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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.    

Help ‘Stick it to Cancer’

On Dec. 3, 2004, Lisa Johnson, a 20-year Town of Tonawanda resident, underwent successful surgery in her battle against cancer. To celebrate six years of being cancer-free, she's throwing herself a party, but the community will be the benefactor.       

The second annual Stick it to Cancer Blood Drive and Basket Raffle will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at VFW Post 7275, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster. Proceeds will be donated to the Town of Tonawanda Paramedics and the American Cancer Society through the 2011 Lancaster Relay for Life. The American Red Cross also will be available with its mobile unit to collect blood donations.

Amherst Chamber of Commerce to Present Forum with Indpendent Health

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Independent Health will present an informative forum for its Chamber members on November 30, 2010 on the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) pilot program.  PCMH is just one aspect of the vast topic of Advanced Primary Care.  The forum will be held at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, 350 Essjay Rd., Suite 200 in Williamsville at 8:30am.

The focus of the PCMH initiative is to redirect individuals back to building meaningful relationships with their primary care physicians.  In turn, physician practices are redesigning their systems of care, developing new collaborative relationships with other providers and using new electronic technology to improve the delivery of care.  Dr. Judith A. Feld, MD, and Kim Fecher, RN from Independent Health will discuss the pilot program, how it was implemented and the kind of results being reported so far among participating physicians in Western New York.

Local Fitness Instructor Named Ambassador to Sports Legacy Institute

Primordial Strength Inc. President Steven Helmicki of East Aurora was recently named a Sports Legacy Institute Ambassador. The mission of the Sports Legacy Institute is to advance the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. SLI was founded in 2007 to “Solve the Sports Concussion Crisis,” and in 2009, SLI launched programs to also serve military veterans. 

Community Health Foundation Awards $300,000 in New Grants to Reduce Fall Injuries

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.

Dr. Peter Gambacorta Appointed Medical Director, Pediatric & Adolescent Sports Medicine

Peter L. Gambacorta, D.O., has been appointed Medical Director, Pediatric & Adolescent Sports Medicine, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

A native of Western New York, Dr. Gambacorta graduated cum laude from SUNY at Buffalo, during which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. He subsequently earned his Master of Science degree at Roswell Park Cancer Institute from SUNY at Buffalo. Dr. Gambacorta earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and his internship and orthopedic surgery residency training at South Pointe Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Healthcare System.

Join the Path to Peace

 Everyone! Don't wait 30 or 40 years before you seek help for yourself or a loved one. In addition to the 58,00 names on the Vietnam wall, more than 100,000 Vietnam veterans have committed suicide. Ed Tick, Ph.D., Director of Sanctuary: A Center for Mentoring the Soul in Albany NY, gathered these numbers and you can read the details at this link