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Sisters Hospital Staff Share the Spirit of Giving to Help Families in Need
December 15, 2011 - The holiday season is a time for sharing and caring, as well as a time when family and friends get together to exchange gifts and laughter. But what about the people in our community who are less fortunate?
Sisters Hospital First in Western New York to Perform da Vinci Robotic Gastric Bypass Surgery
December 7, 2011 - Dang Tuan Pham, MD, a Catholic Health surgeon at Sisters of Charity Hospital, is the first physician in Western New York to successfully perform a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure using the advanced minimally invasive robotic technology of the da Vinci® Surgical System.
Santa Makes a Special Stop at Sisters Hospital Special Care Nursery
December 5, 2011 - Santa Claus will be making a special stop at the Sisters Hospital NICU the week before Christmas.
Mercy’s New Hybrid Operating Room Features Leading-Edge Imaging Technology
November 30, 2011 - Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, a member of Catholic Health, continues to forge into the future of healthcare by becoming the first in the region to introduce a “hybrid” operating room (OR) featuring the Siemens Artis zee® biplane imaging system.
Mercy Hospital Service Spotlight: Spiritual Care
November 28, 2011 - Meet the Spiritual Care team at Mercy Hospital.
Foundation Recognizes Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s “Angels”
November 21, 2011 - During its annual Tribute to Angels event, held on November 18, the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Foundation recognized several individuals whose dedication to the hospital and the community has been extraordinary.
Kenmore Mercy Hospital Associates Share a Thanksgiving Feast with Local Families
November 22, 2011 - The true spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday was alive and well at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, as associates and staff gathered in the lobby on Tuesday, November 22 to bless and distribute Thanksgiving food baskets that were prepared to help needy families throughout the local community.
3rd Annual Autumnal Benefits Mercy’s Neonatal ICU
November 17, 2011 - Over 175 people gathered for the 3rd Annual Mercy Hospital Foundation Autumnal to help raise funds for the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Kenmore Mercy Hospital Reveals Plans for New Emergency Department
November 14, 2011 - Kenmore Mercy officials announced today details regarding a $14 million Emergency Department to be built on the south end of the hospital near Westchester Boulevard. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2012 and be completed by fall 2013.
Catholic Health Receives Highest Rankings from HealthGrades© 2012 National Report
November 8, 2011 - Catholic Health has again received the most 5-star and quality Excellence Awards of any Western New York health provider from HealthGrades©, the nation’s leading objective rating source studying patient outcome information.
Kenmore Mercy Hospital Volunteers Needed
October 31, 2011 - Have you resolved to make a difference in your community and help others? Consider giving back to the community by volunteering at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
McAuley Residents Celebrate 105th and 101st Birthdays
October 20, 2011 - When Gertrude Baker and Eleanor Mason were born in the early 1900s, the life expectancy for women was about 50 years old. On October 20, the two centenarians exceeded that by double! Baker celebrated her 105th birthday and Mason her 101st!
Sisters Hospital's State-of-the-art Emergency Department Opens October 26
October 20, 2011 - Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo’s first hospital established in 1848, is celebrating 163 years of service in Western New York this month by announcing the opening of its newly renovated and expanded Emergency Department.
Kenmore Mercy Hospital Commemorates 60 Years of Service with Celebration
October 10, 2011 - Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, commemorated 60 years of service to the Ken-Ton community on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 2 p.m.
Sisters Hospital First in Western New York to Perform da Vinci Robotic Tubal Ligation Reversal Surgery
October 6, 2011 - Last month, Ali Ghomi, MD, a gynecologic surgeon at Sisters of Charity Hospital, performed the area’s first tubal reversal surgery (tubal reanastomosis) using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.
Site Preparation Underway for Emergency Department Ground Breaking at Kenmore Mercy
October 4, 2011 - Site preparation is underway as Kenmore Mercy Hospital gets ready to break ground on its new Emergency Department.
Mercy Hospital Blesses New Lobby and Heritage Corridor
October 3, 2011 - Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and the Sisters of Mercy recently dedicated and blessed the hospital’s new main lobby and Heritage Corridor, which connects the new emergency center with the expanded main lobby.
Prescription Drug Drop-Off
October 3, 2011 - Drop off your unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, October 29, 2011.
Bullied Vietnamese Man to Receive Donated Surgery at Kenmore Mercy Hospital
October 3, 2011 - Kenmore Mercy Hospital is helping to make a difference in the life of 19-year-old Vietnamese young man who was bullied for years because of a facial deformity.
Free Health Screenings During Stroke Awareness Health Fair on October 15
September 30, 2011 - Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, a New York State Designated Stroke Center, will hold a Stroke Awareness Health Fair on Saturday, October 15, 2011.
Autumnal Event to Benefit Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mercy Hospital
September 27, 2011 - Former U.S. Congressman and Erie Community College President Jack Quinn and his wife, Mary Beth, are serving as the chairmen of the 2011 Autumnal which will be held on Friday, November 11 at the historic Roycroft Inn in East Aurora.
Free Community Program on Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer’s
September 14, 2011 - Catholic Health Living Independently For Elders (LIFE) 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.
9-11 Remembrance Mass & Blessing Top Week-long Activities at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
September 14, 2011 - In memory of the 10th anniversary of 9-11, Mercy Hospital's Associate Council coordinated a special 9-11 Remembrance Week.
Sisters of Charity Hospital Sponsors Free Vascular Screening
September 4, 2011 - Sisters of Charity Hospital and the Vascular & Endovascular Center of WNY are sponsoring a free “Vascular Screening” on Saturday, October 1.
Mercy Hospital Observes 10th Anniversary of 9-11 Remembrance Week
September 1, 2011 - Mercy Hospital of Buffalo will hold a 9 -11 Remembrance Mass on Friday, September 9, 2011 and fly the flag at half mast on September 11, 2011.
The Latest Developments in the Treatment of Breast Cancer
August 26, 2011 - Download this thirty minute program to hear from Dr. Ronald Bauer and Candice Gerrity, the featured guests on the Spotlight on Health radio program that aired on August 1 on 96.1 JOY-FM.
Catholic Health Heart Surgery Program At Mercy Hospital Rated Among Best in Nation
August 19, 2011 - The Heart Center at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo has been awarded a three-star national quality rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the highest award under the STS quality rating system.
Sisters Hospital Offering Cutting Edge Diagnosis and Treatment for Patients Who Suffer from Headaches
August 15, 2011 - If you can predict an approaching thunderstorm by the throbbing in your head, Sisters Hospital has a new diagnostic and treatment option that can help relieve your sinus pain.
Kenmore Mercy Hospital First in Area to Receive Knee & Hip Joint Commission Certifications
August 16, 2011 - The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has awarded Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, Disease-Specific Care Certification for Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement services.
Kenmore Mercy Hospital Awards 2011 Doctor of Distinction
August 12, 2011 - Each year, Kenmore Mercy Hospital chooses one individual to receive the Doctor of Distinction Award. For 2011, that individual is Thomas J. Brewer, DO, MS, an intensivist in the Intensive Care Unit since 2008.
Sisters Hospital Receives Grant from Rite Aid Foundation to Fund Osteoporosis Screenings
August 8, 2011 - On August 18, local representatives from Rite Aid Pharmacies will present the Western New York Osteoporosis Resource Center (WNYORC) with a $9,760 grant.
Mercy Hospital Service Spotlight: Sterile Processing Department
August 5, 2011 - Learn about the Sterile Processing Department's role at Mercy Hospital.
Kenmore Mercy Awarded Joint Commission Stroke Certification
August 3, 2011 - Kenmore Mercy Hospital was recently awarded a special certification from the Joint Commission for its stroke care program.
Mercy Hospital Receives HANYS’ Pinnacle Award
July 27, 2011 - Mercy Hospital of Buffalo has been awarded the 2011 Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS).
Kenmore Mercy Joins the Meatless Monday Movement
July 27, 2011 - Kenmore Mercy Hospital is joining the “Meatless Monday” movement, by leaving meat off the cafeteria menu one day a week.
Sisters of Charity Hospital is Awarded Two Queen Size Bed Sets from Metro Mattress
July 26, 2011 - Parents of babies in the Sisters of Charity Hospital NICU are sleeping a little easier thanks to a generous donation from Metro Mattress.
Mercy Hospital Named Among Best in Nation for Maternity Care and Gynecological Surgery
July 21, 2011 - Mercy Hospital of Buffalo has been ranked among the top 15% of hospitals in the country for maternity care and gynecological surgery, according to a report released Tuesday by HealthGrades.
Kenmore Mercy Hospital Invites Community to Share Memories During 60th Anniversary
July 19, 2011 - To celebrate its diamond anniversary, the hospital is inviting the community to share its fondest memories or well wishes for posting on our web page.
Social Workers Can Help Ease the Transition to Long-Term Care
July 19, 2011 - Remember the feeling of seeing your child off for their first day of school? That fear of the unknown can be similar when planning for skilled care for your parents.
Wrapping Our Residents in God’s Love
July 19, 2011 - With the help of volunteers, lap robes were created for each resident at McAuley Residence.
Bone Marrow Drive to be Held on July 31
July 18, 2011 - A bone marrow drive is being held on July 31 in Tonawanda and Buffalo.
Mercy Comprehensive Care Center Awarded Grant from Fidelis Care Community Grant Fund
July 15, 2011 - The Mercy Comprehensive Care Center has been awarded a $38,600 grant from the Fidelis Care Community Grant Fund to purchase new x-ray equipment.
Sisters Hospital First in Western New York to Perform Sight Saving Procedure on Premature Baby
July 13, 2011 - Sisters of Charity Hospital, is the first Western New York hospital to use a newly approved medication therapy to treat Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), a serious eye condition that affects premature infants.
Resolve to Help Others this Year at Kenmore Mercy Hospital
July 11, 2011 - Have you resolved to make a difference in your community and help others this year? Kenmore Mercy is looking for you then!
Williamsville Primary Care Center Welcomes New Physician
July 6, 2011 - Catholic Health Primary Care Services and Kenmore Mercy Hospital are pleased to welcome Brenda L. Perez, MD, to the Williamsville Primary Care Center.
Catholic Health Sponsors Free Vascular Screening and Community Health & Wellness Day
July 5, 2011 - To help keep area families healthy and detect vascular disease among older adults, Catholic Health is sponsoring a free Vascular Health Screening and Community Health & Wellness Day on Saturday, August 6.
Sisters Hospital and St. Catherine Labourè Hosts Open House for New Adult Day Care Program
July 5, 2011 - An open house and blessing will be held on Friday July 15 to welcome Catholic Health’s medical adult day care services to its Sisters of Charity Hospital, Main Street campus.
Sisters Hospital Among Best in the Nation for Bariatric Surgery
June 30, 2011 - Sisters of Charity Hospital has been ranked #2 in New York State and among the top five percent in the nation for bariatric surgery for the third year in a row.
Kenmore Mercy Hospital Pays Tribute to Military at Flag Ceremony
June 29, 2011 - Staff and volunteers at Kenmore Mercy Hospital paused for a moment of silence to pay tribute to veterans and those who currently serve in the armed forces during a special flag ceremony.
Kenmore Mercy Hospital Pays Tribute to Military at Flag Ceremony
June 27, 2011 - Staff and volunteers at Kenmore Mercy Hospital will pause for a moment of silence on Wednesday, June 29 as they pay tribute to veterans and those who currently serve in the armed forces during a special flag ceremony.
Sisters Hospital First in Western New York to Perform da Vinci-approved Robotic Throat Surgery
June 20, 2011 - Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) with the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is a minimally invasive treatment option for persons with throat cancer.
Catholic Health Associate Wins Corporate Challenge
June 10, 2011 - Over 200 Catholic Health associates teamed up for the annual Corporate Challenge held in Delaware Park on Thursday, June 9.
Mercy Opens New State-of-the-Art MRI & CT Suite
June 10, 2011 - Catholic Health and Mercy Hospital officials, staff and physicians gathered today for a blessing and dedication of its new, state-of-the-art MRI and CT Imaging Suite.
Sisters Hospital Foundation Holds 30th Annual Golf Tournament
June 10, 2011 - On July 25, 2011, Sisters Hospital foundation will hold its 30th golf tournament to benefit the surgical programs of Sisters of Charity Hospital.
Rescue Dog is a Regular Visitor at Father Baker Manor
June 8, 2011 - The residents of Father Baker Manor, a nursing home in Orchard Park, have a favorite visitor – a small tan and white dog named Rescue who hails from West Virginia.
Nurses’ Quilts Comfort Patients
June 8, 2011 - Every day a nurse touches the lives of patients and their families. However, nurses Pat Vitthuhn and Laura Nowak, are leaving a little bit of themselves through hand-sewn quilts.
Mercy Hospital Service Spotlight: Occupational Therapy
June 7, 2011 - Meet the Occupational Therapy team at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.
Catholic Health and Kenmore Resident Team up to Host Amputee Support Group
May 30, 2011 - After suffering his own limb loss and overcoming it, Kenmore resident Kevin Degnan is taking steps to help other amputees in the community.
Golf and Wine Event to Benefit Kenmore Mercy Hospital
May 26, 2011 - The Kenmore Mercy Foundation is accepting reservations for the annual Golf and Wine Event to benefit Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
Mercy Presented “Healthy Hospital” Award
May 25, 2011 - Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health, is proud to announce it has received a “Healthy Hospital” Award from Ascent, a division of Stryker Corporation.
Remembrance Service at Kenmore Mercy Hospital Honors Deceased Patients and Staff
May 24, 2011 - Kenmore Mercy Hospital will hold a special Candlelight Remembrance Service on Wednesday, June 8 from 7 – 8 p.m. to remember recently deceased patients and staff.
Tubal Ligation Reversal a Success at Sisters of Charity Hospital
May 23, 2011 - More than 650,000 women undergo tubal ligation in the United States annually, permanently ending their ability to have children. But what happens if circumstances change?
Kenmore Mercy Hospital Recognizes Special Nursing Staff
May 17, 2011 - Kenmore Mercy Hospital capped off National Nurses Week by recognizing some of its best nurses during a special ceremony held on May 12.
Mercy Installs Latest MRI & CT Systems in the World
May 13, 2011 - A crane hoisted a 10,000 pound magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system into the newly completed Imaging Suite at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo on April 26.
Kenmore Mercy Hospital Hosts Hospital Week Health Fair
May 5, 2011 - In recognition of National Hospital Week, May 8 – 14, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, part of Catholic Health, is hosting a health fair on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.
Mercy Hospital Service Spotlight: Laboratory Services
May 5, 2011 - Did you know that 70 percent of physicians’ diagnoses are based on the results the laboratory provides?
Sisters of Charity Hospital Presents Free Program on Knee and Hip Replacement
April 27, 2011 - Joseph Falcone, MD will present a free evening program, “Is Knee or Hip Replacement Right for You,” on Tuesday, May 17.
Mercy Comprehensive Care Center Celebrates a Rebirth in Buffalo’s Old First Ward
April 13, 2011 - A blessing and dedication ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the Mercy Comprehensive Care Center will be held on April 8.
Kenmore Mercy Chaplain Achieves Board Certified Distinction
April 11, 2011 - Rev. Nancy Lindberg, a member of the Spiritual Care team at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, part of Catholic Health, has attained the distinction of board certified chaplain from the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Kenmore Amputee to Reach Goal after Months of Training at Kenmore Mercy’s AthletiCare
April 8, 2011 - After months of training, amputee Kevin Degnan is excited to finally reach his goal to finish a 5K on Sunday, April 10 during the Shoes for Shelter Race at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Heart Care Team Leads The Region In Quality
March 31, 2011 - Catholic Health’s Heart Center at Mercy Hospital leads the region in safe outcomes for interventional cardiology procedures, according to a recently released report by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).
Mercy Hospital Service Spotlight: Food & Nutrition Department
March 31, 2011 - Learn about the Food & Nutrition Department at Mercy Hospital.
Kenmore Mercy Physicians Honored by D’Youville College
March 31, 2011 - Kenmore Mercy Hospital physicians David N. Johnson, MD, and James G. Corasanti, MD, PhD, recently received D’Youville College’s Achievement in Health Care Award.
Catholic Health Sponsors Free Vascular Screening
March 23, 2011 - To help detect vascular disease and alert the public to its potential health risks, Catholic Health is sponsoring a free “Vascular Health Screening” on Saturday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Catholic Health LIFE Sponsors “Boot Camp for Successful Aging”
March 24, 2011 - Catholic Health LIFE presents a free, two-part community program entitled, “Boot Camp for Successful Aging," on April 9 and 16.
Sisters Hospital First in Western New York to Use Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery for Gastric Band Placement
March 23, 2011 - Dang Tuan Pham, MD, a Catholic Health surgeon at Sisters of Charity Hospital, is the first physician in Western New York to successfully place a lap band in a patient using Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS).
Catholic Health Named Best Place To Work
March 23, 2011 - Business First of Buffalo has announced that Catholic Health is the first place winner in its Best Places To Work competition in the 1,000 + employee category.
Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus Hosts St. Joseph’s Day Table
March 8, 2011- Sisters Hospital Foundation, St. Joseph Fund is sponsoring a traditional St. Joseph’s Day Table for associates and visitors.
Born at Mercy or OLV Hospitals? Join Us for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 3, 2011 - Mercy Hospital will once again be proudly represented in downtown Buffalo’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 20, 2011 with this year’s float theme, “Born at Mercy; Celebrating Life in Buffalo.”
Catholic Health Sleep Centers Join in National Sleep Awareness Week
March 2, 2011 - With Daylight Savings Time returning next weekend (March 12), the prospect of “losing” one hour’s sleep may compound an already existing sleep problem for many people.
Mercy Hospital Opens Tim Hortons in Lobby
February 25, 2011 - There is a lot brewing at Catholic Health, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo these days. Topping the list is the grand opening of the Tim Hortons café located in the hospital’s new main lobby.
Catholic Health Sponsors Free Community Program on Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer’s
February 18, 2011 - Catholic Health Home Care is sponsoring a free program for health professionals, family members, and caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related conditions.
Catholic Health Welcomes New Physicians to Chestnut Ridge Family Practice
February 16, 2011 - Catholic Health Primary Care Services is pleased to welcome Yelandra May-Daniels, MD, MBA, and Brenda Perez, MD, MBA, to the medical staff of Chestnut Ridge Family Practice.
Sisters Hospital Foundation Receives Special Funding for Infant Hearing Screener
February 10, 2011 - The Special Care Nursery at Sisters of Charity Hospital has received a $10,000 grant from The Children’s Guild Foundation and a $9,730 grant from another local children’s charity wishing to remain anonymous.
Williamsville Primary Care Center Welcomes New Physician
February 10, 2011 - Catholic Health Primary Care Services and Kenmore Mercy Hospital are pleased to welcome Sanford R. Pleskow to the Williamsville Primary Care Center.
“Doctor Andy’s Day for Kids” Supports Sisters Hospital’s Tiniest Patients, Remembers Physician with Big Heart
February 4, 2011 - Physicians from several area hospitals will trade in their stethoscopes for aprons as they team up for the 17th annual “Doctor Andy’s Day for Kids” on Sunday, February 27.
New Laboratory Patient Service Center Opens on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore
February 2, 2011 - Catholic Health has opened a new Laboratory Patient Service Center at 2780 Delaware Avenue in Kenmore.
Kenmore Amputee Making Strides at Kenmore Mercy’s AthletiCare
January 31, 2011 - Three months after a surgery that amputated his left leg, Kevin Degnan has started running again.
Catholic Health in Top 30 of Nationwide Top 100 Integrated Health Network Rankings
January 28, 2011 - For the fourth consecutive year, Catholic Health has been named to the nation’s list of most integrated healthcare networks.
Catholic Health Sponsors Heart Fair
January 27, 2011 - In recognition of National Heart Month, do something good for your heart by attending the Catholic Health Heart Fair on Saturday, February 19, 2011.
Catholic IPA Unveils New Name, Identity
January 27, 2011 - The Catholic Independent Practice Association (CIPA), the area’s largest network of independent practicing physicians, announced today that it will operate under the new name Catholic Medical Partners.
Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph Campus is “Clearing the Air”
January 24, 2011 - Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus is taking an important step in the fight against heart and lung disease by becoming a tobacco free campus.
Catholic Health Opens Second Advanced Wound Healing Center in Orchard Park
January 18, 2011 - Catholic Health has opened an Advanced Wound Healing Center at the Mercy Ambulatory Care Center (MACC) in Orchard Park.
Sisters Hospital Offers FREE Men’s Health Seminar
January 13, 2011 - Specialists at Sisters of Charity Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, will host a free Men’s Health Seminar for men and women Thursday, February 17, 2011.
Sisters Hospital Hosts Free Breast Cancer Screening
January 12, 2011 - Sisters of Charity Hospital and the Cancer Services Program of Erie County are teaming up to offer a free “Breast Cancer Screening” for women without health insurance on Saturday, February 12, 2011.
Resolve to Help Others This Year at Kenmore Mercy
January 10, 2011 - Have you resolved to make a difference in your community and help others this year? Then Kenmore Mercy is looking for you!
T-shirt Quilt Memorializes Emphysema Patient
January 5, 2011 - As Linda Page cut up her husband’s “colorful” T-shirts, she cried her eyes out. Today, they hang in the form of a quilt in Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s pulmonary rehabilitation gym, where Phil Page spent much of his recent years as a patient before passing away from a pulmonary embolism in the summer of 2010.

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