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Kaleida Health photo courtesy of Joe Cascio.
Kaleida Health photo courtesy of Joe Cascio.

Kaleida Health participating in experimental therapies for current patients; local eateries donate food


Fri, Apr 3rd 2020 11:30 am

Kaleida Health released the following updates regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic on Wednesday and Thursday:

Kaleida Health Participating In Experimental Therapies For Current Patients – Eligible COVID-19 patients at Buffalo General Medical Center and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital will begin participating in a number of FDA-approved experimental therapy options as early as this week. These therapies include a clinical trial of the arthritis medication, sarilumab; convalescent plasma infusions for critically ill patients as a way of introducing antibodies from individuals that have fully recovered from COVID-19; and the use of a promising antiviral medication, Remdesivir.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donations – In a continued effort to keep the workforce safe and healthy, Kaleida Health’s purchasing and supply chain teams have been relentless in reaching out to every possible vendor and business partner to secure additional equipment, supplies and personal protective equipment for staff, providers, patients and visitors. Over the past few days, Kaleida Health received large donations of masks, gowns, gloves, face shields and hand sanitizer from partners at the Erie County Department of Health, Niagara County Department of Health and Harbor Freight Tools.

‘Medically Speaking’ Coronavirus Edition Kaleida Health Manager of Public Safety John Strait discusses the access control and visitation changes that have been implemented at hospital sites, as well as the enhanced screening process for patients, visitors and staff at all entry points across Kaleida Health amid the COVID-19 outbreak. See video here: https://www.kaleidahealth.org/medically-speaking/.

Carol Horton, VP of the Kaleida Health Foundation, explains how they are supporting the response to coronavirus with the COVID-19 response fund and COVATHON, an online fundraising event with live auction on Friday, April 3. See the video here: https://www.kaleidahealth.org/medically-speaking/.

Kaleida Health Coronavirus Statistics (as of 1 p.m. Thursday):

•Buffalo General Medical Center

  • Inpatients: 37 confirmed cases currently in-house (19 in ICU, 18 in medical unit)
  • 41 in-house who are under investigation
  • 65 additional patients were tested, but are negative

•Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

  • Inpatients: 39 confirmed cases currently in-house (14 in ICU, 25 in medical unit)
  • 24 in-house who are under investigation
  • 24 additional patients were tested, but are negative

•DeGraff Memorial Hospital

  • 0 confirmed case currently in-house
  • 1 in-house who is under investigation
  • 1 additional patient was tested, but is negative

•Oishei Children’s Hospital

  • Inpatients: 0 confirmed cases currently in-house
  • 3 in-house who are under investigation
  • 16 additional patients were tested, but are negative

Foundations Help Provide Over 12,000 Meals For Workforce – This week, the foundations of Kaleida Health worked with local restaurants and community partners to provide over 12,000 meals to the dedicated staff across Kaleida Health (see attached photo).

Thanks to the generosity of Chick-fil-A Cheektowaga, Joe’s Deli, Osteria 166, Rachel’s Mediterranean and others, meals have and will continue to be delivered to the hardworking doctors, nurses and staff at Kaleida Health.

Carol Horton, vice president of the Kaleida Health Foundation, said, “It’s our mission each and every day to support the care that the incredible staff at Kaleida Health provide to our community. But especially during this difficult and unprecedented time, it’s important that we do all we can to say ‘Thank you’ for all that they’re doing.”

Direct any meal donation requests to Amanda Dzielski at [email protected].

Elementary School Students Send Thank You Video – Students at Windermere Elementary School in Amherst sent a special video of gratitude and support for the dedicated and hardworking doctors, nurses, staff at Kaleida Health and throughout the community. See video here: https://vimeo.com/403047820.

Ambulatory Clinics – In an effort to continue safely delivering high-quality care to patients during the coronavirus pandemic, Kaleida Health’s more than 30 adult and pediatric outpatient clinics across Western New York remain open and have transitioned to offering telemedicine services via audio and/or video conferencing.

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