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Roswell Park unveils new ICU

Apr 24, 2012
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Leaders and staff of Roswell Park Cancer Institute celebrated the opening of the hospital's new state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit this morning. 

The $4 million project involved relocating the ICU to the 8th floor and installing additional windows so each room is filled with natural light.  The 8,000 square foot unit is 40-percent larger than the old one.

Roswell Park's Chief Nursing Officer Maureen Kelly says it makes a nice environment for patients, their families and staff.

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New York has the highest tobacco taxes in the country, inhaling more than $1 billion a year. That's why cigarettes cost $11 a pack.

The lion’s share of that money goes into the state’s general fund. According to a coalition of anti-smoking advocates, including the Cancer Society and American Heart Association, only four percent of smoking tax proceeds are spent on the state’s Tobacco Control Program. The fund aims to educate New Yorkers about the health risks associated with smoking or chewing.

A phase-one study is getting underway at Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute that utilizes a vaccine that helps train a patient's own cells to become cancer-fighting agents.   The vaccine to be used will be produced on site, and only at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

"This is great progress.  This is remarkable progress that we have made," said Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Dr. Kunle Odunsi.  "I don't think we'll make a claim that this is a cure for cancer, but this is a step in the right direction towards that goal."

photo by Michael Mroziak

Senator Charles Schumer came to Buffalo Thursday to speak about what medical leaders say is an unprecedented level of medication shortages in the past year.  Schumer is also introducing a three-part proposal to address the issue.

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