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Medina Hospital Now Participating in Local Electronic Health Info Exchange

The Rochester Regional Health Information Organization, or RHIO, now includes all 15 hospitals in the 10-county area.

Medina Memorial Hospital in Orleans County and St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, Steuben County, recently joined the region’s electronic health information exchange.

Doctors and other health care providers can view lab reports, test results, medication history, demographic information, radiology images and reports, hospital discharge summaries, and elder services data over a secure Internet connection through the RHIO.

The RHIO serves Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle filed report; Photo courtesy: Medina Memorial Health Care System

Orleans County Man Accused of Faking Theft of Rig

An Orleans County man accused of arranging the theft of his tractor-trailer is facing felony charges.

Matthew R. Tower, 32, of Gaines was recently charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, following a lengthy investigation by the Orleans County Sheriff's Office, Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess announced. Tower is accused of conspiring with two men and arranging for the duo to steal his 14-year-old tractor-trailer in March, so he could collect insurance money on the rig, Hess said.

The truck, which is worth approximately $70,000, was stolen from 15731 Route 31 in Murray on or about March 31, deputies said.

The plan was for one of the two men to drive the tractor-trailer to North Carolina to dispose of the truck, deputies said.

But police said that did not happen.

Orleans County Rescuers Call Off Search of Canal After Man Turns Up

A quick dash to get out of the rain may prove costly for a fisherman.

A police officer on patrol on July 24th in Holley, Orleans County, came upon a scene where it appeared a person had slid into the Erie Canal: A bicycle on the canal bank, along with flip-flops, fishing poles and beer cans. Slide marks into the waterway were also visible.

The Holley police officer called for backup and authorities started searching the water about 1:30 a.m., said Orleans County emergency dispatchers.

Ultimately, about 65 people - New York State Police, the Orleans County sheriff's dive team and firefighters from five area departments - were involved.

Search boats were brought in, as were a tracking dog from Niagara County and a helicopter.

The search ended just after 6 a.m.