Russell Salvatore Donates 270 TVs to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

NIAGARA FALLS, NY – Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC), an independent regional medical center serving the Greater Niagara region, has announced that it has received a generous donation of 270 new televisions from Western New York philanthropist, Russell J. Salvatore. The upgraded television service will be installed throughout the NFMCC medical campus, including patient hospital rooms, resident rooms at the Schoellkopf Nursing Home, and common areas, to enhance the patient experience and benefit their families.

The new televisions range in size from 16” to 50” and will be equipped with a wellness network for patients and their families to access educational and informative content prior to discharge. The television upgrade project is expected to be completed by summer 2023, and is estimated to cost $200,000.

“We are delighted to receive this generous gift from Russell Salvatore,” said Joseph A. Ruffolo, CEO and President of NFMMC. “At NFMMC, we put our patients at the center of everything we do, and this donation will greatly enhance their experience and provide educational resources for their families. We are deeply grateful for Russell’s ongoing support and his dedication to improve healthcare in our community.”

This is not Salvatore’s first contribution to NFMMC. In 2019, the longtime owner of Salvatore’s Italian Gardens and Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More, contributed to the construction of the Russell J. Salvatore Welcome Center, a newly renovated 1,500-square-foot upper lobby and visitor check-in area. Salvatore’s philanthropy extends beyond healthcare, as he has also supported higher education projects, including the Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons at Niagara University.

Salvatore’s dedication to serving the community was recognized at Memorial’s 2022 Premier annual black-tie fundraiser, where he received the Nancy Gara Spirit Award. His contributions have gifted millions of dollars to area hospitals and have significantly impacted the patient experience and care.


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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