Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Installs State-of-the-Art SteriSpace Air Sterilization System at Schoellkopf Health Center

June 28, 2023

(NIAGARA FALLS, NY) – Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is proud to announce the installation of the SteriSpace Air Sterilization System<http://www.sterispacesystems.com> as part of its innovative air sterilization project at the Schoellkopf Health Center<https://nfmmc.org/directory/directory-locations/schoellkopf-health-center/>. Developed by You First Services, in collaboration with the State University of New York at Buffalo and the U.S. Department of Defense, SterilSpace effectively eliminates pathogens, to create a healthier space for residents to engage in recreational activities.

Schoellkopf Health Center, a prominent 120-bed nursing home situated in downtown Niagara Falls, will be the beneficiary of the air sterilization technology following a $39,000 grant proposed by Mayor Robert Restaino of Niagara Falls, as part of the Niagara Falls Community Development COVID Fund. The grant will focus on installing the SteriSpace in the resident recreation room, a high-traffic 1,504-square-foot ground-level space where residents gather for social interactions, including movie screenings, reading, and other activities.

This generous funding supplements the significant contribution of $190,000 by You First Services, facilitating the purchase of the necessary air sterilization equipment for the project.

“We are grateful for the support of Mayor Restaino and the generous donation from You First Services,” said Joseph A. Ruffolo, CEO & President of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. “The installation of this air sterilization project reflects our commitment to ensuring the highest level of safety and care for the residents of Schoellkopf Health Center. This cutting-edge technology will significantly reduce the risk of airborne diseases and enhance the overall well-being of our residents.”

The completion of SteriSpace’s first installation at Schoellkopf Health Center serves as a critical milestone in enhancing Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in line with the Biden-Harris administration’s “Clean Air in Buildings Challenge.” More than just an effective solution, SteriSpace is also environmentally responsible, delivering lower energy costs, a smaller ecological footprint, and eliminating the need for replacement parts, unlike traditional HEPA filters.

“SteriSpace, an innovation born in Buffalo, is the only patented technology capable of sterilizing air,” said Dr. Satish Sharma, Chairman and CEO at You First Services. “Unlike other air systems that merely purify or treat air, SteriSpace sterilizes it, eliminating 99.9999% of pathogens and 100% of viruses. This is crucial for environments like schools, military and government buildings, and healthcare facilities, where ‘healthy buildings’ are a growing priority.”

The air sterilization project has been developed and advanced by Rethink WNY, an organization that is comprised of healthcare professionals from the State University of New York at Buffalo, other organizations, and regional businesses.

The installation of SteriSpace at Schoellkopf Health Center is expected to be completed this summer and is a significant step in advancing the healthcare industry’s approach to air quality and infection control.


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.

ABOUT YOU FIRST SERVICES<http://youfirstservices.com>

Established in 2013, You First Services (YFS) is dedicated to developing unique scientific technologies into effective, accessible, and affordable healthcare applications and solutions. The company has successfully developed and launched products in oral healthcare, sterilization, and infectious diseases. YFS strives to provide a platform where the expertise of our researchers, scientists, and associates can translate into real-world solutions that have a positive impact on society.

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