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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…

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Kaleida Health has reached a tentative agreement with three unions on a three-year deal that covers 7,200 unionized workers. Details of the agreement have not yet been disclosed, and the unions are preparing to hold ratification votes this month. The three unions are Communications Workers of America 1168, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, and International O…

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WellNow Urgent Care has opened a facility at Union Road and Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga, the chain's first location with extended hours. The facility, at 3450 Union Road, is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to midnight. WellNow now has six locations in Erie County and two in Niagara County. Late last year, WellNow added seven MASH Urgent Care locations to its netw…

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Buffalo Orthopaedic Group is joining Catholic Health's physician practice network, Trinity Medical WNY. The full integration of Buffalo Orthopaedic Group will be completed over the next few months. Buffalo Orthopaedic Group locations and phone numbers will be unchanged during the transition. Five physicians and about 40 employees, including midlevel providers and sup…

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Doctors from three practices are joining forces to create one of the region's largest orthopaedic practices. The integration brings together 22 doctors from Excelsior Orthopaedics, nine surgeons from Northtowns Orthopedics and one surgeon from Buffalo Orthopaedic Group. They will operate under the Excelsior Orthopaedics name. Excelsior said the combination will make …

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Erie County Medical Center's trauma and emergency department is on track for a long-awaited upgrade. ECMC's trauma and emergency department, which dates to 1978, was built to serve 45,000 patients a year. But the department treats over 70,000 patients a year, including more than 7,400 transferred last year from other hospitals. An all-new facility is under constructi…

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Independent Health says personal information about 7,605 of its members was inadvertently emailed to an unauthorized recipient nearly two months ago. The Amherst-based health insurer said the information in the email did not include the members' Social Security numbers, birthdates, personal financial data or diagnosis codes. But the email did contain member names, Indep…

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Catholic Health System struggles to recruit and retain some of its lowest-paid but highly visible workers: home health aides and certified nursing assistants. These "front-line" caregivers sometimes face challenges with their transportation or child care. The emotional strain of the work can be heavy, too, on top of taking care of their own families. But with jobs pa…

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How should the Brooks Memorial Hospital campus on Central Avenue in Dunkirk be reused, once a new hospital opens elsewhere in the county? The Citizens Advisory Committee, a nonbinding panel created by the Brooks-TLC Hospital System's board of directors, is asking community members to submit suggestions, at brookshospital.org/hospital-reuse. Comments can be submitted thr…

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Kaleida Health has launched the first two components of its $125 million project to enhance and expand its electronic medical records system. Kaleida said when the project is complete, patients will have a single record of their health history throughout its system. The first two elements launched on the system were upgrades to the way physicians, physician assistants, …

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A citizens advisory committee will help guide the future reuse of the Brooks Memorial Hospital campus, with plans underway to replace the Dunkirk hospital at a different location. The Brooks-TLC board of directors named two of its members, Virginia Horvath and Lou DiPalma, co-chairs of the committee. Horvath is president of SUNY Fredonia, and DiPalma is a vice president…

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Catholic Health System will devote $135 million to launching a new electronic health records system, aimed at giving patients and health care providers a more efficient, user-friendly way to track patient care. Catholic Health said the investment, the largest in its history, will also involve a partnership with Canisius College, exposing students to future career option…

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Trocaire College and the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology will team up to offer free training in phlebotomy and sterile processing and distribution to Buffalo-area residents. The training will be made possible by a grant of nearly $100,000 from the Regional Economic Development Council and will take place at the BCAT downtown campus this fall. A total of 24 spo…

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Erie County Medical Center Corp. said it has received over $10.2 million in private funding for the hospital's future trauma center and emergency department. ECMC said the fundraising milestone was achieved midway through the institution's campaign to raise $15 million for the project, which will double the size of the facility. The hospital broke ground last June fo…

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The health and wellness business in Western New York has never been more robust. The health care and social assistance “super subsector” is the region's largest employer – 14.6 percent of all Western New York workers, said Timothy Glass, regional labor market analyst with the state Department of Labor. That's more than local government, retail trade and manufacturing. …