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Assisted suicide for mental health issues? A Catholic response
Mon, Aug 7th 2017 03:00 pm
Denver, Colo., Aug 5, 2017 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With awareness of mental health conditions on the rise, how is the Church called to respond to those who do not simply wish to end their lives, but push for the right to do so legally?
US Bishops Chairman responds to defeat of "Skinny Repeal" bill
Fri, Jul 28th 2017 09:40 am
WASHINGTON—In response to last night's Senate vote on the "skinny repeal" bill, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has issued the following statement:
Bishops appeal for healthcare that serves the common good
Tue, Jul 25th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—In light of today's Senate Republican vote to address the healthcare law, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, is appealing to Senators on both sides to work together in the days ahead to advance changes that will serve the common good of all.
US Bishop urges more 'reasonable' approach on Healthcare
Fri, Jul 21st 2017 10:00 am
WASHINGTON—In light of uncertainty about how the Senate will proceed on health care in the coming days, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate to fix problems with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a more narrow way, rather than repeal it without an adequate replacement.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital acquires latest technology
Sat, Jul 15th 2017 06:00 am
LEWISTON — Thanks to the funds provided by a donation from Catherine DiMino of Niagara Falls, Mount St. Mary's Hospital has acquired the latest vein visualization technology to assist in the placement of IVs and blood draws. The newly acquired system was unveiled in May at a luncheon as part of the hospital's celebration of National Nurses Week.
Revised Senate Healthcare Bill 'still unacceptable' says US Bishops' Chairman
Thu, Jul 13th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, reacted strongly to the revised Senate health reform bill, the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" (BCRA).
Sisters seek an owner/operator for their Williamsville property
Thu, Jul 6th 2017 01:00 pm
The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Williamsville have now entered Phase II of their property study and are pursuing a senior care provider owner/operator for the community living center and region house at 201 Reist St. for the 62 sisters currently in residence as well as for any additional future sisters currently residing in local mission houses in Western New York.
Kenmore Mercy earns prestigious Magnet recognition
Sat, Jun 17th 2017 08:00 am
KENMORE — Kenmore Mercy Hospital announced that it has received national recognition for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program. With this recognition, Kenmore Mercy joins a select magnet community, as only 454 hospitals worldwide have received the designation. Kenmore Mercy is also the only magnet-designated hospital in Western New York.
USCCB provides Senate with moral principles for health care reform
Fri, Jun 2nd 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - As the U.S. Senate begins to discuss health care reform, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin provided moral principles to help guide policymakers in their deliberations.
What the Bible tells us about being body positive
Fri, May 26th 2017 02:00 pm
Maybe it was one too many holiday dinner parties or those extra calorie-rich culinary treats that leave us feeling a bit more vulnerable to the weight-loss advertisements that bombard us this time of year. 'Tis the season, right? Or maybe, like me, you tend to struggle with body image in a world that's hyper-focused on our physical appearance. It makes no difference if you feel this on occasion or have felt this your entire life. I've gathered some meaningful Bible verses that speak to me about loving my body. Hopefully, they will help you too.
Mercy Nursing Facility named a top performing nursing home
Tue, May 23rd 2017 02:55 pm
For the second year in a row, the Mercy Nursing Facility at the Our Lady of Victory Senior Neighborhood was named a Top Performing Nursing Home by the New York State Department of Health. This designation places the Catholic Health long-term care facility, which is affiliated with Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, in the top 5 percent of nursing homes in the state.
Volunteer has been familiar face at Sisters Hospital for decades
Tue, May 23rd 2017 02:00 pm
For more than 30 years, Regina O'Connor, 99, has served as a friendly face greeting patients and their families at the front desk of Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo. Since shortly after she retired from her job with U.S. Customs in 1983, O'Connor has volunteered weekly at the same time on Tuesdays, a comforting and familiar presence for the people who have known her for three decades at the hospital.
Fidelis Care awards grant to Catholic Schools
Mon, May 22nd 2017 10:00 am
Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Buffalo will be in a better position to help students make healthier choices thanks to a $60,000 grant from Fidelis Care, a not for profit, faith based health insurance company. "They have been most generous," said Sister Carol Cimino, superintendent of Catholic Schools. "What we're trying to do with this particular grant is to change lifestyles and choices that children make."
USCCB chairman calls on Senate to strip harmful proposals from AHCA
Fri, May 5th 2017 08:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - After the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate to strip out the harmful provisions of the bill when the chamber takes it up for consideration.
Catholic Health, Roswell Park, Buffalo Medical Group form cancer care alliance
Fri, Apr 28th 2017 10:00 am
Members of Catholic Health, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Buffalo Medical Group donned hardhats and shovels to break ground for a new radiation oncology center in Orchard Park on April 28. The 5,000-square-foot center, located at Buffalo Medical Group's Southtowns Campus on North Buffalo Road, will offer outpatient radiation therapy under the clinical oversight of Roswell Park radiation oncologists. A panel of cancer specialists including radiation oncologists, medical physicists and medical dosimetrists will work together to plan, review and deliver personalized treatment for each patient in accordance with both national oncology treatment guidelines and the latest medical evidence.
Dean of health professions selected for national leadership academy
Fri, Apr 28th 2017 08:00 am
Dr. Maureen F. Finney, dean of the School of Health Professions at D'Youville College in Buffalo, has been made a member of the 2017-2018 Senior Leadership Academy, cosponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute, both based in Washington D.C.
U.S. bishop chair urges House members to "insist on changes" to proposed health care bill
Thu, Apr 27th 2017 04:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - As the U.S. House of Representatives appears poised to vote on the American Health Care Act (HB 1628), Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, stressed that remaining flaws in the bill will harm poor and vulnerable people and called on members to insist upon changes.
Mercy Hospital's Sleep Lab receives national accreditation
Wed, Apr 26th 2017 04:00 pm
Mercy Hospital's Sleep Lab has been awarded a five-year accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The Mercy Sleep Lab is a state-of-the-art facility that provides diagnostic and treatment services for all types of sleep disorders.
U.S. bishop chairmen urge Congress toward bipartisan reform on key health care issues
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - After the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on March 24 2017, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida urged members of Congress to "seize this moment to create a new spirit of bipartisanship" and make necessary reforms on access, affordability, life and conscience.
Lake View parish to co-sponsor panel on addiction
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 12:00 pm
LAKE VIEW — How do most people see addicts? Do they see them as lazy, unkept, dirty, homeless or jobless? Perhaps some addicts are these things, but that is not the truth of the matter. The truth is that they are all someone's sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, siblings, spouses, grandparents, friends, family members, coworkers and neighbors. Addiction affects people of all walks of life.
Catholic Medical Partners announces new board members
Thu, Mar 30th 2017 01:00 pm
Catholic Medical Partners is pleased to announce that David R. Dougherty, DO, and Msgr. Robert E. Zapfel have been named to its board of directors.
USCCB chair commends life protections but concerned about poor in AHCA
Mon, Mar 20th 2017 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida notes that, while the recently introduced American Health Care Act (AHCA) commendably contains key provisions in defense of life, the proposed legislation also creates "grave challenges for poor and vulnerable people that must be addressed" by Congress before passage.
St. Leo the Great presents drug abuse forum
Tue, Mar 7th 2017 02:00 pm
St. Leo the Great Parish will welcome Timothy Logsdon for the educational presentation "Alcohol and Drug Use: What Everyone Needs to Know!" at 1 p.m. March 18.
Justice Perspective: From a Catholic perspective, health care is a basic human right
Fri, Feb 17th 2017 04:20 pm
Within all of the debate of what to do with the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") - and how to replace, revise or remove it - almost all of the emphasis is on the cost and the coverages. Of course, these are the practical issues of prudential judgment that need to be made regarding any public policy. But, as in all prudential judgments, the decisions that should be made must come from some set of principles, not solely based on what works best.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast February 5
Fri, Feb 3rd 2017 07:00 am
Given the heightened news focus on immigration, on this week's podcast we revisit 2 interviews on the topic of refugees.
CMA allows health care workers to integrate religion and work
Mon, Jan 30th 2017 12:00 pm
At 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 12, the Diocese of Buffalo will continue the tradition of holding the White Mass, an annual event to recognize health care professionals in Western New York, at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. In the diocese, the Buffalo guild of the Catholic Medical Association supports and brings together Catholic doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who have committed themselves to caring for all patients to the best of their ability, while also following rules of Catholic doctrine.
USCCB chairman calls on Congress and Senate to preserve health care gains
Wed, Jan 18th 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - As Congress discusses a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, the Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, is urging members of the House and Senate to provide a replacement plan concurrently so that millions of Americans will continue to have access to vital health care.
Kenmore Mercy only New York hospital to earn 2016 Top Hospital Award
Sat, Jan 14th 2017 08:00 am
KENMORE — The Leapfrog Group announced that Kenmore Mercy Hospital has become the only facility in New York state to be named a Top Hospital. Widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions a hospital can receive in the U.S., the recognition showcases Kenmore Mercy's commitment to patient safety and quality. Kenmore Mercy was one of 115 Top Hospitals to have been recognized across the country.
Bishop Malone delivers Meals on Wheels, encourages volunteerism
Tue, Dec 20th 2016 01:00 pm
During the Christmas season, a tradition has developed in which Bishop Richard J. Malone and Father Ryszard Biernat join Meals on Wheels to visit numerous clients during meal delivery. For the fourth year, the pair were eagerly received by clients who wanted to share a prayer and receive Holy Communion. Each client also received a hand-made card and ornament created by children through a local religious education program.
Sister from Peru makes long distance connection
Mon, Dec 12th 2016 09:00 am
A young woman from Peru traveled nearly four thousand miles to profess her perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. The Eucharistic liturgy took place in the St. Mary of the Angels convent chapel in Williamsville on Saturday, December 10.
O'Hara senior honored for cancer project
Sun, Dec 11th 2016 07:00 am
TONAWANDA ­­— Caitlin Persico, a senior at Cardinal O'Hara High School, has been selected to present her research project that she completed over the summer at Roswell Park Cancer Institute to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society national convention on Nov. 10, in Minneapolis.
Sister of Mercy served as chief executive officer of Kenmore Mercy
Wed, Dec 7th 2016 11:00 am
Throughout her years of serving as a Sister of Mercy in the Diocese of Buffalo, Sister Mary Ann Schimscheiner, RSM, has made many contributions to the field of health care in the Western New York area, including serving as the chief executive officer of Kenmore Mercy Hospital for 18 years. Last month, she spoke with the Western New York Catholic about the history of the hospital, as well as the Retirement Fund for Religious.
McAuley Residence opens with blessings
Tue, Dec 6th 2016 11:00 am
Last year at this time, it was a picnic area. Now the expanded rehabilitation center of Catholic Health's McAuley Residence provides physical, occupational and speech therapy to injured and ailing Western New Yorkers. It shows that wonderful things can happen with patience and hard work.
Cardinal Dolan renews opposition to doctor-assisted suicide
Tue, Nov 22nd 2016 08:55 am
The Washington, DC, City Council and the voters of Colorado both recently acted to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, called for increased efforts to fight against assisted suicide, saying it must be "opposed with renewed vigor."
St. Mary's junior learns from Roswell experience
Mon, Nov 21st 2016 09:00 am
LANCASTER — Gabrielle Burkard, a junior at St. Mary's High School, had the opportunity to participate in the Junior Robotic Surgery Challenge over the summer at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The challenge introduced participants to various career opportunities within health care using hands-on, practical exercises and classroom instruction as well as guest lectures from accomplished professionals.
Mercy Revealed: Understanding Addiction
Fri, Nov 18th 2016 11:00 am
Ten people a week die of a drug overdose in Erie County. This statistic drove a crowd of 120 on November 15th to St. Leo the Great Church as they held a special evening of prayer, reflection and education for those family and friends struggling with the disease of addiction and for those who try to rescue them through support and treatment.
Kenmore Mercy receives top marks for standards of care
Mon, Oct 3rd 2016 09:00 am
KENMORE — Kenmore Mercy Hospital has been named among the top 10 percent of hospitals in America for orthopedic surgery, joint replacement and spine surgery by Healthgrades, the nation's leading source of hospital data.
Niagara University, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center sign memorandum of understanding
Tue, Sep 13th 2016 08:00 am
Last month, Niagara University and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center affirmed that they will be working together in commitment to promoting revitalization and economic growth in not only the city of Niagara Falls, but also all of Niagara County and Western New York, while encouraging international tourism. On Sept. 9, the men in charge of the organizations signed a memorandum of understanding at NU's Niagara Global Tourism Institute in downtown Niagara Falls, signaling a new era of collaboration.
WNYCatholic Weekly Podcast July 24
Sun, Jul 24th 2016 05:00 pm
This week we talk about Healthy Baby Festivals sponsored by the Catholic Charities WIC program.
Fidelis Care awards grant for Catholic Charities program
Sat, Jul 9th 2016 08:00 am
This is the 12th consecutive year Fidelis Care has supported the Catholic Charities of Buffalo In-School Social Work Program, recently awarding Catholic Charities a $403,850 grant to continue its commitment to make a difference in the lives of youth, their families and educators.