Eastern Region Celebrates Local Care with Local Fare

Aug 2, 2017

Young Sommer Winery in Williamson, NY

A little more than a month ago, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital held a ribbon cutting for its new patient access center, a major renovation to the hospital’s entrance that marked the beginning of a new era for Rochester Regional Health’s Eastern Region hospitals.

On July 27, friends of Newark-Wayne and Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic were given a glimpse of an exciting future while enjoying Rochester Regional’s Farm-to-Table dinner.

Held at Young Sommer Winery in Williamson, NY, the dinner was a celebration of community, featuring locally sourced food and drink, as well as remarks from Dustin Riccio, MD, president of the Eastern Region hospitals. After highlighting the significance of the new patient access center, Dr. Riccio pointed to the importance of Rochester Regional Health’s Because Care Matters Campaign going forward.

“It’s more than bricks and mortar,” said Riccio. “It’s a comprehensive effort that will improve the access to and delivery of the best possible care, wherever and whenever it is needed.”

To deliver that kind of far-reaching care, Rochester Regional has set a $60 million Programs goal for the Because Care Matters Campaign. These funds will go toward the equipment, staff, and other resources needed to strengthen and expand services across the system. But as there is a $210 million Facilities goal, there are still more bricks and mortar projects to come.

Clifton Springs aims to break ground on a new $32 million outpatient medical village in the fall, and similar to Newark-Wayne, there are also plans to renovate the hospital’s entrance. Further down the road, Newark-Wayne has plans to renovate patient rooms and expand and modernize operating rooms.

Additionally, expansions to the Lipson Cancer Institute will give patients in the Eastern Region more convenient access to cancer care.

Dr. Riccio also emphasized the Campaign’s need for community support, a message that resonated with the owners of Young Sommer Winery, Wilma and Herman “Herm” Young. “It’s important for us to work together when and where we can, and healthcare seems like a great place to do that,” said Wilma.

Combining Wilma’s passion for wine and Herm’s background as a fruit farmer, the Youngs established their winery in 2009. Although Wilma and Herm are healthy now, they know that might not always be the case. “There might come a time when we or someone close to us needs care,” said Wilma. “I think we can all agree that at that time, we’re going to want the best.”

To learn more about Because Care Matters: The Campaign for Rochester Regional Health, visit or call 585.922.4800.