CCS Oncology is Presenting Sponsor of Third Annual K.I.A. Memorial Road March

K.I.A. Memorial Road March is proud to announce that the third annual March will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015. The K.I.A. Memorial Road March is a 10K ruck march through Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, NY. The March was created to honor and remember the military members Killed In Action (K.I.A.) during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, Operation Inherent Resolve (OEF/OIF/OND/OIR). The March is a fun and challenging way to remember those members of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, including the 311 New York State Military Members K.I.A.

Participants will march in one of four categories – Individual, Team (2 Marchers), Squad (4 Marchers) or Platoon (10 marchers) while carrying rucks filled with canned goods. Participants will carry a minimum of 40-50 pounds of weight, depending on which category they march in. Those who are unable to carry the weight are still encouraged to sign up to participate and are asked to donate the amount of weight for their category.
Although designed with the military in mind, the K.I.A. Memorial Road March is open to all – current/retired military, first responders, civilians. The K.I.A. Memorial Road March raises funds to help support Veterans organizations in Western New York. Post-event all canned goods are donated to help Veterans in need.
For more information or to register please visit www.kiamemorialmarch.com

 

CCS Oncology Announces Partnership with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation’s “Cure the Blue” Program

Sam Yi, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and Executive Medical Director has announced that CCS Oncology, one of Western New York’s premier cancer treatment centers, has teamed up with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation and their “Cure the Blue” Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign

Dr. Yi, along with other physicians and professionals from CCS Oncology presented  the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation with a check for $50,000 in support of their Cure the Blue prostate cancer awareness, education and research program.DSC_1590

“We believe very strongly in what the Buffalo Bills Alumni is doing to bring attention to this serious issue of prostate cancer” said Dr. W. Sam Yi. “We commend them for their effort to help the general public and men in particular, to understand why they should get tested and how to get treatment for prostate cancer” explained Dr. Yi.

Buffalo Bills Wall of Famer, Booker Edgerson, who has spearheaded this campaign along with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation, has been promoting the “Cure the Blue” campaign all-year long to businesses and organization throughout Western New York.

“Having such an outstanding medical team like CCS Oncology joining our efforts and becoming the presenting sponsor of the Cure the Blue campaign, is something that will undoubtedly help us bring much greater attention to this disease” explained Edgerson, a two time prostate cancer survivor.

“Cure the Blue” is the name of the program sponsored by the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation that will allow all of New Yorkers to participate in what will be one of the greatest and most comprehensive efforts ever to help promote prostate cancer awareness, education and research in the state.  For more information about Cure the Blue or how you can donate please go to www.curetheblue.com.

First Tee of WNY to Provide Golf Experience for Inner City Youth at Historic Park Country Club

The 2015 CCS Oncology Kids First Golf Classic is set to be the largest turnout at the event in its 11-year history, and The First Tee of WNY prides itself on hosting an event that is different than the standard summer golf tournament. How is it different? The event has regularly incorporated its beneficiaries, the kids, into the fabric of the event at registration, in on-course activities, and speaking at dinner. Sponsors have the opportunity to interact with program participants, ask them questions and learn more about the influence of The First Tee. In the end, its about the kids!

This year, efforts were expanded to get additional kids involved. “Planning transportation and logistics with our new partners was one of the first steps this year. Raising money from the event is very important, but providing opportunities to the students, many new to golf, to learn more about the game and themselves, is also something we take very seriously,” says Chapter Executive Director Andrew Bennett.

20 students, ages 10-14 from the Chapter’s new partner organizations in Buffalo – the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo, Westminster Community Charter School and Tapestry Charter School, will be attending and participating in a golf clinic at Park Club on May 18th from 10am-12pm. After the clinic, students will receive lunch on the patio at the club, as well as a First Tee shirt and hat.

Through support from the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation in 2014, Westminster Community Charter School adopted The First Tee National School Program (“NSP”) and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo adopted The First Tee’s DRIVE Afterschool Afterschool (“DRIVE”) Program into their respective curricula. Both programs promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Tapestry Charter school has also adopted The First Tee National School Program. The May 18th event is a great example of organizations collaborating to positively impact kids.

Bennett says, “We have a wonderful group of sponsors this year and with the kids coming to the event, it’s going to be a very special day. On behalf of our Board and event team, I’d like to recognize our Title Sponsor CCS Oncology, Presenting Sponsor Sgroi Financial, as well as ComDoc and Stahlka Insurance for their generous and continued support.”

Support for this year’s event reflects expansion efforts of the Chapter throughout WNY, including the development of programs in Tonawanda and Buffalo. The First Tee of WNY is focused on providing learning opportunities to young people from all backgrounds. Bennett believes, “Our programs offer a unique opportunity to bring kids together from all corners of our community to learn from each other and in the end, make our community stronger.”

About The First Tee

The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org) is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Augustine, Fla. at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 16 million participants and students in 48 states and four international locations – Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Singapore. Founding Partners of The First Tee are Augusta National Golf Club, the LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, and United States Golf Association.

The First Tee of Western New York is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and a local Chapter of The First Tee national organization. For more information please visit www.thefirstteewesternny.org.

CCS Oncology Receives the 2014 Innovation Award from the Amherst Chamber of Commerce

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce chose CCS Oncology as the recipient of the 2014 Innovation Award at their annual Business of the Year Awards Dinner. The innovation award recognizes a firm that goes beyond the industry standard to advance their product or service through the use of cutting-edge practices and/or strategic integration of technology.  The awards dinner took place on Monday, October 27, 2014 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.

2nd Annual KIA Memorial Road March

CCS Oncology is proud to support for the second year the K.I.A. Memorial Road March. The event will take place on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 11:00AM at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park.

The K.I.A. Memorial Road March is a 10K ruck march through Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, NY. It is a fun and challenging way to remember those members of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

To date there are 306 service members from Western New York that have been K.I.A. in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Participants will march in one of four categories – Individual, Team (2 Marchers), Squad (4 Marchers) or Platoon (10 marchers) while carrying rucks filled with canned goods. Participants will carry a minimum of 50 pounds of weight, depending on which category they march in. Those unable to carry the amount of weight for their category are still encouraged to participate and march the route. Organizers ask that they consider donating canned goods and march with an empty ruck.

Although designed with the military in mind, the March is open to all – current / retired military, first responders and civilians.

The K.I.A. Memorial Road March raises funds to help support Veterans organizations in Western New York. Post-event all canned goods will be donated to help Veterans in need.

For more information or to register please visit www.kiamemorialmarch.com.

Kandala Chary, MD Appointed Chief Medical Officer

CCS Oncology is pleased to announce the appointment of Kandala K. Chary, MD as their Chief Medical Officer to oversee the clinical aspects of all divisions of CCS Oncology. Prior to his promotion, Dr. Chary was the founder of Century Medical Associates and was instrumental in the integration of CCS Oncology and Century Medical Associates. He is a board certified Medical Oncologist specializing in the treatment of solid tumors.

“Dr. Chary has been a remarkable leader in the medical community; I am pleased to have him as our Chief Medical Officer,” stated W. Sam Yi, MD, Medical Director of CCS Oncology. “He will be integral to the continued growth and future of CCS Oncology.”

Dr. Chary received his medical degree from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India, completed an internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY.  He then fulfilled his Fellowship in Medical Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Dr. Chary has authored several publications in the field of medical oncology. He was past president of The Roswell Park Community Cancer Network, Sisters Hospital Medical Staff, and Asian American Physicians Association.   Business First honored him in 2000 as a “Healthcare Hero of Western New York”. He was also recognized by the Asian American Physician Association for his service to the community at large.

Over the past 35 years, Dr. Chary has been a pioneer in improving the quality of cancer services in Western New York.

2nd Annual Golf Tournament & Charity Auction

Cumulus Buffalo Radio Stations are hosting the Second Annual Golf Tournament and Charity Auction on Friday, August 8th at Diamond Hawk Golf Course on Sonwil Drive in Cheektowaga. The proceeds from this event will benefit the CCS FOUNDATION.

Golfers will have the chance to bid on their favorite radio personalities to join their foursome.  Registration begins at 11 am with a shotgun start at 1pm. Silent Auction, Raffle, Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar immediately following play.

Sponsorship and golf foursomes are still available and open to the public. If interested in participating, please go to 97rock.com for more information.

 

CCS Oncology donates funds to UB for innovation in patient safety using health information technology

“If the translational research leads to seamless, efficient approaches that can promote patient safety by preventing adverse drug interactions, CCS patients may gain the benefits of cancer treatment while reducing the possibility of unwanted drug interactions.”

Gene Morse, PharmD, professor of pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and associate director of New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences

University at Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — CCS Oncology has donated $185,000 to the University at Buffalo to support innovations in patient safety using health information technology (HIT), more commonly known as electronic patient records.

The initiative CCS Oncology is funding is directed by Gene D. Morse, PharmD, professor of pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and associate director of UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.

Morse directs an Agency for Health Research Quality (AHRQ)— designated Patient Safety Organization (PSO) at the Center of Excellence, which has been certified through the Department of Health and Human Services.

In 2005, the Department of Health and Human Services issued the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act, which authorized AHRQ to approve and federally certify PSOs.

The PSO program is a new approach that is at the heart of Morse and his team’s development of applied clinical pharmacology information that can help identify patients who may benefit from individualized medication dosing.

Morse says PSOs are new and this research is important so that an organization like CCS Oncology will realize a benefit for its patients.

“If the translational research leads to seamless, efficient approaches that can promote patient safety by preventing adverse drug interactions, CCS patients may gain the benefits of cancer treatment while reducing the possibility of unwanted drug interactions and the side effects so common to chemotherapy,”he says.

The PSO at UB is affiliated with the UB2020 Health and Wellness project titled “Bioinformatics and Medication Management Research Network” (MMRN), also directed by Morse. The MMRN seeks to use a HIT infrastructure to conduct education and research projects across New York State that lead to safe use of medications and promotion of patient safety.

Morse explains that PSOs are comprised of external experts who collaborate with physicians and health care organizations to collect patient safety event reports, provide feedback and track trends while providing protections to sites for the information that is reported.

“Working with clinical practice sites, the UB PSO will establish criteria for identifying key patient populations and use existing electronic medical records that have numbers, rather than patient-named profiles,” says Morse.

“These reports can then be reviewed for potential drug interactions, dosage changes and comparison to evidence-based therapeutics guidelines and best practices.”

After reviewing these records, patient safety reports called Patients Safety Medication Reviews will be created and provided to each clinical practice site using an aggregate report mechanism for subsequent use by the clinicians.

“PSOs can provide a ‘safe’ environment for health care teams to talk openly regarding events and near misses to accelerate the process of systems improvement to reduce preventable harm,” says Morse. “PSOs are not provided any funding to perform these functions and are responsible for establishing individual business models for sustainability.”

Morse notes that currently, a majority of PSOs work with the inpatient setting, creating a unique opportunity for the MMRN PSO to develop models for ambulatory care. In addition, he adds, the Affordable Care Act of 2011 mandates that qualified health plans in state health information exchanges can only contract with hospitals having more than 50 beds that participate with a patient safety organization and have a patient safety evaluation system in place.

CCS Oncology provides comprehensive cancer services and treatment options for all stages and types of cancer. Patients are given care by board-certified physicians who specialize in radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hematology, breast surgery, head and neck surgery, gynecologic oncology and genetic screening at nine locations throughout Western New York.

The philosophy of CCS Oncology is to bring together different specialists who focus on oncology in order to create a complete cancer-treatment facility. This vision allows for less duplication and more transparency during treatment, as well as fosters a sense of community built on compassion.

“Dr. Morse’s program is novel and provides an important interface between UB programs and the regional community of health professionals,” says Sam Yi, CSS medical director.

“In addition, the New York State Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences is leading the way in new applications in health information technology and personalized medicine. The donation from CCS is our way of contributing to new advances that are being led by UB that will promote patient safety and best practices for our patients.”