This is a great time of year to celebrate healthcare and the success of our health system, our teams and each other. At the end of April, we observed Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and Volunteer Week. On May 6, we kick off National Nurses Week and on May 7, Health System Week begins. With so many healthcare-focused observances and celebrations happening, we have plenty of opportunities to thank the people we depend on.
As we celebrate the work we do together, I encourage you to enjoy the festivities we have planned for Health System Week. As a baseball fan, I am especially looking forward Sunday, May 7, when it will be Rochester Regional Health Family Day at the Red Wings game. I hope to see you there. Use this link to get discounted tickets for you and your family. (To purchase Red Wings Tickets, go to www.ticketreturn.com. The username is ROCHESTERREGIONAL and the password is RRH. Don’t forget to hit the CAPS key when typing RRH. Tickets are $4 each with a maximum purchase of five tickets. )
Here at Rochester General we have one more cause for celebration. On Wednesday, May 10 at noon, we will have the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care and recognize our donors who trust us with their philanthropic support to build the hospital of the future.
To me, this groundbreaking kicks off an exciting and transformational journey we are about to start together. When the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care opens in late 2020, it will mark a new era for Rochester General. We’ll have new opportunities to combine emerging technology and more accommodating facilities to further advance the patient experience. Recently, the Democrat & Chronicle featured a preview of this project with some details of the great things that are coming.
These next few years will bring some transition, changes and challenges to our hospital, but the results will be more than worth it. However, during this historic time for Rochester General, the one thing that can never change is our commitment to our patients and each other.
I feel fortunate to be taking this journey with you.
President, Rochester General Hospital
- The Sands-Constellation Heart Institute has brought yet another advanced cardiac procedure to our region. Convergent Ablation is performed by a cardiac surgeon and electro-physiologist who work together to interrupt the electrical dysfunction in the heart that causes persistent or treatment-resistant atrial fibrillation. This procedure allows patients to have a higher quality of life.
We are the only provider in the region to offer this option to atrial fibrillation patients. Congratulations to Dr. Mohan Rao, Dr. David Cheeran and their team!
- We’re celebrating one of our own! Help me recognize Anthony Canty, a member of our environmental services team, for his success. On Sunday, April 23, a team from the University of New Hampshire came to RGH to film Anthony, who is a graduate of the Project SEARCH program. The program is designed to give students real-life work experience and help them transition from school to work life.
Anthony has overcome a great deal of adversity and now, as he approaches his one-year anniversary of working at RGH, he is a valued and respected member of our team. He does excellent work and makes genuine connections with patients and coworkers. The documentary will be released in early 2018 and be seen on YouTube and other platforms. Congratulations to Anthony and thanks to everyone who represented our hospital in this film!
- Congratulations to every member of the Rochester General Hospital team. Your hard work helped our health system secure a healthy bond rating. Standard & Poor’s, our debt rating agency, has affirmed our rating of A-, Stable. This is a product of our quality outcomes, clinical excellence, service line development, expense management and more.
The Standard & Poor’s team praised our system’s performance and healthy operations. Every day, I too witness the remarkable growth across our system. This rating will help us secure capital funding for critical investments, including the construction of the new Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care. Thank you again for your contributions and expert skills that help make Rochester Regional the thriving health system that it is.
- Michael Daniels, DPM, has joined the Rochester General Hospital Medical/Dental Staff. He is a podiatrist practicing with Rochester Podiatry. Dr. Daniels studied at Gannon University and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and completed his residency at the Catholic Health Systems – Sisters of Charity Hospital.
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