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Niagara Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been designated as a Children’s Health Home by the state Department of Health. The designation permits the hospital to provide care management services to eligible children throughout Niagara County.

A competitive process was used by the state to evaluate Children’s Health Home applications and select awardees. Memorial Medical Center officials report the Children’s Health Home will be operational on Nov. 1.

The hospital currently operates a Health Home for adults that has enrolled 1,300 Niagara County Medicaid beneficiaries and is conducting outreach for another 2,400 local residents. Memorial is the only hospital in Western New York to operate a health home.

“We estimate that at least 2,000 at-risk children in Niagara County will be served by the Niagara Falls Memorial Children’s Health Home,” noted Vicki Landes, director of the hospital’s Health Home program. “The children served will include those in foster care, medically fragile children with complex health conditions, children with emotional disorders and at-risk children who are currently served by specialized state programs,”

The Children’s Health Home will provide comprehensive care management services, including person-centered and family-based care planning to at-risk children.

Sheila K. Kee, the hospital’s chief operating officer, said services will be tailored to meet the particular needs of each child and family.

“The Children’s Health Home will connect children to services, coordinate care, evaluate a child and family’s progress and provide transitional care when a child moves from one service system to another,” she said. “The Health Home will build on the strengths of the child and family with unique and complex needs.”


Niagara University student chapter of the Club Managers Association of America has been named the best in the nation for six years running. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wrote a letter congratulating chapter adviser William D. Frye and his students on their achievement.

“Your chapter’s history of dedicated service and professionalism makes this award richly deserved and continues to distinguish you as an invaluable asset to the field of education,” the governor wrote. “I applaud your dedication and the positive impact you continue to have on the professional club management community locally and beyond.”

Niagara’s chapter was selected ahead of 58 others during the 88th World Conference on Club Management, held March 9 in San Antonio. The recognition indicates that Niagara maintained the most outstanding student chapter in the United States for the time period of May 2008 through December 2014. Students who join Niagara’s organization are required to complete a rigorous schedule of educational and networking events and to work at a club each summer between academic semesters.


This year’s Best of SUNY student art awards included six Niagara County Community College students. Student artists are:

Devon Gildner, contour drawing; Greg Haase, linoleum relief print; Angelica McGhee, pen and ink drawing; Mariah Scherrer, digital print; Andrea Scott, photography, scanned images, computer images, photoshop; and Crystal Walsh, charcoal.

The Best of SUNY art exhibition is open in Albany at the New York State Museum through Sept. 6.


DeSales Catholic School named inductees to its Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. This recognition honors outstanding graduates of the Catholic schools in Lockport, living or deceased. Inductees embody the teachings of the school’s patron, St. Francis de Sales, through their numerous accomplishments in their professional, volunteer and family lives. The 2015 inductees are:

Thomas C. Rotondo Jr., Class of 1950; the Rev. Walter DeSa, Class of 1955; Rocco Surace, Class of 1973; Ellen M. Martin, Class of 1976; and Brian F. Costello, Class of 1980.

The individuals will be honored at the third annual Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Oct. 8 at Classics V on Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst.