St. James Mercy Hospital Launches Website for Construction Project

HORNELL, N.Y. –St. James Mercy Hospital has launched a new website dedicated entirely to keeping residents of the Hornell region up to date on the construction of the new Hornell Medical Village. Located at www.thenewstjames.com, the site features photos of the construction progress, a project timeline, and an outline of what the new facilities (hospital and office building) will include.

“The Hornell community has been extremely excited about, and supportive of, this project, and we designed the site to provide information quickly to anyone who wants to stay up-to-date on what’s going on,” said Dustin Hewit, St. James Mercy Hospital Director of Communications.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held November 8 for the Hornell Medical Village, future home of the new St. James Mercy Hospital and adjacent Medical Office Building.

St. James Mercy Hospital was awarded $54.9 million from New York State in 2016 to cover construction costs associated with the new Hospital and the implementation of a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. In July of 2017, the State announced an additional $7.9 million for the new Hospital project.

The Medical Village, located at 7301 Seneca Road, North Hornell, will provide for accessible and efficiently organized ambulatory care services. The Village concept brings together primary care, specialists, emergency medicine, general surgery, outpatient services, inpatient care, and more on one health care campus. This will make it easier for patients to access quality care, support efforts at recruiting and retaining top providers to the area, and increase delivery efficiency across the spectrum of services.

The new two-story, 87,000-square-foot St. James Mercy Hospital will feature:

  • 15 inpatient beds
  • Emergency Department with 8 treatment rooms and 4 observation rooms
  • Surgical Suite with 2 operating rooms, 2 procedures rooms, and 15 pre/post-surgery rooms
  • Phlebotomy and lab services
  • Pharmacy
  • Imaging Services including diagnostic radiology, ultrasound, CT, MRI, mammography including tomography, and Dexa scanning
  • Infusion Services
  • Cafeteria and Dining Room
  • Gift and Coffee Shop
  • Meeting Rooms

The new Medical Office Building will include:

  • Primary Care Offices (pediatrics, family medicine, dental)
  • Specialty Outpatient Clinics (i.e. General Surgery, Orthopedics)
  • Express Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Administration

The Medical Office Building is expected to open in 2018, and the new Hospital will follow in 2019.

St. James Mercy Hospital was founded in 1890 and now provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including emergency, acute medical and surgical, imaging (including mammography, digital imaging, Dexa scanning), and laboratory. Specialty services include orthopedics, general surgery, physical therapy, Express Care, a Coumadin clinic, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and a personal emergency response system called MercyLine. The Hospital works on an ongoing basis to build collaborative relationships with a host of regional partners, in order to ensure the continued continuity of critical health care services in the Hornell community.

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St. James Mercy Hospital Breaks Ground on New Facility

Leaders from St. James Mercy Hospital and the greater Hornell area, as well as employees and medical staff, community members, and others, gathered in Hornell Wednesday, November 8 to host a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Hornell Medical Village, the future home of the new Hospital and Medical Office Building. A brief reception with refreshments followed the ceremony.

“Our organization has come such a long way over the past several years, and I am tremendously proud of this team,” said Jennifer Sullivan, President & CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital. “Through it all, we have remained committed to providing top quality care to the residents of the Hornell area, and today’s ceremonial groundbreaking represents the achievement of a significant milestone that would not have been possible without that commitment.”

“The State of New York has been an excellent environment for hospitals, which is part of how we made it to this point,” said Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan. “Governor Cuomo and leaders at the Department of Health understand what it takes to truly transform health care in our state, and they’ve dedicated the resources to help organizations like St. James carry out that transformation at the local level.”

St. James Mercy Hospital was awarded $54.9 million from New York State in 2016 to cover the construction of the new Hospital and a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. In July of 2017, the State announced an additional $7.9 million for the project.

Dr. Mark Taubman, CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center, said that UR Medicine has been pleased to partner with St. James through the transition process cited by New York State in awarding the grants. He said that UR Medicine looks forward to working with leaders in Hornell, Dansville, and Wellsville to provide outstanding medical care across Upstate New York.

“Providing high-quality care to patients as close to home as possible is one of our medical center’s top priorities,” said Dr. Mark Taubman, CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center. “The new Medical Village will help Steuben County families to receive an expanded range of UR Medicine services close to home, and we appreciate the support of our New York State leaders and the Hornell community in helping to make these facilities possible.”

“Generations of area residents will benefit from the work that has gone into this project to date,” said Dr. John Weyand, Chairman of the St. James Mercy Hospital Board of Directors. “I am proud to have been involved in the inception of this project, and thrilled to be here today, kicking off the construction officially. We are extremely grateful to all our partners, particularly our colleagues at UR Medicine who have been excellent collaborators full of vision and integrity.”

The Medical Village located at 7301 Seneca Road, North Hornell, will provide for accessible and efficiently organized ambulatory care services. The Village concept brings together primary care, specialists, emergency medicine, surgery, outpatient services, inpatient care, and more on one health care campus. This will make it easier for patients to access quality care, support efforts at recruiting and retaining top providers to the area, and increase efficiency across the spectrum of services.

The new two-story, 87,000-square-foot St. James Mercy Hospital will feature:

  • 15 inpatient beds
  • Emergency Department with 8 treatment rooms and 4 observation rooms
  • Surgical Suite with 2 operating rooms, 2 procedures rooms, and 15 pre/post-surgery rooms
  • Phlebotomy and Lab
  • Pharmacy
  • Imaging Services including diagnostic radiology, ultrasound, CT, and MRI
  • Infusion Services
  • Cafeteria and Dining Room
  • Gift and Coffee Shop
  • Meeting Rooms

The new Medical Office Building will include:

  • Primary Care Offices (pediatrics, family medicine, dental)
  • Specialty Outpatient Clinics (i.e. General Surgery, Orthopedics)
  • Express Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Administration

The Medical Office Building is expected to open in 2018. The new Hospital will open in 2019.

Certificate of Need Application Approved for New St. James Mercy Hospital

St. James Mercy Hospital has received notification from the New York State Department of Health that its Certificate of Need (CON) application related to the planned new hospital construction and electronic medical records implementation has been approved. Designs for the exterior elevations of the new Hospital (attached) are also available now for the first time.

 

“We are thrilled to have reached this important milestone,” said St. James Mercy Hospital President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan. “We’ve been waiting a long time for this day to come, and now that it’s here, we expect things will begin happening very quickly.”

 

Some of the next steps for the Hospital include:

  • A more complete schedule for the project will be developed and shared with the public.
  • A groundbreaking event will be scheduled.

 

The Hospital learned last year that it had been granted $55 million by the state to support the construction of a new hospital building and the implementation of a new electronic medical records system. Since then, officials have worked to secure a site and plan the use of the space in more detail. All Hospital operations will relocate to the new site, located on Seneca Road in the former Kmart/Wegmans plaza. The new Hospital is currently slated to open in early 2019. The existing structure will be renovated and used as a Medical Office Building, housing outpatient and administrative services.