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.