CEO Update

Red Cross

We’ve partnered with the American Red Cross to promote their Home Fire Campaign. This campaign began in October, 2014, and is credited with saving 27 lives. We are one of 1,900 agencies nationwide helping the Red Cross prepare families to survive fires at home. The goal is to reduce fire-related injuries and deaths by 25 percent. The campaign is asking every American family to do two simple things: adopt and practice a home fire escape plan and ensure their homes have working smoke detectors with fresh batteries. As part of the campaign, Red Cross volunteers will visit peoples’ homes, do a free home fire safety assessment and provide free smoke alarms if they are needed. I met with Red Cross District Program Specialist Jason Carmen to discuss the campaign and other issues. I reached out to Jason because the Red Cross has closed its Olean office. We’ve offered to provide the Red Cross with office space so they can meet with displaced families following fires and other emergencies. Also, the Red Cross is looking for local volunteers to join its Disaster Action Team (DAT). Volunteers must be 18 or older, have a valid driver’s license and a working vehicle. Following training, the volunteers will respond to house fires to help local families and may be mobilized during large-scale disasters. A DAT training will be held at JCC in Olean on November 4th through 7th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night. Those interested in attending are asked to contact Jason at or (716) 664-5115.

JCC Meeting

Kristy Hamacher, our STCAC Program Coordinator, and I attended a meeting Wednesday at Jamestown Community College in Olean along with representatives of other community-service agencies. The meeting was held to highlight local services available to JCC students and staff. I gave a presentation on all of our programs and services including our SAFE program and our New York State of Health Benefit Exchange Navigation program. Many students at local colleges and universities are unaware that we are available to help them. Over the last several years, we’ve expanded our outreach and partnerships with regional colleges and universities to ensure students and staff know the services we offer and utilize us as a community resource. We will continue our efforts to reach out to area campuses to meet the needs of this important population of educators and students.

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Red Cross
JCC Meeting

It is the mission of the Southern Tier Health Care System to improve the health and wellness of our rural communities.

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