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Corporate Updates

Swiatkowski Named CFO at ECMC

Jonathan T. Swiatkowski, CPA, has been named chief financial officer for Erie County Medical Center Corporation.swiatkowski

After a three month national search, Swiatkowski was appointed chief financial officer at ECMCC following a thorough and extensive interview process of many potential candidates. He succeeds Stephen M. Gary Sr., CPA, CGMA, who will be leaving the role December 31.

ECMCC President and CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., PhD, said, “Jon Swiatkowski comes to ECMCC at an exciting time of growth and collaboration for our patients and community. He also comes as our local and national healthcare environment sees tremendous change and reimbursement pressures. His extensive knowledge of finance and management in this sector, especially at ECMCC, will provide great insight and support to our day-to-day operations, as well as our strategic planning for future growth and development. As we work to provide the best patient care with our Great Lakes Health partners at Kaleida Health and the University at Buffalo, Jon will be able to draw on his experience and contribute immediately to our related programs and initiatives to provide the very best care.” 

In February 2019, Swiatkowski was named vice president of finance and strategic integration for the Great Lakes Health System of Western New York. In that role, Swiatkowski was responsible for coordination and oversight of Great Lakes Health financial planning and reporting, supporting Kaleida Health, ECMC, affiliations and business development efforts. He also provided financial oversight and support to the organizations various non-hospital entities like Optimum Physician Alliance, Great Lakes Cancer Care and the EMR optimization project.

Great Lakes Health System is the planning entity comprised of Kaleida Health, the University at Buffalo, ECMC and The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care.

Swiatkowski had been with Kaleida Health from 2001 to February 2019, serving initially as vice president for Finance and Business Operations and then was appointed chief financial officer for the organization in 2014. Swiatkowski helped guide Kaleida Health through major financial milestones, including an improvement in system operating results; the expansion of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital; the closure and sale of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital; the financing, construction and opening of the Gates Vascular Institute and HighPointe on Michigan; the financial integration of several affiliates; and the planning, financing and fundraising for the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.

Thank You from Kaleida Health Foundation

As the year draws to a close, we want to extend our thanks to everyone who participated in The Kaleida Health Foundation's new fundraising initiatives and also those who helped to make our longstanding events even more successful. The Kaleida Health Foundation raised $902,934 to support the care you each provide to our patients at Kaleida Health. Here are some of the year's highlights.

  • For the first time, we hosted a Meat Raffle raising $83,000 for the Pediatric Pavilion for the kids at HighPointe on Michigan.
  • We participated for the first time in the nationwide campaign #GivingTuesday, raising approximately $5,000, which benefited wound care at the Visiting Nursing Association of WNY.
  • We  partnered with the Buffalo Marathon to launch the first Kaleida Health Heart to Heart Relay, raising $73,000 toward cardiac care at Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute
  • We had a record-breaking year at the 21st annual Kaleida Ball, raising almost $400,000 to support care, equipment, education and programs across Kaleida Health.
  • We also had a record-breaking Kaleida Classic, bringing in $336,043 for Great Lakes Cancer Care

The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation 2019 Success

2019 was a great year, one filled with new milestones, continued growth and strong momentum leading into the new year.

We exceeded our fundraising goal of $6 million, finishing the year at $6.6 million. This was made possible through the generous participation and contributions of our Kaleida Health and Oishei Children’s Hospital employees, local businesses, foundations, individuals and events, a true reflection of how giving we are as a community. This support ensures new technology, programs and services are the very best for the moms, kids and babies we serve.

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Here are some of the highlights:

  • 400 NICU families and graduates were reunited for the NICU Family Reunion in October. All enjoyed some fun activities at the Bills training facility
  • $2.1 million in grants was raised to support a wide-range of programs and technology
  • Over $700,000 was raised through our Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partners, which include Tops Friendly Markets, Walmart, Dairy Queen, Speedway, Ace Hardware, Rite Aid and IHOP which supports the medical needs of families throughout the year
  • A record breaking $920,000 was raised at the Festival of Trees, supporting specialized care for children with complex and chronic medical conditions, such as autism, spina bifida and Down syndrome
  • Oishei Children's Hospital Golf Invitational raised $360,000 for new ultrasound machines to help the Maternal Fetal Medicine Center
  • Flights and Bites raised a record-breaking $115,000 for the Eric Wood Fund to support Stone's Buddies and the needs of chronically ill patients

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In addition to our events, we would like to thank all of our community partners, supporters and donors that held events benefitting Oishei Children's Hospital. Here are a few:

  • Tops Friendly Markets Children's Golf Tournament raised $500,000, along with their in-store balloon campaign to support various care programs throughout the hospital
  • Kiss Cares for Kids/WBEN Radiothon raised over $260,000 to purchase new ENT Tower
  • Tony Walker & Co. hosted the Beautiful Women event which raised $80,000 to purchase new ultrasound machines for the Maternal Fetal Medicine Center
  • The annual Master Chong "Kicking for Miracles" raised $72,000, which supported Child Life Department which is supported solely through donations
  • Throughout October, the Spirit of Halloween campaign funded $64,120 for the Child Life Department
  • Salvatore’s Italian Garden’s hosted the First Annual Bubble-Q in Blue event raising $54,000 supporting various programs at the hospital
  • The Lilly Lunch at Tony Walker & Co. raised $20,000 for the New Mom Education Center, a resource for new parents to learn how to feed, bath, swaddle and care for their newborns

These are just some of the ways our community supported the care our dedicated doctors, nurses and staff provide the moms, kids and babies at Oishei Children's Hospital each day. Many of you donated, participated and volunteered to help us achieve these incredible results, so thank you!

As we reflect on 2019, we strive to continue building excellence in all that we do throughout 2020. Thank you for helping make 2019 such a success. Happy New Year from all of us at The Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation team.

DeGraff Hosts Little Free Pantry on Campus

DeGraff Memorial Hospital is proud to host the Little Free Pantry (LFP) program on its campus.LFP

Sadly, we often hear of food security as a national issue, however in a recent needs assessment, it was identified as a concern for the residents of Niagara County. The pantry, donated by the Lumber City Church, sits near the hospital entrance to provide easy access to food any time, day or night. Anyone can donate food and pick up what they need from the LFP. 

The national movement is aimed at using a grassroots approach of neighbors helping neighbors during difficult times. The goal for LFP in North Tonawanda is that there will be enough locations that anyone in need in NT would have a pantry within reasonable walking distance to get food for themselves and their family. 

Visit the Little Free Pantry website to learn more about the program.