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Dr. Viscardo to be honored at ECMC Lifeline Foundation Springfest 2005 dinner
dance on May 7

BUFFALO, NEW YORK; APRIL 25, 2005 - The ECMC Lifeline Foundation will hold Springfest, the Foundation's annual black-tie dinner dance, on Saturday, May 7, at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Each year, in preparation for Springfest, a nominating committee composed entirely of colleagues selects a physician honoree. The Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation physician honoree for Springfest 2005 is Dr. William M. Viscardo.

Dr. Viscardo is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dentistry. An Attending Dentist in the Department of Dentistry at ECMC, Dr. Viscardo has helped to develop the department, and in recruiting resident dentists. The department has grown into one of the busiest outpatient clinics at the Medical Center. Dr. Viscardo has also been instrumental in developing and maintaining dentistry for the Hemophilia Center of Western New York.

Dr. William M. Viscardo grew up in Monroe, New York, as the eleventh of fourteen children. After graduating from Monroe High School, Bill attended Canisius College. During the summers, he worked with an engineering firm that helped build the NYS Thruway from Suffern to Newburg. Upon graduating from Canisius, Bill spent two years in the Army where he was a member of the 101st Airborne Infantry. After his tour of duty, Bill returned to Buffalo, where he worked as a Chemical Engineer for Allied Chemical. Bill then attended UB Dental School, and again during the summers, helped build the NYS Thruway in Buffalo where he worked as a NY State Inspector.

Dr. Viscardo is a member of the American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, the Eighth District Dental Society and the Erie County Dental Society.

Dr. Viscardo has always been interested in serving the community. He has coached Little League Soccer and Baseball, served as President of the Amherst Central Middle/High School PTA, where he was awarded the PTA New York State Life Membership Award. He served on the Amherst Central School Board of Education for nine years and served as vice president for two years. He co-founded the community organization, Eggertsville-Snyder Quality Life Council. Dr. Viscardo is a member of St. Benedict's Holy Name Society, George Lamm Veterans Post and has served on the Scientific Squad for the Buffalo Police Department.

Dr. Viscardo resides with his wife, Trudy, in Snyder. Dr. Viscardo and his wife have three children and six grandchildren.

Springfest 2005 will feature a silent auction starting at 5:30 P.M. The program and dinner will begin at 7:00 P.M., followed by music from The Live Wire Band.

All proceeds from Springfest 2005 will benefit the ECMC Department of Dentistry, the ECMC Employee Education Fund, and the Foundation. To purchase tickets or for more information about Springfest 2005, inquiries should be directed to Foundation executive coordinator of special events Joan Lillis, RN, at 716-898-5885.

The mission of the ECMC Lifeline Foundation (an independent, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation) is to assist Erie County Medical Center Corporation in procuring the resources needed to become the medical center of choice through excellence in patient care and customer service.

NEWS CONTACT: Joe Cirillo: (716) 898-4300

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