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Millard Fillmore Gates Celebrates 50th Anniversary of First Successful Pacemaker Implantation

Physicians and leaders at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the world’s first successful pacemaker implantation.

Andrew Gage, MD, one of two surgeons responsible for the historic milestone, was honored for his medical achievement, which took place at the hospital in 1960.

Dr. Gage (now age 88), collaborated with another University at Buffalo surgeon, William Chardack, MD, as well as Wilson Greatbatch, who was a former associate professor of electrical engineering at UB.  Greatbatch then further developed the pacemaker battery, founding what today is internationally known as Greatbatch Inc.

Dr. Gage was given a plaque from Kaleida Health to commemorate his contributions as well as a proclamation from Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown designating it “Dr. Andrew Gage Day” in Buffalo.

Dr. Jerrold Lerman Reviews and Provides Commentary for Article Published in The Lancet

Jerrold Lerman, MD, FRCPC, Attending Anesthesiologist at Women & Children’s Hospital, was a reviewer and requested to provide a commentary for an article recently published in The Lancet, entitled, “Risk Assessment Questionnaire Identifies Likelihood of Anesthetic Complications in Children Prior to Surgery.”

The Lancet is the world's leading general medical journal and specialty journals in Oncology, Neurology and Infectious Diseases.

As one of four reviewers for this article, Dr. Lerman was then requested to provide an objective comment on the clinical relevance of this study and implications for children under anesthesia.

Pediatric Surgery Recruits Two Physicians

The Division of Pediatric Surgery at Women & Children’s Hospital and the University at Buffalo are pleased to announce the appointments of Kathryn D. Bass, MD, FACS, FAAP, and Doruk E. Ozgediz, MD, MSc.

Buffalo Stars Invite Public to "Give Blood, Watch Hockey"

The Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey Club will host a Health Expo as part of their home stand Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Holiday Twin Rinks, 3465 Broadway near Union in Cheektowaga.

On this date, the Stars’ Continental Hockey Association club will face the Springfield (MA) Junior Pics at 4:15pm, while the Stars’ Empire Junior Hockey League team hosts the Brewster (NY) Bulldogs at 7:15pm.

“We’re an athletic organization, so fitness is obviously important to us,” said Buffalo Stars President and General Manager Pete Preteroti.  “But we think it’s just as important to help our hockey fans and families think about fitness too, not just our players.”

Early Childhood Direction Center of WNY Awarded 5-year Contract to Continue Services

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) of WNY, administered by Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, received a five year contract from the New York State Education Department to continue providing services for families and professionals serving children birth to five with diagnosed or suspected special needs.

The ECDC was established in 1979 and the mission of ECDC is to ensure that children, birth to five years, with suspected or diagnosed delays or disabilities, are linked to appropriate services that will enable them to reach their potential.

ECDC provides free training and technical assistance for families and professionals working with children less than five years of age with suspected or diagnosed delays or disabilities.

Fall is in the Air at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

Apples, pumpkins ... fall is definitely in the air at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market! And, come out this Saturday, October 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for wine-tasting courtesy of Niagara Landing Wine Cellar. Buffalo Carshare will be there too to explain their unique service.

Please note that guests are subject to change. For a complete list of events and vendors, visit www.elmwoodmarket.org. Frequent updates are also available by becoming a fan of the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market page on Facebook.

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market ... always fresh, always seasonal, always local!

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York: Wellness Wednesdays Kick-Off October 6, 2010

-- Wellness Wednesdays, which take place the first Wednesday of each month, are part of BlueCross BlueShield’s Helping our Heroes initiative aimed at bring together resources and services to care for the physical, emotional and mental well-being of more than 70,000 veterans living in the WNY region, and their families --

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BlueCross BlueShield’s first Wellness Wednesday program will take place October 6, 2010 at the Cazenovia Resource Center in South Buffalo.  The event will feature community organizations that offer physical, mental, financial and emotional assistance to all veterans and their families across Western New York.