Both the Dunkirk and Irving campuses of Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. have earned platinum recognition for their efforts to increase organ, eye, and tissue donor registrations across the state, through the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. The WPFL is a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the organ donation community with workplaces across the nation in spreading the word about the importance of donation.

Between October 2018 and April 2019, Brooks-TLC participated in HRSA’s WPFL Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. The program challenges hospitals and healthcare organizations to “let life bloom” by educating their staff, patients, visitors, and communities about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donation and by offering them opportunities to register as donors. Both Brooks-TLC campuses earned points for completing awareness and registry activities.

Brooks-TLC’s Dunkirk and Irving campuses were among more than 1,480 organizations to participate in the 2019 campaign and among 638 organizations to earn platinum recognition.

This year’s Hospital Organ Donation Campaign added more than 48,000 registrations to state registries and the Puerto Rico registry, which also includes registrations from the U.S. Virgin Islands. The campaign has generated more than 492,000 registrations since its inception in 2011 and unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their local organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America affiliates, and state and regional hospital associations. Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. worked with Unyts to leverage its outreach efforts.

Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the organ transplant list, reaffirming the critical and growing need for registered organ, eye, and tissue donors. For more information about the Hospital Campaign, visit www.organdonor.gov/hospitals. To sign up as a donor, go to Unyts.org.


Golf Tournament Photo Album

To our sponsors, golfers and volunteers, thank you so very much for your thoughtful support of the Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. “Summer Solstice” golf tournament. Because of your generosity, over $30,000 was raised to provide the vital funds needed for new equipment and technologies at both campuses.

Please visit https://www.brookshospital.org/news/golf-tournament-photo-album and feel free to download your own photo, post and tag yourself on social media using the hashtag #BTLCGolf.

Lastly, if you haven’t already, please “Like” and “Share” our Facebook page… Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Inpatient CD Program Celebrates One Year Anniversary

HR Professionals in Health Care Week

March 10 – 16, 2019, HR Professionals in Health Care Week, is designated to recognize human resources professionals in health care organizations across the nation for their important role across the continuum of care.  The Brooks-TLC team (L to R) of Wendy Pagano, Tracie Luther, Carol Habich and Angela Hallmark, oversee all aspects of employment for more than 525 employees across BTLC, in areas such as compliance with labor law and employment standards, administration of employee benefits, and recruitment.

Join us for a day of fun in the sun!

Spend the longest day of the year among the camaraderie of friends and neighbors for a day of fun, food and bidding on Friday, June 21 at Shorewood CC in Dunkirk. Plenty of sponsorship opportunities available.  All net proceeds will be used to help avail patients at our hospital with state-of-the-art medical equipment and technology.
For more information on registration or sponsorship opportunities, contact Community Relations at 363-3313.


When Two Become One: Dynamic Duo Takes Center Stage

The Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. infection control team of Lisa Barone, BSN, RN, CIC, director of infection control (L), and Theresa Schrantz, LPN, CIC, employee health coordinator (R), is well-known throughout the hospital system for doing an impressive job keeping patients and staff free from infection. But now, their coordinated approach to infection prevention and control (IPC) and occupational health (OH) has made them subject-matter experts on a national level.

The “dynamic duo”, as they’re referred to in editor Kelly M. Pyrek’s article “Occupational Health: Joining Forces With Infection Prevention” from the October 31, 2018 issue of Infection Control Today, is showcased for their integrated approach to fighting infection.  As the go-to source for infection preventionists and their colleagues in operating rooms, sterile processing, environmental services and materials management, Infection Control Today is considered the leading industry publication in the field.

In her research, Pyrek came across the Barone/Schrantz evidence-based model entitled “Employee Health and Infection Control: It Fits. Putting the Pieces Together,” a co-presentation from the 2017 Annual Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Conference. She reached out and interviewed both women to gain insightful perspective on the combined approach that works particularly well for the Brooks-TLC Hospital System.

As excerpted from the article with editor permission…

In some hospitals, Occupational Health (OH) services and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) are handled by one leader tasked with leveraging the synergies of both disciplines into a comprehensive healthcare worker and patient safety program. Personnel can be cross-trained in core activities such as surveillance, as well as receive education and instruction around the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE), vaccination, sharps safety and handwashing, among other interventions.

Conversely, collaboration is clearly key at Brooks-TLC.

“In our perspective you need to embrace each other’s knowledge and work together because so much of what we do is connected and affects each other,” says Schrantz. “To our readers who have any doubt consider this… if IPC focuses on patients, and OH focuses on employees, and employees take care of patients, and patients rely on employees for safe care, how do remove any part of this equation?”

Barone explains that having a plan that is understood by both departments is essential to a high-functioning safety culture. “It is important that OH knows and understands the Infection Control Plan that is developed at the beginning of the year to identify and minimize risk to both patients and healthcare workers,” she says. “For example, if hand hygiene compliance is both a risk and goal, OH should be aware because the more employees clean their hands, the higher risk of dermatitis, and other skin issues. During Influenza season, OH should be aware of the number of patients admitted with flu and flu-like symptoms for employee illness tracking.”

Kelly Pyrek’s article can be found in its entirety at https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/occupational-health/occupational-health-joining-forces-infection-prevention.

Infection Control Today has been serving hospitals and their critical information needs in the area of infection prevention since 1997. Infection Control Today magazine, website and e-newsletters deliver the timely, relevant practice guidance that medical professionals need to protect their institutions, their patients and their fellow healthcare workers, and to eliminate healthcare-acquired infections.



It was a heart-warming gesture of kindness and generosity displayed by Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. employees at both the Brooks and TLC campuses. It took four (4) carloads and eight (8) volunteers to transport and sort the array of clothing, toys, and books that were donated to families served by The Master’s Plan Community Church in Dayton.


Following an employee nomination process, The Master’s Plan was selected as this year’s charity to receive gifts from the annual Giving Tree at both the Brooks and TLC campuses. The ministry is run by Angie Mardino-Miller, RN, Emergency Department, TLC Campus, and was nominated by TLC employee, Jane Thomas.  While other worthwhile charities were nominated for consideration, those organizations did not have a need for children’s Christmas gifts at this time.

So, this year’s Giving Tree partnership was formed.

Each year, The Master’s Plan serves 6500 community members in need with its FREE food pantry, Thanksgiving dinners, household items, toys, clothing, school supplies, and rescue housing for abuse or home fire victims.

Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. and The Master’s Plan wish to thank those who donated to help make the holidays brighter for those less fortunate in our community.


Front row L to R: Roberta Johnston, Christine Matthews, Angie Mardino-Miller, Sheila Walier (Brooks-TLC)

Back row L to R: Paul Ellis, Julian Matte, Don Mitchell, John Pellin, Mike Matthews

Thank You Auxiliary and Medical Staff

Employees enjoyed a holiday tea at both the Brooks and TLC campuses courtesy of our dedicated Auxiliary. As an added surprise, all 635+ employees received a Tops gift card from our talented and generous medical staff. Happy holidays from our family to yours!

Hallway of Heroes

Brooks-TLC nurses had the honor of participating in Dunkirk Elementary School #3 Hallway of Heroes celebration along with veterans, police, fire and EMS professionals.  In addition to corresponding by written letters to inquiring students, nursing staff received the honor of a hero’s welcome by cheering schoolchildren asking for autographs. The celebration culminated with a Q&A by inquisitive students asking about the nursing profession.

Photo 1: Brian Pitts, Director of Nursing, Acute Care and Specialty Services signs an autograph for an aspiring young hero

Photo 2: Pictured L to R: Jodi Witherell, Evan Davis, Brian Pitts, Julie Morton, Katie Tomkiewicz, Jordan Sliwa


To further serve those who are in need this Thanksgiving season, Kaleida Health and its affiliates are joining 97 Rock and WKBW 7 ABC to sponsor the 13th annual Rock Out Hunger to benefit the Food Bank of WNY. Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. will join this effort to make a difference in our community by making donation containers available to collect non-perishable food items from October 25 through November 12.

Community members are welcome to participate in this worthwhile cause by bringing food donations to collection bins located in hospital lobbies and at outpatient entrances.

Most needed items include: Cereal • Peanut or other nut butters • Canned tuna and chicken • Canned soups, stews and chili • Canned fruit • Canned veggies • Beans, canned or dried • Boxed mac & cheese • Pasta and rice • Spaghetti sauce • Baby food, formula, and diapers • Canned green beans • Canned sweet corn • Canned yams • Boxed turkey stuffing • Canned or packet gravy • Instant mashed potatoes • Cornbread mix • Applesauce • Canned cranberry sauce • Canned pumpkin or fruit pie filling.  Low sodium, low sugar, and whole grains are preferred.

Local families benefit from the Food Bank of WNY at the Salvation Army – Dunkirk, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Food Closet, Forestville Food Pantry, Inc., Cassadaga Food Pantry, Silver Creek Food Pantry, Tribal Advocate Seneca Nation, Operation Good Neighbor – Angola, Forestville Food Pantry, Inc. and the Eden-North Collins Food Pantry.

For more information on making your donation at the Brooks or TLC campus, contact Sheila Walier at        363-3313.

Photo caption:  Joe D’Amore, Brooks-TLC Director of Environmental Services, donates canned goods to help those in need in our community.