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Physician Makes Lead Gift to Name Emergency Department

March 06, 2013

This spring, Wayne County will celebrate the grand opening of the newly constructed emergency department (ED) at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital (NWCH), and the name on the top of the building will pay tribute to one of the community’s most respected and accomplished physicians, Dr. Daniel Alexander.  

alexanderAs the only hospital in Wayne County, the new NWCH emergency department—soon to be named the Daniel Alexander, M.D., Emergency Department—addresses one of the most significant needs in the community. To support this critical project, Dr. Alexander, an orthopaedic surgeon and founder and owner of Finger Lakes Bone and Joint Center, has committed to making the largest gift in the history of the hospital through the Dr. Daniel Alexander Family Foundation.   

“This area has done so much for me and for my family,” explained Dr. Alexander, a native of Buffalo who lives in Canandaigua with his wife, Gail, and four children. “I am proud to know this gift will help Newark-Wayne Community Hospital be there for people during their time of greatest need.”

The new ED is the centerpiece of NWCH’s major modernization project and fundraising campaign. The current ED was designed to accommodate 11,000 patient visits per year. Last year, that same facility encountered more than 23,000 patient visits.

Dr. Alexander’s journey to become a renowned surgeon and philanthropist is one steeped in hard work, family values and a commitment to serve others. Attending medical school at SUNY Buffalo while working full time as a Lieutenant for the Buffalo Fire Department, Dr. Alexander understood the impact one can have as a community servant. After receiving his orthopaedic training at Henry Ford hospital in Detroit, Mich., he returned to the area in 2004. In 2006, he opened the Finger Lakes Bone and Joint Center. As his practice grew—he performed 1,400 procedures last year, making him one of the busiest orthopaedic surgeons in the United States—he maintained a focus on family and philanthropy, giving back to the Boys and Girls Club in Geneva and funding the building of a new community center in the poor, inner city Buffalo neighborhood where he grew up.

The mission of the Dr. Daniel Alexander Family Foundation is to support projects intended to benefit less fortunate inner-city youth or provide medical services for the underserved.