New physicians help brighten Massena Memorial Hospital’s financial picture

New physicians help brighten Massena Memorial Hospital’s financial picture


New physicians help brighten Massena Memorial Hospital’s financial picture

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MASSENA — Massena Memorial Hospital’s brighter financial picture is due in part to the number of new physicians who have joined the staff, according to Chief Executive Officer Robert G. Wolleben.

“We just finished the month of November and we had another positive operating gain that was driven by medical surgical admissions, which were slightly more than November last year,” he told Massena town councilmen. “Part of our November results are reflective of the fact that we had a new cardiologist, Dr. (Aderonke) Adeniyi. That’s been arranged through the UVM Health Network. She’s just a joy to work with. Our cardiology office practice is up just about 8 percent.”

The medical group is also performing well, thanks to the addition of new physicians, Mr. Wolleben said. They’ve treated more than 4,500 patients this year.

“I just met with our two new family practice physicians, Dr. (Rohit) Barretto and Dr. (Matthew) Prionas. Their practice is building,” he said. “They started with us in August. Likewise, I think they’re going to be very successful here.”

The hospital’s surgical group volume is also up, by nearly 5 percent, according to Mr. Wolleben.

“That’s reflective of the fact that we recruited Dr. Dalkeith Facey earlier this year. Dr. Facey’s practice has built and continues to build,” he said.

One area that has been down is obstetrics.

“We still do have a weakness in our obstetrics program. That’s primarily because most of the year we’ve only had one obstetrician. We do have a new obstetrician that started three months ago, Dr. (Jeffrey) Greenberg,” Mr. Wolleben said. “I just met with him today and his office practice is building, so I expect that in six to eight months our obstetrical volume will come back.

He said recruiting physicians is a regular occurrence for hospital officials.

“We spend a lot of time and energy on trying to restock physicians. This year we have brought on close to 18 new physicians. We are currently in the hunt for an EMT surgeon and an orthopedic surgeon,” he said. “I’m led to believe we’re going to have some good news on both of those recruits in the next month, month-and-a-half.”

Mr. Wolleben said they’ll continue that effort in 2017.

“We have aggressive plans for next year, including some more subspecialists, so we’re very active in recruiting physicians so we can provide the services this community requires,” Mr. Wolleben said.

He said the hospital ended November on another positive financial note.

Source: Watertown Daily Times
New physicians help brighten Massena Memorial Hospital’s financial picture

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