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BUFFALO, NEW YORK; April 17, 2008-Springfest 2008, the ECMC Lifeline Foundation's Prescription for A Night of Elegance, will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Springfest is the premier fund-raising event conducted each year by the Lifeline Foundation for ECMC. Attendance for this 2008 function is expected to exceed 500 medical and community professionals.

In preparation for Springfest, a nominating committee comprised of healthcare administration, physician, and nursing colleagues selects three deserving professionals affiliated with ECMC to be honored during this annual black-tie dinner dance event. The individuals chosen to be honored this year are: Sharon L. Hanson as the Lifeline Chairman's Distinguished Service Honoree; Dietrich Jehle, MD, FACEP, as the Distinguished Physician Honoree; and Jennifer Sweetland, RN, as the Distinguished Nursing Honoree.

Chairman's Distinguished Service Honoree Sharon L. Hanson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for Time Warner Cable, has served on the Board of Directors (formerly Board of Managers) of ECMC since 1996. She serves on the Executive, Executive Compensation, and Governance committees and Chairs the Human Resource, Building & Grounds and Performance Improvement committees of the Board. During her membership on the ECMC board(s), Ms. Hanson has served on nearly every committee of the board and is also a dedicated member of the ECMC Lifeline Foundation Board of Directors. Ms. Hanson was selected as the recipient of this prestigious award for her passion, and in recognition of her outstanding dedication and service to ECMC and ultimately the Western New York community.

Distinguished Physician Honoree Dietrich Jehle, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., is recognized for outstanding dedication and service to ECMC and the community. Dr. Jehle was recently appointed Associate Medical Director for ECMC Corporation and promoted to Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo (UB). Dr. Jehle is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. He is a dedicated clinical service provider, superior teacher, and an administrative leader. He has been instrumental in the development of Emergency Medicine at ECMC, having served as the Emergency Department Director for 17 years. ECMC's Emergency Department is now the busiest in the region and a preferred clinical site for medical students and residents training in the field of emergency medicine. Dr. Jehle is both a researcher, having conducted extensive research on a variety of topics reflecting the broad clinical range of patient conditions seen in emergency medicine, and a reviewer for national journals in emergency medicine. In addition to pioneering ultrasound research, he has performed a number of studies in resuscitation, investigated motor vehicle crashes, and brought new technologies to emergency medicine. He has published five books/book sections, 15 book chapters, 47 peer reviewed publications and 36 abstracts in medical literature. Dr. Jehle has been successful in obtaining significant government and non-governmental funding from 15 research grants totaling in excess of $12 million. He has also earned numerous national and local teaching awards. For the last 15 years, Dr. Jehle has provided supervision of medical care given to Buffalo Bills fans on game day at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. In 2007, Buffalo Business First recognized him with the "Health Care 50" award for his level of involvement in medical care in the Buffalo community. Over a five year period, he was a 24 hour a day volunteer medical consultant for the Western New York Poison Control Center, and for the last 14 years has been an Associate Medical Director for ten volunteer ambulance companies. The Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team (SMART) that provides physician support in pre-hospital care at accident/injury scenes was co-founded with Dr. Jehle's assistance. He helped to establish a child safety seat program and founded Camp 911, an introduction to emergency medical services, safety, injury prevention, and bystander care for children. He instituted a rear seat belt use awareness program and has also worked with the Buffalo Bills on a bicycle helmet safety program. Dr. Jehle recently served on the Emergency Services Task Force created by Erie County Executive Chris Collins to make recommendations to the county for improving the quality of emergency services provided to Erie County residents.

Distinguished Nursing Honoree Jennifer Sweetland, R.N., joined ECMC in January 2001, and has become an asset to the Rehabilitation Department. Ms. Sweetland became a Charge Nurse in 2007. Her interaction with patients and families is outstanding, as her positive demeanor extends to everyone with whom she interacts. As a highly competent preceptor, Jennifer Sweetland effectively guides new nursing employees within her unit through their learning processes. She is able to consistently address concerns pertaining to patients, families and other staff members in a positive and appropriate manner. Jennifer Sweetland volunteers in many activities throughout the Medical Center and the Western New York community. She most recently has assisted in the piloting of a Bedside Medication Verification (BMV) program (using scanning technology to protect patients from medication errors) at ECMC. Ms. Sweetland is a graduate of Niagara University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She is FIM- (Functional Independence Measure) certified, and a competent communicator in Spanish and Sign language.

Springfest 2008 will commence at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo at 6:00 P.M. with cocktails. Dinner will be served at 7:00 P.M., during which Ed Kilgore, Sports Director, WGRZ-TV, Channel 2, will serve as Master Of Ceremonies. A live auction and dancing to the music of KB Express will immediately follow the dinner program.

Individual tickets to attend Springfest are available at $200 per person. Several very attractive sponsorship levels are also offered. Those individuals or organizations interested in obtaining additional information, sponsoring Springfest, and/or wishing to purchase tickets, should contact ECMC Lifeline Foundation Executive Director Gia Coone at 716-898-5800.

The ECMC Lifeline Foundation Inc. is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation whose mission is to assist ECMC Corporation in procuring the resources needed to be the medical center of choice through excellence in patient care and customer service.

FOUNDATION CONTACT: Gia Coone at 716-898-5800
NEWS CONTACT: Joe Cirillo at 716-898-4300 or jcirillo@ecmc.edu

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