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National study cites Niagara Falls Memorial program

NIAGARA FALLS – A new report from the National Council for Behavioral Health says Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s “Get Well Stay Well” behavioral health program has shown results, and is deserving of an award.

The Council will give the program its Inspiring Hope award during its conference Monday through Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nev.

The report says 2,283 adults, including 1,443 people ages 55 or older, have been screened for depression at Memorial’s Summit Family Care Center in Wheatfield since Get Well Stay Well started in 2014.

“Results show substantially improved behavioral health outcomes for patients participating in Get Well Stay Well. Eighty-four percent of participating adults showed improvement in depression scores and 76 percent of adults recorded reduced anxiety levels,” said Joseph A. Ruffolo, Memorial’s resident & CEO of Niagara Falls Memorial.

The program is designed to integrate depression treatment into primary care, offering more convenient access to behavioral health counseling and treatment.

Ruffolo said Get Well Stay Well is helping physical health, too. “Blood pressure readings improved for 74 percent of patients and blood sugar levels among diabetics were reduced. Forty-seven percent of participants also recorded healthy weight loss,” he said.

Appointments can be made by calling the Summit Family Care Center at 298-5243.