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The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care has named Ken and Sally Drake of Eggertsville co-chairs for the Hospice Foundation's 2004 annual appeal.

They also serve as co-chairs of the 2004-2005 Signature Society, a volunteer fundraising group of the Hospice Foundation.

Drake said that more than 500 patients a day "depend upon the programs and services provided by The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care. "Hospice Buffalo, Home Care Buffalo, Life Transitions Center and the children in the Essential Care Program all benefit fromthe unrestricted dollars raised through this year's annual appeal."

The Drakes said gifts can be made by mail to the Hospice Foundation of Western New York, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, N.Y. 14227, or on-line at the Foundation's secure website at They said information provided by the donor is considered confidential and will not be sold.

"Each and every gift will make it possible for us to meet the ever increasing demands for quality care that all patients deserve atlife's end," said Shelly Drake.

"We're asking folks to please respond generously by Dec. 31," she said.

Jane B. Rosenfeld, who retired after 25 years with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, including the past five years as director of the three Hamburg branches, was honored at a retirement party recently.

The Hamburg Town Board also adopted a resolution expressing appreciation "For your tireless advocacy on behalf of the Hamburg Library and its patrons. You have truly left a legacy of service and dedication. You will be missed by young and old alike and we wish you many happy years of retirement."

Datta G. Wagle, M.D., of Williamsville, a senior partner at Main Urology Associates, has been elected to the national board of the American Urological Association as Northeastern Section representative.

A board certified urologist and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he received his urology training atRoswell park Cancer Institute and the Cleveland Clinic. He is chief of urology at St. Joseph and Sisters hospitals and is a clinical assistant professor at the University at Buffalo.

Wagle, past president of the American Association of Clinical Urologists and other progessional organizations, also is adjunct clinical associate professor of surgery at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and the New York Institute of Technology.

He is the author of more than 100 publications and is co-investigator in the Center of Urologic Research in Western New York. He serves on numerous nation, state and local boards.

Seven new members have been appointed to the Canisius Board of Regents to serve three-yearterms. The board serves as an advisory group to Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, S.J., president of the college, and the Canisius College Board of Trustees.

The new members include Gregory J. Castiglia, M.D., a neurosurgeon with Buffalo Neurosurgery Group; Mark D. DeBacker, senior vice president and chief financial officer for Evans National Bank, and Ronald A. Raccuia, president of Integrity Distribution Inc. and a 1990 alumnus.

Also Robert M. Glaser, CPA, managing partner of Freed Maxick & Battaglia and a 1968 alumnus; Ann E. Celani, chief financial officer for Spearhead Transportation and a 1974alumnus; Mary Sanborn Collins, president and chief executive officer of Collins Advisors, LLC, and James E. Sherwood, dean of university extension, University of California and a 1968 alumnus.

Officers for the 2004-2005 Board of Regents include the chair, Nancy W. Ware, Class of 1978 and recipient of her MBA in 1985, and vice chair, Paul Michael Hassett, Class of 1962. Michael J. Marrone is ex-officion member of the board.

Brian M. Murray, M.D., of Snyder, who emigrated from Ireland to the United States, has been appointed associate medical director for Erie County Medical Center.

In his new post, he will oversee clinical research, quality improvement activities and clinical informatics and will work closely with the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to create an infrastructure that will enhance research activities at ECMC.

Murray, an associate professor of medicine at UB since 1994, has been a mewmber of the ECMC staff since 1985.

He received his graduate and undergraduate degrees at Trinity College, University of Dublin, and performed his internship and residencies in hospitals in the Dublin area, He completed a renal fellowship at the University of Minnesota Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.

Murray has been director of dialysis services at ECMC since 1989 and was president of the ECMC Medical-Dental Staff in 2001 and 2002. He has published many research articles on chronic kidney disease, dialysis and transplantation.

He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, The Intwernational Society of Nephrelogy, The American Society of Transplantation and the Central Society for Clinical Research.

Michael A. Pell, M.D., has been elected president of the Western New York Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

Other officers elected to serve in 2005 include the president-elect, Alan A. Posner, M.D.; treasurer, John M. Kane III, M.D., and govwernors, Peter A. Campione, M.D., and Linda M. Harris, M.D.

Stephen B. Edge, M.D., is past president of the chapter.