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Experience Holiday Magic at the Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees presents a magical wonderland for all of Western New York to enjoy with decorated trees, wreaths, swags and mantle pieces on display and a Boutique filled with holiday home décor and gifts at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo 14202 from November 19- December 3. 

Sponsored by CGF Anesthesiology, Mark IV Industries Foundation and TOPS Friendly Markets, the Festival of Trees is Western New York’s premier holiday event, featuring decorated trees, wreaths, swags and mantle pieces on display and a Boutique filled with holiday home décor and gifts.

Childbirth Education Classes Available for Expecting or New Parents and Grandparents

A wide variety of childbirth education classes for expecting or new parents and grandparents are available at Women & Children’s Hospital, which has partnered with Destination Maternity® to also offer classes at its location at 2130 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga.

The new Grandparent Class helps update grandparents on current childbirth practices as well as focusing on "today’s baby" care with newer approaches to taking care of newborns. The class is interactive and outlines the importance of being a grandparent!

Childbirth Education classes available for expecting or new parents also include:
-Prepared Childbirth Class
-Birthing Basics
-Baby Basics
-Prepared Childbirth for Teenage Parents
-Maternity Tours
-Breastfeeding
-Sibling Class
-Siblings at Birth
-Mommy & Me
-Massage Therapy (call 878-7370)

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.

Alpacas to Visit the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

Coming to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market on Saturday, October 16: Wine-tasting courtesy of Freedom Run, and a visit from the Alpaca Play Pen! Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Don’t miss it!

And, don’t forget to pick up some fresh and delicious apple cider, and maybe even a Halloween pumpkin or two!

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.

Shoo the Flu, Before It Gets You!

The winter influenza (flu) season is right around the corner and Kenmore Mercy Hospital, in conjunction with the University of Buffalo, School of Pharmacy’s Lambda Kappa Sigma Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, are hosting a Flu Education & Vaccination Clinic on Friday, October 22 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the hospital’s Mural Room on the Lower Level. The cost of the vaccine is $30 and is covered by most major insurance plans.

The flu season generally runs from November to April. Flu shots are recommended for all people, however, those most at risk include: adults over 65 years of age; anyone with long-term health conditions; anyone with a weakened immune system; women who will become pregnant during influenza season; anyone on long-term aspirin treatment; and family members and out-of-home caregivers of infants less than six months of age. The Catholic Health Flu Vaccine program is available to individuals 18 years of age and older.