Paint Night to Benefit Patients at Both Campuses

Explore your creativity at Brooks’ most popular fun-raising event. Last year’s fun-filled paint night, facilitated by Anne Davis, raised over $2200 for medical equipment and technology at the Brooks campus.  This year, we’ve joined forces with our partners at TLC to host the event one night only!  Tickets are selling quickly for the August 2nd get-together at  St. Columbans on the Lake, Silver Creek.  Reserve your spot today by calling 363-3313 or email swalier@brookshospital.org.

 

Brooks-TLC Clinics Achieve NCQA PCMH Level 3 Recognition

Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. has announced its Gowanda Medical Center and Forestville Primary Care Center have each achieved recognition as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

PCMH is a model of care in which providers build better relationships between patients and their clinical care teams. It emphasizes use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.

Recognition as a Level 3 PCMH demonstrates that the clinics have scored the highest grades in six standards set by the NCQA, including patient-centered access, team-based care; population health management, care management and support; care coordination and care transitions; performance measurement and quality improvement.

“PCMH recognition is an important accomplishment and underscores our commitment to providing the very best care to our patients,” said Ken Morris, vice president of operations at Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. “I commend our physicians, advanced level providers and the entire staff for their exceptional work in providing safe, quality patient care.”

The National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA) seal is a widely recognized symbol of healthcare quality. Accredited providers face a rigorous set of more than 60 standards and must report on their performance in more than 40 areas in order to earn NCQA’s seal of approval. For consumers and employers, the seal is a reliable indicator that an organization is well-managed and delivers high quality care and service.

NCQA recognition programs empower employers, health plans, patients and consumers to make informed heath care decisions based on quality. Participation in a NCQA recognition program demonstrates that the practice or clinician values quality health care delivery and the latest clinical protocols to ensure that patients receive the best care at the right time.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home program reflects the input of the American College of Physicians (ACP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and others. It was developed to assess whether clinician practices are functioning as medical homes and recognize them for these efforts.

Photographs:

 Gowanda Medical Center team:  (L to R) Tracy Stevens, Director of Primary Care Services; Susan Caldwell, LPN; Cheryl Matern, Receptionist; Nancy Lance, Physician Assistant; Ken Morris, Brooks-TLC VP Operations.  Missing from photo Danielle Alimonti, LPN and David Hallasey, MD.

Forestville Primary Care Center team: (L to R) Joel Yoviene, MD; Tracy Stevens, Director of Primary Care Services Andrea Kickbush, LPN; Michele Matyjakowski, LPN; Jackie Cortright, Receptionist; Ken Morris, Brooks-TLC VP Operations; Ronald Greco, MD.  Missing from photo David Hallasey, MD.

Brooks and TLC Announce Partnership with Unyts

Beginning July 1, 2018 Unyts, WNY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center, will become the primary provider of blood products for Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc., which includes Brooks Memorial Hospital and TLC Health.

Unyts “Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. is pleased to partner with Unyts’ Community Blood Service for all of our blood product needs,” said Mary LaRowe, president and CEO of Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc.  “Unyts has been servicing Western New York for more than 30 years through organ, eye and tissue donation, and blood services, enhancing lives across Western New York.

LaRowe said. “Blood is a large expense for hospitals. Through Unyts’ Community Blood Service, both new and existing blood donors have an opportunity to help local patients at our Brooks and TLC campuses, and the Gift of Life they are providing through blood products will help to save our organization much needed dollars. “All the blood collected by Unyts stays in Western New York for local patients in need,” she said.

Unyts will be holding three open-to-the-public blood drives in Dunkirk and Irving in June and July. To make an appointment please call 716.512.7940 or visit www.unyts.org and click on Donate Blood.

Friday, June 29th 9am-2pm at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk


Friday, July 13th from 9am-2pm at TLC Health – Lake Shore Health Center, Irving


Tuesday, July 31st from 9am-2pm at Cattaraugus Reservation Volunteer Fire Dept.

If you are interested in hosting a blood drive for Unyts in your community or becoming a volunteer, please contact Amanda Farrell at 716.566.3925.

 

 

Brooks-TLC Golf Tournament

Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. has announced open registration for its Better Together golf tournament fundraiser scheduled for Friday, August 24, 2018 at scenic Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk.

Hole-in-one prizes are a 2018 GMC Terrain courtesy of Larry Spacc GMC @ hole #4 and $500 cash from Western Division Federal Credit Union @ hole #15.

Registration fees are only $125 per person which includes 18 holes of golf, cart for every 2 players, unlimited use of driving range for 2 hours (one of which will be staffed by Shorewood’s PGA Professional, Rich Conwell, offering complimentary driving range instruction and tips), lunch, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, commemorative photo of your foursome, and swag bag filled with tournament hat, ball and other giveaways. Price includes cocktail hour with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.  Special pricing for Shorewood cart members is $65 pp and $85 for non-cart members.

Format is a 4-person scramble with shotgun start at 12 noon and driving range open at 10 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m., cocktail hour at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 5:45 p.m. Basket raffle and silent auction prizes are available.

Plenty of sponsorship levels are still available. Join the ranks of these generous sponsors currently on board –  Kaleida Health, Nash Pharmacies Clark Patterson Lee, Trusted Nursing Solutions, Turner Construction, UBMD Emergency Medicine, Premier Anesthesia, PepsiCo, Sleep Medicine Centers of WNY and UNYTS.

Tournament proceeds will be used to raise the vital, unrestricted dollars needed to avail patients at both campuses with state-of-the art medical equipment and technology in a comfortable and therapeutic environment.

Registration and/or sponsorship information can be found at www.brookshospital.org/upcoming-eventsclasses.html or by contacting Sheila Walier, Brooks-TLC Community Relations at 716-363-3313 or myhealth@brookshospital.org.

Inpatient Chemical Dependency Unit NOW OPEN

Designed with the principles of patient-centeredness in mind, the brand new 20-bed facility features private rooms with attached half baths for every patient, extra wide corridors, a large common space/family area, and workout room. Programming includes medication assisted treatment, trauma informed care, individualized treatment planning, and provider collaboration. Transportation is available.   Admissions information is available by calling 951-7948.


 

 

 

Inpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment Coming in June

National Nurses Week – May 6-12, 2018

Happy National Nurses Week to all our nurses who INSPIRE, INNOVATE AND INFLUENCE.  Thank you for everything you do for patients in our community.

Patient Access Week, April 1 – 7, 2018

Today more than ever, in the face of a quickly changing health care environment, providing an exceptional patient experience is now becoming the standard of care.

This week, Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc . recognizes patient access professionals for their contribution to the healthcare access continuum by celebrating Patient Access Week, April 1 – 7, 2018.

“The first interaction patients have with the hospital most often begins with the Patient Access department, says Brooks-TLC director of Patient Access, Rose Taddio. She adds, “First impressions can set the tone for an individual’s entire hospital experience.”

Brooks and TLC look for positive representatives with a friendly demeanor when hiring. “The access team has goals centered on courtesy, communication, and helpfulness,” Taddio noted. “When people aren’t feeling well we need to be fast, accurate and, friendly. Our job is to ease their concerns in a caring and efficient manner,” she adds.

In an average day, the Patient Access department handles a variety of requests from patients, visitors, physicians, nurses and other hospital staff. Access staff schedule and greet patients upon arrival and also help coordinate patient transfers. Access department staff must also be familiar with the procedures of various insurance companies. It’s a fast-paced job that requires a keen ability to multitask.

As we celebrate National Patient Access Week, we acknowledge our special goodwill ambassadors in the Access department for setting into motion the standard of care we aspire to achieve.

Local Doctors Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Diabetes Care

NCQA_Diabetes_RecognitionGOWANDA – The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently announced that Dr. Joel Yoviene and Dr. Ron Greco of TLC Health Networks’ Gowanda Medical Center and Forestville Primary Care Center have been recognized by the committee for providing outstanding care to their patients with diabetes.

“NCQA’s Diabetes Recognition Program honors the vanguard, professionals using the best science to help patients cope with one of modern life’s most pervasive illnesses,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “I commend TLC Health Network for providing high quality care and for going the extra mile to help people with diabetes.”

Diabetes poses a major healthcare challenge in the United States. The disease often leads to many serious complications, including kidney failure, limb amputation, blindness, heart disease, and stroke.  It’s also the nation’s seventh leading cause of death.  The CDC estimates that in 2010, 8.3% of the U.S. population was affected by diabetes—including 11.3% of people 20 years and older and 26.9% of people 65 years and older.

Unfortunately, the treatment of individuals with diabetes often falls short of the recommended guidelines.   That’s why the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) developed the Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) in 1997.  The DRP is designed to provide physicians with tools to support the delivery and recognition of consistent, high quality care and to recognize clinicians and groups that deliver excellent care to people with diabetes.

“For a person with diabetes, the right clinician can make the difference between living with diabetes as opposed to suffering from diabetes,” said Margaret E. O’Kane, President, National Committee for Quality Assurance. “By earning recognition, Dr. Yoviene and Dr. Greco have demonstrated that they provide effective, evidence-based care to their patients with diabetes.”

Both Dr. Yoviene and Dr. Greco are accepting new patients for primary care and assistance with diabetes management.  Those interested may call 716-532-8100 for more information or to set up an appointment.

New General Surgeon at Lake Shore Health Care Center

Davison-185x260IRVING – TLC Health Network officials are pleased to announce that general surgeon Gavin Davison, MD is now performing surgeries at Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving.  In addition to TLC Health Network, he is also on the medical staff of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Buffalo General Medical Center.

Dr. Davison specializes in a variety of surgical procedures including:

  • tracheostomy
  • percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube (PEG)
  • colonoscopy
  • EGD/upper endoscopy
  • cholecystectomy
  • appendectomy
  • small and large bowel resections including bowel cancer operations
  • inguinal hernia repair
  • wound debridement
  • soft tissue diseases (e.g. lipoma, skin lesions, cysts, hidradenitis, ganglion cyst removal)
  • hemorrhoidectomy

A resident of Orchard Park, Dr. Davison completed his undergraduate education at Portland State University in Oregon and obtained his medical degree from the Ross University School of Medicine, Portsmouth, Dominica. He completed his residency in general surgery through the State University of New York at Buffalo.

“The team at TLC Health Network is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with Dr. Davison,” said Scott Butler, vice president of strategy and market development. “In the short amount of time that we have had to get to know him, Dr. Davison has shown that he has a real appreciation and affinity for smaller, rural hospitals like ours as well as a personality that makes everyone feel comfortable around him. This community is going to be very well served by having his talents available to them at Lake Shore Health Care Center.”

Patients wishing to schedule a consultation with Dr. Davison at Lake Shore Health Care Center’s medical office building are asked to call 951-7010.