Eichner Appointed Finance Director of TLC Health Network

IRVING – Officials at TLC Health Network are announcing the appointment of John Eichner, CPA as their new Director of Finance.  In this new role, Eichner has been tasked with the managing the overall finances of the health system and provide oversight of the Finance and Patient Accounts departments.  Eichner is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association® (FHFMA), has more than 15 years experience in the field, and most recently served as Controller at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC).

John Galati, TLC Health Network’s CEO, said he and the Administrative directors are looking forward to beginning this season of progressive achievement with the newest member of the team.  “We are very fortunate to have attracted someone of his caliber to our health system,” says Galati.  “The experience he has amassed in prior positions with other prominent organizations throughout Western New York should serve TLC well as we continue reorganizing for future growth and success.”

Prior to his most recent position at ECMC, Eichner served in several key financial posts with Olean General Hospital and Upper Allegheny Health System.  He also obtained significant professional experience on staff with Lumsden McCormick, LLP, one of the largest financial services and management firms in Western New York.  Eichner’s educational background includes a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the State University of New York College at Fredonia and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license from New York State.  His professional activities include being a committee member of the New York Society of CPAs and a Chapter President and Yerger Award Winner for the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

TLC Health Network provides quality health care services to families across Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, southern Erie County and surrounding communities.  Its facilities include Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving, Gowanda Urgent Care & Medical Center and Forestville Primary Care.  For more information, visit www.TLCHealth.org.

New Hospitalist Group at Lake Shore Health Care Center

Barnes-GroupIRVING – Officials at TLC Health Network are announcing the addition of Steven Barnes, DO (seated), Carl Roth, DO (left), and Wayra Salazar Moreno, MD (right) as hospitalists for Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving, NY.  Dana Anderson, MD and James Wild, MD will also be expanding their current work with TLC Health Network to include some hospitalist duties as well.

These physicians have been tasked with providing “that critical communication link among patients, staff, medical staff and other key providers,” explained John Galati, CEO, TLC Health Network.  “As our health system continues to evolve for the future, we are pleased to announce this important agreement that we believe will significantly enhance the comfort and care we provide to our community.”

Hospitalists, for those that may not know, are physicians that deliver care in hospitals to enhance the efficiency of health care systems and improve the quality of patient care.  “At TLC Health Network, the commitment to patients is to deliver a coordinated system of services that provide a seamless transition through the levels of care required,” Mr. Galati said. “Hospitalists are the patients’ in-house advocates, caring both for those who lack primary care coverage as well as providing a crucial communication link for those who have a designated physician.”

The role of the hospitalist can extend to coordinating care while the patient is at the local facility to transferring the individual for rehabilitation services, to tertiary care hospitals, or other placement arrangements.  “Having these individuals available for the nursing staff 24/7 augments the quality of care our in-patients are receiving seven days a week.  This effort speaks to TLC’s commitment to maintaining the highest level of quality care for our patients,” he added.

For the medical providers, the arrangement provides an opportunity to continue to serve in an organization that has been part of the community for decades and demonstrates the agreement is also evidence of a commitment to Lake Shore Health Care Center.   “It’s important to provide these medical services to this community as part of its history and well into the future,” noted Dr. Barnes, a long-time practicing physician in the region.  “Being local physicians, we have an interest in trying to maintain services at Lake Shore.  Since most of our (office) patients go to Lake Shore for hospital treatment, this gives them good continuity of care … and helps link together all of the communication necessary for their treatment.  My partners and I are also excited to be part of the team that is leading this facility toward a thriving future, one where medical professionals can expect their patients to obtain excellent care in a quality setting.”

TLC Health Network provides quality health care services to families across Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, southern Erie County and surrounding communities.  Its facilities include Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving, Gowanda Urgent Care & Medical Center and Forestville Primary Care.  For more information, visit www.TLCHealth.org.