Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Begins to Make Way for New Building

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.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Welcomes Dr. Salvatore Calandra

The Bertrand Chaffee Heart Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Salvatore Calandra will be joining the Heart Center in early May.

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.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital accepts donation from VFW Post 5260

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.

Pictured from left to right
Roy Gill, Senior Vice Commander, Tom Schalberg, Commander, Ally Olsen, BCH/JBR, Bob Bieber, Trustee and Darrell Gray, Jr. Vice Commander

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.

JBR Welcomes Olsen as New Administrator

March 11, 2019 – SPRINGVILLE, NY  — The Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home has announced it has hired a new administrator, Allysa L. Olsen, to manage operations for the 80-bed facility in Springville.

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.”

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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 Announces New Lab Hours

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has announced that its outpatient lab hours will change beginning on Friday, March 1, 2019.

New hours will be Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 7 a.m. until 12 p.m.

No appointments are necessary for patients who need testing at the BCH Lab. For questions or for more information, please call (716) 592-2871 ext. 1275.

How High is Too High? Blood Pressure Facts from Bertrand Chaffee Hospital

No photo description available.The word “hypertension” might not be in everyone’s vocabulary, but the phrase “high blood pressure” certainly is.

Hypertension describes a condition that accounts for more than 1,000 deaths in the United States each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control. With approximately one in every three adults walking around with high blood pressure in the U.S., it’s been estimated that only half of those with elevated blood pressure have that condition under control.

“The patients we see in the Heart Center are generally referred to us by their primary care provider,” said Thomas P. Smith, MD, a cardiologist at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. “Our goal is to address cardiac and vascular conditions through medication, diet and exercise programs and other treatment options to improve overall health.”

“With cases of high blood pressure, there are not always obvious symptoms,” said Lauralee Sprague, NP. “By working with patients to control and monitor their high blood pressure, we are reducing their risks for heart disease, stroke and other complications that can result in a lower quality of life or of death.”

So, how high is too high? For most adults, normal blood pressure is less than 120 (systolic, or upper number) and less than 80 (diastolic, or lower number). Readings that show numbers above “120/80” may indicate hypertension. Certain conditions, such as pregnancy or medications, can cause elevated blood pressure readings. The best advice is to talk to your healthcare provider about your blood pressure and have your readings taken in a clinical setting.

BCH is planning a Heart Health Event on February 26 at 1 p.m. at the Concord Senior Center. Blood pressure screenings and heart and vascular health information will be available.

February is American Heart Month, and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has provided this information to raise awareness about this widespread and serious health condition. Call (716) 592-9644 for information about services at the BCH Heart Center.

More Comfort. More Support. More Visits. Hospice Buffalo

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.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Launches New Community Health Resource with YourCareEverywhere

With healthcare continuing to change, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is keeping up with technology and introducing a new electronic medical records system for its patients. Called “YourCareCommunity,” this is a health record and wellness content website. It works as an online portal to help patients and caregivers organize and access personal health information.

This upgrade was funded as part of a grant received by Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in 2017, part of the Statewide Healthcare Facility Transformation Program.

YourCareCommunity includes a Wellness Dashboard that links to patient records, and consolidates other important information and tools for managing personal health. It is accessible from computers and mobile devices, and can integrate with some popular health and wellness apps. Bertrand Chaffee Hospital inpatients and caregivers are being given login and access information upon registration. Once this registration process is complete, hospital patients and their approved caregivers can securely access their patient portal to view, download or transmit private health information, and more.

Individuals who are not BCH patients can create an account on YourCareEverywhere, a related web site, and explore firsthand the Wellness Dashboard and the health and wellness content where there are over 20,000 relevant health and wellness articles, videos, recipes, work-out videos, and other helpful tools.

To log in to the patient portal at YourCareCommunity or to create an account for YourCareEverywhere, please visit http://bertrandchaffee.com/patient-portal/.