ELMIRA - The Arnot Health Foundation recently received $200,000 from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine towards The Future is Today Capital Campaign.

Their leadership gift to the Foundation pushed the Campaign’s total beyond its $5 million goal, to over $5.2 million. The Future is Today Capital Campaign started in January 2015 and was publicly announced at the Arnot Health Gala on October 22, 2016.

Currently, Arnot Health’s Graduate Medical Education and Residency Programs are offered in affiliation with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Members of the current class of the Graduate Medical Education Program at Arnot Health are completing rotations in family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, radiology, internal medicine, pediatrics, and psychiatry at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital, and the Arnot Medical Services offices.

“LECOM’s support of The Future is Today Capital Campaign is a testament to the strong relationship that has flourished between Arnot Health and LECOM over the past 4 years,” said the Assistant Dean of Regional Clinical Education LECOM and Director of Graduate Medical Education at Arnot Health Richard Terry, DO, MBA, FAAFP, FACOFP. “With LECOM’s generous gift to the Campaign, Arnot Health is better positioned to provide the high-quality, cost-effective, socially responsible healthcare that our patients need. But now, we can also give our medical students and residents the best facilities and technology to train for a promising future in medicine.”

LECOM believes that supporting Arnot Health will ultimately help boost the socioeconomics of the Southern Tier.

“By giving our medical students and residents access to excellent training programs that are enhanced by The Future is Today Capital Campaign, we hope to retain these young physicians in the future. There is a direct impact.”

Funds raised from the Campaign support three specific areas of the healthcare system. At Arnot Ogden Medical Center, renovations on unit 4D and the addition of unit 5D created 44 new rooms, adding 15,000 square feet. About 90% of the hospital’s rooms are now private with new bathrooms. Floor 5D is also considered an intermediate, “step down unit,” that relieves congestion in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and enables patients to move to a more appropriate level of care when needed.

The Campaign also funded enhancements in the Radiology Department on the Arnot Ogden campus, where many of LECOM radiology residents are currently training. System-wide, Arnot Health provides over 180,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologic procedures each year. With the imaging technology upgrades, the Radiologists can determine the best treatment plans more efficiently than ever before.

Also within the Radiology Department, new private waiting areas and dressing rooms help to improve patient privacy. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning upgrades throughout the department allow for a more comfortable environment for our patients. Furthermore, the newly constructed floor plan now has a direct route to the Emergency/Trauma areas, facilitating a safer and easier transition for patients between the two corridors.

Third, the updates at the Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) at St. Joseph’s Hospital focused on patient safety. The physical renovations help the BSU to exceed safety and regulatory compliance measures. The BSU is now a more therapeutic environment, and these upgrades help us tend to the ever-increasing need for inpatient mental-health services in our community. With these extensive renovations, patients have access to a positive gateway to recovery.