Jones Memorial Hospital modernization project unveiled to public

Jones Memorial Hospital President James Helms, fourth from left, and Karol Marciano, chair of the board of directors, cut the ribbon for the facility’s transformation and modernization project today in Wellsville as other dignitaries also snip away.

Jones Memorial Hospital officials cut the ribbon today on a $25 million transformation and modernization project at its Wellsville facility, with dozens of medical personnel, local, state and county representatives and the general public on hand for the ceremony and tours.

Video cameras were capturing the activities today as James Helms, president of Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, and others discussed the opening of a new $25 million transformation and modernization project.

Karol Marciano, hospital board chair, said the modernization “is critical to our ability to grow health care services and provide high quality care for our family, friends and residents of Allegany County and beyond.”

She said that one-third of some 1,800 rural hospitals across the country currently are at risk of closing or cutting services, with hundreds already have done so in recent years.

The new facilities will “help us recruit and retain top notch healthcare providers and give them the kind of facilities and technologies they need to do their best,” Marciano said, noting the “workforce challenges in recruiting physicians and healthcare staff who are at the ready 24/7 365 (days of the year) to care for us.”

The total project involves:

Phase 1 – A 5,000 square foot expansion of the operating rooms suite, including two new full units, a registration area and sterilization.

Phase 2 – The static MRI suite, formerly housed outside the building in a trailer unit, including changing and holding areas, and separate registration.

Phase 3 – Creation of a third-floor Medical Village, consisting of a 14,000 square foot expansion housing pediatrics, orthopaedics and family medicine, and women’s health/obstetrics.

A video of the ceremony is available at http://tinyurl.com/kr5885wb.