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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Lisa McDougall, of counsel to Phillips Lytle, recently moderated a panel of experts at a seminar she developed for the Bar Association of Erie County titled “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know about the Law and the Supreme Court’s Decision.” The panel included William P. Keefer, a partner with Phillips Lytle, and Sarah K. Ranni, an associate with the firm.

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M&T Bank promoted Donald J. Held to administrative vice president. Held is a senior counsel in the bank’s Legal/Regulatory Affairs Division.

Company Connections

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York named all Buffalo-area Catholic Health hospitals Blue Distinction Centers+. Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Sisters Hospital were all recognized for excellence in spine surgery, and knee and hip replacement. Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph Campus, was recognized for quality in knee and hip replacement. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program recognizes hospitals across the country that have a proven track record for delivering better results, including fewer complications and readmissions, than hospitals without these recognitions.

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Potter, Harris & Scherrer Agency of Clarence, part of the Northwoods Corp., recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with Merchants Insurance Group. The insurance agency joined with Merchants, a Buffalo-based company in 1973.

Contributing

The Nyamekye Foundation, a charitable organization through which the physicians and staff of Buffalo Emergency Associates, the Exigence Group and Western New York Immediate Care provide support for health- and education-related causes, presented a $50,000 gift to the “Say Yes” Buffalo scholarship. “Say Yes” Buffalo is an education-based initiative dedicated to increasing high school and postsecondary graduation rates among students attending Buffalo public and charter schools.

Patents

Title: Integral scroll and gearbox for a compressor with speed change option

No.: 8,393,856

Inventors: Small, Robert (Williamsville); Kolodziej, Robert M. (Varysburg); Czechowski, Edward S. (Orchard Park)

Assignee: Cameron International Corp. (Houston)

Date issued: March 12, 2013