Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Group Questions Decision to End Mason's Orthopedic Services:
New petition seeks WCCHS answers to Dr. Mason's Ortho Contract Termination

The call and demand for answers regarding the mid-term contract termination of Buffalo Bone & Joint has only gotten stronger.

A group calling itself Concerned Citizens of Wyoming County started a petition Sunday on change.org calling for an investigation of the Wyoming County Community Health System’s Board of Managers and administration. About 500 people had signed it as of Tuesday.

“The support shown for Dr. (Paul) Mason by his patients, colleagues, hospital staff, past administration, and the general medical community speaks for itself,” the petition states. “This motion to prematurely terminate, supposedly initiated by former CEO Joseph McTernan, and carried out by the Board of Managers (BOM) of the Wyoming County Community Hospital (WCCH), has generated much concern regarding significant questionable conduct that has occurred over the past two years within our county owned establishment.

After thousands of citizens signed an initial petition asking for Dr. Mason’s reinstatement, unprecedented attendance at recent BOM and BOS meetings, and significant outpouring of letters, e-mails, and phone calls to authorities involved in such decisions, the community outcry for answers still remains,” the petition continues.

The questions brought up in the petition are the same ones circulating in the community since Mason’s contract was terminated, leading to a widespread outcry.

A capable and popular surgeon, Mason and his practice — Buffalo Bone & Joint — were widely credited as significant factors in Wyoming County Community Hospital’s turnaround.

“Who terminated Dr. Mason and why?” the petition further reads. “Why have four members of the board of managers resigned or been removed since Joe McTernan’s hiring as CEO? Why did the chief financial officer and director of Surgical Services and Maternity Women’s Health resign?

“Our county Board of Supervisors is responsible for our community and WCCHS which is a county asset, provides much needed healthcare to the community and is one of the largest employers in the county. If neither the Board of Managers nor the Board of Supervisors are willing to take the time to talk to the people that resigned, review the materials that were presented, and get true and timely answers behind the recent dismantling of cherished and valuable components of our rural hospital — we need to elect new supervisors,” the petition states.

The petition is one of two now known to be circulating. An earlier petition calling for Mason’s reinstatement was started in mid-February.

The Daily News tried to reach out to Board of Mangers President Rich Kosmerl and Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Becky Ryan for comment. Neither returned a call prior to press time Tuesday evening.


If you enjoyed this article, you may like reliving how it all got started by a much earlier article. For this, click on:

Buffalo doctor sets up shop in Warsaw

Above, Mason starts working at WCCHS full-time after falling in love with area.  Paul Mason began working part-time in Warsaw a couple years ago. He loved the area so much he’s now working here full-time. Daily News File Photo

By JOE LEATHERSICH jleathersich@batavianews.com













A Buffalo doctor will soon be a Wyoming County doctor.





Paul Mason is an orthopaedic surgeon from Buffalo Ortho, a company he helped create 14 years ago that has found success in servicing Western New Yorkers. But now he will continue to serve Western New Yorkers from his full-time gig in Warsaw.

A few years ago, when the Wyoming County Community Health System sought help with orthopaedic services, Mason was contacted and said he’d offer his services, but only three days out of the month.

It didn’t take long for him to realize his interest in the area.

“I loved coming out here,” Mason said, adding that the few days he’d be in Warsaw tended to be “the happiest days of my month.”

Three days a month became four, which eventually became eight days a month, which is what he’s been doing for the past few years for WCCHS.

But now he’s decided to make working in Warsaw his full-time job. He officially starts this December.

“I came out here and totally fell in love with it,” Mason said.

What he likes about the area and working at WCCHS is the hospital itself, the community and the people.

He made some changes pretty early on when he started, too.

He said when he first started, the hospital didn’t have a good perioperative complication rate. But by 2015, it had one of the best.

“We went from the bottom to the top,” he said. “Now we’re a top performing joint center.”

He described WCCHS as a “boutique joint replacement center” because of how personal the experience is. Everyone gets a private room and they’re well taken care of, he said.

He also enjoys driving into Warsaw from his home in Clarence.

“The countryside is absolutely beautiful,” he said.

Mason also described the people he works with and interacts with in Wyoming County as “appreciative” and “hard working.”

He acknowledged that his story might be reverse to what people think — moving from a suburb of a major city to a rural area. But it’s actually in line with his original goals regarding medicine.

He said he always envisioned himself being a rural family doctor until becoming an orthopaedic surgeon called him. Now he’ll get to bring the two together.

“It’s just a beautiful, kind place to work,” he said.

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W. PETE MAIRS

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Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.

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Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.

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"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.

BRENDA J. PADDOCK

BRENDA J. PADDOCK
Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.

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