Cordelian Club Dance

The Cordelian Club Dance will take place at the Springville Volunteer Fire Dept. Hall on West Main Street from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.

You must be 21 or older to purchase tickets or attend; tickets are for sale at the BCH front desk, Anything Printed, or from any Cordelian member. Proceeds support the BCH Foundation! Tickets are $35 per person.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Begins Community Health Needs Assessment

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has begun its 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment process, which relies in part on input from focus groups and an intensive survey of individuals in the community.

This periodic assessment gives the hospital a better sense of community health needs, so that it can better direct its priorities and deliver its services. The online survey is open until February 28 at THIS LINK. (note: this is a new link; please use the survey that is for Erie County). Participants from the BCH service area who complete the survey are eligible to be part of a drawing for one of two $50 TOPS gift cards.

Focus groups are scheduled on Wednesday, January 30 in the afternoon at the Concord Public Library in Springville. BCH is looking for 10-15 community members for each session. Facilitators from the Population Health Collaborative in Buffalo will guide individuals through a series of questions to discover opportunities and challenges related to healthcare, access to healthcare, and related services. Contact Kara Kane at (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 to be a part of the focus group or with any questions about this project.

A full report will be available later in 2019.

A Story of a Hospital

Written by Mary Kwiatek, RN
Originally published in the
Springville Journal, January 1975

This article was originally published more than 40 years ago, and written by Mary Kwiatek, a longtime nurse and administrator at BCH and JBR, and former volunteer through the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation board of directors. It presents themes that are as relevant today as they were decades ago.

Progress – a definition – growth and development – continuous improvement  forward – onward movement. This tells the story of what happening at Bertrand Chaffee. To share in this progress lends a feeling of excitement and purpose to all involved.

You, the community, must be involved, for it’s your hospital and because of you we can continue growing.

Not so many years ago, B.C.H. was just a wayside station for patients until they could be moved to a more learned institution. There were several doctors on staff and a handful of nurses. Most of the people in the community have fond memories of the Old Homestead. Then, slowly, it started to grow. There was an awareness of the physical growth – groundbreaking, construction, fundraising. The new building seemed to be the answer, but again, the push of progress made us go on – another addition, dedicated citizens starting the painful process of finding funds to finance this new project. At last the dream realized. We could relax, but alas – progress, medical awareness – we need more. Once more the story unfolds – heads get together, another dream in the making – the Jennie Richmond addition is born.

Now, as we drive by we see an accumulation of dreams, hard work, PROGRESS – a forward and onward movement.

If we ended here, the most important element of the story would be left out, for there is more to progress than buildings.

As we grew externally and watched in wonder, the internal growth was far more exciting.

Physician sought us out to become a part of our onward movement. Applications came in at an overwhelming pace. Springville became known as a community with challenge. Our staff roster now includes family practitioners, general surgeons, obstetrician-gynecologists, urologists, oral surgeons, radiologist and consulting orthopedists. Quite an impressive list. These men not only see to their patients, but, meet regularly for educational purposes and serve on various committees to insure the community of safe standards of medical care.

From a handful of nurses to a full professional staff – progress. Each unit in the hospital has a registered professional nurse in charge at all times. There is also an adequate number of licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants. It has become nursing service policy that all licensed nurses have 20 hours of continuing education each year. This ensures the community of having the best qualified care available. An in-service program is provided by the hospital, where the latest Innovations in nursing, along with continued Improvement in life-saving measured are taught.


For the third year in succession, coronary care classes are being taught by physicians and nurses.

It is not uncommon for several of our nurses to attend lectures and seminars in Buffalo, as often is three times a month, on their own time.

We are very fortunate to have an administrator, a young man who only wants the best for his family and community.

Mr. [Roger] Ford realizes the needs of the hospital and does his best to see that they are met. He has willingly sent nursing personnel to educational programs around the country to bring back valuable information and share it.

Money is an ever-present worry especially in these trying times, but our new controller, mister Vasiliauskas, spends many hours attempting to make our funds meet the needs of our growing institution.

The rest of our Hospital family has also experience growth in progress.

Are dietary staff serves a larger number of people and yet manages to provide nutritional value to all concerned. This is quite a job considering the food problems and prices.

How well can we function without housekeeping and laundry? I shudder to think – praise and gratitude are extended to these departments, for we can certainly boast of a neat, orderly house.

If you spend any time at all in our hospital, you would hear several pages over the PA system constantly – one of which is maintenance. They are needed and wanted and most units at all times. The maintenance department keeps us warm, in repair and in check with all of our equipment and intricate systems.

Where do our supplies come from and who maintains them? Purchasing and Central Supply are synonymous with efficiency and expertise.

Without medical records and office personnel, we might end up in utter chaos, completely taken over by paperwork, billings and legal documents. Their work is needed and appreciated.

Since we have grown in leaps and bounds, we added two new departments, Inhalation Therapy and Physical Therapy. The work they do is essential to the well-being and proper management of the patient.

X-ray and Lab, two vital departments that work around the clock. Staff members take turns being “on call” for emergency cases. It is not uncommon for them to be called three or four times a night. Illness and accidents take place on holidays.

Our pharmacist keeps us abreast of any data concerning drugs used in our institution, fills our orders and provides us with an ever constant supply of needed medications.

It was our intention to give you a little insight into the happenings at B.C.H. Many people with specific duties and responsibilities make up the hospital family. They all have the same goal to make Bertrand Chaffee grow in order to offer the safest standards of care to our community. We shall continue to put the most important element is you! We need your continued support – without it our dreams can’t be realized.

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 and the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

Representatives from the Cattaraugus County Town Highway Superintendents Association present gifts for the youngest emergency department patients at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital

Representatives from the Cattaraugus County Town Highway Superintendents Association present gifts for the youngest emergency department patients at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital

From left: Town of Mansfield Highway Superintendent Brad Hurley, Diane Metz of Suit-Kote, BCH ED Nurse Manager Penny Gardner, RN, Bill Phillips of Gernatt’s, Town of East Otto Highway Superintendent Tom Benz, and BCH ED Nurse Ken Wiedemann, LPN.

Cordelian Club Gives Handmade Ornaments to JBR

The Cordelian Club presented a set of handmade ornaments to the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home in November to decorate its Christmas tree and lobby.

The Cordelian Club has a 80+ year history of supporting the hospital, and once it was built in 1974, the nursing home, through fundraisers and charitable projects such as this one. Thank you to this dedicated group of ladies for bringing holiday cheer to our residents and employees!

Monthly Diabetic Support Group at BCH in 2019

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will coordinate monthly diabetes support group meetings for Type I and Type II diabetics and their loved ones in 2019.

Interested individuals are invited to participate in this group to share recipes, coupons and information about topics related to diabetes and health in a supportive and welcoming environment. The group will meet at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital on the first Monday of each month from 6-7 p.m. A Certified Diabetes Educator will facilitate the group, and meetings are free of charge. This group is part of the BCH diabetic education program, which is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Topics include: January, Diabetes Bingo; February, Gut Flora; March, Paleo Diet; April, Yoga; May, Asthma/COPD; June, Diabetes Jeopardy; July, Label Reading; August, Ketogenic Diet; September (closed for holiday); October, Paleo Diet; November, Laboratory Targets; December, Fasting.

For more information, call (716) 592-9643. Meetings will be canceled when Springville-Griffith Institute schools are closed for a snow day.

Information Session with BCH CEO Nils Gunnersen and Architecture Team

Join Bertrand Chaffee Hospital CEO Nils Gunnersen and representatives from the architecture firm that will design the new BCH Medical Arts Building on Tuesday, December 11 at 1 p.m. at the Concord Senior Center.

This will serve as an information session about the hospital and nursing home, and an introduction into the hospital’s exciting capital projects in 2019, including the construction of a new medical arts building. Feedback from patients and community members about this project is welcome.

BCH to Host “Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Lifestyle Change” Program in 2019

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is hosting a “Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Lifestyle Change” Program in 2019. These free weekly meetings will take place on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and begin on January 15.

Decrease your chances  of getting type 2 diabetes by participating in this program. If you have had a fasting blood glucose reading of 100-125 mg/dl or an A1C of 5.7-6.4 in the last year, you should consider this program. Other qualifying factors include a BMI of 24kg/m, a history of gestational diabetes, or scoring above a 9 on the prediabetes risk test. For more information about this FREE program, call (716) 592-9643.


Erie County – Powerful Tools for Caregivers Program

Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PDF) is a six-week educational program designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself.

You will learn to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Better communicate your feelings
  • Balance your life
  • Increase your ability to make tough decisions
  • Locate helpful resources

The program consists of six, 2 ½ hour class sessions held weekly. Pre-registration is required.

Additional classes are being scheduled. For more information, or to register, contact:

Erie County Department of Senior Services at (716) 858-8526 or e-mail:

Date:       Tuesday Afternoons

November 6th – December 11th 2018

Time:        1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Location:  Love Inc. Office

62 E. Main St., Springville, NY 14141

Cost:        $25.00*         (includes a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook)

*Full course cost is covered for Independent Health and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of WNY members.

Class listing is also on our website at:

Co-sponsored by The University at Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions and the Erie County Caregiver Coalition.