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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.

NC Health Department Seeks Owner of Rabid Cat

LOCKPORT, N.Y. -  The Niagara County Department of Health is still seeking the person who dropped off a 10- to 12-week-old grayish-brown, Himalayan/Siamese mix cat at 7347 Gow Road in the Town of Newfane last week. The cat was found to be rabid.

The Niagara County Department of Health has serious concern for any individuals who handled or had contact with the cat within the past few weeks. Humans who are scratched, bitten or exposed to saliva from rabid animals can develop rabies infection. To prevent rabies, exposed individuals must get care before symptoms develop. Symptoms in humans may take from several days to more than a year to appear. After the symptoms of rabies appear, the disease is nearly always fatal. The virus damages the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord.