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Kenmore Mercy Hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission in both hip and knee joint replacements in 2013, making it one of only 12 hospitals in New York State to earn this dual distinction. The Catholic Health hospital remains the first and only hospital in Western New York to merit this achievement since 2011.

To earn this distinction, Kenmore Mercy’s Total Joint Replacement Program underwent a voluntary on-site evaluation by a Joint Commission reviewer. The program was evaluated for compliance with the Joint Commission’s standards of care, which include delivery of clinical care, performance and information management and adherence to quality of care protocols. The assessment also included interviews with staff members across many departments and patients.

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Norbert J. Fuest, a director on the Genesee Community College Foundation board of directors for 18 years, has been honored with the Benefactor Vision of Tomorrow Award.

During his time on the foundation board he led the way for more student housing, and it increased scholarships from 200 to 550 and tripled the scholarship budget to more than $350,000. For his service, which includes serving as president of the foundation, he was selected for the highest honor given by the New York Community College Trustees.

Fuest, a resident of Darien Center, has been human resources director of Morton Salt in Silver Springs for 28 years. He served for 18 years on the Attica Board of Education and has received the Iroquois Council Boy Scout Distinguished Citizen award.

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Allstate Insurance agent Frank Giumpa, whose office is at 10060 Main St. in Clarence, has received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to volunteering in the community. The award includes a $1,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York Inc., where Giumpa volunteers.

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Buffalo resident Nathan Wallace, assistant project coordinator for Erie Community College’s Readying Incoming Students for Excellence (RISE) Program, was honored for his work with an invitation to the education strategy-focused NextDev Challenge in Denver.

“Mr. Wallace’s inclusion in this event is not only a testament to the work he’s done at ECC, but to the type of commitment found in our college’s faculty and staff,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “They’re always going the extra mile for students in our communities, so it’s wonderful to see them get recognized.”

The RISE Program is a free college preparatory program offered at ECC that trains students in math and English, and offers a general college success workshop entitled, “ECC and You.” Students must take placement tests for the first two sections, but anyone may register for ECC and You. The goal of the NextDev Challenge is to examine opportunities for innovative developmental education strategies; to improve on student successes; and to replicate effective strategies through further initiatives.

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Several military personnel have graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Air Force Reserve Airman Ryan S. Anderson is the son of Denise Doane of Lakewood. He is a 2011 graduate of Southwestern High School.

Air Force Airman Logan R. Gartland is the son of Mary and Terry Gartland of Buffalo. He is a 2012 graduate of Kenmore West High School.

Air Force Airman Kristine A. Folaron is the daughter of Katharine Folaron of Orchard Park. She is a 2008 graduate of Clarence High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from the University at Buffalo.

Air Force Airman Jasmine M. Wells is the daughter of Shona Lee of Savannah, Ga., and granddaughter of Elizabeth Lee of Buffalo. She is a 2011 graduate of Windsor Forest High School, Savannah, Ga.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

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Four area students recently received awards from the Burt Scholarship fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.:

Matthew Davis of Hinsdale Central School, pursuing electrical engineering at Alfred State College; Albanie Hendrickson-Stives of Portville Central School, pursuing chemistry at Syracuse University; Allison Lindquist of Allegany-Limestone High School, pursuing radiology at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; and Matthew Sader of Olean, pursuing business administration at Nazareth College.

“This award, established by the First Presbyterian Church of Olean Burt Committee in memory of Dr. Rudy Burt, is available to students from Allegany-Limestone, Hinsdale, Olean and Portville schools,” said Karen Niemic Buchheit, Community Foundation executive director. “Each year four $1,000 awards are made from the fund to students who demonstrate financial need,” she added.

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Robert C. Enos, owner of Hoy Funeral Home Inc. in West Seneca, was installed as president-elect of the New York State Funeral Directors Association at the organization’s annual convention in August in Saratoga Springs. He will serve for the 2013-14 term.

Enos, a licensed funeral director since 1974, is past secretary/treasurer of the state group, past president of the Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association, past vice chairman of the New York State Funeral Directors Support Services Inc., past vice chairman of Directors Choice Credit Union, past president of the West Seneca Rotary Club, past recipient of Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellowship award, member of the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce, board member of the New York State Tribute Foundation Inc., and member of the National Funeral Directors Association.

He graduated from Lockport High School, Canton State Colelge and Niagara University.

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Wayne H. Redekop, former Mayor of Fort Erie, was named chairman of D’Youville College board of trustees for a two-year term. He has served on the college board, the governing body of the institution, since 2008.

Redekop is a partner in the law firm of Jones, Jamieson & Redekop with offices in Ridgeway, Ont. He was mayor from 1997 to 2006. He has served as president of the Fort Erie Bar Association and the Welland County Bar Association.

A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, he earned his bachelor of law degree at Osgood Hall Law School at York University and was called to the bar in 1977.

Founded by the Grey Nuns, D’Youville was chartered in 1908 as the first college for women in Western New York State.

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