Niagara Gazette — Next, we had a thought provoking session with fitness guru Robbie Raugh, who is a local legend among those who have taken her classes at places like Bally Fitness. She regaled us with stories about what to eat and what not to eat. I may never look at wheat the same way again. Then she led us through a brief yoga exercise. Remember, my classmates and I are are of all ages and from all walks of life. She had us doing balancing poses like we were long time enthusiasts. I need to say here that Robbie rocks.
From there, we traveled to downtown Buffalo to explore the medical campus. It is a revelation, with new buildings and old combining to be a regional destination for medical care, competitive with some of the top destinations in the country.
We saw laboratories and research facilities, we saw futuristic buildings and machinery. Wearing dark 3-D glasses and looking like a reunion of Blues Brothers, we stood in a viewing room and got to see human cells in three dimensions, floating out into the room looking like you could reach out and grab them.
Most impressive was the new $291 million Gates Vascular Institue, which combines a hospital on the lower floors with university research facilities on the top floors and the nonprofit Jacobs Institute between them, the only facility of its type in the world. The work of the university and the hospital will be fortified by the institute, which provides funding and support to those seeking to discover new pathways of health science.
It’s all futuristic and remarkable and as we toured the new structure, I said my fair share of “wows.” The whole campus was like that and it stands to be even more impressive when they build the new Children’s Hospital across from Buffalo General.