Saturday, May 30, 2009

And now, thanks for our sponsors

My thanks to the sponsors of the 25th annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament of the Community General Foundation:
IBEW NECA Local #43, Presenting Sponsor
Pepsi, Silver Anniversary Sponsor
Welch Allyn, Cart Sponsor
Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, Reception Sponsor
Crouse Radiology, Pro Sponsor
We couldn't do it without these sponsors.

The tourney will be Friday, June 5, at the Shenendoah Golf Club at the renowned Turning Stone Resort.

The tournament features two rounds of golf -- one in the morning, another in the afternoon. In the evening, the reception will be at the beautiful Shenendoah Clubhouse (shown below) with prizes awarded.

Each foursome plays a round of golf with a Central New York golf professional. The pro's are competing for a PGA prize. There are a handful of openings left.

Thank you, sponsors!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll stopped at Community General one day this month to say thanks to employees for their work with patients.

During National Hospital Week, Community recognized all its 1,150 employees with free meals, free cardiac risk screens, and free “green” grocery tote bags. Both Joanie Mahoney and Matt Driscoll told employees how much they appreciate the hospital and how how hospital staff has treated their family members with professionalism and courtesy. Many employees thanked the elected officials for their service to the community, as well.

New York State Assembly members Joan Christensen, Bill Magnarelli, and Al Stirpe, who were unable to attend, each sent letters acknowledging Community’s workers.

Here are photos of our special day -- that's the County Executive with Health Office employees and the Mayor with Food Service staff.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The cover of MD News

It's great to see Dr. Myron Luthringer featured on the cover of MD News, Central New York Edition, for his work with the daVinci surgical robot.

Some 8% of the nation's hospitals have daVinci robots, and it takes skilled surgeons and an excellent robot team to safely and successfully begin using robot technology in the operating room.

Community General is fortunate to have Dr. Po Lam as Medical Director of Robotic Surgery and Dr. Luthringer as the first gynecologist credentialied for robotics at Community. Dr. Luthringer has offices in Syracuse and Auburn, NY.

From the Flora Bernice Smith Foundation

On behalf of our patients, I want to express our sincere appreciation to the Flora Bernice Smith Foundation for its donation of $17,000 to the Community General Foundation.

The grant helped purchase the new Hologic bone densitometer for the Wellspring Center at Community General Hospital.

Wellspring provides mammography services, including stereotactic biopsy. Wellspring also tests for osteoporosis -- thus, the new bone densitometer.

Over the years the Flora Bernice Smith Foundation has donated more than $147,000 to benefits patients at Community General. We are sincerely grateful for the donations that honor the memory of Mrs. Smith.

In the photo with me (and the ceremonial check) is Foundation trustee John E. Morrissey Jr., a past member of the Community General Board.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Our orthopedic growth

Today, I announced the start of construction on a new sixth-floor Center for Orthopedics, funded with $7.6 million from a New York State HEAL grant. The funds come from New York State, as a result of our voluntary compliance with the recommendations of the Berger Commission (Commission on Healthcare Facilities in the 21st Century).

The construction project will generate up to 150 jobs this year, and the finished center will help us respond to the growth in our orthopedics service. See the story in today's Post-Standard.

From 2005 to 2008, our orthopedic inpatient cases have grown by over 50%. Here are the numbers of inpatients, discharged from Community General Hospital over that period [1]:

2005- 1,236
2006 -1,346
2007 -1,777
2008 -1,882
Last year our hospital served orthopedic patients from 19 counties and from out-of-state as well.
As a result of our patient growth, the orthopedic patient care unit moved from 4 West to a larger 4 North three years ago. Next year it will relocate to the brand new Center for Orthopedics on both Six East & West.

The new Center will have:

▪ 36 private rooms that can flex up to 40 patients at high census.

▪ Decentralized nursing stations in three pods.

▪ All new spacious patient rooms with state-of-the-art beds that help prevent falls and facilitate skin care.

▪ An expanded physical therapy area.

▪ Modern electronics for electronic medical records (EMR), Computer Provider Order Entry (CPOE), and wireless service.

▪ A nurse call system with wireless phones to reduce ambient noise and connect patients directly with nurses.

▪ Design by King & King Architects, the same team that designed our award-winning Jim and DeDe Walsh Family Birth Center.

The rending shows a patient room in the new facility. Hueber-Breuer Construction is managing the build-out.

Many thanks go to the operating room orthopedic staff nurses for helping establish our excellent reputation. They are backed by great therapy and support teams.

And my special acknowledgment goes to our orthopedic surgeons whose skill and trust in our hospital and staff have helped build our growing regional reputation for outstanding care:

Spine Care
Thomas R. Haher, MD
Warren Wulff, MD
Richard Zogby, M.D.

Sports, General Orthopedic Services, &Joint Replacement
Todd C. Battaglia, MD
John J. Cambareri, MD
C. Perry Cooke III, MD
P. James Newman, MD
Joseph A. Smith, MD (past department chair, not currently in practice)

Hand & Upper Extremity
John F. Fatti, MD
Walter H. Short, MD

Joint Care & Surgery
Stephen P. Bogosian, MD (department chair)
Michael T. Clarke, MD
Michael Vella, MD

Foot & Ankle
Frederick R. Lemley, M.D.

[1] Sources of data: HANYS Market Expert, 2005-2007; Hospital financial services, 2009

For nurses

I couldn't do my job without nurses.

A hospital does not exist, except for nurses.

Nurses have the privilege of intimacy with patients and their families. They are with our patients 24/ the difficult times, through pain and fear, in joy and recovery.

Today Community General Hospital celebrates Nurses’ Day, a daylong event that includes receptions for nurses on each shift, starting in a few minutes.

From all of us who work at your side and who support you behind the scenes, thank you, nurses.