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ECMC Campaign for the Haiti Home for Children and Hope Village

BUFFALO, NEW YORK; March 26, 2010-The Erie County Medical Center Corporation held a fundraising event at ECMC to benefit the Haiti Home for Children and Hope Village to provide financial support toward the rebuilding of this vital institution for children after the devastation caused by the January 2010 earthquake. 

The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus performed a variety of music for this event.  Giving personal accounts of their experiences in Haiti and at the Haiti Home for Children included such speakers as: Blair Buczkowski, R.N., an ECMC nurse and mother of two children adopted from the Haiti Home for Children; Sandra K. Scruggs and Denis Alston, of Zion Dominion Foreign Mission, both having recently returned from Haiti; and Pastor Chuck Whited, First Trinity Lutheran Church, who has a building effort in progress in Haiti.  ECMC physicians and administrators were also on-hand to speak to those in attendance. 

Under the leadership of Jody Lomeo, Chief Executive Officer, ECMC Corporation, Dr. Timothy DeZastro, Director of Radiology, ECMC; Dr. Shantikumar Bedmutha, Radiology Department, ECMC; ECMC nurse Blair Buczkowski, R.N., and other ECMC staff members, it was determined that this event and associated fundraising campaign would be an opportunity for everyone at ECMC, including visitors and patients, if they wish, to make a generous and meaningful contribution to help relieve some of the suffering of some of the most vulnerable Haitian people. 

During the planning meeting, Dr. Bedmutha said, "We have to do something in Haiti that will have a lasting impact." 

ECMC nurse Blair Buczkowski, who adopted a daughter in 1991 and a son in 1995 from the Haiti Home for Children, explained that the orphanage from where her children were adopted was deemed uninhabitable by the recent earthquake.  Nurse Buczkowski was a volunteer at the orphanage and Hope Hospital, which is part of the community of supportive services funded by the Fondation Pour les Enfants d'Haiti (FEH). 

"The children had great needs before the earthquake, and I have plans to go there this year to volunteer again.  It is wonderful to be able to do something for the children," said nurse Buczkowski. 

The Haiti Home for Children is a safe, clean, Christian based orphanage for up to ninety children ages two to fourteen.  The United States Foundation for the Children of Haiti (USFCH) working as a 501c3 organization, is dedicated to providing financial, medical, and religious support and assistance to the needy children of Haiti through its alliance with Fondation Pour les Enfants d'Haiti.  FEH is a Haitian organization, without ties to the Haitian government, which works to save the lives of children in Haiti.  FEH is recognized by the governments of both the United States of American and Haiti as an official non-government organization (NGO).  This organization oversees the following ministries: the Haiti Home for Children, Hope Hospital, a nursery program and a school.  Hope Hospital suffered minor damage and has been able to provide treatment for many of the victims of the earthquake in Port au Prince.  However, the orphanage will require extensive work to make it safe and functional again. 

All of the proceeds of this campaign will be donated to the USFCH for the re-building of the Haiti Home for Children in Port au Prince, Haiti.  Over 95% of the monies raised will be used specifically for the rebuilding of the orphanage.  For more information on USFCH, the FEH, and the Haiti Home for Children, log-on to: http://www.usfch.org/

The ECMC Corporation includes an advanced academic medical center (ECMC) with 550 inpatient beds and 136 skilled-nursing-home beds, on- and off-campus health centers, over 40 outpatient specialty care clinics and the Erie County Home, a skilled nursing facility.  ECMC is the regional center for trauma, burn care, rehabilitation and is a major teaching facility for the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the University.  More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and customer service provided as a result of its Culture of Care

NEWS CONTACT:  Joe Cirillo at 716-898-4300 or jcirillo@ecmc.edu

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