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Inpatient Admissions, Outpatient Volumes and ER Visits Show Continued Growth

March 20, 2017

Massena Memorial Hospital officials had positive news to share with the Board of Managers Monday evening at their monthly meeting. 
Committed to providing quality care to Seaway Valley residents Massena Memorial Hospital is proudly expanding its cardiology program with the opening of Massena Cardiology Services. The cardiology suite’s new home is located on hospital’s third floor. It provides patients the convenience of one stop care with the combination of the practice of  Board Certified Cardiologist Aderonke Adeniyi, M.D., with the outpatient diagnostic services  of  EKGs, Holter Monitoring, Echocardiograms performed all in one central location. Both routine and Nuclear  Stress tests performed on the hospital’s main level in the Medical Imaging wing can be scheduled by the Cardiology Services staff.  
 MMH Chief Executive Officer Bob Wolleben stressed MMH is committed to providing top quality patient care in a comfortable and convenient setting. 
“By consolidating Cardiology Services on the third floor of the hospital we are looking to provide care for our patients in a convenient way with our high quality physicians. It’s easier for the patients and it reduces confusion.” Wolleben said.  “As MMH continues to grow our commitment to serving the community remains our focus.”
The CEO welcomed another physician to the medical staff, Dr. Todd Howland, as Medical Director of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Howland who completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood Texas 
joins MMH from Lewis County General Hospital where he was most recently the Chief of  Emergency Medicine 
Chief Financial Officer Pat Facteau reported the hospital continues to care for more patients in the hospital, the Emergency Department and its outpatient clinics than last February. The increased patient volume drove a positive net gain of $87,002 for the month of February. 
The CFO noted that new physicians recruited in the past year as well as investments in technology, equipment and improved patient relations all contributed to the positive results. Inpatient volumes are up 22% with admissions compared to last year, and newborn births are trending at a 40% increase.  
Outpatient activity compared to last year saw growth of nearly 800 more outpatient registrations.  The Emergency Department treated 1,305 patients, 9% more than last year.  The Ambulatory Surgical Unit completed 5% more procedures this February compared to last. Overall, the outreach clinics are 10% greater than last year, treating over 6,000 patients for the first two months of the year. Facteau noted this continued growth is due to the additional physicians recruited in 2016.
Bob Wolleben, Chief Executive Officer said, “At MMH we pride ourselves on being the trusted provider of compassionate care to our neighbors and community members. MMH focused on improving patient services and increase physician services. We continue to concentrate on the needs of our patients with patient safety the priority for all hospital departments. When we commit to this as organization good things happen for our community
“We continue to focus as a team on the future to ensure MMH is a place where patients want to come, physicians want to practice, our employees want to work and of course our community chooses for their medical and healthcare,” Wolleben added.