The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) family has always been generous in giving back to our healthcare family and our community and this year is no exception. Through your contributions to local food banks, arranging for gifts and funds for families and organizations in need, as well as your contributions to our local United Way – it’s inspiring what you do to care for each other and our community. Thank you.
We are wrapping up our 2018 MVHS Annual Giving Campaign and I want to thank you for pledging more than $137,000. Your gifts make a difference in what we can do for the organization and for our patients, residents and their families.
The next phase of our work on the new regional healthcare campus has begun. We are working with the firm, Bond, Schoeneck & King, who is reaching out to the downtown property owners with purchase option agreements. The design process continues and there will be more meetings after the first of the year to finalize both the interior and exterior of the facility.
The Certificate of Need (CON) we submitted in November to the New York State Department of Health required that we have 30 percent of the design completed. We anticipate receiving approval for the CON in the first quarter of 2018. Beginning in January, we will start the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) for the project. That review is anticipated to take up to nine months.
St. Luke’s Home is changing its name to MVHS Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. The Home opened in 1996 and has a rich history of caring for residents. The strength of the service is in their ability to recognize the needs of those they serve and adapt to the changing needs of the times. While we will continue to provide long-term care, we also provide rehabilitation services and an adult day health program. The new name ties more readily to all the services of MVHS and puts greater emphasis on the growing rehabilitation need we are seeing in the community. You will hear and see more about the name change in the coming months.
This past week 67 leaders attended a three-day program, Leading an Empowered Organization (LEO). The program provides tools and education for leadership development, working together, holding each other accountable and developing a culture of collaboration and support. Judging from the feedback we have received, it was a very impactful and inspiring three days. Thank you to our Nursing Leadership, including Education, for their work in putting the event together and to all of you who took the time to attend.
Thank you to the many departments that decorated their areas. It’s a wonderful reminder of the holidays that not only lifts our spirits but also those of our patients, residents and families. You are a creative group! As part of the holiday celebrations, I invite you to enjoy the free holiday meals we will serve this Wednesday, December 20. The schedule of times for serving and the department holiday photos are on the MVHS intranet.
Thank you for your work. We are blessed to have a talented workforce dedicated to caring for our community. On behalf of the MVHS Board of Directors and the Senior Team, I want to wish you and your family a happy, healthy holiday season.
Scott H. Perra, FACHE