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DECEMBER 2016

Springville Elementary Students' Coins Add up for BCH 

Over the course of a week in November, students at Springville Elementary School (SES) collected pennies on Monday, nickels on Tuesday, dimes on Wednesday and quarters on Thursday to raise more than $275 for more than 30 new books that will be donated to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and its Little Free Library. Mr. Noeson's fifth grade class collected the most change at $57.08, and helped the SES Parent Teacher Association (PTA) select the books. 

Students in Mr. Noeson's class chose a terrific set of book titles that will be enjoyed by patients and visitors for years to come. We appreciate having students and organizations give back to our hospital in such meaningful ways!

Both BCH and SES have Little Free Libraries at their entrances, providing space for a constantly revolving selection of books and magazines. Books from this project will be placed in the Little Free Library and in patient waiting areas. Thank you to the SES students and the SES PTA for coordinating this amazing community giving effort!

BCH Diabetes Support Group Calendar for 2017

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will coordinate monthly diabetic support group meetings for Type I and Type II diabetics and their loved ones in 2017.

Interested individuals are invited to participate in this group to share recipes, coupons and information about topics related to diabetes and health in a supportive and welcoming environment. The group will meet at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital on the first Monday of each month from 6-7 p.m.

A Certified Diabetes Educator will facilitate the group, and meetings are free of charge. This group is part of the BCH diabetic education program, which is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

For more information, call (716) 592-9643. Meetings will be canceled when Springville-Griffith Institute schools are closed for a snow day.

The topic for the first meeting of the year on January 2 is Sugar Substitutes. Suggested monthly topics going forward include: February 6, The Diabetic Eye; March 6, Label Reading; April 3, Long-term Risks (film); May 1, Diabetic Sharps; June 5, Herbs and Vitamins; July 3, Alcohol; August 7, The Diabetic Foot; September (closed for holiday); October 2, Being Active (film); November 6, Holiday Eating; December 4, New Year’s Resolutions.

NOVEMBER 2016

BCH Women's Association: A Sweet Sale and Weekend Bazaar

The BCH Women's Association had a busy long weekend, with activities on November 18 and 20 that netted over $1,000 in support of the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation. 

On November 18, the ladies filled the administrative hallway with specialty cupcakes, pies, homemade cookies and breads, jams, pickles, and even a batch of chili. Though the sale started at 9 a.m., BCH and JBR employees and visitors started to purchase the items before they could be put out on display. Take note for next year: the treats were completely gone by noon.

The group followed this event by setting up a pop-up shop at the first annual Root 39 Event Center Christmas Bazaar on Sunday. Items from the BCH Gift Shop were available at this festive event, which featured local vendors, live music, and a visit from Santa. A special thanks to Ang Shaver and the team at Root 39 for inviting the women's association and waiving the participation fee for this event.

The gift shop is open weekdays from 10 a.m-2 p.m. on the first floor of BCH - the perfect presents for people in your life are waiting there for you!

Thank you to the ladies of the BCH Women's Association for their tireless efforts on behalf of local healthcare.

WRECKIT Exercise Prepares Bertrand Chaffee Hospital for Regional Emergencies   

Imagine the situation: several inches of ice and wind gusts of up to 45 miles an hour have pummeled western New York. Downed power lines have overwhelmed repair crews and taken out heat sources for thousands of people. Roads in some areas are impassable. Schools, businesses and stores are closed. How will hospitals and emergency responders react?

This scenario played out in early November as part of WRECKIT2016, the Western Region Emergency Communications Knowledge and Information Test. This was a multi-county, multi-agency exercise to prepare organizations and personnel for emergency events. A weather-related event formed the basis for this simulation, and locally, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital took part.

“Emergency preparedness is something we work on as part of our regular operations,” said Brandon Frank, emergency preparedness coordinator. “Walking through a realistic scenario with other organizations in the region helps us to refine our plans and raise questions when we’re not in the middle of an emergency.”

Starting with mock weather reports early in the week, the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital team assessed how its departments would prepare in terms of supplies, staffing and other arrangements to insure the safety and care of patients and “worried well.”

“A great part of the exercise is that we were able to ask the question, ‘what if?,’” continued Frank. “Having those answers and reinforcing how decisions are made in an emergency is valuable for all types of events, especially as we approach the winter weather season.”

OCTOBER 2016

This is Diabetes: Diabetes Awareness Month in November

Diabetes has been called an invisible disease. Fact: About 29 million Americans deal with this chronic illness. Fact: Every 23 seconds, another person in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. And, fact: with 86 million Americans in danger of developing this condition, raising awareness of diabetes symptoms, treatment options, risk factors and ways to lower those risks are of high importance.

In November, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) calls attention to diabetes with American Diabetes Month. Employees at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home will be wearing gray on Monday, November 14 - World Diabetes Day. Gray was established as the designated color for diabetes in the early 1990s.

graphic created by the American Diabetes Association

The stereotypes and myths about diabetes can be addressed through the awareness efforts of national organizations like the ADA. Local outreach from healthcare providers and primary care centers to patients and families also plays a key role in clearing up confusion about diabetes. Education programs like the one at BCH are helpful for patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes to access accurate, relevant and current information about these conditions.

BCH’s Diabetes Education Program is accredited by the American Association of Diabetic Educators, and offers group and individual classes for pre-diabetics and diabetics. The BCH diabetes support group meets on the first Monday of most months. This group continues with the topic “Holiday Eating” on November 7 and “Web Sites and Apps” on December 5. There is no cost to participate in this group. For more information, call (716) 592-9643.

BCH Foundation Announces Annual Appeal Kickoff Gift from Mahoney and Sullivan Financial Group

At its quarterly meeting in October, the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation board of directors welcomed guests Kevin and Jeanne Mahoney. For a second year, they presented a donation from Mahoney & Sullivan Financial Group in East Concord in support of the foundation’s annual appeal, which begins in late October.

Jessica Sullivan, a foundation board member, and Kevin Mahoney, a former hospital board member, stepped forward with the appeal’s first gift. “Rural hospitals like ours are the heart of their communities,” said Nils Gunnersen, BCH CEO. “Foundation gifts to our facility have a long-term benefit for the health of our facility and the health of our community.”                     

“Annual donations fund projects that directly help patients who seek out care at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital,” said William King, foundation board president. “Each gift that individuals, families and businesses choose to make to our foundation means a new chance to do more for the facility and its services.”

“With our appeal, we’re able to talk not only about the 70-year history of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, but the Foundation’s 20-year record of funding technology, tools and transformational projects at BCH and JBR,” said Mary Kwiatek, foundation board vice president. A new option with this appeal includes a “Celebration Kit,” where a donor can suggest to their family and friends that they give a gift to the foundation in lieu of a present for birthdays, holidays and other special occasions. Visit www.bertrandchaffee.com/celebrate for more information.

Projects funded by the foundation in the past five years include portable ultrasound equipment for the Emergency Department, acute care floor and nursing home; “smart” IV pumps; digital mammography; diagnostic tools for the Heart Center; and specialty treatment equipment for physical therapy. For more information, visit www.bertrandchaffee.com/foundation or call (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485.

This is Diabetes: Raise Awareness in November

Diabetes has been called an invisible disease. Fact: About 29 million Americans deal with this chronic illness. Fact: Every 23 seconds, another person in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. And, fact: with 86 million Americans in danger of developing this condition, raising awareness of diabetes symptoms, treatment options, risk factors and ways to lower those risks are of high importance.

In November, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) calls attention to diabetes with American Diabetes Month. Employees at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home will be wearing gray on Monday, November 14 - World Diabetes Day.  Gray was established as the designated color for diabetes in the early 1990s.

The stereotypes and myths about diabetes can be addressed through the awareness efforts of national organizations like the ADA. Local outreach from healthcare providers and primary care centers to patients and families also plays a key role in clearing up confusion about diabetes.

Education programs like the one at BCH are helpful for patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes to access accurate, relevant and current information about these conditions. BCH’s Diabetes Education Program is accredited by the American Association of Diabetic Educators, and offers group and individual classes for pre-diabetics and diabetics. The BCH diabetes support group meets on the first Monday of most months. This group continues with the topic “Holiday Eating” on November 7 and “Web Sites and Apps” on December 5. There is no cost to participate in this group. For more information, call (716) 592-9643. 

Dr. Gavin Davison Achieves Board Certification from American Board of Surgery

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is pleased to announce that after taking his examinations this fall, Gavin Davison, MD has been board certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

Not all practicing surgeons are board certified. Certification is different from possessing a medical license, which is the minimum required by law to practice medicine. Board-certified surgeons like Dr. Davison choose this voluntary process to demonstrate a commitment to professionalism, lifelong learning and quality patient care. They meet rigorous educational, ethical and professional requirements before being granted the opportunity to take qualifying and certifying examinations. Board-certified surgeons commit to maintaining their certification through a program of continuous medical education, assessment and evaluation.

“Patients have been calling for appointments since before we had a phone number for his office,” said Surgical Services Manager Cynthia Lillie, RN. “He has had a busy first few weeks, which has been a great introduction to our patients and their health needs.”

With Dr. Davison as chief of surgery, patients who choose Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will not only have access to a board-certified general surgeon close to home, but one who is trained in minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. Patients who have laparoscopic procedures generally have decreased scarring, faster recovery times, shorter hospital stays and far less blood loss than traditional surgeries.

The consultations and surgeries performed by Dr. Davison will complement the other procedures available through the Surgical Center, such as screening colonoscopies and endoscopies. Two other procedures will now be available through the Surgical Center: Mediport (port catheter) placement and PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) insertion.

“We’re making investments in new equipment and technology to support laparoscopic surgery and Dr. Davison’s patients,” said Nils Gunnersen, CEO. “BCH continues its focus on making sure our community has access to vital and essential healthcare services.”

“Dr. Davison will be available to consult on patients who present in the emergency department and who are staying on the second floor,” said Vice President of Medical Affairs Edwin Heidelberger, MD. “This is a great addition to the types of medical procedures that our patients will be able to access within their community.”

Dr. Davison opened his general surgery practice at on Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s second floor as of October 3, and the facility welcomed him with a reception on October 14. He is accepting new patients and all major insurance plans. For more information, talk to your primary care provider or call (716) 794-3295. 

WNY Community Prescription Drug Take-Back Day - October 22

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville will be a site for the DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This location will be staffed by pharmacists and pharmacy students, and law enforcement officers will be present at all sites. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Bring your unused or expired prescription drugs to this convenient drop off site at the front entrance of BCH at 224 East Main Street.

Medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. This event aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills. 

Flu Shot Clinic - Protect Yourself this Flu Season

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is offering a flu shot clinic for current Primary Care Center patients on Thursday, October 6 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Wednesday, October 12 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Appointments are not necessary, and patients can check in at the third floor reception desk. Patients will need their insurance card if coverage has changed since their last visit. A flu shot is covered under most insurance plans. Call (716) 592-8140 for more information.

SEPTEMBER 2016

Saving Lives with Early Detection: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“One out of eight” is a startling statistic for any medical condition. And when that condition is breast cancer, medical professionals and patients focus on one theme: early detection.
 
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes place each October. Bertrand Chaffee Hospital works with local primary care providers and gynecologists to make sure that women are following up-to-date guidelines for regular screenings, including mammograms. “Treatment for breast cancer is more effective at early stages, and treatment options increase with earlier diagnoses,” said Imaging Department Manager Lisa Smith. “All women should perform a self-examination each month to feel for lumps, thickenings or hardened areas, and women over the age of 40 should schedule a mammogram each year or as recommended by their healthcare provider.”
 
To raise awareness during this month-long campaign, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home employees will be wearing pink on October 5. “Breast cancer and cancer in general have affected so many families in our community,” said Kara Kane, community relations coordinator. “Our facility recognizes that, and we have included funding to upgrade our imaging technologies in a recent state grant application. News on that should be available by the end of the year.”
 
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is a Pink Ribbon Facility™ and offers digital mammography with convenient evening hours. Contact (716) 592-8169 for an appointment or more information.

Fall Styles on Display for the BCH Women’s Association Fashion Show

As twenty volunteer models made final adjustments to their outfits in a curtained-off space at the Springville Volunteer Fire Hall, a crowd of more than 100 supporters waited for the BCH Women’s Association fashion show to begin on September 25.

Photo Gallery
 
This annual event represented weeks of planning from the Women’s Association and its Fashion Show committee: President Karen Ritenour, Pam Batterson, Lori Beeman, Beth Bolt, Joyce Smith, Bonnie Tober, Lisa Yaeger and Judi White, who also served as emcee.
 
The volunteers modeled casual and dressy styles from maurices and Christopher & Banks, which had bold blasts of raspberry, mustard and teal accents on a field of black and denim. Two models from Lularoe walked the floor with some of the new arrivals at Lularoe Patty Gertis’ VIP Boutique in Chaffee. Accessories were donated for the show from Sheret Jewelers, for watches, earrings, bracelets and necklaces, and Springville Eye Care, with sunglasses and fashion frames.
 
A large and lively basket raffle followed the show, and guests enjoyed selecting from dozens of sweet and savory homemade treats provided by Women’s Association members.
 
“It was amazing to have such a great response from our program sponsors, and ticket sales that were among the strongest we have seen,” said Ritenour. “We want to give a special thanks to local businesses that donated raffle items, including Spring Valley Landscaping, Wendel's Poultry Farm, Dave Wendel & Sons, Dave's Compost & Mulch, Jake's Greenhouse, A Cut Above the Rest, Hope Louth (Pampered Chef), White's Appliances, Carolsel, Gail Clayback-Pink Zebra, maurice's and Cascade Massage.”
 
The event theme was to celebrate BCH’s 70 years, which also celebrates 70 years of the Women’s Association, which has proudly supported local healthcare in Springville since the hospital opened. Proceeds from the show benefit projects at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home.

Models included: Barb Bilz, Joyce Blok, Elizabeth Cappola, Lynne Dabb, Kathy FOor, Sandy Janiga, Roberta Murray, Jennifer Shearer, Joyce Smith, Tiffany Frazzini, Annette Kaleta, Kara Kane, Julie Kazmark, Shannon Rosenswie, Heddy Rosenswie, Kelly Sanders, Jacqueline Shanahan, DO, Lauralee Sprague, NP, Kathy Balus and Brenna Kephart. 

AUGUST 2016

BCH Women's Association Fashion Show on 9/25

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Women’s Association will present its annual Fashion Show on Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m. at the Springville Volunteer Fire Hall on West Main Street.

Now in its 15th consecutive year, the event has a decades-long tradition in Springville throughout the history of this active women’s group.

More than 20 volunteers will model the latest fashions from Christopher & Banks and maurices of Springville. Accessories on display will include eyewear from Springville Eye Care and Dr. Shannon Rosenswie and jewelry from Sheret Jewelers, both of which are on Main Street in Springville.

A new addition for this show will be a display from the LuLaRoe collection from local consultants Patty Gertis and Kathy Balus in Arcade. That will include an online promotion where a portion of sales will be given back to the BCH Women’s Association for a limited time.
 
Refreshments, a basket raffle and sale of items from the BCH Gift Shop will be part of this event.
 
The BCH Women’s Association supports projects and equipment at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home. Their volunteers work throughout the year to coordinate fundraising events like this fashion show, and management of the BCH Gift Shop. The group gave a substantial donation to fund a a specialized patient cart for the emergency department earlier this year.
 
Tickets are $8 presale and available at the BCH front desk and the BCH Gift Shop. Tickets are $9 at the door. Call (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 with any questions.

BCH Announces New Chief of Surgery

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is pleased to announce another key addition to its medical staff. Gavin Davison, MD will be establishing his surgical practice in Springville as he assumes the position of Chairman of the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Department of Surgery.

“When SGI Surgical Associates closed in August, BCH had a responsibility to fill the gap that was left for patients who are seeking surgical care,” said Nils Gunnersen, CEO. “We are thrilled that we were able to recruit Dr. Davison to our facility and we’re excited about the possibilities this presents for surgical services in our service area.”

Dr. Davison earned a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University and a medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in 2009. He completed his general surgery residency through the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2014.

As a general surgeon, Dr. Davison specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures, which can help speed the recovery time for the surgical patient. Below is a list of procedures, many of which Dr. Davison can perform laparoscopically.

  • appendectomy
  • colonoscopy
  • EGD/upper endoscopy
  • gallbladder removal
  • hemorrhoidectomy
  • hernia repair
  • lipoma, skin lesion and cyst removal
  • percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube (PEG)
  • peritoneal dialysis catheter access
  • small and large bowel procedures, including resections
  • tracheostomy
  • wound debridement

He will be seeing patients in his second floor office at BCH by early October. For more information, talk to your primary care provider or call (716) 794-3295. 

Opiate Overdose Recognition and Naloxone Use Training on 9/21

This evening workshop on Wednesday, September 21 will be presented by the Erie County Department of Health and coordinated by Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Springville Regional Services Coalition. The training will be held in the Springville Middle School cafeteria starting at 6:30 p.m.

Who can benefit from this training? The answer is, nearly everyone. The information in this workshop can help to save the life of a family member, friend, neighbor or colleague who is experiencing an overdose caused by an opiate or prescription narcotic. Individuals will leave the training able to recognize signs & symptoms of an opioid overdose, properly administer naloxone and take the necessary follow-up steps. Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a kit containing two doses of naloxone at no charge.

Registration is required: bit.ly/narcan921. Call (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 for more information.

Day of Caring with the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County 

Beautiful weather and a pile of tools and supplies greeted the two dozen volunteers who showed up bright and early on August 17 at BCH. These employees from ITT Enidine of Orchard Park and M&T Bank branches in Western New York spent the day landscaping, and painting curbs and exterior fixtures. The reason: the 24th annual Day of Caring through the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.

We thank them for the time, energy and effort that they are giving to our facility today. Their work was immediately noticed by employees, patients and visitors. We are grateful to have been part of this Day for another year and for the care they have taken with our grounds. Additional pictures are available on our Facebook page.

Freedom From Smoking at BCH Starts on October 4

This seven-week course is facilitated by an American Lung Association​ Certified Respiratory Therapist. There's no better time to choose to be free from smoking, and this course focuses on how to quit. Sessions start on Tuesday, October 4 and continue through November 15. Class meets from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is $80.00 and this includes a workbook and CD. Call (716) 592-2871, ext. 1489 to register.

Dr. William Wnuk Named Medical Director for BCH Primary Care Center

Dr. William Wnuk has been appointed medical director for the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center. He will serve as the physician leader responsible for quality assurance for the practice, which will add a tenth provider, Dr. Jacqueline Shanahan, on August 9.

Dr. Wnuk will coordinate with Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Edwin Heidelberger, CEO Nils Gunnersen, Director of Patient Care Services Darlene Schrantz, and the hospital’s medical and clinical staff in the management of the primary care practice and its collaboration with the hospital services.

Dr. Wnuk joined the practice in June 2015, and earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Canisius College and his doctorate in medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his residency in internal medicine-pediatrics at SUNY Buffalo, and is certified in cardiac stress testing, pediatric advanced life support and advanced cardiac life support. Dr. Wnuk and his family reside in Springville, and have been an integral part of the community.

“Our hospital continues to prove to our community that we are a strong and reliable center for access to local healthcare services,” said Dr. Wnuk. “I’m looking forward to building on the work that Dr. D’Eon has done to address quality measures and processes.” Call (716) 592-8140 for appointments with primary care or for more information.

JULY 2016

BCH Primary Care Welcomes New Physician, Dr. Shanahan

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has announced that Dr. Jacqueline Shanahan will be joining the Primary Care Center as of August 9, 2016.

She began her medical career as an emergency medical technician while earning her bachelor of science in biology degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo. From there, she earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Following training through the United States Army Health Professions scholarship program, Dr. Shanahan completed her family medicine internship and residency at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Ga. She was a primary care physician for new recruits and active duty soldiers, along with roles as medical director and physician coordinator. Dr. Shanahan also served as the primary care physician for the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) at Ft. Sill, Okla. The WTU serves wounded, ill and injured soldiers who require extensive rehabilitative services and/or complex medical care.

“With her background as a military physician, Dr. Shanahan is a tremendous addition to our area’s medical community,” said Nils Gunnersen, BCH CEO. “We are very fortunate to continually recruit talented providers to our rural facility.”

Dr. Shanahan is a board-certified family physician through the American Board of Family Medicine, and holds medical licenses through the states of New York and Georgia. She will see patients of all ages in the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center. Call (716) 592-8140 for an appointment.

BCH Foundation Update - Investments in Cardiac Equipment and Lab Analyzer

At the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation’s July board meeting, members reviewed the summary from the successful Garden Party in May, and approved grant requests from hospital administration. The Foundation was able to fund the purchase of a backup chemistry analyzer for the Lab Department, along with two Zoll monitors to be used in the Heart Center and on the medical floor. Zoll monitors are a type of defibrillator used for pacing irregular heart rhythms, and will be a welcome addition to the hospital’s cardiac services. These devices have the ability to shock a patient into a sustainable rhythm.

The group also looked ahead to fall activities. On September 10, the Foundation will bring Shred-It, a document disposal service, to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s parking lot for a community paper recycling event. Area residents, organizations and businesses are invited to bring personal and financial documents for on-site shredding for a suggested donation of $10 per “banker’s box.”  The Foundation also discussed plans for the Boo Bash on October 22 at the Springville Volunteer Fire Hall. Pre-sale tickets will be $25, or $30 at the door, for this 21-and-over event.

Yellow Dot Materials Available at BCH

Starting in July, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is a distribution site for Yellow Dot kits provided by Sheriff Timothy Howard’s office. The New York State Sheriffs’ Association developed the Yellow Dot program to aid first responders in identifying specific medical conditions of occupants while providing life-saving medical attention after a vehicle crash or other emergency.

Each kit contains a personal information card with space for a current photo and a Yellow Dot decal. The yellow sticker is placed on the rear driver’s side window, and the info card goes in the vehicle’s glove compartment. The card should be updated at least once a year, preferably at one’s annual medical checkup.

Yellow Dot kits can also be used inside the home by placing the decal on or near the front door, and the info card in a clear plastic freezer bag in a visible location of the freezer part of the refrigerator. This kit is useful for people of all ages, their families, and caregivers.

The kits at BCH were generously provided by the Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association and through their outreach to support first responders and promote public safety. Yellow Dot kits will be distributed to patients on discharge, and are available upon request from the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center, Heart Center and Emergency Department. For more information, please call (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485.

For more information at about the Yellow Dot program please visit the Erie County Sheriff’s Office website, www.erie.gov/sheriff.

BCH Foundation Announces Community Shred-It Event

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation will host a Community Shred-It Event in the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital parking lot on Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This unique recycling event invites residents and businesses to shred papers through Shred-It, the world’s largest document destruction company. A shredding truck will be on site for vehicles to drive up and dispose of confidential, financial or sensitive documents.

Donations of $5 per grocery bag or $10 per box are requested. For more information, contact (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 or kkane@bch-jbr.org

New Patient Cart for Emergency Department Thanks to BCH Women's Association

Thanks to the BCH Women's Association continual efforts to raise funds for equipment and improvements at BCH and JBR, a new patient cart is in use in the Emergency Department. This specialized cart is a part of the patient safety planning that is underway by hospital administration and staff.

The next BCH Women's Association event is its annual Fashion Show on Saturday, September 25 at 2 p.m. at the Springville Volunteer Fire Hall.

Their gift shop in the hospital (first floor) is open weekdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Diabetes Education Program Reaccredited by American Association of Diabetes Educators

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has announced that its Diabetes Education Program has been reaccredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators for 2017. This program is one of nine accredited programs in western New York and the only hospital-based program in the southtowns and southern tier. BCH achieved its initial accreditation in 2013; to maintain it, the program demonstrates quality standards and improvement in patient clinical and behavioral outcomes.

The next monthly Diabetic Support Group is scheduled for August 1 at 6 p.m. with a guest speaker on the topic “How I reversed by diabetes with lifestyle changes.” All type 1 and type 2 diabetes and their friends or family members are invited to this free program. Classes in July include Diabetes Monitoring and Risk Factors on July 11 at 6 p.m.; Pre-Diabetes on July 18 at 10 a.m.; Diabetes Coping and Problem Solving on July 25 at 6 p.m. Registration is required for these classes – call (716) 592-9643. 

SCENe Garden Walk

The BCH Foundation is pleased to be a part of the SCENe Garden Walk on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Visit our Memorial Garden, sit in the shade and view the names on our Memorial Wall.

Maps of participating gardens will be available at Fiddler's Green Park on July 9.

JUNE 2016

Thanks to Garden Party Supporters

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation would like to thank the following businesses and couples for their support of our fourth annual Garden Party: (Peony) Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Medical Staff, Stansberry and Knight Physician Assistants, (Iris) ACM Medical Laboratory, Arcade-Springville Dental Arts Group, B&B Homes and Bill Gugino Builders, Nils and Erika Gunnersen, Craig and Tanya Helms, Mercy Flight of WNY and Mercy EMS, Springville Pediatrics, (Rose) 2121 Main Street Pharmacy, Buffalo Orthopedic Group, Eaton Office Supply, Fiddler's Green Manor/Niagara Rehab, Dr. Susan Fischbeck and Dr. Patrick Hurley, Freed Maxick, Julie's Pizzeria, Andrew Schneegold/MetLife, Mahoney & Sullivan Financial Group, Metro Kirsch Real Estate, Seneca Gaming Corporation, Roger and Margo Soricelli, Springville Door & Window, STC Construction, WNY Imaging Systems.

Volunteer photographer Kevin Mahoney captured special moments from our event, and has made those images available at his site, www.picturesofpassion.com.  

Our volunteers for the event are also greatly appreciated: Grover and Elizabeth Riefler, Mary Kwiatek, Jessica Sullivan, Annette Kaleta, and Charles and Jennifer Weber. A sincere thanks also to the SCENe Garden Club for the flowers in our centerpieces and the talented musicians of the Springville Jazz Orchestra, who entertained our guests throughout the evening.

We established this event to remember the contributions of volunteers and employees in our hospital’s history. This year, we were proud to celebrate the lives of Paul Randall and John Frank with their children. Our thanks extends to those families as well.

With this community support, we will help to fund a new anesthesia machine for Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. Together we are making great investments in local healthcare. Thanks to all who are a part of our work.

Sincerely, 
William King, BCH Foundation President

Matters of the Heart - from Catholic Health

Cardiologists Dr. Thomas Smith and Dr. Henry Meltser will discuss the latest on leg pain, heart and vascular diagnosis at an event on June 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Springville Fire Hall at 405 West Main Street.

Hear from local experts on what treatment options are available at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville and Mercy Hospital in Buffalo.

A light dinner will be served; space is limited so please call (716) 447-6205 or visit chsbuffalo.org/events to register.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Primary Care Center Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has announced that its Primary Care Center was recertified as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, Level 3 by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Primary care staff and providers have continually worked to demonstrate how the practice uses evidence-based, patient-centered processes to coordinate care and develop participative relationships with patients.

The patient-centered medical home is a widely-adopted model that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be.” It combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of periodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system.

NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

“We’re proud of the employees who coordinated our efforts to recertify,” said Jennifer Siragusa, assistant director of patient care services. “This recognition lasts three years, and shows that BCH has the tools, process and mindset to help patients maintain good health.”

Established in 2010, the BCH Primary Care Center has ten providers and is accepting new patients. Call (716) 592-8140 for appointments or for more information.

BCH Women's Association Recognizes Volunteers, Gives Gift to Hospital for ED

At its annual installation dinner in June, the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Women’s Association recognized two members for their long service to the group. Dorothy Slating, who joined in 1973, and Ellie Kirkendall, who joined in 1978, have each served as Women’s Association president and other offices. They were part of the group as it opened the BCH Gift Shop in 1982-1983, and participated in trash & treasure auctions, membership teas, Christmas bazaars and the annual fashion show, all in support of fundraising for the hospital and nursing home.

The group also presented a check to Darlene Schrantz, RN, director of patient care services, to purchase a bariatric cart for the Emergency Department. The Women's Association plans events throughout the year to raise funds for the BCH Foundation.

From left: Treasurer Beth Bolt, Secretary Judi White, Second Vice President Lisa Yaeger, First Vice President Lori Beeman and President Karen Ritenour.

Erie Co. Health Department to Host “Community Conversation” in Springville on June 14

The Erie County Department of Health is hosting a series of community conversations to hear feedback and ideas about the health concerns of residents. Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will co-host an event at the Springville Volunteer Fire Hall at 405 West Main Street in Springville on Tuesday, June 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for the residents of Springville and southern Erie County to tell public health officials and government representatives what matters to them in terms of prevention, treatment and access to healthcare services.

All are welcome, and registration is encouraged. Call (716) 858-7690 for more information or use the link at www.erie.gov/health to register. If you do not have internet access, call (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485. 

MAY 2016

Letter to the Editor: "New York makes a bad decision declining BCH funding"

The May 21 edition of the Springville Journal has a letter to the editor from BCH Foundation board member Grover Riefler related to the decision of New York State to exclude Bertrand Chaffee Hospital from a recent round of state grant funding.

Note: The health-care system in Pennsylvania that is referenced is actually a $12 BILLION corporation, not $12 million.

Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Mercy Flight of WNY and Mercy EMS Helicopter Hangar

Mercy Flight of WNY and Bertrand Chaffee Hospital cordially invite you to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the new Mercy Flight WNY helicopter hangar and Mercy EMS Springville Base at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. This continues the long and beneficial relationship that Mercy Flight and BCH have shared. All are welcome on Monday, May 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the hangar behind the hospital. Please RSVP to Lynn at lulatowski@mercyflight.org or (716) 626-5808 ext. 1314.

Cordelian Club Donation Supports New Inpatient Beds

Members of the Cordelian Club presented a donation for the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation at their end-of-year dinner on May 10. The Cordelian Club has designated their gift to go toward new nurse- and patient-friendly beds for the second floor. Their donation was a result of the group’s very popular annual dance, which had an 80’s theme this year. The gift was accepted by Donelle Thomas, nurse manager for the hospital’s medical floor.

Cordelian Club Dance Coordinator Amy Wnuk, BCH Nurse Manager Donelle Thomas and Cordelian Club President Tammy Stedman hold the check representing the club’s donation to the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation.

Letter to Editor Expresses Dismay over Recent NYS Funding Decision

Dr. William J. Wnuk recently sent letters to the editors of local newspapers in regard to the denial of funding for BCH through a NYS capital grant program. This letter was published and the text is provided here. Comments from patients and community members are welcome at myhospital@bch-jbr.org.

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As a primary care physician and president of the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital medical staff, I am writing this letter to express my dismay and disbelief about a recent decision of the New York State Department of Health to deny Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s application through the Essential Health Care Provider Support Program.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s application outlined $7.6 million in projects over three years to invest in local healthcare services. This request pales in comparison to the awards given to other rural hospitals in Western New York, some with direct financial connections to Pennsylvania-based corporations. BCH asked for a fraction of what Brooks/TLC, Wyoming County Community Health System, and WCA received ($57 million, $20 million and $26 million, respectively). For BCH to receive no support through this process is blatantly unfair, if not politically obscene. Instead of assisting Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s efforts to preserve local health services, New York state made the decision to deem BCH as non-essential, and consequently bypass the healthcare needs of this community.

For a supposedly non-political funding process, quite a few state legislators lined up to take credit when tax money funneled into their districts. It appears that my tax dollars, and your tax dollars, are supporting other communities and their hospitals.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is my hospital, and my hospital matters to me. I have a deep concern for my patients’ health, but I also have a responsibility to the public health interests of this community. We don’t need to look further than the children of Flint, Michigan to see how the failure of a state government to invest in communities can have profound health consequences.  It seems like our community is too small to matter in the funding calculations made by politicians.

New York state may have turned its back on Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, but my colleagues at my hospital will continue to honor our responsibilities to you. As a community we need to stand together and prevent our local hospital from being ignored in future investment of our state taxes.

William J. Wnuk, MD
President,Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Medical Staff

Buffalo Sabres Signed Hockey Stick Being Raffled by the BCH Women's Association 

The BCH Women's Association is raffling a Buffalo Sabres hockey stick autographed by #63 Tyler Ennis. Tickets are available in the BCH gift shop (10-2, weekdays) and you can look for Women's Association volunteers out and about at some upcoming Springville events. Tickets are 1 for $1, 7 for $5, and 15 for $10. The drawing will take place on Wednesday, June 1.

May Meeting of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation Looks Ahead to Garden Party, Elects Officers

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation met on May 2 for its quarterly meeting. As its annual meeting, the foundation board re-elected its officers: President William King of West Valley; Vice President Mary Kwiatek of Springville; Secretary David Batterson of Springville; and Treasurer Claudia Miller of Arcade. The group re-appointed four members to three-year terms: Miller, King, Dr. Jon Baker, and Jessica Sullivan. And, Brandon Frank and Kathleen Paszkiewicz were re-appointed as employee representatives from BCH and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home, respectively.

The board reviewed foundation activities from the first quarter, including the Spring It On promotion in March. Major funding this year from the foundation has gone toward imaging equipment upgrades. They received updates from Nils Gunnersen, BCH CEO, and Roger Soricelli, JBR administrator, and looked ahead to this year’s major events: the Garden Party on May 26 and the Boo Bash on October 22.

The funds raised at the Garden Party will support the replacement of the ambulatory surgery department’s anesthesia machine. That event will also honor the memories of Paul Randall, a former BCH board president and volunteer, and John Frank, a longtime BCH/JBR employee. Tickets and additional information is available by calling (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485.

National Nurses Week: May 6-12

National Nurses Week begins on May 6, and the nurses of BCH are planning a week of activities for their departments to let their nursing staff know how much they are appreciated. This includes a "thank you" station in our lobby and a baby picture contest for the nursing staff.
 
BCH is also inviting Dina's of Ellicottville and its Food Truck to on Tuesday, May 10 for lunch. Selections available to purchase off the menu include the Sheila Salad,Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos, Short Rib Chili Tacos, and Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese. BCH/JBR employees and the community are welcome! Look for the truck around the back of the hospital, near the MRI. 

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Coordinates Narcan Training for Area First Responders

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital hosted more than 100 first responders, emergency medical personnel and fire department volunteers at its quarterly EMS meeting at the Springville Fire Hall on April 25. BCH emergency department staff, representatives from Mercy Flight and Mercy EMS, and the Erie County Department of Health led a training in the use of Narcan (Naloxone).

Narcan is an opiate antidote used by EMTs, emergency departments and laypersons to counteract the potentially deadly effects of an opitate/heroin overdose.

APRIL 2016

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation to Host Fourth Garden Party
Event will raise funds for the ambulatory surgery department’s anesthesia machine 

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation will hold its fourth annual Garden Party fundraiser on May 26 at the Springville Country Club. This year’s event is held in memory of Paul Randall and John Frank.

Each of these gentlemen passed away in 2015, and the Foundation board chose to honor their contributions to the hospital by celebrating their lives at this annual occasion. Mr. Randall was a Bertrand Chaffee Hospital board member and served as its president. Mr. Frank was a long-time employee for BCH and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home, serving as the facilities manager.

Funds raised on May 26 will go toward an anesthesia machine for the ambulatory surgery department.

The Garden Party starts at 5 p.m. and concludes by 8 p.m. The Springville Jazz Orchestra and Mike Nugent Entertainment will perform throughout the evening.

The Garden Party began in 2013 as a way to honor the memories of Dr. Craig Wiede and Dr. Richard Nowak, two individuals who served as hospital board volunteers for many years. In 2014, the Foundation paid tribute to Dr. Clinton and Mary Strong, who were committed volunteers in this community and at the hospital.  Last year, Teresa Kessler, R.N. and George Vasiliauskas were honored for their service to patients and the facility.

Tickets are $50 each or $80 per couple. For tickets, information and sponsorship opportunities, call the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation at (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 or email Kara Kane at kkane@bch-jbr.org.

Your Hospital Matters: Essential Health Care Services

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has received many inquiries from the community regarding funding through the Essential Health Care Provider Support Program. The full text of a recent notice we have placed in local newspapers follows, and it includes a map that shows the distribution of state funds in the eight counties of Western New York.

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Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has received many inquiries from the community regarding funding through the Essential Health Care Provider Support Program. Unfortunately, BCH learned on March 4 that the New York State Department of Health has denied our application.

With several hundred rural hospitals across the United States facing bankruptcy or closure, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is in a precarious position. We emerged from financial difficulties of 2008 through smart decisions by our board and leadership team. And with strong community support, BCH established a Primary Care Center and Heart Center as key parts of a long-term plan that emphasized financial stability and deliberate growth. However, BCH’s continued survival is not guaranteed – especially when faced with an unequal distribution of state tax dollars.

In late 2015, New York State Department of Health announced the availability of funding through the Essential Health Care Provider Support Program. This $355 million award was distributed across the state to healthcare facilities that are deemed to be essential.

There was a sense of excitement from BCH, as this award represented a significant opportunity for state funding over the next three years. BCH has not received NYS Department of Health financial support since 2008.

BCH submitted a $7.6 million project, noting that the application suggested that projects under $25 million would be prioritized. The plan outlined would address critical facility maintenance projects, develop space for specialty medical practices, expand primary care space, and upgrade our imaging technology and equipment. Each of these initiatives would have enhanced local access to essential healthcare services for our neighbors.

Though the rejection of our application by the NYS Department of Health was disappointing, we want to emphasize that we are doing everything we can to ensure the future of local healthcare for residents of southern Erie, northern Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties. That will include pursuing NYS support and continuing to educate our patients, our community, and our local and state representatives about the importance of rural hospitals like ours. We thank you for your support and we are proud to be your hospital.

For more information about how you can support BCH, contact our community relations office at (716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 or email comments to myhospital@bch-jbr.org. Continue to follow our work here on our web site or sign up for our email newsletter at the top of this page.

BCH Women's Association Basket Raffle

Volunteers from the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Women’s Association coordinated their annual basket raffle on Saturday, April 16 at the Concord Town Hall. Nearly 200 baskets were on display for a crowd of community members, volunteers and employees from Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. Since 1996, this group has raised and contributed about $200,000 in support of projects and equipment at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home.

BCH Women’s Association members volunteer at one of the raffle tables: Mitzi Lawton, Debi Lickfield, Diane Martin and Liz Cappola

BCH Imaging Department Designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR)

The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective, diagnostic care for individuals at high risk for lung cancer.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is one of about 110 facilities in New York State to achieve this designation. Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans, and appropriate follow-up care, significantly reduces lung cancer deaths. Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer, taking the lives of more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

Additional risk factors for lung cancer include the following:

  • Emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Interstitial lung disease, such as pulmonary fibrosis • Occupational and environmental exposures, such as asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, coal smoke, diesel fumes, nickel, silica, and soot
  • High levels of radon exposure
  • History of cancer, including lung cancer, lymphoma, head and neck, and smoking-related cancers
  • Family history of lung cancer
  • Extensive secondhand smoke exposure
  • Prior thoracic radiation therapy, as may occur for breast cancer and lymphoma

Our Imaging Department encourages individuals who meet any of these risk factors to talk to their healthcare provider about recommended screenings and imaging studies. Call (716) 592-8169 for an appointment.

MARCH 2016

Freedom From Smoking Program Begins May 3
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will host the American Lung Association’s (ALA) “Freedom from Smoking” program during 2016. ALA-certified instructors will present this eight-session program on Tuesday evenings from 6 – 7:30 p.m. starting on May 3 and concluding on June 14.
This program is designed for adult smokers and features step-by-step plans to help smokers gain control over their behavior. Cigarette smoke contains cancer-causing chemicals and can lead to lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Smoking is a behavior that negatively affects nearly every organ in the human body. It is also a cause of heart disease and stroke.
The program costs $80 and includes a workbook and CD. Registration is now open; to register call (716) 592-9643. Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s ongoing community health outreach includes smoking cessation programs and diabetic education. A future session is scheduled for October 4-November 15 in 2016

BCH Accepts Toys and Books from Disney Hospital Care Package Program

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is a participant in the Disney Hospital Care Package Program. This initiative brings new toys and books to hospitals all over the country, and has impacted an estimated 9.8 million lives since its inception in 2012.

“We share these items through as many departments as we can,” said Annette Kaleta, who coordinates the program for the hospital. “We make them available in the Emergency Department, for children who are there being treated or there with a family member.”

“It’s also great to have the books on display in our Primary Care Center,” she continued. “With the number of patients who visit each day, it’s a nice complement to our kids’ activity area as their parents or grandparents are waiting.”

The hospital also uses Disney items when donating baskets to local events, including the upcoming BCH Women’s Association basket raffle on April 16 at Concord Town Hall. 

BCH Expands Cardiology Services with Leg Pain and Vascular Center

Beginning April 6, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will introduce the Leg Pain and Vascular Center. This expansion of vascular services will complement the services currently offered by the Heart Center on the hospital’s first floor.

Vascular services include non‐invasive tests like ultrasounds of the leg arteries, carotid arteries and renal arteries. These tests offer a thorough diagnosis for reduced blood flow, which is caused by arterial stenosis, and can cause leg pain and ulcerations. Patients who are experiencing leg pain, leg swelling or non‐healing wounds can call to learn more about the Leg Pain and Vascular Center’s services.

“People who have problems walking because of leg pain or ulcers can benefit from minimally invasive and non‐surgical techniques to improve their symptoms and heal their wounds,” said Dr. Henry M. Meltser, who has worked with BCH to design and coordinate the new center.

Dr. Meltser is an interventional vascular specialist who is board certified in three separate specialties. His training included clinical residency and fellowships at the University of Rochester and Indiana University.

“We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Meltser to Springville,” said Nils Gunnersen, BCH CEO. “Our efforts to extend the types of medical services available to our neighbors continue, and adding these specialized cardio‐vascular options for our neighbors is a great way to keep that progress moving forward.”

Patients who are interested in learning more about the new Vascular and Leg Pain Center can call (716) 592‐9644.

“Spring it On” Fundraiser for Springville’s Hospital 

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation will participate in “Spring It On,” a 24-hour online fundraising event on March 24-25. Created and powered by the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, more than 250 local non-profit agencies are expected to participate this year.

“We’ve been taking small steps into the world of online fundraising, starting with our PayPal donation option for last year’s annual appeal,” said Kara Kane, development coordinator. “This activity is a great reminder for our supporters that their hospital is here, every minute of every day, for their health needs.

Spring It On seeks to mobilize supporters to donate to a favorite organization and to highlight the impact that giving has on that organization. “Giving has an enormous impact on what the BCH Foundation is able to make possible for patients and nursing home residents,” Kane continued. “Our neighbors can look to equipment additions like smart IV pumps and a portable ultrasound machine from last year and know that they had a major role to play in those improvements.”

The BCH Foundation has set a financial goal of $500, but another important aim is participation. “To have dozens of our neighbors join in this campaign, just for one day, will be a bonus and benefit for one of our departments,” Kane said.

The BCH Foundation will use its Facebook page [www.facebook.com/bchspringville] and email newsletter to reach current supporters and cultivate new ones as part of Spring It On. Donate directly at www.bertrandchaffee.com/springiton.

Felton-Burns VFW Post 5260​ Gives in Memory of Charter Member William J. Weismantel

BCH Foundation representatives met with members of the Felton-Burns VFW Post 5260 in March to present a plaque commemorating their gift toward the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home in memory of William J. Weismantel. 

Mr. Weismantel was a charter member of the Springville VFW post, and an active participant in many other civic activities that benefited the Springville area. Thank you to this local chapter for supporting local healthcare and an improvement to the Jennie B. facility. 

From left: Stanley Handzlik, BCH board member and BCH Foundation board member; Bob Bieber; Jerry King; Roy Gill, Felton-Burns VFW Post 5260 senior vice president; Arthur A. Arnold, VFW auxiliary; Mary Weismantel Truxal; Roger Soricelli, JBR administrator; Beverley Stockwell; Kathy Paszkiewicz, BCH Foundation; and, Sandi Ferguson, VFW auxiliary.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
If you noticed an unusual number of people at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home wearing blue on Friday, March 4, here is the reason why: wearing blue is part of a national campaign by the Colon Cancer Alliance to raise awareness about this detectible and treatable disease. Dozens of BCH and JBR employees took part in this activity to draw attention to colorectal cancer and the importance of regular screenings.

The ambulatory surgery department, which sees patients for screening colonoscopies during the week.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer among cancers that affect men and women, and screenings are recommended for adults over the age of 50 or earlier, depending on family history. Check with your healthcare provider to see what screening schedule is right for you.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s ambulatory surgery department works with local surgeons to perform routine colonoscopies as part of regular screenings for colorectal cancer and pre-cancerous polyps. For more information, call (716) 592-2971 ext. 1470. 

Cordelian Club Brings Back the 80s with its Annual Dance

The Cordelian Club held its annual dance on Saturday, February 27 to support Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. With its 1980s theme, more than 175 guests showed up with bold fashion choices and big hair, ready for the danceable songs from the best of pop, rock ‘n roll and hip-hop from DJ Rick Manzone.

FEBRUARY 2016

Heart Health Open House on February 24

Continuing its activities for American Heart Month in February, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will host a Heart Health Open House on Wednesday, February 24 in the Heart Center.

Stop in between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to receive a blood pressure screening and material about cardiovascular conditions, our cardiac rehab program and the BCH Heart Center, which is located on the first floor of the hospital.

“Heart health is an important part of your overall health,” said Lauralee Sprague, nurse practitioner. “We want to inform our patients about cardiovascular risks and guide them toward tools, including regular visits to their healthcare provider, to reduce those risks.”

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital established its Heart Center in 2012 in response to community demand for cardiology services. For more information, call (716) 592-9644.

30 Years of Cardiac Rehab at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital

In February, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital celebrates the 30th anniversary of its Cardiac Rehabilitation program. This occasion coincides with American Heart Month, held each February, and is part of a national effort to prevent heart attacks and strokes while raising awareness about heart-healthy behaviors. It also aligns with Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, which begins this year on February 14.

Cardiac rehabilitation is one course of treatment available to patients who have had a heart attack or surgery, a heart or lung transplant, or other cardiac condition. When managed by health professionals, this specialized form of therapy can improve a patient’s overall health in ways that may prevent future heart problems.

“One primary result that we see in our patients is an improvement in the quality of life,” said Sheri Plummer, a registered nurse who coordinates the Cardiac Rehab program. “People are able to return to work and activities, decrease pain, maintain an exercise regimen that keeps them active, and in some cases, reduce the need for medications.”

A typical cardiac rehab schedule at BCH involves an exercise regimen three times each week for 12 weeks. In consultation with a cardiologist, a cardiac rehab patient works with a team of specialized professionals like dieticians and nutritionists. As patients recover from cardiac events like a heart attack, enrollment in cardiac rehab brings them into a controlled environment with regular monitoring of blood pressure. Trained nurses teach patients how to exercise safely and help in the transition to learning how to exercise safely at home.

“Choosing cardiac rehab is a turning point for many patients, setting them on a path to increased mobility and continued independent living,” said Darlene Schrantz, director of patient care services. “We’ve seen patients use cardiac rehab as a way to make remarkable health improvements after a cardiac event.”

Patients have expressed what the cardiac rehab program means to them over the years. “I don’t believe my progression would have been anywhere near as good on my own,” said K.T. “It took a very scary situation in my life and turned it into a very positive experience!”

BCH and JBR Employees Go Red for Women

February is National Heart Month, and associates at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home wore red on February 5 to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke in women. 

Between the Heart Center -- established in 2012 -- and cardiac rehabilitation services -- which started 30 years ago -- BCH has developed health resources that support better heart health for our community. These services, in conjunction with regular visits to a primary care doctor, can help patients reduce their risks for acute or chronic heart conditions. 

JANUARY 2016

Cordelian Club Presents a “Totally 80’s Dance Party” to Benefit Bertrand Chaffee Hospital

The Cordelian Club is holding its annual dance to support Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. The group selected an 80’s theme, and the event will include a basket auction and a raffle for a “boombox of booze.” Dig deep in your closets and attics to find your favorite fashions from the 1980s!

  • What: Cordelian Club “Totally 80’s Dance Party”
  • Where: Springville Volunteer Fire Department, West Main Street, Springville
  • When: Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 8 p.m. – midnight Music and entertainment by Rock & Roll to the Rescue and DJ Rick Manzone. Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres.
  • Tickets are $35 each and available at BCH, Anything Printed, Cordelian Club members and at the door. 

The Cordelian Club has a decades-long history of supporting Bertrand Chaffee Hospital with their dance. Past events have helped to fund new “smart” IV infusion pumps, a digital mammography machine, and other hospital equipment. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook at http://bit.ly/Cordelian2016 or search “Totally 80’s Dance Party.” This event is for ages 21 and over.

BCH Foundation Supports Equipment Purchases for Imaging, Rehab Services and Diabetic Education

At its first meeting for 2016 on January 11, the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Foundation board members reviewed its work throughout 2015 and took steps to plan for activities in 2016.

With the annual appeal bringing in close to $25,000, the foundation’s board noted new tactics that nearly doubled the results over 2014. “Having a kick-off gift from Mahoney and Sullivan Financial Group was a springboard for bringing more visibility to our year-end fundraising efforts,” said Kara Kane, development coordinator. “But our annual appeal isn’t just about raising money -- it’s also our best opportunity to communicate back to donors about how their gifts go to support local healthcare and facility projects.”

Thanks to that community support, the Foundation will fund the purchase of new therapeutic equipment in the rehabilitation services department, materials for diabetic education, and in a major investment, $20,000 toward the replacement of a portable x-ray machine used in the Emergency Department and inpatient floor. An associate scholarship from the Elizabeth Dedrick Scholarship Fund for a medical/surgical nurse to pursue college courses was also approved.

“We take our role in supporting the hospital and nursing home very seriously, and we’re able to fund these projects because our donors believe in local healthcare,” said William King, BCH Foundation president. “Once this equipment is purchased, there will be people each day who benefit, whether they’re coming in a few times a week for physical therapy on their hands and wrists, or having an x-ray taken in the Emergency Department.”

Looking ahead to the spring, the Foundation will hold its fourth annual Garden Party on Thursday, May 26 at the Springville Country Club. Honorees will be announced at a later date.

BCH Expands Diabetic Education Team, Offers "Being Active with Diabetes" on Jan. 21

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has added two new members to its Diabetes Education Team.

Sheri Plummer, a registered nurse, is an instructor for this program, and is part of the BCH Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Jenni Weisedel will serve as a community advisor, and is part of the BCH registration department. They will add to the experience of this seven-member team, which includes a pharmacist, registered nurse, certified diabetic educator and dietitians.

As part of its community outreach, BCH is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators as a diabetic education site. Courses related to diabetes management, gestational diabetes and pre-diabetes are offered regularly throughout the year. BCH also hosts a monthly diabetes support group on the first Monday of every month from 6 – 7 p.m. Plummer will be teaching the Being Active with Diabetes class.

The Being Active with Diabetes course will be offered quarterly in 2016, with the first session scheduled for Thursday, January 21 at 10 a.m. This program is adaptable for patients with mobility issues or who are concerned about being able to stand. Students receive an exercise book or DVD, which includes individualized activity plans that are suitable for all activity levels, as well as sit-and-fit exercises. The class outlines how regular activity is important for overall fitness, weight management and blood glucose control. Appropriate activity can reduce risk, improve body mass index, enhance weight loss, help control lipids and blood pressure, and reduce stress. The content also includes how to balance activity with food and medication.

Patients must be pre-registered to attend, as insurance authorization is required. Call (716) 592-2871 ext. 1489 to register or for more information.

BCH Diabetes Education Team: Dr. Michael Barnett, pharmacist; Jenni Weisedel, community advisor; Kyle Schwan, registered dietician; Elizabeth Cappola, dietetic technician, registered; Kathleen Hebdon, RN, certified diabetic educator; Sherri Plummer, RN, cardiac rehab; and Nancy Fisher, dietetic technician, registered. Cappola, Schwan and Fisher are also certified dietitian nutritionists. 

Freedom from Smoking Starts January 19 EDIT: Cancelled due to low enrollment

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will host the American Lung Association’s (ALA) “Freedom from Smoking” program during 2016. ALA-certified instructors will present this eight-session program on Tuesday evenings from 6 – 7:30 p.m. starting on January 19 and continuing through March 1.
This program is designed for adult smokers and features step-by-step plans to help smokers gain control over their behavior. Cigarette smoke contains cancer-causing chemicals and can lead to lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Smoking is a behavior that negatively affects nearly every organ in the human body. It is also a cause of heart disease and stroke.
The program costs $80 and includes a workbook and CD. Registration is now open; to register call (716) 592-9643. Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s ongoing community health outreach includes smoking cessation programs and diabetic education. Future sessions are scheduled for May 3-June 14 and October 4-November 15 in 2016

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Continues Diabetic Support Group

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital coordinates monthly diabetic support group meetings for Type I and Type II diabetics and their loved ones as part of its community education initiatives.

Interested individuals are invited to participate in this group to share recipes, coupons and information about topics related to diabetes and health in a supportive and welcoming environment. The group will meet at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital on the first Monday of each month from 6-7 p.m. A Certified Diabetic Educator will facilitate the group, and meetings are free of charge.

For more information, call (716) 592-9643. Meetings will be canceled when S-GI schools are closed for a snow day.

The topic for the next meeting on January 4 will be Your A1C. Suggested monthly topics  going forward include: Managing Diabetes (February 1), Insulin: Not the Enemy (March 7), Healthy Eating (April 4), Being Active [movie] (May 2), Carb Addiction (June 6), (Closed July), Diabetic Journey (August 1), (Closed September), Gluten and Diabetes (October 3), Holiday Eating (November 7), Web Sites and Apps (December 5). 

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Contact Info

222-224 East Main Street
Springville, NY 14141-1443
(716) 592-2871

Heart Center 592-9644

Primary Care Center 592-8140