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Niagara Falls, NY - Chief Nursing Officer JoAnn Pellegrino and Clinical Coordinator of Patient Care Services Janet Kundl show off one of the new Cardiac/Stroke Care Unit patient rooms. Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center celebrated the official opening of the new $4.3 million Cardiac/Stroke Unit.
Memorial dedicates $4.3M Cardiac-Stroke Care unit
23-bed center is among the most technologically advanced in WNY
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center today celebrated the opening of a new $4.3 million Cardiac/Stroke Care Unit that officials said closes the loop on a complete continuum of care for patients with cardiovascular disease.
The 12,950-square-foot facility is on the hospital’s third floor and features 23 private rooms, including six higher acuity step-down rooms, along with an in-unit physical and occupational therapy facility to encourage quicker patient recovery. It replaces an outdated, 40-year-old telemetry unit on the hospital’s fourth floor.
“The opening of this inpatient unit a year after Memorial, Catholic Health, Kaleida Health and ECMC began operating the only cardiac cath lab in Niagara County on our campus completes the structural component of a heart care journey Memorial embarked upon a decade ago,” said President & CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo. “From our ER1 Emergency Department to the Heart Center of Niagara to this high-tech, high-touch telemetry unit, to our new outpatient cardiovascular rehabilitation center -- we can now provide the complete continuum of care required to combat the rampant high rates of cardiovascular disease across Niagara County.”
The unit’s rehabilitation component will feature leading edge visual-motor and neuro-cognitive rehabilitation equipment that employs programmable, customizable testing and rehabilitation routines. Patients and their caregivers also will benefit from the unit’s dedicated Patient-Family Resource Center.
“This will provide a comfortable space for members of our nursing staff to provide education on cardiovascular disease and instruct patients and their families on how to successfully transition from the hospital to home and community,” said Memorial Chief Operating Officer Sheila K. Kee.