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Catholic Health chosen as a program 'mentor'

The Catholic Health System has been selected as one of 18 "mentors" in New York's Digital Health Accelerator program.

The program, which is coordinated by the New York City Investment Fund and New York Health Collaborative, will choose 12 companies that are developing new technology products in care coordination, patient engagement, analytics and message alerts for providers.

Each chosen company will be awarded up to $300,000 along with mentoring from executives at the participating hospitals and other health care providers.

The focus of the program is the development of products to help the state's Medicaid Health Home initiative, which aims to better manage care to the most expensive Medicaid patients.

Catholic Health is a participant in the Health Home initiative.



Hoffmann named dean of Journalism School

OLEAN -- St. Bonaventure University has appointed Pauline Hoffmann dean of its Journalism School.

Hoffmann is an associate professor who has been serving this academic year as interim dean of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

She succeeds Lee Coppola, who retired at the end of the 2010-11 academic year after 15 years as dean.

Hoffmann is a 1991 graduate of St. Bonaventure. She said she will continue the Journalism School's emphasis on strong writing, reporting and communicating. She earned a doctorate in communication from the University at Buffalo in 2007.



Residents invited to information session

Holland School District residents are invited to attend a community information discussion with Superintendent Dennis Johnson and business leader Patrice Beadle from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today in the Middle School library.

Residents will be able to ask questions about the budget and other topics of importance to the district.

The superintendent also will be available for discussion from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday during the Tulip Festival in the district office on Canada Street.



IDA plans to conduct special meeting Thursday

The Clarence Industrial Development Agency will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Transit Grille, 5185 Transit Road.

The agenda includes a review of the IDA's strategic plan.



State grant application for $75,000 finalized

NIAGARA FALLS -- An application for a $75,000 state grant to attract new tourists has been finalized by Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston.

The money would be matched by a $75,000 grant from the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. to promote incoming traffic to Niagara Falls International Airport.