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Healthcare Professionals to be honored May 14, 2011, during ECMC Lifeline Foundation Springfest gala

BUFFALO, NEW YORK; May 6, 2011-Springfest 2011, the ECMC Lifeline Foundation's annual black-tie gala, will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, 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 2011 function is expected to exceed 750 and includes medical and corporate leaders. 

This year, the ECMC Lifeline Foundation will recognize three outstanding professionals during the Springfest gala: Neil Dashkoff, M.D., as the Distinguished Physician Honoree; and both Lori Anthony, R.N., and Mary Goodspeed, B.S., R.N., as Distinguished Nursing Honorees.    

Distinguished Physician Honoree: Neil Dashkoff, M.D., Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, ECMC; and

Clinical Professor of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo.  Dr. Neil Dashkoff was born and raised in the Bensonhurst area of Brooklyn, New York, the middle child of loving parents, Morris and Paula Dashkoff.  In pursuit of a nearly inborn desire to become a physician, Dr. Dashkoff commuted to New York University where he majored in biology, then enrolled in the NYU School of Medicine.  He did his internship and first year residency in Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and returned to NYU-Bellevue for his second year and third year (chief) residency.  This was followed by a Cardiology Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, sealing a lifelong affinity for clinical cardiology, teaching, and participation in clinical research.  The "Buffalo Plan" which followed was intended as a 12-month visiting research and clinical experience at the SUNYAB School of Medicine and the E. J. Meyer Memorial Hospital (the forerunner of ECMC) under the tutelage of Dr. Francis Klocke, a world renowned coronary physiologist and chief of the Division of Cardiology for the university and the hospital.  The Erie County Medical Center remained his base of operation, a source of pride, and the venue for the practice of medicine and cardiology for over 30 years, as a member of the Department of Medicine and the Niagara Frontier Heart Associates.  He introduced coronary angioplasty to Western New York in 1981, the radial artery approach in 1994, and in 2002, he was one of the first to publish on the ulnar artery approach for coronary angiography and coronary intervention.  Dr. Dashkoff intends to continue his professional pursuits at ECMC, and with its partners, Kaleida Health and the UB School of Medicine, to assist in providing the community of Western New York with the quality medical care.  Dr. Dashkoff explains that he was blessed with the love and support of Aelreda Flanders Dashkoff, and their three sons, Peter, Jonathan, and Matthew.  Following her untimely passing, he had the good fortune to meet Marlène Penegaggi Dashkoff, who was instrumental in raising the Dashkoff boys.  Dr. Dashkoff and Marlène reside in Amherst. 

Distinguished Nursing Honoree: Lori Anthony, R.N., HIV Expanded Testing & Integration Initiative Coordinator, Immunodeficiency Services, ECMC.  Lori Anthony has served as grant coordinator for multiple initiatives in the Immunodeficiency Services Department at ECMC since 1994.  She is a tireless advocate for HIV counseling and testing, HIV risk reduction, and clinical and community based education programs.  Her kind approach and disarming manner allows her to readily connect with at-risk individuals to foster a trusting relationship, encouraging them to seek assistance, testing, and follow-up care to enhance their health status.  Lori began her HIV career in 1986, while working at the Los Angeles Free Clinic under the direction of the late Dr. Eric Cohen.  After moving back to Western New York, she met her husband John (Chief of Civil Processing Division for the Erie County Sheriff's Department) and has been married for 14 years.  She is the proud mother of two children: daughter Jordan, 12, and son Jack, 9.  They live in Grand Island.  Lori has been involved in numerous New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Grants including: HIV Clinical Education Initiative; Targeted Provider Education Program; AIDS Education and Training Center Grants; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Initiatives; CDC Expanded Outreach and Testing Initiatives; and the current CDC Pilot Project, Expanded HIV testing for Disproportionately Affected Populations.  She is President-Elect of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Western New York Chapter, and is a co-founder of the Western New York Regional Education Committee.  Her personal and professional efforts have favorably impacted the quality of life for many patients and worked to decrease the incidence of HIV and AIDS in the region. 

Distinguished Nursing Honoree: Mary Goodspeed, B.S., R.N., HIV Clinical Education Initiative Coordinator, Immunodeficiency Services, ECMC.  Mary Goodspeed has worked at ECMC since 2003 as the HIV Clinical Education Initiative Coordinator.  In this role, she has been a vital force in the development and coordination of HIV/AIDS clinical education training programs throughout Western New York.  She is well known for her engaging educational style and ability to use humor to lighten the seriousness associated with HIV, leaving her audiences laughing and wanting more.  She has designed numerous educational programs according to the criteria established by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, and has coordinated more than 50 professional clinical internships through the ECMC AIDS Center.  Mary was co-located between Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Erie County Medical Center for nine years, coordinating the HIV Early Identification and Intervention grant that was instrumental in decreasing mother-to-child HIV transmission in Western New York.  Mary is an Adjunct Faculty member at the UB School of Nursing and serves in many volunteer positions including: Executive Board Member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care; Secretary, Executive Board of Directors, AIDS Network of WNY; Chairman of the Policy Advisement Committee, NYS Public Health Coalition; AIDS Plus Fund Executive Board; and Rape Crisis Advisory Committee.  She has recently completed a six-year appointment on the NYS DOH HIV Prevention Planning Group where she served as co-chair of the Emerging Issues Committee.  Her commitment to caring for patients with HIV/AIDS and her role in providing education and clinical expertise to regulatory agencies and clinicians have clearly enhanced the clinical outcomes and quality of care provided in WNY.  Mary, who resides in West Seneca, is proud of her four children and 16 grandchildren. 

Springfest 2011 will commence on Saturday, May 14, at the Adam's Mark Hotel with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a brief program and dinner.  Springfest 2011 promises to be an inspirational evening as important individuals are recognized for their contributions to the Western New York community.  Springfest also promises to be an enjoyable evening with music by International Record Artist The Average White Band and Buffalo's own Lance Diamond and the 24K Diamond Band.  Those individuals or organizations interested in obtaining additional information, sponsoring Springfest, or wishing to purchasing tickets should contact Debi Jamieson of the ECMC Lifeline Foundation at 716-898-5800 or log on to http://www.ecmc.edu/about/lifeline/springfest11.asp 

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. 


Tom Quatroche 716-898-5503 or tquatroche@ecmc.edu

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



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