Dr. James Wild Named A “Healthcare Top 50″
BUFFALO – 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.