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October 27, 2014

Noyes Health Foundation Hosts Donor Gratitude Evening

The Noyes Health Foundation Board of Directors, led by Chairman, Jon Shay, hosted over one-hundred guests at the annual Donor Gratitude Evening at Swain Recreation Center on Saturday, September 27th. Hospital CEO, Amy Pollard, Hospital Board Chairman Mike Johnsen and Jon Shay publicly thanked the Mary Saunders Beiermann Capital Campaign Cabinet members with certificates and “officially” closed the emergency department campaign. Displayed that evening was a time capsule and its contents that will be sealed and placed in the emergency department to be opened in fifty years – 2064! The bronze dedication plaque that will be placed outside the emergency department pedestrian entrance was unveiled as the event came to a close. A special highlight of the evening was the scenic lift rides provided by Swain Recreation Center. Exclusive Corporate Sponsor for this event was Ralph and Marilyn Kerr, Teaching & Learning Institute ( “The Noyes Health Foundation Board is grateful to our donors for the support of the Foundation and the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department. With the leadership, right from the start, of Phil and Carole Saunders, their family and the Saunders Foundation the project fundraising never skipped a beat!” said Cynthia Oswald, Foundation Director. “Jon Shay and Les Cole served as co-chairs for the Capital Campaign Cabinet, and led a group of committed volunteers who never lost sight of the importance of a new emergency department and the funding needed to make it happen”. The lovely evening at Swain Recreation Center brought closure to a successful campaign and gave the Foundation a venue to publicly thank our supporters, but the work of the Foundation never ends. There is always another project, with funding needed, just around the corner! The Noyes Health Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit and is crucial to the financial support of Hospital projects, equipment, and programs which will further improve the care Noyes Health is able to deliver to the communities we serve. For more information on the Noyes Health Foundation visit, Noyes Health Facebook Page or contact Cynthia Oswald, PR/Marketing Director at or 585-335-4323. ... Read More

October 27, 2014

Noyes Health Celebrates National Physical Therapy Month

Please join all of us at Noyes Health in wishing our Physical Therapy staff in Dansville and Geneseo a Happy National Physical Therapy month! Staff includes Mike Donegan, PT, DPT, Marsha Wallace, PT, Paula Rocha, PT, Shelly Trim, PTA, Amy Jacoby, PTA, Dawn Johnston, PTA, Jessica Kershner, MSPT, Paul Kreher, MSPT, and our newest addition: John Russo, PT, DPT. John just joined our team weeks ago and will sit for his boards at the end of October. And, the friendly support staff includes: Charlotte Lincoln in Dansville and Linda Naples in Geneseo. Physical Therapists treat a wide array of neuromuscular pathologies with exercise, manual therapy, modalities such as heat, traction, or ultrasound; and patient education. In many cases, we help individuals avoid surgery, avoid or lessen long term medication use, return to work or sport, recover from surgery, and generally live a healthier life with less pain! Physical Therapy started as a profession back in the early part of the last century. The polio epidemic brought about the need for formalized muscle strength testing and re-education in 1916. In 1917, as the U.S. entered WWI, the army recognized the need to rehabilitate wounded soldiers. The Division of Special Hospitals and Physical Reconstruction developed 15 "reconstruction aide" training programs, and this later developed into the profession of Physical Therapy. Today, there are over 204,000 licensed Physical Therapists in the U.S. We are proud to say we have some of the best and brightest here at Noyes Health! Thank you to our Physical Therapy Team for your dedication to the profession and the community you serve. 7 Myths about Physical Therapy People everywhere are experiencing the transformative effect physical therapy can have on their daily lives. In fact, as experts in the way the body moves, physical therapists help people of all ages and abilities reduce pain, improve or restore mobility, and stay active and fit throughout life. But there are some common misconceptions that often discourage people from visiting a physical therapist. It's time to debunk 7 common myths about physical therapy: 1. Myth: I need a referral to see a physical therapist. Fact: A recent survey by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) revealed 70% of people think a referral or prescription is required for evaluation by a physical therapist. However, all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) allow patients to be evaluated by a physical therapist without a physician's prior referral. In addition, 48 states and DC allow for some form of treatment or intervention without a physician referral or prescription (Oklahoma and Michigan being the exception). Beginning November 1, 2014, patients in Oklahoma will be able to seek treatment from a physical therapist without a physician referral. On January 1, 2015, patients in Michigan will be able to do so, as well. Some states have restrictions about the treatment a physical therapist can provide without a physician referral. Check out APTA's direct access summary chart (.pdf) to see the restrictions in your state. 2. Myth: Physical therapy is painful. Fact: Physical therapists seek to minimize your pain and discomfort—including chronic or long-term pain. They work within your pain threshold to help you heal, and restore movement and function. The survey found that although 71% of people who have never visited a physical therapist think physical therapy is painful, that number significantly decreases among patients who have seen a physical therapist in the past year. 3. Myth: Physical therapy is only for injuries and accidents. Fact: Physical therapists do a lot more than just stretch or strengthen weak muscles after an injury or surgery. They are skilled at evaluating and diagnosing potential problems before they lead to more serious injuries or disabling conditions—from carpal tunnel syndrome and frozen shoulder, to chronic headaches and lower back pain, to name a few. 4. Myth: Any health care professional can perform physical therapy. Fact: Although 42% of consumers know that physical therapy can only be performed by a licensed physical therapist, 37% still believe other health care professionals can also administer physical therapy. Many physical therapists also pursue board certification in specific areas such as neurology, orthopedics, sports, or women’s health, for example. 5. Myth: Physical therapy isn't covered by insurance. Fact: Most insurance policies cover some form of physical therapy. Beyond insurance coverage, physical therapy has proven to reduce costs by helping people avoid unnecessary imaging scans, surgery, or prescription drugs. Physical therapy can also lower costs by helping patients avoid falls or by addressing conditions before they become chronic. 6. Myth: Surgery is my only option. Fact: In many cases, physical therapy has been shown to be as effective as surgery in treating a wide range of conditions—from rotator cuff tears and degenerative disk disease, to meniscal tears and some forms of knee osteoarthritis. Those who have recently seen a physical therapist know this to be true, with 79% believing physical therapy can provide an alternative to surgery. 7. Myth: I can do physical therapy myself. Fact: Your participation is key to a successful treatment plan, but every patient still needs the expert care and guidance of a licensed physical therapist. Your therapist will leverage his or her specialized education, clinical expertise, and the latest available evidence to evaluate your needs and make a diagnosis before creating an individualized plan of care. For more information on Noyes Health visit, Noyes Health Facebook Page or contact Cynthia Oswald, PR/Marketing Director at or 585-335-4323. ... Read More

October 21, 2014

Noyes Health System Pharmacists Highlight Vital Role in Improving Patient Safety Pharmacy Week Activities Offer Opportunities for Patients to Learn about Medication Safety

Pharmacists at Noyes Health will use National Hospital & Health-System Pharmacy Week, October 19-25, 2014, to underscore the many new and vital roles they now play in patient care. The evolution has been especially dramatic in recent years as pharmacists have moved beyond compounding and dispensing medications to become vital members of multidisciplinary patient-care teams. “Many consumers are not aware that pharmacists play a critical role in preventing medication errors, advising prescribers on the best drug choices, and working directly with patients to ensure they understand how to use their medications safely and effectively,” said Frank DeMarzo, Noyes Health Pharmacy Department Director. “Pharmacy Week is a great way to educate the public about how pharmacists can help them get the most benefit from their medicine.” Hospital and health-system pharmacists have been able to take on enhanced patient-care roles because of a number of factors, including the deployment of highly trained, certified technicians and new technologies like robotics that dispense medications. As technology evolves—such as the addition of machine-readable codes to medication labels—patients will have greater opportunities to have a pharmacist involved in their care. “Frank and his team play a crucial role in patient care and we know how fortunate we are to have such a dedicated group of professionals in the Noyes Health Pharmacy Department”, said Cynthia Oswald, Director of Public Relations and Marketing. Noyes Health employs four pharmacists, four pharmacy technicians and one module coordinator all located at the hospital facility.... Read More

October 16, 2014

New Noyes Health commercial premiering on Time Warner Cable

We are very excited to announce the production of a new Noyes Health commercial that will be premiering on Time Warner Cable! Beginning on Monday, Noyes Health will be advertised on The Weather Channel and The Hallmark Channel through Time Warner. The new commercial’s focus is to showcase Noyes Health and increase awareness of Noyes Health services. Please click the link below to view our new commercial!... Read More

October 1, 2014

Noyes Health Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the Unveiling of a Digital Mammography Unit in Dansville

Noyes Health is pleased to announce that a new digital mammography unit has been installed and is now fully operational in Dansville. This extends our ability to provide both screening and diagnostic mammography exams to patients with all insurances. Noyes Health thanks the community for their patience throughout the transition to a digital service. We are pleased that a capital investment and the challenge of the transition have afforded us the ability to offer enhanced breast care services to our community. For more information on digital mammography or information on breast health at Noyes Health please call (585) 335-4235. Please contact Cynthia Oswald, Director of Noyes Health Public Relations, for more detailed information. Call (585) 335-4323, or visit our website at: ... Read More

September 23, 2014

UR Medicine and Noyes Health Explore Formal Affiliation

UR Medicine and Noyes Health Explore Formal Affiliation UR Medicine and Noyes Health announced today that they are considering a formal affiliation. Leaders from both organizations emphasize that talks are still preliminary and a decision to affiliate is still months away, but say that a closer relationship could allow the organizations to work together in more cost-effective ways that would help them strengthen services to the Dansville community. The institutions currently collaborate to bring UR Medicine specialists such as medical oncologists and neurosurgeons to Noyes, providing Dansville-area residents access to specialized care close to home. A formal affiliation would expand that relationship to make Noyes the fourth hospital in the UR Medicine network, alongside Strong Memorial, Highland, and Thompson Health. ... Read More

September 17, 2014

Noyes Health Receives Special Recognition for 10 Year Participation in Child Passenger Safety Program!

In celebration of the ten year anniversary of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Child Passenger Safety Program in Livingston County, Noyes Health System received an award for being an active partner from the start-up. Noyes Health was recognized by Cornell Cooperative Extension and Senator Young for its ten years of “Dedication to the Safety of Future Generations”, at a luncheon on September 15th at the Livingston County Highway Department offices. “Noyes Health First Steps Program has been the “Car Seat Fit Station” for all program participants in need of a car seat for their newborn baby for the past decade. An average of forty to fifty car seats have been provided annually with car seat installation, including safety education for pregnant women in need”, said Patty Piper, Director of Community Outreach Services for Noyes Health. Noyes Health also hosts the Annual Livingston County Child Car Seat Safety Checkpoint each year during Child Passenger Safety Week in September. Noyes Health wants to thank the other active partners that make this program such a success: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, Bob and Sue Mills, community volunteers for the program for past ten year and the New York State Police Department. And a special thanks to June Webster and Amber Pellicane from the Cornell Cooperative Extension Traffic Safety Education Program for their dedication to this important community outreach program. Please contact Cynthia Oswald, Director of Noyes Health Public Relations, for more detailed information, call 585-335-4323, or visit our website at: ... Read More

September 17, 2014

Noyes Health Celebrates Nephrology Nurses Week September 14th – 20th!

The week of September 14th – 20th has been designated by the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) as Nephrology Nurses Week. Nephrology nurses care for patients with kidney disease and provide lifesaving care each day. This year's theme is "Nephrology Nurses- Special Treasures". Nephrology nurses use their vision, knowledge and skills to take action and improve patient outcomes as they make a positive difference in the lives of patients and their families every day. Caring for kidney patients requires nurses to be skilled, well educated, and motivated, and nephrology nurses cite the variety and challenges of the specialty as fueling their ongoing passion. The Noyes Health Kidney Disease and Dialysis Center located in Geneseo opened six years ago with the support of past Livingston County Administrator, Nick Mazza and the Livingston County Board of Supervisors. The facility and medical staff serve a need in the region to provide quality care while keeping patients close to home when dealing with kidney disease. Thank you to all of our nephrology nurses and support staff at the Kidney Disease and Dialysis Center in Geneseo for the great work you do in caring for the patients in our community! Please contact Cynthia Oswald, Director of Noyes Health Public Relations, for more detailed information, call 585-335-4323, or visit our website at: ... Read More

September 15, 2014

Mind over Matter! Noyes Health Silver Sneakers Group Holds Trivia Event!

Noyes Health Silver Sneakers Group, facilitated by Brenda Hoag, Instructor, held a Silver Sneakers Trivia Event followed by a luncheon on Thursday, August 28th at the Presbyterian Church on School Street in Dansville. Trivia stations were set up with categories and questions to answer, along with physical activity and an exercise if the question could not be answered. Categories consisted of everything from Local History, World History, Presidents, Fun Facts, TV/Movies/Music and Noyes Health System. There were a lot of laughs and healthy competition as everyone tried to help each other answer questions and move around the stations. Each station was hosted by a “celebrity professor”. Amy Pollard, Noyes Health CEO was one of the professors and also stayed for lunch and a chat with participants of the program. Other professors for the day were: Tara Coffey, Lifeline, Deb Dupont, Radiology/Us/MRI, Dawn Case, Physician Services Manager, Cynthia Oswald, Foundation/Public Relations and Karen Lamonica, community volunteer. The Noyes Health Silver Sneakers Program has been operating for over a decade with weekly classes in Dansville. For more information about Silver Sneakers or to sign up for the program please contact Brenda Hoag at: 585-335-4386. Please contact Cynthia Oswald, Director of Noyes Health Public Relations, for more detailed information, call 585-335-4323, or visit our website at: ... Read More

September 2, 2014

Noyes Health Posts Job Openings on Military Exits Website!

Noyes Health has chosen to advertise open job positions on the Military Exits website, . This is a website designed to link discharging Military personnel with employers and jobs. Military Exits targets world-wide military separations with accurate job and resume matches. They also distribute employers’ job openings at job fairs and transition centers statewide and overseas. This is an additional avenue for recruitment of physicians, nurses and employees for the Noyes Health System which advertises open positions in multiple venues both locally and nationally, along with our own website. “We are pleased to partner with Military Exits”, said Cynthia Oswald, Noyes Health Director of Public Relations, “added visibility with the disciplined and well-trained Americans that have served our Country bravely will only enhance the pool of applicants to open positions here at Noyes Health.” Please contact Cynthia Oswald, Director of Noyes Health Public Relations, for more detailed information, call 585-335-4323, or visit our website at: ... Read More