About Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare
Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare organization, includes St. Luke’s Home, Senior Network Health, Mohawk Valley Home Care and Visiting Nurse Association of Utica and Oneida County. Our Adirondack Community Physicians medical group offers eight primary care offices located throughout Oneida and Herkimer Counties and multi-specialty providers including general surgery, orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery. Our role in the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute and the Central New York Diabetes Education Program, in cooperation with St. Elizabeth Medical Center, exemplifies our commitment to provide accessible, quality healthcare to the community.
Name of Business: Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare
St. Luke’s Campus, 1656 Champlin Avenue, Utica, NY;
Faxton Campus, 1676 Sunset Avenue, Utica, NY
Phone: (315) 624-6000
Centers & Services
St. Luke’s Campus
Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care
St. Luke’s Home
Visiting Nurse Association of Utica and Oneida County
Adult Day Health Care Service
Senior Network Health
Outpatient Dialysis Center
Mohawk Valley Home Care
Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
Number of Employees 2,900 (2,600 FTEs)
Top Executive (Title) Scott H. Perra, FACHE, CEO/President
2012 Annual Revenue Total: $330 million
2013 Projected Revenue: $338 million
Geographic Area Served: Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties
2012 Corporate Highlights
- Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) is accredited by Det Norske Veritas’s (DNV) National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations (NIAHOSM) and has now been certified to the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Standard. ISO 9001:2008 is recognized by businesses around the world as the benchmark for continual quality improvement. FSLH achieved this designation a year earlier than required.
- For the second year in a row, FSLH is the number one ranked bariatric surgery hospital in New York State and is among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for its bariatric surgery program with a 5-star rating by HealthGrades. FSLH is also a recipient of the HealthGrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year (2007-2012).
- Andrew Pellecchia, MD, an endoscopic ultrasound specialist, recently joined the staff of FSLH and Digestive Disease Medicine of Central New York. Dr. Pellecchia is the only physician in the area to perform advanced endoscopic procedures including endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic mucosal resection and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). He treats patients with Barrett's esophagus disease and through his specialized procedures is able to help diagnose and stage treatment for certain types of cancers. Until now, patients have had to travel outside the area to receive these types of treatments.
- FSLH, the area’s designated stroke center, received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award for the second year in a row. The award recognizes FSLH’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
- FSLH is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). It is the only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in the Mohawk Valley and one of a few in the upstate region. By awarding facilities the status of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).
- In April 2012 FSLH opened The Imaging Center, located in the Utica Business Park in the MorganStanley/SmithBarney Building at 106 Business Park Drive, Utica. The Center offers women’s services including digital mammography, bone densitometry, stereotactic and ultrasound breast biopsy, ultrasound and a patient navigator program. The new location employs 18 staff members and includes 6,194 square feet of space.
- Debra Walz, RN, MS, WHNP-BC, AOCNP, STAR/C, joined the Regional Cancer Center team as a Women’s Health and Oncology nurse practitioner. Walz provides care to women including those at risk for and with cancer. Walz follows women from the time of a breast cancer diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship. If a woman needs additional evaluation, a diagnostic work up or treatment, Walz links her to the appropriate services quickly.
- Suzanne Burns, RN, CBPN-IC, a nurse navigator for the Regional Cancer Center, became a certified breast patient navigator through the completion of the National Consortium of Breast Center’s (NCBC) Breast Patient Navigator Certification Program. This certification program validates Burns’ knowledge and skills in navigating a patient through their breast care/cancer continuum of care.
- Cancer patients in the Mohawk Valley now have access to much improved cancer care at the Regional Cancer Center, which obtained RapidArc technology to provide radiation therapy. This breakthrough cancer treatment delivers precise tumor-destroying radiation, takes a matter of minutes and is pain free.
- Lisa Volk, RN, LNHA, has been named executive director of St. Luke’s Home, a 202-bed nursing home located on the St. Luke’s Campus. Prior to joining FSLH, Volk was CEO/administrator at St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in St. Johnsville, New York. She also held the positions of director/assistant director of Nursing Services and staff development coordinator for the St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
- FSLH’s Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (24-bed acute rehabilitation inpatient unit) is accredited through 2014 by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). An organization receiving this accreditation has voluntarily participated in a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site survey that it is committed to conforming to CARF’s accreditation conditions and standards. Furthermore, an organization that earns CARF accreditation is commended for quality programs and services.
- FSLH’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program met strict standards of practice and was awarded certification through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). For patients with chronic respiratory problems, pulmonary rehabilitation can help increase endurance and decrease shortness of breath. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at FSLH is one of only 21 programs in New York State certified by AACVPR.
- FSLH and SEMC were recognized as two of the nation’s top hospitals by National Research Corporation. Both earned the 2012/13 Consumer Choice Award for the ninth consecutive year. Winners were announced in Modern Healthcare magazine in October. Each year, National Research honors hospitals that consumers rate as having the best quality and image, based on a study of more than 250,000 households.
- The Boards of Directors for FSLH and SEMC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), an official first step toward a potential full affiliation agreement. The boards signed the agreement in early December 2012. The two hospitals began discussions in December 2011 on the feasibility and benefits of an agreement that would more closely link the two hospitals and their operations.
To help fund the affiliation process costs, FSLH and SEMC have each been awarded a $7.135 million HEAL grant from New York State (NYS). This grant allows them to focus on joint efforts to enhance access to care, increase efficiency in operations and improve patient outcomes.
The award is a direct result of a grant opportunity offered by the NYS Department of Health and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to fund projects that help health care facilities address bed capacity in the health care system, improve primary and community-based care, and reduce over-reliance on inpatient care in hospitals and nursing homes. The funding is provided through Phase 20 of the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State (HEAL) and the Federal-State Reform Partnership (F-SHRP).
2013 Corporate Plans/Outlook
- FSLH and SEMC will continue to pursue a full affiliation. The model being pursued maintains the Catholicity of SEMC and allows for more linkages between the two organizations. It provides opportunities to use limited resources to serve the greater good for patients and residents. Officials anticipate the legal and financial due diligence will take several months and are working toward a final approval process by the end of 2013. This affiliation model provides a strong backbone on which a comprehensive plan of care for our community can be further developed, always supporting clinical excellence with solid fiscal management.
- A February 2013 opening is anticipated for the multi-million dollar expansion taking place at FSLH’s new Center For Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services, also the site of St. Luke’s Home. The Center will encompass St. Luke’s Home, Home Care Services including Adult Day Health Care, Senior Network Health, Visiting Nurse Association of Utica and Oneida County and Mohawk Valley Home Care, an inpatient rehabilitation unit and an 8-station outpatient dialysis unit. The new construction and expansion will improve long-term care services and consolidate community-based alternatives for Oneida County residents.
- In early 2013, Adirondack Community Physicians (ACP) will be launching a patient service center, which connects patients to 39 providers in eight locations with just one call to 315-624-4ACP (4227). Patients will have instant access to registered nurses who can triage their medical needs over the phone. The patient service center will also have access to providers’ schedules to helps schedule patients appropriately. The Electronic Medical Record system at each ACP medical office allows for providers to have access to patient records and support their plan of care, no matter where patients are treated.