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Workers Continue their Fight to Knockout the Lockout

Workers Continue their Fight to Knockout the Lockout

Buffalo, NY – Despite the continuous rain showers and bone chilling temperatures on May 3, 2011, the members of Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 212 continued to rally in protest against the lockout action taken by HealthNow New York, Inc. - Blue Cross Blue Shield.  Workers picketed the corporate headquarters located in downtown Buffalo.  

Later the same day more than 300 of the workers locked out by the “Blues” showed up at a voluntary meeting called by OPEIU leadership to discuss the apparent long-term plans, financial support and government services that may be available under Federal and State programs.  Information was provided by the United Way of both Erie and Niagara County, the New York State Department of Labor as well as unemployment support from Collins & Brown LLC.

Food Stamp Customers Can Now Use Their Benefits Card at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

Food Stamp Customers Can Now Use Their  Benefits Card at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

 

Those with food stamp benefits are now able to use their food stamp (EBT) card at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market. This electronic transaction is made possible through wireless technology which is set up at the market manager’s booth. Upon arrival to the market, food stamp customers can use their card to purchase $1 wooden tokens. These tokens then function as cash within the market.

At the market, food stamp customers are able to purchase food-stamp authorized goods such as fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry, dairy, maple syrup and other maple products, honey, breads, baked goods, jams and jellies, processed foods and even seeds and plants which produce food. 

Risk Pays Off as Crowley Webb Campaign for Praxis Takes First Place

Risk Pays Off as Crowley Webb Campaign for Praxis Takes First Place

BUFFALO, NY – Crowley Webb, a full-service marketing communications agency in Buffalo, NY, earned first place honors for its Praxis Communications’ 2010 direct mail campaign at this year’s Business Marketing Association’s ACE Awards. The annual national awards recognize innovative creative campaigns that inform and transform the way people do business.

The direct mail pieces feature people engaged in risky behavior – a man feeding steak to a bear in one and a woman watching television in a bathtub in another – with the message that it’s even riskier to recruit patients for clinical research studies without the aid of Praxis. “We are thrilled to be recognized for this campaign,” said David Buck, Crowley Webb president. “It speaks to our commitment to developing campaigns that produce results for our clients, while demonstrating the talent of our team.”

Community Health Foundation Projects Featured at Conference

Community Health Foundation Projects Featured at Conference

Community Health Foundation of Western & Central New York  projects featured at national conference

Two projects supported by the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York will be featured at the Aging in America conference in San Francisco, CA from April 26, 2011 through April 30, 2011.  Aging in America is the largest gathering of a diverse, multidisciplinary community of professionals from the fields of aging, healthcare and education and attracts more than 3,000 participants annually.

The projects supported by The Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York include the Health Care Professional Competence in Falls Prevention: The First Step to Reducing Falls Risk.   Michele Karnes, Ed.D., MS, OTR, ABD and Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY and Ther

RPCI Earns National Distinction for Bone Marrow Transplants

RPCI Earns National Distinction for Bone Marrow Transplants

BUFFALO, NY — Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Transplants® by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York for demonstrating better overall quality of care and patient results in bone marrow/stem cell (autologous and allogeneic) procedures.

Blue Distinction® is a national designation awarded by BlueCross BlueShield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery or transplants.

To earn this designation, Roswell Park was evaluated based on objective, evidence-based selection criteria established with input from expert physicians and medical organizations.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Celebrates Opening Day May 7

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Celebrates Opening Day May 7

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, a Western New York tradition featuring more than 30 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local products, opens for the 2011 season on Saturday, May 7. Hours at the open-air market are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, rain or shine.

Local singer/guitarist Kate Shaffer will kick off the market’s entertainment schedule, performing from approximately 10 to 11:30 a.m. At 10:15 a.m., a special presentation will honor the winner of the market’s 2011 poster competition, JoAnn Andolina of Williamsville.

Additionally, the market welcomes three local nonprofit organizations who will be distributing information about their organizations.

ECMC Tops Off Kidney Transplant Center

ECMC Tops Off Kidney Transplant Center

Steelworkers “topped off” the frame for a $27 million Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation & Kidney Care at Erie County Medical Center that is part of a consolidation of transplant and dialysis programs with Kaleida and Great Lakes Health.

In a symbolic ceremony commemorating the end of the first phase of the 18-month project, crews hoisted a 31-foot steel girder to the top of the building. ECMC employees signed the girder over the last three weeks.

The center is part of a five-year, $150 million project on ECMC’s Health Campus that when complete will provide good-paying jobs and health-focused economic development centered in a section of Buffalo that has seen too little of both.