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December 9, 2014

Gunlocke Leaders Tour the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department

Touring the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department was a top priority for guests from Gunlocke when they visited the Hospital on Wednesday, December 3rd. Noyes Health President and CEO Amy Pollard along with Hospital Board Chairman Mike Johnsen, Foundation Board Chairman Jon Shay and other Noyes Health employees welcomed Gunlocke President Don Mead, Vice President of Sales Tim Costello, Vice President of Marketing Kevin Gorman, Director of Member and Community Relations Diane Wiley and Executive Assistant Karen Valle. “We were pleased that, as a lead donor of the project, Gunlocke had a chance to see the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department in action, on a typical day” said Noyes Health CEO, Amy Pollard. “And to see their beautiful furniture put to good use by employees and visitors. We are grateful for their support of the project and all they do for the Hospital and community.” The project included expansion and renovation with a cost of $7.3 million inclusive of equipment costs. The Hospital jumpstarted this effort by securing a prestigious $4.69 million grant through New York State’s Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL NY) in June, 2012. In addition to the grant award, Noyes Hospital was honored to receive a $750,000 leadership gift for the Emergency Department from E. Philip and Carole Saunders, residents of Livingston County, and the Saunders Foundation in memory of their late daughter, Mary Saunders Beiermann. The goal of the 10,000 sq. ft. project was to replace the existing outdated, undersized Emergency Department (ED) through new construction and renovation of the existing space. Without the additional space, the Hospital would have been impeded from implementing a more patient-centered system both in terms of care and cost. The Gunlocke dignitaries also received a tour of the Lab Draw/Phlebotomy area which was expanded and renovated during the project. Gunlocke furniture fills the busy Lab Draw waiting room where calming colors and design look more like a spa than a hospital. “Businesses, along with individual donors, embraced this project and we exceeded our community goal of raising $2 million. The positive impact of this Emergency Department project will be felt by the region for years to come and we could never have accomplished all of this without the support of good neighbors like Gunlocke!” said Foundation Director Cynthia Oswald. Please contact Cynthia Oswald, Director of the Noyes Health Foundation, for more detailed information, call 585-335-4323, or visit our website at: ... Read More

November 10, 2014

Thanks to All Who Donated Blood

Noyes Health, The American Red Cross and Dansville Rotary Club, would like to thank everyone that donated blood at Noyes Memorial Hospital on Friday, November 21, 2014. A total of 25 units of blood were collected in one day! The Red Cross is constantly working to increase the availability of blood and blood products. This includes educating potential donors about healthy habits that will reduce deferrals such as for low iron, improving the yield from platelet donors and using containers that extend the time that blood can be safely shipped. Increasing diverse blood donor recruitment is critical to the future of our Nation’s blood supply. The Red Cross is implementing initiatives throughout the country to increase the number of blood donors in diverse communities and raise awareness of the need to give blood. The Red Cross also works to find rare blood donors to meet the specialized needs of patients all over the country. Through its 39 Immunohematology Reference Laboratories, offering support to hospitals across the country, and its collaboration with AABB on the American Rare Donor Program, the Red Cross helps ensure that patients will get the blood they need at any time of the day or night. Noyes Memorial Hospital is proud to be located in Dansville, New York with its rich health history. Clara Barton founded the first American Red Cross Chapter right here in Dansville in 1881. And there is a historical connection between the hospital and the Clara Barton/Livingston Chapter office location, a beautiful old home which was donated by the Noyes family! Colleen Bradley, Laboratory/Phlebotomy secretary, serves as the volunteer coordinator for the five community blood drives held at Noyes Memorial Hospital each year. Colleen thanks the public and the employees of Noyes Health for their ongoing participation and support over the years. Our next community blood drive at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville is Friday, January 16, 2015. 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

November 10, 2014

Noyes Health Holds Knee Pain and Active Lifestyle Seminar

The conference room was filled to capacity as over forty community members attended the Noyes Health “Manage Your Knee Pain and Enjoy an Active Lifestyle” seminar on November 6th in the hospital conference room. Drs. Robert Capecci and Kevin O’Keefe, Orthopaedics/Sports Medicine facilitated the talk sponsored by Orthovisc. Topics covered were osteoarthritis of the knee, its symptoms, and treatment options. There was a question and answer period at the end of the seminar and the attendees had many relevant questions about treatment of knee pain. Mike Donegan, Director of Physical Therapy for Noyes Health was also available to answer questions from the audience. Noyes Health looks forward to offering more of these informational evenings for the public on specific health and medical issues. 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

November 7, 2014

EBOLA: What you need to know in one handy PDF

Check out this important PDF we created to help you know about EBOLA, the danger, prevention, and how to protect yourself from this disease featured in the news. ... Read More

November 7, 2014

Stroke Basics Recognition, Prevention and Treatment

Monday November 17th come to our free program about Stroke Basics: Recognition, Prevention, and Treatment.... Read More

November 6, 2014

Livingston County Celebrates National Family Caregiver Month

It is no coincidence that National Family Caregivers Month occurs in the same month as Veterans Day. Both celebrate people who have and do the most heroic feats in their role as soldier or caregiver, including making life and death decisions and selflessly serving their community, as well as defending the safety and well-being of their family members with all their heart. What is a family Caregiver? According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, someone who gives weekly care for a chronically ill, aging or disabled family member or friend every week. Does this describe you? If so, you are among the 66 million family caregivers in America. Why is the number so high and predicted to continue to grow? According to the CDC, one half of the US population has a chronic condition. Of the services needed by this segment of our population, 80% of them are provided by family caregivers who spend an average of 20.4 hours each week doing many of the following which may include; assisting with personal care such as bathing, medications, transportation, paying the bills, cleaning, shopping, cooking and the list goes on. Many caregivers “go it alone” without consistent help from other family members. For all caregivers, the constant challenge of care giving is taking its’ toll. Some studies have indicated that caregiver stress can interfere with healing and many suffer from depression and anxiety. To help alleviate caregiver’s burden and provide support, the Noyes Caregiver Resource Center started coordinating an annual Caregiver Celebration in 2010. The goal was to provide caregivers with a day to come together to learn, relax, and examine available resources. On November 1st, 100 people, including caregivers and local vendors, came out for the 5th Annual Caregiver Celebration at Celebrate Family Church in Leicester. Over 30 community vendors were on hand to provide resources and support, along with a Matter of Balance coach from Lifespan who showed caregivers stretching & relaxation techniques. The Caregivers received a complimentary lunch and gifts donated by local merchants and vendors. Teresa Galbier, President/CEO of the Rochester Alzheimer’s Association, was a guest speaker who provided valuable information on all their services and programs they are able to provide to support Livingston County Caregivers caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia illnesses. The Keynote Speaker this year was Patricia Bomba, MD. Dr. Bomba helped caregivers learn how to live healthier and in turn live longer by following “The Ten Commandments of Healthy Living”. She discussed how nutritional needs change with age, how exercise helps keep you healthy, and how to manage medications and chronic illness. Most importantly, she taught how to turn the “10 Commandments” into “10 Commitments” for Healthy Living. Dr. Bomba also provided a workshop on Advance Care planning that provided education on Health Care Proxy, Living Will and MOLST forms. More information can be found on Dr. Bomba’s website at to learn more on advance directives. Many hands went into making this a memorable day for caregivers. This event would not be possible without the support and dedication of many contributors, donors, and volunteers! It is amazing to see our community come together to support great events like this that benefit those who need it most. The Caregiver Resource Center is sponsored by the Livingston County Office for Aging and is located at Noyes Hospital. Services include: information and assistance, Caregiver education, Alzheimer Support Groups, monthly Caregiver newsletter, and companion care for in-home respite care. For questions, you can contact the Caregiver Resource Center at 335-4358 or by e-mail: ... Read More

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