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New Hospice House will be a first in county

LOCKPORT -- Niagara Hospice will soon open the doors to Niagara Hospice House, the county's first and only inpatient hospice residence.

The new 24,000-square-foot facility will feature eight suites specifically designed for patients who need residential hospice care and 10 suites designed for patients needing short-term medical monitoring and symptom management.

Each suite has been designed with patients and families in mind.

John Lomeo, Hospice and Palliative Care Group president and chief executive officer, recently welcomed registered nurse Janet M. Ligammari to the Niagara Hospice team as director of clinical services for Niagara Hospice House.

Ligammari will be responsible for managerial oversight of all clinical staff at the hospice house. Dr. A.J. Bax will be the medical director.

During 30 years in the health-care field, Ligammari has received several awards, including the 2005 Mission in Action Nurse Award. She was nominated for New York State Nurse of Distinction recognition.

She started her career as a staff nurse at Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston in 1977, was promoted to assistant nurse coordinator in 1978 and again promoted to director of the medical-surgical department in 2001. Ligammari also worked for four years in the orthopedic office of Drs. Frank Altieri and James Wopperer.

Lomeo also announced that Salvatore LiPuma has been recruited as director of support services.

LiPuma will provide managerial oversight of all nonclinical operations. He will direct the housekeeping, laundry, maintenance and food services departments; oversee all components of building operations; prepare and implement administrative procedures and policies; and plan and execute large parts of the facility's quality assurance program.

LiPuma has been instrumental during the construction phase of Niagara Hospice House. He has more than 25 years of health-care food service experience. He started his career at Millard Fillmore Hospital as a food service supervisor and moved on to Erie County Medical Center for six years. He then shifted to long-term care, working as food service director at Amherst Presbyterian Nursing Home for three years and the Catholic Health System at St. Francis Geriatric for 10 years as director of food service.

He started with Niagara Hospice in September 2005.

Employment opportunities are available at Niagara Hospice House for qualified nursing supervisors, registered and licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants and home health aides, cooks, dietary, housekeeping and laundry aides and maintenance workers.

Those interested can download an application from the Careers page of the agency Web site, www.niagarahospice.org, or pick one up at Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport. For more employment information, call human resources coordinator Sally Weber at 439-4417.

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