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MMH Starts 2017 off in a Positive Direction

February 20, 2017

Massena Memorial Hospital officials had positive news to share with the Board of Managers Monday evening at their monthly meeting.

In January, MMH installed a state-of-the-art vital sign monitoring system, the Masimo Patient Safety Net System automatically collects a patient’s vital signs data. MMH is the first hospital in the St. Lawrence County to have the Masimo Patient Safety-Net System and the first in New York State to interface directly with the electronic medical record.

“At MMH we are committed to providing safe, high quality patient care,” said MMH Chief Executive Officer Bob Wolleben. “Installing the Massimo Vital Signs Monitoring System is one of several steps we are taking to that goal.”

To support the growth of Dr. Aderonke Adeniyi’s Cardiology’s practice, MMH has relocated the outpatient cardiology services of EKG, Echocardiography, Holter monitoring and stress testing, to the third floor of the hospital. This provides patients a one-stop location for all outpatient cardiology services.

The CEO noted, MMH welcomes another physician to the medical staff, Dr. Myo Su Win, Board Certified Internal Medicine. Dr. Win sees patients at the Louisville and Brasher Falls Family Health Centers.

Chief Financial Officer Pat Facteau reported the hospital cared for more patients in the hospital, the Emergency Department and its outpatient clinics than last January. The increased patient volume drove a positive net gain of $90,836 for the month of January. 

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 31% with admissions compared to last year.  January was the largest number of inpatients admitted in two years Facteau noted.

Outpatient activity compared to last year saw growth. The Emergency Department treated 1,445 patients, 8% more than last year.  The Ambulatory Surgical Unit completed 31% more procedures this January compared to last. Overall, the outreach clinics were 268 visits over last year, treating 3,124 patients for the month; which is 9.4% greater than last year due to the additional physicians recruited in 2016.

Mr. Facteau reported that these results were tempered by the notice that the hospital will be charged an additional pension expense for 2016 of $1.9 million due to the actual performance of the investments in the New York State Pension plan not producing the revenues as originally estimated by the state. MMH’s total 2016 pension expense ended the year at $4.7 million, $2 million greater than the prior year.

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. 2016 shows that when we focus on patients our community and MMH are stronger. We are also pleased to welcome Carol Fenton as a new board member. I know her experience will serve us well as MMH moves to transition to a non-profit corporation.”

“We are monitoring the changes being proposed at the federal level so that we can proactively adjust our plans. As recently as last week, the ACA Repeal/Replace plans being circulated were estimated to reduce MMH’s revenue by $7 million,” he added.

“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.