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Memorial’s Guardian Angels project awarded $100k grant

January 23, 2022

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation in support of the Medical Center’s Guardian Angels project.

The Guardian Angels project, a new initiative aimed at protecting and watching over high-risk Medicare patients with severe mental illness (SMI), will provide an extraordinary level of care and support to the most vulnerable mental health patients, resulting in these individuals living healthier and longer lives.

The project will enroll 100 of the highest need Medicare clients from Memorial’s outpatient mental health clinic. The Guardian Angels team, comprised of a care manager and a RN, will complete two assessments per participant, a comprehensive health assessment and a combined Social Determinant of Health and Mental Health screen. 

Care plans will be developed outlining patients’ unique needs, the type of support they should get, and how the support will be provided. The Guardian Angels team will then activate care plans, make appointments, break down barriers to care, and advocate by connecting patients to health care and social services, including primary care visits.

Aligned with the mission of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, the Guardian Angels project will improve the health and well-being of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals.

The awarded grant will directly support and fund the operation of this program, and its newly created staff positions.

The Guardian Angels project, with its emphasis on connecting SMI clients to crucial healthcare and support services aims to decrease mortality and morbidity among one of the most vulnerable populations in the Niagara community.

About the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of targeted communities, eliminate barriers to care, and bridge gaps in health service. Named in memory of a tireless advocate for immigrants, children, and the poor, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation provides flexible support for new and innovative approaches that enhance health and wellness across New York State. For more information, visit https://www.cabrinihealth.org

About Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is a full-service, 171-bed regional medical center with extensive inpatient and outpatient services including The Heart Center of Niagara, Niagara Wellness Connection Center, Golisano Medical Oncology Center, Wound Center of Niagara, the OB/GYN Center and UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. The first hospital in Niagara to be designated a stroke center by the NYS Department of Health, Memorial also provides a wide range of outpatient services. To learn more, visit www.nfmmc.org.

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