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Dr. Lewis First from University of Vermont Presents Annual Richard T. Sarkin Grand Rounds Lecture

Lewis First, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Chief of Pediatrics at Vermont Children's Hospital, and Editor -in-Chief of Pediatrics, is the guest speaker for the annual Grand Rounds Lecture sponsored by the Richard T. Sarkin, M.D., Foundation for Medical Education.

Dr. First presented, "Thoughts on Humanistic Pediatric Leadership: some first impressions after 16 fun-filled years as a Pediatric Department Chair".

Experience Holiday Magic at the Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees presents a magical wonderland for all of Western New York to enjoy with decorated trees, wreaths, swags and mantle pieces on display and a Boutique filled with holiday home décor and gifts at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo 14202 from November 19- December 3. 

Sponsored by CGF Anesthesiology, Mark IV Industries Foundation and TOPS Friendly Markets, the Festival of Trees is Western New York’s premier holiday event, featuring decorated trees, wreaths, swags and mantle pieces on display and a Boutique filled with holiday home décor and gifts.

Breast Cancer Fight to Rock Niagara Falls

Free Five For Fighting Concert, Living Pink Ribbon Rally on Rainbow Bridge highlight Hard Rock Cafe Pinktober

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - A big, first of its kind, breast cancer awareness event is coming to Niagara Falls this month to benefit the American Cancer Society and the Canadian Cancer Society.

Childbirth Education Classes Available for Expecting or New Parents and Grandparents

A wide variety of childbirth education classes for expecting or new parents and grandparents are available at Women & Children’s Hospital, which has partnered with Destination Maternity® to also offer classes at its location at 2130 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga.

The new Grandparent Class helps update grandparents on current childbirth practices as well as focusing on "today’s baby" care with newer approaches to taking care of newborns. The class is interactive and outlines the importance of being a grandparent!

Childbirth Education classes available for expecting or new parents also include:
-Prepared Childbirth Class
-Birthing Basics
-Baby Basics
-Prepared Childbirth for Teenage Parents
-Maternity Tours
-Breastfeeding
-Sibling Class
-Siblings at Birth
-Mommy & Me
-Massage Therapy (call 878-7370)

Millard Fillmore Gates Celebrates 50th Anniversary of First Successful Pacemaker Implantation

Physicians and leaders at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the world’s first successful pacemaker implantation.

Andrew Gage, MD, one of two surgeons responsible for the historic milestone, was honored for his medical achievement, which took place at the hospital in 1960.

Dr. Gage (now age 88), collaborated with another University at Buffalo surgeon, William Chardack, MD, as well as Wilson Greatbatch, who was a former associate professor of electrical engineering at UB.  Greatbatch then further developed the pacemaker battery, founding what today is internationally known as Greatbatch Inc.

Dr. Gage was given a plaque from Kaleida Health to commemorate his contributions as well as a proclamation from Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown designating it “Dr. Andrew Gage Day” in Buffalo.

Mount St. Mary's Hospital Plans Annual Healthcare Conference for Women

“A Conference on Healthcare for Women” will be held on Saturday, October 30 at the Conference Center of Niagara Falls.

This day-long conference will feature entertaining speakers, a luncheon, the videotaping of a live cooking show, informational displays and a wide array of health information.  Registration is just $15 for the entire conference.  Advance registration is encouraged.

Hope for Tomorrow Surgery at Mount St. Mary's Helps Child from Vietnam

A special surgical team organized by the Hope for Tomorrow Foundation performed facial plastic and reconstructive surgery on a 4-year-old boy from Vietnam this morning at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston.

Headed by Dr. Jeffrey Meilman of Amherst, a plastic surgeon who also serves as chairman of the Foundation, the surgery was conducted on Huu Cong Nguyen to remove a large Congenital Hairy Nevus occupying the major portion of the right side of his face.  Assisting Dr. Meilman in the surgery from Mount St. Mary’s were Anestheologist Dr. Jack Huebschmann, Plastic Surgeon Dr. Federico Doldan, and Melissa Mang, RNFA.  Hope for Tomorrow arranged for transportation of the child and his father, Dam Cong Nguyen, and provided a host family for the child while here in Western New York.  He arrived on September 22.  Mount St. Mary’s donated its surgical services.