Award Report-Buffalo Mercy Hospital Uses NN/LM MAR Tech Improvement Grant for PCs for New Library
A Blessing and Re-Dedication of the John J. O’Brien, M.D., Health Sciences Library was held on Wednesday, October 29, 2008, in Buffalo, New York. The Library was recently moved to a new, higher traffic location adjacent to the Physician Lounge on the Hospital’s third floor. The Physician Lounge/Library suite features new computers and printers, wireless Internet access, three new study carrels in the Library, new flooring, furniture, window treatments, high definition flat screen TV and food service area. A bronze plaque with Dr. O’Brien’s etched photo now graces the entrance to the new Library. Funding for the renovations was provided by the Mercy Hospital Foundation, Administration and Medical Staff, and through a Technology Improvement Grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. The NN/LM MAR grant paid for new PCs and a printer for the new library. Grace Di Virgilio submitted the grant on behalf of Mercy Hospital. Grace has served as Mercy Hospital’s circuit librarian since 1999 and is the Hospital Library Services Program Coordinator for the Western New York Library Resources Council. Lisa M. Humphrey is the Library Assistant at Mercy Hospital.
The late Dr. John J. O’Brien was a well-respected and beloved Mercy Hospital physician who served as Director of Medical Education from 1951 through 1985. Dr. O’Brien was a strong advocate for the library and lifelong library user. The Library was re-dedicated in his name to recognize the countless contributions he made to Mercy Hospital. Dr. O’Brien’s wife, Barbara O’Brien, and family members attended the ceremony. The blessing was performed by Sister Peggy Gorman, R.S.M., Chief Development Officer, Sisters of Mercy, New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West Community. Speakers included Joseph A. Prezio, M.D., Honorary Staff, Department of Nuclear Medicine; Thomas A. Raab, M.D., Chair, Department of Medicine; and Timothy F. Gabryel, M.D., F.A.C.P., Vice President of Medical Affairs.
Grace DiVirgilio- Mercy Hospital- Health Sciences Library. Buffalo, NY.