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FL Health named Business of the Year

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce has named Finger Lakes Health as business of the year for 2008. Selected for its longevity, commitment to the community, and involvement in chamber activities, Finger Lakes Health embodies the principles the Chamber seeks to recognize with this honor. The Business of the Year is the highest honor a business can receive locally. It is awarded to one business annually, and it will be presented at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner, Thursday, January 22, 2009 at Club 86.“The Finger Lakes Health System adds so much to our community quality of life, and it’s easy to take it for granted. But for a city this size to have such a facility is a wonderful advantage, and I’m delighted to see the hard-working folks at Finger Lakes Health receive this recognition,” said Rob Gladden, President and CEO of the Chamber.Finger Lakes Health is a community owned, not-for-profit health system that provides a full range of acute and long term care health services to residents of the Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York. Services are provided on three campuses located in Geneva, NY (Ontario County), Waterloo, NY (Seneca County) and Penn Yan, NY (Yates County). The 660-bed health system is governed by a local Board of Directors and is served by a common management team. With 80 active staff physicians, the health system offers a broad range of primary, specialty and sub-specialty services to residents of the Finger Lakes region. Finger Lakes Health is compromised of two hospitals, Geneva General Hospital, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital and four long term care facilities, Living Centers at Geneva, North and South, The Homestead, and Huntington Living Center. For more than 110 years, the hospitals and nursing homes of Finger Lakes health have delivered exceptional care, provided invaluable service to the community, and had a significant economic impact in the Geneva area. Finger Lakes Health is the region’s largest employer, employing over 1700 healthcare professionals locally. The health system boasts an incredible record of patient safety and quality patient care outcomes. Geneva General Hospital is a New York State Designated Stroke Center, and has earned Stroke Center designation by the Joint Commission. The health system has twice been recognized by New York State with patient safety awards and has earned national recognition for patient safety including the VHA award for having no occurrences of ventilator associated pneumonia (now for more than 7 years). The health system has a long tradition of community involvement with employees serving on a host of boards and local service clubs. Representatives of Finger Lakes Health play an active role in our community are involved in upwards of 50 local organizations. A sampling includes the 21 century Afterschool Program Advisory Board, the American Red Cross, the Geneva Area Chamber Board, Geneva and Seneca County Rotary, The Boys and Girls Club of Geneva, Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service Board, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, Geneva Arts Development Council, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Community Advisory Committee, Jobs for Geneva, Leadership Geneva, March of Dimes, Ontario ARC, and Success for Geneva’s Children.Finger Lakes Health is one of the first four health organizations nationwide to be named as the “Health System/Hospital of Promise” by America’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth and one of thirteen sites chosen nationwide to serve as a demonstration site. This ultimately led to the Finger Lakes area earning the distinction, as one of the “Best Communities for Youth”, a national distinction. Tickets to the dinner are $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Varied size corporate tables are also available. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Chamber at 315-789-1776.The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce is the premier business organization of the Geneva area representing over 500 members.

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