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ECMC Invests $150 Million in ‘Health Campus’ -- Great Lakes Health Collaboration Stimulates Centers

BUFFALO, NY Nov. 23, 2010 – Erie County Medical Center today outlined a dramatic expansion of its ‘Health Campus,’ highlighting $150 million in work on a new long-term care facility, a 333-vehicle parking ramp, a transplant and kidney center of excellence, an orthopedic expansion, a refurbishing of the adolescent psychiatric clinic, and other major projects to enhance patient care at the Medical Center.

Expansion work on the Health Campus commenced this fall on a $27 million Center of Excellence for Renal Disease and Transplant Services that is part of a consolidation of the Transplant and Dialysis programs with Kaleida and Great Lakes Health.

Work on the new state-of-the-art 390-bed long-term care facility on the Grider campus begins next spring.

Primordial Strength’s Marine Training Methods Receive Endorsements

The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and The Cooper Institute have approved Primordial Strength Inc.’s Marine Functional Force Training for continuing education units for all NASM- and Cooper Institute-certified trainers. 

Veetai Li, MD, Receives The Children’s Guild Foundation Purpose & Passion Award

The Children’s Guild Foundation recently recognized Veetai Li, M.D., Medical Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo, with its Community Recognition Award for a professional working in the field of healthcare.

In celebration of its 100th anniversary year, The Children's Guild Foundation chose to acknowledge indiviuals for their expecptional contributions to the community of special needs children and their families with a grant award made in their honor to a non profit organization proving services for these children.

Kenmore Mercy Physicians Receive Prestigious Award

Kenmore Mercy Hospital physicians Michael Landi, MD, FACS, and Jeffrey Meilman, MD, FACS, were recently honored with the prestigious Sister Mary Mechtilde Memorial Award, at the Kenmore Mercy Foundation’s Tribute to Angels, held on November 19.  Board members, hospital associates and others enjoyed an evening of fine wine, cuisine, silent and live auctions and fellowship as they paid tribute to these dedicated individuals at the annual fundraiser held at Buffalo/Niagara Marriott Hotel.

This prestigious award, established in 1980 by the Kenmore Mercy Foundation, recognizes outstanding individuals who have demonstrated a dedication to community service, visionary leadership and the ideals of unselfish service towards others. These qualities were exemplified by Sister Mary Mechtilde O'Connor, RSM, foundress and first administrator of Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

Festival of Trees Will Provide Funds to Purchase New Electronic Fetal Monitors

Proceeds from the 2010 Festival of Trees will fund new Electronic Fetal Monitors for Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.   This gift, made possible in part by event sponsors like CGF Anesthesiology Associates, PC, Mark IV Industries Foundation, Tops Friendly Markets, Fisher-Price and the physician members of University at Buffalo Pediatric Associates, Inc., will enable the Hospital to replace all the monitors with the latest and most state-of-the–art equipment.  Constant monitoring and examination during the labor process will allow doctors to monitor progress and ensure the safest possible delivery with minimal complication for both baby and mother.    

Community Health Foundation of Western & Central NY Awards $300,000 in Grants to Reduce Falls

The Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York announced today that it is investing an additional $300,000 to expand the work of its Fall Prevention Collaborative. The new funding will be used to support the development of new community coalitions and initiatives throughout Western and Central New York.  Since 2007, the Foundation has invested more than $600,000 in grants and related projects to reduce or eliminate the risks associated with falls.  According to the New York State Department of Health, falls account for approximately $1.7 billion in annual hospitalization costs.

There’s Still Time to Stock Up at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

While the farmers’ market season is winding down in Western New York, there’s still time to visit the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market to stock up on some of your favorites! The market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and will remain open through December 18, weather permitting.