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REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CATTARAUGUS COUNTY TOWN HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION PRESENT GIFTS FOR THE YOUNGEST EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT PATIENTS AT BERTRAND CHAFFEE HOSPITAL
The Cattaraugus County Town Highway Supervisors Association delivered a supply of new toys and stuffed animals for the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Emergency Department on December 17. Staff in the ED gives out toys to its youngest patients and visitors. The Association also collected toys during the holiday season to deliver to Olean General Hospital, Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services, the Ronald McDonald House in Buffalo, and the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.
From left: Teresa Fink, RN, Town of East Otto Highway Superintendent Tom Benz, Diane Metz of Suit-Kote, Rachael Conklin, RN, and Casey Suraf, LPN.
The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Women’s Association will host its annual Drive-Thru Chicken Barbeque Dinner on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, from 3pm until 6pm, in the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital parking lot.
Dinners are $10 each and include Wendel’s Poultry Farm Chicken, one side, roll, and a homemade dessert. Presale tickets are available to purchase from BCH Women’s Association Members, the BCH Gift Shop and the Hospital switchboard until September 24. Presale tickets are highly recommended – last year’s dinner sold out!
The BCH Women’s Association, in existence for over 70 years, holds many fundraisers throughout the year to donate to the BCH Foundation. This dedicated group of women has raised over $300,000 since 1995, supporting clinical equipment purchases and building improvements at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home. New members are welcome and encouraged.
Crews have completed work on the former Concord Medical Group building to prepare the site for construction. The demolition of the existing structure marks an important step in beginning phase of the construction of BCH’s new medical arts facility. Site preparation and demolition work was completed by Empire Building Diagnostics of Depew.
“Many people have shared their stories of the excellent care they received from the providers in the former Concord Medical Group Building” remarked BCH CEO Nils Gunnersen. “We acknowledge the important role CMG played in the history of our community and are pleased to be working with the Concord Historical Society to have a number of items like the paintings and mosaics displayed at the Heritage Building on Franklin Street. BCH is excited to continue on this positive trajectory, grow our services, improve health care access to our community, and keep healthcare local.”
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will continue to keep patients, employees and neighbors informed about progress at each phase through its website and Facebook page. The construction of the new medical arts building is made possible through an $11.3 million grant from New York State Health Care Facility Transformation Program.
Dr. Salvatore Calandra, MD is a Board Certified Cardiologist who has been practicing in the WNY area for the last 28 years. He was a partner with the Cardiology Group of WNY for 26 years and Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab and Intervention for the Catholic Health System for 17 years. He presently is the Director of Cardiology for Mobile Healthcare Partners/Mobile Primary Care. Recently, he has joined the cardiology team at ECMC.
“We need to strive to educate individuals to be proactive in their cardiac and vascular health and to educate our patients to recognize the warning signs and symptoms of heart disease and stroke,” said Calandra. “Time is of the essence to get to a doctor or seek medical attention.”
“Dr. Calandra brings a wealth of experience to our Heart Center team,” said CEO Nils Gunnersen. “His focus on patient education and dedication to the heart health of our WNY community echoes the mission of BCH and keeping healthcare local.”
The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Heart Center, located on the hospital’s first floor, provides a comprehensive array of clinical and diagnostic cardiac and vascular services, including outpatient consults, echo, regular and stress echo testing and pacemaker interrogation. For appointments, call (716) 592-9644.
Ally Olsen graciously accepted a $1,000 donation from the Felton Burns VFW Post 5260 on behalf of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. The donation will be used to purchase a bariatric wheelchair for use on the Medical Unit of the hospital. The members of the local VFW expressed interest in donating to the hospital because it is something that we all use from time to time. We thank them for this generous donation.
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital provides acute inpatient care, 24 hour emergency care, laboratory, imaging, rehabilitation, respiratory, surgical services, and primary care for the 535 square mile rural service area of Southern Erie, Cattaraugus, and Wyoming Counties. Long term care services are available through the Jennie B. Richmond skilled nursing facility, offering 24-hour nursing care, plus personal care, social and rehabilitation services, and recreational services.
Olsen brings to the Jennie B. a background in social work and crisis counseling. She has experience in assisted living, long-term care and sub-acute rehabilitation facilities in Western New York, specializing in admissions and discharge processes as well as advocating for resident rights and needs. She earned a Long-term Care Administration Certificate from D’Youville College, and a Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University at Buffalo. The South Buffalo native began work on March 11.
“I’m eager to meet the residents and staff at the Jennie B.,” said Olsen. “JBR is a treasured part of Springville and I look forward to maintaining its tradition of quality long-term nursing care and short-term rehab services.”
“Allysa has a wealth of social work experience,” said Bertrand Chaffee Hospital CEO Nils Gunnersen. “We’re looking for her to continue our focus on residents’ medical, social and emotional needs.”
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month focuses attention on a disease that is detectable and treatable when caught in its early stages. Each March, healthcare facilities and organizations take steps to raise awareness of this condition and to highlight the importance of regular colorectal cancer screenings on a schedule recommended by your healthcare providers.
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital joins in this effort by sharing information about colorectal cancer with patients through its Primary Care Center and Surgical Center. The goal: encourage patients to know their risks for colorectal cancer and to get screened on a schedule recommended by their healthcare provider.
For most patients, colon cancer screenings begin at age 50, though certain risk factors such as a family history of colon cancer might indicate that earlier screenings are needed.
Colonoscopies are screening tools that are performed in a surgical setting with sedation for patient comfort. Other screening options include take-home stool tests that are covered by most insurance plans and available for free to uninsured patients through county Cancer Services Programs (CSP). To access the CSP in Erie County, call (716) 858-7376. For Cattaraugus, Allegany and Chautauqua Counties, call 877-778-6857. For Wyoming County, call (716) 278-4898.
At Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, physicians in our Surgical Center perform colonoscopies for patients in an ambulatory surgery setting. That means that patients are generally able to go home from their procedure on the same day.
Colorectal cancer most commonly affects individuals over the age of 50. Patients who are experiencing a change in bowel habits, bleeding or blood in stool, persistent abdominal pain or cramping, or unexplained weight loss should consult with their healthcare provider.
A prescription is needed from a healthcare provider to schedule a colonoscopy. Please call (716) 794-3295 for a colonoscopy consultation with Dr. Gavin Davison, surgeon in the BCH Surgical Center.
BCH & JBR will be sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive on March 11, 2019 from noon until 4:00pm. All presenting donors will receive a Game of Thrones t-shirt (while supplies last). Please contact Annette Kaleta at 592-2871 ext. 1221 to schedule your appointment.
Does your loved one seem to be sleeping more and eating less? Most people do as they approach end-of-life. Hospice Buffalo has a strong collaboration with Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home. Over the years, the Jennie B. Richmond staff and the Hospice Buffalo team (nurse, social worker, spiritual counselor, aides and even volunteers) have worked together to provide compassionate care. It will bring you peace knowing your loved one will receive more care, more comfort and more visits with two teams working together.
We encourage you to “Know Us Before You Need Us.” The most frequent comment we hear from families is, “I wish I would have called Hospice sooner.” Why not ask a Jennie B. Richmond physician, nurse or social worker for a hospice consult today, or you can call Hospice Buffalo directly at (716) 686-8000. We are here to support you, your loved one and the Jennie B. Richmond team.