BCH Adds Two Providers to Primary Care Center

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has added two new providers to its Primary Care Center in Springville. Daniel Karstedt, PA and Kenneth Dabolt, PA will start seeing patients this summer.

Daniel Karstedt, PA specializes in family medicine and earned his master’s degree from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Penn. Prior to attending school for his physician assistant training, he spent four years at Mercyhurst where he earned a bachelor’s of science in biology. Karstedt is originally from Eden and is a graduate of Eden Jr./Sr. High School. Throughout his clinical year, he gained experience in primary care and has a particular interest in dermatology and sports medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

“I hope to establish healthy long-term relationships with my patients. I am excited to provide accessible health care to those in our rural community as I grew up and reside in a small town and understand the importance of keeping health care close to home,” said Karstedt.  “I believe the close-knit community at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will provide a very rewarding experience as a health care provider.”

Kenneth Dabolt is a resident of Sardinia and earned his physician assistant degree from Daemen College. His clinical rotations included ob/gyn, emergency medicine, dermatology, plastic surgery, general surgery and pediatrics. He is a member of the Western New York Physician Assistant Association and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

“I grew up in this area and I’m proud to be able to practice medicine in my hometown,” said Dabolt. “Primary care visits are an essential way for patients to maintain their good health, and I’m looking forward to contributing to better health outcomes in our region.”

CEO Nils Gunnersen noted that while many rural healthcare facilities are challenged in finding primary care providers, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has been fortunate in that regard since opening its practice in 2010. “The talented physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners that we have recruited to Springville believe, as we do, in the value of rural healthcare.” The BCH Primary Care Center is accepting new patients and all major insurances. Call (716) 592-8140 for an appointment.

 

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

 

Shepherd Joins BCH Primary Care as Physician Assistant

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has welcomed a new physician assistant to its Primary Care Practice as of June 2018.

Rebecca Shepherd, PA-C has been a physician assistant since 2006. She has worked in urgent care and emergency medicine departments in the Buffalo area, also having practiced alternative and complementary medicine in Buffalo and Fredonia.

She grew up in a family of physicians in Silver Creek, New York, and graduated with her physician assistant degree from D’Youville College. Prior to that, she earned a master of education degree from SUNY Fredonia, and spent many years teaching pre-K through high school, and working with persons with developmental disabilities.

“Shepherd is another great addition to our primary care practice,” said Nils Gunnersen, CEO. “We continue to recruit providers who believe in the value of local healthcare and who see the great things ahead for our facility, including the construction of a new medical arts building for primary care and specialty services.”

Shepherd also has a degree in naturopathy, and continues to be very interested in natural medicine, alternative therapies, nutrition, lifestyle changes and preventive medicine. “I moved to Ellicottville four years ago to enjoy more time outdoors and a more active lifestyle,” said Shepherd. “I am very pleased to be working so close to home in the wonderful community of Springville.”

The practice is accepting new patients and also accepts all major insurances. For an appointment, call (716) 592-8140.

The Price is Right for Lab Week


National Medical Laboratory Technologist Week started off with enthusiasm and fun as the lab put together a facility-wide “Price is Right” challenge for employees.

This started a week of celebrations and activities to draw attention to the important role of the lab at the hospital for our patients, medical staff, nursing team and employees.

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Live What You Love: Mary Lou Wright Retires after Four Decades at BCH

Mary Lou Wright has a quote above her computer that states, “Live What You Love.” For all but a few months of her entire professional career, Wright has been part of the fabric of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and its Physical Therapy Department, doing exactly that: living what she loves. That career includes a time period that has extended for more than half the hospital’s history.

Starting in June 1975, Wright applied her bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the University at Buffalo to part-time roles at Fiddler’s Green Manor and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. “Within a year, BCH asked me to come here full time,” said Wright. Three years later her supervisor relocated to Florida, and she was offered the director of rehab position.

In her first years at BCH, most patients were seen on an outpatient basis. “Back then, therapists were not allowed to evaluate patients,” Wright offered. “We would get a prescription from the physician basically telling us what to do.”

She continued, “As the profession grew, physical therapists became recognized as an integral part of the patient care team. We now perform in-depth evaluations to determine a diagnosis, individual plan of care, and prognosis.”

When asked about how physical therapy has changed across five decades, Wright explained, “So much of the basics of PT have always been the same – heat and cold, massage, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, exercise – those things have not changed.”

She offered this explanation, “But now, the field has expanded to a more hands-on approach, such as manual techniques, and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. There are new advances in aquatic therapy, vestibular rehab, orthotic and prosthetic devices, and even robotic technology…Patients can also have direct access to PT without a prescription, but with some limitations attached.”

It is the responsibility of the physical therapist to determine the best plan of care for each individual. “In a way, we’re like mechanics,” said Wright. “We help with the fine tuning and getting patients to run – or walk and function – better. It’s all about quality of life.”

Wright initially wanted to be a teacher, but when she was entering college in the 1970s, the market for educators was flooded. But for the past 43 years, she has served as a teacher in a different way, working with thousands of patients on their road to recovery from injuries, surgeries and chronic conditions.

“I have always felt I became what I was meant to be, and have loved what I do,” Wright remarked. “I can only hope that I have had some positive impact on the lives of those we call our patients, many of whom I am now lucky to call friends. It is the lives we touch and the relationships we develop that make healthcare such a unique field. I will miss that the most.”

 

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation Announces Garden Party Event

Honorees Include William King and the Cordelian Club

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation’s annual Garden Party is planned for Thursday, May 31 at the Springville Country Club. At its January meeting, the foundation board chose to recognize William King and the Cordelian Club for their many contributions to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home.

William King is the current president of the foundation board, and has been a vocal advocate for the hospital as a board member and foundation board member for decades. He spent his career as an electrician contractor throughout Western New York and was the long-time supervisor for the Town of Ashford.

The Cordelian Club – as the first group to be acknowledged with this event – dates back to 1937. Its fundraising efforts, primarily done through their annual dance, have contributed to countless expansion projects, equipment purchases and building improvements over the past seven decades.

Proceeds from this event will be put toward the renovation of the second floor nurses station, covering the acute care services.

The Garden Party starts at 5 p.m. and concludes by 8 p.m. The Springville Jazz Orchestra and Nick Kody & Lydia Herren will provide the musical entertainment. Tickets are $50/person or $80/couple available from the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital front desk or by contacting Kara Kane at kkane@bch-jbr.org or (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Tickets are $50 each or $80 per couple and are available at the BCH reception desk. For information and sponsorship opportunities, call the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation at (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 or email Kara Kane at kkane@bch-jbr.org.

Cold Weather and Your Heart Health (American Heart Month)

#Teamchaffee for American Heart Month

#Teamchaffee for American Heart Month

There’s no question that this winter has had more than its share of cold weather. Not just cold – bitter, bone-chilling days and nights that can literally take your breath away. As we look ahead on the calendar to longer days and warmer temperatures, the Heart Center team of Thomas Smith, MD, FACC and Lauralee Sprague, NP has some guidance and advice for protecting your heart in the winter months.

Some studies have shown that extremes in temperature – heat and cold – can lead to very negative health events affecting your heart. With foresight and smart planning, you can take steps to protect your most important muscle during the winter season.

  • Dress in layers: wearing layers of clothing provides much-needed insulation, and a waterproof outer layer will prevent the inner clothing from moisture. And don’t forget a hat! Cold winds can quickly sap your body’s heat and energy, placing undue stress on your heart. Hypothermia can happen, even in cold temperatures that are not extreme.
  • Take frequent breaks: you don’t need to clear your driveway of snow all at once, for example. Work slowly and carefully, using smaller shovel-fuls, and remember that pushing is easier on your heart than throwing.
  • Recognize the signs of a heart attack: The saying, time is muscle, describes how every minute matters during a heart attack. If you feel discomfort in your chest or upper body (arms, back, neck, jaw, stomach), that lasts for more than a few minutes, or is intermittent, that could be the sign of a heart attack. Shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness, or any combination of those, could also mean that you need immediate medical attention. By calling 9-1-1, an emergency medical team can start intervention more quickly than if you tried to drive yourself to a hospital.
  • When working or travelling in the cold, watch for a lack of coordination, confusion, and drowsiness, particularly in the elderly.

For individuals who have been diagnosed with heart or vascular conditions, speak to your healthcare provider or cardiologist about protecting your heart through all seasons. Call the BCH Heart Center for an appointment at (716) 592-9644.