The St. Elizabeth Campus has been named a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement® by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield for demonstrating better overall quality of care and patient results in knee and hip replacement surgery. Research confirms that Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. Congratulations and thank you for your hard work!
The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group recently received the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition at 15 of its community sites. To earn recognition, these MVHS Medical Group sites demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. Our Medical Group team put in long hours of hard work to achieve this goal for our patients and our organization. Thank you and congratulations on this achievement!
In addition, the MVHS Medical Group has opened a new Oneida Medical Office and welcomes Andrea Finocchiaro, DO, and Kristy Russ, MS, NP, to that site. Both Dr. Finocchiaro and Russ transferred to the Oneida practice from the MVHS New Hartford Medical Office – Crossroads Plaza and are accepting new patients. A St. Elizabeth Lab – Patient Service Center is also located at the site, along with MVHS Dialysis Services.
A lot of behind-the-scenes work on the new hospital has occurred over the past few months. Earlier this month, the City of Utica Planning Board voted unanimously to accept the final scoping document presented by MVHS. The scoping document outlines what will be addressed in the environmental impact statement and allows the New York State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process to continue to move forward. The estimated cost of the project is $480 million with $300 million coming from a New York State grant. I am pleased to say that the Finance team has secured the interim financing needed to complete the project. The Design Team meetings with our staff and the architects from NBBJ will start again the second week of August. These teams will get into the specific layout and details of the patient rooms and hospital floors and I’m looking forward to what they come up with.
In reviewing our finances year to date, we have an operating loss through June of $403,000 compared to a budgeted gain of $4,247,000. Our Radiation and Infusion services’ revenue were greater than budgeted while our Outpatient Surgeries, Endoscopy, Urgent Care, Emergency Department and Observation services were lower than expected. We continue to work with our managers to review current needs of the organization as well as forecast needs and services through year end.
This year’s Boilermaker was another great success and I would like to extend a big thank you to those who volunteered at the medical tents, water stations and health expo. I would also like to congratulate the runners in our MVHS family that participated in the races. The Boilermaker is an amazing event that brings out the best in our community.
I hope you had a chance to enjoy the employee picnics. A special thank you to Team Bravo and Sodexo for the last-minute decision to move the picnics inside due to thunderstorm threats. I appreciate the late adjustments to keep us all safe while still allowing the party to go on. The picnics are a tremendous amount of work for the Sodexo Teams and they always do it with a smile. This year, we served 1,640 burgers, 950 hot dogs, 380 pounds of pulled chicken, 1,280 sausage patties and 252 veggie burgers to all three campuses, including the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services! I would also like to thank the team members who helped serve. This year we changed up how we celebrate the picnic with our community sites. We held a prize drawing specifically for those sites and each location was able to purchase the lunch of its choice on MVHS. This event is such a nice way to see many of you and it’s one small way to say thank you for all you do.
I hope you’ve been able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather this summer! Have a fun and safe August.
Scott H. Perra, FACHE