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.

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.

BCH Foundation Announces 2018-19 Officers

At its annual meeting in May, the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation elected its slate of officers for the 2018-19 year.

William King was chosen as president, with Michael Benson taking on a new role as vice president, and Claudia Miller and David Batterson, Sr. remaining as treasurer and secretary, respectively.

After 48 years of roles in nursing, administration, and a foundation board member, Mary Kwiatek retired from her board position. Her resignation was accepted with extreme regret and best wishes to her.

Following its annual meeting, the foundation board moved to approve two grant requests: one for the hospital lab department to purchase a cytocentrifuge, and another for a nurse at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home to receive a scholarship from the Elizabeth Dedrick Memorial Scholarship Fund as she pursues a bachelor of science in nursing from a local college.

Other discussions at the board meeting focused on the upcoming Garden Party on May 31, where Bill King and the Cordelian Club will be recognized for their contributions to our facility.

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.