Phase I of S&S renovations has begun

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

“Building for the Future” gives updates about new and enhanced services, building projects and other items of interest at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital. I hope this column will serve as a way we at your community hospital can keep you informed.

On Tuesday, May 27, a brief groundbreaking ceremony will officially kick off Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital’s major renovation/construction project. The public is invited to attend the ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on the ground floor at S&S.

The first phase of the three-part project involves renovation of the former kitchen/cafeteria on the ground floor to make room for the rehabilitation services – Cardiac Rehab, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology.

The public will also see outside changes, with the gravel parking lot off North Avenue temporarily closed to allow for demolition of a small house on North Avenue and paving of that lot.

In other news, Dr. Jason Feinberg will join Dr. Eleanor DeWitt, Patsy Ballard, FNP, and the staff at Keuka Health Care Associates, on June 16 to provide ongoing care to all of Keuka Health’s patients.

Dr. William P. Welbourne is retiring from practice at Keuka Health effective June 15. Soldiers & Sailors and Finger Lakes Health wish Dr. Welbourne well and thank him for his 31 years of dedicated service to the Penn Yan community.

Dr. Feinberg, who is well respected in this region for his excellent service both in private practice and as a hospitalist physician at Geneva General, will work with patients in Penn Yan on an interim basis until permanent arrangements for additional physician coverage are complete.

We expect one or more additional physicians to join the Keuka Health practice during the next year.

Dr. Feinberg is a graduate of SUNY Syracuse Medical School and completed his Internal Medicine training at the University of California in San Francisco. He is a Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

May 31, World No Tobacco Day, will be the official start date for Finger Lakes Health’s entirely tobacco free environments initiative. All grounds will be tobacco free as of that date, with no one, including staff, patients, residents and visitors being allowed to smoke or use other tobacco products on the grounds of any of our facilities from that date forward.

The discontinuance of tobacco use on our campuses is in keeping with statewide and national trends by many healthcare organizations and with our commitment to providing a healing environment.

Soldiers & Sailors recently welcomed Dr. Dahlia Alspaugh, general, vascular and thoracic surgeon, to the medical staff. Dr. Alspaugh is seeing patients in the former Daisy Marquis Jones Family Health Center on the ground floor at S&S and is performing surgical procedures in the Operating Room at S&S.

Appointments can be made by calling 315-531-2983. Additionally, Dr. Harold Ross, ophthalmologist, and Dr. Kimberly D’Amore, plastic surgeon, continue to use the S&S Operating Room for surgical cases.

Barry Turek, D.O. has been elected chief of emergency medicine for the Emergency Departments at both Soldiers & Sailors and Geneva General hospitals. Dr. Turek had been serving as an emergency physician at both hospitals since 2007. Dr. Turek is board certified by the American Boards of Emergency and Internal Medicine.

Installation of a replacement 16-slice spiral CT unit at S&S has been completed. The Philips 16-slice spiral CT scanner with a workstation and dual syringe power injector will improve patient care with angiography capability, improved image resolution, reduced scan time per procedure and diagnostic tools, such as detailed 3-D reconstruction, which were not available on the hospital’s previous scanner.

The 16-slice CT scanner is five times faster than the previous unit. The number of slices refers to the number of sections imaged. The thinner the sections, the more detailed the images. 

For patients, what matters most is faster scanning, meaning less breath holding and more comfort.  For clinicians, the significance is in the faster service and enhanced image detail.