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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. 

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to Conduct Flu Shot Clinics in October

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will conduct Saturday flu shot clinics for adults 18 and older from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 2, Oct. 16 and Nov. 6.  The clinics will be held in the Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th Street. 

This year’s influenza vaccine protects against the new H3N2 influenza strain, last year’s swine flu, part of the H1N1 family, and a Type B strain -- all in a single dose. Pneumonia vaccine also will be available at the clinics. 

Those seeking flu shots should use the hospital’s 10th Street entrance or the walkway from the attached parking ramp, where free parking will be provided. In order to expedite the inoculation process, please wear a short-sleeved shirt or top.

Doctor Awarded NIH Grant to Study Urinary Tract Infection and Renal Scarring

Saul P. Greenfield, MD, Director of Pediatric Urology and Clinical Professor of Urology, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, has been awarded $287,716 by the NIH/NIDDK for the study of urinary tract infection and renal scarring in children.

The CUTIE project (Careful Urinary Tract Infection Evaluation) will assess the risk of the development of renal scarring in children who have urinary tract infections and do not have vesicoureteral reflux or any other underlying urologic abnormalities.

Women & Children’s Hospital Hosts Skateboard Safety Day at Xtreme Wheels Skate Park

A Skateboard Safety day hosted by The Regional Level I Pediatric Trauma Center for Western New York at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, in partnership with Kiwanis, will take place at Xtreme Wheels Skate Park on September 18 at 11 am.

To help avert future head injuries while skateboarding, head injury prevention education and demonstration activities will be presented by Dawn Melancon, R.N., Trauma Coordinator at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Kathleen Duke and Child Life Specialist Sue Mirabella. Head injury prevention programs will occur at the skate park from 11 am until 12:30 pm. Activities will include:

  • Education station, head injury prevention (jello brain, ‘egg drop’ demo)
  • Education promoting helmet use

Children participating will receive a skateboarding helmet and gear: including knee pads, wrist guards and also elbow guards on a first come first serve basis.

Mount St. Mary's Hospital To Hold First "CardioCraze"

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital will conduct its first “CardioCraze” on Saturday, September 18 from 8 am – 11 am at Academy Park in the Village of Lewiston.

Designed around a wellness walk that will incorporate Artpark, the neighborhood streets of the Village, and Center Street, the event is a fundraiser for the Cardiology Department at Mount St. Mary’s.

The day will open with registration at 8 a.m. and the walk beginning at 9 a.m.  Walkers will proceed south and west from Academy Park through Artpark, S.