The Rotary Club of Jamestown met remotely by Zoom on Monday, April 21.
Amy Rohler shared with the Club the need for volunteers -The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County usually posts their volunteer listings one week out (schedules/policies change frequently) – allowing people to see the current need through the present week into next. Volunteers will receive a weekly text message from Cynde Johnson (Resource Development and Marketing Coordinator) with an updated schedule/time slots.
The Club’s President Cheri Maytum-Krull then inducted three new members: Mary Schiller (sponsored by Joni Blackman); Elizabeth Cippolla (sponsored by Tory Irgang);and Eric Harvey (sponsored by Justin Hanfit).
Mary Schiller was born in Oil City and lived in Harrisburg. She attended Duke University for her undergraduate work and received her law degree from SUNY Buffalo School of Law. She is part owner of the firm Fessenden, Laumer and DeAngelo, specializing in personal injury law. She lives in Mayville, with her husband and 2 dogs.
Elizabeth Cippolla is returning for membership in the Club for a second time. She is a Human Resource Professional with Decision Associates. Elizabeth lives in Lakewood with her husband, who is the superintendent of Westfield Central School and their 3 children who attend Southwestern Central.
Eric Harvey, sponsored by Justin Hanft, is a resident of Jamestown and he and his wife have a four month old daughter. Eric is a Financial Advisor with The Alliance Advisory Group.
Megan Barone, Director of Development at UPMC Chautauqua introduced Cecil Miller, CEO of UPMC Chautauqua.Cecil and his wife Lisa have 3 children and he has worked for UPMC for the past 20+ years.
Cecil started by assuring the membership that the hospital was well-prepared for the worst case scenario of difficulties from the COVID 19 virus. Luckily, that has not occured here in our community. To date, the hospital has seen 28 + cases, with 3 deaths and a 2% positivity test rate.
Mr. Miller is pleased that UPMC is well prepared with Personal Protective Equipment having a plentiful supply of masks and gowns.They do have a supply of rapid tests that return results in 45-60 minutes. This is especially helpful when someone presents themselves with full blown symptoms, they can be tested and the hospital can quickly move the patient into a negative pressure environment and take much more extensive precautions.
The hospital moved quickly at the start of the pandemic and closed the facility to visitors. People entering the hospital are required to have their temperature taken and to wear a facial mask.
Hospital finances have been deeply affected as 80% of all surgeries have been postponed. It has been important for the hospital to be able to perform rapid testing for the virus on patients who may need emergency surgery.
Mr. Miller received compliments on the way the hospital has continued to manage patients for blood tests and other testing, making sure only one person at a time is in the testing area.
Miller said physician recruitment is continuing and he is anticipating that a medical oncologist is scheduled to arrive in the spring along with two orthopedic surgeons. He attributes that to the association of the hospital with a major medical center UPMC.
The CEO was questioned about people being discouraged from going to the ER with symptoms of COVID 19. Mr. Miller responded how important it is to keep anyone with active symptoms away from the hospital until or unless aggressive intervention is necessary.
Miller said he is pleased that they have been able to provide the proper equipment and protection to the staff who are working so hard to keep everything under control.
He also thanked everyone for their expressions of thanks and kindness during this stressful time.