WCCH

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, health, Business, WCCH, ECMC, Warsaw.

Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCH) and Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMC) have signed an administrative services agreement to strengthen and reposition WCCH for the future. On March 14, the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors accepted the recommendation of WCCH’s Board of Managers and authorized WCCH Chief Executive Officer Donald Eichenauer to sign the agreement.

As WCCH has expanded its services, it has developed relationships with providers from the Buffalo area. Many of those providers are affiliated with ECMC and/or Kaleida Health. These include Dr. Lindsey Clark, Dr. John Karpie and Dr. Paul Mason, all of who provide orthopedic services at WCCH; and Western New York Urology Associates, a Kaleida Heath entity. Clark is a provider through UBMD Physicians Group. Karpie and Mason are providers with Buffalo Orthopedics Group. Additionally, new agreements are currently being finalized through existing agreements with ECMC or Kaleida Health-related providers, which will enhance Ear, Nose and Throat, Allergy and Nephrology Services at WCCH.

“Like most community hospitals, the path to survival in an ever-evolving health care market will be enhanced by relationships with larger facilities that are able to support the community hospital with administrative and provider resources they are not able to obtain independently,” Eichenauer said. “It is WCCH’s objective to take advantage of the opportunities provided by ECMC and its affiliation with Kaleida Health and the University at Buffalo through their mutual partnership in Great Lakes Health System, which will provide better access to a wide range of health care services at WCCH; we will now look at the necessary steps towards a future management agreement with ECMC.”

The Board of WCCH says it was also impressed with ECMC’s experience and knowledge related to the governmental and human resources requirements of WCCH. Both ECMC and WCCH have employees who are represented by the Civil Service Employees Association Inc. (CSEA). Although an independent Public Benefit Corporation since 2004, ECMC is one of the few remaining county-owned hospitals in the state.

“ECMCC is excited with the board’s decision, which will permit ECMC to work closely with WCCH and share best practices and scale that will create cost reductions and efficiencies,” said ECMC President and CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., Ph.D.

“Importantly, through this agreement, we will integrate our health care service teams to identify opportunities to share practices that will enhance and strengthen the delivery of quality health care services to patients across the entire organization.”

As part of the new relationship, ECMC will also be working with WCCH to provide upgraded administrative and financial management resources and support.

“Through a deliberate and careful process over several months, the necessary steps have been taken toward an administrative services agreement with ECMC that will maintain the financial viability of WCCH,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Douglas Berwanger. “It will preserve quality health care at the hospital well into the future.”

Since October 2012, WCCH has had a previous collaboration agreement with (University of Rochester) UR Medicine, Rochester. WCCH anticipates having a continued positive relationship with UR Medicine and the services and providers it supplies to the hospital.

WCCH is a 62-bed rural, acute-care hospital accredited by The Joint Commission. It is the sole inpatient provider for Wyoming County, which has a population of approximately 43,000. In addition to an Acute Care Hospital, its services include an attached 138-bed Nursing Home, Adult Day Health Care, and an Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. The hospital has approximately 3,000 inpatient admissions, and 14,000 Emergency Department visits per year.

Its mission is to provide outstanding healthcare services and to have a positive impact on the health of its rural community. For more information visit  www.wcchs.net or its Facebook page.

The ECMC Corporation was established as a New York State Public Benefit Corporation. Since 2004 it has included an advanced academic medical center with 602 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed, long-term care facility.  

ECMC is Western New York’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, as well as a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head and neck cancer care, rehabilitation, and a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo. Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan.

For more information visit ecmc.edu and follow ECMC on social media via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw, medical, education, WCCH.

Press release:

The Rural Area Health Education Center (R-AHEC) recently received close to $24,000 in funding for housing for medical students. The grant is from the William F. Thiel Trust, a fund held by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. 

R-AHEC Chief Executive Officer says the funds will be offered to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) primary care students beginning in July.

Funds under the award are intended to provide housing for students during each of their four-week long competency-based clinical rotations. These students would reside at the William F. Thiel Hospitality House in Warsaw, which is located directly behind the Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH) and is owned and operated by R-AHEC. 

Students would be immersed in rural medicine and receive opportunities to learn about the community in which they serve. WCCHS and LECOM have created a crucial partnership to become an academic training site for medical students with a primary care focus. 

“We are very excited about this new partnership and the opportunity to work with LECOM and WCCHS,” Huff said. “This project has the capability to be very beneficial to both the students and Wyoming County residents. We are very grateful that the William F. Thiel Trust was able to make this project possible.”

“This endeavor will encourage and foster an academic environment at WCCHS and improve the quality of care in the county,” said Medical Director of Acute and Non-Skilled Nursing Facility Medical Operations at WCCH Dr. Bilal Ahmed.

“The college has core competency-based clinical rotations at WCCHS and some area primary care sites will serve as teaching sites to its students. We also hope that this training will be helpful in our future physician recruitment and retention efforts.”

Ahmed is also a professor of clinical medicine and an assistant program director for the University of Rochester School of Medicine-Internal Medicine Residency Program, plus he's the associate medical director at Highland Hospital, Rochester.

“LECOM is committed to offering clinical training opportunities in rural hospital systems,” said Dr. Richard Terry. “We are appreciative of the support of the foundation for subsidizing housing for our students while on rotation there.

"Collaborative, innovative efforts such as this will no doubt encourage medical students to pursue training in primary care and consider practicing in rural, underserved regions of NYS.”

Terry is the assistant dean of regional clinical education and chief academic officer of LECOM at ArnotHealth Inc. in Elmira.

In addition to the housing scholarship award, R-AHEC has been awarded funds through the Trust to support the exploration of expanding capacity and flexibility at the William F. Thiel Hospitality House and for the R-AHEC P.U.L.S.E. (Providing Unique Learning/Shadowing Experiences) Academy. P.U.L.S.E is a health career exploration program for high school students. The total award amount from the for all three projects is $55,338.

R-AHEC was formed in 1999 as a nonprofit organization, serving a 12-county region of Western New York (WNY). Its mission is “to improve health and healthcare through education.” The organization focuses on health workforce development, preceptor development/student housing, pipeline programming, and rural healthcare technology infrastructure development. 

Additionally, R-AHEC operates the WNY Rural Broadband Healthcare Network (RBHN), providing subsidies to nonprofit healthcare facilities through a point-to-point fiber optic network. For more information, visit www.r-ahec.org or www.wnyrbhn.org.

WCCH is a healthcare provider in Wyoming County with a workforce of more than 500 employees. The county-owned facility offers acute care, long term care, ambulatory surgery, rehabilitation and inpatient and outpatient behavioral health. For more information, visit www.wcchs.net.

LECOM is based in Erie, Pa., and is the largest medical school in the United States with a satellite campus in Elmira, as well as campuses in Pennsylvania and Florida. The majority of LECOM graduates become primary care physicians. For more information, visit www.lecom.edu.

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501(c)3 organization, was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the WNY community. 

The Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in WNY. For more than 95 years, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust assets to its care. For more information, visit www.cfgb.org.

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 4:11 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Warsaw, WCCH, health, Theil Foundation.

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Thirty years ago it started out as a “meet and greet” for doctors visiting the Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH). And for the last three decades, community members and hospital officials would meet one night a year to support a local organization – and watch the sunset.

WCCH Theil Foundation hosted the 2016 Sunset Festival earlier this month on the grounds of the R-AHEC Theil Hospitality House, Warsaw. The event is generally hosted by a Wyoming County family at their home. 

This year, the event drew approximately 130 people for an evening of conversation, savory foods, beverages, and a Chinese auction. Guests also had the opportunity to visit the hospitality house and the R-AHEC building.

The event also introduced Dr. Paul Mason, of the Buffalo Orthopedic Group, the surgeon who worked on three county brothers. Tom, Richard, and Harry Hudson each had joint issues surgically corrected by Mason. Additionally, the four men are featured in advertising for the Orthopedic specialty service’s provided by WCCH.

In 1974, William F. Theil, a lifetime philanthropist in Wyoming County created the William F. Theil Trust, a fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to benefit the health needs of Wyoming County residents.

Proceeds from the benefit will go toward supplementing equipment purchases for various hospital departments.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 11:33 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, WCCH, Warsaw.
Event Date and Time: 
September 14, 2016 -
5:00pm to 7:30pm

The Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH) will be hosting the 2016 Sunset Festival from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 on the grounds of the R-AHEC Theil Hospitality House. The hospitality house, 20 Duncan St., Warsaw, is located above and behind the hospital. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 11:32 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, WCCH, Warsaw.

The Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH) will be hosting the 2016 Sunset Festival from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, on the grounds of the R-AHEC Theil Hospitality House. The hospitality house, 20 Duncan St., Warsaw, is located above and behind the hospital. 

The fundraiser provides a unique blend of savory grazing stations, beverages, and raffles. Proceeds directly benefit the WCCH and Skilled Nursing Facility. The proceeds are used to enhance patient care, equipment, services and programs. The annual event is generally hosted by a Wyoming County family at their residence, with the most recent ones held in Arcade, Attica and Wyoming.

This event provides a great opportunity to showcase R-AHEC and the services they provide in support of healthcare issues in rural communities. The Thiel House offers housing for health professional students, families facing a healthcare crisis, and on‑call or visiting medical professionals. 

For ticket information or to make reservations, call Cynthia Elbow at (585) 750-5248.  

WCCH is accredited by The Joint Commission and has 62 beds in its facility. The rural, acute-care hospital, located in Warsaw, is the sole inpatient provider for the county, which has a population of approximately 44,000. Additionally, its services include an attached nursing home, Adult Day Health Care, and Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit.  Wyoming County Hospital has approximately 3,000 inpatient admissions and 12,000 emergency department visits per year.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 11:24 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, WCCH, Warsaw, East Side Nursing.

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Photo and information submitted by Catrina Dworzack.

East Side Nursing & Rehabilitation Center residents, of Warsaw, won Second Place at the Bartholomew Health Care Group Olympics held last week. Between seven and eight residents from each of the groups three facilities – East Side, Le Roy Village Green, and Crest Manor – competed in table top games at the facility in Le Roy. 

The games are modified and designed specifically for the elderly so they may be played from their wheelchairs. Games included shuffleboard, skee-ball, which is a type of golf game, and more. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 4:40 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, WCCH, emergency response.

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Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCHS) staff conducted a successful practice emergency drill in the Emergency Department on May 13, to test the response plan that would be used in the event of a real emergency. The scenario was a bus accident, with about 20 students from Warsaw High School volunteering as “patients.”

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Friday, May 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, education, Business, WCCH, Warsaw.

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Carlson of Carlson Photography.

While the largest capital investment project in Wyoming County history opened on Jan. 4, 2014, its first home was in a private residence on West Buffalo street in the Village of Warsaw. With its roots deeply planted for more than 100 years, Wyoming County Community Hospital Services (WCCHS) was recognized with the 2016 Outstanding Business Partner in Education award at the 35th annual Business Education Council spring breakfast meeting.

“WCCHS has long been a partner of the Business Education Council realizing the importance of assuring Wyoming County Youth are aware of the many great jobs available in the healthcare industry,” said Business Education Council past President Norb Fuest.

The original hospital was founded in early 1911 by Dr. W. Ross Thomson, a well-qualified surgeon from New York City.  

In 1925, the old house was removed and a new modern hospital built. In 1938 more additions were added to the hospital and the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors purchased the private hospital. It then became known as the Wyoming County Community Hospital. Between 1939 and 1942, 15 nurses were trained in the hospital.

Close to 40 years later, the number of patients exceeded the facility’s space and with no more land to expand, a new hospital needed to be built. In 1953 the current North Main Street hospital was opened. It had 177 beds, 20 nursery bassinets and a nursing school for 34 students. Eleven years later the Peet Pavilion was added to house long-term patients.

In January 2014, the newly constructed 12,000-square-foot addition housing the Emergency Department (ED), lobby, patient registration, laboratory draw stations, waiting, and pre-admission testing area officially opened.

With the advent of the new ED, WCCHS now also partners with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC)–Strong Hospital, and Wyoming County Medical PC to provide physicians 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. In addition to the construction of new facilities, WCCHS also completed major renovations of its maternity and women’s services floor and nursing home.

By last September, the hospital launched a new service in its emergency room that significantly reduces wait times for patients with non-life-threatening conditions. Called ER Express, its goal is to provide care and discharge in 90 minutes or less.

The new service began Sept. 1 within the existing ED and is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. It allows ER Express staff – including additional providers hired as part of the launch of the initiative – to triage patients for the evaluation and management of urgent but non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. 

“WCCH is deeply rooted in the community, supporting initiatives that focus on families, neighborhoods, education, and job training.” Fuest said. “The foresight of its early founder and long-term support from the community and the Board of Supervisors of Wyoming County have ensured continuous quality healthcare in rural Wyoming County for more 100 years.”

WCCHS adds new medical staff as part of its ongoing measure to increase care to county residents.

On Oct. 1, Daniel Pagnani M.D., who is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, began providing services at the hospital’s new OB/GYN office in the hospital. In January, Kim Heeb, who is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Certified Nurse Midwife, returned to WCCHS. On May 1, Kim Chamberlain Danser, also a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Certified Nurse Midwife joined the medical staff.

Pagnani spent the last nine years at Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center while serving on the staff of Saint Luke’s Cornwall Hospital where he served the last three years as the chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He specializes in providing medical and surgical care to women with particular expertise in pregnancy, childbirth and disorders of the reproductive system.

For more information about the hospital and the services they provide visit http://www.wcchs.net/

Other acknowledgements included: 

    • Connie Almeter for her 14 years of service as a BEC board member; and 

    • Appreciation of: Don Eichenauer, Rich Kingston, Justin Bayliss, Dawn Kilner, Patty Millen, Peggy Morgan Hise, Michele Grohs, Michael Corcimiglia, Denise Prusak, Jane Beechler, Staci Bartz, Marilyn Carroll, Lori Bush, Dawn James, Cory Cino and Michael Winiecki.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 11:47 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, health, Warsaw, WCCH.

Press release:

The William F. Thiel Fund, a fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, recently granted a total of $200,000 to six Wyoming County nonprofit organizations in the health services sector.

The Thiel Fund grant process prioritizes applications for programs as strategically identified in the Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment. http://www.wyomingco.net/health/files/misc/Health_Assessment.pdf Since the Community Foundation originally commissioned the Health Needs Assessment in 2006, the Thiel Fund has distributed more than $2.2 million in grants to healthcare organizations that serve county residents.

William F. Thiel was a longtime philanthropist in the area. In 1974, Thiel left a significant legacy to the residents of Wyoming County through the creation of the William F. Thiel Trust at the Community Foundation. Today, Thiel’s generosity continues to provide financial support to Wyoming County Community Hospital and other health-related community organizations throughout the county.

For the 2016 grant cycle, the fund has provided awards to the following organizations:

    • Geneseo Migrant Center

    • Oak Orchard Health

    • Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center, Inc. 

    • Wyoming Community Hospital Foundation

    • Wyoming County Community Action

A recent study has indicated that one in three Wyoming County residents have benefited as a result of Thiel’s generosity and the Community Foundation’s commitment to honoring his legacy.

The grants process opens annually in mid-November. For more information visit http://www.cfgb.org/for-nonprofits/for-grant-seekers/william-f-thiel-grants/.

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. 

For more than 95 years, the Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, hospital, WCCH.

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Wyoming County Community Health System received $20,000,000 for the economic recovery and healthcare sustainability initiative. The announcement came at the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors meeting held Tuesday.

"The announcement is a real game changer for Wyoming County. First and foremost I need to thank Gov. Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Sen. Gallivan for their constant attention to the needs of Wyoming County and in this instance, specifically Wyoming County Community Hospital,” said Wyoming County Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Berwanger. “This kind of funding goes a long way in a rural county. The sustainability of rural healthcare in Wyoming County will be alive and well for years to come."

The total of WCCHS’s debt is approximately $22 million – $17 million for the renovation/construction project, $1.73 million for the energy efficiency transformation loan, $1.34 million for the purchase and renovation of the Physician Office building, and $1.8 million for equipment bond anticipation notes. The $20 million grant would eliminate just about all of the facility’s debt.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced $95.8 million in grant awards for 10 projects that will dramatically transform and improve the delivery of health care in the Finger Lakes Region. This funding is a portion of a $1.5 billion commitment made by New York State to help health care providers statewide fund critical capital and infrastructure improvements, as well as integrate and further develop health systems.

"We have a responsibility to continue to make critical capital and infrastructure improvements that transform our health care system into one of sustainability with a deep focus on improving patient care and delivery of vital services." Cuomo said. "This funding allows them to do just that and is yet another example of how New York is leading the nation in adapting to meet 21st Century health care needs."

The awards are being made through the Capital Restructuring Financing Program and Essential Health Care Provider Support Program. Both were created by the governor to support the goals of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP).

Other projects funded include: 

    • Oak Orchard Community Health Center received $105,000 to create integrated delivery systems that are focused on evidence based medicine/population health management and create a medical village using existing hospital infrastructure.

"Rural hospitals face great challenges in our rapidly changing health care industry,” said 

Sen. Patrick Gallivan. “I am pleased that Wyoming County Community Hospital is receiving this vital state funding which will enable it to continue to meet the health care needs of its residents well into the future."

The county made a $31 million investment in the hospital. It has developed a management relationship with University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital to provide emergency room; obstetrician and gynecological (OB/GYN); cardiac; ear, nose and throat; and financial services to the hospital. There is a new orthopedic group, OB/GYN, and general surgeon.

WCCHS provides acute inpatient, emergency room, ambulatory surgery, maternity, clinic, in-patient behavioral health, and skilled nursing services. The facility, located in Warsaw, is the only hospital in the county. The nearest hospitals are 22 miles to the north, 32 miles to the southeast, and 39 miles to the southwest.

Not only does the hospital serve the approximate 44,000 people of Wyoming County, it also serves parts of southern Genesee, northwestern Livingston, and northern Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. Additionally, WCCH has the only in-patient behavioral health facility within a 50-plus mile radius and the hospital to the southwest does not provide maternity services.

Furthermore, WCCHS is one of only two contracted hospital service providers to the New York State Department of Corrections with a locked unit. The unit provides services to five prisons in Western New York. Finally, WCCHS employs 497 full-time equivalent employees – 75 percent are from Wyoming County.

See related: WyCo Board of Supervisors outlines priorities for 2016Grant would eliminate almost all debt for WCCHS

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 2:44 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, Attica, Warsaw, WCCH.

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A state prison inmate briefly escaped custody earlier today while being treated at Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH), forcing the nearby Warsaw School District to initiate a lockout protocol. 

Quick actions by the Warsaw Police Department, the New York State Police and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, had the prisoner in custody in approximately 10 minutes.

“A lockout is a much different situation than a lockdown,” said Warsaw School District Superintendent Joseph Englebert. “The doors are locked, nobody comes in the school, nobody goes out. All the children who were outside were brought inside.”

During a lockdown, a higher level of security procedures takes place. With a lockout, it’s “business as usual” in the school. 

No injuries were reported at the time of the incident. Police officials say the inmate, whose name has not been released, was quickly subdued and taken into custody. The inmate is currently being processed at the NYSP Warsaw barracks.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 2:03 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, transportation, NYSARC, Warsaw, WCCH.

Press release:

The New York State Department of Transportation administers a program known as the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program. Recently, the Livingston/Wyoming Chapter of NYSARC Inc received $159,472 for the purchase of four new vehicles. Additionally, the Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCHS) has been granted $37,527 for one new vehicle.

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) said, more than $39 million in federal grants will be used to support public and nonprofit organizations in New York State that provide transportation services to seniors and people with disabilities. The funds will allow the purchase of 415 accessible vehicles and other equipment, to a total of 152 nonprofit and public organizations statewide.

“Providing adequate transportation services for our seniors and people with disabilities is essential,” Gallivan said. “Whether it’s a trip to the doctor’s office, the grocery store or a place of employment, it’s important that we ensure that community-based organizations have the resources necessary to provide transportation for those who need it. These essential services give the elderly and those with disabilities a sense of independence and improve their overall quality of life.”

Monday, October 26, 2015 at 1:48 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, health, cancer, Warsaw, WCCH.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) in conjunction with Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCHS) is hosting a Look Good, Feel Better Program from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at WCCHS in the Thomson Hall Building, 338 N. Main St., Warsaw.

The Program is a two-hour cosmetologist-led program that teaches ladies in active cancer treatment how to care for their skin, hair and nails. Participants will receive a complimentary makeup kit and learn makeup application, wig styling and care, turban tying, and more.  

The evening also will provide an opportunity to hear updates from ACS experts on the front lines of the cancer fight, enjoy light refreshments and a safe environment where patients can connect and find hope and inspiration while facing a cancer diagnosis.

This is a free program, but registration is required. Contact (716) 689-6982 or kate.vienne@cancer.org to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 4:42 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, heath, Warsaw, WCCH.
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   Dr. Daniel Pagnani

Press release. Photo provided by WCCH.

The Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH) recently announced the addition of Daniel Pagnani, M.D., to its medical staff. Dr. Pagnani is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) and will be providing services at WCCH’s new OB/GYN office.

Spending the last nine years at Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Dr. Pagnani recently moved to Warsaw. He served on the staff of Saint Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh, where, for the last three years, he was the chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Additionally, he specializes in providing medical and surgical care to women, with particular expertise in pregnancy, childbirth, and disorders of the reproductive system.

Dr. Pagnani has both day and evening office hours at the Medical Building, 408 N. Main St., Warsaw, and can be reached at (585) 786-1560.

WCCH is a rural, acute-care facility and is the sole inpatient provider for the county, located on Main Street, Warsaw. Additionally, its services include an attached Nursing Home, Adult Day Health Care, and an Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. The 62-bed hospital has approximately 3,000 inpatient admissions per year and 12,000 emergency department visits annually.

For more information visit www.wcchs.net.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 8:40 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Warsaw, WCCH.

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Sen. Patrick Gallivan presented a proclamation to Cheryl Miller, who recently retired from Wyoming County Community Hospital after 40 years of service.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 3:56 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, WCCH, Warsaw, hospital, Business.

Press release:

Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCHS) has become the first hospital in the region to begin using the latest, advanced SOMATOM Perspective CT scanner from Siemens Medical Solutions. The new CT scanner offers the ability to extend the range of available examinations to our patients at reduced radiation dose.

“In our continued efforts to deliver the best patient care,” said WCCHS CEO Donald Eichenauer. “Our new scanner incorporates dose-reduction technologies along with patient-centric features that streamline the scan making for a comfortable and relaxed patient experience.”

The SOMATOM Perspective can image all body regions and is able to detect small diagnostic details by using information from 64 slices. With the added benefit of a 38mm wide detector, trade-offs between scan speed and image quality are not necessary. Additionally, breath hold for patients is reduced, thereby decreasing the need for re-scans.

Sinogram Affirmed Iterative Reconstruction (SAFIRE) helps to reduce dose by up to 60 percent for a wide range of applications and delivers superior image quality.

The SOMATOM Perspective incorporates a patient-friendly design for excellent access and patient positioning and offers Illumination MoodLight to brighten the exam room atmosphere.

A portion of the funding for the purchase was provided by a grant from the Foundation for Greater Buffalo – William F. Thiel Trust.

For more information about the SOMATOM Perspective CT or other imaging services at WCCHS, call (585) 786-1256 or visit www.wcchs.net.

Wyoming County Community Hospital is a 62-bed hospital accredited by The Joint Commission. It is a rural, acute-care facility and is the sole inpatient provider for the 44,000 residents of the county. Additionally, its services include an attached Nursing Home and Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. WCCH has approximately 3,000 inpatient admissions per year and 12,000 emergency department visits per year.

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, event, WCCH, Memorial Day, Warsaw.

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Wyoming County Community Hospital hosted a Memorial Day program and picnic at the hospital, Main Street, Warsaw. 

Francis Head of the American Legion Post 532 offered the invocation. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by World War II Navy veteran Gerald Brown.

Members from area American Legion posts and VFWs closed out the program with a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 8:37 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Business, hospital, Warsaw, WCCH.

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In 2013, Wyoming County residents pulled together and raised $5 million dollars toward an $18 million renovation and construction project at Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH).

Although the project made significant upgrades to the facility; in recent years, Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCHS) has been affected by the increased changes in healthcare reimbursement and healthcare needs of the population. Consequently, WCCHS has incurred financial losses and has had to rely on increasing support from county residents.

Earlier this year, Douglas Berwanger applied for a grant to help eliminate all but a small portion of the hospital’s debt.

“I became aware of a $400 million pot of federal money in New York State for hospitals which have suffered from large debt due to underserved and underpopulated reasons,” said Berwanger, chairman of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors. “The funding would be distributed by the Commissioner of Public Health for State.”

Following news about the availability of the money and after speaking with officials at WCCH, Berwanger had an opportunity to speak with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, New York Director of Economic Development Rich Toby, and Sen. Patrick Gallivan (R-C-I Elma). Via a writing campaign, the chairman, fellow board members, members of the Farm Bureau, as well as others, sent letters with the request for a portion of the available grant money.

“We thought we would apply for $20 of the $400 million,” Berwanger said. “We are only one of three county hospitals in the state and there are fewer and fewer nursing homes in the state as well.”

WCCH provides acute inpatient, emergency room, ambulatory surgery, maternity, clinic, in-patient behavioral health, and skilled nursing services. The facility, located in Warsaw, is the only hospital in the county. The nearest hospitals are 22 miles to the north, 32 miles to the southeast, and 39 miles to the southwest. Not only does the hospital serve the approximate 44,000 people of Wyoming County, it also serves parts of southern Genesee, northwestern Livingston, and northern Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. Additionally, WCCH has the only in-patient behavioral health facility within a 50-plus mile radius and the hospital to the southwest does not provide maternity services. Furthermore, WCCHS is one of only two contracted hospital service providers to the New York State Department of Corrections with a locked unit. The unit provides services to five prisons in Western New York. Finally, WCCHS employs 497 full-time equivalent employees – 75 percent are from Wyoming County.

The total of WCCHS’s debt is approximately $22 million – $17 million for the renovation/construction project, $1.73 million for the energy efficiency transformation loan, $1.34 million for the purchase and renovation of the Physician Office building, and $1.8 million for equipment BAN’s. The $20 million grant would eliminate just about all of the facility’s debt.

“The profit of the hospital is so low that the county is subsidizing it,” Berwanger said. “Once the debt is cleared, it would lower the tax levy.

“WCCHS has been working with Strong in Rochester, and there are new services being offered: for example, heart and cardiac services. They are taking over the management of the Pediatric Unit agreement for three years (until 2018), and they are working on training staff in the finance department to keep it afloat.”

While the hospital is in no danger of closing, it does need more revenue to sustain services. 

The 138-bed nursing facility is attached to the hospital and needs to be fully utilized to remain profitable, reports Berwanger. (Currently, the nursing home is full.) Thirty-six of those beds are for the acute care section of the hospital.

According to Berwanger, the board feels strongly about the future of WCCHS for a few reasons: there is no other healthcare facility in the area – the closest is Batavia; it's a place to offer health care services for diagnostic services; and 75 percent of employees at the hospital are Wyoming County residents – the loss of those jobs would impact the community.

“The fact is, a number of people and organizations in the county support the hospital to remain open,” Berwanger said. “The community donated $5 million and that sent the board the message that we have to keep the hospital in operation.”

The original hospital was in Zeches storage and apartment area. WCCH, as it stands now, was built in 1954. In 2013 the construction and renovation project began and throughout 2014, specialists were recruited to the staff in areas including orthopedic surgeons – Buffalo Orthopedic’s and UBMD, urologists – Western New York Urology, a new surgeon, and additional physicians in areas of cardiology; ear, nose and throat surgery; and neurosurgery – University of Rochester (UR) Medicine.

Plans for 2015 include an expansion of the relationship with UR Medicine including a consulting agreement which is allowing UR Medicine to work with the hospital and provide their administrative expertise immediately. Additionally, a study will be conducted over the next several months as to the feasibility of keeping the skilled nursing facility as a county-owned facility.

The goal is to put the hospital on solid financial footing, Berwanger reports; to maintain a strong health care presence in Wyoming County for many years.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:15 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, health, WCCH.

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The Wyoming County Community Health System (WCCHS) Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) released this statement Wednesday regarding the damage caused to the facility:

At approximately 7 a.m. Wednesday an event occurred causing structural damage in a portion of the Wyoming County Community Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility. The Wyoming County code enforcement officer and structural engineers are on-site. Based on the recommendation of the Wyoming County code enforcement officer the decision was made to evacuate two units of the skilled nursing facility (approximately 80 residents) until the situation could be fully evaluated and emergency repairs completed. Many of the residents will be temporarily moved to other areas within the WCCHS complex. Wyoming County Emergency Services and the NYS Department of Health are coordinating temporary relocation efforts of patents that may need to be moved from the WCCHS complex.

The temporary relocation of some nursing home residents from Wyoming County Community Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility is nearing completion. The relocation was prompted when structural damage was identified early this morning near the entrance as well as in the second and third floor dining areas of the nursing facility. Although the damage was confined to the dining and entrance areas, the Wyoming County code enforcement officer and WCCHS administration made the decision to evacuate all resident units in proximity to the affected area. Approximately 60 patients were relocated within the WCCHS facility while 20 were transferred to neighboring facilities including Eastside Nursing Home in Warsaw and Genesee County Nursing Home. Resident families are being contacted with updates.

Structural engineers were on-site throughout the morning. While the engineers have not yet been able to determine the cause of the damage, they have prepared a temporary emergency repair plan that will stabilize the situation and enable residents to return to their rooms within a few days. 

Once the temporary repairs are complete, a further investigation will be conducted in an effort to determine the exact cause of the damage and permanent repairs will be made. Portions of the dining rooms in the wings impacted may not be fully available for use until permanent repairs are complete.

WCCHS Chief Executive Officer Don Eichenauer and Skilled Nursing Facility Administrator Martin MacKenzie jointly thanked the many organizations that provided emergency staffing and support during this event, as well as WCCHS staff that carried out the emergency evacuation plan and the many facilities that responded by identifying temporary beds that could be used by WCCHS SNF residents.

About Wyoming County Community Health System

Wyoming County Community Hospital is a rural, acute-care facility located in Western New York. It is the sole inpatient provider for the county, which has a population of approximately 44,000. In addition to an Acute Care Hospital, its services include an attached Nursing Home and Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. Wyoming County Hospital has approximately 3,000 inpatient admissions per year and 12,000 emergency department visits per year.

Our mission is to provide outstanding healthcare services and to have a positive impact on the health of our rural community.  For more information, visit www.wcchs.net.

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Monday, January 12, 2015 at 9:22 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Warsaw, WCCH, education, health.

The Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH) recently received a $75,000 penalty from the Centers fro Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) after a study on patient care and hospital-acquired conditions. 

According to WCCH Chief Executive Officer Donald Eichenauer, the penalty amounts to 1 percent of the hospital’s Medicare payments which does not affect the hospital’s operations. However, the data used for the study was based on old data, Eichenauer said.

The goal of the CMS Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program is to increase the quality of patient care by penalizing hospitals with substandard care. The study took three aspects of care into account: central-line associated blood stream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections and the Patient Safety Indictor 90 composite measure, which includes eight different conditions like bed sores, post-operative hip fractures and thrombosis.

According to the CMS report and Eichenauer, the hospital did not place enough central lines or catheters for those measures to even be included in the score. Furthermore, Eichenauer said that there were zero infections out of 68 cases, but there had to be more than 100 cases in order to get included in that category.

The hospital’s poor scoring was based on the composite measure which included two cases in 2011 and 1012. However, WCCH’s CEO states there was not an infection problem during that time period and any of the issues were from years-old data.

There have been many steps to improve WCCH over the past five years, therefore any reactionary changes from the negative scoring is moot.

According to Eichenauer, WCCH has quality health care providers at the hospital, furthermore, there has been an increase in physicians in the speciality areas where WCCH has felt was needed for the community. 

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