News 2015

WNY’s Most Admired Companies

Buffalo Business First | January 15, 2015

Admired CompaniesWestern New York has countless talented individuals who strive to maximize the potential of their workplaces and the community at large. They are the building blocks of successful, thriving companies – and we have hundreds, if not thousands, of them. Throughout the year, Business First recognizes those star companies through a variety of publications and awards programs, from the Book of Lists to Fast Track Companies to Best Places to Work and Top Private Companies.

To close out the year, we compiled a list — with some assistance from our readers -— of companies that deserve to be respected. We considered company growth, success as an employer and connection with the community. And now, we’re proud to share with you the list of Western New York’s Most Admired Companies.

GBUAHN was proudly on that list.

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Urban health network plans $10M expansion

Buffalo Business First | June 22, 2015

New FacilityA Buffalo physician practice is hoping to break ground in 30 to 60 days on a $10 million expansion at its West Side facility.

The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) has plans for a 40,000-square-foot, three-story facility on Seventh Street, an expansion of an existing 12,000-square-foot facility.

The project is scaled up from an initial plan in 2013 that called for a 17,600-square-foot expansion. Dr. Raul Vazquez, CEO, said the project will expand the Urban Family Practice site that also houses GBUAHN, which is now operating at capacity.

“We have almost 200 people coming in daily so we’re pretty much at capacity,” he said. “We’re hoping with the new facility we’ll be able to expand to about 500 daily visits per day, almost tripling capacity.”

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Voice Your Vision Buffalo

UB Center for Urban Studies | July 11, 2015

On June 6, 2015, the Greater Buffalo United Health Care Network (GBUAHN), Buffalo Public Schools, and the New York State Minority Health Council held a listening session for community residents to discuss their views of the
healthcare system and how to make that system work for them. The goal was to gain insight into strategies for reducing the race-based health disparities in greater Buffalo.

The health challenges facing blacks and Latinos are complex ones that impact different segments of the community in different ways. Thus, understanding the health and environmental challenges facing these two communities requires examining the specific challenges facing them as a whole, as well as, the unique challenges facing each segment of the community. To capture this complexity, the Listening Sessions were divided into 11 different sections: (1) Controlling Health and Faith (2) Housing (3) Mental Health (4) Over 50 (6) Action Planning & Goal Setting for Chronic Disease (7) Primary Language Barriers (8) Men’s Health (9) Women’s Health (10) LGBT Health and (11) Teen Health and Living Conditions. Focus group sessions were held in the morning and in the afternoon. A General Session was held in the morning to discuss the purpose of the Listening Session and to provide an overview of the health challenges facing blacks and Latinos in Greater Buffalo. “The Proceedings of a Listening Session” is based on a synthesis of the transcripts for each of Listening Sessions, along with the morning and afternoon General Sessions. The Proceedings are written in narrative style and designed to provide an analysis of the findings of the Voice Your Vision focus group sessions.

The Proceedings are divided into three parts. The first part provides an overview of the health challenge facing blacks and Latinos in Greater Buffalo. Part Two outlines the broad themes that emerged from the Listening and General Sessions, while the appendices are found in part three. The appendices contain a copy of the Dr. Taylor’s overview of the health challenges facing the black and Latino communities, and the transcripts from the Listening and General Sessions. The transcripts are rich in detail, and readers are encouraged to study them so as to deepen their understanding of the themes outlined in Part One.

Partnership Fund’s New York Digital Health Accelerator Announces Selected Companies for 2015 Program

Partnership for NYC | September 10, 2015

Mentoring will be provided by seventeen leading healthcare organizations, insurance companies, medical centers, and hospital groups. The mentors are Aetna, Allied Physicians Group, Central New York Health Home, Community Healthcare Network, Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, Hospital for Special Surgery, Medi Sys Health Network, Montefiore Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York-Presbyterian, New York-Presbyterian/Queens, North Shore-LIJ Health System, NYU Langone Medical Center, Onondaga Case Management Services, Rochester Regional Health System, Stony Brook University Hospital, and Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

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Buffalo health practice to mentor tech start-ups

Buffalo Business First | September 15, 2015

Tech MentorGreater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) will serve as a mentor to healthcare start-up companies chosen for the third annual New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA), a four-month program run by the Partnership Fund for New York City and the New York eHealth Collaborative.

The Digital Health Accelerator program supports growth-stage digital health companies that are developing technology products for healthcare providers and patients in such areas as care coordination, patient engagement and workflow improvement.

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“Hattitude 2015”: It’s About Women’s Health & Well Being!

Challenger Community News | 2015

Hattitude!“Filling a vital need in Western New York for program management & coordination, and health education programs aimed specifically at diverse cultures in the Western New York area, is what we have done for more than 15 years,” said Catherine J. Lewis, CEO of LEWAC Associates of WNY, Inc. (Lasting Education for Women, Adults, and Children)

LEWAC will honor GBUAHN – Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network with its “2015 Health Matters” Award. GBUAHN has clearly demonstrated its commitment to the Western New York community.

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