Administrator Announced for the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home

Carole Francis

Carole Francis joins JBR as administrator

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home have announced that Carole Francis will join the leadership team as long term care administrator this month.

“I am looking forward to getting to know all of the care partners in the community, including residents, family members, employees and volunteers,” said Francis. “As the Jennie B.’s administrator, it is my responsibility to embrace a culture of person-centered care that ensures well-being and a life worth living.”

Francis earned a master of business administration from SUNY Buffalo with a concentration in accounting, and a bachelor of science in education from Buffalo State College. She is also a certified public accountant. Her background in nursing home administration, along with healthcare finance and human resources, has been developed in the long-term care environment. She has more than 30 years’ experience with managing budgets and establishing relationships with residents, families and employees.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Carole to our leadership team,” said Nils Gunnersen, CEO of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. “She brings a wealth of nursing home experience in addition to strong skill sets in the financial and administrative aspects of healthcare.”

Francis begins her work in Springville on January 8, 2018.

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Soricelli Retires from JBR after 15 years

The Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home marked the end of an era on Friday, December 15 with the retirement of long-time administrator Roger Soricelli after 15 years.

Soricelli, a Java Center resident, has more than three decades’ experience in healthcare administration. He began his time at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home in 2002 following roles in Batavia, Malone, Olean and Florida. He earned a bachelor of arts in economics at SUNY Fredonia, and a master of arts in administration and leadership at SUNY Plattsburgh.

As the landscape for skilled nursing and long-term care has evolved, Soricelli helped the Jennie B. move with it. An example of this was the development of a short-term rehabilitation program.

“My wife Margo and I have both had very satisfying careers,” Soricelli shared. “Now we are looking forward to spend a lot of time spoiling our grandchildren.”

An announcement regarding the new administrator for the Jennie B. will be made in early 2018.

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From left: Tracy Rolfe, Activities, Kathy Paszkiewicz, Admissions, Roger Soricelli, Roberta Murray, RN, Director of Nursing, and Patricia Loveless, Administrative Assistant.

Start 2018 with Freedom from Smoking

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is offering the Freedom From Smoking program starting on Monday, January 15 and running weekly through February 26.

This program is designed for adult smokers and features step-by-step plans to help smokers gain control over their behavior. Cigarette smoke contains cancer-causing chemicals and can lead to lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Smoking is a behavior that negatively affects nearly every organ in the human body. It is also a cause of heart disease and stroke.

This program is taught by an American Lung Association-certified respiratory therapist. Each class runs from 1-2:30 p.m. The cost for the program is $80. Please call (716) 592-9643 for more information and to register.

maurices of Springville Donates to BCH Mammography Program

Representatives from maurices of Springville presented a donation to the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Imaging Department and BCH Foundation on November 20.

Store Manager Karen Baker and Assistant Manager Megan Slisz delivered a check to Lead Mammographer Judy Heary, which will go to the BCH Foundation. The gift is dedicated for use in promoting 3D mammography and encouraging women to get screened as recommended by their healthcare providers.

This donation came from maurices’ in-store activities throughout the month of October related to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thank you to all of maurices staff and the volunteer work that made this support possible! We appreciate how local businesses can take on the challenge of supporting local healthcare and promoting community health!

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Annual Appeal Begins

The annual appeal for the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation has begun! Letters will be sent out over the next two weeks. Our appeal this year is asking donors to reflect on the question, what does Bertrand Chaffee Hospital mean to you?

Share your story with us.

Here’s a look at what BCH meant to the community, from an article in the Springville Journal in the 1960s:

“Your hospital must meet the most unpredictable needs – it must continually be ready to serve and offer its services, and bring more roads to recovery, in an age that is filled with tremendous medical advances.”

Those words ring true today.

Your gift to our foundation funds equipment for the hospital and nursing home that helps your neighbors. Help us keep patients on their roads to recovery with a donation to our appeal before the end of the year.

Donate Now.

Melanye Deuble-Hankins, PA Joins BCH Primary Care Center

Melanye Deuble-Hankins will join the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center on Monday, November 27 as a physician assistant.
Deuble-Hankins has nearly two decades’ experience as an NCCPA-certified physician assistant, and has worked in cardiology and clinic settings. As a primary care provider at an occupational health clinic in Salamanca, she has also been in charge of emergency response for about 13 years.

“I am so happy to be joining the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital medical staff,” said Deuble-Hankins. “I am looking forward to greeting patients with a genuine smile, a willing ear, and sound judgement. I never forget what an honor and privilege is it, to be caring for you and your family!”

Deuble-Hankins began her career in the healthcare field as an ambulance attendant and flight medic with the STARFLIGHT program in Jamestown, New York. She moved into cardiology as a cardiac ultrasound technologist before earning a bachelor’s degree from D’Youville College. She has been a physician assistant in medical offices in Chautauqua County and Cattaraugus County, bringing extensive cardiology diagnostics training to the care she gives to her patients.

“Our primary care practice has been able to recruit patient-focused providers to our staff since opening in 2010,” said Nils Gunnersen, BCH CEO. “We’re excited to have Melanye join our team.”

The BCH Primary Care Center is scheduling patients with Deuble-Hankins immediately, and she will be accepting all major health insurances. For an appointment, call (716) 592-8140.

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Monthly Diabetes Support Group Schedule for 2018

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will coordinate monthly diabetes support group meetings for Type I and Type II diabetics and their loved ones in 2018.

Interested individuals are invited to participate in this group to share recipes, coupons and information about topics related to diabetes and health in a supportive and welcoming environment. The group will meet at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital on the first Monday of each month from 6-7 p.m. A Certified Diabetes Educator will facilitate the group, and meetings are free of charge. This group is part of the BCH diabetic education program, which is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

There will not be a meeting in January due to the New Year’s holiday. Topics starting in February include: February 5, Infections; March 5, What is Type 2 Diabetes?; April 2, Plate Method Diet; May 7, Kidney Disease; June 4, Carb Counting; July 2, Diabetes Bingo; August 6, Mediterranean Diet; September (closed for holiday); October 1, Asthma and Diabetes; November 5, Diabetes Distress; December 3, New Year, New You.

For more information, call (716) 592-9643. Meetings will be canceled when Springville-Griffith Institute schools are closed for a snow day.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s event calendar is published on Google Calendar.