April 1, 2010
Hamot Physicians now Staff KCH Emergency Room

Just four months after Hamot Medical Center and Kane Community Hospital (KCH) formed a formal affiliation, Hamot Emergency Medicine physicians now staff the KCH ER 24-hours a day.

The change, began 7 a.m. April 1, and will enhance emergency care for area residents.  The transition has taken place over the past few months while Hamot physicians performed shift rotations at KCH.

Today Ferdinando "Fred" Mirarchi, D.O., Medical Director of Hamot's Emergency Department, assumed command of KCH's Emergency Room.  Along with providing emergent care, he is charged with creating a team of Hamot physicians to staff the KCH ER, in addition to finding other opportunities for the department

Dr Mirarchi will be working shifts, as he did day one, to experience firsthand the issues facing emergency care at KCH, to help in the goal of streamlining and improving Emergency services at KCH.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Fred Mirarchi to KCH,” announced J. Gary Rhodes, CEO of KCH. “This move is one of a series of planned enhancements to the quality, continuity of care and access to specialty services at Kane Community Hospital.”

Dr. Mirarchi received his medical degree from Western University of Health Science, did his residency at Allegheny General Hospital and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine.  In 2007, he became Medical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Hamot.

"Hamot is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to all its patients," said Fred Mirarchi, D.O.  "Our clinical affiliation with KCH is about improving community access to high-level specialty medical care. Through our emergency medicine physicians we aim to streamline community access to the same high-level of care we provide at Hamot.  KCH patients will have improved access to our regions’ only Trauma Center in addition to Hamot's Accredited Cardiac and Neurologic Centers nationally recognized for treating heart attacks and strokes."

Hamot ER physicians will serve on rotating 24-hour shifts while KCH continues the staffing of ER nursing.

“ER patients will continue to be cared for by the familiar faces of KCH nurses, led by Cindy Salerno, RN, CEN, ER Nurse Manager," stated Pam Bray, RN, KCH Director of Nursing and Director of Patient Care and Service.  “We look forward to the various growth opportunities this change will bring.”

Kane Community Hospital (KCH) is an affiliate of Hamot Health Foundation.  KCH is a 31-bed acute care hospital with a five-bed ICU, 24-hour physician-staffed ER, a system of five, hospital-based physician clinics, KCH Home Health, and KCH Rehabilitation Services serving residents and guests of the Alleghenies for over 80 years.  Learn more at www.kanehosp.com.

Hamot Health Foundation is a 351-bed tertiary care facility located in Erie, PA.  Hamot has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report - America's Best Hospitals, Most Wired, and Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals for overall organization performance as well as 100 Top Hospital for cardiovascular care, neurological services, urology, orthopedics, gerontology and critical care medicine.  Hamot was founded in 1881 and more than 125 years later continues "to Serve" its patients, employees and community.  More information can be found at www.hamot.org.