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MMH adds DaVinci Surgery to Expand Range of Services

November 21, 2017

At Massena Memorial Hospital, we are committed to providing the latest technology that advances patient care in the communities we serve. We took another step in this direction by expanding MMH’s Minimally Invasive Surgery Program through the addition of the DaVinci Surgical Robot Program.
Dr. Dalkeith Facey, General Surgeon and Dr. Jeffrey Greenberg, OB/GYN, performed surgeries last week utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System for gallbladder, hernia and hysterectomy surgeries. Dr. Sanjay Shah, also will be performing procedures in the near future. The da Vinci Surgical System is used to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures in the areas of gynecology, urology and general surgery. 
“This new minimally invasive surgery allows for a shorter hospital stay, less blood loss and faster recovery time for the patient,” explained Robert Wolleben, Chief Executive Officer. “At Massena Memorial, we believe that minimally invasive surgery should be the standard of care in surgery. Last week, the three patients went home the next day after surgery.”
MMH officials shared an update on the current finances which continue to remain a challenge, recording a $2.9 million operational loss for the first ten months of 2017. 
Year to date volumes in the physician outreach clinics and admission are up; special note is the new primary care clinic, St. Lawrence Internist reporting 1,436 visits in October. Chief Financial Officer Pat Facteau reported the hospital continues to care for more patients in the hospital, and our network of clinics along with our ancillary departments. 
The new ENT/Plastic Surgery Clinic with Dr. Henri Gaboriau continues to grow with 308 visits for the three months of operation. Dr. Birinder Singh, Nephrologist/Internal Medicine with a specialty in Hypertension, has begun to see patients on the third floor of the hospital. The hospital’s physician outreach clinics are up by 8,397 (29.6%) over last year. Outpatient activity was up by 7.5% from last October. 
The CFO noted that new physicians recruited in the past year as well as investments in technology, equipment and improved patient relations all continue to contribute to the positive volume increases. 
For the month of October, Admissions were down but are still trending at an increase of 1% over last year. MMH welcomes both Dr. Ammar Kafa and Dr. Wai Kyaw, as full time hospitalists. Facteau noted bringing on full time Hospitalists, will reduce Locum Tenens expenses for this service.
 “We continue to work on financial permanence, the development/transition to a Non-For-Profit Hospital and an affiliation, to insure MMH is here for many years to come. We have said consistently, the healthcare industry is in flux and things beyond our control can impact MMH’s bottom line with little or no advance warning. Today we are faced with added expenses due to elimination of the Medicare Low Volume adjustment and added benefit costs that were $400,000 over what we planned for,” Robert G. Wolleben, Chief Executive Officer said. “Despite the challenges that pop-up every day, we are making real progress on this front as evidenced by the growing number of patients we serve both in the hospital and our outreach clinics. We are making investments in bringing new physicians and services to the hospital that will serve our community well into the future.”
 “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.