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Hires/Promotions/Honors

HEALTHeLINK appointed Dr. David Scamurra chairman of the organization’s board of directors. Scamurra is president of Eastern Great Lakes Pathology and a member of X-Cell Laboratories. Other officers: vice chairmen, Cheryl Howe, executive vice president of operations at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, and Art Wingerter, president of Univera Healthcare. Directors: Dr. Anthony Billittier, dean, D’Youville College School of Health Professions; Dr. Michael Cain, vice president for health sciences and dean, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo; Dr. Michael Cropp, president and CEO, Independent Health Association; Dennis Horrigan, president and CEO, Catholic Medical Partners IPA; James Kaskie, president and CEO, Kaleida Health System; Jody Lomeo, CEO, Erie County Medical Center; Kenneth Oakley, CEO, Rural Health Education Center; Anne Marie Odrobina, administrative vice president, manager of employee benefits administration, M&T Bank; and Dr. Donald L. Trump, president and CEO, Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

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Ann Beckley-Forest, a licensed clinical social worker in Depew, earned the Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor credential conferred by the Association for Play Therapy.

Company Connections

Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp., the wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics Corp., signed a multiyear agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corp. to provide Astronics’ Empower In-Seat Power Systems for installation with Panasonic’s In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity Systems on Airbus A350 aircraft.

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Locust Street Art School, a nonprofit organization that provides accessible free studio classes to people interested in developing talent and skills in painting, drawing, clay, screen printing, and black and white film photography, has retained R.W. Miller Jr. & Associates, a human resource and management consulting firm, to provide human resources assistance in several human resource functions.

Contributing

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York’s employees presented local charities $2,500 each at a ceremony at the company’s corporate headquarters recently. Employees contribute to this fund via payroll deduction, personal contributions, and by supporting a series of fund raising events each October through December. The 2013 recipients: The Alzheimer’s Association, Black Dog Second Chance Rescue, Bornhava, Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo Inner City Ballet, Catholic Charities, Cradle Beach Camp, Hospice Buffalo, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mercy Flight, Ronald McDonald House, SPCA of Erie County, St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy and Wounded Heroes Fund.

Patents

Title: Inhibitors of dihydrofolate reductase with antibacterial antiprotozoal, antifungal and anticancer properties

No.: 8,426,432

Inventors: Pelphrey, Phillip M. (Williamsville); Anderson, Amy C. (Storrs, Conn.); Wright, Dennis L. (Storrs, Conn.); Joska, Tammy M. (Hartford, Vt.); Bolstad, Erin S. D. (Vernon, Conn.); Bolstad, David B. (Vernon, Conn.); Popov, Veljko (Hanover, N.H.)

Assignee: University of Connecticut (Farmington, Conn.)

Date issued: April 23, 2013