Dr. James Wild Named A “Healthcare Top 50″

Wild-208x260BUFFALO – James E. Wild, MD, FAAFP (pictured at left), a member of the TLC Health Network Board of Trustees, has been named a recipient of the HealthCare 50 for 2014 award by Buffalo Business First. The publication recently announced the honorees in its publication for individuals “who are standouts in the medical field,” those who strive to maintain and improve services that customers expect as well as those who make a difference in this era of change. Dr. Wild is a board-certified family medicine physician and president of Tri-County Family Medicine Associates, PC, in Gowanda, NY. He also currently serves as medical director for TLC Health Network, comprised of Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving, NY, Gowanda Urgent Care & Medical Center and Forestville Primary Care. Dr. Wild is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine in family practice and received his fellowship designation from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

“All of us at TLC/Lake Shore Health Center from Board Members to the Medical Staff, Administration, employees and patients alike, are very pleased that Dr. Wild was honored as a recipient of the Buffalo Business First Healthcare 50 award,” said John Galati, TLC Health Network Interim CEO. “He is to be commended for his dedication and loyalty to the TLC Health Care Network and the communities we serve. Dr. Wild is committed to improving the lives of others, and he does so with dignity, respect and compassion. He has touched the lives of many individuals and we are fortunate to have him on our Board, the Medical Staff and as the Hospital’s Medical Director.”

Dr. Wild obtained his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and completed his residency in Family Medicine at SUNY Buffalo, Deaconess and Buffalo General Hospitals. After graduation, he began his medical practice in the nearby Conewango Medical Clinic for three years to satisfy the terms of the National Health Service Corps, a government program designed to connect primary health care providers to areas of the United States with limited access to care. Upon completion of those requirements, the Allegany, NY-native chose to remain in the area throughout his life and establish a successful career. He said he chose his profession at an early age. “I worked as an orderly starting at 17, seeing how illness affects lives, which confirmed my commitment to become a family doctor,” he explained.

In 2009, his medical practice was located adjacent to Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Gowanda, facilities which were forced to close and were eventually completely demolished following a devastating flood which washed away numerous historic sites throughout this rural community. Following that loss, Dr. Wild and his team established Tri-County Family Medicine Associates, PC, in Gowanda, NY, his current medical practice. Both he and the medical practice have each been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for medical home and diabetic care.

In January 2014, Dr. Wild was a featured speaker on stage at Silver Creek High School, just a short distance from TLC Health Network’s main campus in Irving, NY, at a standing room-only rally to save the financially-distressed hospital where he serves as medical director, board member and admitting physician. “I have worked to keep Lake Shore Health Care Center open despite losses,” Dr. Wild said, describing his proudest accomplishment. “Northern Chautauqua and southern Erie County need the jobs and access to emergent and urgent care.” The rally was organized by legislators to show support for the health care organization which has been showing recent signs of an upturn while awaiting operating offers by interested parties.

The award recipient has served as a Clinical Research Investigator since 2008 for Upstate Clinical Research Associates. In addition to his medical career highlights, Dr. Wild has held various academic appointments with SUNY Buffalo over the years, including an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, SUNY Buffalo-School of Medicine. He also served as a Teaching Fellow in the SUNY Buffalo, Family Practice Residency Program. He is a two-time winner of the Community Preceptor of the Year Award by the University of Buffalo Family Medicine.

At Tri-County Memorial Hospital, Dr. Wild’s duties included those as a member of the Department of Medicine, as Medical Director of Cardio-Pulmonary Services and as a member of the Board of Directors. A supporter of community health initiatives throughout his careers, Dr. Wild has also served as Medical Advisor in the past to Gowanda Ambulance Service, as a Board Member to Health Community Alliance, as a representative from Tri-County Memorial Hospital to the Southern Tier Health Care System and as a board member on the Chautauqua County Health Network. Dr. Wild is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and former member of the American Academy of Physician Executives and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

TLC Health Network, which includes an Irving, NY-based long term care facility, provides quality health care services to families across Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, southern Erie County and surrounding communities.

2014 Long Term Care Employees of the Year

LTC_EOY_2014-260x176IRVING – Excellence has doubled this year for Lake Shore Health Care Center’s Long Term Care facility, as not one but two outstanding employees have been named for their top award. Both MaryAnn Lynch, LPN and Morgan Sebastiano (pictured at left), certified nurse’s aide have been honored with the annual Long Term Care Employee of the Year Award.

“There were several great nominees again this year,” explained Brian Reader, Divisional Director of Operations, “but MaryAnn and Morgan both received a high number of votes and equally deserve to be honored for their hard work and dedication within our healthcare family and by our state association.” This year’s pool of nominees came from employees throughout several different departments at TLC Health Network as well as from long term care residents. Voting was open to all employees of TLC Health Network that support the long term care facility in some manner.

Ms. Lynch, who has been on staff for 24 years, was honored for being a positive advocate for residents, taking the initiative in meeting others’ needs and being proactive. Mr. Reader said the honoree is also being recognized for her level of commitment to the residents, fellow staff members and overall dedication to Lake Shore Health Care Center.

Ms. Sebastiano, who works on the Long Term Care facility’s Emerald Unit, has been a member of the staff for four years. She was chosen for exhibiting a positive attitude, for following up with issues promptly and working well with others. Mr. Reader added that she is known for her hard work ethic, friendliness toward residents, is always pleasant and smiling.

Both winners will be honored during the 37th Annual LeadingAge Western New York Banquet being held Wed., May 7 at Samuel’s Grande Manor in Williamsville, NY. LeadingAge Western New York (formerly the Western New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging) is a regional association of over 60 not-for-profit senior care facilities and providers located throughout six counties in Western New York. Its members serve more than 10,000 individuals annually and employ nearly 10,000 health professionals and support staff.

Imaging & Physical Therapy Offered in Gowanda

GOWANDA – Patients in the Gowanda area and surrounding communities now have closer-to-home modern diagnostic imaging as well as rehabilitation therapy services, thanks to the recent addition of programs at Gowanda Urgent Care & Medical Center at 34 Commercial Street. Scott Butler, Divisional Director of Business Development for TLC Health Network said, “the addition of these services is part of an effort to demonstrate that, even though we don’t have a full hospital in Gowanda anymore, TLC still cares about this community and remains dedicated to providing high quality health services within the community.”

Along with the digital X-ray services already being provided, patients can receive mammograms and ultrasound testing at Gowanda in comfortable, modern facilities starting this month. “We’re so pleased to offer the latest equipment at this newly expanded and renovated location,” said Cathleen Bystrak, TLC Health Network’s Director of Imaging Services. “Patients can expect easy access to services, qualified staff, and fast results returned to their physicians.” Full field mammography testing is offered with new Hologic equipment for a range of tests, including ultrasound testing, provided on the newest unit manufactured by GE. Ultrasound testing is available for a range of vascular, abdominal, neurologic, reproductive, and men’s health issues. All studies are read by board certified radiologists. Those in need of mammography or ultrasound testing can call 716-951-7277. Routine X-ray services are offered daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and no appointments are necessary. TLC Health Network also provides a full range of Imaging services daily at its main campus, Lake Shore Health Care Center, located at 845 Routes 5 & 20, Irving, New York.

For patients in need of Physical and Occupational Therapy services, appointments can now be made for a new treatment area at Gowanda Urgent Care Center as well. According to Karen Kaminski, PT, Rehabilitation Services Department Manager, TLC Health Network, renovations were complete and new equipment was installed at the start of April. Patients may now enjoy treatment in a made-to-order, private, and comfortable setting with windows which provide the option of enjoying views of trees in natural settings. “It’s a very peaceful setting for these types of treatments,” Ms. Kaminski explained. Patients are referred to the center via physician order and assistance is provided for anyone with insurance questions. The department manager said most insurances are accepted.

Individuals appropriate for the services are most typically those recovering from accidents, surgeries, or orthopedic procedures including those for back, neck, shoulder, knee, ankle, elbow, or joints. Patients may also be referred with work-related issues related to ergonomics or work-place positioning and orthopedic problems such as back, neck, or joint treatment. Individuals are also treated at the new location with neurological problems – including migraines – and multiple sclerosis, strokes, or for vestibular disorders such as balance or dizziness issues. Patients may be referred to the program via primary care physician, surgeon, neurologist, or other specialist.

New equipment and facilities await patients at the new location featuring private treatment rooms outfitted with a traction table, recumbent stationary bicycle, MVP shuttle for leg strengthening, therapeutic exercise balls for balance, and modalities for pain relief including ultrasound electric stimulation units, paraffin, ice packs, and heat packs. In addition, Ms. Kaminski notes that the center features a professional Hi-Low Power Adjustable Treatment Table, a benefit for both patients and the staff for comfort and enhanced safety.

“We feel that we’ve come full circle to be returning these services to this area and carrying out TLC’s mission of caring for this community,” Ms. Kaminski noted. “We wanted to make these services more convenient for our patients.” Those seeking appointments or more information may call 716-951-7270.

In January 2014, TLC Health Network officials announced the completion of major renovations and expansion at the Gowanda facility, coordinating entrances into one single admissions process for both the Urgent Care and Medical Center at 34 Commercial St. In addition, larger, more comfortable waiting rooms were provided for the public, an increased number of patient exam rooms were available and more parking was installed.

Gowanda Urgent Care offers walk-in services for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries and for those who need medical attention not serious enough to warrant a trip to the Emergency Department. Typical injuries treated include bumps, bruises, strains, sprains, cuts, scrapes, and cold and flu symptoms. The facility also offers primary care services by appointment for patients of all ages, from newborn to adults. These services range from diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses to immunizations, gynecologic services, preventative services, wellness exams, and laboratory services. New patients are being accepted, and appointments can be made by calling 716-532-8100.

Gowanda Urgent Care & Medical Center is part of TLC Health Network, providing quality health care services to families across Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, southern Erie County and surrounding communities.