EB-5 Program and Project News
“General Physician PC Primary Care has opened a practice site in Buffalo, becoming the first tenant in a new six-story medical office building adjacent to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.”
“It’s the next in a series of openings and expansions for General Physician PC, an affiliate of Kaleida Health and Great Lakes Health. Since its founding in 2010, the practice has doubled its list of providers, growing to 60 offices throughout Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania. With 115 physicians, the practice is the region’s No. 3 largest multi-specialty medical groups.”
“The Buffalo Bills welcomed William “Will” Lucas from Stone’s Buddies at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital to the field for a special moment during practice on Friday, Aug. 2. Earlier in the day, Lucas signed a one-day contract with Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott to serve as the honorary captain!”
“ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Original Grain, the downtown Syracuse restaurant specializing in grain bowls, salads, nori wraps and other health-conscious offerings, opened its second location in Rochester today.
The restaurant announced on social media that its new location inside the Tower280 Building, a luxury mixed-use high-rise building located at 280 E. Broad St. in Rochester, opened for business this morning.”
“A project of Iskalo Development, Jazzboline soft-opened in late June at 5010 Main St., Amherst, the final product of a more than $6 million endeavor just off the Main Street west exit of the I-290, close to the I-90. The former Sonoma Grille was demolished to accommodate the new restaurant.”
“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will publish a final rule on July 24 that makes a number of significant changes to its EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, marking the first significant revision of the program’s regulations since 1993. The final rule will become effective on Nov. 21, 2019.”
… “Major changes to EB-5 in the final rule include:
Raising minimum investment amounts: As of the effective date of the final rule, the standard minimum investment level will increase from $1 million to $1.8 million, the first increase since 1990, to account for inflation. The rule also keeps the 50% minimum investment differential between a TEA and a non-TEA, thereby increasing the minimum investment amount in a TEA from $500,000 to $900,000. The final rule also provides that the minimum investment amounts will automatically adjust for inflation every five years.”
“Every year, Tops Friendly Markets host a golf tournament to raise awareness and money for the children treated at Oishei Children’s Hospital.
As a preview to the gold tournament, they host a “celebrity” putting tournament where local TV, Radio, and sports celebrities team up with kids being treated at Oishei for a fun time.
This year, Tops was able to present Oishei with a check for $500,000…a record amount!”
“National Debt Holdings today announced a $5000.00 donation to the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, New York. This generous donation is part of the Company’s Corporate Charitable Giving Program and will help to provide important services to Western New York’s chronically ill children and their families.”
“There’s a new upscale restaurant now open on Main Street in Snyder.
Jazzboline is attached to the Reikart House hotel, and officially opens today at 5 p.m.
According to the Buffalo News, Jazzboline, ‘will seat 168, with the ballroom able to accommodate anywhere from 10 to 200 people for weddings and special events…and 24 taps will be features of the lounge.’”
“Dr. Munmun Rawat is an assistant professor at UB’s Jacobs school of Medicine and neonatologist at Buffalo’s Oishei Children’s Hospital. More than two years ago Dr. Rawat gave birth to her son, who was just over two pounds, but she couldn’t hold him right away.
“So first three days of life – I couldn’t even hold my own baby because of the fear of brain bleed,” remarked Dr. Rawat.
That’s when she came up with a concept to create an incubator mattress. Researchers collect sounds of a mom’s heartbreak, breathing and voice from a ‘necklace’ of sensors worn by the mother. The data is inserted into the mattress – serving as the mom’s chest.
“And then we would be able to send the heartbeat of the mom there as well as we would be creating the temperature and send the mom’s voice – the soothing voice – mom talking to the baby right in the incubator,” explained Dr. Rawat.
A preemie recently born at Children’s is already large enough for kangaroo care. Parents can use a special pouch. It’s a small piece of material, designed like a ‘tube top’ called ‘Kanga Wear’ and it’s helping preemie babies at Children’s.
Holding a preemie is the best benefit, but until that can happen, Dr. Rawat hopes once her mattress is developed and perfected, it could provide the next best thing.”
“BUFFALO, N.Y. — Physicians, nurses, and staff at Oishei Children’s Hospital had a little fun at work recently, dancing in front of the camera.
The reason? According to a Facebook post, it was ‘in celebration of our The Leapfrog Group Top Children’s Hospital distinction!’”
“The Buffalo Bills’ quarterback was part of a design team that met Monday inside a conference room on the seventh floor of Oishei Children’s Hospital. The group’s task was to develop a New Era Cap that will be sold this fall as a fundraiser for the hospital. “
“Kiss 98.5 (radio station) and WBEN are both broadcasting live from the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday as they work to bring in $173,000 in donations from the community.”
“‘I was so familiar with the benefits of kangaroo care that I wanted all babies to have the benefit,’ she said. ‘So it triggered the thought, ‘if we can’t bring baby to the mother, why not bring mother to the baby?’
Working with students and faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint department between UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Jacobs School, Rawat began developing a concept to replicate kangaroo care for babies who are too fragile to be held.
She decided to develop an incubator mattress that mimics the rhythm of mom and dad’s breathing, and even their voices.
The team created a necklace made of sensors for the parents, which gathers data about their breathing patterns. Those data are programmed into the mattress, which then inflates and deflates in accordance with those breathing data. Another mechanical pump in the mattress replicates the vibration of the parent’s heartbeat. A small, fabric doll that the mother can sleep with gathers her personal odors, which help to familiarize the infant with parents, even without direct bodily contact.”
“Going to the hospital can be nerve-wracking for anyone. But, for a child with autism, that anxiety can be amplified.
That’s why John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is launching an app designed to help its young patients.”
“John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital has partnered with the creators of the mobile app, Magnus Cards, to make it easier for patients with autism when they have appointments or extended stays at the facility.”
“A Buffalo chapter, with the support of Fisher-Price and Oishei Children’s Hospital, is in the works, as is a national K-12 STEM curriculum.
‘You’ll have kids learning STEM, but actually building a car and giving it to a child in their neighborhood,” Galloway said. “It has an impact on the whole community. It’s kids building for kids.’”
Making wheelchairs and mobility more accessible to children in need.
Buffalo Police, along with students from Medaille College’s Communications program delivered toys and food that they collected to patients at Oishei Children’s Hospital on Friday morning.
Mike Hughes, senior vice president/chief of staff, explains how Kaleida hospitals prepare in advance so that they can remain open during Buffalo storms.
“Dr. Stephen Turkovich isn’t afraid to speak out when he believes children’s health is at stake.
Turkovich, 41, has enough to do as vice president and chief medical officer of Oishei Children’s Hospital, where he was deeply engaged in planning the hospital’s move from its Bryant Street home.
But he’s also pushed for stricter gun control and urged parents to vaccinate their children, and he’s passionate about improving health care for all children.”
“The construction dust may have settled at Oishei Children’s Hospital and the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Science – but the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is still growing, said Matt Enstice, the campus’ chief executive officer.
With the 120-acre research campus mostly built out, and the ties between its member institutions well-established, the Medical Campus plans to double down on new programming this year, from startup incubators to community classes.
Expect to see more employees at the Medical Campus as several of its partner institutions add staff. And expect a renewed emphasis on community engagement as BNMC strives to hire and educate more local residents.”
This year, the relay [in Buffalo, NY] will be called the Heart to Heart Relay. Teams of up to four people will tackle the marathon course while fundraising for cardiac research and care at Buffalo General Medical Center and Gates Vascular Institute.
“At the foundation, it’s our job to raise both awareness about the health of a community and the health services we provide and also to raise the funding to support those services,” said Carol Horton, vice president of the Kaledia Health Foundation. “At Gates Vascular Institute, they’re doing so many groundbreaking and world-renowned procedures that people in Western New York aren’t even aware of. We are training surgeons from all over the world every week. There’s really no reason to go to the Cleveland Clinic anymore or New York City or Boston. Gates Vascular has some of the leading world technology for treating cardiovascular disease.”
“John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in the state to earn a top children’s hospital award from a national nonprofit organization.
Oishei has been named a top children’s hospital by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.
Only six percent of hospitals nationally receive this distinction.”
“Drake McKane has been collecting donations of LEGO’s to give to children at Oshei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. McKane spent some time in the hospital for Leukemia treatments.”
“Every Wednesday, new and expecting moms can access a number of resources and educational opportunities at the Children’s Hospital, to give their baby’s the best nutritional start possible.“
“This winter, Buffalo is looking to bring in an outsider to share the experience for one epic weekend. The Rust Belt city, which has recently been breathing fresh life into its downtown area with new bars, restaurants, shops and recreational activities, has a lot to show off — regardless of the season. “
“A Buffalo native, Katie Addo, who spent over a decade in New York City and San Francisco finds herself happily transplanted back in Buffalo. Of the sweepstakes, she says: “Why not come in the winter? This city may be cold, but it doesn’t stop. There is an undeniable electricity coursing through Buffalo, and people deserve to experience it.”
“Students and staff at Chautauqua Lake Central School display over 200 pounds of LEGOs collected for children at Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, to support a service project initiated by eighth grader Drake McKane (center). For over a year, Drake has received treatments for leukemia at the hospital.”
“Kaleida Health is busy with hospitals joining its network and the completion of major capital projects. That’s likely to continue in 2019 as the region’s largest health system figures out the best way to remain competitive, keep costs down and expand.”
“Chris and Kristina Wienckowski’s daughter was the first Buffalo-area baby to enter the world in 2019.
Charlotte Reese Wienckowski was born at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. She was followed by a baby boy born at Mercy Hospital at 12:54 a.m.”