NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s application for a $4.3 million Cardiac/Stroke Care Center was approved Wednesday by the New York State Department of Health. Construction is expected to start this summer and be completed in a year.
“Cardiac disease and strokes are much too prevalent among our community,” said Memorial’s president and chief executive officer Joseph Ruffalo in a statement announcing the plans for the new center.
The third floor of the hospital’s Schoellkopf Building, currently vacant, will be dedicated to the 25-bed inpatient unit. It will feature all private rooms, including six higher acuity rooms for patients who require a more acute level of care and monitoring, as well as smart technology at decentralized and centralized nursing stations to allow nurses to spend more time at patient’s besides.
The unit will also have a rehabilitation therapy facility and a dedicated patient-family resource center, both aimed at helping the patient make the transition from hospital to home. The Schoellkopf Building houses the hospital south wing at Walnut Avenue.
The Cardiac/Stroke Care Center is expected to complement the hospital’s Heart Center of Niagara as well as its cardiac catheterization laboratory that is planned to open in 2017. The Heart Center of Niagara is an outpatient facility across the street from the hospital, on the southeast corner of 10th Street and Walnut Avenue.
The hospital received a $2 million grant from the Health Care Delivery System Innovators Fund for the proposed Cardiac/Stroke Care Center, as well as foundation, governmental and charitable contributions and direct hospital support.