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The Kaleida Health Foundation and The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation, have been awarded $2.4 million from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to support and launch various programs and care for the health of the Western New York (WNY) Community.

These awards indicate a significant investment in WNY from a statewide foundation, proving that the advancements in healthcare being made by the Kaleida Health Foundation and The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation and the overall well-being of the community are an ongoing priority for all three foundations.

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is one of the largest in the United States and the largest foundation focused exclusively on New York State. Originating from the successful sale of Fidelis Care, a non-profit health insurer, the Foundation now provides grants to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of diverse communities, eliminate barriers to care and bridge gaps in health services.

The summary of the grant awards are as follows:

$1 Million Grant for Collaboration with Jericho Road Community Health Center on New Pediatric Primary Care Facility
The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation was awarded $1 million to relocate the Towne Gardens Pediatric Primary Care Center to a new facility at 1021 Broadway in Buffalo, NY in partnership with Jericho Road Community Health Center and community based nonprofits.

This new facility will increase access and utilization of comprehensive pediatric primary care, early childhood developmental screenings, behavioral health screenings and services and the pediatric specialty care available at Oishei Children’s Hospital for the underserved population on Buffalo’s east side. The project enables the two principal Medicaid pediatric primary care providers in the east side of Buffalo, to work together and focus on social determinants of health, consolidating services in a common location and developing pathways to care, which is critical to the health outcomes of all children. 

The grant will allow for this collaboration, building and move to accelerate. Without it, this project could take years to progress, leaving children and families on Buffalo’s east side struggling for quality pediatric healthcare.

Regionalized Cardiac Services Awarded $891,800 Grant, Enhancing Program at Oishei Children’s Hospital
The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation was awarded $891,800 to expand a regionalized cardiac services program at Oishei Children’s Hospital, keeping pediatric cardiac patients from having to leave WNY for care.

This funding will expand the Upstate New York regionalized pediatric cardiology medical program to all eight counties of WNY. The expanded program will result in patients having access to 22 pediatric cardiologists collaborating for the first time to provide comprehensive cardiac care for the communities of Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.

This grant will enable Oishei Children’s Hospital to meet community healthcare needs and horizontally-integrate services with partners at Pediatric Cardiology Associates of WNY and UBMD Pediatrics, providing access to 15 cardiac specialties across the eight counties of WNY.

Visiting Nursing Association of WNY to Provide Cancer Patients with Nurse Navigators with $206,000 Grant
The Kaleida Health Foundation was awarded $206,000 to provide visiting nurse navigators through the Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York (VNA of WNY) to cancer patients at Great Lakes Cancer Care, helping patients identify barriers and increase access to care. This is the first and only program of its kind in Western New York.

These visiting nurse navigators will evaluate and provide resources for Great Lakes Cancer Care patients in their homes by using an evidenced-based screening tool to identify barriers, the nurse navigators will work to recommend and link cancer patients to needed resources as well as provide emotional and clinical care.

The nurse navigators will be an integrated part of the patients’ overall care team, which will allow them to intervene to facilitate appointments with other providers, identify duplication in testing and work with all providers to move the patient as quickly and efficiently as possible through the various health care settings. They will allow for a common source of communication for providers and the care team by relaying information quickly.

Helping patients make informed care decisions, the navigator will break down complex clinical terminology, including arranging translation services when needed. As the patients’ first call with questions, actions by the navigator will help avoid unnecessary emergency department or hospital visits, increasing care outcomes for cancer patients.

Behavioral and Nutrition Health Services in Primary Care Safety Net Practices Awarded $300,000 Grant
The Kaleida Health Foundation was awarded $300,000 to expand direct services for behavioral health including substance use disorders and nutrition health services at Buffalo General Medical Center Primary Care Center and Hertel Elmwood Internal Medicine Center.

Expanding these services will meet the needs of patients more holistically by providing patient-centered care to target patients with prevalent chronic conditions including morbid obesity, diabetes mellitus 2 and hypertension. With the help of this grant, the mental health needs of these patients can be treated in collaboration with their other medical providers, yielding better patient outcomes.