Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) affiliated as the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) in March 2014. MVHS is governed by a single, 18-member board of directors, with nine members from FSLH’s board and nine from SEMC’s board. The system is operated by a single management team.
MVHS serves the geographic area of Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties and is an integrated delivery system with 4,200 full-time equivalent employees and a combined operating budget of $523 million.
The MVHS Medical Group has 19 primary care locations, a Children’s Health Center, a Women’s Health Center, general, orthopedic and neurological surgeons, a Breast Care Center and two Urgent Cares to serve our community’s healthcare needs.
Both hospitals accept all major insurances and have designated charity care programs to help provide for individuals without insurance.
The affiliation helps to enhance services for the residents of the Mohawk Valley through greater collaboration and improved clinical quality for patient and resident care. As a large system, MVHS has much to offer when recruiting new physicians.
Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare
FSLH includes two campuses with 370 acute care beds and 202 long-term care beds:
St. Luke’s Campus – 1656 Champlin Avenue, Utica, NY (Main Campus)
Faxton Campus – 1676 Sunset Avenue, Utica, NY
A not-for-profit healthcare organization, FSLH includes St. Luke’s Home, Senior Network Health, Mohawk Valley Home Care and Visiting Nurse Association of Utica and Oneida County.
Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services
- Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
- Adult Day Health Care Service
- Outpatient Dialysis Center
- St. Luke’s Home
- Senior Network Health
- Visiting Nurse Association of Utica and Oneida County
- Ambulatory Surgical Center
- Cancer Center
- Dialysis Center
- Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
- Urgent Care
St. Luke’s Campus
- Bariatric Surgery Program
- Maternal Child Services
- Mohawk Valley Heart Institute
- Mohawk Valley Vascular Center
- Stroke Center
- Surgical and Ambulatory Services
- Total Joint Orthopedic Program
St. Elizabeth Medical Center
SEMC includes two campuses with 201 acute care beds:
2209 Genesee Street, Utica, NY (Main Campus)
St. Elizabeth Medical Arts – 4401 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY
SEMC also includes the Sister Rose Vincent Elizabeth Family Medicine Center which provides patient care services for the whole family and is also a teaching facility for new physicians. St. Elizabeth Home Care serves patients in their homes and St. Elizabeth Health Support Services offers respiratory services and durable medical equipment to patients in their homes.
SEMC Main Campus:
- Ambulatory Surgical Center
- Area Trauma Center
- Fellowship in Gynecologic Endoscopy
- Fellowship in Hospital Medicine
- Marian Medical Professional Building
- Mohawk Valley Heart Institute
- Sleep Disorders Center
- St. Elizabeth College of Nursing
- St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program
Medical Arts Campus:
- Advanced Wound Care
- Imaging at St. Elizabeth Medical Arts
- MVHS Medical Group New Hartford Medical Office
- Outpatient Laboratory Draw Site
- Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
SEMC is a Catholic hospital and is affiliated with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities and the Syracuse Dioceses.
2014 System Highlights
- MVHS joined with Hospice & Palliative Care in New Hartford, New York, to support a new effort by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to better prepare healthcare providers to receive and respect patients’ wishes about end-of-life care. The initiative, “The Conversation Project,” launched nationwide in 2012.
- Excellus BlueCross BlueShield pledged a $120,000 grant to the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute (MVHI) to purchase and distribute lifesaving cardiac care equipment for municipal and volunteer ambulance companies. The equipment will help speed the diagnosis and treatment of individuals experiencing heart attack symptoms in the field.
- The Dialysis Program is recognized as a Five-Diamond Star Patient Safety Facility by IPRO End-Stage Renal Disease Network of New York State.
- SEMC has validation survey from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
- SEMC rolls out the new hospital information system, Paragon. The automated system includes Operating Room Management, Materials Management and Electronic Physician Documentation.
- SECON holds its 108th Commencement Exercise with 51 nurses graduating from the Weekday and Weekend Programs.
- The MVHI team at the America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk was recognized by the American Heart Association for raising the most pledges for cardiac research of any team in 2014. The MVHI team has earned this distinction since 2009.
- FSLH’s Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Program is re-accredited for three years by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International following an on-site survey in May 2014.
- Ten physicians graduate from the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program, bringing the total number of family physicians completing the nationally accredited, three-year, postdoctoral training program to 247.
- The SEMC School of Radiography holds its 50th annual commencement exercise, graduating 13 new Radiologic Technologists. It is the school’s final commencement, as the program is now incorporated into the current program at Mohawk Valley Community College.
- FSLH and SEMC rolled out secure inpatient portals allowing patients and their designated family members to view their medical information. Much like the patient portals available at the primary care offices, patients can access their medical information in real time while in the hospital or at home.
- The Visiting Nurse Association of Utica and Oneida County is awarded Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (CHAP) re-accreditation under the CHAP Standards of Excellence.
- FSLH Foundation held a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the F.E. Romano Family Radiation Oncology Department and the CT Scanner and Treatment Planning Suite in the Cancer Center at FSLH.
- The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) recognized FSLH as one of 44 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care.
- MVHS’s Campaign For Quality celebrated its 13th anniversary with more than 425 physicians, healthcare workers, students and community members from across New York State in attendance.
- Midstate Emergency Medical Services (EMS) earned continuing accreditation through 2019 from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The accreditation allows students of the FSLH Paramedic Program to obtain national certification, exceeding those set by the New York State Department of Health.
- FSLH and SEMC were named joint winners of the 2014/2015 Consumer Choice Award by National Research Corporation. The annual award identifies hospitals across the United States that healthcare consumers choose as having the highest quality and image.
- SEMC completes its reaccreditation process from DNV GL – Healthcare, having integrated ISO 9001 quality standards and ISO Environmental Quality 14001:2004 standards.
- FSLH, the area’s only designated Primary Stroke Center, received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award for the fourth year in a row. The award recognizes FSLH’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
- FSLH received the Perioperative Leader of the Year award from Surgical Information Systems (SIS). The award was given as part of the annual SIS Perioperative Leadership Awards.
2015 Corporate Outlook
In 2015, the MVHS will continue to focus on clinical quality, access to services throughout the system and physician recruitment. MVHS finalized a new three-year strategic plan which will guide collaboration of services and programs. Supporting our patients/residents through all phases of their care – from inpatient to outpatient to home care – and doing it as a system has many advantages for the families that we serve as well as for our caregivers and support staff.
In April, MVHS received $300 million in the 2015 New York State (NYS) budget to help to “create an integrated healthcare delivery system in Oneida County.” This funding was part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recommendation to support Upstate New York hospitals.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our community and we are extremely grateful to the Governor and our legislators,” commented Scott H. Perra, FACHE, president/CEO of the MVHS. “Last fall we began exploring the concept of a new, free-standing hospital. To be able to move forward with this concept changes healthcare in our community and enhances what we are able to do for the region.”
A new hospital is costly, estimated at $460 to $500 million. Although the $300 million helps to lay the foundation for funding, MVHS would still need additional financial support from federal and state governments, lending institutions and philanthropic support from the community.
The new hospital would replace the inpatient care currently provided at the St. Luke’s Campus of FSLH and at SEMC. The project is estimated to take four to six years to complete.