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ecmcIn the interest of transparency and openness, here’s the press release that arrived in my email at 11:30am this morning. I requested it after hearing Tom Quatroche, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Planning for ECMC mention tomorrow’s “community forum” at the end of the Erie County Legislature Health and Human Services Committee meeting this morning.

Artvoice wasn’t included on the mailing list to receive this important community info that apparently went out last Thursday, May 7.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 7, 2009) – Great Lakes Health System of Western New York will hold a community forum on May 12, 2009, at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.

The forum will address the topic, “What will the future look like for healthcare in Western New York?  The area’s largest healthcare network has the answer for you.”

Participants in this forum will include: James Kaskie, President/CEO, Great Lakes Health and Kaleida Health; Jody Lomeo, CEO, ECMC Corporation and Vice-chair of the Board for Great Lakes Health; plus various members of the Great Lakes Health Board.

The forum will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at 6:00 P.M., in the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Auditorium at the corner of Clinton and Ellicott Streets.

Community residents wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 716-898-4823.  Those individuals who are not able to attend this event, but wish to have a representative speak with their group should call 716-898-4823 to make other arrangements.


According to Quatroche, the information was transmitted to the public through advertisements taken out in the Buffalo Criterion and the Buffalo Challenger, as advised by the Great Lakes Health Strategic Planning Committee. Committee members include Great Lakes Health board members Kevin Cichocki, Brenda McDuffie, Mary Gresham, Sundra Rice, Irene Snow, and Hon. James A.W. McLeod.

Isn’t it nice that public hospital ECMC had to pay 40% of the cost to run these ads that were targeted to these two publications?

Evidently, a meeting about the Erie County Medical Center, which is still a public benefit corporation set up to care for all residents of New York State regardless of their ability to pay is not of sufficient importance to merit an ad in Artvoice, much less the Buffalo News. Heck, we didn’t even get sent the press release in a timely fashion, and would not have received it had we not asked for it.

But you don’t have to read the Criterion, the Challenger, or Artvoice, for that matter, to attend this public forum. You just have to be among the priviledged few who happen to find out it’s taking place.

  • Peter A Reese

    Think they will say the same things when they talk to Whitey?

    “Noun 1. whitey – (slang) offensive names for a White man”

  • hoppiemochie

    Hiya all of youz!..
    How are yaz doing?