News from August 2016

BCH Women’s Association Fashion Show on 9/25

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Women’s Association will present its annual Fashion Show on Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m. at the Springville Volunteer Fire Hall on West Main Street.

Now in its 15th consecutive year, the event has a decades-long tradition in Springville throughout the history of this active women’s group.

More than 20 volunteers will model the latest fashions from Christopher & Banks and maurices of Springville. Accessories on display will include eyewear from Springville Eye Care and Dr. Shannon Rosenswie and jewelry from Sheret Jewelers, both of which are on Main Street in Springville.

A new addition for this show will be a display from the LuLaRoe collection from local consultants Patty Gertis and Kathy Balus in Arcade. That will include an online promotion where a portion of sales will be given back to the BCH Women’s Association for a limited time.

Refreshments, a basket raffle and sale of items from the BCH Gift Shop will be part of this event.

The BCH Women’s Association supports projects and equipment at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home. Their volunteers work throughout the year to coordinate fundraising events like this fashion show, and management of the BCH Gift Shop. The group gave a substantial donation to fund a a specialized patient cart for the emergency department earlier this year.

Tickets are $8 presale and available at the BCH front desk and the BCH Gift Shop. Tickets are $9 at the door. Call (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 with any questions.

BCH Announces New Chief of Surgery

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is pleased to announce another key addition to its medical staff. Gavin Davison, MD will be establishing his surgical practice in Springville as he assumes the position of Chairman of the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Department of Surgery.

“When SGI Surgical Associates closed in August, BCH had a responsibility to fill the gap that was left for patients who are seeking surgical care,” said Nils Gunnersen, CEO. “We are thrilled that we were able to recruit Dr. Davison to our facility and we’re excited about the possibilities this presents for surgical services in our service area.”

Dr. Davison earned a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University and a medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in 2009. He completed his general surgery residency through the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2014.

As a general surgeon, Dr. Davison specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures, which can help speed the recovery time for the surgical patient. Below is a list of procedures, many of which Dr. Davison can perform laparoscopically.

  • appendectomy
  • colonoscopy
  • EGD/upper endoscopy
  • gallbladder removal
  • hemorrhoidectomy
  • hernia repair
  • lipoma, skin lesion and cyst removal
  • percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube (PEG)
  • peritoneal dialysis catheter access
  • small and large bowel procedures, including resections
  • tracheostomy
  • wound debridement

He will be seeing patients in his second floor office at BCH by early October. For more information, talk to your primary care provider or call (716) 794-3295.

Opiate Overdose Recognition and Naloxone Use Training on 9/21

This evening workshop on Wednesday, September 21 will be presented by the Erie County Department of Health and coordinated by Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Springville Regional Services Coalition. The training will be held in the Springville Middle School cafeteria starting at 6:30 p.m.

Who can benefit from this training? The answer is, nearly everyone. The information in this workshop can help to save the life of a family member, friend, neighbor or colleague who is experiencing an overdose caused by an opiate or prescription narcotic. Individuals will leave the training able to recognize signs & symptoms of an opioid overdose, properly administer naloxone and take the necessary follow-up steps. Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a kit containing two doses of naloxone at no charge.

Registration is required: Call (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 for more information.

Day of Caring with the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County 

Beautiful weather and a pile of tools and supplies greeted the two dozen volunteers who showed up bright and early on August 17 at BCH. These employees from ITT Enidine of Orchard Park and M&T Bank branches in Western New York spent the day landscaping, and painting curbs and exterior fixtures. The reason: the 24th annual Day of Caring through the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.

We thank them for the time, energy and effort that they are giving to our facility today. Their work was immediately noticed by employees, patients and visitors. We are grateful to have been part of this Day for another year and for the care they have taken with our grounds. Additional pictures are available on our Facebook page.

Freedom From Smoking at BCH Starts on October 4

This seven-week course is facilitated by an American Lung Association​ Certified Respiratory Therapist. There’s no better time to choose to be free from smoking, and this course focuses on how to quit. Sessions start on Tuesday, October 4 and continue through November 15. Class meets from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is $80.00 and this includes a workbook and CD. Call (716) 592-2871, ext. 1489 to register.

Dr. William Wnuk Named Medical Director for BCH Primary Care Center

Dr. William Wnuk has been appointed medical director for the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center. He will serve as the physician leader responsible for quality assurance for the practice, which will add a tenth provider, Dr. Jacqueline Shanahan, on August 9.

Dr. Wnuk will coordinate with Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Edwin Heidelberger, CEO Nils Gunnersen, Director of Patient Care Services Darlene Schrantz, and the hospital’s medical and clinical staff in the management of the primary care practice and its collaboration with the hospital services.

Dr. Wnuk joined the practice in June 2015, and 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.

“Our hospital continues to prove to our community that we are a strong and reliable center for access to local healthcare services,” said Dr. Wnuk. “I’m looking forward to building on the work that Dr. D’Eon has done to address quality measures and processes.” Call (716) 592-8140 for appointments with primary care or for more information.