VA Medical Center

Celebrating 40 years in medicine with a new challenge

Dec 10, 2019
Catholic Medical Partners

What is it like to be a leader with every major health organization in Buffalo? A person to ask would be Dr. Margaret Paroski. A neurologist by training, Paroski started at the VA Medical Center, followed by the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Kaleida Health and Erie County Medical Center, all while serving as a faculty member at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine. As she celebrates 40 years in medicine, Paroski has taken on a new challenge: Chief Medical Officer for Catholic Health Partners.


It took $733,000 and five years of planning, but Buffalo's VA Medical Center cut the ribbon on its new Intensive Care Unit Tuesday morning.

Photo from VA Buffalo Website

Shock and anger amongst family members are following the news that Veterans Administration patients might have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV viruses through the re-use of insulin pens.

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Hundreds of patients at Buffalo's VA Medical Center could have been exposed to serious viruses due to the inappropriate handling of insulin pens.

The inadvertent re-use of the pens might have infected more than 700 patients with the Hepatitus B, Hepatitus C or the HIV viruses. Administrators claim that the possibility of transmission of the viruses is low, but the hospital is planning to contact all patients who are at risk. The flaw that allowed the problem to arise has been identified and is being rectified.

The VA is not divulging the names of any of those at risk.