September 2017 Rochester General Hospital President’s Message

Dear Team,

As RGH undergoes historic physical and operational change, we have a rare opportunity to shape the future of our hospital. Every day, the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care is a little closer to completion. When we cut the ribbon at the end of 2020, we will have the most advanced safety and quality practices – crafted by a focus on patient experience, quality and safety – to complement what will be the most modern health care facility in Rochester.

In the coming weeks and months, as we continue to anticipate and prepare, we’ll also begin to see the next major signs of transformation: demolition of the old main entrance area, the laying of the building’s foundation and the installation of a massive tower crane.

With significant change comes lots of questions and, as we take this journey together, we want everyone to stay informed and be ambassadors of our message. That’s why this month we launched the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care Construction Page on the RGH Portal. On the page, you’ll see a timeline for upcoming milestones, news highlights and a Frequently Asked Questions section with an easy way to submit questions of your own. Please take advantage of the opportunity to share the questions and concerns that matter to you.

As we update our care delivery processes, remember: the gold standard we are setting is what our patients deserve. That’s why we are assembling transformation teams to build the operational plan. These teams are leading the advancement of the care delivery process so we can continue to improve patient experience, quality, safety and efficiency. The improvements will be felt by our patients and their loved ones now and even more so after we cut the ribbon on the new center. More information on our transformation teams will come in the near future.

I continue to be proud of the work we do every day. We provide great care with a safe and kind patient experience. As we move forward with construction, please continue to keep a focus on safety, with preoccupation with failure in the front of your mind, as we look out for our patients and each other.

Lead courageously,

Celebrating our team

Congratulations to the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute for earning a three-year echocardiography reaccreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. Echocardiography is a tool to assess the heart and detect conditions such as heart disease. This reaccreditation is a testament to the echocardiography team’s commitment to outstanding care.


Our work toward achieving HIMSS 7 designation is part of a major patient safety initiative. The designation will mean Rochester Regional Health hospitals are using best practices to maximize the capabilities of the electronic medical record system. Your efforts in initiatives like medication scanning are integral to making Care Connect the most effective tool possible while making every single patient in our health system safer.



  • Leandro Antonio Bernardo, MD, is a hospitalist who attended medical school at the University of the Philippines, completed residency at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, and a fellowship at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
  • Naila Choudhary, MD, has joined the cardiology team. She attended Punjab Medical College and completed a residency at St. Francis Hospital Heart Center and another at Unity Hospital. Dr. Choudhary also completed fellowships at University of Florida College of Medicine at Jacksonville and Strong Memorial Hospital.
  • Simon Fawzy, MD, is a hospitalist who attended medical school and completed an internship at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Fawzy also completed a residency at Richmond University Medical Center.
  • Erin Klinkman, MD, has joined the palliative care team. She attended medical school at Ponce School of Medicine, completed her residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center and her fellowship at University of Nevada School of Medicine.
  • Abdul Mohammed, MD, is a hospitalist who attended medical school at Deccan College of Medical Sciences and completed two residencies: one at Texas Tech University of Health Sciences and another at Hurley Medical Center.
  • Ola Mscichowski, MD, specializes in family medicine and attended St. George’s University School of Medicine. She also completed an internship and a residency at Guthrie/Robert Packer Hospital and a fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics.
  • Bindiya Stancampiano, MD, specializes in OB/Gyn and attended University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Stancampiano also completed an internship and residency at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.