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Kaleida Health Invites Women to the Entertaining and Informational Spirit Girls’ Night Out

Women can discover secrets to better breast health, vascular health and better rest at this year’s entertaining and informational Spirit Girls’ Night Out SM  hosted by Kaleida Health in partnership with Reader’s Digest, ResMed and the Vascular Disease Foundation on Thursday, October 7 from 6-9pm in the courtyard at the Millennium Hotel at 2040 Walden Avenue, Buffalo 14225. 

Health education, health screenings, and fun activities including a fashion show, great food, and giveaways will be woven throughout the evening to emphasize the importance of awareness of all of the health issues affecting women today. This event is specifically designed to offer women valuable information about:

 

Women & Children’s Hospital Hosts Skateboard Safety Day at Xtreme Wheels Skate Park

A Skateboard Safety day hosted by The Regional Level I Pediatric Trauma Center for Western New York at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, in partnership with Kiwanis, will take place at Xtreme Wheels Skate Park on September 18 at 11 am.

To help avert future head injuries while skateboarding, head injury prevention education and demonstration activities will be presented by Dawn Melancon, R.N., Trauma Coordinator at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Kathleen Duke and Child Life Specialist Sue Mirabella. Head injury prevention programs will occur at the skate park from 11 am until 12:30 pm. Activities will include:

  • Education station, head injury prevention (jello brain, ‘egg drop’ demo)
  • Education promoting helmet use

Children participating will receive a skateboarding helmet and gear: including knee pads, wrist guards and also elbow guards on a first come first serve basis.

Dr. Michael Caty Appointed to Executive Committee of Surgical Section for Academy of Pediatrics

Michael G. Caty, M.D., M.M.M., Surgeon-in-Chief, Director of Pediatric Surgical Services, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, and Professor of Surgery & Pediatrics, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Surgical Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

After a six year term on the committee, Dr. Caty will become Chairman of the Surgical Section.

Dr. Caty is Board Certified in Pediatric and General Surgery. His clinical interests include neonatal surgery, thoracic surgery, intestinal motility disorders, pediatric surgical oncology, pediatric laparoscopy and thoracoscopy. His research interests are concentrated on the pathophysiology of intestinal ischemia, reperfusion and surgical innovation.

WCHOB is Leading Practice for Medication Safety Among Pediatric Facilities in NYS

BUFFALO, NY -Women & Children’s Hospital was named the only leading practice for medication safety among pediatric facilities in results gathered from a survey of hospital pharmacy systems directed by the New York State Patient Safety Center. 

The Patient Safety Center working with the Health Research, Inc. awarded a grant to Deloitte Consulting to survey 149 pharmacy directors representing 218 hospitals throughout New York State to identify the statewide best practices in specific areas that can be replicated by a variety of hospital types in diverse locations. This first-time survey was administered to develop evidence-based hospital specific recommendations to assist hospitals in developing strategies to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety. All together, the survey consisted of 15 categories of leading practices.

Univera Reports 127,000 Stroke Survivors in Upstate New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. – About 338,000 adults living in New York state – including 127,250 upstate New Yorkers – reported having survived a stroke during their lifetimes, according to a report released Tuesday by Univera Healthcare.

The Facts About Stroke Risk and Costs in Upstate New York, 2006-2008” also notes that in upstate New York, the average number of adults who reported having a history of stroke was 2.6 percent of the upstate New York population. The average annual hospital discharge rate for stroke in upstate New York from 2006 to 2008 was 253.1 per 100,000, or about 12,400 people each year.

Congressman Higgins Announces Application Period for SAFER Federal Fire Grants

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the application window for grants provided through the Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) program is now open.   SAFER grants are aimed at increasing the number of firefighters and enhancing a department’s ability to comply with federal standards that ensure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards.  This year Congress appropriated approximately $420 million for the SAFER program. 

“I encourage local companies to apply for funding through this federal grant to help support outreach and recruitment of the next generation of first responders,” said Higgins. 

HEALTHeLINK Unveils $16.1 Million Beacon Community Initiative to Fight Diabetes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In June 2010, HEALTHeLINK received the largest Beacon Community Award in the United States from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Beacon Project was created to help communities use health information technology to forge cooperation and use resources effectively toward local priority health goals.

HEALTHeLINK was joined today by Dr. David Blumenthal, the point person for the national health information technology initiative, as well as other dignitaries, including Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F.