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Sheehan changes its name and focus

Sheehan Memorial Hospital announced Wednesday it has changed its name to Sheehan Health Network as part of an effort to reorganize the facility.

"We are embracing the spirit of collaboration in building a health network that focuses on providing a 'continuum of care' approach to medical care," said June W. Hoeflich, the chief executive officer.

Hoeflich, a retired senior vice president with HSBC Bank, served as chairwoman of Sheehan's board of directors from 2003 to 2007 before being named chief. She helped Sheehan emerge from bankruptcy.

Sheehan will focus on primary care, laboratory and diagnostic services, substance abuse treatment, and disease management clinics in the facility's downtown neighborhood around Michigan Avenue.

The state has approved plans for developing a large adult day care program. In October, the third floor of Sheehan was renovated to accommodate the combined day care programs of the Schofield Residence Facility and Episcopal Church Home & Affiliates.

Funding also is in place for physical improvements, including repaving the parking lot, replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and the roof, officials said.

"I view Sheehan's location on the edge of downtown Buffalo as an opportunity to develop an infrastructure and organization that can also serve as a cornerstone for urban development," Hoeflich said.


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