Together with the Auxiliary of BMH, we are proud to announce the Brooks on Course golf tournament raised just over $48,000 net proceeds to help purchase medical equipment and technology at our new hospital.
With sincere gratitude to countless community members, local businesses, and most importantly, our generous sponsors: Kaleida Health; Nash Pharmacy Services; Brooks Medical Staff; UBMD Emergency Medicine; Trusted Nurse Staffing; Clark Patterson Lee; Medline; Visiting Nursing Association of WNY; Revenue Cycle Solutions; Steptoe & Johnson; Diamond Cutters of WNY; Premier Anesthesia; Pepsi; and Prodigy Surgical, we say Thank You from the bottom of our hearts!
Last, but certainly not least, we give thanks to hole sponsors: Casella; Chautauqua Radiology; CPS Telepharmacy; Fortec Medical; Globalquest Solutions; Larry Spacc GMC; Medline; Siemens; Sleep Medicine Centers of WNY; Western Division FCU; and Zoetek Medical.
In memory of the late Carol Kozlowski, former Vice President of Nursing at Brooks, nursing leadership established the Carol A. Kozlowski Nurse of Distinction Award to be presented annually to a registered nurse who exemplifies Carol’s dedication to quality nursing.
More specifically, Brooks nursing leadership encouraged peer nominations of nurses who: demonstrate significant achievement in the nursing field; exhibit nursing leadership qualities; act as role model and inspiration for other nurses to strive for excellence; mentor others in their professional development; and foster a positive image of the nursing profession.
Those who were fortunate to work with Carol know these are big shoes to fill.
As part of National Nurses Week celebrations on May 10th, a ceremony was held at Brooks to recognize one employee who merits this honor. The registered nurse selected so closely exemplifies the personal and professional attributes modeled by Carol, the choice was simple.
Coincidentally, the award’s first recipient is Carol’s own daughter, Laura Beehler, RN, 2A charge nurse.
Laura is known among her peers as a leader who readily provides wisdom and demonstrates experienced professionalism with enthusiasm and energy. Her peers say she is calm under pressure and shows remarkable patience while teaching newer nursing staff. She is admired as she treats everyone she encounters with respect and kindness.
Without question, Laura’s personal and professional attributes parallel those surely taught by her mother. For this, we thank you, Carol. Your legacy has been memorialized indeed.
Brooks' Paint Night fundraiser was an overwhelming success and a superbly fun night for everyone who participated! 68 artists packed St. Columban's on the Lake, Silver Creek, to help raise funds for medical equipment and technology at our NEW hospital.
Thank you so very much, Anne Davis, for donating your time and exceptional art instruction talent. A special kudos also goes to... Lynn Stock, Rose Taddio, Kim Detraglia and Carroll Nalepa for planning, organizing, selling tickets,and generally pulling off a fantastic evening.
Last but certainly not least, many thanks to Pizza Village and Blasdell Pizza for generously donating party pizzas to feed the creativity of our budding artists.
In recognition of March as National Athletic Training month, Brooks' Sports Medicine Department is raising awareness of the profession and Athletic Trainers' (AT) commitment to helping people prevent injuries and stay healthy and active. AT's are health care professionals and can be found working in high schools and colleges, corporations, professional sports, the military, performing arts and clinics, hospitals and physician offices.
All month long, Brooks staff will distribute information on how your protection is their priority at various locations in our community.
* Stay tuned for information on first annual Brooks Hospital Sports Medicine Athletic Injury Prevention Workshop, a FREE hands-on training day for middle and high school student athletes, athletic directors, coaches, and parent volunteers.
The Copper Beech tree is known for its larger-than-life visual impact. It grows slowly but develops into a sturdy, wind-tolerant, low-maintenance shade tree. Adorning the front view of the hospital, a magnificent Copper Beech with massive roots and trunk has become the trademark symbol of Brooks.
This Saturday, Brooks’ Copper Beech will hold new significance for one couple. Longtime hospital employees, Alex Vega and Jennifer Erick, will tie the knot beneath its grand splendor. “There’s nothing more lovely than that tree covered in snow,” said Alex, emergency department PCA. “It’s meaningful to us,” he added. While discussing potential outdoor locations for the impending nuptials, the groom-to-be proposed the idea of the couple’s home away from home. Brooks.
Jennifer, who works as patient access technician in the hospital’s imaging department, favored this idea above and beyond all others considered over the past three years, including a wedding in Japan. Beaming with the joy of a bride, she said “When Alex came up with the idea, I agreed immediately. It made perfect sense. This hospital is a significant part of our lives.”
Brooks’ Copper Beech was planted in 1945 in memory of local physician and philanthropist, Abraham Wilson Dods, for whom the present day SUNY Fredonia athletic building is also named. Purchased for well under $100 from Koch’s Nursery in Dunkirk, the tree is priceless in this couple’s eyes.
Vega and Erick have been together for 12 years and recently purchased a home in Dunkirk. Congratulations Alex and Jennifer. May your marriage be as sturdy, rooted, and wind-tolerant as the enchanting 72-year old Copper Beech.
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