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Henry L. Davis

Henry Davis is the health care reporter for The Buffalo News.


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Oct. 1, 1942 – Oct. 10, 2017 Sylvester J. Ferrari and his wife, Kathryn, moved from the Buffalo area to Cleveland in 1968, but they never severed their connections to Western New York. Devoted collectors of works by regional artists from Buffalo and Cleveland, they were major donors to the Burchfield Penney Art Center, including loaning their own art work. They al…

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Frank L. Ciminelli II, son of construction executive Louis P. Ciminelli, is leaving LPCiminelli to devote himself to a construction management firm he started in August, he announced Friday in an email to colleagues. Kyle W. Tuttle, a senior vice president at LPCiminelli, has been named president of the company and elected to its board, Frank Ciminelli said. The youn…

Most patients in Western New York are aware their health information is being electronically shared among physicians and believe the practice is good for health care, according to a survey by HealtheLink. HealtheLink is the regional system for sharing health information electronically among hospitals and doctors. Advocates say the regional systems can reduce unnecessar…

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A hectic but focused scene unfolded early Friday morning inside Women & Children's Hospital as medical personnel buzzed around the pediatric intensive care unit to prepare the first group of patients to move to the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital. Twelve-year-old Olivia Reger, who was admitted Nov. 2 with aspiration pneumonia, was the first to leave in one …

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After years of battles, debates and plans over the future of Women & Children's Hospital, its patients and staff will move today into a new tower downtown with a new name – the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital. How do you move a major facility that never closes, with patients of all sizes and conditions, as well as their families and all the people who care for…

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The new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital that will open this week on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus exemplifies state-of-the-art pediatric care. The hospital tower offers the latest in medical technology and thoughtful design. A connected outpatient center replaces dated facilities that were costly to maintain and no longer met patients' expectations. The new h…

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Repeated attempts by Congress and the Trump administration to weaken and repeal Obamacare have thrown its future in question. But the Affordable Care Act is still around, and consumers can get health coverage through the state's health insurance exchange in a new open enrollment starting Wednesday. "The Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land, and efforts to…

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Aug. 26, 1947 -- Oct. 22, 2017 Janet J. Mather was proud of her Mather heritage, and was fine when people got it wrong, too. But you could expect to be corrected in a lighthearted way. She would tell people that it was Mather as in Cotton Mather -- not like Jerry Mathers, the actor who famously played Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver in the popular television sitcom "Lea…

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Catholic Health will pay $6 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit over allegations that its nursing home subsidiary overbilled Medicare and Medicaid for rehabilitation therapy services – including providing unnecessary therapy to some patients. The hospital system agreed to enter into a five-year corporate integrity agreement with the Health and Human Services Off…

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Catholic Health has agreed to a large settlement with the U.S. Justice Department in a whistleblower lawsuit over billing practices in such government health programs as Medicare and Medicaid, according to two sources with knowledge of the case. The hospital system also agreed to enter into a corporate integrity agreement with the Health and Human Services Office of Ins…

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Commonplace genetic testing that will expose potential pre-existing conditions in most of us. Robots, not only aiding surgery, but cleaning rooms and transporting patients. Computing advances that make some doctors obsolete. Science fiction? Not really. It's all on the horizon in a high-tech vision pictured in a new report, "The Future of Medicine," written by …

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The 70-page "The Future of Medicine" attempts to envision changes over the next 25 years based on the thoughts of futurists and experts in various fields. Their work, they said, is about more than making predictions, although the report is full of specific forecasts. They sought to spark debate in cities like Buffalo over how to be ready for and take advantage of the im…

Sept. 3, 1929 – Oct. 16, 2017 Robert E. Whitfield, who had a passion for masonic organizations, died Oct. 16 after a long illness. He was 88. He was born in Whitsett, Pa., was educated in Clairton, Pa., and served in the Army. He married Margurite Simmons in 1952, and they moved to Buffalo to raise their family. Mr. Whitfield, of Buffalo, worked for 25 years …

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The John R. Oishei Children's Hospital reflects a new mentality in Buffalo, one focused on the future instead of the past, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday at a dedication marking the completion of the new facility. Citing other projects, including Canalside and the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences under construction downtown on M…

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A Buffalo startup that helps doctors participate in clinical trials and offer the studies to patients announced a partnership Tuesday that it said would create the largest clinical research site network in the nation. Circuit Clinical said it would partner with ePatientFinder, a leader in using digital technology to identify patients who might benefit from investigati…