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Henry L. Davis

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


June 20, 1955 – Dec. 21, 2017 If you lived around Hamburg, there was a good chance that at some point you ate or worked at Tony's Bayview Drive-In. When children grew up to become adults, they brought their children to enjoy the hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and other items from the menu. Chances also were good on any visit that you would see Anthony F. Palumbo. Mr…

A 60-year-old man was arrested Thursday following a domestic altercation in a home in the Village of Bemus Point, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported. Calvin W. Thomas of Sunnyside Avenue, Bemus Point, was charged with aggravated family offense, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and criminal obstruction of breathing. At around 8:30 p.m., he allegedly grabb…

The Buffalo Dream Center and Hearts for the Homeless in providing free Christmas Eve lasagna dinners for homeless individuals and families in need on Sunday in the Buffalo Dream Center, 286 Lafayette Ave. The meal at 3 p.m. will be preceded by music, dance and a dramatic performance. The dinner is expected to attract 300 to 400 people. About 150 volunteers from churc…

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First impressions matter in health care, a part of the thinking behind plans for a new entrance at Erie County Medical Center. The medical center released artist renderings of the proposed entrance, a project included in $100 million worth of planned construction and improvements at the Grider Street hospital, including a new emergency/trauma center. The entrance fea…

Business

The University at Buffalo in 2008 unveiled an ambitious initiative to reorganize the university, including moving the medical school downtown to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Dr. Michael E. Cain, dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and UB's vice president for health sciences, shepherded the project to completion. The plans for the medi…

Obituaries

April 21, 1926 -- Dec. 14, 2017 Grace E. Pentasuglio was known as Gracie Bluebird to friends and family, an affectionate nickname for the woman responsible for the popular confections that came out of her Blue Bird Bakery, as well as her reputation for a sweet demeanor. The former Grace Marinaccio, died Dec. 14 in Autumn View Health Care Facility. She was 91. She …

The annual first hike of the year at Allegany State Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 1. The self-guided hike starts at the Red House picnic area. Participants are asked to start at the picnic shelter to sign in, pick up a trail map and a winter scavenger hunt sheet, and then make their way along the marked trail past Red House Lake, out to the Arboretum …

Business

The rate of opioid painkillers prescribed in Western New York is high compared to many other regions in the rest of the state, a new analysis shows. Four counties here – Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus – landed among the top 10 with the highest opioid prescribing rates in 2015, according to the New York State Health Foundation. The "data snapshot" focused on s…

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Kenmore Mercy Hospital is one of 109 facilities nationally designated a "top hospital" in 2017 by the Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety organization. The annual selection of top hospitals is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. The group's list follows publication of Leapfrog’s bi-annual safety grade report, which rates hospitals on how well they protec…

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Health officials say they know a treatment that works to address the opioid epidemic: prescription medication that reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms. But finding a doctor who offers it can be difficult. "We know that abstinence-only treatment fails. People relapse," said Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County health commissioner. "We need more people trained to prescr…

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Except for one matter, the most recent West Seneca Town Board meeting earlier this month proved to be a contentious affair as residents and officials argued bitterly over the town budget and taxes. The one unifying topic? The packed room applauded when Supervisor Sheila M. Meegan dedicated the meeting to the West Seneca West High School football team. At that time…

Art

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 also …

Business

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 unnecessary…

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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 of…