BCH Diabetes Support Group Calendar for 2017

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will coordinate monthly diabetic support group meetings for Type I and Type II diabetics and their loved ones in 2017. 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 Diabetes Educator will facilitate the group, and meetings are free of charge. This group is part of the BCH diabetic education program, which is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. For more information, call (716) 592-9643. Meetings will be canceled when Springville-Griffith Institute schools are closed for a snow day. The topic for the first meeting of the year on January 2 is Sugar Substitutes. Suggested monthly topics going forward include: February 6, The Diabetic Eye; March 6, Label Reading; April 3, Long-term Risks (film); May 1, Diabetic Sharps; June 5, Herbs and Vitamins; July 3, Alcohol; August 7, The Diabetic Foot; September (closed for holiday); October 2, Being Active (film); November 6, Holiday Eating; December 4, New Year’s Resolutions.

BCH Introduces Leg Vein Ablation Procedure

Cardiology Team and Imaging Services collaborate to bring clinical care option to community 

Thomas P. Smith, Jr., MD, FACCBertrand Chaffee Hospital has introduced leg vein ablation for patients seeking treatment for symptoms related to varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

Though fewer than 10 percent of people with vein disease – including varicose veins – seek treatment, left untreated this condition can lead to CVI. This disease affects about 190 million people worldwide and more than 30 million Americans. CVI is a progressive disease that can cause leg pain, swelling, restlessness, discoloration, skin damage and ulcers.

The addition of this procedure is a collaborative effort between the hospital’s Imaging Department and cardiology team in the Heart Center and Leg Pain and Vascular Center. BCH offers this treatment as an outpatient procedure, and began scheduling screening visits in December.

“We are treating symptomatic vein disease and CVI as part of a patient’s overall health. It deserves an accurate medical diagnosis and appropriate treatment and plan,” said cardiologist Dr. Thomas Smith. “It is not just as a cosmetic issue, but one that can have important health implications for the future.”

Leg Vein Ablation Venous DiseaseIn describing the procedure, Dr. Smith continued, “A physician inserts a single-use catheter into a patient’s leg vein, and uniform heat is applied to seal off the problem vein and allow blood to reroute to healthy veins.”

“This is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure where patients can have a comfortable recovery and generally return to normal activities after just a few days,” said Darlene Schrantz, RN, director of patient care services. “Our providers were great advocates for bringing this procedure to our facility, so our patients don’t have to travel outside the area to access this treatment.”

Varicose veins and CVI occur when valves in leg veins that direct blood from the legs back toward the heart no longer function properly. This causes blood to pool in the legs. Although this can occur at any time, there are factors that increase the risks of developing this condition. These include increased age, women who have been pregnant, a family history of CVI, and people who stand at their job for a great deal of time. Leg vein ablation may be an option for individuals who have leg pain, a heavy feeling in their legs, or a family history of chronic vein insufficiency or venous reflux.

“We encourage our primary care and cardiology patients to make this part of their conversation with their providers,” said Primary Care Center Practice Manager Reid Gunnersen. “Minimally invasive intervention like leg vein ablation now may prevent larger health complications in the future.”

For a screening and consultation, call the BCH Heart Center at (716) 592-9644.

 

A Familiar Face in Pharmacy at BCH

Lynn Hodson and Dr. Heather HodsonEvery family has traditions. And within the family of employees at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville, the name “Hodson” represents a strong tradition in the past, present and future of the pharmacy department.

Pharmacist Lynn Hodson came to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in 1977 after meeting then-BCH CEO Roger Ford in Buffalo – he was her neighbor there. Her career in pharmacy up to that point had been in a wide range of settings. She trained in one of the first PharmD programs in the nation, at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Hodson started her Pharmacy Residency at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. She subsequently worked on the medical teaching unit there. Then, Buffalo General Community Mental Health Clinic recruited her to the Buffalo area to work in the new Lithium clinic. There, as she put it, she “built a pharmacy department starting with just four walls.” She moved on to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center as regional director of psychiatric pharmacy in the mid-1970s. Hodson belongs to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), which has rigorous accrediting criteria for members.

With 60-hour weeks and odd hours in Buffalo, Lynn was drawn to the new challenge of establishing a pharmacy department at BCH. “The pharmacy at BCH started as a cabinet,” said Hodson. And so it began; Hodson has been a familiar name and friendly face at BCH since 1977.

After working full-time at BCH for 25 years, she took early retirement in 2002 and continued at area retail pharmacies as a consulting pharmacist for the next several years. Lynn returned in 2007 as interim director of pharmacy at then-CEO Mary Kwiatek’s request. She has remained as a consultant and pharmacist ever since.

That included stepping in during a 10-week period over the summer when BCH searched for a new pharmacy director. “We’ve had great luck having pharmacists stay here for years at a time,” said Darlene Schrantz, RN, BSN, director of patient care services. “In a rural hospital, recruiting pharmacists, providers and nursing staff takes a great deal of effort – but once they’re here, they tend to stay.”

During the search process, a familiar name rose to the top of the pile: Dr. Heather Hodson, the elder Hodson’s daughter. Her experience at BCH started when her mother brought her in as an infant while she worked. By the time Heather was in high school, she was volunteering at BCH and working as a pharmacy technician during the summer while she attended D’Youville College as a pre-med/biology major.

After graduating in 1999, Heather worked as a pharmacy tech in Williamsville and at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB). A few years later, she moved cross country to San Francisco, where she continued as a pharmacy tech in the Castro District of San Francisco. A manager there encouraged her to apply to pharmacy school for further education.

That manager did not expect what happened next. Heather took her PCATS (similar to MCATS, for pharmacy school) and ended up enrolling at a school on the East Coast: the University at Buffalo.

“No one was more surprised at that than I was,” said the elder Hodson. Heather’s familiarity and family history in the pharmacy field was a great source of strength as she worked, again, at WCHOB, on pediatrics floors while earning her doctorate of pharmacy degree.

Heather stayed with WCHOB after graduation, working as a pharmacist for nine years. She then spent a year at Mercy Hospital in a more clinical capacity, rounding with physicians, making recommendations for drug therapy, and working in a more direct role with practitioners and patients. There she gained experience with adult patients facing cardiac and geriatric conditions.

The opening in fall 2016 at BCH came at just the right time for Heather. “I was on an intense schedule at Mercy,” she explained. “The thought of being the pharmacist for a hospital that I know so well – it feels like home to me.”

At BCH, the younger Dr. Hodson now handles the daily administration of a pharmacy department that supports the hospital’s 24-bed acute care floor and emergency department. Dr. Hodson is on-call for hospital needs and requests. She also advises policies on reducing medical errors and improving processes related to medications.

As she looked ahead in the pharmacy field, Heather realized that many pharmacists had little knowledge about the natural and homeopathic substances. “Patients are taking these treatments to manage or try to prevent medical conditions,” said Heather. “We have to pay attention to that as pharmacists.”

Acknowledging that need for more detailed information, Heather pursued a certificate in herbal medicine on her own over nine months to build her understanding the over-the-counter supplements, vitamins and herbs. Combined with her pharmacy experience and medical awareness, Heather can draw from two deep pools of knowledge when participating in patient care.

“There’s a team aspect to what we do as pharmacists,” said Lynn, a sentiment that her daughter echoed. “There’s the daily administrative aspect to our department,” said Heather. “But I’m part of a team here with providers and physicians, all focused on finding the right medications at the right doses at the right time for our patients.”

Department Spotlight: Registration

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital lobby sees a cast of constantly changing characters. Family members sit with snacks from the coffee shop, employees pass through, and patients wait for their turn to check in with one of the most visible parts of hospital administration: the Registration Department.

The registration desk at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is the first department many patients encounter when visiting our facility. From a steady stream of patients to constant phone calls, the BCH registration desk manages a flurry of activity from seven in the morning until seven at night.

Our mission is to investigate and solve medical script dilemmas for patients at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. No patient will get past us without paperwork.
Periods of intensity – a full waiting room, phones ringing non-stop, and patients streaming in – are punctuated by an occasional lull. And each registration visit is completely different. On a busy day, the team might register 160 people – and there are many busy days. Countless more patients and community members come in with questions and information requests.  “There’s no such thing as a typical day here,” said Maryann Vanderkarr, registration department manager.Vanderkarr heads a 10-person team that registers patients for lab work, imaging tests, emergency care, inpatient stays and surgical procedures. She has been with BCH for about four years, two of them as a manager.
As the clerks work with patients and family members, they also coordinate with provider offices, medical records, billing and insurance companies to make sure the information is up-to-date.

It takes accuracy, a strong sense of customer service, and a willingness to be flexible to be a hospital registration clerk. “We do everything we can to make our patients’ time in registration as easy, quick and painless as possible,” Vanderkarr shared.

BCH Enhances X-Ray Technology

Digital radiography equipment installed in Imaging Department

Digital X-ray at BCHBertrand Chaffee Hospital made a significant investment in its Imaging Department at the end of 2016. The facility remodeled one of the radiographic (“x-ray”) rooms and installed a new digital radiography (DR) machine.

This equipment represents the leading technology in an effort to lower patient dose while capturing high image quality and detail. DR images show finer detail that will help in the diagnosing of injuries and medical conditions.  This new technology will assist in the treatment that patients receive from emergency medicine providers, orthopedists, surgeons, physical therapists and other specialists.

“The images we take with this machine show incredible detail,” said Lisa Smith, imaging department manager. “We can use lower doses of radiation to produce images, and they’re available immediately with no waiting.”

“Our shift to digital radiography also factored in the room design,” Smith continued. “The table helps us comply with the Safe Patient Handling Act, with the height adjusting from one-and-a-half to three feet,” Smith continued. “That makes the process of getting an x-ray much more comfortable and safer for patients.”

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital continues to make investments in its clinical technologies. “To have this available for emergency, inpatient and outpatient use means that patients do not have to travel out of the area to receive standard of care for imaging services,” said CEO Nils Gunnersen. “That’s a strong consideration, especially when a patient is dealing with pain or discomfort.”

For more information about the Imaging Department at BCH, call (716) 592-8169. The hospital also offers digital mammography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, MRI, CT and bone density testing.

News from December 2016

Springville Elementary Students’ Coins Add up for BCH 

Over the course of a week in November, students at Springville Elementary School (SES) collected pennies on Monday, nickels on Tuesday, dimes on Wednesday and quarters on Thursday to raise more than $275 for more than 30 new books that will be donated to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and its Little Free Library. Mr. Noeson’s fifth grade class collected the most change at $57.08, and helped the SES Parent Teacher Association (PTA) select the books.

Students in Mr. Noeson’s class chose a terrific set of book titles that will be enjoyed by patients and visitors for years to come. We appreciate having students and organizations give back to our hospital in such meaningful ways!

Both BCH and SES have Little Free Libraries at their entrances, providing space for a constantly revolving selection of books and magazines. Books from this project will be placed in the Little Free Library and in patient waiting areas. Thank you to the SES students and the SES PTA for coordinating this amazing community giving effort!

BCH Diabetes Support Group Calendar for 2017

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will coordinate monthly diabetic support group meetings for Type I and Type II diabetics and their loved ones in 2017.

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 Diabetes Educator will facilitate the group, and meetings are free of charge. This group is part of the BCH diabetic education program, which is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

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

The topic for the first meeting of the year on January 2 is Sugar Substitutes. Suggested monthly topics going forward include: February 6, The Diabetic Eye; March 6, Label Reading; April 3, Long-term Risks (film); May 1, Diabetic Sharps; June 5, Herbs and Vitamins; July 3, Alcohol; August 7, The Diabetic Foot; September (closed for holiday); October 2, Being Active (film); November 6, Holiday Eating; December 4, New Year’s Resolutions.

News from November 2016

BCH Women’s Association: A Sweet Sale and Weekend Bazaar

The BCH Women’s Association had a busy long weekend, with activities on November 18 and 20 that netted over $1,000 in support of the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation.

On November 18, the ladies filled the administrative hallway with specialty cupcakes, pies, homemade cookies and breads, jams, pickles, and even a batch of chili. Though the sale started at 9 a.m., BCH and JBR employees and visitors started to purchase the items before they could be put out on display. Take note for next year: the treats were completely gone by noon.

The group followed this event by setting up a pop-up shop at the first annual Root 39 Event Center Christmas Bazaar on Sunday. Items from the BCH Gift Shop were available at this festive event, which featured local vendors, live music, and a visit from Santa. A special thanks to Ang Shaver and the team at Root 39 for inviting the women’s association and waiving the participation fee for this event.

The gift shop is open weekdays from 10 a.m-2 p.m. on the first floor of BCH – the perfect presents for people in your life are waiting there for you!

Thank you to the ladies of the BCH Women’s Association for their tireless efforts on behalf of local healthcare.

WRECKIT Exercise Prepares Bertrand Chaffee Hospital for Regional Emergencies

Imagine the situation: several inches of ice and wind gusts of up to 45 miles an hour have pummeled western New York. Downed power lines have overwhelmed repair crews and taken out heat sources for thousands of people. Roads in some areas are impassable. Schools, businesses and stores are closed. How will hospitals and emergency responders react?

This scenario played out in early November as part of WRECKIT2016, the Western Region Emergency Communications Knowledge and Information Test. This was a multi-county, multi-agency exercise to prepare organizations and personnel for emergency events. A weather-related event formed the basis for this simulation, and locally, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital took part.

“Emergency preparedness is something we work on as part of our regular operations,” said Brandon Frank, emergency preparedness coordinator. “Walking through a realistic scenario with other organizations in the region helps us to refine our plans and raise questions when we’re not in the middle of an emergency.”

Starting with mock weather reports early in the week, the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital team assessed how its departments would prepare in terms of supplies, staffing and other arrangements to insure the safety and care of patients and “worried well.”

“A great part of the exercise is that we were able to ask the question, ‘what if?,’” continued Frank. “Having those answers and reinforcing how decisions are made in an emergency is valuable for all types of events, especially as we approach the winter weather season.”

News from October 2016

This is Diabetes: Diabetes Awareness Month in November

Diabetes has been called an invisible disease. Fact: About 29 million Americans deal with this chronic illness. Fact: Every 23 seconds, another person in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. And, fact: with 86 million Americans in danger of developing this condition, raising awareness of diabetes symptoms, treatment options, risk factors and ways to lower those risks are of high importance.

In November, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) calls attention to diabetes with American Diabetes Month. Employees at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home will be wearing gray on Monday, November 14 – World Diabetes Day. Gray was established as the designated color for diabetes in the early 1990s.

graphic created by the American Diabetes Association

The stereotypes and myths about diabetes can be addressed through the awareness efforts of national organizations like the ADA. Local outreach from healthcare providers and primary care centers to patients and families also plays a key role in clearing up confusion about diabetes. Education programs like the one at BCH are helpful for patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes to access accurate, relevant and current information about these conditions.

BCH’s Diabetes Education Program is accredited by the American Association of Diabetic Educators, and offers group and individual classes for pre-diabetics and diabetics. The BCH diabetes support group meets on the first Monday of most months. This group continues with the topic “Holiday Eating” on November 7 and “Web Sites and Apps” on December 5. There is no cost to participate in this group. For more information, call (716) 592-9643.

BCH Foundation Announces Annual Appeal Kickoff Gift from Mahoney and Sullivan Financial Group

At its quarterly meeting in October, the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation board of directors welcomed guests Kevin and Jeanne Mahoney. For a second year, they presented a donation from Mahoney & Sullivan Financial Group in East Concord in support of the foundation’s annual appeal, which begins in late October.

Jessica Sullivan, a foundation board member, and Kevin Mahoney, a former hospital board member, stepped forward with the appeal’s first gift. “Rural hospitals like ours are the heart of their communities,” said Nils Gunnersen, BCH CEO. “Foundation gifts to our facility have a long-term benefit for the health of our facility and the health of our community.”

“Annual donations fund projects that directly help patients who seek out care at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital,” said William King, foundation board president. “Each gift that individuals, families and businesses choose to make to our foundation means a new chance to do more for the facility and its services.”

“With our appeal, we’re able to talk not only about the 70-year history of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, but the Foundation’s 20-year record of funding technology, tools and transformational projects at BCH and JBR,” said Mary Kwiatek, foundation board vice president. A new option with this appeal includes a “Celebration Kit,” where a donor can suggest to their family and friends that they give a gift to the foundation in lieu of a present for birthdays, holidays and other special occasions. Visit www.bertrandchaffee.com/celebrate for more information.

Projects funded by the foundation in the past five years include portable ultrasound equipment for the Emergency Department, acute care floor and nursing home; “smart” IV pumps; digital mammography; diagnostic tools for the Heart Center; and specialty treatment equipment for physical therapy. For more information, visit www.bertrandchaffee.com/foundation or call (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485.

This is Diabetes: Raise Awareness in November

Diabetes has been called an invisible disease. Fact: About 29 million Americans deal with this chronic illness. Fact: Every 23 seconds, another person in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. And, fact: with 86 million Americans in danger of developing this condition, raising awareness of diabetes symptoms, treatment options, risk factors and ways to lower those risks are of high importance.

In November, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) calls attention to diabetes with American Diabetes Month. Employees at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home will be wearing gray on Monday, November 14 – World Diabetes Day.  Gray was established as the designated color for diabetes in the early 1990s.

The stereotypes and myths about diabetes can be addressed through the awareness efforts of national organizations like the ADA. Local outreach from healthcare providers and primary care centers to patients and families also plays a key role in clearing up confusion about diabetes.

Education programs like the one at BCH are helpful for patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes to access accurate, relevant and current information about these conditions. BCH’s Diabetes Education Program is accredited by the American Association of Diabetic Educators, and offers group and individual classes for pre-diabetics and diabetics. The BCH diabetes support group meets on the first Monday of most months. This group continues with the topic “Holiday Eating” on November 7 and “Web Sites and Apps” on December 5. There is no cost to participate in this group. For more information, call (716) 592-9643.

Dr. Gavin Davison Achieves Board Certification from American Board of Surgery

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is pleased to announce that after taking his examinations this fall, Gavin Davison, MD has been board certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

Not all practicing surgeons are board certified. Certification is different from possessing a medical license, which is the minimum required by law to practice medicine. Board-certified surgeons like Dr. Davison choose this voluntary process to demonstrate a commitment to professionalism, lifelong learning and quality patient care. They meet rigorous educational, ethical and professional requirements before being granted the opportunity to take qualifying and certifying examinations. Board-certified surgeons commit to maintaining their certification through a program of continuous medical education, assessment and evaluation.

“Patients have been calling for appointments since before we had a phone number for his office,” said Surgical Services Manager Cynthia Lillie, RN. “He has had a busy first few weeks, which has been a great introduction to our patients and their health needs.”

With Dr. Davison as chief of surgery, patients who choose Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will not only have access to a board-certified general surgeon close to home, but one who is trained in minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. Patients who have laparoscopic procedures generally have decreased scarring, faster recovery times, shorter hospital stays and far less blood loss than traditional surgeries.

The consultations and surgeries performed by Dr. Davison will complement the other procedures available through the Surgical Center, such as screening colonoscopies and endoscopies. Two other procedures will now be available through the Surgical Center: Mediport (port catheter) placement and PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) insertion.

“We’re making investments in new equipment and technology to support laparoscopic surgery and Dr. Davison’s patients,” said Nils Gunnersen, CEO. “BCH continues its focus on making sure our community has access to vital and essential healthcare services.”

“Dr. Davison will be available to consult on patients who present in the emergency department and who are staying on the second floor,” said Vice President of Medical Affairs Edwin Heidelberger, MD. “This is a great addition to the types of medical procedures that our patients will be able to access within their community.”

Dr. Davison opened his general surgery practice at on Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s second floor as of October 3, and the facility welcomed him with a reception on October 14. He is accepting new patients and all major insurance plans. For more information, talk to your primary care provider or call (716) 794-3295.

WNY Community Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – October 22

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville will be a site for the DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This location will be staffed by pharmacists and pharmacy students, and law enforcement officers will be present at all sites. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Bring your unused or expired prescription drugs to this convenient drop off site at the front entrance of BCH at 224 East Main Street.

Medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. This event aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills.

Flu Shot Clinic – Protect Yourself this Flu Season

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is offering a flu shot clinic for current Primary Care Center patients on Thursday, October 6 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Wednesday, October 12 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Appointments are not necessary, and patients can check in at the third floor reception desk. Patients will need their insurance card if coverage has changed since their last visit. A flu shot is covered under most insurance plans. Call (716) 592-8140 for more information.

News from September 2016

Saving Lives with Early Detection: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“One out of eight” is a startling statistic for any medical condition. And when that condition is breast cancer, medical professionals and patients focus on one theme: early detection.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes place each October. Bertrand Chaffee Hospital works with local primary care providers and gynecologists to make sure that women are following up-to-date guidelines for regular screenings, including mammograms. “Treatment for breast cancer is more effective at early stages, and treatment options increase with earlier diagnoses,” said Imaging Department Manager Lisa Smith. “All women should perform a self-examination each month to feel for lumps, thickenings or hardened areas, and women over the age of 40 should schedule a mammogram each year or as recommended by their healthcare provider.”

To raise awareness during this month-long campaign, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home employees will be wearing pink on October 5. “Breast cancer and cancer in general have affected so many families in our community,” said Kara Kane, community relations coordinator. “Our facility recognizes that, and we have included funding to upgrade our imaging technologies in a recent state grant application. News on that should be available by the end of the year.”

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is a Pink Ribbon Facility™ and offers digital mammography with convenient evening hours. Contact (716) 592-8169 for an appointment or more information.

Fall Styles on Display for the BCH Women’s Association Fashion Show

As twenty volunteer models made final adjustments to their outfits in a curtained-off space at the Springville Volunteer Fire Hall, a crowd of more than 100 supporters waited for the BCH Women’s Association fashion show to begin on September 25.

Photo Gallery

This annual event represented weeks of planning from the Women’s Association and its Fashion Show committee: President Karen Ritenour, Pam Batterson, Lori Beeman, Beth Bolt, Joyce Smith, Bonnie Tober, Lisa Yaeger and Judi White, who also served as emcee.

The volunteers modeled casual and dressy styles from maurices and Christopher & Banks, which had bold blasts of raspberry, mustard and teal accents on a field of black and denim. Two models from Lularoe walked the floor with some of the new arrivals at Lularoe Patty Gertis’ VIP Boutique in Chaffee. Accessories were donated for the show from Sheret Jewelers, for watches, earrings, bracelets and necklaces, and Springville Eye Care, with sunglasses and fashion frames.

A large and lively basket raffle followed the show, and guests enjoyed selecting from dozens of sweet and savory homemade treats provided by Women’s Association members.

“It was amazing to have such a great response from our program sponsors, and ticket sales that were among the strongest we have seen,” said Ritenour. “We want to give a special thanks to local businesses that donated raffle items, including Spring Valley Landscaping, Wendel’s Poultry Farm, Dave Wendel & Sons, Dave’s Compost & Mulch, Jake’s Greenhouse, A Cut Above the Rest, Hope Louth (Pampered Chef), White’s Appliances, Carolsel, Gail Clayback-Pink Zebra, maurice’s and Cascade Massage.”

The event theme was to celebrate BCH’s 70 years, which also celebrates 70 years of the Women’s Association, which has proudly supported local healthcare in Springville since the hospital opened. Proceeds from the show benefit projects at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home.

Models included: Barb Bilz, Joyce Blok, Elizabeth Cappola, Lynne Dabb, Kathy FOor, Sandy Janiga, Roberta Murray, Jennifer Shearer, Joyce Smith, Tiffany Frazzini, Annette Kaleta, Kara Kane, Julie Kazmark, Shannon Rosenswie, Heddy Rosenswie, Kelly Sanders, Jacqueline Shanahan, DO, Lauralee Sprague, NP, Kathy Balus and Brenna Kephart.

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: bit.ly/narcan921. 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.