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Catholic Health Free Program for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Catholic Health Free Program for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Catholic Health Home Care is sponsoring a free Community Health Education Program for health professionals, family members, and caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related conditions, entitled, Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer: Gentle and Loving Management of Challenging Behaviors,” on Tuesday, March 8 from 6-7:30 pm at the OLV Senior Neighborhood Community Room located at 55 Melroy Avenue in Lackawanna.

Verna Benner Carson, PhD, a nationally recognized author and guest lecturer on behavioral health and Alzheimer’s care, will be the featured speaker. A clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric/mental health nursing and associate professor at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Carson is best known for her work on the unique needs of the Alzheimer’s patient and a program she developed entitled, “Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer.”

ECMC Opens Unique Wound Care Center

ECMC Opens Unique Wound Care Center

Representatives from Erie County Medical Center, dedicated a Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center Thursday that will speed healing for trauma, surgical, diabetes and other slow-healing wounds in a unique facility for Western New York with six surgeons and three podiatrists.

Nearly 24 million people, 8 percent of the American population, have diabetes and 15 percent of those with the disease will develop chronic wounds.

The ECMC Wound Center, which the hospital built in response to closure and consolidation of  facilities at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle and ECMC, is a new, state-of-the-art facility with two hyperbaric chambers. It exists to help wound patients before ulcers and injuries lead to amputations.

2011 March for Babies is Kicking off at the Buffalo Zoo February 24

2011 March for Babies is Kicking off at the Buffalo Zoo February 24

March of Dimes is kicking off its annual March for Babies fundraiser Thursday, February 24 at the Buffalo Zoo. The event is one of the organizations most popular and raises over $200,000 annually.

The event starts at 6:00 PM at The Buffalo Zoo Children's Resource Center, 300 Parkside Drive in Buffalo. The event draws out over 1,500 walkers in support of the cause.

Nearly 600 babies are born premature every week in New York alone. The March of Dimes helps mothers with newborns, healthy and premature, and gives them all the tools they need to keep babies healthy.

 

Jericho Road Family Practice Becomes a Patient-Centered Medical Home

Jericho Road Family Practice Becomes a Patient-Centered Medical Home

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Jericho Road Family Practice (JRFP) is pleased to announce their recent certification as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. On February 8th, 2011, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) awarded JRFP the highest recognition in Patient-Centered Medical Home standards.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a healthcare setting that organizes primary care around patients, tracking care over time and facilitating partnerships between individual patients, families, and physicians. Care is facilitated by registries and health information technology to ensure that patients get indicated care in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.

Update on Anti-concussion Petition Drive

Update on Anti-concussion Petition Drive

Members of the New York State Bar Association, school board trustees, athletic directors and numerous local athletes are among those who have signed a petition asking New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to mandate anti-concussion ordinances at the local, regional and state level. The petition was created by Primordial Strength Inc. of East Aurora, in conjunction with the Sports Legacy Institute.

“We need more signatures from parents and student athletes who have experienced concussions,” said Steven Helmicki, president of Primordial Strength Inc. and a leader in the anti-concussion movement. “This is important legislation that can change the health and welfare of sports participants. We also need concerned individuals to contact their local representatives and urge them to support this petition drive.”

Catholic Health Sponsors Free Heart Fair at Kenmore Mercy

Catholic Health Sponsors Free Heart Fair at Kenmore Mercy

In recognition of National Heart Month, do something good for your heart by attending the Catholic Health Heart Fair on Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, located at 2950 Elmwood Avenue in Tonawanda.

The Heart Fair is free and open to all and will include a multi-screening “Heart Risk Assessment,” along with valuable health information to reduce your risk of heart disease. The Heart Risk Assessment includes a free cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, pulse and blood pressure check, body fat analysis, and ejection fraction (EF) ECHO reading.

In addition to the free screenings, the Heart Fair will also feature: