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Immunodeficiency Clinic earns NYS Department of Health Award

BUFFALO, NEW YORK; January 30, 2013-The Immunodeficiency Services Department at Erie County Medical Center has won the 2012 New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Award for Excellence in Quality Performance.  The award recognizes a clinic that achieves and sustains measurably high quality care.  The immunodeficiency clinic received the award for demonstrating sustained improvement for patient retention and viral load suppression, as well as improving linkages to care as shown through its participation in NY Links and the In+ Care Campaign

"The award is a result of the combined efforts of the clinic's physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and others," emphasized Thomas A. Russo, MD, Professor and Chief of the Infections Disease Department of Medicine, S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo.  "It is truly a team award." 

The clinic, staffed in part by division faculty, is the largest and only comprehensive HIV and AIDS care center in Western New York.  Physicians in the infectious diseases fellowship train at the facility during ambulatory rotations. 

The award is one of several given by the HIV Quality of Care Program, a statewide initiative for systematically monitoring the quality of HIV medical care and support services.  It will be presented March 14th, 2013, in New York City. 

To refer to this award announcement on the UB site, log-on to:  http://medicine.buffalo.edu/departments/medicine/news-and-events/news/infectious-disease.host.html/content/shared/smbs/news/2013/01/infectious-diseases-hiv-aids-award-227.detail.html

ABOUT ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER: 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, more than 30 outpatient specialty care clinics and a long-term care facility.  ECMC is the regional center for trauma, burn care, and rehabilitation and is a major teaching facility for the University 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 patient experiences-the difference between healthcare and true care. 

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



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