2011 News


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


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!