CEO Update
Buddy’s First Visit
The Buddy’s First Visit program once again showed area children there’s nothing to fear about a visit to the emergency department (ED) or a ride in an ambulance. Alicia Broadbent, our Director of Planning and Development, and Abbe Mostowy, our PECC Program Coordinator, joined me at Olean General Hospital (OGH) to meet with kindergartners from East View Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School and Allegany-Limestone Elementary School. The children brought their favorite stuffed animals to tour the ED and an ambulance.
 
It’s easy to understand why these experiences could scare a young child, especially if they or a loved one are hurt or sick. But by using their stuffed animals to demonstrate simple treatments in a non-threatening environment, we showed them that medical professionals are there to help. In addition to OGH, I’d also like to thank Mercy Flight, Trans Am and the Olean City Fire Department for again helping us out with this great program.
Safe Kids Focus Groups
We are organizing a series of upcoming focus groups to guide our future Safe Kids Southern Tier New York efforts. These sessions will include parents/caregivers of children under 17, with a focus on ages 5 and younger. From this feedback, we will identify opportunities and gaps in services while working toward proactive solutions to reduce unintentional injuries. The schedule is as follows:
I’d like to thank our site coordinators, Gina Kocsis, Bree Agett and Evonne Phillips. As members of STHCS’ former Child Health and Safety Team (CHST), their willingness to support these focus groups is critical as we transition to membership under Safe Kids Worldwide. Also, I would like to thank to Shari Rife of Ideas Realized for being the official facilitator of these activities.
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Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc.  |  150 North Union Street  |  Olean, NY 14760  |  http://www.sthcs.org

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