Careful when hanging those lights: Top holiday-related injuries

If you burned yourself with hot oil making that second batch of potato latkes or scorched your arm reaching into the oven to remove yet another batch of Christmas cookies, you’re not alone. Hundreds of people — 1,600 in fact -— sought medical attention last year after cooking and baking during the holiday season. But that’s nothing compared to the thousands more hurt themselves spending time outdoors in the snow.  A new report by Amino, a healthcare transparency company based in San Francisco,…

Benefit concert will raise awareness to help more refugee kids learn music

With very few resources and a small staff, it’s extremely difficult for a tiny nonprofit to grow awareness about its cause. Buffalo String Works will get an opportunity to share its story with hundreds of music fans Monday night when indie rockers The National come to Buffalo’s Town Ballroom for a special benefit show. You won’t find the concert listed on their tour schedule, but the band and the venue have agreed to donate all proceeds from the sold-out show to the group, which provides…

Kenmore Mercy rated among nation’s top hospitals

For the second consecutive year, Kenmore Mercy Hospital has been named a Top Hospital, the only one in New York and among just 45 general hospitals recognized from across the country. The honor comes from The Leapfrog Group, which recognized its 2017 list of Top Hospitals for achievements in patient safety and quality. Kenmore Mercy, part of Catholic Health, is a 184-bed acute care hospital specializing in outpatient orthopedic surgery.  The Top Hospitals recognition is the latest honor for the…

Eastern Niagara Hospital plans $8 million emergency department expansion

Eastern Niagara Hospital has announced plans to build a new emergency department, to be housed inside a two-story medical office building adjacent to the Lockport facility. The hospital board of directors approved the plan to build a 21,000-square-foot facility near the East Avenue entrance of the 134-bed hospital. The $8.2 million project allows for a 7,725-square-foot expansion of the unit, with 16 private treatment rooms and additional space for orthopedics, trauma and child psychology evaluations.  The…

Report: Community health centers funding cliff could lead to thousands of lost health care jobs in NYS

Federal funding inaction for community health centers could result in job losses across New York of up to 10,000, including more than 5,000 jobs in health care. A statewide network of 65 organizations with 650 sites provide care to millions of New Yorkers. In Western New York, five nonprofit community health centers operate 18 clinics and see more than 62,000 patients annually. Funding for the centers ended Sept. 30 with the close of the federal fiscal year. Congress has yet to renew the $3.6 billion…