45 Years and Counting

Congratulations Kathryn Manning (L), Roseann Mohney (R) and Diane Graves (not photographed) for dedicating 45+ years each in service to the Brooks-TLC community. Among others, these dedicated employees, compassionate care providers, and committed patient advocates were recognized for their significant tenure at a recent employee service recognition ceremony at the Clarion Hotel in Dunkirk.

Over 100 employees with five-year increments up to 45 years of service received awards. Among those recognized from both the Brooks and TLC campuses, a combined 2135 years of service was tallied.

Kathryn Manning

It was April of 1973. “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” from Tony Orlando and Dawn was the number one radio hit. A gallon of gas for your Chevy Vega or Volkswagen Beetle was $0.39 and Richard Nixon was the president of the United States – when Kathryn Manning (then, Kathryn Levy) was hired for a practical nursing position at Lake Shore Hospital. Forty-six years later, Kathi is celebrated for her longevity with the hospital.

Kathy was promoted to a full-time position as senior LPN on ICU and MedSurg in 1985, and later transferred to the Emergency Department 1989. Through her tenure at Lake Shore, TLC, and now Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc., Kathi has been an integral part of the care provided in ICU, MedSurg, ER, Quality/Utilization Review, Long-term Care. Later, in 1995 Kathi became a Registered Nurse and continued her career in other units including Cardiac Services, Nursing Supervision, and Urgent Care. Her commitment to continuing education is demonstrated by her role in Staff Development as a trainer for CPR, ACLS, and PALS. Currently, she practices her nursing skills in Chemical Dependency as part of the new inpatient program.

In 2005, a letter was written to the President and CEO of TLC Health Network, Ronald Kraweic, commending Kathi and other members of her team in the Emergency Department and thanking them for saving a man’s life, twice. Her enormous file in Human Resources contains repeated phrases throughout….”great worker, eager to learn, learns quickly, excellent instructor, reliable, dependable, flexible, knowledgeable, and caring.”

Roseanne Mohney

Fast forward a year later to 1974 when after the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon became the first US president forced to resign from office. The average home price was $10,990. A gallon of gas increased to $0.55, and the average cost of a new car was $3,750. What seems like a lifetime ago, another longtime employee, Roseanne Mohney would don a white nurse’s cap in April of that year to begin her career as an LPN.

Roseanne studied hard to become a licensed RN in 1995 and achieved her career aspiration as an Emergency Department nurse. Widely known – then and now – for always putting patients and families first, Roseanne’s compassionate and empathetic demeanor creates a sense of calm and peacefulness. At the same time, she is always looking for ways to improve, to be innovative, and to aspire to high standards of care and practice.

As a leader, Roseanne has held several officer positions in the Western NY Emergency Nurses Association and is currently president. She retired from TLC as a full time RN in 2016, but remains actively involved in educating staff and the community in BLS, ACLS and PALS through the American Heart Association. She is known to the EMS and first responder community throughout the Western New York and continues to be an inspiration to the nursing profession. Now, 45 years later, colleagues agree that Roseanne exemplifies all of the attributes of a registered professional nurse.

Diane Graves

In March 1973, Diane Graves (not shown in photograph) joined the nursing staff at Brooks Memorial Hospital.  Around this time, a mere $1.75 would buy you a ticket to see new movie releases, “The Sting”, “The Exorcist” or “American Graffiti”.   Average income per year $13,900 and the average cost of new house was $32,500.

Today, a Diane is an RN in the BMH surgery department where she is highly regarded as a mentor by colleagues. Terms used to describe Diane are conscientious, dedicated service, cares for her patients, dependable, empathetic, great patient advocate, multi-tasker, supportive and would give the shirt off her back in the winter.

Brooks-TLC Hospital System expresses gratitude to Kathi, Roseann, Diane and the many others who remain committed to helping transform the way care is delivered to meet the future health care needs of this community.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

​In recognition of the month of October as Breast Cancer Awareness month, Brooks-TLC will again partner with The Chautauqua Center for the 3rd annual Mammogrammys on 10/17 at the Clarion in Dunkirk.  All participants will receive a FREE clinical breast exam, and if needed, a FREE mammogram at BMH Imaging department courtesy of  Chautauqua County Cancer Services Program.  Plus FREE gift cards, manis, pedis, massage, food and music!

Enhanced Physical Therapy Spaces Provide More Room for Hands-on Care

Brooks-TLC Hospital System, Inc. hosted open house events at its newly remodeled Physical Therapy departments at both the Brooks and TLC campuses. The enhanced PT spaces provide the opportunity to care for more patients and to improve the overall health care experience for those served.

Features of the new spaces include extra wide corridors for wheelchairs and walker assistive devices, bright airy therapy spaces to create a sense of openness, and separate family waiting areas to support patient privacy.

According to Judy Wach, Physical Therapy director, “The expanded spaces provide us with more room for hands-on care and the flow of activity is now more streamlined. The bright, airy space brings a renewed positive energy to the department and our patients.”

Brooks-TLC physical therapist treat a wide range of neurological / balance disorders, musculoskeletal issues, sports injuries, women’s health including pre/post pregnancy care and back/pelvic pain, as well as post-op rehabilitation.

Specialty areas include certified vestibular / balance assessment and treatment, return to sport functional testing and comprehensive Biodex report, and kinesio taping / manual therapy.

Brooks-TLC Physical Therapy has been providing hands-on healing to our community for more than 30 years. An experienced team of physical therapists and assistants have advanced training and certifications that provide patients with a wide range of services to promote mobility, functional ability, pain reduction and improved quality of life. After thorough examination, evaluation, and diagnosis, clinicians develop a highly personalized physical therapy treatment plan to suit an individual’s specific needs.

With three convenient locations in Dunkirk, Irving and Gowanda, Brooks-TLC PT department offers extended hours for working parents and high school athletes, etc. To schedule an appointment, call 363-3092 (Dunkirk) or 951-7270 (Irving and Gowanda). For more information, visit www.brookshospital.org/physical-therapyrehabilitation or http://tlchealth.org/departments-services/physical-therapy.

Outpatient Services Closed on Labor Day

Please note, outpatient services will be closed on Labor Day at Brooks Memorial Hospital, TLC/Lake Shore Health Care Center, Fredonia Patient Service Center and Gowanda Patient service Center. Thank you and have an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend!

UNYTS and Brooks-TLC Recognized Nationally for Promoting Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

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.