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Healthcare Professionals to be honored May 1, 2010, during

ECMC Lifeline Foundation Springfest gala

BUFFALO, NEW YORK; April 20, 2010-Springfest 2010, the ECMC Lifeline Foundation's annual black-tie gala, will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2010, at the Adam's Mark Hotel.  Springfest is the premier fund-raising event conducted each year by the Lifeline Foundation for ECMC Corporation.  Attendance for this 2010 function is expected to exceed 750 and includes medical and corporate leaders.

Three awards will be presented:  The Lifeline Chairman's Distinguished Service Award will be given to the Great Lakes Health of Western New York Inaugural Professional Steering Committee comprised of ten physicians from ECMC and Kaleida Health.  Honoree Brian M. Murray, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, ECMC Corporation, will be recognized as the Distinguished Physician Honoree; and Linda M. Schwab, M.S., R.N., Trauma Program Coordinator, ECMC Corporation, as the Distinguished Nursing Honoree

The Lifeline Chairman's Distinguished Service Award Honorees: Great Lakes Health System of Western New York Inaugural Professional Steering Committee members: Lawrence B. Bone, M.D., Inaugural Chair; Kevin J. Gibbons, M.D., Current Chair; Yogesh D. Bakhai, M.D.; Gregory J. Bennett, M.D.; James G. Corasanti, M.D.; Merril T. Dayton, M.D.; David G. Ellis, M.D.; Kathleen T. Grimm, M.D.; George E. Matthews, M.D.; James J. Reidy, M.D. 

Formed as part of the agreement between Kaleida Health and ECMC, the Great Lakes Health System of Western New York (WNY) Professional Steering Committee (PSC) was established in 2008 to make recommendations to the Great Lakes Health System of Western New York Board in developing selected clinical services within the new health system.  Over the subsequent months, the committee worked with some 70 private practice and academic physicians from both Kaleida and ECMC to develop a plan for improved and streamlined clinical services and a strengthened alignment between the two organizations.  The Professional Steering Committee led by ECMC and Kaleida physicians has approved a vision for the Great Lakes Health System of WNY.  At the ECMC campus, this vision will create an Orthopaedic and Bone Health Center with an expansion of orthopaedic capabilities, and a Renal Disease and (kidney/pancreas) Transplant Center.  At the Buffalo General Campus, cardiac services will be centralized at the new Global Vascular Institute.  A separate task force is looking at the level of cardiac services needed at ECMC to support trauma and a very busy emergency department.  The Committee also recommended the creation of a new transfer center to ensure the smooth transfer of patients from outlying hospitals and community physicians.  Thanks to the vision and dedication of the Professional Steering Committee, department assignments and expansions were developed at Kaleida and ECMC.  The collaboration and collegiality of the committee served as a model for the new Great Lakes Health System of WNY and inspired the transformation and future of both Kaleida and ECMC. 

Distinguished Physician Honoree: Brian M. Murray, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Attending Physician, Internal Medicine, ECMC Corporation; Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo

Dr. Brian Murray, an exceptional physician throughout his career, has distinguished himself as a teacher, administrator, and medical research investigator.  Since his early years as a student of the natural sciences at Trinity College, Dublin, he has devoted his life to the study and practice of medicine, particularly the field of nephrology and renal disease.  In addition to his responsibilities as Chief Medical Officer of ECMC Corporation, Dr. Murray is also an attending physician in internal medicine, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University at Buffalo.  He is a member or chairman of more than a dozen medical and administrative oversight committees at ECMC and nearly an equal number of University committees.  He has served as preceptor, lecturer, and supervisor of clinical research projects by renal fellows and medical residents for nearly 25 years.  He served as President of the Medical Dental Staff from 2000 to 2002.  Over the past six years, in recognition of his work and achievements, Dr. Murray was presented with the Gift of Life Award by the National Kidney Foundation of Western New York; the Best of the Best Award-the region's highest healthcare honor-by the Niagara Health Quality Coalition; and was selected for inclusion among the Best Doctors in America.  Dr. Murray is a tireless warrior in the fight against chronic kidney disease.  He has been the principal, site, or co-investigator on more than 25 research projects to study, increase understanding, and improve treatment of all aspects of chronic kidney disease including dialysis and transplant outcomes.  He is a founding member of the Western New York Kidney Disease Project, a collaboration of physicians, administrators, insurers, and other organizations formed to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of kidney disease treatment.  In addition, he is the author of countless published articles, reviews, book chapters, and abstracts on a range of renal and other medical issues. 

Distinguished Nursing Honoree: Linda M. Schwab, M.S., R.N., Trauma Program Coordinator for ECMC Corporation and the Western New York Region

Linda Schwab is a recognized leader in the field of trauma care, administration, and education.  As Trauma Program Coordinator, Linda Schwab works with regional and statewide committees to implement research-based improvements in trauma care and public health policy.  A tireless advocate for injury prevention education, Linda Schwab has presented violence prevention programs to children and young adults and was instrumental in the development of a program that shows high school students the reality of being a victim of a motor vehicle collision and the consequences of driving while impaired or distracted.  The program has reached thousands of high school students and has been recognized by Business First and AM Buffalo.  During her nursing career at ECMC, Linda Schwab has served as case manager for surgical specialties, trauma intensive care nurse, and nurse clinician for the Roger W. Seibel, M.D., Burn Treatment Center.  Through her research activities, clinical publications, active involvement with the community, and leadership role in numerous professional organizations, she has had an important impact on the quality of nursing care at ECMC and throughout New York State.  Her experiences in ECMC's Trauma Intensive Care Unit have laid the foundation for many of her professional achievements and her lifelong commitment to the care and management of burn and trauma victims.  As adjunct faculty to the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, she has lectured on the assessment and management of burn patients and served as a clinical practicum preceptor.  She has volunteered to share her knowledge at fire companies and received a community service award for her role in the establishment of the Juvenile Fire Education and Response Organization.  Nurse Schwab was chosen by the New York State Chapter of the American Trauma Society as the 2007 Trauma Coordinator of Distinction for New York State and was presented the 2004 Nurse of Distinction Award by the Professional Nurses Association of Western New York and The Buffalo News.  Linda Schwab is the Education Committee Chair of the New York State Chapter of the American Trauma Society and a member of the New York State Trauma Advisory Committee.  She has served as lecturer, instructor, course director and course coordinator for many trauma and burn care courses, events, and presentations throughout New York State and Southern Ontario.  

Springfest 2010 will commence on Saturday, May 1, at the Adam's Mark Hotel with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a brief program and dinner.  Springfest 2010 promises to be an inspirational evening as important individuals are recognized for their contributions to the Western New York community.  Promoted as Springfest Swingfest this year, the event also promises to be an enjoyable evening with the music of nationally acclaimed Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.  Those individuals or organizations interested in obtaining additional information, sponsoring Springfest, and/or wishing to purchase tickets, should contact the ECMC Lifeline Foundation at 716-898-5800. 

ECMC Lifeline Foundation, Inc. was created as a not-for-profit corporation with a mission to assist ECMC in establishing the resources needed to support the medical center's Adult Regional Trauma Center and its Culture of Care through excellence in medical and customer services.  Since ECMC is now an independent Public Benefit Corporation and is no longer a part of Erie County, it seeks to receive support from the community it has helped for so long and from those who may need its services in the future. 

FOUNDATION CONTACT: Executive Director Gia Coone at 716-898-5800

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

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