- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A center focused on workplace-related medical needs is open in Buffalo.

The Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine opened Friday at the Erie County Medical Center. At least nine such centers have been funded by New York state in other regions of New York. The Buffalo center will serve all of western New York.

Officials say the center will provide free health screenings for workers and help them with worker compensation claims, counseling and other services.

The state will provide $3 million in funding over five years.

Officials say the goal is to prevent work-related illness and injury through increased education, early diagnosis and treatment.

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