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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.

Pediatric Rheumatologist Recruited to Establish New Service

Teresa R. Hennon, MD, has been recruited from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to establish a new pediatric rheumatology service at Women & Children Hospital.

Effective August 1, Dr. Hennon will provide pediatric rheumatology outpatient and inpatient services at Women & Children’s Hospital.  She returns to Western New York where she received her medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and after completing her training in Pittsburgh and spending two years at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.  She recently moved to Buffalo with her husband and two children and says she is excited to become a part of the Buffalo medical community.

Valerie Cronin Appointed Operations Manager, WCHOB Imaging Services Department

Valerie Cronin, CNMT, FSNMTS and Tonowanda Resident has been appointed Manager of the Imaging Services Department at Women’s & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Cooking Demo Planned at Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

We may be entering October, but there’s no end to the fun and excitement of the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market. Coming to the Market on Saturday, October 2: Wine-tasting courtesy of Liberty Vineyards & Winery, and special cooking demonstration by Ron Glatzhofer of Saltamontes Salsa! Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dr. Greenfield Awarded an Additional $1.8 Million for the NIH/NIDDK Sponsored RIVUR Trial

Saul P. Greenfield, MD, Director of Pediatric Urology, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Clinical Professor of Urology, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences has been awarded an additional $1.8 million for the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases sponsored RIVUR trial for children with vesicoureteral reflux.

Dr. Greenfield is principle investigator and Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is a major site for this important national project. This brings the total award for RIVUR to $4.8 million and will ensure funding of the project through 2013.

Total NIH funding to the Department of Pediatric Urology is now just over $5 million, which includes the recent award for CUTIE (Careful Urinary Tract Infection Evaluation)—an observational clinical trial for children with a history and urinary infection and no underlying structural urologic abnormalities.

Doctor Awarded NIH Grant to Study Urinary Tract Infection and Renal Scarring

Saul P. Greenfield, MD, Director of Pediatric Urology and Clinical Professor of Urology, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, has been awarded $287,716 by the NIH/NIDDK for the study of urinary tract infection and renal scarring in children.

The CUTIE project (Careful Urinary Tract Infection Evaluation) will assess the risk of the development of renal scarring in children who have urinary tract infections and do not have vesicoureteral reflux or any other underlying urologic abnormalities.

$445,000 Federal Grant Awarded for Regional Project to Support & Develop New High Tech Businesses

Public, Private Venture, Modeled After Successful Ohio Program, to Focus on New Economy Business Job Growth

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) and Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) announced $445,000 for a new joint initiative covering nineteen counties in Western and Central New York to support new economy business development and job growth across the region. The funding awarded to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) and JumpStart Inc. through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) will provide the resources for the New York counties to create a Regional Entrepreneurship Action Plan (REAP) modeled after a successful program creating jobs and boosting economic growth in Northeast Ohio.