$2.5 Million Donation Will Establish the TOPS Friendly Markets Mother-Baby Unit in New Hospital

Released: 7/16/2013
(L to R): Allegra Jaros, chief operating officer, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo; Amy Habib Rittling, partner, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP and co-chair John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital Campaign; Frank Curci, president and chief executive officer, TOPS Friendly Markets; James R. Kaskie, president and chief executive officer, Kaleida Health; and Gil Farkash, MD, clinical chief of OB/GYN Services, Kaleida Health.

A $2.5 million donation will establish the TOPS Friendly Markets Mother-Baby Unit in the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.

Frank Curci, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of TOPS Friendly Markets, presented the gift to James R. Kaskie, Kaleida Health's president and CEO, Gill Farkash, MD, clinical chief of OB/GYN services at Kaleida Health, and Amy Habib-Rittling, partner at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP and co-chair John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital Campaign. 

“Generations of families who will have their babies delivered at the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital can thank TOPS Friendly Markets for its on-going and incredibly generous support that now includes the Mother-Baby Unit for new mothers and their newborns to be admitted immediately following birth,” said Dr. Farkash. “While our physicians, nurses and all other staff ensure these families receive the best possible care available, TOPS Friendly Markets has ensured they will also enjoy the most state-of-the-art facilities possible.”

TOPS Friendly Markets and its associates continue their long-standing support of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. TOPS has supported Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo through its TOPS Charity Golf Outing, TOPS Free Gas & Groceries in support of the annual Festival of Trees, the Teddy Bear campaign, and the KISS Cares for Kids Radiothon. The TOPS Friendly Markets Ambulatory Surgery Center is among the many areas throughout Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo it has supported throughout the years. 

"We are proud to support and be a part of the John R. Oishei Hospital, a facility that will provide the highest quality women and children's health care in Western New York and beyond,” said Curci. “We are committed to improving the quality of life of the people within our communities, and by making this donation, we are investing in the health of future generations."

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets – 154 company-owned and five franchise locations under the Tops, Grand Union and Bryant's banners.  With more than 15,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at www.topsmarkets.com.

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo offers women the best option for delivering their baby as the only hospital in Western New York with a team of pediatric surgeons and a full panel of pediatric medical subspecialists on site, including the region’s largest, most advanced and safest neonatal intensive care unit. More information about maternity services at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is available online at www.BuffaloBaby.org

The vision for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is to be recognized as the innovator, the highest quality, highest value provider and partner, and the regional referral center for women and children’s health care for Kaleida Health, in Western New York and beyond. Expanded services at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, along with continued trends of more patients receiving care in an ambulatory setting, were major factors considered by a Physician-led Steering Committee while reviewing previous campus plans and developing its proposal for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus location. For more information about the physician-led plans for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, please go online at www.wchob.org/oishei.

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health facility and teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric, neonatal, perinatal and obstetrical services in Western New York and beyond.  For more information, please go online at www.wchob.org.

Additional information available: http://www.wchob.org/oishei