BCH Adds Blood Pressure Classes for Primary Care, Cardiac Patients

Blood Pressure CuffDue to popular demand, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is extending its blood pressure classes for BCH Primary Care Center and BCH Heart Center patients. Participants receive a free blood pressure cuff and journal.

August 28, 6 p.m.
September 6, 10 a.m.
October 2, 7 p.m.
November 9, 10 a.m.
December 4, 7 p.m.

Sometimes, patients may have “white-coat syndrome,” where nervousness or anxiety about seeing a healthcare provider can lead to an elevated blood pressure reading. A running log, kept at home in a familiar environment, provides very useful data about whether that is the case or not.

“In the Primary Care Center and Heart Center, we are seeing patients bring their three-week blood pressure logs in with them to appointments,” said Lauralee Sprague, NP. “That record gives providers a clearer picture of a patient’s blood pressure, not just at the time of their visit.”

All classes are held at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, patient education classroom (basement). The class is free for all Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center and Heart Center patients, but registration is required. Call (716) 592-9643.

Technology Upgrades and Access to Services Focus of $11.3 Million Award to BCH

Thank you Banner, GrantThe announcement of an $11.3 million New York State grant application by Bertrand Chaffee Hospital came on July 18. This award is the largest in Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s history.

“We’ve created a dynamic set of offerings with our inpatient and outpatient medical services,” said Teresa Donohue, CFO. “What we have aligns Bertrand Chaffee Hospital with the goal of New York State: to ensure that the healthcare system can meet the needs of current and future generations of New Yorkers.”

The hospital expects to begin investments in technology that will enhance access to advanced diagnostic capabilities before the end of the calendar year.

“The larger question is, what does this award mean for the future of healthcare in our community?” said BCH CEO Nils Gunnersen. “We took a strategic approach to design our application and outlined projects that are a direct, proactive response to community health needs.” He continued, “Improved access to healthcare leads to better health outcomes, and that’s our ultimate goal for our community. Keeping healthcare local is the essence of keeping our patients healthy.”

“BCH is a vital community resource, providing much-needed health service, and is a leading economic engine for our region,” said Gary Eppolito, president of the BCH board of directors. “With this award we can accelerate the progress we have made to improve health services for our neighbors.”
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will keep patients, employees and neighbors informed about progress at each phase through its web site. Input and feedback about our new building will be solicited from patients, employees, medical staff and the community.

This $11.3 million award was included in New York State’s announcement of $44.6 million in projects for Western New York, part of $491 million in investment statewide.

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Comments from local elected officials:

NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan: This funding will help ensure that all New Yorkers have access to high quality health care, especially individuals and families who live in rural communities. Investing in medical facilities and programs is something everyone can support in our ongoing effort to make New York a healthier place to live.

NYS Senator Catharine Young: I am thrilled that Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, which serves people in the northern region in my district, also will receive major state funding to upgrade and strengthen their services!

NYS Assemblyman David DiPietro: Keeping healthcare local is important to our rural communities. Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is a great hospital with wonderful staff that cares for countless patients daily. I’ve worked hard in Albany to secure $11.3 million in grant funding so Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is able to purchase new imaging equipment, further primary and specialist services and build on information technology services. Investing in quality healthcare is important.

Cattaraugus County Legislator Richard Helmich: “This is truly tremendous in many ways. I am proud that Cattaraugus County Legislature stood up and wanted to be counted in the struggle. I’ll be glad to advocate for Bertrand Chaffee Hospital anytime.”

Town of Ashford Supervisor Charles Davis: Congratulations on your grant and if you ever need any support from the Ashford town board or myself do not hesitate to reach out.  The hospital is a vital part of our community and it’s here because of the hard work of people like you.

Village of Springville Mayor William Krebs: The Village of Springville is thrilled that Bertrand Chaffee Hospital received the Statewide Healthcare Facility Transformation Grant of $11.3 million.  The grant will fund the needed technology and site development to keep our community hospital competitive in regional health care. Congratulations and thanks to the leadership and staff of our Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

Cordelian Club Presents Gift for BCH Emergency Department

Cordelian Club 2017Thanks to the efforts of the Cordelian Club, the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation received a gift that will fund equipment in the Emergency Department.

The purchase of an ocular tonometer, which measures eye pressure, and additional equipment for the ED will proceed because of this donation.

Each year, the Cordelian Club coordinates a party like no other in town. This year’s theme was a tribute to Prince, and it continued a long tradition of dances that have changed with the times but have always supported the hospital.

Pictured from left: BCH Foundation President William King, Shelly Baronich, Primary Care Center Medical Director William Wnuk, MD, Dance Chairperson Kelly Baker, BCH Foundation Board Member Jessica Sullivan, Cordelian Club President Amy Wnuk, BCH Board and Foundation Board Member Stanley Handzlik, BCH Emergency Department Nurse Manager Penny Gardner, RN, BCH Primary Care Nurse Manager Kim Bockhahn, LPN.

Department Spotlight: Primary Care Center

The word “primary” means “of chief importance.” It’s no surprise that primary care is at the center of the healthcare system. The preventive care provided by this service is key to achieving and maintaining good health.

Rural communities do not always have access to family practice and internal medicine. Bertrand Chaffee Hospital established its Primary Care Center in 2010 to respond to community need for primary care services. Four physicians, three physician assistants, two nurse practitioners, nurses and staff are part of a team that welcome patients of all ages.

“Primary care is the first line of care for most patients’ health needs,” said Dr. Wnuk. “We work with individuals and their families to manage health conditions and improve quality of life.” Dr. William Wnuk joined the practice in 2015. BCH has recruited medical professionals to expand access to essential medical services. That includes primary care, but also related specialty services like general surgery and cardiology.

“I would describe our Primary Care Center as interactive and patient-oriented,” said Kim Bockhahn, LPN. “We do our best to serve patients and their needs, from scheduling appointments and managing prescriptions to referring to specialists as necessary.”

Twenty-seven employees work in the Primary Care Center. Even more individuals provide support behind the scenes in medical records and coding, and billing. From the front desk to the back office, the PCC team focuses on high quality care in a comfortable setting with compassionate staff.

The BCH Primary Care Center accepts new patients and all major insurances. Call for an appointment at (716) 592-8140.

2015 News

DECEMBER 2015

Holiday Hours for the Primary Care Center

BCH’s Primary Care Center will be open Christmas Eve Day (12/24) from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., and closed Christmas Day (12/25).Regular hours will resume December 28, 29, and 30.

New Year’s Eve Day, hours will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The PCC will be closed on New Year’s Day, 1/1/2016.

Our Emergency Department is open 24/7. Please call the PCC office at (716) 592-8140 with any concerns.

Sons of AMVETS Post 219 Supports BCH Foundation

Daniel Gallaway, chaplain for the Sons of AMVETS Squadron 219 in Boston, presented a check on behalf of that organization to representatives of the BCH Foundation on December 10 in support of its annual appeal.

Sons of AMVETS is a nationwide service organization comprised of male descendants of American veterans. As part of the AMVETS family they are united in service and dedicated to improve quality of life, advocate legislation for increased benefits and care, provide and support charitable assistance to veterans, their families, and community.

Part of this service is supporting local organizations, like the BCH Foundation, through fundraising events throughout the year.

From left: Mary Kwiatek, David Batterson, BCH CFO Teresa Donohue, Daniel Gallaway, Joel Maul, Jessica Sullivan, Grover Riefler, Stanley Handzlik, JBR Administrator Roger Soricelli. 

NOVEMBER 2015

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

Contributions will benefit annual appeal and projects that support local healthcare

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season. This effort is inspiring people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back to the charities and causes they support.

“At the Foundation board’s direction, we created an online giving option to make it more convenient to make a donation this holiday season,” said Kara Kane, development coordinator. “For our small organization, this was a big addition, and it’s exciting to be part of an international #GivingTuesday movement that coincides with our push to keep healthcare local.”

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s Facebook page will have #GivingTuesday posts published throughout the day on December 1, with email messages sent to “Friends of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital” leading up to that date. “Each gift we receive represents another chance to bring in new diagnostic and clinical equipment,” said Kane. “We’re grateful for the support that we’ve seen from individuals, families, civic groups and businesses so far this year!”

In 2014, the third year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together 30,000 partners in 68 countries and registered 32.7 million impressions on Twitter, with its eponymous hashtag mentioned 698,600 times. Since 2012, online giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has increased more than four-fold, based on findings by Blackbaud and the Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, produced in partnership with the Case Foundation.

Those who are interested in being a part of the Foundation’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.bertrandchaffee.com/give.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.

A Healthy Holiday Season

For individuals who have pre-diabetes or diabetes, making good choices at holiday parties and during the winter season can be a challenge.

How can you make sure your holiday season is a healthy one? The diabetic education team at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is sharing the following ideas about starting and maintaining positive and healthy self-management during this time of year.

  • Watch your serving size. It’s ok to enjoy special holiday foods, but do so in moderation.
  • Don’t drink your calories. The palate is the only area of your body that registers taste, so liquids pass through it quickly and you get less enjoyment from liquid than you do foods.
  • Chew your food! The longer you chew, the more your brain receives satisfaction messages, and you will eat less, overall.
  • Don’t skip meals. People who eat regularly through-out the day actually consume fewer calories, because they do not get overly hungry.
  • Modify recipes. Choose better fats and artificial sweeteners.
  • Drink plenty of water. It fills you up and has no calories or carbohydrates.

“Pre-diabetes and diabetes are chronic conditions that we are seeing more frequently in our community,” said Kathleen Hebdon, certified diabetic educator and registered nurse at BCH. “Fortunately, in many cases this condition is manageable through behavior changes.”

For more information about the diabetes education program at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, call (716) 592-2871 ext. 1489.

“A Cause That Everyone Who Lives Here Can Understand…”
Corporate Gift for Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation Kicks Off 2015 Annual Appeal

At Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation’s fall meeting, board members had a discussion about the annual appeal and other activities on the horizon. Board member Jessica Sullivan had volunteered to chair the donor appeal, and when she went back to her office, Mahoney and Sullivan Financial Group in East Concord, an idea for a strong start to this annual fundraising effort took shape.

“Kevin (Mahoney) and I made the decision to step forward and help draw attention to the Foundation appeal and to the work it does year-round with a thousand-dollar gift,” said Sullivan. “The message that we are emphasizing is that gifts to the Foundation – which go directly to projects at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home – are working for patients, employees and the community.”

“Kevin is a former BCH board member, and he encouraged me to volunteer with the Foundation board,” Sullivan continued. “The most rewarding part of serving on this board is seeing the donations go from just that – donations – to the services we help make available to our community.”

This fall, the Foundation funded hospital purchases for a specialized inpatient bed for the medical/surgical floor, patient survey software that will support improved patient satisfaction and care, and new exercise mats for use by rehabilitation services. “Every donation we receive is an opportunity to do something more for the hospital and nursing home, and by extension, our neighbors,” said William King, BCH Foundation board president. “In the past two years, I think we’ve been able to do something for every hospital department, the nursing home, and the facility grounds, and that’s because of our donors and our friends.”

Mahoney and Sullivan, along with Kevin’s wife, Jeanne, presented a check to BCH Foundation board members in October. “We are hoping that our neighbors follow our lead and consider the BCH Foundation for their charitable gifts this season,” said Mahoney. “Its mission is to keep healthcare local, and that’s a cause that everyone who lives here can understand and support.”

In picture from left: Bertrand Chaffee Hospital CFO Teresa Donohue, Jeanne Mahoney, Kevin Mahoney, BCH Foundation President William King, BCH Foundation Board Member Jessica Sullivan, BCH Foundation Board and BCH Board Member Stanley Handzlik.

SEPTEMBER 2015

BCH Adds Two Local Physical Therapy Professionals to Rehab Services Team

Addition of experienced, local staff a benefit for patient care

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has announced new additions to its Rehabilitation Services Department.

Emily King, DPT comes to BCH with experience working in subacute rehab and in inpatient care at Buffalo General’s Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Center. She grew up on a dairy farm in East Otto and is a graduate of Cattaraugus-Little Valley Schools. She earned a doctorate of physical therapy from Daemen College, and currently resides in Colden with her husband, Jason.

Sherry Stevens, PTA is a physical therapist assistant with an associate degree from Genesee Community College. She has worked in subacute and outpatient therapy for five years, including work at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home. She grew up in Arcade and has lived with her husband, Mark, and her son, Jordan, in Sardinia for more than 25 years.

Departures of long-time rehab services staff members led to a decrease in available appointments over the past few months. With this increase in rehab staffing, the department is pleased to announce that it will resume services five days per week beginning in mid-September.

“We’re known as ‘PT,’ but our services are comprehensive,” said Mary Lou Wright, director of rehabilitation services. “Our work includes guided exercise regimens and treatment for patients who are healing from injuries or surgery and visits with inpatients as they recover.”

For more information about the Rehabilitation Services Department at BCH, call (716) 592-2871 ext. 1262.

BCH Women’s Association Presents 14th Annual Fashion Show

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Women’s Association will present its annual Fashion Show on Sunday, September 27 at 2 p.m. at the Springville Volunteer Fire Hall on West Main Street.

Now in its 14th consecutive year, the event has a decades-long tradition in Springville throughout the history of this active women’s group.

More than 20 volunteers ages five and older will model outfits from TJ Maxx of Hamburg and maurices of Springville. Refreshments, a basket raffle and sale of items from the BCH Gift Shop will be part of this event.

The BCH Women’s Association has supported projects and equipment at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home through its fundraising events and coordination of the BCH Gift Shop. The group’s most recent donations have gone toward diathermy equipment in the Rehabilitation Services Department, an inpatient hospice room renovation, “smart” IV pumps for the Emergency Department and inpatient floor, and digital mammography.

Tickets are $8 presale and available at the BCH front desk, BCH gift shop and Springville Homewear. Tickets are $9 at the door. Call (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 with any questions.

Local Health Organizations Promote Medication Management Initiatives

Older Adults Are at Increased Risk of Serious and Often Preventable Medicine Use-Related Problems

Three local organizations have come together to coordinate a medication management education initiative for Springville and the surrounding communities. Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Healthy Community Alliance (HCA) and Spring Creek Pharmacy will collaborate on outreach to older adults and their caregivers to reduce the risks associated with managing multiple medicines.

Studies reveal that most older Americans who live with at least one chronic condition – like arthritis, heart disease or diabetes – take multiple medicines, consult several healthcare providers and use more than one pharmacy. These factors, in addition to age-related changes that affect the way certain drugs work in the body, as well as important communication gaps about medicines between patients and their providers, set the stage for potentially serious drug-related problems, including additional illness, hospitalization and even death.

Healthy Community Alliance received a grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York for this initiative and looked to find local partners to help with outreach and events for the MUST for Seniors™ program. This interactive program gives older adults and caregivers the tools and know-how to avoid medication misuse, recognize and manage common side effects, and improve medicine use knowledge, attitudes, and skills to avoid medication errors.

“This is an important educational campaign, especially in light of the aging baby boomer population, which is expected to reach 71 million strong by 2030,” said Sharon Noecker, HCA’s community program coordinator. “The use of multiple medicines – prescription and over-the-counter medicines in addition to supplements and herbal remedies – can result in potentially harmful drug interactions, so it’s critical to open a dialogue among older adults, caregivers and healthcare professionals about these issues.”

Another component of this initiative is the involvement of the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences who provide training in Medication Therapy Management (MTM) and MTM clinics. “MTM services will provide my customers with the knowledge needed to safely manage their medications,” said Spring Creek Pharmacy’s owner, David Williams, who recently completed MTM training.

“Being able to work with local organizations like HCA and Spring Creek Pharmacy is a tremendous benefit for our patients,” said Staci Biscaro, the BCH Primary Care Center nurse manager. “Our drive to keep healthcare local includes giving patients tools to stay safe and stay healthy, and reducing the risk for complications arising from medication use is a huge part of that.”

Events this fall include a MUST for Seniors™ presentation and MTM clinic where individuals can have prescriptions reviewed by pharmacists and trained pharmacy students from the University at Buffalo. These events will be presented through SCENe, the Springville Concord Elder Network at the Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Dr. Springville, NY 14141.

-MUST for Seniors™ presentation – Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 1-2 p.m.

-Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Clinic – Thursday, October 8, 2015 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Meet with a pharmacist or pharmacy student to review current medications.

For more information or to register for these events, please contact SCENe at (716) 592-2768.

The materials being used come from the National Council on Patient Information and Education, which produced the Medication Use Safety Training for Seniors™ (MUST for Seniors™). This is a national education awareness campaign to promote safe and appropriate medicine use among America’s older adults.

Materials are available at www.mustforseniors.org.

HCA will also be working with Tri-County Family Medicine Associates and Valley Pharmacy in the Gowanda community on this initiative.

This outreach is supported by a grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York. The Health Foundation is a non-profit private foundation the mission of which is to improve the health and health care of the people of Western and Central New York.

AUGUST 2015

BCH Receives a Visit from Day of Caring Volunteer Team 

Eight volunteers from Mentholatum Company in Orchard Park participated in the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County’s 2015 Day of Caring on August 19.

This group was part of an effort by 3,200 local volunteers to give back to area non-profits through a dedicated day of service.

The Mentholatum employees teamed up to mulch, weed, sand and paint exterior areas of the hospital, nursing home and Memorial Garden. Mentholatum has been a part of the Day of Caring for many of the past sixteen years.

Thank you to this fantastic group of community-minded volunteers!

Mercy Flight Breaks Ground on Helicopter Hangar at BCH

Mercy Flight WNY broke ground on a new helicopter hangar to be located next to its existing helipad behind Bertrand Chaffee Hospital on August 18. The 60×60 foot hangar will serve as a future base for the not-for-profit air medical transport program. With existing bases in Buffalo, Batavia and Olean, the construction of the Springville hangar will allow Mercy Flight to position its aircraft and flight team assets closer to rural communities resulting in improved response times.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital (BCH) was the site of Mercy Flight’s first transport in 1981. “This expansion represents a relationship that has come full circle over the past 35 years,” said Nils Gunnersen, CEO of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. “Every minute counts when we encounter patients with critical or life-threatening injuries, and we are so fortunate to have more rapid access to Mercy Flight’s highly skilled and practiced resources.”

“We have experienced a tremendous partnership over the years and have been fortunate to have the confidence and support of the hospital and community since day one,” stated Doug Baker, Mercy Flight’s Founding President. “This project is a great fit and a win/win for Mercy Flight, the hospital and the communities we serve in the southern tier.”

Photo gallery available.

CNA Class Graduates Six Students

Congratulations to the most recent class of Certified Nursing Assistants.

These six individuals participated in a six-week program through the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home. The next classes for fall are nearly full. This is a six-week program with 18 classes, and the classes generally begin every other month. Individuals with experience in healthcare, community volunteering, home health aide work, or caring for loved ones at home are encouraged to apply.

Anyone interested in participating in future courses and training can visit the JBR CNA Careers page to learn more about our program.

Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home Welcomes Dr. Dale as Medical Director

Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home has announced the appointment of Dr. Priscilla Dale as medical director for the facility as of September 1. Dr. Dale has been a volunteer medical director for JBR for several years. This continued, strengthened partnership brings Dr. Dale to a more active and formal role with JBR residents, staff and administration.

“Geriatrics has always been an important part of my practice,” explained Dr. Dale. “I look forward to focusing on the frail and elderly patients who need long-term care, as well as the temporarily impaired residents who need short-term rehabilitation.”

“With our growing short-term rehab program and the intensive medical needs of some of our long-term residents, we welcome the addition of Dr. Dale to our clinical team,” said Roger Soricelli, JBR administrator.

“Though Dr. Dale is retiring from her primary care practice, her important role in the local medical community will continue,” said Nils Gunnersen, CEO of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. “We are fortunate that Dr. Dale will be a part of the BCH and JBR organization and are looking forward to her contributions to care at the Jennie B.”

Patients of Dr. Dale who are seeking a new primary care provider can call (716) 592-8140 to establish themselves as a patient of the BCH Primary Care Center.

Mercy Flight WNY to Break Ground on Helicopter Hangar at BCH

On August 18, Mercy Flight WNY will break ground on a new helicopter hangar at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. This 40×60 ft. building will be adjacent to the existing helipad at the hospital. Mercy Flight has provided independent, non-profit emergency transport service to Western New York for more than 30 years. Springville and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital were the site of Mercy Flight’s first transport in 1981.

Community members and friends of the hospital and nursing home are welcome to join Mercy Flight and BCH at a groundbreaking event at 10 a.m. on August 18. Contact Kara at kkane@bch-jbr.org or (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 with any questions.

JULY 2015

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Nurse Becomes President of Buffalo Chapter for American Association of Diabetic Educators

A registered nurse at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will become the Buffalo chapter president for the American Association of Diabetic Educators, and will also join the state’s coordinating body for this national organization.

Kathleen Hebdon has worked to restart the Buffalo chapter for the American Association of Diabetic Educators, and will serve as the group’s president. With this role, she will be a member of the New York State Coordinating Body for the organization.

Hebdon is a bachelor-prepared registered nurse who has worked at BCH for 18 years. She is enrolled in a master’s degree program for clinical nurse specialist with a focus on diabetes. She is a key part of the five-member diabetic education team at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, which includes two dieticians, a nutritionist, a pharmacist, and Hebdon as the certified diabetic educator.

“The hospital recognizes diabetes as a costly and destructive chronic disease,” said Darlene Schrantz, director of patient care services. “According to a report last year, one in every 11 people has diabetes, and that number jumps to one in every four seniors over the age of 65.”

“BCH is developing our programs for diabetic education and pre-diabetes outreach to give patients the self-management tools to prevent and control this condition,” said Hebdon. “As an accredited education site, BCH has done rigorous self-reviews and reporting to qualify for this designation.”

The hospital hosts a monthly diabetic support group on the first Monday of each month. Diabetes education at BCH complements programs for metabolic syndrome, cardiac rehabilitation and Freedom from Smoking.

For more information about the Diabetes Education Department at BCH, call (716) 592-2871 ext. 1203.

New MRI Machine for BCH Imaging Department

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Imaging Department has upgraded the equipment used for magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. This machine is housed in a mobile unit that is on-site on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

“With the space required by expanding our number of primary care providers, and balancing this need with other equipment priorities, having a mobile MRI is the best solution for us right now,” said Nils Gunnersen, CEO of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. “We have the ability to upgrade the MRI technology as it becomes available, instead of waiting until we can finance a whole new machine.”

The MRI test uses a magnetic field and radio waves to take images of organs and structures inside the body. MRI images can provide detailed information to assist referring physicians with diagnosis. MRI can be used in correlation with x-rays, ultrasounds or CT (computed tomography) scans. This test is used in emergency and family medicine, orthopedics, urology, gastroenterology, gynecology, oncology and neurology for providers to diagnose and treat muscle/tendon tears, fractures, tumors, blood vessel diseases, and/or infections.

“This upgrade of equipment will provide improved image detail and a faster scan time for our patients,” said Imaging Department Manager Lisa Smith.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital sees about 1,000 patients annually for MRI tests. The MRI is part of a group of imaging services that includes ultrasound, bone density, x-rays, CT, digital mammography and nuclear medicine. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (716) 592-8169.

Expanded Lab Hours

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has announced that its Laboratory Services Department will be offering new, expanded outpatient service hours. Starting on August 1, 2015, the BCH lab will expand its hours to include Sunday mornings. This change was made in response to patient demand and the community’s support of local healthcare.

The Lab’s new schedule:

  • Sundays: 7 a.m.-9 a.m.
  • Weekdays: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 7 a.m.-12 p.m.

“We hope that patients find this expanded schedule, especially with weekend hours, more convenient,” said Steven Buffa, laboratory manager. “Patients and medical offices can reach our lab at (716) 592-2871 with any questions.”

New Equipment for Rehab Services

The BCH Foundation funded the purchase of a new diathermy machine for the Rehabilitation Services (physical therapy) Department this spring.

Funded with donations from community groups and individual donors, this equipment is an example of how directed, or restricted, gifts can make a difference for specific hospital and nursing home departments.

What does diathermy do? Shortwave diathermy produces comforting deep heat in muscle tissues and is used when the clinician needs to provide deep heat to a larger area than normally covered by ultrasound.

Having this option available for physical therapy patients means that they can receive certain types of treatments locally, without traveling long distances to other healthcare facilities.

This is another example of how the BCH Foundation is supporting the hospital’s work to keep healthcare local, one project at a time! Contact Kara Kane at (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 or kkane@bch-jbr.org for more information.

BCH Board Welcomes Two New Members and New Officers

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital board of directors announced recent additions to its board and new officers after its annual meeting on June 23.

Shawna Gugino of Springville and Jacqueline Dias of Gowanda joined the BCH board in May.

Gugino is a special education administrator for the West Valley Central School District and is a speech language pathologist. She has a background in education, law enforcement and healthcare. She is a member of the Springville-Griffith Community Education Foundation board of directors and formerly served on the board for the Trading Post Community Care Center.

Dias has worked in the human services field for 33 years, within administrative positions in quality assurance, training and counseling for local and regional non-profits, including those in the mental health and developmentally disabled services fields. She remains a member of the New York State Justice Center’s Surrogate Decision Making Committee for Persons with Special Needs and a member of the Springville Assembly of God, where she is one of three leaders working with its STARS program. Ms. Dias is a former member of the Erie County Mental Hygiene Community Service Board as well as a former executive officer of VAWNY (Volunteer Administrators of Western New York). She previously served on the Gowanda Free Library’s board of trustees.

As it traditionally does at its June meeting, the board elected new officers, with Timothy Horner stepping down from his eight-year term as board president.

Gary Eppolito of Springville will serve as the board president, with Dr. Robbin Hansen of Springville continuing as vice president. Karen Stanford of Sardinia will be secretary and Michael Boza of Arcade continues as treasurer.

The BCH board includes 15 members who meet monthly as the governing body for Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home.

New Portable Ultrasound Machine for Emergency Department

With funding provided by the BCH Foundation, BCH now has a portable ultrasound machine in our Emergency Department. This technology is a benefit for the patients – particularly trauma patients – who arrive at our ER. It gives our healthcare providers in the Emergency Department another, vital tool for assessment.

The BCH Foundation Garden Party on May 28 brought about 100 people together to raise funds to bring this equipment to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. With their support and donations from sponsors, this organization was able to help make that happen.

The BCH Foundation funds capital improvements and equipment needs like this one for hospital departments and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home. For more information about making a gift in support of a specific department, please contact Kara Kane at kkane@bch-jbr.org or (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485.

JUNE 2015

Another Graduating Class of CNA Students

A class of four students graduated from the Certified Nursing Aide program run by the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home on June 9. This six-week training gives individuals the skills and knowledge to work in long-term nursing and short-term rehabilitation facilities like the Jennie B.

The facility runs this training throughout the year. For more information contact Suzanne Doherty, RN, BSN, in-service coordinator, at (716) 592-1289.

Concord-Springville Senior Group Donates to Rehab Services Department

Members of the Concord-Springville Senior Group presented a donation to the BCH Foundation on June 15 designated to go to the Rehabilitation Services Department and their equipment needs. Carl Isler, Al Flaig and Joan Barsalou met with BCH Foundation representatives and offered proceeds from their spring basket raffle in support of foundation activities.

From left: BCH Foundation board members Grover Riefler and Stanley Handzlik, Director of Rehabilitation Services Mary Lou Wright, Carl Isler, Joan Barsalou, BCH CEO Nils Gunnersen, and BCH Foundation president Bill King.

Cordelian Club Presents Donation to the BCH Foundation

Members of the Cordelian Club presented a check to representatives of the BCH Foundation and the hospital on June 3 in the Memorial Garden.

This contribution will go toward hospital and nursing home equipment. The Foundation is grateful to this group for committing funds from its annual dance to support their local healthcare facility.

MAY 2015

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation Elects Officers at Annual Meeting

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation held its annual meeting on May 4, where it re-elected its board officers to one-year terms and welcomed a new representative from the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home.

President William King of West Valley, Vice President Mary Kwiatek of Springville, Secretary David Batterson of Springville and Treasurer Claudia Miller of Arcade were each re-elected to their positions.

Kathy Paszkiewicz, social services manager and discharge planner, was accepted as the new representative to the board from the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home.

Also at its meeting, the Foundation approved grant requests for enhancements to the Memorial Garden and the Primary Care Center, and will fund equipment for the operating suites on the second floor. A scholarship request was approved for Anita Mosher, a nurse in the Emergency Department, as she continues her education.

The Foundation continues its planning for the third annual Garden Party on May 28 at the Springville Country Club, honoring the memories of George Vasiliauskas and Teresa Kessler. Proceeds from that event will support the purchase of new portable ultrasound equipment in the Emergency Department.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation to Host Third Annual Garden Party

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation will hold its third annual Garden Party fundraiser on Thursday, May 28 at the Springville Country Club. This year’s event is held in memory of Teresa Kessler and George Vasiliauskas. Teresa Kessler was a registered nurse for decades at BCH, and George Vasiliauskas held significant positions in the hospital administration, along with many community service roles.

As a celebration and as a memorial tribute, the event’s proceeds will go toward portable ultrasound equipment for the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Emergency Department.

The event will run from 5 until 8 p.m., and the Springville Jazz Orchestra and Mike Nugent Entertainment will perform throughout the evening.

The Garden Party began in 2013 as a way to honor the memories of Dr. Craig Wiede and Dr. Richard Nowak, two individuals who served as hospital board volunteers for many years. Last year’s event paid tribute to Dr. Clinton and Mary Strong, who were committed volunteers in this community and at the hospital.

The Foundation’s role is to guide community support into visible and vital improvements for BCH and the Jennie B., and with this event, the foundation will be able to help bring new equipment into our ER for the benefit of the whole community.

Tickets are $50 each or $80 per couple. For tickets, 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.

APRIL 2015

Dr. Wnuk Joins Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care

At a time when many rural communities are facing healthcare provider shortages, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has been successful in recruiting highly qualified doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners to its Primary Care Center. BCH is announcing that as of June 2015, three local healthcare providers will join the Primary Care practice on the hospital’s third floor.

Dr. William Wnuk, Melissa Fanton, RPA-C and Ken Osborn, PA will be seeing patients in the hospital’s expanding primary care practice as soon as June 1, 2015.

Residents within the 525-square-mile service area of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital can access high quality, local healthcare through a growing number of primary care providers. “This important work of recruiting providers has been in direct response to a clear community demand – people want access to health services close to home, and they want to support their local hospital” said Nils Gunnersen, BCH CEO. As an example of this support, the BCH primary care center has seen patient volume more than double in the last 18 months.

Dr. Wnuk earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Canisius College and his doctorate in medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his residency in internal medicine-pediatrics at SUNY Buffalo, and is certified in cardiac stress testing, pediatric advanced life support and advanced cardiac life support. Dr. Wnuk and his family reside in Springville, and have been an integral part of the community.

When a patient comes to BCH, a primary care provider may recommend lab tests, x-rays or other imaging services – perhaps a screening colonoscopy – as part of a routine checkup. These procedures can be done at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s facility. Patients who see, or are referred to, providers out of the area often navigate a complex, impersonal and intimidating system, which can be difficult for those with chronic health conditions or transportation concerns. Those patients then require additional travel to different locations far from home for those same procedures and tests.

BCH has had an affiliation with Catholic Health since 2009 and Catholic Medical Partners (CMP) since 2013. This relationship has provided BCH patients with access to a larger network that values collaboration, while retaining the hospital’s independent governance. BCH, Catholic Health and CMP support a team-based, community model of healthcare where providers coordinate care through local offices. This is a contrast to other healthcare models that direct patients to centralized locations in urban areas for management of routine health conditions.

“When patients choose to seek medical care locally, they are doing more than just maintaining their own health – they are supporting the health of the local economy,” said Timothy Horner, president of the BCH board of directors. “As more patients seek care at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, it makes our community stronger.”

Melissa Fanton specializes in family medicine, and has a master’s in physician assistant studies from Daemen College. She has been practicing as a physician assistant since 2006.

Ken Osborn specializes in internal medicine, and earned his degree at Albany Medical College. He has been practicing as a physician assistant since 1987. Both Osborn and Fanton belong to the New York State Society of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and they are certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

“There is tremendous value for the community in increasing the number of our primary care providers,” explained Edwin Heidelberger, MD, PhD, vice president of medical affairs. “Having access to local medical services can improve continuity of care, which leads to better outcomes for patients.”

“As the closest hospital for more than 55,000 people in our region, we believe in the future of primary care in our rural area,” said Gunnersen. “The decision of Dr. Wnuk, Ms. Fanton and Mr. Osborn to join the Bertrand Chaffee Primary Care Center and to support local healthcare is a tremendous benefit for our patients, their families, and the community as a whole,” said Gunnersen.

Patients who would like to be seen by providers at the BCH Primary Care Center will need to register as a patient and schedule an appointment at (716) 592-8140.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation to Dedicate Memorial Garden 

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation will dedicate its Memorial Garden in an event on Monday, May 4 at 3 p.m.

Individuals, families, businesses and civic groups who contributed to the Foundation’s Memorial Brick project have been invited to this public event, and will join the Foundation board in viewing the completed Memorial Brick wall and celebrating the start of spring.

The idea for a garden came in 2012, soon after the passing of a long-time hospital board member and volunteer, Dr. Craig R. Wiede. With the Foundation’s first annual Garden Party in 2013, the Foundation directed funds raised to go towards the installation of a garden. “Dr. Wiede had a strong interest and talent for gardening, and the perennials and irises are a special tribute to him,” said Kara Kane, development coordinator. “The Foundation was able to turn the front of the hospital into an inviting space for patients, visitors and hospital and nursing home employees, and we’re already seeing people spending time in the garden now that the weather is warmer.”

The first Garden Party celebrated the memories of Dr. Wiede and local physician and hospital board member Dr. Richard Nowak, and Dr. Clinton and Mary Strong were honored in 2014. This year’s Garden Party on May 28 will remember Teresa Kessler and George Vasiliauskas for their service to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

Registrations for the May 4 event are not required by responses are encouraged. Light refreshments will be available. Call Kara Kane at (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 or email kkane@bch-jbr.org for more information.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Earns Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation from American College of Radiology 

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville, NY has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as of April 2015.

The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective, diagnostic care for individuals at high risk for lung cancer. Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is one of about 65 facilities in New York State to achieve this designation.

In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography (CT) in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure.  Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.

Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans, and appropriate follow-up care, significantly reduces lung cancer deaths. Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer, taking the lives of more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

Additional risk factors for lung cancer include the following:

  • Emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Interstitial lung disease, such as pulmonary fibrosis
  • Occupational and environmental exposures, such as asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, coal smoke, diesel fumes, nickel, silica, and soot
  • High levels of radon exposure
  • History of cancer, including lung cancer, lymphoma, head and neck, and smoking-related cancers
  • Family history of lung cancer
  • Extensive secondhand smoke exposure
  • Prior thoracic radiation therapy, as may occur for breast cancer and lymphoma

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) with ASiR dose reduction. Our Imaging Department encourages individuals who meet any of these risk factors to talk to their healthcare provider about recommended screenings and imaging studies. In addition to CT screenings, the BCH Imaging Department has ultrasound, MRI, bone density, X-ray, nuclear medicine and digital mammography technologies. Appointments can be made by calling (716) 592-8169.

For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit: acr.org/Quality-Safety/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Center.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Presents “Freedom from Smoking”

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will host the American Lung Association’s (ALA) “Freedom from Smoking” program beginning on May 19. ALA-certified instructors will present this eight-session program on Tuesday evenings from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

This program is designed for adult smokers and features step-by-step plans to help smokers gain control over their behavior. Cigarette smoke contains cancer-causing chemicals and can lead to lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Smoking is a behavior that negatively affects nearly every organ in the human body. It is also a cause of heart disease and stroke.

The program costs $80 and includes a workbook and CD. Registration is now open; to register call (716) 592-9643. This offering may be postponed to October if the registration quota is not met.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s ongoing community and patient education services includes smoking cessation programs and diabetic courses and support groups.

A future session is scheduled for October 6-November 17.

BCH Women’s Association to Hold Theme Basket Raffle on April 25

The BCH Women’s Association is sponsoring a Theme Basket Auction on Saturday, April 25 starting at 10 a.m. The event will be set up in the upstairs of Concord Town Hall in Springville. The drawing will take place at 11:30 a.m.

Join the ladies of the Women’s Association and see dozens of baskets on display. Proceeds from events coordinated by the Women’s Association go to support projects at the hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home. This organization has been instrumental in hospital expansion projects, facility improvements and equipment purchases throughout its history.

MARCH 2015

On Diab​etes Alert Day, Take Action to Find Out If You Are At Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

In support of American Diabetes Association Alert Day® (Tuesday, March 24), Bertrand Chaffee Hospital encourages people to find out if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes.  If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, amputation, and even death.

American Diabetes Association Alert Day, which is held every fourth Tuesday in March, is a “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This year, the Alert Day campaign will kick off on March 24 and continue through April 21 with the theme: “Take it. Share it. Step Out.” The Diabetes Risk Test is available online at http://bit.ly/bchdiabetes. Paper copies are also available at the BCH information desk.

Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes – including nearly one out of 10 adults in New York State. It is estimated that at least one out of four people with diabetes don’t know they have the disease, and nearly 79 million adults in the United States have prediabetes, a condition that increases their chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Other risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being overweight or obese, physically inactive, and over the age of 45.

“All adults should know their risk for type 2 diabetes by talking to their family about their family history of diabetes, and talking to your healthcare provider about your risk factors,” said Kathleen Hebdon, RN, certified diabetic educator and quality control officer at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing a small amount of weight – 5 to 7 percent (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) – and becoming more active. Action steps include making healthy food choices and being active at least 30 minutes, five days a week.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators and offers an hour-long diabetes support group on the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. Classes are available on healthy eating, taking medications, nutritional counseling, gestational diabetes and more. Contact (716) 592-9643 for more information.

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FEBRUARY 2015

Know the Signs and Get the Screenings: March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and to continue its educational outreach, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is providing the following information about colorectal cancer symptoms and screenings, along with news about an addition to the physicians who perform surgical procedures on our second floor.

Colorectal cancer is a highly preventable cancer, yet it accounts for nearly 10 percent of cancer deaths in the United States. Signs and symptoms vary, but can include blood in your bowel movements, stomach pains or cramps that don’t go away, or unexplained weight loss. Screenings like colonoscopies can find precancerous polyps at their earliest stages, when they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screenings are recommended for adults over the age of 50. Your primary care provider may recommend screenings at an earlier age depending on family history.

Gastroenterology is the medical specialty related to the digestive system, and BCH now has three physicians who are performing gastroenterological procedures like colonoscopies. Dr. J. Matthew Baker (Surgical Associates of SGI) and Dr. Michael Moore are accepting new patients for surgical and screening procedures, as is Dr. Alok D. Gupta, who is returning to practice at BCH. Dr. Gupta will have an office at 27 Franklin Street as of March 9. For more information about scheduling a colon screening, please contact the BCH Ambulatory Surgery Department at (716) 592-2871 ext. 1460.

Remember: colorectal cancer can be preventable and survivable when caught early. Talk to your healthcare provider about which level of screening for colorectal cancer is right for you based on your age, family history and other risk factors.

Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home Achieves Four-Star Rating on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare Web Site

Based on the most recent data released on Medicare.gov’s Nursing Home Compare web site, the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home received a four-star rating based on its health inspection, staffing levels and quality measures.

“Our residents and their families place their trust in us to provide a safe and caring environment,” said Roger Soricelli, JBR administrator. “Our rating on Nursing Home Compare reflects our attention to safety at all levels – from resident rooms to recordkeeping – and we’re proud of our record over the past four decades.”

The 80-bed facility recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, and provides both long-term nursing care and short-term rehabilitation services, especially for patients who need a “bridge” from the hospital to their home after joint replacements, cardiac events and surgeries.

Additional nursing home surveys and comparisons are available at www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare.

BCH and JBR Go Red For Women

Employees at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home coordinated outfits for the annual “Go Red for Women” day to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women.

This picture shows a small selection of the many associates throughout BCH and JBR who wore red on Friday, February 6.

 

This activity was part of American Heart Month, which encourages people to know their risk for heart disease and stroke, and to talk to their doctors and healthcare professionals about what they can do to reduce their risk.

Cordelian Club Dance 

Cordelian Club members, friends and community members braved a chilly evening to support BCH at the Club’s annual dance. The Springville Volunteer Fire Hall was transformed into a Valentine’s-themed space, and a DJ filled the air with danceable music the whole night.
Many thanks to the 30 ladies of the Cordelian Club who volunteered their time and talent to continue such an entertaining event for the community.

JANUARY 2015

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Presents “Freedom from Smoking”

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will host the American Lung Association’s (ALA) “Freedom from Smoking” program beginning on February 17. ALA-certified instructors will present this eight-session program on Tuesday evenings from 6 – 7:30 p.m. through March 31.

This program is designed for adult smokers and features step-by-step plans to help smokers gain control over their behavior. Cigarette smoke contains cancer-causing chemicals and can lead to lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Smoking is a behavior that negatively affects nearly every organ in the human body. It is also a cause of heart disease and stroke.

The program costs $80 and includes a workbook and CD. Registration is now open; to register call (716) 592-9643.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s ongoing community and patient education services includes smoking cessation programs and diabetic courses and support groups.

Future sessions are scheduled for May 19-June 30 and October 6-November 17 in 2015.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Marks American Heart Month in February

According to the Research Center for Stroke & Heart Disease of the Jacobs Neurological Institute, Erie County residents experience 33 percent more heart disease than the average U.S. citizen. The risk factors that can contribute to stroke and heart disease, including high blood pressure and being overweight, are elevated in WNY.

To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is proudly recognizing American Heart Month by offering our community the following information about heart health.

  • Get active! Coordinate a quick walk at lunchtime with your office or a group of neighbors. Research continues to show that walking and physical activity play an important role in maintaining and improving health.
  • Watch your weight by making healthy food choices, such as substituting spices for salt, or fresh vegetables or fruit instead of baked goods. Try out a new recipe that uses fresh vegetables and whole grains instead of fats and refined sugars.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure in consultation with your doctor.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Quit smoking and keep yourself, your children and your grandchildren away from secondhand smoking.

Join with our BCH and JBR staff on Friday, February 6 as we mark “Go Red for Women” day, to raise awareness about women and heart disease.

Cordelian Club Announces Date for Valentine’s Dance to Benefit BCH

The Cordelian Club will hold its annual dance on Saturday, February 7 from 8 p.m.-midnight at the Springville Fire Hall. With a Valentine’s theme, musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Rick Manzone.

The dance includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and will feature raffles for baskets, a stocked wine refrigerator, and a poker table topped with a tower of beer; you must be 21 years or older to attend.

Since 2002, the Cordelian Club has raised more than $60,000 in support of projects at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, including the expansion of the emergency department, the installation of a digital mammography machine and other recent equipment purchases. The Club began with a group of 22 ladies in 1937, and this total does not include the tens of thousands that the group has contributed through its history.

Tickets are $35 and available at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Anything Printed, any Cordelian Club member, or at the door. As in past years, the dance will benefit Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital to Offer Diabetic Support Group

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will coordinate monthly diabetic support group meetings for Type I and Type II diabetics and their loved ones as part of its community education initiative.

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 Diabetic Educator will facilitate the group, and meetings are free of charge.

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

The topic for the next meeting on February 2 will be “Sweet Treats.” Suggested monthly topics  going forward include: March (Balanced Plate); April (Foot Care); May (Being Active [movie]); June (Glycemic Index); July (It’s Hot Out!); August (Self Management Plan); September (holiday, no meeting); October (Alcohol); November (Holiday Eating); and, December (New Year’s Resolutions)

2014 News

DECEMBER 2014

Primary Care Center Expands with a New Provider

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center is very excited to welcome its newest provider, Lauralee Sprague, NP, in January 2015. She comes to us from TLC Health Network in Gowanda where she has worked for the last 18 years, 12 of those as a nurse practitioner.  A Pioneer Central Schools graduate, Sprague grew up in Sardinia and Machias, and currently resides in Springville with her son. She graduated from SUNY Brockport with a bachelor of science in nursing, and from D’Youville College with a master’s and certification as a family nurse practitioner (FNP).

Sprague is board certified in family practice, and is certified in ACLS, PALS and BLS with an additional certification as a sexual assault examiner. She has experience teaching clinicals and classes in the nurse practitioner program at D’Youville.

“I’m very excited to be returning to practice in the hospital where I was born and the community I grew up in,” said Sprague. “I have special interests in women’s health and pediatrics, and I’m looking forward to providing family-focused and preventative care and wellness at BCH.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Lauralee to the Bertrand Chaffee family, she will be a wonderful addition to our center, especially for our patients,” added Darlene Schrantz, RN, Director of Patient Care Services.

Any patient wishing to schedule an appointment with Ms. Sprague or any of our other providers at the Primary Care Center can call 592-8140.

Sons of Amvets Post 219 Presents Gift to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation

On December 4, Daniel Gallaway of the Sons of Amvets Post 219 in Boston presented a $500 gift to the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation in support of hospital and nursing home improvements. This contribution continues the group’s tradition of giving back to community organizations.

Pictured from left: Dr. Jon Baker, surgeon at Surgical Associates of SGI and a foundation board member; Daniel Gallaway, Sons of Amvets post chaplain; Nils Gunnersen, CEO of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital; and Joel Maul, foundation board member.

NOVEMBER 2014

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Names Leadership Positions in Emergency Department

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has announced new leadership positions in its emergency department. Lori Hudzinski, M.D. has been named director of the emergency department at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. As a board-certified physician with more than 25 years of service to patients in Springville and surrounding communities, Dr. Hudzinski earned her medical degree from the State University of New York’s Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., and her undergraduate degree from St. Bonaventure University. Her experience includes years of practice in family medicine, sports medicine, and a fellowship in the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine in London, England. She is board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine.

A Springville native and lifelong resident, Dr. Hudzinski previously cared for patients in private practice. She has received the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s “Bridges to Excellence Recognition” in three areas: Medical Home, Diabetes Physician, and Physician Practice Connections. She has lectured at the SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and is a past chief of medicine at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

Dr. Hudzinski leads a team of medical professionals in the prompt diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries in the emergency department. Depending on a patient’s condition, an ER provider at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital may order blood work, x-rays, EKGs, breathing treatments, IVs, oxygen or medications, and admit or refer patients for more intensive treatment.

Jennifer Siragusa joined Bertrand Chaffee Hospital as nurse manager in the emergency department. Siragusa had worked previously for physicians’ offices and hospitals in the southern tier, including Gowanda, North Collins, Fredonia and at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. She received her LPN and RN licenses through programs at BOCES and Excelsior College. As nurse manager, she handles scheduling for the BCH Emergency Department, regulatory compliance and supervision of nursing staff. As a local resident, Siragusa said that she “appreciates that Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is close to her home.”

OCTOBER 2014

A Pizza Fundraiser Night with the BCH Women’s Association 

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Women’s Association is planning a “Fun”draiser Night on October 28 at the Pizza Hut location in Springville from 4 – 8 p.m.

Pizza Hut will donate 20% of purchases on the fundraiser night to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital — please bring a flyer, which includes the ticket needed, to the restaurant when you pay.

The Jennie B. Turns 40!

Join us as we celebrate 40 years of care to residents at the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home on Wednesday, October 29 at 3:30 p.m. With its start in 1974, the Jennie B. has cared for more than 2,000 residents over four decades.

The public is welcome to our event; light refreshments will be available.

Responses appreciated to Kara at kkane@bch-jbr.org or (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485.

SEPTEMBER 2014

Public Service Announcement for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

WSPQ 1330AM radio in Springville produced a PSA for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It will air on the radio throughout the month of October, and serves as a reminder to all women to talk to their physician about when to schedule a mammogram. The Imaging Services Department at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital offers digital mammography and can be reached at (716) 592-8169.

National Drug Take Back Day on September 27

National Drug Take Back Day is set for Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville has been designated as a site for the collection of unwanted pharmaceuticals.

Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision. The availability of unused or expired prescription medications has turned into a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives by keeping them out of the hands of children and teenagers, and protects the environment by keeping them out of the water supply.

Mark your calendars and check your medicine cabinets for expired or unused pharmaceuticals. This nationwide initiative has taken more than 2,100 tons of prescription medication out of circulation since 2010. Other area take-back locations for Sept. 27 include the North Collins Police Department, the Gowanda Village Municipal Building, and the Village of Arcade Police Station.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Women’s Association Announces 2014 Fashion Show

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Women’s Association is planning its annual fashion show for Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Springville Fire Hall. This event continues the decades-old history of support for Bertrand Chaffee Hospital programs, services and facility improvement by the group’s members.

Though this event is officially in its thirteenth year, BCH Community Relations Coordinator Kara Kane recently found an advertisement for the Association’s fashion show in 1961. “I contacted the Concord Historical Society with a question about the hospital’s annual reports, and they came back with a set of really interesting documents from the hospital’s past,” she said. “One of these was a call to action from Eleanor Folts, Mabel Underberg and Bonnie Wilson to promote ‘Fashions in Review’ for the 1962 season.

“They described their event as a ‘giant style spectacular…with originals sewn by the fine seamstresses of Springville…fashions of yesteryear will recall the grand days of 1860, the gay ‘90’s and the roaring ‘20’s,” she continued. “Reading that was a wonderful reminder of the traditions that the people of Springville created and how they endure.”

Women’s Association President Karen Ritenour, who took over from Bonnie Tober in June, notes that the Fashion Show draws in support from many local businesses. “Maurice’s of Springville and Dress Barn in Hamburg are providing our volunteer models with outfits this year, and we’ll have accessories from Sheret Jewelers and Springville Eye Care as well,” she said.

Presale tickets are $8 and are available at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s switchboard and at the gift shop. Tickets are $9 at the door. Refreshments will be served. Sponsorships are accepted until September 22. Contact Annette Kaleta at (716) 592-2871 ext. 1221 for more information. Proceeds benefit Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

AUGUST 2014

O.R. Staff Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge – Update: The Radiology Department Responds

As part of the global phenomenon of the Ice Bucket Challenge to support ALS research, the OR staff at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital was nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge by Lori Baker, an anesthetist at BCH. With assistance from Dr. Matt Baker, the med/surg staff was doused with gallons of icy water poured from the Baker’s tractor on the front lawn of the hospital on August 20.

Dozens of hospital and nursing home associates gathered in front of BCH with their cameras to watch as the Ice Bucket Challenge arrived at BCH and Springville. The OR staff announced their support of ALS research and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital before nominating the hospital’s radiology department to participate next.

A video taken by We Are Living in Springville is posted below.
The Radiology Department responded to the challenge on August 22, and issued a challenge to the senior leadership team and their staff.

JULY 2014

A Cookout, Car Seats and a ‘Copter

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will be the site of WSPQ 1330 AM radio’s “Cookout for a Cause” on Wednesday, July 30 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. This event is part of a series of cookouts that the station does in support of local non-profit organizations. For $2, the classic hits station in Springville is offering a hot dog and a pop, with proceeds going to benefit Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

Parents and grandparents who transport children in their vehicles are invited to have their car seats inspected by the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, also from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Technicians will be available to make sure seats are installed properly.

Mercy Flight, which has a helipad at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, will have representatives on hand, and a landing of one of their helicopters is scheduled depending on weather and availability.

Find all these activities in the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital parking lot at 224 East Main Street in Springville. For more information, contact Kara at (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 or kkane@bch-jbr.org.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Board of Directors Elects 2014-15 Officers

Board Welcomes Johanna Healy as a New Member

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital board of directors elected its slate of officers for 2014-15 at its June meeting. Continuing as officers are President Timothy Horner of Springville, Vice President Dr. Robbin Hansen of Springville, Secretary Gary Eppolito of Springville and Treasurer Michael Boza of Arcade.

Johanna Healy of Springville joined the board for a three-year term as a director. Originally from Yorkshire, she is a graduate of Syracuse University with degrees in political science and policy studies, and also with a law degree from Syracuse University’s College of Law. Healy was previously an attorney and partner with Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola in Buffalo, and currently serves as the attorney for the Village of Springville. She has served on the Donate Life Foundation Board, and is a graduate of the United Way’s Board Governance for Women Initiative. Healy lectures frequently on risk management, insurance, and legal issues for non-profit organizations. She lives in Springville with her husband and two children.

The board of directors meets monthly at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

JUNE 2014

SGI Students Volunteer at BCH and JBR

I would like to express a sincere “thank you” to the SGI high school seniors who participated in the Griffins Day of Giving on May 30, and the National Junior Honor Society students from Springville Middle School who volunteered at our hospital and nursing home on June 13. These groups did fantastic work to weed and mulch our garden spaces, which are very visible to patients, residents, visitors and staff. The middle school students also cleaned out overgrown garden areas in our nursing home’s courtyard, planted annual flowers and repainted picnic tables.

We are fortunate to have such community-minded students who are willing to contribute their time and energy toward service projects. On behalf of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home, thank you for bringing your enthusiasm and volunteer spirit to our facility.

Sincerely, Nils Gunnersen
CEO, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital

BCH Women’s Association Holds Annual Installation Dinner

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Women’s Association held its annual installation dinner at the Apple Dumplin restaurant on June 11. Officers include: treasurer Beth Bolt, first vice president Lisa Yaeger, secretary Judith White (back row); outgoing president Bonnie Tober and second vice president Lori Beeman (front row). (Missing: incoming president Karen Ritenour)

At its meeting, the group also presented a check for $5,000 to Darlene Schrantz, director of patient care services at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, for the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation to apply towards the purchase of IV infusion pumps.

In addition to running the hospital’s gift shop, Women’s Association volunteers coordinate fundraisers throughout the year with a goal of supporting hospital improvements and equipment purchases. These events include the recent hot dog and bake sale, a basket raffle in the spring and its annual fashion show in the fall.

BCH Foundation to Complete Memorial Garden with Engravable Bricks

In 2013, the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation created a Memorial Garden at the hospital’s front entrance in memory of volunteers who have shaped and supported our facility.

This summer, the Foundation is completing this garden with a wall of Memorial Bricks, which will be available to individuals and businesses who wish to have an engraved brick as a permanent part of our garden.

Over the years, hundreds of people have chosen to honor the memory of a loved one with gifts to the hospital and foundation. These bricks expand the options for memorial acknowledgements, and the Foundation will direct the funds raised through this program towards projects at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home.

These bricks come in two sizes: a one-line (20 spaces) brick for $100, and a three-line (20 spaces per line) brick for $250. A limited number of bricks are available, and the Foundation expects to have these bricks engraved and the wall built by the end of the summer. The order form is available on the BCH web site. Other opportunities to support the garden through planters, benches and other garden accessories are possible; please contact Kara Kane at (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 or kkane@bch-jbr.org for more information.

MAY 2014

Your Health Matters: Stop into the Dairy/Ag Festival Health Expo on Saturday, June 7

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is coordinating the Dairy/Ag Festival Health Expo to highlight hospital services and local resources for health and wellness. Visit the downstairs of Concord Town Hall on Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. to meet hospital staff and discover ways to make your health, and your family’s health, a priority.

“Our area is fortunate to have a hospital facility with laboratory, imaging, physical therapy and emergency departments conveniently located for Springville residents and those in the surrounding towns,” said Kara Kane, community relations coordinator. “With services like our Primary Care Center and Heart Center, we want patients to see Bertrand Chaffee Hospital as the place to go get healthy and stay healthy. Our health expo activities and displays are going to reflect that.”

Medical associates from Catholic Health will be providing cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) screenings for adults. Interactive activities for kids and adults are also planned, including a “What Makes Me Healthy” photo booth. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany and Cattaraugus County will be on site, and information related to healthy living and safety will be available throughout the day.

Since 1946, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville has served the healthcare needs of residents in southern Erie, northern Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties. As a not-for-profit organization, the hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home provide 24-hour emergency care, acute inpatient care, long-term care and lab, imaging, cardiac rehabilitation, surgical and physical therapy services. With more than 300 employees, our facilities are a significant economic driver for the region. Learn more at bertrandchaffee.com or call (716) 592-2871.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation Elects New Officers at Annual Meeting

Organization welcomes Joel Maul as a new board member

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation held its annual meeting on May 5, where it welcomed a new member and re-elected its board officers to one-year terms.

President William King of West Valley, Vice President Mary Kwiatek of Springville, Secretary David Batterson of Springville and Treasurer Claudia Miller of Arcade were each re-elected to their positions.

The nomination of Joel Maul to an open seat was unanimously accepted, and he will serve as part of the class of 2015. Since his retirement as the Springville postmaster, Maul has been an active community volunteer, particularly with the Concord Historical Society and Mercantile, the Fiddler’s Green Country and Bluegrass Festival, and the 2013 committee to erect the Seth Thomas clock in the village of Springville. He was recognized as Scouter of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America Greater Niagara Frontier Council in 2014 for more than 50 years of service to the scouting community.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation to Host Second Annual Garden Party

Event will honor the memories of Dr. and Mrs. Clinton and Mary Strong

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation will hold its second annual Garden Party fundraiser on May 29 at the Springville Country Club. The event will run from 5 until 8 p.m., and entertainment will be provided in part by the Springville Jazz Orchestra.

The Garden Party began in 2013 as a way to honor the memories of Dr. Craig Wiede and Dr. Richard Nowak, two individuals who served as hospital board volunteers for many years. Funds raised last year went toward the installation of the Memorial Garden – a courtyard space near the hospital’s entrance –for enjoyment by patients, residents, visitors and employees.

The Foundation is continuing this tradition by paying tribute on May 29 to Dr. and Mrs. Clinton and Mary Strong, who passed away in early 2014 and late 2013. They had an extensive history of service to civic and medical organizations in southern Erie, Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties, including Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home, Holland Central School District, the Cattaraugus County Home and Infirmary in Machias, and First United Methodist Church in Springville.

Proceeds from the Garden Party will go towards projects and equipment that support patient and resident care and comfort, and facility maintenance, at the hospital and nursing home. Tickets are $50 each or $80 per couple. For tickets, information and sponsorship opportunities, call the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation at (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 or email kkane@bch-jbr.org.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Heart Center Introduces Vascular Health Clinic

Dedicated service will offer specialized care and treatment

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Heart Center is offering a new service to current and new patients related to vascular medicine. The Vascular Health Clinic will offer specialized care and treatment for conditions like peripheral arterial disease – a relatively common condition that may affect up to one in 20 adults over 50 years of age in the United States.

Directed by the Heart Center’s board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Thomas P. Smith, Jr., FACC, the Vascular Health Clinic will offer a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic options for patients including a Peripheral Arterial Disease rehabilitation program for the treatment of patients with chronic claudication – or lack of blood flow during exercise.

“The leg and foot pain associated with vascular conditions can be debilitating, and patients sometimes dismiss those symptoms as arthritis or an ‘old injury,’” said Dr. Smith. “Once we can establish vascular disease as the source of discomfort, our clinic will be able to support patients in reducing their ambulatory pain, significantly improve their symptoms of pain on walking and greatly improve their quality of life.

“To do that, we work with patients on a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan that incorporates regular exercise, ongoing lab work and ultrasounds as needed, and referral for invasive vascular procedures when indicated,” he continued. “For some, that could mean a smoking cessation plan, while for others it might mean medication and an emphasis on healthy eating.”

“People who smoke, former smokers, people with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and adults with a history of vascular disease, stroke or heart attack have an increased chance of developing vascular conditions,” said Nils Gunnersen, CEO of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. “As a hospital, we are recognizing that risk in our community and establishing a new service that will offer prevention and treatment options.”

Dedicated vascular health clinic days will be scheduled at the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Heart Center each month. For an appointment, please contact the Heart Center at (716) 592-9644 and mention that you are interested in the vascular health clinic.

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Heart Center, conveniently located on the hospital’s first floor, provides a comprehensive array of clinical and diagnostic cardiac and vascular services, including outpatient and inpatient consults, echo, regular and stress echo testing and pacemaker interrogation. For appointments, call (716) 592-9644.

May 12 is National Women’s Checkup Day

Call Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s Primary Care Center for an appointment

Mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, wives and friends, take note: National Women’s Checkup Day is May 12, which is part of National Women’s Health Week (May 11-17, 2014). Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health, this annual event has a goal of encouraging women of all ages to schedule an annual well-woman visit with their healthcare provider.

“Recent changes to health insurance regulations have made annual physical checkups available under most insurance plans at no cost to the patient,” said Dr. Lisette D’Eon, a physician at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center. “So many times, women are taking care of their families’ needs that they overlook their own health. This day is a reminder to schedule your appointment to receive screenings for common conditions, refill your prescriptions and have a discussion with your medical provider about your health concerns and questions.”

According to Imaging Department Director Lisa Smith, “It is recommended that women receive mammograms every other year starting at age 40.” She continued, “Women who are at risk for common conditions like osteoporosis can also benefit from a yearly bone density screening along with their annual checkup.”

“Patients diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis may benefit from a physical therapy exercise program to strengthen muscles, improve posture and reduce the risk of falls and fractures,” said Mary Lou Wright, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s physical therapy department director. Coronary heart disease, the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States, is another factor in maintaining an annual checkup schedule.

“Regular physical exams can help women and their doctors identify symptoms of heart disease in the early stages,” said Dr. Thomas P. Smith, FACC, a cardiologist at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s Heart Center. “By treating those symptoms and helping a patient make lifestyle changes in eating, exercise, or smoking cessation, the risk of life-threatening strokes or heart attacks can be reduced.”

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center opened in 2010 in response to community need, and accepts new patients and most insurance coverage. Learn more at bertrandchaffee.com or call (716) 592-8140 for an appointment.

BCH Appoints Dr. D’Eon as Primary Care Center Medical Director

Primary Care Center Announces New, Expanded Office Hours to Accommodate Patient Schedules

Dr. Lisette D’Eon has been appointed medical director for the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center. She will serve as the physician leader responsible for quality assurance at the center. Dr. D’Eon will work in collaboration with Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Edwin Heidelberger, CEO Nils Gunnersen, Director of Patient Care Services Darlene Schrantz, as well as the respective hospital medical staff to include the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine in the management of the primary care practice and the many interactions with the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital services.

Dr. Lisette D’Eon is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, and was the first physician employed at the Primary Care Center when it opened 2010. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Cornell University, and a master’s degree in natural sciences and doctorate of medicine from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a member of Catholic Medical Partners.

“I really love working with patients in this warm and close knit community,” said Dr. D’Eon. “I am pleased to have been chosen for such an important role of assuring high quality and patient satisfaction in the Primary Care Center.”

“Dr. D’Eon is very thorough and conscientious with her patients and as a result is an excellent caregiver,” said Gunnersen. The Primary Care Center is conveniently located on the third floor of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. It is staffed with three physicians including Dr. D’Eon, Dr. Timothy Siepel and Dr. Edwin Heidelberger as well as three nurse practitioners, Laurie Brown-Croyts, Tina Vandermeer-Gatti and James Urgo, all of whom are currently accepting new patients.

The Center is very excited to announce new, longer hours to accommodate our patients better. Starting in May, the appointment hours will be extended with a new earlier start time of 7:30 a.m. (M-F) and open until 6:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 5:30 p.m. These new hours will make it even easier to keep healthcare local! For appointments and questions, contact the Primary Care Center directly at (716) 592-8140.

MAY 2014

BCH Joins HEALTHeLINK

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is the latest hospital to join HEALTHeLINK, Western New York’s clinical information exchange. By connecting to HEALTHeLINK, Bertrand Chaffee providers are now able to securely access and share patient health information electronically with other treating health care providers throughout the region to help improve the quality of care and enhance patient safety.

“The addition of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital as a HEALTHeLINK participant provides value to the hospital, its providers, and the patients they serve by allowing the patients’ health data to follow them wherever they go in Western New York for treatment,” said Daniel Porreca, executive director, HEALTHeLINK. “By providing consent for your treating physicians to access your medical information via HEALTHeLINK, they can see important clinical information where and when it’s needed – at the point of care.”

HEALTHeLINK is a collaborative effort among Western New York’s major health care organizations with the goal of providing physicians and medical staff with immediate secure access to clinical information on patients in their care including admission, discharge and transfer messages, lab and radiology reports, radiology images, and other transcribed reports – regardless of where that information may have been recorded. This information is available to licensed health care providers such as physicians and nurses only when a patient provides authorization by signing a consent form.

“HEALTHeLINK and its connection to our primary care practice’s electronic medical record enables the secure online patient portal for our patients to become more active participants in their healthcare,” said Dr. Edwin Heidelberger, vice president of medical affairs for Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and a physician with the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center. “Our patients will use the portal as a tool to view their lab and imaging results, request referrals and medication refills, and manage appointments.

“We want patients to be involved in their healthcare decisions and outcomes,” Heidelberger continued. “This system will cut back on the time spent playing ‘telephone tag’ with our office, and put patients’ personal health information at their fingertips.” Patient consent forms are available at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital as well as at the HEALTHeLINK website at www.wnyhealthelink.com.

Nearly 600,000 individuals throughout Western New York have signed consent forms to share their health information through HEALTHeLINK. To learn more about HEALTHeLINK and the patient consent process please visit wnyhealthelink.com or talk with your physician.

JANUARY 2014

Welcome Kara Kane!

We are pleased to welcome Kara Kane as our new Foundation Development and Community Relations Coordinator.  Kara has extensive non-profit, marketing and communication experience and has worked at a local college and IT corporation.  She resides in Glenwood with her husband and three young children.  She looks forward to introducing herself to community members as well as hospital and nursing home staff.  Kara’s goal is to promote community awareness of hospital and nursing home services and coordinate increased fundraising, sponsorships, and events for the Foundation.

Kara can be reached in the hospital at extension 1485 or by email at
kkane@bch-jbr.org.   We look forward to working with Kara on all her endeavors.

2013 News

DECEMBER 2013

Dr. Edwin Heidelberger joins BCH Primary Care Center!

Dr. Edwin Heidelberger began seeing patients in the Primary Care Center in December 2013 and is still accepting new patients.

He obtained his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences concurrent with a Ph.D. in Physiology. After completing a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo he was Board Certified in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.

A resident of the Springville community for almost 20 years, Dr. Heidelberger has served on Bertrand Chaffee’s Board of Directors and now returns to his rural primary care roots to serve as Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s Vice President of Medical Affairs.

OCTOBER 2013

Welcome James Urgo, FNP

James Urgo, a nurse practioner specializing in Family Practice, began seeing patients in the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center on Monday, October 7th. He welcomes his current patients of Springville Primary Care, and will be collaborating with Dr. Edwin Heidelberger at the Center.

James Urgo, FNP, began his medical career as a paramedic in the 1980’s. He received an Associates of Science in Nursing in 1983 from Trocaire College and began working as a Registered Nurse. In 1998, James completed his Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Daemen College. He then attended D’Youville College and completed his Masters of Science in Nursing and has been practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner since
2001.

James has been married to his wife Joanne for 34 years. They have 4 children and 3 grandchildren, with one on the way. James enjoys spending time with his family and ministering at a local church in Hamburg.

JUNE 2013

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital becomes an AADE accredited Diabetes Education Site

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, of Springville, NY, was recently named an Accredited Diabetes Education site by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). This will enhance local residents’ access to critical diabetes education services.

Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. The classes are presented by a team of diabetes educators from various clinical fields.

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Diabetes Education Team members include Michael Barnett –  Doctor of Pharmacy, Elizabeth Cappola – Registered Dietetic Technician, Nancy Fischer – Dietetic Technician, Kathleen Hebdon, RN – Certified Nurse Patient Educator, and Kyle Schwann – Certified Dietician and Nutritionist.

AADE Diabetes Education and Training entails five 2-hour classes; Healthy Eating, Being Active, Monitoring & Reducing Risk Factors, Taking Medications, and Healthy Coping & Problem Solving. In addition, each client is entitled to three hours of individualized nutritional counseling.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, located at 224 East Main Street, Springville, NY, will be offering diabetes education classes several times throughout the year. The AADE accreditation provides the ability to accept most major insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid. Clients can contact the department manager – Kathleen M. Hebdon, at (716) 592-9643 for more information and about how to enroll.

“Our area has needed formalized diabetes education for some time and now Bertrand Chaffee Hospital can provide a nationally recognized program for our residents. I am really excited to be part of this positive addition to healthcare services in Western New York.” says Hebdon

Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, Diabetes Education Accreditation Program states “Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009.”

MAY 2013

On May 30th 2013 the 1st Annual Garden Party was held at the Springville Country Club

The Thursday before, it was snowing, The Thursday after, a torrential rain storm.  But on Thursday May 30th, the sun was shining over the first annual Garden Party to benefit the exterior renovation project and Memorial Garden at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

Nearly 200 people attended the event at the Springville Country Club, and enjoyed the sounds of the Springville Jazz Orchestra while raising $12,000 for our Hospital and Nursing Home.

“The Memorial Garden concept was developed while we are in the process of renovating the parking lot and updating the exterior of the hospital,” said Foundation Board President William King.  “We lost two very special people during 2012, 20-year Board member Craig Wiede, and longtime devoted physician Richard Nowak.  This is an admirable way to remember them, and to remember those who have served this hospital well.”

Construction for the Memorial Garden, which will be highlighting the front entrance area of the hospital parking and entrance, will begin in the next few weeks.  The goal is to have the first phase of the project completed in August.

The Memorial Garden has been crafted by landscape designer Connie Lydon, who has family ties in the Springville area.  Lydon, and her father George Schichtel, have worked with hospital administration to create a comfortable and lasting tribute.

There were several local sponsors for the Garden Party, and additional benefactors have come forward since the event.  Future plans also include opportunities to purchase memory stones for the memorial walls and an expansion into the entrance area of the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home.

APRIL 2013

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Named as Outstanding Organization of the Year by the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce

The Springville Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual gala on April 27, to recognize Grover Riefler as the citizen of the year, Oasis Bed and Breakfast as the outstanding business of the year and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital as the organization of the year.  Nils Gunnersen, CEO of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital stated as he received the award “As an organization, the hospital is a sum of many parts, recognizing members of his staff and the board of directors, as individuals who have helped the hospital along the way. We offer lots of services with the hope and the intent that the community supports us being here.  We are part of the community and hope they take advantage of us as a resource.”  Nils continued by saying that he is pleased to work with so many wonderful people to keep the hospital open for Springville and the surrounding community.

Bertrand Chaffee Primary Care Center Awarded New Designation from NCQA

Effective April 22, 2013 the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognized the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) – Level 3, which is the highest designation that can be awarded. “The process the Bertrand Chaffee Primary Care Center team has worked through to achieve this prestigious award was very important to our community.  We have raised the bar for Primary Care.” says Darlene Schrantz, Director of Patient Care Services.

Here are some of the characteristics of a Patient Centered Medical Home:

A Patient Centered Medical Home is not a building, an office or a house. It is a program for delivering care that places the patient at the center of everything we do. A Patient Centered Medical Home integrates patients as active participants in their own health and well-being.  Patients are cared for by a physician who leads the medical team that coordinates all aspects of preventive, acute and chronic care need of patients. Using Evidence Based Guidelines we are able to focus on the care and services to help patients achieve their own goals.  With combination and patient involvement we work together to make decisions that are best for the patients.

Coordinating Care for specific disease processes will decrease the time patients spend in hospitals.  It will also help cut down on patients being readmitted to hospitals by closely following and monitoring patients after their visits to hospitals or Emergency Rooms.  Another part of the PCMH is to educate the patients and hold them accountable for their own health care.  By getting the patients more involved, it creates a better provider/patient relationship.

As part of the PCMH we encourage patients to communicate with their clinical team via electronic messaging.  We have by implemented a Patient Portal through our electronic health record that allows patients to reach out to their clinical staff for refills, request appointments and referrals as well as, view test results.  It can be much more convenient for the patient and it also increases the ability to communicate with our staff.

This is a great accomplishment for Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and its Primary Care Center that will advance the health of our community!

2012 News

DECEMBER 2012

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Imaging Department approved by the ACR for CT accreditation which is good for three years.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has, once again, been awarded a three year term of accreditation in Computerized Topography (CT) as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR)

The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards.  Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.  They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of the facility equipment.

ACR accreditation sites provide a high level of confidence for patients, referring physicians, and managed care organizations that only the highest quality care is being provided.

“We are very excited that we have been awarded this accreditation again and stress that this recognition is not easy to receive” says Lisa Smith, Manager of Imaging Services at Bertrand Chaffee.  The hospital is also accredited in Digital Mammography and MRI.  If you would like more information on this accreditation or to schedule an appointment, call the Imaging Department at 716 592-8169.

JULY 2012

Welcome Aboard!

Laurie Brown-Croyts   Tina Vandermeer-Gatti

In July, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital welcomed two new Nurse Practitioners to the Primary Care Center!  Both are Board Certified and are a wonderful compliment to the physicians in the Primary Care Center.

APRIL 2012

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is proud to announce the Grand Opening of the Heart Center with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, April 30th from 10:00am-11:00am.  The Heart Center is located on the first floor of the hospital just past Ambulatory Surgery.

The new Heart Center at BCH will streamline the delivery of cardiac care by offering related services within a single department.  The services which are presently being offered in various locations in the hospital, will include Echocardiography (ECHO), ECHO stress testing, exercise stress testing, nuclear stress testing and pacemaker checks.  “We are very excited to be able to offer excellent cardiology services within the community” says Nils Gunnersen, CEO, “Patients no longer need to travel to Olean or Buffalo to see a cardiologist, or receive cardiac services, which is consistent with our strategic necessity to Keep Healthcare Local” continued Gunnersen.

Clinical cardiologists Dr. Thomas Smith and Dr. Syed Shah are available for inpatient and outpatient consultations as well as all services listed above.  In addition, Dr. Smith is Catholic Health’s Medical Director for Southern Tier Outreach and Dr. Shah is Catholic Health’s Medical Director for Cardiac Outreach.  This affiliation with Catholic Health and Mercy Hospital opens up access to nationally-ranked cardiac care for patients living in the Southern Tier and who are cared for at the Heart Center at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

Dr. Smith will be available on Monday to speak with visitors and patients at the open house.  Refreshments will also be served.  If you would like more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Heart Center directly at (716) 592-9644.

2011 News

NOVEMBER 2011

Welcome Aboard!

On November 28, 2011 Bertrand Chaffee Hospital welcomes back Dr. Timothy Siepel to the Bertrand Chaffee Primary Care Center.

Dr. Siepel is originally from Angola and did his medical training at University at Buffalo Medical School.  He has lived in West Valley since 1972.  Dr. Siepel has worked as a family medicine physician since 1972 in various offices including his own practice, Service Medical until 2009.  Since then he has been seeing patients in Derby and is very excited  to be returning to Springville.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Earns ACR Accreditation for MRI

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

To schedule an appointment call 716-592-8169.

Welcome Aboard!

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital welcomes clinical cardiologist Syed A. Shah, MD to the new Heart Center at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

Dr. Shah is a former assistant professor in clinical medicine in the cardiology unit at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.  He is skilled in all non-invasive modalities including echo, stress testing, nuclear, TEE and CTA.  He brings extensive experience in developing outreach practices, relationship building, and business development and management to his new position and office practice.

Dr. Shah is now accepting patients at the Heart Center at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

For information or appointments, call:

(716) 592-8140

SEPTEMBER 2011

Welcome Aboard!

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital welcomes clinical cardiologist Thomas P. Smith, Jr., MD, FACC, to the new Heart Center at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, conveniently located on the Bertrand Chaffee Primary Care Center.

Dr. Smith obtained his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medi­cine for both internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Iona College, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

In addition, Dr. Smith will serve as Catholic Health Medical Director for Southern Tier Outreach. This affiliation with Catholic Health and Mercy Hospital opens up access to nationally-ranked cardiac care for patients living in the Southern Tier who will be treated at the new Heart Center.

Dr. Smith is now accepting patients at the Heart Center at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

For information or appointments, call:

(716) 592-8140

JULY 2011

On July 28th the SEIU Union members at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home ratified a contract.

Management and union leaders, with the help of a federal mediator, were able to come to an agreement which will remain in effect through September 2013.

JUNE 2011

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital consumates Affiliation Agreement with Catholic Health.  Click here to view press release.

APRIL 2011

Digital Mammography now available at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital !

Yes it’s true, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has acquired Digital Mammography – state of the art imaging technology.  Thanks to the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation and to the many organizations and local residents who made contributions to our capital campaign, patients will now be able to receive high quality digital breast scans, convenient and close to home.

Thanks to many of the staff from Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home for putting together and participating in the annual basket raffle and the Boo Bash held in October of 2010.  Special thanks go to the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Women’s Association who have organized many successful events, the Cordelian Club who raises funds for the hospital through a dance each year, and to the Springville Griffins Community Education Foundation for donating their proceeds from the Wine Tasting event last year.  All these events together with substantial donations from individuals from our local community were instrumental in raising the funds to bring this life-saving technology to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

Patients who are in need this imaging service may call 592-8169 and set up an appointment.

Again thanks to all who help us to Keep Healthcare Local by bringing this life saving technology to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, you deserve the best, and now you have it!