May 31, 2013
For many years, the Town of Webb oversaw and provided funds for healthcare for residents and visitors through the Town of Webb Health Center. In May 2012, St. Elizabeth Medical Center and its Medical Group and Town of Webb began working on a lease agreement to have the Medical Group resume the operation of the Health Center. After a review by the New York State Department of Health, the Medical Group officially began operation of the Town of Webb Health Care Center on Monday, May 13. This brings the number of St. Elizabeth Medical Groups offices to 14 that serve the community in locations throughout Oneida and Herkimer counties.
St. Elizabeth Medical Center and the Board of Directors of the Town of Webb Health Care Fund, Inc. held an open house on Wednesday, May 29 at View, followed by tours of the Health Center. Hazel Dellavia, President of the Town of Webb Health Care Fund, Inc. presented a check in the amount of $36,150 was used to upgrade the radiology equipment at the Health Center to convert it from an analog film processing system to a filmless, digital system. The upgrade has significantly improved the time in which x-rays are available for interpretation by a radiologist, as well as, the image quality.
Initial renovations at the Health Care Center have been completed, with office space separated to accommodate the Health Care Center, Dr. Rintrona, DDS, a private dental practice, and Home Aide Services of the Central Adirondacks (HASCA) all located at the same site. The renovations include increased work space for the nursing staff, two handicap-accessible rest rooms for patients and visitors, and improved heating and air-conditioning systems. Laboratory services are also available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jan Squadrito, Senior Program Officer of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc. along with two board members presented a check in the amount of $59,930 for further renovations to the Health Center.
Thomas Socash, M.D. a longtime provider at that site continues to care for patients and St. Elizabeth Medical Center is continuing its efforts to recruit a second full-time physician to assist the needs of the residents of the Town of Webb.
“St. Elizabeth Medical Center appreciates the support of Town Supervisor Ted Riehle and the Town Board, Hazel Dellavia and the Town of Webb Health Care Fund, Inc. throughout this process,” said Robert C. Scholefield, Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to a long and successful working relationship to serve the residents of the Town of Webb.”