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The Buffalo Catholic Diocese is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the near future, due to its dire financial situation stemming from a slew of sexual abuse lawsuits. But if the diocese takes that step, Catholic Health – one of the region's largest health care systems – would not be impacted, Catholic Health leaders say. "Catholic Health institutions have …

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The emergency department at TLC/Lake Shore Health Care Center campus in Irving will close indefinitely starting at 7 p.m. Sunday – due to a lack of available staffing. A paramedic-staffed ambulance will be stationed at the Irving location to receive anyone who arrives seeking emergency care. Emergency medical personnel would initiate treatment and then transport pati…

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Erie County Medical Center has received $10 million from a state program to support its new trauma and emergency department. The funding comes from the state Department of Health's Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program. The hospital's $55 million project is expected to be completed in May. The new facility, designed by CannonDesign and being built by …

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It started with medical marijuana. Now, as consumers have embraced medical marijuana as a legal way to treat chronic pain, the taboo is lifting on other substances that proponents say have medical uses, such as CBD and kratom. As more consumers and doctors accept those substances, they increase demand, raise awareness and influence legislation. It has helped lighten …

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Millions of dollars in federal funding flows into this region to support research into new medications and medical devices to treat chronic and deadly diseases. Research conducted at the University at Buffalo, Kaleida Health, Catholic Health, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, the VA Western New York Healthcare System and elsewhere on and off the Buffalo Niagara …

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Forget chicken wings for a moment when it comes to Buffalo inventions. Dr. Frank Hastings Hamilton tried the first successful skin graft here in 1854 at Sisters Hospital. Wilson Greatbatch created the first implantable pacemaker in 1958, while tinkering in his barn. Groundbreaking research in the 1970s by researcher T. Ming Chu at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer…

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Timothy J. Finan, who has served as president and CEO of Olean General Hospital for the past 14 years, will retire July 3. Finan has also served as president and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System for the past 10 years. "While I have spent more than four decades in health care, the culmination of my career has been my return to Olean to serve as the president a…

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BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York members will continue to have access to treatment at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center under a new contract between the two organizations. The new contract is in effect through 2022. Terms were not disclosed. “BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York values our strong partnerships with organizations that have a proven h…

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Independent Health is donating $1 million to Erie County Medical Center for its future trauma and emergency department. The health insurer's donation brings total private donations for the project to $14.7 million, moving ECMC closer to its capital campaign fundraising target of $15 million. The entire project is valued at $55 million. "Independent Health is proud to…

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The TLC/Lake Shore Health Care Center campus in Irving will close Jan. 1, reflecting the growing financial pressure that smaller hospitals are facing. The Brooks-TLC Hospital System board of directors said the decision stemmed from rising financial losses at the Irving campus. "Simply put, patient volume is too low to maintain services and cover the cost of operating…

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Niagara Family Medicine Associates has joined Catholic Health's physician practice network, Trinity Medical Western New York. The transition is expected to be completed in February. Patients of Niagara Family Medicine Associates will continue to see their same providers in the group's existing offices at 7300 Porter Road in Niagara Falls and 908 Center St. in Lewiston. …

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Catholic Health is cutting about 200 jobs, more than half of which will come from employee buyouts it offered last month. The health system, which has about 10,000 employees, said the rest of the job cuts will come from layoffs, job vacancies and consolidations. The reductions affect both management and non-management positions. Catholic Health, the region's second-l…

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DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda will shift its inpatient care services to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst effective Jan. 1, but its emergency department will remain open, Kaleida Health said. DeGraff's inpatient care will be moved to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital for patients who don't need require care at a specialty center such as Buffa…

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Dr. David Spetzler, an innovator in bioscience, will give a free lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Jacobs Institute School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, at 955 Main St. Spetzler is the president and chief scientific officer of Caris Life Sciences. He is considered a pioneer in precision medicine for cancer treatment. The free lecture is part of the Jacobs Inst…