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Falls hospital to receive national award for program for older adults

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will receive a national award March 8 for its Get Well/Stay Well program, which provides holistic care to older adults at the Summit Family Care Center in Wheatfield.

The National Council of Behavioral Health will present the award at its annual conference in Las Vegas. The Get Well/Stay Well team was selected for the award by a panel of experts from among more than 1,000 nominees.

“We are humbled and gratified to receive this honor,” said Sanjay Chadha, Memorial’s vice president for service line operations. “The people we serve are more than patients – they are our friends, family members and neighbors.”

To break down the barriers many older adults face in finding mental health treatment, Niagara Falls Memorial created Get Well/Stay Well in May 2014, supported by a $500,000, three-year grant from the state Office of Mental Health. The program, which integrates primary care with behavioral health, is operated in collaboration with the Dale Association of Lockport. Training support was furnished by the University of Washington AIMS Center.

The program is scheduled to expand later this year when other Niagara Falls Memorial primary care sites make the transition to the integrated care model.