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Area foundations pledge support for new adult behavioral health units

Two prominent Western New York foundations have announced awards to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for the construction of new adult inpatient behavioral health units, bringing grant support for the project to $500,000.

The John R. Oishei Foundation awarded Memorial a $400,000 grant for the project.  The Oishei Foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara Region.  The Foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation.

The James H. Cummings Foundation awarded $50,000 toward to the project.  Named after a prominent manufacturer of pharmaceuticals with operations in Buffalo and Toronto. the Cummings Foundation was created in 1962 to advance medical science, research and education; provide services for underprivileged boys and girls; and assist aged and infirm persons.

Earlier this year, the Grigg-Lewis Foundation awarded Memorial Medical Center a $50,000 grant to be used toward the construction of the new units.

The $4.9 million project, tentatively scheduled for completion in 2009, calls for the consolidation of the hospital’s existing behavioral health facilities into two centralized, adjacent units with a modern layout designed to provide the highest quality behavioral health care in a safe, therapeutic setting.

The new units will include dedicated space for therapeutic groups and other constructive group activity as well as expanded facilities for art therapy, music therapy and other therapeutic initiatives.

“We are most grateful for the support shown for this project by the John R. Oishei Foundation, the James H. Cummings Foundation and the Grigg-Lewis Foundation,” Memorial President & CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo said. “Their commitment will have a profound impact on the delivery of high quality mental health services to those with the greatest need and enable us to continue serving them, regardless of their ability to pay.”

Ruffolo thanks staff for making Memorial a great place to work

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