Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary Awards Esther Werner & Helene Barter Scholarship to ICU Nurse


Written by workbeacmc

May 14, 2024

NIAGARA FALLS, NY — Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC), an independent regional medical center serving the Greater Niagara region in northwestern New York, is proud to announce Amanda Runkle, a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at NFMMC, is this year’s recipient of the Esther Werner & Helene Barter Scholarship awarded by the Medical Center Auxiliary.

A Niagara Falls resident, Runkle graduated from SUNY Niagara (formerly Niagara County Community College) in 2019 with an associate’s degree in nursing.  She is working toward a bachelor’s in nursing from Empire State College, expecting to graduate in the fall.  She plans to pursue a master’s degree in nursing education.

“Amanda is someone who will definitely make a difference at the medical center and in the community,” said Judy Shahin, chair of the Auxilary scholarship committee. “The Auxiliary is pleased to assist her in meeting her educational goals.”

The scholarship, awarded annually since 1989, is given in memory of Werner, Memorial’s first social worker, and her sister, a long-time medical center volunteer.


Founded in 1895, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) has a long tradition of serving the Niagara community. NFMMC’s hospital and primary stroke program are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, and its primary care network is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Memorial’s inpatient services include a cardiac/stroke unit, a medical–surgical unit, an ICU, a Labor and Delivery unit, and an Adult Inpatient Psychiatry unit, the only one of its kind in Niagara County. Memorial serves as a Center for Community Health by operating five primary care centers, a large outpatient adult mental health clinic, a Health Home, and several innovative community-based services.   Thanks to a partnership with Catholic Health, Kaleida Health, and Erie County Medical Center, NFMMC operates the only cardiac catheterization laboratory in Niagara County. Memorial is also home to the Golisano Medical Oncology Center, which operates in collaboration with Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center.

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