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Henry L. Davis

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


Batavia will receive $10 million as the Finger Lakes region winner of the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The Genesee County city envisions the funding as a way to leverage larger private investment to continue existing projects and start new ones. "This $10 million award will help attract jobs, spur private investment and transform Batavia's downtown int…

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Suspected Legionnaires' disease in a patient at Erie County Medical Center prompted testing that found slightly elevated levels of Legionella bacteria in the hospital's water system. The Grider Street hospital late last week began imposing temporary water-use restrictions as a result. It's not clear how the patient, diagnosed about one week ago, developed the disease…

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Lifetime Health Medical Group, citing physician recruitment problems that led to poor financial performance, will close its three health centers in Western New York at the end of the year. The company this week mailed notifications to about 43,000 patients who have used the health centers in Amherst, Hamburg and Buffalo for primary care and other services within the pas…

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When Elizabeth D. "Betty" Capaldi Phillips left the University at Buffalo in 2003, the medical campus was more vision than reality. She championed the idea of translating faculty research into new medical and scientific innovations in her role as the No. 2 official at UB. Her efforts helped build the bustling Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, initially accompanied with…

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Twelve companies are offering individual coverage in a qualified health plan through the NY State of Health insurance exchange in at least one county statewide for 2018, two fewer than in 2017, according to the state Health Department. Five insurers are offering small-business coverage through the exchange, a decline from eight, and 15 are offering Essential plans, an i…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo traveled across the state Thursday, including a stop in the Buffalo area, to call on lawmakers to classify 11 fentanyl analogs as controlled substances that carry harsher penalties for their manufacture and sale. Cuomo is also directing the state Department of Financial Services to advise health insurers against placing arbitrary limits on the numbe…

Jan. 22, 1939 -- Sept. 21, 2017 Dr. Jeffrey L. Kahler, a former orthopedic surgeon and medical staff president at St. Joseph Hospital, died Sept. 21 in the SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care in Pittsboro, N.C., after a brief illness and 19-year struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was 78. He was born in Harrisburg, Pa., the son of the late H…

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Jan. 23, 1928 – Sept. 22, 2017 Henry A. Chimes, an accordion musician who performed as the “Caktus Kid” and founded Chimes Music Corp., died Sept. 22. He was 89. Mr. Chimes, of Cheektowaga, was born in Buffalo, the son of the late Helen and Henry Chmielewski. He graduated from Depew High School and attended Canisius College. He began playing accordion at ag…

HealtheLink, the regional system for sharing health information electronically among hospitals and doctors, has reached 1 million patients who have consented to have their medical data shared. “Getting to one million patients is a significant milestone as patients hold the key to enabling their treating providers to have a more complete picture of their medical record…

Health care leaders from The Eden Alternative, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo will share insights on aging during a panel discussion Nov. 3. The event will take place at Templeton Landing in Buffalo. The event -- "Improving the Health Status of the Community: Person-Centered Care for our Aging Population" -- will explore clinical, social …

Paul S. Crews, currently the deputy health care system director for the San Francisco VA Health Care System, has been named interim director of the VA Western New York Healthcare System’s Buffalo VA Medical Center. The assignment takes effect on Oct. 1. Brian Stiller, the former director, will assume a new position within the Veterans Integrated Service Network off…

May 7, 1930 – Sept. 19, 2017 Sister Ann Therese Hedges, an educator for more than 40 years, as well as an artist, died Tuesday in the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, Clarence, after a short illness. She was 87. Born in Medina, Emily Hedges entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1948. She pronounced her final vows in August 1954. Sister Ann Therese a…

The main insurers in Western New York received above-average results in the latest annual ratings of health insurance companies by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The committee rated more than 1,000 plans for 2017-18, including 20 private, 30 Medicare and seven Medicaid plans in New York state. The national group examined three general categories – co…

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A new office for a physician practice at 564 Niagara St. is now seeing patients – and it represents some big changes. The $6 million, 40,000-square-foot building that houses the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network is one of the largest projects on the city's lower West Side in recent years. Physicians and other health care providers in the group w…

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Joseph D. McDonald, chief executive officer of Catholic Health, plans to step down from the hospital system in early 2018 after more than 15 years in the role. He will leave as an influential leader who played a key role in shaping the region's health care landscape. McDonald, a transplanted Southerner from Tennessee who arrived in late 2002, is the third president …