In 1999, during their final year in emergency medicine residency, Michael Filice and Gregory DiFrancesco formed FDR medical services and after partnering with Brooks Memorial Hospital began staffing that emergency department in July 2000. A few years later, in 2003, FDR acquired the emergency service contract at United Memorial Medical Center, and at that time, current partners Scott Belote, Danielle Notebaert, and Lori Michael joined the group. It was a unique and attractive situation wherein rural hospitals had staffing almost exclusively of residency trained emergency physicians.
In 2005, a new emergency department was being planned at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Niagara Falls had brought in many groups to discuss staffing options, including both local and national groups. In the end the contract was given to FDR due to the past success and commitment toward staffing emergency departments with residency trained emergency physicians.
In 2006, FDR added 5 members of the 2007 emergency medicine residency class. Each year the Buffalo program graduates 12 residents and in the past many have left the WNY area. EM graduates who elect to stay local have understandably been highly recruited and FDR has been very successful in hiring these physicians.
In 2008, FDR agreed to a contract with DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda, New York. We currently provide staffing for the Emergency Department in this suburb of Buffalo. During the summer of 2008 the facility completed a significant remodeling that increased the square footage of the Emergency Department, and gave it a contemporary look and feel. With the addition of DeGraff, FDR was then seeing a combined patient volume over 80,000 visits per year.
In November of 2009, our first urgent care center opened its doors in Pittsford, New York, a suburb of Rochester. Under the direction of Dr Difrancesco, it was the first in a series of successful and still growing urgent care centers called Accelcare. Our centers include on site radiology and laboratory testing and are staffed by board certified physicians, highly experienced PAs and NPs, RNs and radiology technicians. In addition to urgent care needs, we are also providing work and school physicals, flu shots and are currently incorporating occupational medicine. Our centers are located in Pittsford, Henrietta and Blasdell.
Also in 2009, FDR expanded its role in medical education. We entered an affiliation with LECOM School of Osteopathic Medicine to provide high quality Emergency Medicine learning experiences for medical students at each of our sites. First year EM residents from SUNY Buffalo gain valuable experience in rural medicine at our UMMC site. Second year EM residents gain further clinical experience from rotations at Millard Fillmore Suburban hospital.
In 2012, we responded to changes in the landscape of Western New York Emergency Medicine. In addition to opening our 3rd Accel care in Blasdell, NY we also accepted a contract with Kaleida to staff their premiere emergency department at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. After a very fruitful recruiting year, we now staff MFS, Degraff and United Memorial Medical Center with over 30 EM trained and board certified physicians as well as over 20 experienced physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
We have been successful in offering the highest level of trained emergency specialists to the hospitals we staff. As a democratic group we seek to employ strong physicians who want to be part of a team. We offer an excellent compensation package with NO BUY-IN for partnership. We are actively involved in medical education and have been able to recruit top graduating residents to our group.
Western New York
The Western New York area offers a wide range of recreational activities. There are three professional sports teams in Buffalo with the Sabres of the National Hockey League, the Bills of the National Football League, and our triple A baseball team, the Bison’s. FDR currently has season’s tickets with four seats to every Buffalo Sabres game that are shared by our physicians and staff.
Buffalo is also home to Shea’s Performing Arts Theater which hosts many acclaimed musicals and shows. Downtown Buffalo continues to be revitalized. The waterfront has new walkways, restaurants, kayaking adventures and outdoor concert venues. The food truck wave is thriving downtown as well.
The area also is home to many outdoor activities with Lake Erie and Ontario just minutes away, and many championship golf courses and country clubs. Holiday Valley is rated ninth among ski resorts in the East by Ski Magazine and is only an hour to the south of Buffalo in beautiful Ellicottville, New York.