Tonawanda News


April 19, 2014

Added service

DeGraff expands Infusion Center to meet patient needs

Tonawanda News — Dan Ryszka, pharmacy manager at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, refers to the DeGraff Infusion Center, as a “hidden gem.”

The state-of-the-art center, conveniently located on the east side of the hospital between the hospital and the long term care facility, has expanded its services to those who may need blood or iron transfusions to medication infusion and injection needs for various medical conditions.

“Infusion sites are limited in the area,” Ryszka said. “So by expanding, we can offer individualized and personalized service for those who have other medical needs. This is a collaborative effort to fulfill a need in the community in a safe environment,” he added.

The center now offers infusion and injection treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, osteoporosis, plaque psoriasis, multiple sclerosis and gout, as well as blood transfusions and iron replacement therapy.

“There is a registered nurse assigned to the center to administer and monitor infusion requirements,” he said.

Ryszka monitors patient drug therapies, reviews medication profiles, lab results and nursing reports as well as communicating with physicians to ensure proper dosing.

In addition to the peaceful aura of the center, each patient’s area has a free television and access to free WiFi.

“Some treatments take one to two hours and we want to make patients as comfortable as possible,” Tricia Fucilla, manager of the infusion center, said.

One of the advantages of the center is its location within the hospital. 

Ryszka explained that if there is a reaction to a drug or some other problem with the infusion that needs a doctor’s attention, doctors on staff respond immediately.

Members of Ryszka pharmaceutical team include interns in their last year of study at the University at Buffalo or D’Youville College.

Arthur Fyles, from UB and Finda Sankoh from D’Youville, will both graduate in May and are completing internships at area hospitals.

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