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Kaleida Health Receives DNV GL Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

Kaleida Health announced that it has received certification from DNV GL as a Comprehensive Stroke Center for a sixth year in a row. The accreditation reflects the highest level of competence for the treatment of acute stroke events.

During DNV’s two day survey at Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute (BGMC/GVI) March 5-6, surveyors used words like “phenomenal,” and “cutting edge” when describing our research and their observations and rounds. They were impressed with the volume of stroke patients that we see.

“Receiving this accreditation for a sixth year in a row is truly incredible – it speaks volumes to our staff’s dedication, determination and teamwork,” said Chris Lane, president of BGMC/GVI.  “Not only did we get reaccredited, but we also closed out all of the 2018 non-conformities. For this, I am so proud of our team.”

The DNV GL Healthcare Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that the Kaleida Health address the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.

BGMC/GVI treats more strokes than any other hospital in all of New York State and more than double of any hospital in Western New York. In fact, because of the stroke team’s outcomes, skill, and world-wide reputation, physicians from esteemed medical institutions such as Harvard, Duke, and Cleveland Clinic come to here to learn the latest surgical procedures and interventions for treatment of stroke.

Comprehensive stroke centers are the best-equipped medical centers in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication. In a growing number of states, stroke center certification determines to which facility a patient should be taken for the highest level of life-saving stroke care and technology.

Chief Quality and Safety Officer Named for Suburban and DeGraff

Emily Vezina, MS, RN has been named chief quality and safety officer for DeGraff Memorial and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospitals. Vezina

In her role, Vezina will be responsible for planning, coordinating and integrating quality and safety at the site level. She will collaborate with leadership and frontline staff to ensure continuous quality care, patient satisfaction and compliance with accrediting and compliance organizations.

Vezina most recently held the role of manager of hospital relations at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. She joined Kaleida Health in 2018 coming from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center , where she managed clinical staff and daily operations in multiple perioperative services areas. She specialized in developing the advanced endoscopy and interventional pulmonary programs, creating high nurse and patient satisfaction, and increasing productivity while focusing on improving quality and patient and staff safety.

Vezina earned bachelor’s degrees in Women’s Studies and Nursing, and a master’s degree in Nursing Leadership, from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She holds Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support and Oncology Nurse Certifications.

Diabetes Prevention Program Improves Health, Cuts Healthcare Costs

The best way to treat diabetes is to prevent it. And probably the best way to prevent it is through education. diabetesCertified diabetes educators (CDEs) from Kaleida Health’s Diabetes Endocrinology Center of WNY are doing just that.

“Our diabetes educators and one of our medical assistants recently completed required lifestyle coach training and are in the process of achieving Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recognition for our program,” said Linda Capers-Wheeler, MS, practice manager at the Diabetes Endocrinology Center. The CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a lifestyle change program designed to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

The 12-month DPP program is focused on long-term behavior changes that can promote lasting results in the prevention of diabetes. The Diabetes Endocrinology Center currently has 15 active participants who are enthusiastic about completing the program, according to Capers-Wheeler. Classes are held at the center’s 705 Maple Road location every Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.   

A second DPP class is held at Hertel Elmwood Internal Medicine where Rochelle Perrington is practice manager. The program is facilitated by Barbara Sylvester, RD, CDE, and Kathy Kornacki, RD. Classes are Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at 900 Hertel Avenue. Sylvester also provides ADA-recognized diabetes education at Buffalo General Medical Center.

“The goal is to motivate and support people living with prediabetes to make practical, real-life changes, that can cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half,” said Capers-Wheeler.

Contrary to what many people believe, diabetes is a serious disease. Those with diabetes face roughly twice the risk of dying as people of a similar age without the disease. Complications from the disease have a ripple effect, as well, putting a tremendous burden on the entire healthcare system. About one in five U.S. health care dollars is spent to provide care for individuals with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.  

The Diabetes Endocrinology Center’s recertification application for the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program was approved in January. The recertification is good for another four years.

For more information about the Endocrinology Center’s Diabetes Prevention Program, call 716-580-7300. To reach Hertel Elmwood Internal Medicine for more information about diabetes education and nutrition counseling, call 716-859-2821.