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Cummings Foundation makes $100,000 gift to Falls hospital

NIAGARA FALLS – The James H. Cummings Foundation announced a $100,000 grant Thursday to the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to help with a planned $3 million upgrade of its cardiac and stroke care center.

Memorial wants to create a 25-bed inpatient floor with “smart room” technology, a family and patient resource room and medical teaching facilities in addition to the new inpatient rehabilitation unit.

“The Foundation’s generosity puts us over the halfway mark in our campaign to build this modern, new facility and positions us nicely for the very active community campaign we will soon announce,” said Judith Nolan Powell, a member of the hospital’s board of directors and chairwoman of the campaign.

Nearly one-third of Niagara County residents die of cardiovascular problems, the highest rate in the state.

“Rehabilitation helps the survivors of stroke and heart attack regain their independence and achieve the best possible quality of life. Beginning physical therapy and occupational therapy while still in the hospital can only improve the chances of achieving positive long-term recovery,” foundation executive director Mary Jo Hunt said.