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Catholic Health Sponsors Free Program on Diabetes and Sleep Apnea

Catholic Health Sponsors Free Program on Diabetes and Sleep Apnea

Over 70 million Americans suffer from sleep conditions that are preventable and treatable. Did you know that people who have diabetes and sleep less than six hours a night are three times as likely to have elevated blood sugar levels, which can lead to medical complications? Catholic Health will present a free dinner program discussing the link between Diabetes and Sleep Apnea on Wednesday, March 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore.

Free Screening Programs Available for Colon Cancer Awareness

Free Screening Programs Available for Colon Cancer Awareness

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Free Screening Programs are Available

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. This March, the American Cancer Society is encouraging everyone 50 and older - whether you have health insurance or are uninsured - to make getting tested for colon cancer a priority.

Colorectal cancer is one of only two cancers that can actually be prevented through screening, which allows doctors to find polyps in the colon and remove them before they turn cancerous. Regularly scheduled cancer screenings can help save lives to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Free screening programs are available thorughout New York State to people in need.

In New York alone, nearly 2.6 million people are currently uninsured.

National HIV/AIDS Women and Girls Awareness Day

National HIV/AIDS Women and Girls Awareness Day

Thursday, March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross will be taking part by hosting a “Girls Night Out” event on Friday, March 11th.  This event is being held in conjunction with the Community Action for Prenatal Care Project-Buffalo Prenatal/Perinatal Network and Kaleida Health Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo-Parents and Children Together Clinic.

HIV/AIDS affects nearly 280,000 women in the United States, and research shows that when compared to men, women face gaps in access and care.  National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls.

WNY Veterans Affairs Introduces PACT Healthcare

WNY Veterans Affairs Introduces PACT Healthcare

The Western New York VA Healthcare System is introducing the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) to work one on one with American Veterans.

This healthcare team will focus specifically the needs of American Veterans and allows them to work closely with RN care managers, clinical associates, and other professionals at VA Medical Centers.

The patients will be able to interact with their health care team through regularly scheduled appointments, telephone contacts, and email. The patients will also have access to their medical information online.

For more information about VA’s continuing PACT with America’s Heroes, call the Veteran’s Service Contact Center, 1-888-823-9656, or visit www.buffalo.va.gov.

Catholic Health Free Program for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Catholic Health Free Program for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Catholic Health Home Care is sponsoring a free Community Health Education Program for health professionals, family members, and caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related conditions, entitled, Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer: Gentle and Loving Management of Challenging Behaviors,” on Tuesday, March 8 from 6-7:30 pm at the OLV Senior Neighborhood Community Room located at 55 Melroy Avenue in Lackawanna.

Verna Benner Carson, PhD, a nationally recognized author and guest lecturer on behavioral health and Alzheimer’s care, will be the featured speaker. A clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric/mental health nursing and associate professor at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Carson is best known for her work on the unique needs of the Alzheimer’s patient and a program she developed entitled, “Becoming an Alzheimer’s Whisperer.”

ECMC Opens Unique Wound Care Center

ECMC Opens Unique Wound Care Center

Representatives from Erie County Medical Center, dedicated a Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center Thursday that will speed healing for trauma, surgical, diabetes and other slow-healing wounds in a unique facility for Western New York with six surgeons and three podiatrists.

Nearly 24 million people, 8 percent of the American population, have diabetes and 15 percent of those with the disease will develop chronic wounds.

The ECMC Wound Center, which the hospital built in response to closure and consolidation of  facilities at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle and ECMC, is a new, state-of-the-art facility with two hyperbaric chambers. It exists to help wound patients before ulcers and injuries lead to amputations.

Jericho Road Family Practice Becomes a Patient-Centered Medical Home

Jericho Road Family Practice Becomes a Patient-Centered Medical Home

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Jericho Road Family Practice (JRFP) is pleased to announce their recent certification as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. On February 8th, 2011, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) awarded JRFP the highest recognition in Patient-Centered Medical Home standards.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a healthcare setting that organizes primary care around patients, tracking care over time and facilitating partnerships between individual patients, families, and physicians. Care is facilitated by registries and health information technology to ensure that patients get indicated care in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.