News Release
 July 16, 2013
CONTACT: Katie McKenna

BUFFALO, NY – A $2.5 million donation to establish the TOPS Friendly Markets Mother-Baby Unit in the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital will be presented on Tuesday, July 16 at 2:30 p.m.

Presented by Frank Curci, President & Chief Executive Officer, TOPS Friendly Markets, to James R. Kaskie, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kaleida Health, Gill Farkash, MD, Clinical Chief, OB/GYN Services, Kaleida Health, and Amy Habib-Rittling, Partner, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, and Co-Chair John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital Campaign, this presentation continues long-standing support for Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo by TOPS Friendly Markets.

“Generations of families who will have their babies delivered at the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital can thank TOPS Friendly Markets for it on-going and incredibly generous support that now includes the Mother-Baby Unit for new mothers and their newborns to be admitted immediately following birth,” said Dr. Farkash. “While our physicians, nurses and all other staff ensure these families receive the best possible care available, TOPS Friendly Markets has ensured they will also enjoy the most state-of-the-art facilities possible.”

TOPS Friendly Markets for several years has committed itself and its associates in support of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Some of the many ways TOPS has supported Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo has been through its TOPS Charity Golf Outing, TOPS Free Gas & Groceries in support of the annual Festival of Trees, the Teddy Bear campaign and the KISS Cares for Kids Radiothon. The TOPS Friendly Markets Ambulatory Care Center is among the many areas through Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo it has supported throughout the years.

"We are proud to support and be a part of the John R. Oishei Hospital, a facility that will provide the highest quality women and children's health care in Western New York and beyond,” said Frank Curci, President & CEO, TOPS Friendly Markets. “We are committed to improving the quality of life of the people within our communities, and by making this donation we are investing in the health of future generations."

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets – 154 company-owned and five franchise locations under the Tops, Grand Union and Bryant's banners. With more than 15,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo offers women the best option for delivering their baby as the only hospital in Western New York with a team of pediatric surgeons and a full panel of pediatric medical subspecialists on site, including the region’s largest, most advanced and safest neonatal intensive care unit. More information about maternity services at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is available online at

The vision for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is to be recognized as the innovator, the highest quality, highest value provider and partner, and the regional referral center for women and children’s health care for Kaleida Health, in Western New York and beyond. Expanded services at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, along with continued trends of more patients receiving care in an ambulatory setting, were major factors considered by a Physician-led Steering Committee while reviewing previous campus plans and developing its proposal for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus location. For more information about the physician-led plans for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, please go online at

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health facility and teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric, neonatal, perinatal and obstetrical services in Western New York and beyond. For more information, please go online at


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