Niagara Gazette


March 6, 2014

GUEST EDIT: Niagara Falls Community Report: A Bellwether Call for Action


Niagara Gazette — We have gone after virtually every available grant to bring state and federal dollars to Niagara Falls to fund programs that will create a healthier community. The nearly $10 million in grants that Memorial has brought to our community over the past four years have funded 36 well paying permanent jobs, creating new career opportunities in emerging healthcare professions ranging from navigators and care managers to care coordinators. Moreover, the infusion of state and federal funds has permitted Memorial to:

• Develop the Niagara Wellness Connection Center, the first and only facility of its kind in Western New York to offer one-stop outpatient behavioral health, primary care, wellness activities and community-based social support services under one roof.

• Administer the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Health Home, an innovative care coordination effort that is connecting 1,000 local residents to healthcare, food, shelter and a variety of support services, just in the past year alone.

• Establish Project Runway, which is serving young women with or at-risk of drug or alcohol addictions.

• Bring the Community Health Worker program’s home-based services to pregnant women and new moms, helping them and their infants to stay healthy.

Connect more than 750 people to health insurance through Memorial’s Navigation program within the last six months.

In addition, over the last four years grant funds have financed almost $6 million in new medical equipment, health technologies and facility improvements that are strengthening the services we provide to our community.

In fact, over the last decade, Niagara Falls Memorial has invested $62 million to improve our infrastructure so that we can better serve our patients and deliver top-notch, high quality care. The medical center built the ER1/Heart Center, completed exterior beautification projects, refurbished our Labor and Delivery unit, reconstructed two behavioral health units and renovated a medical-surgical patient care unit to mention but a few capital projects. These investments have served as an economic engine, generating hundreds of jobs for family breadwinners who are employed by the building trades or by local suppliers of goods and services.

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