Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Nurse Practitioner to be Honored for Exceptional Community Service

Updated: 3/12/2013
(L to R): Karyn Wilson, Manager, School Based Health Centers and Denise Piechowski, NP, Bennett High School School Based Health Center

Denise Piechowski, pediatric nurse practitioner for Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo based at the Bennett High School School Based Health Center, will be honored by the 100 Club of Buffalo for coming to the aid of a bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle in June 2012.

The 100 Club of Buffalo, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to the members of local law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service agencies, will honor Denise during their 54th Annual Hero Awards Dinner. The dinner recognizes local first responders and civilians for their exceptional community service.

Denise demonstrated outstanding community service when she and two others stopped to help Curtis J. Senf, a bicyclist struck by a minivan on Niagara Falls Boulevard last June. Denise performed CPR at the accident scene until a rescue squad arrived to take Mr. Senf to the hospital.

"The outcome would have been much different if people didn't stop and take an active role," Niagara County Sheriff's Capt. Gregory T. Schuey told The Buffalo News at the time.

Hero Award recipients receive a cash stipend, a pin and a keepsake from the 100 Club of Buffalo. Honorees’ names are also engraved on the Hero Awards Board at Chef’s Restaurant.

Kaleida Health’s School Based Health Centers are located in several schools throughout Buffalo and provide both primary care and mental health services to students. Services include the treatment of minor, acute, and chronic health problems, nutrition counseling, mental health assessments, crisis intervention and counseling. These health centers are staffed by a team of health professionals composed of physicians, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, social workers, psychologists, dietitians, and educational counselors.