reflects a growth in practice and as we continue to move to an EMR we believe that transcription requirements will eventually decrease in the hospital setting. The contract with Intivia will realize an annual savings of over $200,000 and is expected to take effect on September 10, 2012.

Every effort has been made to assist employees directly impacted by the change. Their department manager has had frank discussions with the staff to inform them that the organization was researching transcription options available. A decision was not announced until a plan had been created to ease the transition, and the burdens it carries, for the employees affected. They are hardworking and valued colleagues that we would like to see continue with our organization.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

UMMC holds Health Fair Saturday at Summer in the City

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At Summer in the City this Saturday, United Memorial Medical Center will have a Health Fair featuring free health screenings, giveaways, raffles, refreshments, information and more.

It will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the tent at Cary Hall, located at 211 E. Main St. -- near the car show.

Bring your kids and grandkids!

Jeremy Newman of WBEE 92.5 will have a live remote broadcast from 2 to 4 p.m.

The free health screenings offered are for blood pressure, blood glucose, total cholesterol. Also, men's prostate health checks will be available from 2 to 4 p.m.

Community partners for the event, which will be there with giveaways and information, are:

  • Genesee County Sheriff's Office
  • Genesee Veterans Support Network
  • Community Action
  • County Department of Health
  • Lovey's Imagination Station
  • UMMC Infection Prevention
  • Summit PT and OT
  • UMMC Cardiac Rehab
  • UMMC Foundation
  • Healthy Living
  • Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center
  • Maternity
  • Fidelis Care
  • Dr. William Guthringer
  • GC Office for the Aging
  • VNA of WNY
  • NYS Public Service Commission
  • Genesee ARC
  • Jerome Senior Apartments
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • MVP
  • GCASA
  • Homecare and Hospice
  • Dr. Irene Burns
  • Allergy Advocacy Association
  • Justice for Children Advocacy Center
  • ProcAir and UMMC Sleep Services
  • Crossroads
Friday, July 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm

UMMC makes changes to eight nursing staff positions

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In an effort to better match patient care training with patient needs, UMMC recently eliminated eight licensed nurse practitioner positions in one department, but most of the people in those positions still have jobs, said Colleen Flynn, spokeswoman for UMMC.

Four part-time LPNs -- employees working no more than 20 hours a week -- were offered positions elsewhere in the hospital, Flynn said. Two accepted, one decided to go back to school and Flynn hasn't heard yet what the fourth LPN decided to do.

The four per diem positions -- LPNs who filled in for vacations or to shore up other staffing shortfalls -- in the medical surgical floor unit were eliminated but these nurses were given the opportunity to train for new per diem positions with the hospital.

Three were retirees who elected to stay retired, Flynn said, and the fourth will continue to work on a per diem basis for UMMC.

"We separated the positions to better match up skill sets for staffing reasons," Flynn said. "In most cases, hospitals no longer utilize LPNs in acute-care settings, but we still need them in other places. The scope of the practice and licensure determines what they can do for a patient."

In modern health care, patients are not as routinely hospitalized as in the past, so when patients arrive at UMMC now, Flynn said, their needs are much more acute.

"To be a hospitalized patient these days, you have to be very sick," Flynn said. "Because the acuity of patients there are more demands for patient care, so that’s why we decided just to use registered nurses (in that department)."

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