This month we celebrate the opening of Niagara County’s first and only cardiac catheterization laboratory at The Heart Center of Niagara, the awarding of a state job development grant that will benefit 120 future care coordinators and the induction of ER1 Emergency Department Personal Care Assistant Evelyn Harris into the Niagara Falls Volunteer Hall of Fame.
Read these stories and so much more in “Keeping Up with NFMMC!”
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been awarded a New York State Department of Health grant to prepare 120 people for the future of patient care. Read the rest of this entry »
“Building on the Tradition of Quality Care”
As every Western New Yorker knows, there are only two seasons in our region: winter and construction. Since winter will soon be behind us, it is time to begin planning for what is next. On March 9, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) and 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East (1199SEIU), the healthcare workers’ union representing 800 employees at Niagara Falls Memorial, unveiled NiagaraFallsMemorialCares.org and launched a major joint initiative to secure funding for needed capital and infrastructure improvements on the medical center’s campus.
Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women.
Although shoulders are less likely to be involved with arthritis than hips or knees, shoulder arthritis is quite common. But, its not always as straightforward as one might think.
Matthew J. DiPaola, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with extensive experience in treating shoulder arthritis, will discuss its diagnosis and treatment during a program on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at The Niagara, the new community center at 530 66th St. on the Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School campus.
The presentation will be co-sponsored by UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Read the rest of this entry »
As the owner of a local manufacturing business, Western New York newspaper columnist Bob Confer pays close attention to health care costs — both his company’s and those we all pay for with our tax dollars.
This week Confer, who writes for both the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal and the Niagara Gazette, provides an insightful overview of Memorial Medical Center’s efforts to give Medicaid recipients a value-added health care experience that also give taxpayers their money’s worth.
“Because of the hospital’s efforts, Niagara County residents will be saved millions of
dollars over the coming years and, at the same time, many of our friends and neighbors will be enjoying far better health,” Confer writes in this week’s column, which appears in both the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal and Niagara Gazette.
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been transformed into a winter wonderland thanks to the talents of Richard Nashwinter, a local interior designer who has donated hundreds of hours to the medical center through the years.
His creativity provides a warm welcome to visitors and staff alike. Richard donated exuberant trees, adorned the lobby with striking holiday colors and painted the waterfall located outside of the gift shop, describing it as a “midnight winter” theme. The surrounding area takes on the feel of an ice land with big holiday trees, snowflakes and a magnificent winter castle.
Area residents are afforded many opportunities through Memorial’s volunteer programs, including the Auxiliary of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Volunteer Services Director Judy Villani at (716) 278-4440.
RestorixHealth’s highest achievement, the Center of Excellence Award distinguishes centers that have demonstrated exceptional success by meeting or exceeding clinical, operational and financial benchmarks in different categories, including healing outcomes and safety, along with a patient satisfaction rate of 95 percent or higher. The Wound Center of Niagara is one of the four centers that has achieved this designation.
“This accreditation reaffirms the quality of care that the Wound Center of Niagara provides its patients every day,” said Medical Director Michael Mitchell, M.D. “We are proud to be a recipient of an award that recognizes the hard work and dedication of our staff.”
Memorial Medical Center’s wound center is dedicated to optimizing outcomes and preventing lower limb loss in those patients with chronic, non-healing wounds. The approach to wound care is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies and techniques that are proven to reduce healing time and improve healing rates.
The center is staffed with a multi-disciplinary team of physicians along with nurses and technicians with advanced training in wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Integrating a team of wound care professionals optimizes patient care while offering the most advanced healing options.
The Hospital Wound Center is located at 620 10th St. and is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 716-278-4424.
Western New York is about to find out.
Niagara University and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, two of the region’s most service-oriented institutions, today announced they have engaged in a joint effort to promote economic growth, enhance workforce development and expand international tourism.
The initiative builds on a longstanding relationship that includes a robust student internship program, disability awareness efforts, customer service training and the establishment of Memorial’s popular Tenth Street Café.
A memorandum of understanding formalizing the agreement was signed during a ceremony at Niagara University’s Niagara Global Tourism Institute.
“We are excited to deepen the partnership between Niagara University and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, and strategically leverage our collective resources to make a significant positive impact on the residents of Western New York,” said the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University. “We view our relationship with Memorial as an extension of our Catholic and Vincentian mission to be the rising tide that lifts all boats, with a deep-rooted interest in improving the lives of our neighbors in the region. This dynamic and robust partnership seeks to continue to advance the economic and social development of Niagara Falls and the entire Buffalo-Niagara region.”
“Niagara Falls Memorial and Niagara University are both dedicated to serving all members of the community, including the poor, the oppressed and those with special needs,” said Memorial President & CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo. “As our relationship with the university has grown we have come to realize a significant alignment between our service goals and objectives and Niagara University’s. This new alliance commits us to combining our strengths in ways that will benefit the entire region.”
The agreement, signed during ceremonies at the Niagara Global Tourism Institute, commits the parties to joint efforts in three key areas:
Medical Tourism: Memorial Medical Center already attracts Canadian residents for high-tech, minimally invasive elective surgery. Niagara University’s Niagara Global Tourism Institute offers a unique opportunity to explore and develop worldwide marketing strategies that support healthcare services at Memorial and educational opportunities at Niagara University, expanding the economic impact of both institutions and further supporting regional tourism.
Workforce Development: In an evolving healthcare environment, new joint workforce development programs will help students and area residents, including job-seekers and current workers, gain the knowledge and skills needed for healthcare jobs in demand today and in the future. Collaborative initiatives will expand education and training opportunities beyond the Niagara University campus, including the Golisano Center for Community Health, in a community where jobs and skilled employees are needed.
Joint economic development initiatives: Both institutions are major economic engines in the Niagara region. Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has implemented innovative care models that significantly reduce the cost of healthcare and create the need for additional highly trained professionals. With innovative curriculum offerings and expanded campus initiatives, Niagara University is attracting a highly motivated and gifted student body. The institutions will work jointly to seek economic development opportunities that will benefit area residents and allow students to remain in the Niagara Region after they graduate to take advantage of new career opportunities in healthcare and other fields.
“In addition, we will further develop the areas in which we already collaborate,” Ruffolo said. “As an example, we will serve as a prime internship site for Niagara’s Vincentian Scholars, as we continue to expand student internship opportunities in mental health services, social work, nursing, marketing and other clinical and non-clinical career fields.”
“Our pronounced emphasis is on educating the whole student – mind, body, heart and soul – while preparing him or her for a fulfilling career after graduation,” added Father Maher. “By providing more opportunities for our students to accrue hands-on, practical experience with an organization, like Memorial, that offers services to those who need it most, it benefits all of those involved.”
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center was awarded a three-year reaccreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It earned this distinction after the HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the quality and safety standards of the medical center and its satellite locations.
“Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care,” said Lawrence Haspel, D.O., chairman of the Bureau of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation for the HFAP. “We base our decision on federal standards as well as recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Niagara Falls Memorial met or exceeded the standards in every case.”
“We’re proud to achieve this prestigious distinction,” said Memorial President & CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo. “The awarding of the HFAP accreditation is a significant achievement that recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. In fact, quality is consistently the priority focus in our strategic plans and goals.”
About The HFAP:
The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) is a nationally recognized not-for-profit accreditation organization with deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Created in 1945, the HFAP is the oldest accrediting body in the country. The HFAP surveying process and standards benefit from oversight by a wide range of medical professionals, including both allopathic and osteopathic disciplines. The HFAP accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations, and insurance companies. For more information about the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Programs, go to: www.hfap.org.
In 2015, the HFAP was acquired by the Accreditation Association, a family of organizations committed to developing standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care and value for health care through peer-based accreditation processes, education and research. Accreditation Association organizations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems (AAHHS), AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement and Acreditas Global.