Health News – December 2016

Amherst Chiropractic adds two professionals

Chiropractors Thomas and Elizabeth Lyons are celebrating 30 years at Amherst Chiropractic, P.C. treating patients as husband and wife. They have just welcomed two new chiropractors to their practice: Zach Kashevaroff, and their daughter Chelsea Lyons.

Chelsea Lyons is focused on treating children and pregnant women who may be dealing with back and neck strain due to their changing bodies and altered centers of gravity.

Zach Kashevaroff will focus on treating sports injuries. He uses Kinesio Taping, a rehabilitative taping technique for the muscles and joints that is used on Olympic athletes.

Amherst Chiropractic promotes health and prevents disease by using an all-natural, conservative approach to treat patients with musculosketal conditions in their back and spine without the use of drugs or surgery. Their office also offers vitamins and nutritional consultations.

ECMCC awarded hospital accreditation

Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC) has recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its full hospital accreditation for a three-year period by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

ECMC underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey in late July. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.

“Joint Commission accreditation is known throughout the country as the national standard of excellence,” said ECMCC President and CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr. “This accreditation affirms the quality of care at Western New York’s only adult trauma center. I commend the entire ECMC family for their incredible dedication and commitment, ensuring that our patients receive the highest quality care and their families and loved ones are treated with dignity and respect to help ensure that ECMC continues as the region’s hospital of choice.

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients.  The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.

Compeer honored by P2 Collaborative of WNY

Compeer of Greater Buffalo, the only organization in Western New York dedicated to recovery through the healing power of friendship, received a Spotlight on Population Health (SOPHi) Award from P2 Collaborative of Western New York. In the category of promoting mental health, Compeer and its partner organizations, the Mental Health Association of Erie County, Jewish Family Service and Erie Community College, were honored for stigma-reducing advocacy and education through the mental health first aid program.

“The mental health first aid program is truly a collaborative effort between a dedicated team of partner organizations that collaborate each day to bring this much needed training to the community,” said Timothy Boling, executive director at Compeer Inc. “Since we began delivering the program in April 2014, we have offered 87 trainings for 1383 mental health first aiders.”

Mental health first aid training teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training provides the skills needed to provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

Mental health first aid is an international evidence-based program: In the United States, more than 700,000 people have been trained in by a dedicated base of more than 10,000 instructors across the country.

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