Naming recognizes significant personal contribution from pioneering auto dealer, a longtime Roswell Park supporter
- Expanded, relocated diagnostic and treatment center will create northern WNY hub
- To feature infusion center, pharmacy, lab and care from team of subspecialists
- Construction on 26,000-square-foot center slated to begin this year
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center today announced plans for an expanded Amherst location at Park Club Lane, to be named for longtime supporter Scott Bieler in recognition of a significant gift made to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation.
The Roswell Park Scott Bieler Amherst Center will enable an expansion of the services currently available at Roswell Park’s satellite site on College Parkway, creating a Williamsville hub for cancer patients in and around Buffalo’s northern suburbs.
“Expanding our comprehensive care with the new Scott Bieler Amherst Center means that more patients will have access to high-quality diagnostic services and world-renowned treatment in their own backyard, experiencing hope and comfort as soon as they walk through the doors,” says Candace S. Johnson, PhD, President, CEO and M&T Bank Chair in Leadership at Roswell Park. “Scott’s incredibly generous contribution is making this possible for patients. He is tireless in his dedication to helping this community, and the impact of his kindness will touch every patient that comes through our doors for decades to come.”
“For years, I have witnessed the hope that family members, friends, customers and co-workers have been given thanks to the amazing care provided by Roswell Park,” says Bieler, President and CEO at the West Herr Automotive Group. “I want Roswell Park to continue their incredible work for patients and cancer research for years to come, and that’s why my commitment remains unyielding. I am thankful to our many Western New York customers and their generous support of West Herr that allows us to give back to this community in so many positive ways.”
Bieler has been a key supporter of Roswell Park for 20 years. He has served on the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation board since 2002. His significant contribution to Roswell Park’s 2015 capital campaign led to the naming of the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center, which opened its doors in May 2016 on Roswell Park’s downtown campus.
In two years, after the completion of the building, all services currently provided at 100 College Parkway in Williamsville, NY, will move to the new location. The Roswell Park Scott Bieler Amherst Center will bring comprehensive services including clinical trials, screening, diagnostics and chemotherapy to patients north of Buffalo and in the Niagara region. The new location will provide enhanced services for patients with various cancers, all in one convenient and welcoming center designed by cancer experts and informed by input from cancer patients. New services offered at the Williamsville location will include imaging (radiology) services, onsite labwork and pharmacy, and an expanded list of subspecialty care provided by experts focusing on gynecologic, urologic, dermatologic, gastrointestinal and thoracic (lung/chest) cancers and lymphoma.
Patients of the neighboring Roswell Park Hematology Oncology Northtowns and Breast Care of WNY sites on Park Club Lane will also be able to take advantage of these services.
The two-story, 26,000-square-foot center is in the early stages of planning. Groundbreaking is anticipated for late 2021, pending approvals.
To learn more about the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation and the research and patient care programs it supports at Roswell Park, visit www.roswellpark.org/giving.
About the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation
The Roswell Park Alliance Foundation is a is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that manages all donations made to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Its mission is to maximize dollars available for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s most promising lifesaving research, treatment and prevention programs, while supporting the psychosocial needs of patients and families touched by cancer.
About Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is a community united by the drive to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity by unlocking its secrets through personalized approaches and unleashing the healing power of hope. Founded by Dr. Roswell Park in 1898, it is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Upstate New York. Learn more at www.roswellpark.org, or contact us at 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or ASKRoswell@RoswellPark.org.
About Scott Bieler
A native of Orchard Park, Scott Bieler began his career with the West Herr Automotive Group in 1975 as a salesman, was promoted to Sales management in 1980, became President in 1997 and has been majority owner since 2000, along with his partners; Brad Hafner, John Wabick and Bill Loecher. Employing over 2,300 people, he has helped grow the company to become the largest automotive group in New York State and the 22nd largest auto group in the country. Scott’s community involvement has been extensive through the years. He is the Vice Chair of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation Board and co-chaired their capital campaign to build the new Bieler Clinical Sciences Center, Board of Director for Visit Buffalo Niagara, Invest Buffalo Niagara and Daemen College, and a member of the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable. Scott served on the Upstate New York Federal Reserve Regional Advisory Board for 5 years and has also served on the Boards of the Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and Hilbert College. His civic efforts have been recognized numerous times; He and Kathy Lasher recently received the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation’s Exemplary Citizenship Award, he has been named an Outstanding Citizen by The Buffalo News, received the Canisius College Distinguished Citizen Award, and Roswell Park’s Katherine Anne Gioia Inspiration Award, and recognized as the Outstanding Philanthropist through the Association of Fundraising Professionals among other honors.
Rebecca Vogt, Media Relations Specialist