Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center (R-AHEC) announces receipt of a generous award for the organizations upcoming renovation of the William F. Thiel Hospitality House. R-AHEC submitted an application to the William F. Thiel Trust, a fund held by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, requesting a capital support grant for renovations and repairs to the house located in Warsaw, NY. In February, R-AHEC received notification that $84,150 in grant funds were awarded for this project.
R-AHEC’s Chief Executive Officer, Catherine P. Huff said, “R-AHEC is very grateful for the continued support of the William F. Thiel Trust. On behalf of the R-AHEC Board of Directors I thank the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo for this very generous contribution. This donation underscores the important role that the Hospitality House serves in Wyoming County.”
R-AHEC owns and operates the William F. Thiel Hospitality House located behind the Wyoming County Community Hospital. The House was originally constructed and opened for guests in 2005. The House primarily provides individuals or families facing a health care crisis and on-call or visiting medical professionals (short and long term stays). In addition, half the house is committed for use by health professions and medical students performing clinical rural rotations in Wyoming County with the ultimate goal that they will consider serving a medically underserved area/population upon graduation. Since it’s opening, more than 1,633 people have stayed at the Hospitality House. That number includes 294 physicians, 756 health professional students, 416 community members, and 167 family members facing a health care crisis locally.
The renovations are expected to start during the summer of 2018 with completion before the end of the year.
In addition to the award for renovations to the William F. Thiel Hospitality House, R-AHEC has been awarded $8,580 to support the housing of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) primary care medical students. These students will reside at the William F. Thiel Hospitality House. Students are immersed in rural medicine and will receive opportunities to learn more about the community in which they serve. We are pleased to continue this crucial partnership with Wyoming County Community Hospital System (WCCHS) and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM).