March 2015

Below are the March Medical Staff Updates. As a reminder, all providers must complete the attestation at the bottom of this page by March 31.

CMO Message

Chief Medical OfficersKaleida Health stands amid a vast number of hospitals at a time when patients have a choice. They can easily choose their primary doctor, their specialist and certainly their preferred hospital. Patients also have access to a surplus of online healthcare information and public reports of hospital quality, safety and patient satisfaction.

There is no hiding the fact that Kaleida Health has experienced challenges in our public perception over the past several months. We have seen quality and patient-generated reports that do not seem commensurate with the high quality care we seek to administer. 

Lee Atwater, a political consultant to United States Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, once said, “Perception is reality.” The reality we all face is simple—we must evolve and adapt to ensure that we deliver the type of care our patients want and deserve. This dictates that value-based, quality care must be focused on the patient. Empathy and compassion must be focused on the patient. Safety and good outcomes must be focused on the patient. The patient must be at the center of all we do.

The health care of tomorrow holds great promise for Kaleida Health as we look to differentiate ourselves as the premier healthcare organization in the region. Our success largely depends on how quickly we can establish a reputation for truly caring about every patient. This will require considerable teamwork and collaboration from our most valuable assets: doctors, nurses and staff. It is worth the effort because the value we will bring to our community is priceless.

David Hughes, MD, MPH
Kaleida Health

Colin McMahon, MD
Buffalo General Medical Center

David Pierce, MD, FACEP
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Memorial Hospital

Stephen Turkovich, MD
Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

Doctors’ Day

National Doctors’ Day is celebrated annually on March 30 in recognition of the tireless efforts of physicians around the country who care for the sick, advance medical knowledge and promote good health.

Doctor's DayMore than 170 years ago, Crawford W. Long, MD, of Georgia administered the first ether anesthetic for surgery. This history-making achievement, and the continuous efforts by doctors to alleviate human suffering, has become the basis for Doctors’ Day.

Kaleida Health is fortunate to call the most talented and accomplished physicians in Western New York our own. Compassionate physicians across Kaleida Helath dedicate their lives to improving the human condition. They continue to achieve recognition for innovative research and medical advances, as evidenced by the recent landmark trial led by The University at Buffalo (UB) Neurosurgery Department. Furthermore, as UB’s medical school moves to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Kaleida Health’s physicians will continue to shape and train the doctors of tomorrow. 

As National Doctors’ Day draws near, each site will host a special celebration for its doctors. Kaleida Health celebrates the contributions of the physicians who serve and care for our patients every day. Thank you for your loyalty and commitment!

Semiannual Meeting on April 14

Semi Annual MeetingAll physicians are invited to the Medical/Dental Staff Semiannual Meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens Restaurant, 6461 Transit Road, Depew, NY 14043.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 5:45 p.m.; the business meeting and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

RSVP with your dinner selection of steak, chicken, fish or vegetarian by Friday, March 20, 2015 to the Medical Staff Office at 716-859-5501; by facsimile at 716-859-5592 or by email to

Electronic Prescribing

A New York State mandate requiring all prescriptions, including controlled substances, to be electronically prescribed was originally scheduled to become effective March 27, 2015. However, the New York State Senate and Assembly recently passed legislation, which is pending signature from Governor Andrew Cuomo, to delay implementation of the mandate by one year.

Kaleida Health has been working to implement electronic prescribing by the middle of March. While ready to move forward, Kaleida Health is holding the launch of electronic prescribing until the governor makes a final decision on the legislation.

As more definitive information becomes available, providers will receive a special edition of the Medical Staff Updates that contains instructions for electronic prescribing.

Medical Staff Attestation - March 2015

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