News from June 2016

Thanks to Garden Party Supporters

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation would like to thank the following businesses and couples for their support of our fourth annual Garden Party: (Peony) Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Medical Staff, Stansberry and Knight Physician Assistants, (Iris) ACM Medical Laboratory, Arcade-Springville Dental Arts Group, B&B Homes and Bill Gugino Builders, Nils and Erika Gunnersen, Craig and Tanya Helms, Mercy Flight of WNY and Mercy EMS, Springville Pediatrics, (Rose) 2121 Main Street Pharmacy, Buffalo Orthopedic Group, Eaton Office Supply, Fiddler’s Green Manor/Niagara Rehab, Dr. Susan Fischbeck and Dr. Patrick Hurley, Freed Maxick, Julie’s Pizzeria, Andrew Schneegold/MetLife, Mahoney & Sullivan Financial Group, Metro Kirsch Real Estate, Seneca Gaming Corporation, Roger and Margo Soricelli, Springville Door & Window, STC Construction, WNY Imaging Systems.

Volunteer photographer Kevin Mahoney captured special moments from our event, and has made those images available at his site,

Our volunteers for the event are also greatly appreciated: Grover and Elizabeth Riefler, Mary Kwiatek, Jessica Sullivan, Annette Kaleta, and Charles and Jennifer Weber. A sincere thanks also to the SCENe Garden Club for the flowers in our centerpieces and the talented musicians of the Springville Jazz Orchestra, who entertained our guests throughout the evening.

We established this event to remember the contributions of volunteers and employees in our hospital’s history. This year, we were proud to celebrate the lives of Paul Randall and John Frank with their children. Our thanks extends to those families as well.

With this community support, we will help to fund a new anesthesia machine for Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. Together we are making great investments in local healthcare. Thanks to all who are a part of our work.

William King, BCH Foundation President

Matters of the Heart – from Catholic Health

Cardiologists Dr. Thomas Smith and Dr. Henry Meltser will discuss the latest on leg pain, heart and vascular diagnosis at an event on June 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Springville Fire Hall at 405 West Main Street.

Hear from local experts on what treatment options are available at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville and Mercy Hospital in Buffalo.

A light dinner will be served; space is limited so please call (716) 447-6205 or visit to register.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has announced that its Primary Care Center was recertified as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, Level 3 by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Primary care staff and providers have continually worked to demonstrate how the practice uses evidence-based, patient-centered processes to coordinate care and develop participative relationships with patients.

The patient-centered medical home is a widely-adopted model that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be.” It combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of periodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system.

NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

“We’re proud of the employees who coordinated our efforts to recertify,” said Jennifer Siragusa, assistant director of patient care services. “This recognition lasts three years, and shows that BCH has the tools, process and mindset to help patients maintain good health.”

Established in 2010, the BCH Primary Care Center has ten providers and is accepting new patients. Call (716) 592-8140 for appointments or for more information.

BCH Women’s Association Recognizes Volunteers, Gives Gift to Hospital for ED

At its annual installation dinner in June, the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Women’s Association recognized two members for their long service to the group. Dorothy Slating, who joined in 1973, and Ellie Kirkendall, who joined in 1978, have each served as Women’s Association president and other offices. They were part of the group as it opened the BCH Gift Shop in 1982-1983, and participated in trash & treasure auctions, membership teas, Christmas bazaars and the annual fashion show, all in support of fundraising for the hospital and nursing home.

The group also presented a check to Darlene Schrantz, RN, director of patient care services, to purchase a bariatric cart for the Emergency Department. The Women’s Association plans events throughout the year to raise funds for the BCH Foundation.

From left: Treasurer Beth Bolt, Secretary Judi White, Second Vice President Lisa Yaeger, First Vice President Lori Beeman and President Karen Ritenour.

Erie Co. Health Department to Host “Community Conversation” in Springville on June 14

The Erie County Department of Health is hosting a series of community conversations to hear feedback and ideas about the health concerns of residents. Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will co-host an event at the Springville Volunteer Fire Hall at 405 West Main Street in Springville on Tuesday, June 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for the residents of Springville and southern Erie County to tell public health officials and government representatives what matters to them in terms of prevention, treatment and access to healthcare services.

All are welcome, and registration is encouraged. Call (716) 858-7690 for more information or use the link at to register. If you do not have internet access, call (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485.