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MMH First Quarter See Continued Growth in Physician Practices

April 23, 2018

Massena Memorial Hospital officials shared at the monthly Board of Managers meeting the hospital continues to experience growth in the Physician Practices, which is part of the strategic plan. The hospital has been focused over the last year in expanding and improving patient access for primary care throughout its service area. The Chief Executive Officer Bob Wolleben, said, “Over the past year MMH has developed a broad primary care system to improve patient access.”
“We are pleased with the growth in our both our primary and specialty care practices. This is a transition to care in which our community can rely on outpatient care, seeing a primary care provider and avoiding expensive and unnecessary Emergency Room visits,” the CEO added. 
With this shift in care, MMH has experienced a decline in inpatient revenue with inpatient volumes significantly lower than the first quarter of 2017. Wolleben added, “I believe our efforts to get a patient treated in the right environment is a good move. All patients should have a primary care provider and not rely on going to the Emergency Department for primary care treatment. The decline in inpatient admissions in the first quarter is directly tied to reduce Medicaid admissions.”
March’s financials resulted in a loss from operations of $190,257. The Emergency Department treated about 5% more patients and Ambulatory Surgery Unit treated 15% more patients in March. As noted outpatient volumes in the physician/provider clinics was up substantially from the previous year. At the same time the hospital continues to be diligent to control expenses to align operations with the revenue generated. 
Other positive news includes the continued growth of the hospital’s minimally invasive daVinci robotic surgical program. Dr. Jeffrey Greenberg, OB/GYN and Dr. Dalkeith Facey, General Surgeon, volume continues to grow. The da Vinci surgery offers patients: less blood loss, less pain, shorter hospital stay, and small incisions for minimal scarring. Dr. Greenberg will be speaking to the MMH Auxiliary in May about the daVinci Program.

Other upcoming community programs include:
•    Healthcare Decision Day Educational Luncheon–April 25.  Attorney Effie Kyriakopoulos will discuss topics relevant to older New Yorkers, their family members and caregivers.  This luncheon program is free of charge and open to the public.  For more information, MMH Public Relations Office at 315-769-4262.
•    National DEA -National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Massena Police Department and members of the Massena Drug Free Coalition will collect expired, unused prescriptions and Over-the-counter medicines. People are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets. 10 am to 2 pm at MMH Lobby
•    Hernia Screening Clinic –MMH is offers free Hernia Screening the 1st Tuesday of the month.  Dr. Dalkeith Facey, General Surgeon will see patients at 181 Hospital Drive, Suite #B from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.   For an appointment or more information, please 769-4656.
•    Skin Tumor/Lesion Detection Clinic- MMH offers a free screening the 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Dr. Sanjay Shah and Dr. Dalkeith Facey, General Surgeons will see patients at 181 Hospital Drive, Suite #B from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.   For an appointment or more information, please 769-4656.
•    29th MMH Foundation Radiothon- May 11- the Foundation will be raising money toward the purchase of an additional daVinci Camera. The auction will be live on WMSA and streamed on the MMH Foundation Facebook page. People can place the bids by phone or on line.
“We are committed to providing the latest technology that advances patient care in the communities we serve. We know our community looks to MMH for health information and services they can use.”  Wolleben added, “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. As noted the investments in bringing new physicians and services to the hospital that will serve our community well into the future.”