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Henry L. Davis

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


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Sisters Hospital will open an expanded neonatal intensive care unit this month, a project reflecting an increase in demand and changes in care over the years. The $8.8 million project doubled the number of bassinets to 40; created more family-friendly areas, including "parents-only" spaces; and incorporated single-family rooms, including those dedicated to births of twi…

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BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York announced a $1 million donation today for Erie County Medical Center’s project to build a new emergency department/trauma center on its Grider Street campus. David W. Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the health insurer, said the contribution was made on behalf of the company's members, and focused on the need to…

The third annual Ladies Health & Wellness Night will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. April 26 at the Windsor Village Artisan & Antique Market, 43 Stevens St, Lockport. This year's topic is "Finding Your Lifestyle in the Midst of Chaos." AMong those speaking will be Karen Calandra, a registered nurse and health coach, and author of "Lose the Sugar, You're Sweet Enoug…

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When Jody L. Lomeo assumed the posts of president and chief executive at Kaleida Health in early 2014, the giant hospital system faced major challenges. Among other things, it had lost $15 million the previous year and earnings seemed in free fall. It was seeing smaller, outlying hospitals link up with competing hospital networks. There was also a monumental project to …

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Joseph D. McDonald stepped down as chief executive officer of Catholic Health in 2018 after more than 15 years during which he played an influential role in shaping the region’s health care landscape. He came here in 2002 when the hospital system's facilities – including Mercy, Sisters and Kenmore Mercy hospitals – were still struggling to come together. Since then, Cat…

Briarwood Manor in Lockport has opened a memory care assisted living program for Medicaid-eligible seniors. The 11,000-square-foot facility is the first of its kind in the state for low-income Medicaid recipients, according to Briarwood. It will provide a home for 20 low-income individuals from Niagara County and surrounding communities with dementia or Alzheimer’s dise…

The Lockport West End Canal Clean Sweep Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on April 21, starting at Windsor Village, 43 Steven St. This is the third Canal Sweep Day on the West End. The first 25 people who sign up will receive a T-shirt made for the event. Sign up begins at 8:30 a.m., with plans to be on the trail by 9 a.m.. The group will take a break at around no…

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Fitch Ratings has downgraded the credit rating of Catholic Health, a change reflecting the hospital system's weak profitability for the past three years. However, Fitch expects the hospital network's operating margins to improve in the future at a level in line with its lower "BBB" rating and assigned it a "stable outlook." Fitch previously rated Catholic Health BBB+ on…

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The Jacobs Institute arose on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in 2012 to shepherd new medical technologies from the lab to the market and, it was hoped, lead new companies to locate in the city. It took a significant step in that direction Wednesday with the launch of its Idea to Reality Center -- i2R, for short -- to foster collaboration between entrepreneurs, physi…

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Erie County Medical Center finished 2017 with a $3.2 million operating surplus, up 52 percent from a year ago. ECMC's revenues rose 5 percent to $647 million from $616.5 million in 2016. Operating expenses increased by 5 percent to $644.2 million from $614.4 million a year ago, the hospital reported Wednesday. The hospital's cash position also improved, finishing the…

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A new study by University at Buffalo researchers offers insight into the formidable bacterial adversary that afflicts individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the fourth-leading cause of death. The bacterium is known as Haemophilus influenzae – spelled somewhat like the virus that causes the flu but a different pathogen. It colonizes in the airways of COP…

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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo mistakenly put the wrong James Hayes on its list of 42 priests facing allegations of sexual abuse involving minors, a diocese official said Thursday. The Rev. James P. Hayes, a priest who died in 1988, should have been on the list the diocese issued Tuesday, said spokesman George Richert after being alerted to the possible error. The R…

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KeyBank announced a $600,000 donation today for Erie County Medical Center's project to build a new emergency department/trauma center on its Grider Street campus. The grant was made by the KeyBank Foundation in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation. “This new, state-of-the-art trauma center will enhance the quality care ECMC provides to thousands of patients…

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The new complex medical care unit at Garden Gate Health Care Facility in Cheektowaga looks more like a hospital cardiac wing than a nursing home. With its high-tech features, physician coverage and nurse-to-patient ratio, the unit reflects an emerging trend. The idea: provide hospital-level services in a skilled nursing facility so it can serve hospital patients with…

Fidelis Care has opened a new community office in the city at 403 Main St. for individuals to receive information about health insurance and the company's products. The Fidelis Care Buffalo Community Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month. The Catholic-run nonpro…