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Grateful patient leaves $2.3 million to Kenmore Mercy Hospital

Grateful patient leaves $2.3 million to Kenmore Mercy Hospital

During the season of giving, it is often the gifts we least expect that can have the most meaning.

The Kenmore Mercy Foundation received a special gift this Christmas from a grateful patient who has left a lasting legacy to Kenmore Mercy Hospital for years to come. The local resident, John M. Repetski, left a $2.3 million bequest to benefit the hospital. It is the largest gift from an individual donor in the hospital’s 65-year history. 

While the significant size of the bequest astonished hospital officials, receiving a gift from this donor, who had contributed to Kenmore Mercy in the past, did not. The foundation staff knew Mr. Repetski for more than five years, and had forged a strong relationship built on his deep Catholic faith and ties to the local community. 

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

Organization Offers Support to Pregnant Women with Cancer

The Pregnancy & Cancer Registry is a growing database of women from around the world who have been diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. The database was developed by Dr. Elyce Cardonick, a nationally recognized expert in maternal-fetal medicine. 

Dr. Cardonick has been helping pregnant women diagnosed with cancer have healthy babies for 17 years. These women are very brave, and at first want to deny themselves cancer treatment during pregnancy because they are afraid it will hurt their fetus. 

Senator Ortt and AT&T Provide Troops With Free Calls Home for the Holidays

Senator Ortt and AT&T  Provide Troops With Free Calls Home for the Holidays

In time for the holidays, more than 900 donated cell phones will help provide calling cards for our deployed troops and veterans to call home

Catholic Charities, Partners Embark on Caregiver Initiative Designed to Cover Seven Counties

Catholic Charities, Partners Embark on Caregiver Initiative Designed to Cover Seven Counties

Catholic Charities of Buffalo and its eight partners are mobilizing for a January 1 start for the comprehensive Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative, the result of a $7.5 million award announced recently by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Through the five-year grant, a focused, collaborative service network is being developed to support and impact caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia across seven counties in Western New York.  The goal is to expand the safety net for caregivers by recognizing and addressing the need for supports and stress reduction strategies.

Kenmore Mercy Hospital Earns Third Consecutive Gold Seal of Approval® in Knee and Hip Replacement

Kenmore Mercy Hospital Earns Third Consecutive Gold Seal of Approval® in Knee and Hip Replacement

Kenmore Mercy Hospital is pleased to announce that its Knee & Hip Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission as a certified center of excellence. There are no other certified joint replacement centers within a 75-mile radius of the Buffalo area.

One of 19 Hospitals in the State to Receive this Award

As Catholic Health’s Orthopedic Campus of Excellence, Kenmore Mercy is one of only 19 hospitals in New York State to receive this quality certification in both knee and hip replacements.

To achieve these certifications, Kenmore Mercy’s total joint replacement programs underwent a rigorous, voluntary, on-site review in October that looked at all aspects of care including patient education, leadership, and medication management.

Drug Epidemic Increases Need for Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors

Drug Epidemic Increases Need for Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors

 

The facts are clear, and very disturbing — the region’s drug epidemic is worsening by the day. In fact, during a recent 24-hour period, 10 heroin overdoses were reported in Western New York. 

“With the increase in drug addiction comes the need for more qualified healthcare professionals to help handle the problem,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst. The nonprofit organization offers the 350 hours of chemical dependency education required by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to become a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). They also offer individual classes for those who are re-credentialing.

Pharmacists at Catholic Health dispensing positive patient experience

Pharmacists at Catholic Health dispensing positive patient experience

During National Pharmacy Week, October 18 – 24, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the invaluable contributions that our pharmacists make in the care of patients in our hospitals, nursing homes and home care settings.

Here at Catholic Health, pharmacists do much more than fill prescriptions. They are a vital part of the healthcare team treating our patients. Pharmacists see patients throughout their hospital stay and even make follow up calls to home to ensure patients are using their medications safely and effectively.   

Being actively involved in the care of our patients is a priority of our pharmacists. They make sure patients are getting the right medication at the right time and the right dose every time. This includes discussing side effects, reviewing current medications, making sure the medication is achieving the desired effect or managing pain, and so much more.