Friday, September 12, 2014

Fox Run Hosts Food Network Star Chef Jet Tila

Asian-cuisine authority brings flavor and flare to senior living community

Orchard Park, NY (September 12, 2014 ) –Morrison Senior Living, the leader in providing food, nutrition and hospitality services to the senior living industry, recently hosted a Celebrity Chef event with premiere retirement community Fox Run Orchard Park on September 8. The event included a live cooking demonstration and discussion featuring Food Network’sJet Tila, who has appeared on such shows as Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen and Iron Chef America. Tila presented to more than 125 attendees, showcasing his Lo Mein and Mongolian Beef dishes.

The event, part of Morrison Senior Living’s Celebrity Chef Series, centers on bringing engaging culinary experiences to senior living communities across the country.

“For Fox Run, these types of interactive programs are core to our mission of providing residents with exceptional experiences,” said William Wlodarczyk, CEO at Fox Run Orchard Park. “Chef Jet’s energy and connectivity with our community made his appearance not only a hit, but a truly memorable and informative event for everyone.”

The Celebrity Chef Series presents the culinary talents and expertise of nationally known chefs across the country, bringing their renowned cuisine to retirement communities. Throughout 2014, a nationally celebrated chef is featured, sharing their passion for specialty ingredients and their favorite cuisine for which they have earned acclaimed status.

“Chef Jet, like all of our talented celebrity chefs, possesses the natural ability to captivate with his hands-on approach to healthy and flavorful cuisine,” said Morrison Senior Living President Kevin Svagdis. “Fox Run’s partnership on this event underscores their dedication to constantly evolve and deliver new programs that foster engagement and resident satisfaction.”

About Fox Run Orchard Park

Fox Run Orchard Park, a 54-acre retirement community located just outside of Buffalo, New York, is a Lifecare Community including 180 independent apartments and patio homes. The sprawling campus features on-site assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing to support community members of all stages of life. With 101 beds in the community’s health center, state-of-the-art dining, and health and wellness offerings, Fox Run Orchard Park is committed to care excellence and to providing outstanding experiences for its members. To learn more about Fox Run Orchard Park, please visit

About Morrison Senior Living

Morrison Senior Living, a member of Compass Group®, is the nation’s only company exclusively dedicated to providing food, nutrition and hospitality services to the senior living industry. Morrison has over 150 registered dietitians, 200 executive chefs, 400 hospitality associates and 7,000 professional food service team members. Actively committed to fostering ways to enjoy great-tasting, healthy food through socially responsible practices and superior customer service, the Atlanta-based company serves more than 450 senior living clients in 41 states, including some of the largest and most prominent senior living communities in the United States. Visit for more information.

Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf Awareness Week is being celebrated from Saturday September 13 - Friday, September 19, and the Buffalo Deaf community will kick off the week at the Walden Galleria Mall from 10:00am - 2:0pm on September 13. The event will be located on the first floor, near the Apple Store inside the Mall.

Six organizations/clubs have reserved a table at this Saturday's DAW kickoff at the Walden Galleria Mall.

At 12:00pm, the official Deaf Awareness Week Proclamations will be ready by county and city officials.

Assembly member Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Buffalo City Comptroller Mark Schroeder, Mayor Brown's representative Francisco Guzmanand, Frank Cammarata - Director of Erie County Office of the Disabled (representing the County Executive) have all confirmed attendance. Mini sign language classes will be available and informational tables will be on display from local groups connected with the Deaf community here in Western New York.

Throughout the week, Deaf Access Services, St. Mary's School for the Deaf, and other organizations will be offering workshops, Open Houses, and even free American Sign Language classes!

The goal of Buffalo Deaf Awareness Week is to help connect the hearing and Deaf communities in Western New York, and offer insight about deaf culture, sign language and more.

It is an exciting time for the Deaf community in Western New York as Deaf Access Services is celebrating more than 30 years of existence! In addition, St. Mary's School for the Deaf is celebrating more than 160 years serving the deaf community in Western New York.

The full schedule for DAS is attached. Deaf Access Services is located at the Tri-Main Center (2495 Main Street, Buffalo, Suite 446)

Roswell Park Experts to Lead Live Video Web Chat on Ovarian Cancer

Live Video-Chat Monday, September 22, 6-7 PM

A multidisciplinary panel of experts from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) will discuss the latest in ovarian cancer treatment, research and prevention during a live, interactive video web chat. Responding to audience questions, these passionate, field-leading experts will cover everything from early detection and genetic predisposition for the disease to resources for survivors and new discoveries in immunotherapy and personalized medicine that are translating into new hope for patients.

The panel of experts are:

Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, FRCOG, FACOG, Chair of the Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Executive Director of the Center for Immunotherapy and Co-Leader of the Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy research program
Christopher Choi, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Oncology and Director of the Center for Immunotherapy Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Therapeutic Cell Production Facility
Mollie Hutton, MS, CGC, a Certified Genetic Counselor with the Clinical Genetics Service at Roswell Park. She identifies genetic factors associated with hereditary cancer syndromes and calculates increased familial risk.
Kirsten Moysich, PhD, MS, a Professor of Oncology in the Departments of Cancer Prevention and Control and Immunology

The online video chat will be accessible from the Roswell Park home page, Participants are encouraged to pre-register in order to pre-submit questions for our experts. Questions can also be submitted live during the event on Twitter (use hashtag #OvarianCancerTalk) or by posting a comment on

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Organizational Transformation Conference October 14th from 8:30am-4pm

Location: Samuel's Grande Manor, 8750 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14214

Cost: $30 per person
Registration deadline is Tuesday, October 7th.

In this presentation, Dr. Tom Pomeranz will present a six point strategic approach to facilitate the organizational changes that are essential to survive these evolving and demanding expectations. Tom will discuss the importance of creating a sense of urgency among staff and board members as the fi rst step in the process. Further, Tom will detail how staff training and refocusing the organization's reward systems are essential in facilitating change. Perhaps the most important strategy this session will stress is the importance of management's role in modeling of the vision while creating new stories and symbols that support the paradigm shift.

Presented by DDAWNY and Parent Network of WNY

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CHECK: Parent Network of WNY, NOTE: Organizational Transformation, Mail to: Parent Network c/o Peg Kovach, 1000 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

People Inc. Orchard Senior Living Hosts Open House, Craft and Bake Sale Tours Available of Senior Living Apartments

People Inc. Orchard Senior Living Apartments will host an Open House, Craft and Bake Sale on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 276 Waverly Street in Springville. Seniors in need of affordable housing and family members accompanying their loved ones are encouraged to attend to receive a tour and learn about income eligibility.

Many craft and bake sale items will be featured, including paintings, scarves, pies, cookies and much more! Attendees can meet with tenants, tour the building and learn about People Inc. Senior Living from expert staff. A hot dog lunch will be offered at 11 a.m.

For independent seniors age 62 or older, People Inc. Orchard Senior Living apartments include a living room, one bedroom, kitchen with appliances and accessible bathroom. Monthly rent is based on income and some utilities are included. Potential tenants need to meet both the federally mandated income and age requirements at the time of application. The exceptionally-maintained apartment building includes a furnished community room, laundry facilities, 24 hour on-call building services and group transportation to grocery stores. Service coordinators are available to provide connections to services as needed by tenants at no extra charge. For individuals who like to remain active, there are a variety of activities held throughout the year.

For more information on People Inc. Orchard Senior Living and its Open House event, call 716-592-4640.

People Inc. manages 18 senior apartment locations throughout Western New York providing affordable and safe housing for independent seniors age 62 and older who meet income requirements. For information about other locations, call 716-817-9090.

People Inc. is a not-for-profit health and human services agency providing programs and services to more than 12,000 people with special needs, their families, and seniors throughout Western New York. Since 1971, People Inc. has assisted individuals to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity.

Serenity at Schofield, A New Hospice Unit at Schofield Residence

An enhanced partnership with Schofield Residence and Hospice Buffalo, Inc. begins today with the opening of Serenity at Schofield, a new Hospice unit at Schofield Residence. The 10-bed unit is available to any hospice-eligible resident that is in need of 24-hour nursing care.

“Schofield is pleased that our partnership with Hospice Buffalo will provide a dedicated area for the comfort and care we will mutually provide,” said Edward Gray, president of Schofield Residence, a not for profit organization which began in 1910.

Rooms within Serenity at Schofield are uniquely designed to provide a nurturing, homelike environment for both patients and their families to enjoy.

“All Americans deserve quality care at the end of life – it's a fundamental part of living,”said Patricia Ahern, CEO of The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care. “We are honored to build upon our partnership with Schofield Residence, an organization of excellence that we have worked with for twenty-one years. Serenity at Schofield will allow patients in the advanced stages of illness to remain in familiar and supportive surroundings while receiving palliative (comfort-focused) care. Hospice Buffalo’s multidisciplinary team will work directly with Schofield’s team to provide additional medical care, emotional support, and guidance to patients and their families during this distressing time.”

Hospice care is focused on providing comfort and dignity to any person with an illness whose life expectancy is measured in months, rather than years. Clinical studies show hospice patients often live longer than those who do not receive hospice care. The Hospice team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical social workers, and pastoral care chaplains are available around the clock to provide urgent visits as well as support. In addition, music and massage therapists, certified nursing assistants and trained hospice volunteers can provide important one to one support to enhance the well being of the resident with serious illness.

Serenity at Schofield features warm colors and new furniture with cozy recliners as well as a private family dining room, sunny atrium, and library.

Serenity at Schofield is the fourth dedicated Hospice unit in Erie County. Hospice Buffalo serves more than 500 patients a day in homes, hospitals, and home-like settings. It is the only licensed hospice program in Erie County and is certified by Medicare.

Community Volunteer Fair & Basket Auction October 11 at Amherst Senior Center

Over 20 Participating Organizations!

Amherst, NY – The Amherst Center for Senior Services is holding a Community Volunteer Fair & Basket Auction on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. This is a great opportunity for all ages, from high school students to older adults, to learn about many different community organizations that are seeking volunteers.

Participating organizations as of September 9, 2014 include: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Alzheimer’s Assoc. WNY, American Red Cross, Amherst Meals on Wheels, Amherst Public Libraries, Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo General Kaleida Health, Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, Buffalo Niagara Int’l Airport, Buffalo Zoo, Catholic Charities, Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Erie County RSVP, Food Shuttle of WNY, Habitat for Humanity Buffalo, Hearts & Hands, Montgomery Park, The Salvation Army, V.A. Medical Center and WNED/WBFO.

The event will also feature a Basket Auction with the drawing to be held at 11:30 am. Raffle holders need not be present to win. Live music by Friends of Harmony Quartet will take place at 10:30 am. In addition, the Audubon Café and Gift Shop will be open.

The Amherst Senior Center is located at 370 John James Audubon Parkway in Amherst, NY, behind the Audubon Library. For more information on Volunteer Fair inquiries, please call 636-3050 ext. 3126 or for Basket Auction inquiries ext. 3107.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Deaf Access Invitation to Learn Sign Language

Deaf Access Services (formally Deaf Adult Services) will be hosting American Sign Language (ASL) classes beginning on September 8. Classes run through December and are offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 6pm – 8pm. Tuition costs are listed on their website – Also, Deaf Awareness Week is September 13-19. Deaf Access Services will host two free classes at their office in the Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main Street, Suite 446. The first free class is for beginners on Tuesday September 16 from 4-5pm. The second class will be offered for intermediate level signers on Thursday September 18 from 4-5pm. To register, contact Stacey Allen via email or Shaun Chojnacki via phone 716-833-13637. For full-list of ASL classes or for more information about Deaf Access Services, please visit, Deaf Access Services is located at Tri Main Center, 2495 Main Street Suite 446, Buffalo, NY 14214

Friday, September 5, 2014

ECMC Living Transplant Program Resumes

UNOS approves opening after ECMC voluntarily suspended program

BUFFALO, NY – Sept. 5, 2014 – Erie County Medical Center today announced it resumed its living-donor program at the Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) stated it will continue to monitor the program.

ECMC officials proactively suspended the living-donor program May 27 after the unrelated death of an organ donor. In the spring of 2013, a living donor successfully provided a transplant organ to a family member. About six months later, the donor died from an overdose of an illegal drug.

After conferring with the national United Network for Organ Sharing, the non-profit organization that regulates live organ donation in the United States, ECMC decided to briefly suspend living donor recoveries until the hospital and the network could review the matter.

ECMC alerted all potential living donors and potential recipients of living donor organs in writing about the suspension and through personal contact. Those patients had a choice of awaiting reactivation of living donor recoveries or transferring to another transplant program.

ECMC officials emphasized that all other transplant services at the Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care continued uninterrupted. Patients came for checkups, dialysis continued and other transplants from non-living donors took place.

“ECMC proactively decided to suspend living donor recoveries while a full investigation was completed and guidance from UNOS could be obtained,” said Richard C. Cleland, president/chief operating officer and interim chief executive officer, ECMC Corp. “We’re pleased that the program review is complete and we are cleared to resume the ECMC transplant program. This was a blip in an otherwise smoothly operated program at our transplant center, of which we are justifiably proud. Our families and patients can have every confidence in our outcomes and high level of service.”


The conference will take place October 9 at the Millennium Hotel Buffalo

West Seneca, N.Y. - P² Collaborative of Western New York will welcome acclaimed columnist Ellen Goodman as the keynote speaker for its 2014 “Creating a Healthier Community” Conference on October 9.

Ms. Goodman’s presentation, “Have You Had the Conversation?” will address how to discuss one’s wishes for end-of-life care. Her keynote address will open the conference to be held at Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, N.Y. Ms. Goodman is scheduled to speak from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., with a question-and-answer session to follow, from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

“We are excited and honored to have a nationally known speaker like Ellen for this year’s P2 Conference,” said Kate Ebersole, Director of Care Transformation and Community Health Improvement. “We consider the topic she is speaking on to be not only timely, but also essential to creating a healthier Western New York.”

Ms. Goodman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning, syndicated columnist and author, co-founded The Conversation Project in 2010. The Conversation Project’s goal is to encourage families, friends and medical practitioners to have frank discussions about end-of-life decisions.

Kathleen T. Grimm, M.D., of the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo Niagara and co-chair, Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo, will continue the theme of end-of-life discussions, addressing local perspectives on the Conversation Project. Dr. Grimm will speak from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

The P² Collaborative conference will also feature the following presenters:

-       Thomas Workman, Ph.D., principal communication researcher, American Institute for Research (AIR), Washington, D.C.  Dr. Workman, who leads AIR’s Center for Patient and Consumer Engagement, will speak on the topic “Shared Decision-Making,”

-       Mindy Thompson Fullilove, M.D., Program Officer for New York State Department of Health, Diabetes Prevention,  and Lourdes Rodriquez, Dr.PH, a research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Program Officer at the New York State Health Foundation, will present on the topic “Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-out Cities.”

-       Open Buffalo, will present a panel discussion of “Community Building.” Open Buffalo, is a civic initiative to make major, long-term improvements in justice and equity; it is an unprecedented collaboration among a diverse group of partners; and it is one of three projects in the nation chosen for the Open Places Initiative of the Open Society Foundations.

Tickets are priced at a $125 each. For more information on the P² Collaborative 2014 conference, event speakers, the full schedule and ticket purchases, please visit


About P² Collaborative:

The P2 Collaborative of Western New York is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating the healthiest community possible through regional convening, capacity building, and data services. We drive innovations in health and health care in the area by bringing together individuals, community-based organizations, primary care practices, hospitals, health plans and other unique partners to exponentially magnify their impact. We work with individuals and organizations across the eight counties of WNY (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming). For more information, visit