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Newark Wayne Maternity Facility to accept more patients for deliveries and surgeries

Newark-Wayne Community Hospital (NWCH) has affiliated with a new team of physicians from Finger Lakes Medical Associates (FLMA).
As of May 1, obstetrics and gynecology specialists Drs. Stephanie L. Ahmed, James E. Hight, and Stephen F. Achilles will perform deliveries and surgeries at NWCH.

“It was Newark-Wayne’s focus on quality of care that attracted us to the hospital and its clinically integrated system,” said Dr. Ahmed, Finger Lakes Medical Associates. “We are singularly focused on the health and safety of our patients and their newborns, and we are excited to begin working with the team at Newark-Wayne.”

Newark-Wayne Community Hospital is affiliated with Rochester General Health System, which offers a clinically integrated women’s health program offered at multiple sites throughout the region. The system includes more than 30 specialists who oversee routine and high-risk pregnancies, as well as GYN oncology, Masters level Midwifery, minimally invasive robotic gynecology surgery, and breast care services.

“The OB/GYN team at Finger Lakes Medical Associates has a strong reputation, and we were happy to be approached by their physicians to affiliate with Newark-Wayne Community Hospital,” said Mark Klyczek, President, NWCH. “We have a strong track record of providing an excellent practice environment for our physicians, and are committed to leveraging the strength of our system to provide the utmost care for all our patients.”
“While we now record about 420 births a year at Newark-Wayne, we will increase that number of deliveries here to about 800-1,000 births,” said Klyczek. “This is a game changer.!”

The association of the two groups will give access to one extra more OB/GYN at Newark Wayne in addition to their three physcians and one midwife, and offer a facility for birthing to the Finger Lakes group.

This, according to Klyczek will increase response time, and give options to maternity and gynocological patients, since Newark-Wayne is affiliated with Rochester General as well.

“Newark Wayne Community Hospital’s OB/GYN team is an important part of our nationally-recognized, integrated women’s health program,” said Dr. Abraham Lichtmacher, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, RGHS. The system is ranked among the top healthcare providers in the nation in delivering high quality, high-value health care. Its robust Patient Safety Institute fosters continual, systemic improvement in patient safety and quality.

Finger Lakes Medical Associates’ has served the central Finger Lakes community since the 1960s. The group comprises 15 physicians, more than 115 staff, 3 locations and specialties including cardiology, adult medicine, nephrology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and urology. It remains an independent, physician-owned and -run organization, dedicated to the health of our patients in the central Finger Lakes. We will now increase our nursing staff for the maternity/obstetrics to 35 (from 19) and the pediatrics coverage will now run 24.7, 365 days a year.
Anethesiologist, OB/GYN physicians and Pediatric doctors will all be onsite. Also offering more to the women who use the facility, Davinci Robotics Surgical is available at the Newark hospital. “This process involves less pain and bleeding, especially for hysterectomies and difficult OB/GYN procedures” stated Klyczek.

On a safety level, Newark Wayne is working with two new safety programs/designations. They will be part of the “MoreOB” and “Baby-Friendly” programs.

Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently Program is a comprehensive performance improvement program that creates a culture of patient safety in obstetrical units. Founded on High Reliability Organization principles, the MOREOB Program integrates professional practice standards and guidelines with current and evolving safety concepts, principles and tools. The results are sustainable, proven and measurable — a decade of experience and more than 13,000 participants confirm it.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), launched in 1991, is an effort by UNICEF and the World Health Organization to ensure that all maternities,. A maternity facility can be designated ‘baby-friendly’ when it does not accept free or low-cost breastmilk substitutes, feeding bottles or teats, and has implemented 10 specific steps to support successful breastfeeding.

The two groups, Finger Lakes Medical Associates and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital will remain independent with regards to employees.
A contract will be worked out to allow the two groups to share their physicians and staff.

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