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Saturday, April 9, 2022

"Doctor is OUT" and Apparently We Don't Need to Know Why:

Dr. Mason won’t be returning to WCCHS; Mason signed a contract with Springville Bertrand Chaffee 

Dr. Paul Mason
Dr. Paul Mason has signed a contract with a new hospital and won’t be returning to the Wyoming County Community Health System.

After months of Wyoming County residents asking where Mason can be found for orthopedic care, an answer arrived Thursday — at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville.

The new contract is between Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Buffalo Bone and Joint Surgery. It will also include physician assistant Jim O’May.

“We received significant interest from several parties and entertained multiple opportunities both within the region and out of state,” Mason said. “After considerable consideration, we are excited to have partnered with Bertrand Chaffee Hospital to resume providing services in Springville. We are proud and fortunate that Bertrand Chaffee’s administration and hospital staff share in our philosophy of providing the highest quality patient care. Also, we feel the location is ideal to serve patients from all across Western New York.”

Buffalo Bone and Joint Surgery will begin seeing patients on May 2 and will be there on a full-time basis providing services five days per week.

Buffalo Bone and Joint Surgery will not be providing further services at the WCCHS. Mason said according to his group’s previous contract with the WCCHS, there is a “no solicitation” clause and therefore, the practice will not be reaching out to its patients there.

“With that said, it appears word has travelled fast, as we have already received significant number of communications from the community, not only congratulating us but asking to make appointments,” he said.

Officials at Betrand Chaffee Hospital are welcoming Mason’s services.

“Dr. Mason brings a vast wealth of experience to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital,” said BCH CEO Nils Gunnersen in a news release. “Dr. Mason, Mr. O’May, and their orthopaedic practice are a perfect complement to our campus and our organization’s strategic intent to grow and add new services for our community. We are enthusiastic to have them join the BCH family and share their expertise in order to best serve our patients.”

Mason’s departure from the WCCHS remains a matter of intensive controversy in Wyoming County.

A community outcry erupted in February after Mason’s contract was terminated by the WCCHS Board of Managers. Mason was a popular physician at the facility and widely credited for helping lead the system’s turnaround.

His departure was also criticized by some WCCHS hospital staff — including doctors and nurses — and members of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors.

Mason began working at the WCCHS in 2014, when the system established its orthopedic clinic. He performed more than 300 surgeries there before joining the system full-time in December 2017.

Chairwoman Rebecca Ryan of the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors and President Rich Kosmerl of the Board of Managers declined to comment Friday.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s new Orthopaedic Surgery Center will be accepting new patients. For more information, call (716) 794-3299.

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