Leaders from UR Medicine and the St. James Mercy Hospital board announced to staff that they have finalized an affiliation agreement between the two organizations.
St. James Hospital is the sixth to join UR Medicine’s network of inpatient hospitals, including Strong Memorial and Highland in Rochester, Jones Memorial in Wellsville, Noyes Memorial in Dansville and F. F. Thompson in Canandaigua.
Since 2015, St. James has partnered with UR Medicine under an administrative services agreement that has brought new health services to Hornell including primary care, gastroenterology, imaging and otolaryngology. In 2017, the hospital welcomed a UR Medicine Chief Medical Officer Bilal Ahmed, who leads quality improvement initiatives and helps recruit physicians to the Hornell area. The affiliation will help St. James to continue expanding services and improving patient care and to complete construction of the new Hornell Medical Village on schedule. UR Medicine also has a collaboration agreement with Oak Orchard Health, which has helped to expand availability of primary care, pediatrics and dental services in the Hornell area.
“I’m pleased to welcome St. James Mercy Hospital into the UR Medicine affiliate network,” said University of Rochester President Richard Feldman. “Through the excellent resources of our medical center, the University of Rochester is committed to supporting local health care and high-quality patient services throughout the region.”
“UR Medicine wants to ensure that hospitals like St. James remain the cornerstone of health care in their communities,” said Mark Taubman, CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. “Our regional strategy supports the goal of keeping care local and allowing hospitals like St. James to serve as economic anchors for their communities. The affiliation also provides a strong connection to highly specialized UR Medicine services in Rochester, so that patients never need to leave Upstate New York for almost any medical need.”
The board of St. James Mercy Hospital voted unanimously in favor of their hospital’s affiliation with UR Medicine.
“Our longstanding relationship with UR Medicine has complemented the hard work of the St. James board and leadership to date, and we look forward to continuing our work to deliver top quality health care to residents of the Hornell area,” said Susan Gray, chair of the St. James Mercy Hospital Board of Directors.