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BAC staff, members express shock, confusion over sale to L.A. Fitness

Scott Scanlon – Refresh Editor

Imagine Taco Bell buying Mighty Taco. Nathan’s Famous hot dogs buying Ted’s. Walmart buying Wegmans.

That may help you understand the mood this weekend among the fitness inclined at Buffalo Athletic Clubs across the region.

The BAC co-ed sites as we know them will cease to exist in the coming weeks – and changes already were in the works Saturday as hundreds of members walked into branches downtown, and in Orchard Park, Amherst, Cheektowaga and Clarence, as well as two clubs in Rochester, and found L.A. Fitness employees working behind front desks with BAC staffers who wondered – four days before Christmas – whether they will be able to hold onto their jobs in the new year.

The BAC has sold its co-ed health clubs in Buffalo and Rochester to L.A. Fitness. The company’s women’s clubs are not affected by the sale. The deal is expected to close on Monday.

Rick Leugemors, Buffalo Athletic Club owner, sent emails to club employees Thursday night informing them of the sale.

The staff and members at the Eastern Hills branch were abuzz over the news Saturday after a story in The Buffalo News.

So was Brian Turnbull, a personal trainer who was told this weekend he no longer can train his clients at the new L.A. Fitness under the kind of freelance agreement he's had with the BAC since 1997. He will spend the days before Christmas lining up other gyms to work with more than 50 clients, and said things will go just fine, because there are other gyms in the region open to such arrangements.

“It’ll just be a lot of organization,” Turnbull said.

Here’s how he described the change in atmosphere BAC members can expect: “It will be more corporate than that down-home feel.”

I have been a member of the BAC since arriving back home in 2004 after living in the Syracuse area for 15 years. I’ve worked out in several of the clubs over the years, so I had plenty of questions Saturday morning after arriving back in Buffalo after a couple of days off. Here’s how the L.A. Fitness representative at the Eastern Hills club answered my questions:

  • What’s going to change at the club? Nothing much, at first. Classes will continue, and more may be added.
  • I just renewed my BAC membership for a year. How long is that $299 annual individual rate locked in? As long as you want to remain with the club.
  • What if I want to work out in an already existing L.A. Fitness location? No problem.
  • What if I want to cancel my BAC-started membership? Why would you want to?

This guy wasn’t authorized to speak with the media, though I asked him to pass my contact information up the corporate chain, a common practice in big companies that generally want all communication handled at headquarters. So far, the corporate L.A. Fitness office isn’t talking, although that may change after the sale is finalized.

Here’s how the BAC is answering some questions on its website. It is leaving L.A. Fitness to answer many others after the West Coast company officially takes ownership.

There is nothing yet regarding the sale on the L.A. Fitness website

At the BAC Saturday, the staff was in shock. Workers had no idea this was coming before Thursday night. They have since been told by their bosses that secrecy was required pending the sale. Several expressed anxiety about their careers and the classes they may, or may not, teach.

For some, the switch had the same punch that many of us would feel if an L.A. owner was buying the Buffalo Bills.

The BAC has a hometown feel because of its local ownership. The L.A. Fitness that opened early this year in Clarence, in the Walmart Plaza, about a half-mile north of the Eastern Hills BAC, is nicer and has more equipment and features. But the company does business differently, Turnbull said.

Friday was the last day Turnbull was allowed to train his clients at the BAC; L.A. Fitness, he said, handles that on its own, and it’s more expensive.

Those who use the clubs strictly to work out by themselves may well find they like the change. That may not be the case for others.

The California-based gym giant doesn’t do Cross-Fit training, which the BAC has offered this year, nor, said Turnbull, is the chain as interested in fitness classes as the BAC historically has been.

That explains why instructors are nervous. If they can keep their jobs, they wonder if they’ll be able to continue to teach their own routines and use their own music, as they’ve been able to do because they can work directly with BAC decision-makers.

Women who like BAC classes as they are will have the option of going to the women-only clubs in the Town of Tonawanda, Amherst and Depew.

Those who want to consider looking around for another co-ed gym will want to take a look at the first cover story I wrote for Refresh back in March. Read it here.

Meanwhile, The News will look to get more info from L.A. Fitness as the changes move ahead, and pass information along as we do, including in Saturday’s WNY Refresh.

Email: refresh@buffnews.com

Twitter: @BNrefresh

Kenmore native's Naval service involves food

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Brendan G. Cameron will be working Christmas and New Year's Eve. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)


Scott Scanlon – Refresh Editor

The crew aboard the USS Nitze may be in port in Europe on Christmas Day – taking a break from their deployment overseas – but a Buffalo-area guy will help bring them a taste of the States during the holiday.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Brendan G. Cameron, a Kenmore native and KenmoreWestHigh School graduate, joined the Navy three days after 9/11.

He has since learned his supervisory trade on the mess hall side of the Navy and has served on the Nitze  for two years and five months. He and his wife, Rebeca, have two children, Conner, 9, and Kaylin, 5.

Naval officials put me in touch with Cameron – subject in today’s What are you eating? feature in WNY Refresh – via email late last week.

They also provided me with the menu for Christmas and New Year’s dinners for more than 300 sailors aboard the destroyer:

• Christmas: Baked ham, roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, Southern-style sweet potatoes, bread stuffing, glazed carrots, succotash, chicken and wild rice soup, assorted pies, apple, peach and cherry cobbler.

• New Year’s Eve: Grilled steak, lobster tail, loaded mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, asparagus, corn on the cob, potato soup, assorted cheese cake.

Cameron’s love for Western New York shined through as he answered questions about his service and his hometown. Here are his answers to questions that I didn’t have room to publish in Refresh:

Do you still call Western New York home when you’re not on active duty?

We live in Moyock, N.C., but Western New York will always be my home. I miss it very much. I have most of my family still living in the Buffalo, Kenmore, Town of Tonawanda and City of Tonawanda areas. I’m a die-hard Bills and Sabres fan, which will never change. I also miss all the good foods that come from up there and when I get leave to come up there I try to take it all in.

How many people are on the mess staff and what is your role on the staff?

There are 25 personnel that make up the mess staff. I am one of the Galley supervisors as well as the maintenance person for our division.

Do you try to cook any of your favorite Buffalo foods aboard the Nitze?

Well for some reason when we are over seas we get Frank’s Hot Sauce, so I like to makes some good Buffalo wings when we are over here. I have a couple other shipmates who are from NY as well and they enjoy them as well.

If it’s OK to ask, will you spend the holidays at the base in Norfolk, Va. or somewhere on the water and, if overseas, generally where?

At the moment our ship is deployed and will be deployed through the holidays, however we will be in port around Europe for Christmas, so Sailors here will at least be able to contact their families using base Wi-Fi.

What are the biggest three challenges of serving more than 300 sailors their daily meals?

Our records keeper, CS2 Christopher Depko of New Jersey, has to ... prepare a menu that is nutritious and keeps us at cost. We have to prepare a wide variety of nutritious food for all sailors’ palates.  Not everyone eats the same thing so there are times we have to stray from what the recipe card calls for to prepare the right meal for every one or at least the majority of the crew. Another hard part is taking that minimal amount of money that we are allotted and making a meal that will put smiles on everyone’s face. We are put to the test 3 times a day by some picky eaters. We are one of the biggest morale boosters in the Navy, because I don’t know about you but if I have a bad breakfast or a bad meal it takes away from my mood and ability to carry out a mission properly.

How much latitude do you and the mess staff have when it comes to choosing what those sailors eat on a daily basis?

We follow the Naval Supply Command’s administered menu to the best of our ability when we are deployed because some products are not available to us like they are when we are back in the states. So being under way, we can request to make menu changes through our Commanding Officer.

What are the healthiest foods you tend to serve?

While we do have fried foods on board, our cooks do make at least 1 main product from scratch each meal which is considered the healthy choice for that meal. We also have a salad bar which is stocked with fresh vegetables and other items that health conscious sailors can consume, along with a soup which the cooks prepare from scratch as well.

What foods tend to be most popular aboard the destroyer?

Chicken alfredo, clam chowder, spaghetti, orange chicken, fried chicken, meat loaf, Fresh bread we make on board, and eggs made to order ... omelettes, scrambled with fresh vegetables and ham or sausage, fresh eggs over easy, over medium or fried eggs as well as hard boiled eggs.

Do you get to eat your meals before or after the sailors are served?

Our cooks generally are allowed to eat before the meal is served, however there are times that cooking certain products takes too much time and then they would either rotate during the meal while it's being served or they can choose to eat after the meal.

What are the staples of your diet?

As one of the supervisors I tend to eat a little bit of everything on the line for each meal. I am not a picky eater. I have learned to like many different types of foods since joining the Navy. For me though, I am trying to gain weight so I tend to eat more foods that are high in protein and carbohydrates.

Have you been out at sea during any Christmases past? What has that been like?

I was deployed to Cuba for detainee operations and had to stay there over Christmas. It was hard not being there with my family but I did get to call everyone back home and hear my family's voices which helps with being away. The office that I was attached to was invited over to our captain's house with his family to have a big Christmas dinner so it made us feel at least a little like we were home.

Anyone you’d like to say Happy Holidays to here in the Buffalo area?

Actually there are quite a few people I would like to say happy holidays to. My mom and sister (Janet and Emily Kay), my Grandparents (Joan and Howard Kirkwood), Nana and Pop-pop (Richmond and Lorie Cameron) all my aunts, uncles and cousins, Brian and Jen Williams of Kenmore, Tom and Kristina LaRussa of the Town of Tonawanda.

email: refresh@buffnews.com

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A physical therapist's take on PT versus chiropractic

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Fitness conscious client Raymond A. Billica, left, works out in the "MOG" at Grand Island Physical Therapy earlier this month under the watchful eye of owner and physical therapist Russell Certo. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)


By Scott Scanlon – Refresh Editor

Grand Island Physical Therapy owner Russell Certo, 53, subject of today’s In the field feature in WNY Refresh, had a lot to say during our recent interview about how health care is changing with the Affordable Care Act.

There will be a greater emphasis in the coming years on wellness and prevention, and Certo told me he believes his “medically oriented gym” business model will fit in well with the new dynamic.

We talked about a number of different treatment methods when it comes to chronic disease.

I included an interesting exchange on painkillers in the print version of Refresh, but also asked him some questions about chiropractic.

Let me disclose that I’ve seen a physical therapist twice in the past to deal with tendonitis, and it was helpful both times. I’ve also seen a chiropractor for a couple of years and he’s helped me keep some chronic gastrointestinal issues and back pain in check.

Here’s what I asked Certo:

How does what a chiropractor does differ from what you do?

Their understanding and their theoretical philosophy on how pain is generated is different than most physical therapists that I know. So they’re talking in terms of it’s all based upon the nervous system and the change in the pressure against nerves. It can cause not only pain, but dysfunctions in systems, so they manipulate spines to alleviate pressures and adjust how your spine is aligned. I just come from a different viewpoint. They also believe in maintenance adjustments.

... If we’re talking about the spine, they think back pain is caused by pressure on the nerve but most times in patients we see, it’s disc-related, not from a misaligned bone. So a lot of what we do is take care of that disc problem – traction, exercise, stretching – but the big part of what we do is educate them to maintain their flexibility and good body mechanics so that it doesn’t come back. And when it does come back, make sure you get back to doing this program and maybe you don’t need to go see your doctor or come and see me, or see a chiropractor.

Do you think it’s helpful or hurtful to see both a chiropractor and physical therapist?

It’s individual. I find it confusing for the patient when they’re doing it at the same time. They’re getting one thing from the chiropractor, and they obviously are very successful at what they do, and most physical therapists are very successful at what we do. I recommend to patients, ‘Pick one or the other. Try that, and if it’s successful, good for you. If it’s unsuccessful, don’t stick with one of them forever. Try something else.’

Here are some other questions I asked Certo:

What is the most remarkable recovery you’ve seen in your business?

We have some really, really good stories. As a therapist, what we do in therapy is selfishly rewarding. We’re able to take people who have something and return and restore their lifestyle. When we added the MOG component – it didn’t take long to figure it out – we were helping people not only restore their life but we were transforming their lifestyle. We were giving them stuff they never had.

Here’s my best story: 29-year-old, young guy. He was a truck driver. He drove a truck from Pennsylvania to San Diego every week and had two days off. Lived here on Grand Island. Because of that job and that lifestyle, he was very obese. And one day he stepped out of the truck and fractured his ankle. Had the surgery, got the cast, referred to therapy, came here. As part of the rehab, we got him onto an elliptical for the motion it would provide him and his ankle joint. He fell in love with the elliptical. He started losing weight. He joined a gym. He lost 150 pounds. He went to his trucking company and said, ‘I want to stay working for you but I’m not going to San Diego anymore. It interferes with my healthy lifestyle. I need a truck route that’s local.’ And they gave him one.

At that point, he was on blood pressure meds, was diabetic. He lost all that weight, became very healthy, off all the medicines. He was only 29. Imagine those downstream savings. At the time, I wasn’t even thinking about those things. I’m thinking, ‘How cool is this? We fixed his ankle, got him back to work and then he changed his life.’

What are the most typical physical issues your patients or MOG members are dealing with?

If they’re here as non-traditional referrals, they’re going to be post-cancer referral, they’re going to be obese patients. They’re going to be diabetics. They’re going to have hypertension. Metabolic syndrome encompasses all of that. While they’re patients, they’re patients. When they’re ready to transition to the MOG side, they become members.

What are some of the typical physical issues for your patients and members?

They’re physically deconditioned for the most part. The difference is that the patient has a specific medical condition that has either come on because they weren’t active or they’re not active because of (the condition). It’s all the same stuff. They’re a little bit weak, their BMI is a little bit high. Their weight is a little bit high. They might have a hypertension issue. It’s worse this year than it was last year and they’re just generally moving along the deconditioned trail and they’ve reached point where either they’ve decided it’s time to do something, or a physician has recommended it, or they’ve come to the conclusion together.

Are they’re certain conditions that are more common?

The chronic disease stuff that are most appropriate for dealing with both sides of the service and that makes sense, because chronic disease is the most costly thing in health care. And if you can prevent or slow down that process ... you can assume anecdotally that if you can catch a prediabetic patient and prevent the diabetes from coming on, 10 years down the line, you’ve changed a boatload in health-care costs.

What is the most challenging injury you’ve suffered personally, and how did you address it?

From a rehab standpoint, I ruptured my ACL in my left knee and had ACL reconstruction. I had surgery – Dr. (Paul) Lapointe did my surgery – and I was a patient right here. It wasn’t very long ago, so I knew what I was in for. I was a good patient. I let them do what they needed to do and was back playing hockey within five months of the surgery.

email: refresh@buffnews.com

Twitter: @bnrefresh

Enjoy the holidays in healthy ways with these tips

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By Lacey Severins

During the the holiday season, the average American can expect to gain between one and two pounds.

How surprising is that really?

We eat like it’s going out of style, we drink like there is no tomorrow and find the snowy, cold and dark days of winter to be prime excuses for why we can no longer fulfill our workout sessions.

Our holiday season binge inevitably leaves us staring in the mirror on a fine Jan. 2 morning, thinking,  and maybe saying outloud, “What happened?” or “I must’ve shrunk these jeans … again.”

Or “New Year’s resolution: lose some weight, get back in shape.”

You've hardly turned into the Pillsbury Doughboy in six weeks. Realistically, you’re just feeling a bit pudgier and slightly more lethargic; not ideal situations to wake up and find yourself in, but ones that can be avoided this year, all while eating, drinking and being merry. 

Lisa Neuhaus, a clinical nutritionist with the Catholic Health System, gave me some advice on how to enjoy the parties and celebrations this year, without worrying too much about popping pants buttons and bursting seams.

“Knowing one's limits and weaknesses, and planning ahead, is the best way to avoid taking in too many calories. If going to a party and asked to bring something, bring a dish that you know is healthier. Choose the raw veggies and go for lower fat dips and cheeses. Don’t stand around the appetizer table while visiting. Mingle with friends and family away from the food to lessen the temptation.”

Also, never head to a party hungry, it’s a sure-fire way to gobble down high-calorie goodies that will not satiate you. Think of how many times you have  gotten caught up in the festivities, grabbed whatever cookie or treat was readily available and had not one, but four. And then there are the boozy beverages ... and they are everywhere, at every party, in surplus.

“Choose unsweetened mixers such as club soda instead of sugar-laden sodas and juices to liquor drinks to cut down on the calories,” Neuhaus said.

 “Not all beer is alike when it comes to calories," she added. "Light beer will usually run around 100 calories per 12 ounce serving, dark beer 125-150 calories and lagers or regular beer can run as high as 150-200 calories per 12-ounce serving.”

But let’s just say that you get caught up in your surroundings once or twice this holiday season and really let loose. You have one too many drinks and one too many sweets. First, don't drive. Second, don't beat yourself up the next morning. We have all been there and have all somehow, miraculously, gotten on with our daily lives.

“Understanding what we can do as an individual as far as exercising or eating healthy will help us to move in the right direction at any time. For example, we often hear, 'I would need to run 5 miles to work off all those calories I ate last night!' It is so defeating to know that you ate a ton of calories and have not gone to the gym during the busy holiday season,” said Neuhaus.

“So what is doable? Do what is doable for you and then build on it. If it’s only going for a 20-minute walk then do it. But then build on that.”

Perhaps the most important part of what Neuhaus told me is this: “From a nutrition standpoint, we should eat healthy and exercise regularly all the time and these behaviors should be part of our everyday lifestyle so that when holidays come around, we have a good foundation of healthy behaviors.

"That doesn’t mean we can eat anything we want in any amount at parties, but planning ahead and cutting calories in any way we can will be second nature and we won’t feel so guilty when we take in a little extra and splurge. Planning ahead and making an effort to keep up your regular routines will help keep you on track with your goals.” 

email: refresh@buffnews.com

Twitter: @BNrefresh

Forget New Year's resolutions, college students exercise for something else

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Jason Bishoff, director of the Fredonia State College fitness center, says exercise can help students better weather finals week and the holidays. (Photo courtesy Fredonia State)


By Scott Scanlon – Refresh Editor

Jason Bishoff has only been director of the Fredonia State College fitness center since January, but he already senses one thing – college students are more committed to exercise longer into a new year than most folks who make New Year’s resolutions.

That’s what the head of the Blue Devils Fitness Center noticed earlier in the year after coming back home to the Southern Tier from a similar job at a community center outside Akron, Ohio.

“When I worked in a city fitness center, that was always the thing at the start of the year: the New Year’s resolution people are in there and the gym is full. But it kind of dies off after a week or two. Some people stick it out for maybe a month.

“But here, the college scene is a little different. ... Everybody’s training for spring break."

Bishoff, 28 and recently engaged, is a Dunkirk native glad to be back home after attending graduate school at Kent State and getting a job in Ohio. He is the subject of What are you eating? today in WNY Refresh.

Here are some of the answers to other questions I asked him.

How important is exercise during such a stressful time of year?

It is extremely important. Any exercise, in any form, is good for you. It can act as a stress-reliever. There’s several reasons for that: It pumps those endorphins, those feel-good neurotransmitters. It gives you a feeling of happiness, an overall sense of well-being. And of course when you’re exercising, it’s a release to forget about your day. I like to think of it as meditation in motion. You’re focused on your body’s movements. Even if you’re in a game, you’re focused on those strategies of winning the game, or techniques, so those worries about a test or exams or papers exit your brain at that time. Exercise helps improve your mood, and sleep. You can get sleep-deprived when you’re stressed. And exercise improves blood flow to your brain. You need that action when you’re thinking.

What’s the biggest piece of nutrition advice you give to students?

Eat regularly, that’s my biggest thing. ... You need portion controls but you need to eat throughout the day, four to six times, to keep your body going.

What’s the road map to helping students lose the “Freshman 15?”

I just joined a committee to increase wellness awareness throughout the college. We’re working on that. Among the questions we’re asking, ‘Do we want to start large group exercise?’ ‘Have orientation for the fitness center?’

Talk about the new fitness center, which is less than a year old.

We’ve got a 30-foot, double-sided rock wall, 18 treadmills, 10 cross-trainers, 25 ellipticals, five adaptive motion trainers, four recumbent bikes, four upright bikes, one upper body Rogometer, 25 Selectorized equipment weight machines, one Smith machine, eight adjustable benches, three abdominal benches, three heavy-duty power racks and over 6,500 pounds of free weights.

Is there a food you can’t resist?

A lot of people have that issue, and I don’t know how I was able to do this quite awhile ago. There are foods that everyone loves like pizza and wings, but I can actually turn it off. I can go a long, long time. I had some wings a couple weeks ago but I stopped eating them right before I moved to Ohio in ‘09, and think I went three years without eating them. It’s that on and off switch, and self-restraint.

email: refresh@buffnews.com

Twitter: @BNrefresh

Biking family still rolling, even in the snow

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Stacy Bisker with her children, from left, Elliot, Oliver, Avery and London Patterson, enjoyed a bike ride earlier this fall, and continue to enjoy their wheeled Buffalo lifestyle, along with dad Brent Patterson, who commutes by bike to his teaching job at SUNY Buffalo State. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)


If you've been belly-aching about all the snow this week, you'll probably be surprised to hear that the family I featured in a biking story a few weeks back is reveling in their first Buffalo winter

The Bisker-Patterson family moved to the University District in August – without a car!

Read the story we published about them last month here.

They look to get through the snowy season using their cargo bikes, public transportation and, if necessary, a CarShare program not far from their home, off Englewood Drive.

The mom, Stacy Bisker, shipped me an email on Wednesday that read in part:

"We are still trekking away. Last night's surprise fluffy was great. Brought the kids home from school without any sliding or wheel spinning, only a little slower. Made for awesome holiday lights viewing by the boys."

I'm betting the family stayed comfortably tucked indoors during our mini-blizzard on Thursday night, and I look to check back in with the family and other winter Buffalo bikers come January, to see how they're doing.

Meanwhile, Bisker hasn't posted any winter photos yet on her blog, asimplesix.com, but she does paint an inviting picture about how rewarding family bicycling can be in these parts – at least other times of the year.

– Scott Scanlon

Get help with holiday grief

Niagara Hospice will present a program on dealing with grief during the holiday season.

The “Grief Never Takes a Holiday” program is free and will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Otto Redanz Funeral Home, 2215 Military Road, Niagara Falls. Facilitators will address the challenges of participating in holiday activities when people are grieving, and provide helpful suggestions to deal with them.

Hosted by funeral home owner Mike Goodlander, the talk will also be about preparing for the holidays in times of grief, communicating with family and friends and honoring a loved one on holidays. Time for questions will follow.

The program is open to the public. Register by calling 297-9007. Walk-ins also are welcome.

For more information, visit the “Events” page at NiagaraHospice.org

Embrace the snow, visit Nordic ski club open house Wednesday

Why hate winter when you can ski?

That's the idea behind the Buffalo Nordic Ski Club annual open house, which will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wick Center at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst.

All interested in cross-country skiing this winter are welcome to attend. No reservations are needed and admission is free.

The open house will include a video covering cross-country for beginning to advanced skiers, waxing clinics, clothing and equipment displays from area ski shops, door prizes and  more.

The Buffalo Nordic Ski Club offers free lessons to all club members. Other benefits of membership include weekly ski tours, monthly meetings, as well as weekend trips to places including Allegany State Park, the Adirondacks and Craftsbury, Vt., said James Klein, open house coordinator.

Learn more about the club at its website.

Aquarium of Niagara announces ornament-making contest

The Aquarium of Niagara is holding its first ornament contest. The only catch is that the ornaments must be made from recycled or repurposed materials. 

The winner will win an original piece of artwork from one of the aquarium’s penguins or sea lions. All ornaments will be on display throughout the holiday season.

Drop off your creations at the aquarium or mail them to the aquarium at 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls (Attn: ornament contest) Be sure to include a name and phone number. Dec. 19 is the deadline for your ornament to be considered for the prize. For more information, call 285-3575, Ext. 206.

HEALTHeLINK helps doctors with online vaccination records

HEALTHeLINK, a Western New York clinical information exchange, recently launched an automated immunization reporting web service for its participating providers. Elmwood Health Center became the first practice to submit immunization data to the state Immunization Information System through this automated method.

Health care providers are required to report all immunizations given to those under 19 years old, along with the person’s immunization history, to the state. Providers or their designees currently must sign on to a separate system and manually enter individual immunizations or upload a file to the application.

With the new web service, immunizations that are documented by clinicians in the patient’s electronic medical record are securely transported to the state without the clinician needing to leave his or her electronic health record workflow.

“Immunization history is an essential component to pediatric care and this groundbreaking service helps ensure that this key information is available when and where needed,” said Barbara Johnson, director of clinical services at Elmwood Health Center. 

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Scott Scanlon is an award-winning reporter and editor who has covered various topics in his quarter-century as a journalist in South Florida, Syracuse and Buffalo. He is aiming to pass along what he is learning these days about health, fitness, nutrition and family life.

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