$47,000 Grant from William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
The Mercy Hospital Foundation recently received a grant award in the amount of $47,000 from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund to support the Empowering Buffalo: One Neighborhood at a Time program. The initiative partners Catholic Health's Mission on the Move mobile wellness clinics with the Mercy Comprehensive Care Center (MCCC) to address physical, mental and spiritual barriers to quality of life in at-risk neighborhoods served by MCCC.
Mission on the Move and the MCCC will utilize the generous grant award to bolster topically related community outreach events with education and health screening events during 2014. Additionally, grant funds will bolster the Reach Out and Read program at the MCCC. Reach Out and Read was developed by pediatricians and early educators to make literacy promotion a part of pediatric primary care. New and culturally appropriate books are given to patients at the well child visit.
The Mercy Hospital Foundation wishes to thank the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund for their partnership and generosity.
5th Annual Autumn Ball
A record 250 guests gathered to support Mercy Hospital of Buffalo during the Mercy Hospital Foundation’s 5th Annual Autumn Ball held Friday, November 8, at the Orchard Park Country Club. The event was chaired by Dr. John Bell-Thomson, Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mercy Hospital and Mrs. Julie Bell-Thomson. Proceeds from the 2013 Autumn Ball will fund critical projects at Mercy Hospital, including the completion of the Margaret L. Wendt Family Center and renovations to the nurses stations in the hospital’s Stroke Center and Ambulatory Surgery, Medical Rehab and Intensive Care Units.
The 5th Annual Autumn Ball raised $108,700 (net $79,527.47) to support Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. Mercy Hospital Foundation's 2013 Scrub Run and Autumn Ball together grossed $133,070 (net $92,760.06), this year.
Click on 5th Annual Autumn Ball Announcement to learn more.
Golf For Charleen Event Donates $10,000 to Mercy Hospital Foundation
Charleen Grzybowski's legacy lives on through the generosity of her family. On Tuesday, October 22, the Grzybowski family presented Mercy Hospital Foundation with a $10,000 check from the 5th Annual Golf For Charleen event. The gift marked the largest donation to date from the Grzybowski family.
This year’s gift will enable Mercy’s Stroke Team and Medical Rehab Unit (MRU) to purchase a much needed Dynavision care unit. This device is utilized during rehabilitation sessions with patients to strengthen their visual-perceptual deficits following a stroke or as a result of a neurological disease. Members of the Grzybowski family learned more about the device during a recent tour of Kenmore Mercy Hospital's Medical Rehab Unit.
Charleen Grzybowski died at the age of 49 from a massive aneurysm in her brain. She was in a comatose state in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Mercy Hospital for three days before passing. Her family was so grateful for the compassionate care she received at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo that they established a golf event and fund in her honor and memory to support other patients and families cared for at Mercy.
Charleen is survived by her husband Christopher, and their 5 children, Christina, Jessica, Brian, Jacob, Stacy and six grandchildren.
The Mercy Hospital Foundation wishes to thank and congratulate the Grzybowski family for being a hero to the ill and injured. Their generosity in the face of loss has transform lives and change hearts.
Scrub Run 5K Results
Over 130 runners and walkers put their best foot forward at the 1st Annual Scrub Run. The charity 5K and 1 Mile Walk raised funds for the patients and residents served at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and Catholic Health’s Continuing & Home Care ministries.
The first annual event for Mercy Hospital Foundation and Catholic Health’s Continuing & Home Care Foundation raised $33,245 (net $21,370)!
Thirty-three-year-old Michael Moore of Hamburg finished first in 18:37 and 13-year-old Grace Brach of East Aurora was the first female finisher with a time of 22:53. Self proclaimed Bills Fanatic "Captain Buffalo" also brought some flare to the Scrub Run.
Click on the Scrub Run Announcement to learn more.
BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York honors Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York named Mercy Hospital of Buffalo a Blue Distinction Centers for Speciality Care. The program recognizes hospitals across the country that have a proven track record for delivering better results, including fewer complications and readmissions, than hospitals without these recognitions.
Mercy Hospital Receives Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association has awarded Mercy Hospital of Buffalo's Stroke Care Team the Gold Plus Achievement Award. This prestigious honor recognizes hospitals for achieving 85 percent or higher adherence to the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12 month intervals and at least 12 consecutive months of 75 percent or higher compliance with 5 or more Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Quality measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes. The recognition time of compliance for this award spanned from January 2011 through December 2012.
Margaret L. Wendt Family Center
The Mercy Hospital Foundation received a grant for $375,000 from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation to complete a significant renovation of the surgical waiting room at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo to be named The Margaret L. Wendt Family Center.
“The number of patients turning to Mercy for care has steadily increased, not only in the Emergency Department, but in our surgical services as well,” said Mercy Hospital President & CEO CJ Urlaub. “Whether it’s a joyous occasion, such as the birth of a baby, an elective procedure, a medical emergency or major surgery, when you have a loved one in the operating room, it can be a stressful time. Mercy Hospital’s new surgical waiting room will provide a calm and comfortable environment for our patients’ families. We are grateful to the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation for making this possible.”
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