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WCHOB is Leading Practice for Medication Safety Among Pediatric Facilities in NYS

BUFFALO, NY -Women & Children’s Hospital was named the only leading practice for medication safety among pediatric facilities in results gathered from a survey of hospital pharmacy systems directed by the New York State Patient Safety Center. 

The Patient Safety Center working with the Health Research, Inc. awarded a grant to Deloitte Consulting to survey 149 pharmacy directors representing 218 hospitals throughout New York State to identify the statewide best practices in specific areas that can be replicated by a variety of hospital types in diverse locations. This first-time survey was administered to develop evidence-based hospital specific recommendations to assist hospitals in developing strategies to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety. All together, the survey consisted of 15 categories of leading practices.

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Transplant Miracles Foundation's Treasure Island Picnic to Support Organ Transplant & Research

The Transplant Miracles Foundation is asking the community to come out in support of organ transplant and research at the 3rd annual Treasure Island Family Picnic – or else have to walk the plank! The yearly fundraising event is Saturday, September 18 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the West Side Rowing Club and Frank Lloyd Wright Rowing Boathouse.

Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per family and include food, drinks, raffles, games, music and fun for the whole family. Proceeds from the event support organ transplant and surgical research, the treatment and care of transplant recipients and to promote organ donation.

Erie County Executive, Chris Collins, Supports the Buffalo Zoo's Launch of a Cell Phone App

Erie County Executive, Chris Collins, and Buffalo Zoo President and CEO, Donna M. Fernandes, Ph.D., have officially launched the Buffalo Zoo’s cell phone app to support cultural tourism in Buffalo!

As part of County Executive Chris Collins’ tourism initiative, the Buffalo Zoo and Odysseus Mobile Computing have collaborated to create a cell phone tour of the Buffalo Zoo.

Visitors with Iphones and Droid model cell phones can now download a Buffalo Zoo app, which enables users to easily access multimedia information about animal exhibits, event schedules, the history of the Buffalo Zoo, conservation tips and details about Zoo memberships and other visitor amenities. Using the built-in GPS technology, the app also guides visitors around the Zoo.

Writing With Light Student Exhibition

Just Buffalo Literary Center and CEPA Gallery are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Writing With Light Student Exhibition. A celebratory reception will be held on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at CEPA Gallery in the Market Arcade building, 617 Main Street, Buffalo.

Featuring selected works from Just Buffalo & CEPA Gallery’s education programs from the past year, the exhibit will display work from Picturing Poetry, Writer Residencies, and Bookmaking projects.

Writing With Light reached more than 3,500 K-12 students across the region this year, and its emphasis on intensive one-on-one contact between teaching artists and students yields powerful creative results. 

Genevieve DeCarlo, a 3rd grade teacher at Discovery School, P.S. 67 explains, "It was amazing to see the growth of my students... All children should be able to have this awesome learning experience!"

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Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Seeks Help to 'Releaf' Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The 2006 October Storm destroyed 33,000 trees in our Olmsted Parks. One vote on line per day at the Pepsi Refresh Project website can help the Conservancy win $50,000 to plant 1,000 trees over the next year. 

Just go to www.refresheverything.com/releafbuffalo or text 102378 to PEPSI (73774) to vote today and every day in the month of September. 

Your votes help Buffalo now, and for the future. A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs. per year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two human beings.  

City of Buffalo Salaries in Line with State Average

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- City of Buffalo employees had an average pay of $42,448 for its 1,303 employees, according to a report released Thursday by the Empire Center for New York State Policy. The average pay for city employees across the state is $43,817.

The highest paid city employees outside New York City were in Westchester, one of the nation's most expensive places to live. The city of Yonkers, with 993 employees, led the state with an average pay of $71,659.

Congressman Higgins Announces Application Period for SAFER Federal Fire Grants

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the application window for grants provided through the Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) program is now open.   SAFER grants are aimed at increasing the number of firefighters and enhancing a department’s ability to comply with federal standards that ensure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards.  This year Congress appropriated approximately $420 million for the SAFER program. 

“I encourage local companies to apply for funding through this federal grant to help support outreach and recruitment of the next generation of first responders,” said Higgins.