TH Harris

Dr. Daniel P. Harris joined Macedon Family Practice in September.

The latest addition to Thompson Health’s primary care team is Dr. Daniel P. Harris, who joined Macedon Family Practice in September.

Harris, who is accepting new patients, received a bachelor's of science degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester prior to attending SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, where he was president of his class. Upon graduation, he completed the three-year Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Health in Syracuse.

At Macedon Family Practice, 1033 Route 31, Harris joins Dr. Claudia M. Gonzalez-Suarez.

The practice is one of nine Thompson Health primary care locations. Earlier this year, all nine were reaccredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as Patient-Centered Medical Homes.

According to Director of Practice Management Catherine Shannon, this achievement signifies that the practices offer a system of care in which a team works with the patient — and, when appropriate, the family — to provide comprehensive, coordinated care yielding the best possible health outcomes.

For a listing of all nine locations, including those accepting new patients, visit

Cardiac rehab program a leader in the field

Thompson Health's Cardiac Rehabilitation program recently achieved reaccreditation with the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

According to Marie Rusaw, director of Cardiopulmonary Services for Thompson, the AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process for cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs.

“It demonstrates that our program meets current, essential standards for patient care and identifies our program as a leader in the field,” Rusaw says.

Operated out of the Fralick Cardiac Rehabilitation and Fitness Center at Thompson Hospital and described by Rusaw as “full of positive energy and recovery,” the Cardiac Rehabilitation program has approximately 7,000 patient visits each year.

The program also partners with the American College of Cardiology’s CardioSmart initiative to host a monthly Mended Hearts Education and Support Group. This group is facilitated by heart attack survivor Jim Fralick of Canandaigua.

Those interested in Cardiac Rehabilitation or Mended Hearts can call (585) 396-6253 for more information.

Support group offered for those grieving

Did you know Thompson Health offers a monthly Bereavement Support Group?

The group meets the second Thursday of each month, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Sands Cancer Center, located at 350 Parrish St. Co-facilitated by social worker Deborah Wiepert and Eileen Alven, coordinator of the volunteers with the chaplain’s program at Thompson, meetings are open to anyone who has experienced a loss due to death.

“Especially with the holidays coming up, we want people to know we offer an opportunity for sharing and discussion, no matter whom they are grieving, how recent their loss was or how the death occurred,” Wiepert says.

For more information, call (585) 396-6780.