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NEED A FREE COVID-19 TEST IN WESTERN NEW YORK? IT MAY TAKE A WEEK TO GET IT

WKBW | NOVEMBER 19, 2020

As parts of Erie County have entered the Orange level of COVID-19 restrictions, many may be looking to get a test for the coronavirus…

AS DOCTORS COPE WITH COVID SPIKES, BUSINESSES BRACE FOR POSSIBLE ‘ORANGE’ DESIGNATION

BUFFALO NEWS | NOVEMBER 17, 2020

Dr. Raul Vazquez closed his Urban Family Practice clinic last week on the lower West Side. Now, he is employing mobile care units offering 13 Covid-19 rapid tests at one time…

OVERWHELMING THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM WILL INCREASE THE COVID-19 DEATH RATE

WKBW | November 17, 2020

Through the success of the medical community, the death rate from COVID-19 has decreased. But maintaining that low mortality rate involves preventing hospital systems from becoming overwhelmed.

DOCTORS: HOW TREATING COVID-19 HAS CHANGED

WKBW | NOVEMBER 16, 2020

Three Buffalo doctors, all of different specialties, said they have learned a lot about COVID-19 since March. They say these lessons and treatments have led to a lower mortality rate…

WHERE TO GET A COVID-19 TEST IN WNY

WKBW | NOVEMBER 11, 2020

Tuesday, the Erie County Health Department made some changes to its COVID-19 testing criteria…

DR. RAUL VAZQUEZ WITH A “BIG PICTURE” UPDATE ON COVID-19

WBBZ-TV | NOVEMBER 6, 2020

Dr. Raul Vazquez from G-Health Enterprises joins host Penny Wolfgang for a full half hour…

NYS Health Experts Compare Coronavirus and Spanish Flu in Anticipation for New Wave of Infections

BY FADIA PATTERSON | CITY OF BUFFALO | May 25, 2020

After two waves of coronavirus devastated communities across the country, health officials say warmer temperatures will help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Testing Capabilities Increase In WNY

BY WGRZ| APRIL 28, 2020

G-HEALTH ENTERPRISE. PARTNERING WITH UNITED HEALTHCARE AND FIDELIS… HAVE ROLLED OUT VANS TO GET TESTING PHYSICALLY CLOSER TO PEOPLE ON BUFFALO’s EAST AND WEST SIDE.

Local doctor says people are taking advantage and getting tested for COVID-19

Shannon Smith/WIVB | April 27, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dr. Raul Vazquez talks about how people are taking advantage and getting tested. G-Health Enterprises network has offered drive through testing for both types of tests, and have done nearly 400 of them in two weeks. Click below for more information.

Mobile Vans to start Covid-19 testing in poor city neighborhoods

Buffalo News | April 27, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (BN) — Nurses and other health providers spent Monday afternoon outside Urban Family Practice on Jefferson Avenue conducting blood tests on Medicaid patients to see if they’ve already had the new coronavirus and now have antibodies.

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Western New York doctor starts drive-in testing clinic for patients

Dr. Raul Vazquez is using his practice to get more tests for people in vulnerable communities

Karys Belger/WGRZ | April 16, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dr. Raul Vazquez has been advocating for weeks to get more COVID-19 tests for communities in Buffalo where there are high rates of underlying health conditions and lack of access to resources.

His practice recently began administering tests to try and close the gap.

Buffalo doctor creates coronavirus testing site

Olivia Proia/WKBW | April 16, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It all started when Dr. Raul Vazquez’s 24-year-old daughter Nadia got sick. She had a fever and shortness of breath. Three days after coming home from the hospital, she received a call that she was positive for COVID-19.

The process caused him to think: How would this experience have been if he wasn’t a doctor? Or if his family had no doctor at all?

N.Y.C. Death Toll Soars Past 10,000 in Revised Virus Count

David Goodman and William K. Rashbaum/NYT | April 14, 2020

New York City, N.Y. — New York City, already a world epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, sharply increased its death toll by more than 3,700 victims on Tuesday, after officials said they were now including people who had never tested positive for the virus but were presumed to have died of it.

14125 zip code most affected by COVID-19 in Erie County

WGRZ | April 9, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) — BUFFALO, N.Y. — Is a community that’s 80% African American, and the population has a history of chronic illnesses. Dr. Raul Vazquez says these factors present a great risk for the community, because most of these individuals don’t have access to a primary care physician.

Dr. Raul Vazquez is working on a community action plan to help connect patients to doctors amid the coronavirus pandemic

Karys Belgar/WGRZ | April 8, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) — BUFFALO, N.Y. — As more information is released about COVID-19, local community leaders are continuing to raise concerns over how the pandemic will affect communities of color in Buffalo and Erie County.

The African American Health Equity task force recently called on local leaders to take steps toward making sure communities of color, particularly on Buffalo’s East Side, get access to testing. The concern is that the chronic health conditions that already exist in communities of color will cause the COVID-19 pandemic to be even more devastating.

GBUAHN Helping People On Medicaid To Get And Stay Healthier

In Good Health | December 30, 2019

Over 40% of Buffalo residents are on Medicaid, the federally funded healthcare program that covers people because of their low-income status or other factors, according to recent data from Deloitte/DataUSA.

Frequently, people with low income — those living in poverty — experience one or more multiple chronic diseases (such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity).

And, says physician Raul Vazquez, there are things that can be done to both improve their health.

Vazquez is the founder and chief executive officer of the Greater Buffalo United Area Health Network (GBUAHN, pronounced “gee-bawn”), which is a “health home,” created under the Affordable Care Act, Section 2703. Health homes are organizations which provide care coordination and a variety of other services for exactly this population: people on Medicaid who have multiple or severe chronic conditions.

GBUAHN’s mission is to transform health care by removing barriers for people in underserved communities and populations. So, in addition to standard medical care, GBUAHN provides or refers patients for everything from transportation, housing and job training to access to and education about fresh food, how diet affects health, and other opportunities around everything related to those topics, such as eating, cooking, and exercise.

Healthcare firm buys Belmont Shelter headquarters on Main

The Buffalo News | September 20, 2019

A fast-growing West Side-based healthcare organization and insurance provider has acquired the former Main Street headquarters of Belmont Housing Resources of Western New York, paying $2.5 million for a building just north of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

G-Health Enterprises, the parent of the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) and related entities, closed Thursday on its purchase of the 24,531-square-foot building at 1195 Main St. That’s located two blocks above Buffalo General Medical Center and the Gates Vascular Institute.

The purchase also included an adjacent parcel at 36 Dodge St., around the corner, said David Schiller of Pyramid Brokerage Co., who handled the transaction for Belmont.

Meanwhile, Belmont is planning to move to 2421 Main St., the 72,000-square-foot former headquarters of LPCiminelli, which the nonprofit is buying from the largely-defunct former general contractor for $5.45 million. The sale is expected to close on Sept. 30.

Starting in late January, Belmont will occupy 34,000 square feet in the building, formerly a car dealership and manufacturing facility that later became the headquarters for Greater Buffalo Savings Bank before that was acquired by First Niagara Financial Group. Two other tenants – labor union Local 1199 SEIU and a KeyBank branch – will remain.

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