Medical/Dental Professionals

Awards and Accolades

VNA Named a Company of the Year

The Visiting Nursing Association of WNY (VNA) - Kaleida Health's home care division - was one of 10 Western New York companies named “Company of the Year” by Buffalo Business First. Business First chose the Companies of the Year based on a variety of factors, from expanded facilities and increased workforces to undertaking projects and dominating headlines.

The VNA was selected as the Company of the Year for the nonprofit category for leading the region’s home care market. With revenue of $135 million, the VNA is also among the region’s largest nonprofits and leads the healthcare category in Buffalo Business First’s 2019 Million Dollar Nonprofits list.

Due to increasing growth, the VNA moved their Erie County headquarters to 650 Airborne Parkway in Cheektowaga in September of 2019. VNA has been consistently recognized in the top 5% of home care organizations throughout the country for the quality of care they provide with the HomeCare Elite Top 500 status. The VNA is the largest home health agency in Western New York, serving more than 27,000 patients annually with more than 530,000 home visits. 

OCH Achieves Baby-Friendly Designation

Oishei Children’s Hospital is proud to announce that it has achieved the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly Designation after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA.

This distinguished honor demonstrates that Oishei Children's Hospital adheres to the highest evidence-based standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies as set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for optimal infant feeding support in the precious first days of a newborn’s life.

“Oishei Children's Hospital is a fixture in our community and the leader in the care of our region's moms, kids and babies,” said Allegra Jaros, president, Oishei Children's Hospital. “This designation is a tribute to our team's commitment to ensuring that every woman who delivers a baby at our community's hospital is given the resources, information and support needed to help her and her baby get the best, healthiest start in life.”

The positive health effects of breastfeeding are well documented and widely recognized by health authorities throughout the world. For example, the Surgeon General’s 2011 Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding stated that “Breast milk is uniquely suited to the human infant’s nutritional needs and is a live substance with unparalleled immunological and anti-inflammatory properties that protect against a host of illnesses and diseases for both mothers and children.”

Oishei Children's Hospital joins a growing list of more than 20,000 Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers throughout the world, nearly 600 of which are in the United States. These facilities provide an environment that supports breastfeeding while respecting every woman’s right to make the best decision for herself and her family.