Medical/Dental Professionals

Awards and Accolades

BGMC/GVI Nationally Recognized for High-Quality Cardiac Care

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has recognized Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute with a Blue Distinction® Centers for Cardiac Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction® Specialty Care program.

Blue Distinction® Centers are nationally designated providers that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations. 

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally and is expected to claim more than 23.6 million lives annually by 2030. Blue Distinction® Centers for Cardiac Care seek to empower patients with the knowledge and tools to find quality cardiac care. To receive a Blue Distinction® Centers designation, hospitals must demonstrate expertise in delivering safe and effective cardiac care, focusing on cardiac valve surgery, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) episodes of care. 

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction® Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, cellular immunotherapy, fertility care, gene therapy, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery, and transplants, while encouraging health care professionals to improve the care they deliver. Research shows that compared to other providers, those designated as Blue Distinction® Centers demonstrate better quality and health outcomes for patients.

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated providers, visit

OCH Photos Selected for National Exhibit

Three photographs by Joe Cascio, medical photographer, were selected for inclusion in the 2019 Children’s Hospitals Photo Exhibit, the result of a national competition by the Children’s Hospital Association.

Cascio’s photos were chosen from nearly 400 images submitted by over 50 children’s hospitals across the county. The online exhibit of 50 winning photographs was curated by a panel of distinguished judges including renowned photographer and author, Anne Geddes, as well as representatives from The Exposure Group, Parents magazine, National Geographic Kids and the Children’s Hospital Association.

Showcasing the ways our nation’s children’s hospitals help all children thrive, the exhibit includes stories behind the photos, allowing viewers to read first-hand accounts from patients, parents, doctors and other health care providers. The exhibit communicates the hope, compassion and resilience shared by the children and families served by children’s hospitals and the expert health care providers who deliver that specialized care. From healthy kids to children with rare and complex medical conditions, the exhibit celebrates children’s hospitals’ commitment to the health of all children.

From the 50 online exhibit photos, a “Top 10” collection of extraordinary images was selected for large-format printing and traveling display. Two photos from Oishei Children’s Hospital were chosen as part of the “Top 10” and will tour the country with a stop in Washington, D.C. from June 24 -28, 2019. Additionally, the exhibit will travel around the country for two years displayed at children’s hospitals and partnering organizations in support of a wide variety of outreach efforts and events.

Click here to view this year’s winning photos.  

The Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) is the national voice of more than 200 children’s hospitals, advancing pediatric health care through innovation, quality, cost and delivery. For more information on CHA, visit