2015 News


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. 


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.


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.


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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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.


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)