Prediabetes Program at BCH

Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death & disability in the United States. Type 2 diabetes is an avoidable condition.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is coordinating a Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (PT2) program, facilitated by a certified diabetes educator and a registered nurse, both whom are certified prediabetes lifestyle coaches.

Studies indicate that graduates who successfully complete the one-year education and support program can prevent or delay the risk for developing type 2 diabetes by up to 58%.

Who should consider this program? The CDC estimates that over 33% of adults have prediabetes. Persons with a diagnosis of prediabetes, impaired fasting blood glucose, have a history of gestational diabetes, have are overweight (have a BMI greater than 24) are at risk for type 2 diabetes, or score of 9 or more on the prediabetes screening test [https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/pdf/prediabetestest.pdf].
How can I register? Call (716) 592-9643. We are currently taking registration for a Thursday class to start July 5th at 1 p.m. The first six months, participants meet weekly and after that, monthly meetings will help keep you on track. Additional classes will be scheduled to meet patient demand. If you cannot attend on Thursday afternoon, call and we will inquire of the best day and time for future classes.

Details and Cost: The PT2 program is covered by many insurances without a co-pay and always by Medicare. When calling to register, additional information on insurance coverage will be available. Classes will be offered on different days and times when at least five persons are able to start a new class. Peer-support is an important part of the success of this program, so patients are unable to jump into classes that already exist.

Drug Disposal Box at BCH 

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has installed a drug disposal drop off box in its Emergency Department Waiting Room. Members of the public can use this service to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications in a safe and secure manner.

The box is accessible 24/7, and is monitored by security cameras. “This is one more way to keep drugs out of our water supply and out of the hands of children,” said Heather Hodson, PharmD, pharmacy department director. “We encourage our patients and area residents to clear out unused and expired pills, tablets, liquids, ointments and eye drops regularly from their cabinets and drawers.”

Although medications are accepted, needles and medical supplies should not be disposed of through ths location. This box was made possible by a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through its Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program.

Additional drop off boxes are available in Erie County at many local substations, including the ones in Springville and Boston.

Honoring William King

This appeared in the 2018 Garden Party program.

William King’s service to his community extends back to his service to our country as a U.S. Army soldier in Korea. Raised in West Valley, he returned from military service and began a long career as an IBEW electrician—now a 58-year member. He started with Dobkin and Gold Co. in 1960 and after four years as an apprentice, went on to spend 29 years on construction and renovation projects throughout Western New York. From there, he was an electrical inspector for the New York Board of Fire Underwriters for Erie and Cattaraugus Counties for 10 years.

His involvement with Bertrand Chaffee Hospital can only be described as extensive and fundamental.  He joined the hospital’s board of directors in 1972, the same year he was elected as president of the West Valley Volunteer Hose Company. Between then and 1992, he was an integral part of expansion and construction projects for the facility.  His call to service did not end there, as he became the town supervisor for Ashford in 1992, continuing for several terms, and he has been the town’s budget officer for 28 years and counting.

In 1997, he came back into the Bertrand Chaffee fold as a member of the then-new BCH Foundation, where he has remained a strong presence for the past 21 years, now as president. During his tenure on the board and foundation board, he served as president for the majority of his terms.

He and his wife, Carol, divide their time between West Valley and a home in Florida.

We thank Bill for his unwavering support of our hospital, his belief in our mission and his commitment to making our community a better place.

 

Celebrating the Cordelian Club

This appeared in the 2018 Garden Party program.

The name “Cordelian” has a meaning of social, educational, charitable and creative; looking deeper into its language roots, the “cor” has a meaning of “heart” in Latin. That’s where we get words like “cordial” and “encourage,” and the word “Cordelian” is completely appropriate to describe our local ladies’ organization that has supported our hospital and nursing home with such warmth and generosity since our very beginnings.

The Cordelian Club formed in 1937 by a group of local women in business, who had to be under 30 years old. That early requirement has changed, and today the club is proud to have members ranging from their 30s into their 70s.

This group meets monthly to gather and learn, and also to plan their major, annual event, the Dance.

This fundraising event has a long history as a popular tradition in Springville. With contributions to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home that range in the tens of thousands of dollars, this group has been a part of the facility’s major renovations and significant equipment purchases over the years.

Once a year, current Cordelian members have the opportunity to present names to be considered for membership, and are accepted with the expectation that they will continue the strong foundation of friendship, fun and community on which the group is built.

The Cordelian Club also gives a $100 savings bond each year to an outstanding SGI high school student, and an annual gift to the Girl Scouts of America in Springville.  Their actions represent a true community spirit and love for their neighbors.

2017-2018 season officers:

President: Kelly Baker

VP and Dance Chair: Kathy Goodrow

Treasurer: Kelly Sanders

Corresponding  Secretary: Joell Runge

Parliamentarian: Amy Wnuk

 

National Skilled Nursing Week and Village of Springville Proclamation

From May 13-18, National Skilled Nursing Care Week is recognized. This week, which starts with Mothers’ Day, is a way to focus on the important work done within nursing homes and care facilities to provide for the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities.

The Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home, established in 1974, provides skilled nursing care and short-term rehab in the heart of the village of Springville. In recognition of this, village Mayor William Krebs issued a proclamation to acknowledge this week and extend appreciation to the JBR staff for providing a vital service for our community.

Thanks to Community from BCH Women’s Association

Shared with Bertrand Chaffee Hospital by the BCH Women’s Association

On behalf of the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital (BCH) Women’s Association, I would like to thank all residents of Springville and the surrounding communities that supported the Theme Basket Auction on Saturday, April 21 at the Concord Town Hall. There were over 200 baskets/gift cards at the auction. All the money raised will be donated to the hospital for specific needs of the facility. Since 1996, the organization has donated more than $300,000 to Bertrand Chaffee. A BIG thank you to the following individuals and businesses for their generous donation and commitment to supporting the Theme Basket Auction event:

Arizona Diamondbacks- Paul Goldschmidt, AW Dye Insurance, Allstate, Amy Schmitt-Kingston, Anything Printed, Apple Dumplin, AutoZone, Buckwheat’s Florist, Buffalo Sabres, Burger King, Carolsel Beauty Shop, Carpet World, Cascade Lanes, Cattaraugus County Bank, Cheap Chollies, Cindy Lou’s, Community Bank, Concord Amish Village, Concord Crest, Concord Veterinary Center, Dave Wendel & Sons, Dave’s Compost, Dr. Scott Nachbar,Emerling Ford, Emerling Jeep, Fiesta Bamba, Fireside Inn, Formula 1, Gernatt Asphalt, Gui’s Lumber, Holiday Valley, Jake’s Greenhouse, Jenna Muise, Jim Murphy Chevrolet, John Sixt & Sons, Joylan Theatre, Julie’s Pizzeria,Ken’s Taxidermy,Kissing Bridge, Land Pro,Lawrence’s Tavern, Lulu Belle’s, Main Street Cafe, Mark’s Country Store, Maurice’s, McDonald’s, Microtel Inn, Nature’s Remedy,Peggy Austin Photography, Quilt Farm, Root 39, S & N Eileen’s, S & S Taxidermy, Shamel Milling, Shear Brilliance, Southern Tier Auto,Spring Creek Athletic Club,Spring Valley Landscaping, Springville Animal Hospital, Springville Dental Arts, Springville Door & Window, Springville Eye Care, Springville Health & Fitness, Springville Homewear, Springville Lanes, Subway, The Legacy, Tim & Bonnie’s Pizza, Tim Horton’s, Tops Friendly Markets, Valu Home Center, Village Optical, Waterman’s Greenhouse, Wendel’s Maple & More, Wendel’s Poultry Farm, White’s Appliances, Wireless Zone, Witter Davis Furniture, and Walmart.    

Karen Ritenour, President of the BCH Women’s Association       

Preventative Care for Diabetes Presentation at the Concord Senior Center

At the invitation of SCENe, the Springville Concord Elder Network, Kathleen Hebdon, RN, BSN, CDE presented a talk on preventative care in diabetes to a group at the Concord Senior Center on Friday, April 20.

The attendees had answers to their specific questions about diabetes risks, management and preventative actions they can take to reduce the risk of diabetes complications.

This presentation was part of SCENe’s University Express series, which continues through the summer. SCENe is part of the Healthy Community Alliance, a nonprofit rural health network based in Gowanda and serving residents in parts of Chautauqua, Erie, Cattaraugus and Wyoming Counties.