KeyBank and First Niagara Foundation Announce Support for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s COVID-19 Response Efforts

April 10, 2020

$60,000 Grant will provide essential equipment, supplies, and pharmaceuticals 

(NIAGARA FALLS) – April 10, 2020 — KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, is awarding a grant for $60,000 to support healthcare workers at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and their ongoing efforts to care for COVID-19 patients in our community. 

The funding will provide essential equipment, supplies, and pharmaceuticals necessary to fight Coronavirus, save lives, and protect healthcare workers. This, as the Western New York community is expected to see its Coronavirus caseload peak in the coming weeks. 

“Our healthcare workers are the backbone of our community and are working every day to provide critical care for Coronavirus patients, while putting themselves at risk,” said Elizabeth Gurney, Executive Director of the KeyBank and First Niagara Foundations. “We are committed to providing our unwavering support for their enduring and heroic actions during this time of great need.” 

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is the last-standing independent hospital in Western New York. 

“Niagara Falls Memorial is in urgent need of support during this pandemic, and our brave healthcare workers are making tremendous sacrifices,” said Joseph A. Ruffolo, President and CEO. “We are grateful to the KeyBank and First Niagara Foundation as we navigate this uncertain and unprecedented time.” 


Patrick J. Bradley 
Director of Communications & Emergency Management 
716-278-4569 (work) 
916-200-9829 (cell) 


Matthew Pitts 
Communications Manager – Northeast Ohio, Western & Central New York 
716-270-4243 (work)
16-903-8468 (mobile) 


Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is a full-service 171-bed regional medical provider offering extensive inpatient and outpatient services at 10 sites in Niagara and Erie counties. Memorial strives to improve the health of the Greater Niagara region by meeting standards of excellence in each of its services, providing care to all those in need regardless of their ability to pay, and actively linking patients to community-based services that will promote continued wellness. To learn more, visit www.NFMMC.org. 


KeyBank’s roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, KeyCorp is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $145 billion at December 31, 2019. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of over 1,100 branches and more than 1,400 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications, and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC. 


Founded in 1998, the First Niagara Foundation will carry out the philanthropic legacy of First Niagara Bank, which was acquired by KeyBank in 2016. The Foundation, in partnership with KeyBank, supports not-for-profit organizations dedicated to empowering individuals and neighborhoods primarily in Western New York. For more information, visit http://www.firstniagarafoundation.org.

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