Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 1199SEIU seek community support

image004Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and 1199SEIU are urging the community to sign a petition imploring Governor Cuomo to provide $8 million in state funding for crucial infrastructure improvements to the medical center’s campus.

Improvements will include the restoration and transformation of the Tenth Street parking garage and connector. The ramp supports the parking needs of NFMMC’s 1,200 employees as well as patients and visitors. The bridge connector is in many ways the lifeblood of the medical center as it enables patients and visitors who park in the ramp to have weather protected, interior access to the entire campus including the hospital, nursing home, Heart Center of Niagara and Golisano Center for Community Health.

The opening of the Golisano Center for Community Health at NFMMC, combined with an expanding list of outpatient services have put a tremendous strain on parking in the neighborhood surrounding the medical center campus. A minimum expansion of 150 parking spaces is needed to accommodate this growth.

The final project will replace NFMMC’s outdated emergency power system to safeguard overall well-being on the medical center’s campus. This project will ensure adequate emergency power is available for all hospital functions in the event of a power failure.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been devoted to Niagara County residents for more than 120 years, addressing individuals’ needs and demands by offering patient-centered, compassionate medical care in a warm and caring environment.

Please visit and sign the electronic petition at the bottom of the page to urge Governor Cuomo to ensure these funds. Then share this message with your family and friends.

Bixler named HR director at Niagara Falls Memorial

Bixler, JacquelynJacquelyn P. Bixler has been appointed Director of Human Resources at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Bixler, who has extensive human resources experience in the healthcare field, was most recently Vice President of Human Resources for the BryLin Behavioral Health System, where she managed labor relations, recruitment, employee compensation and employee health.

Prior to BryLin, Bixler served as Vice President of Human Resources at Lockport Memorial Hospital, United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia and the Weinberg Campus, Getzville. She is a former Human Resources Director at American Sigma in Medina and was a longtime Assistant VP of Human Resources at the former First Niagara Bank.

A graduate and former board member of Leadership Niagara, she is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Medina Rotary.


NFTA Offers Diesel and Auto Technology Students Inside Glimpse of Transportation Services

Students from the Diesel Technology and Auto Technology Programs at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center recently got an inside look at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA).

NFTA employs 1,500 people and provide transportation services to the Buffalo/Niagara area. They sent two buses to the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center, one diesel and one hy
brid. As the students were traveling to the NFTA Frontier Garage the students on both buses watched an educational film about the bus they were riding on and were able to talk to NFTA senior staff members about the buses and the company.
The students toured the NFTA Frontier Garage including the CNG fueling station and then the students switched buses on the next leg of their journey to the Cold Spring Garage where they rode the bus through a carwash.

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Certified Work-Based Learning Coordinator, Jackie Coyle, says the tours were a great experience for the students. “They were able to see many people in action and gain an extensive knowledge of the career paths within the NFTA. They fed us a wonderful lunch and showed us their state-of-the-art training board. I think it was a wonderful opportunity for the students to see all the opportunities at NFTA.”


New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Recognizes Niagara Region Employee with Special Achievement Award

Tina Spencer, a certified Level 1 and Level 2 kayak instructor for the Niagara Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has received one of the agency’s highest honors, the Special Achievement Award for 2015.  Spencer of Niagara Falls, was recognized for her efforts to develop a highly successful kayaking program for the parks in the Niagara Region. The award was presented by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey at a ceremony in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 16.

Spencer’s work led to the development of a kayak program to not only introduce kayaking to people who were thinking about purchasing a kayak , but to offer a beginner’s course to teach people the necessary skills to safely kayak.  In 2015, Spencer reached 300 participants with her program.


Tina Spencer, center, receives the 20165 Special Achievement Award from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey (right) and Deputy Commissioner Andy Beers (left).

From the TNBPA: Frosty Niagara Instagram Contest @frostyniagara

The Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association will be hosting a photo contest on Instagram (@frostyniagara) in conjunction with the Frosty Niagara Display for the Holidays.

Introducing the following members of the Frosty Niagara Snowmen cast are:

“FROSTY NIAGARA” @  2570 Military Road

“CASH” @ GNFCU 2901 Military Road

“WILL” @ Restaino Reddien, LLP at 3116 Military Road,

“DODGE” @ Cecconi’s Chrysler Complex at 2380 Military Road

“MR. AND MRS. NIAGARA”@ Niagara Square, 2429 Military Road (Benderson)

“FASHIONISTA” @ Fashion Outlet Mall, 1900 Military Road

“ELI GRIDDY” @ Corner of Military/ Road Packard Sponsored by National Grid

Take a photo with each (ALL) Snowman, post it to Instagram tag @frostyniagara, your name gets put in for a drawing for a Visa Gift Card. You can also take photographs and email to Contest ends December 31, 2016.

This promotion is sponsored by the Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association. The listed Businesses have agreed to participate and have purchased the Snowman, designed individually to their business theme.  Plans are to add more Snowmen each year and fill Military Road Shopping District with Snowman Cheer for all Niagara County visitors to enjoy!!


Wound Center of Niagara named Center of Excellence

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is pleased to announce The Wound Center of Niagara is a recipient of RestorixHealth’s Center of Excellence award.

RestorixHealth’s highest achievement, the Center of Excellence Award distinguishes centers that have demonstrated exceptional success by meeting or exceeding clinical, operational and financial benchmarks in different categories, including healing outcomes and safety, along with a patient satisfaction rate of 95 percent or higher. The Wound Center of Niagara is one of the four centers that has achieved this designation.

“This accreditation reaffirms the quality of care that the Wound Center of Niagara provides its patients every day,” said Medical Director Michael Mitchell, M.D. “We are proud to be a recipient of an award that recognizes the hard work and dedication of our staff.”

Memorial Medical Center’s wound center is dedicated to optimizing outcomes and preventing lower limb loss in those patients with chronic, non-healing wounds. The approach to wound care is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies and techniques that are proven to reduce healing time and improve healing rates.

The center is staffed with a multi-disciplinary team of physicians along with nurses and technicians with advanced training in wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Integrating a team of wound care professionals optimizes patient care while offering the most advanced healing options.

The Hospital Wound Center is located at 620 10th St. and is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 716-278-4424.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center


About Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is a 171-bed regional hospital system serving patients from Western New York, Southern Ontario and beyond.  Its inpatient services include cardiac, stroke, medical-surgical and behavioral health care.  Satellite sites, including six primary care physician offices and the new Golisano Center for Community Health, provide a full range of medical, diagnostic and mental health services. For more information, visit

About RestorixHealth

RestorixHealth, a leading wound care management company, develops and manages centers of excellence for amputation prevention, wound management and hyperbaric medicine. Forging strong relationships with their partners, RestorixHealth provides high quality, cost-efficient solutions to wound care that offer advanced treatment therapies along with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Founded by physicians in 1997 to treat the growing incidence of chronic, non-healing wounds, RestorixHealth’s centers utilize a quality- and data-driven approach to consistently achieve high treatment success rates, resulting in a dramatic improvement in patient quality of life. The company currently manages comprehensive centers throughout the United States in partnership with hospitals and health care facilities. For more information, visit


[Press Release] Guestview on 2017 Community Development Budget


It’s Your Action Plan

By Seth Piccirillo

The Niagara Falls Community Development Department (CD) is excited to start gathering public comments for our 2017 Action Plan. Through participatory budgeting, we will decide how to best use United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds, together.

We are doubling our neighborhood meetings to eight, adding new meeting locations, offering different times to accommodate your schedules, modernizing our competitive application and improving our online survey to get the maximum numbers of local ideas and opinions. Over the next five months, Niagara Falls residents will have 12 opportunities to attend a meeting or comment on the draft action plan prior to Niagara Falls City Council and HUD approval. We are taking the time to get this right.


Why is public participation so important to us? Because you are the experts on the needs of your neighborhoods. This is literally your action plan. We want to continue working with the community to support projects and services that add worth to your streets, families and housing values. This community-based approach, especially in recent years, is working.

Since 2011, CD and Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (NHS) have executed 156 first time home buyer closing cost grants. CD, NHS, Center City Development Corp and Highland Community Revitalization Committee have completed 136 housing renovations, and CD has demolished 101 blighted structures. In the same time period, we improved public spaces like Gill Creek Park, the Hyde Park Playground, Center Court Park and the NF Skate Park. Improvements at 70th Street Park, Jerauld Park and the Hyde Park baseball diamonds are also in the works. Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) are relocating heath science career training programs in Niagara Falls, and youth programs like the Francis Center and Niagara Arts and Cultural Center are being supported. CD’s involvement in all of these projects and programs, and many more, started with conversations at one of our public meetings. Our process, through HUD’s investment, is a real opportunity for Niagara Falls residents to participate, give suggestions and to see tangible results.

The CD Action Plan has a very real impact on what it means to live, work, and play in the City of Niagara Falls. We hope that you will take part in building a vision for our city that we can all be proud of.

Applications/ Citizen Surveys available at the Department of Community Development, 1022 Main Street (Carnegie Building), Tuesday through Thursday, 8-4 pm, or on-line at beginning 10/31/16.

Neighborhood Planning Meetings

Tues., Nov. 1st, 6: 00 p.m.: LaSalle Public Library, 8728 Buffalo Ave.

Wed., Nov.  2nd, 6:00 p.m.: City Hall Council Chambers, 745 Main St.

Thurs., Nov. 3rd, 6:00 p.m: Maple Ave. School, Rm #5, 952 Maple Ave,

Wed., Nov. 9th, 12:00 p.m.: NACC, Niagara Room, 1201 Pine Ave.

Wed., Nov. 9th, 6:00 p.m.: Doris Jones Family Resource Bldg., 3001 – 9th St.

Thurs., Nov. 10th, 12:00 p.m.: John Duke Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd.

Tues., Nov. 15th, 9:00 a.m.: Neighborhood Housing Services, 479 – 16th St.

Wed., Nov. 16th, 1:00 p.m.: LaSalle Senior Facility, 9501 Colvin Blvd., Building B

Fri., Dec. 16th, 12:00 p.m. Application Submission Deadline

Wed., Jan. 25th: Draft Plan and Budget Available for Review

Thurs., Feb. 2nd: Presentation of Draft 2017 Annual Plan and Budget

                             Public Hearing City Hall, 745 Main Street, Council             

                                    Chambers, 6:00 p.m. (Thursday)

Feb. 2 – Mar 6th: 30-day Public Comment Period

Seth Piccirillo is Director of Niagara Falls Community Development and a resident of Niagara Falls, New York.

Community Missions to Hold Antiques & Fine Arts Auction – Annual event benefits Crisis Services

Community Missions, Inc. will hold an Antiques and Fine Arts Auction at the Presbyterian Church in Youngstown on November 13, 2016.  There will be a 12:15 pm viewing of auction items as well as a sampling of hors d’oeuvres including a roast turkey.  The auction will begin at 1:00 pm.

In addition to the auction, there will be a flea market with designer purses at $5 (Coach, Gucci, Liz Clairbourne, etc.), a jewelry table, and several tables of flea market items.

Over 150 items are up for auction, including oriental rugs, antique furniture, paintings, jewelry, porcelain, crystal, sports items, toys, art glass, clocks, and antique hats, items also up for bid include African masks, quilts, tea sets, U.S. Army uniforms, and Beatles and Elvis memorabilia.

Event chairs include Carol Rogers, Michael Ryan, Ginger McNally, Mary Maj, Lynda Ram, Mark Lynch and Tom Korn.  Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Missions’ Crisis Services Programs, which include the community soup kitchen, food pantry, clothing closet, and Marks Place, a home for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Work begins on Memorial’s new Cardiac/Stroke Care facility

Construction began this week on a new $4.3 million inpatient Cardiac/Stroke Care unit at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

The 12,950-square-foot unit is being built on the now-vacant third floor of the medical center’s Schoellkopf Building and will replace a 40-year-old telemetry unit on the hospital’s fourth floor. The unit will feature 25 private rooms, including six higher acuity step-down rooms for patients who require a more acute level of care and monitoring. A rehabilitation therapy facility will be located on the unit to encourage quicker patient recovery and avoid the need to transport patients to the medical center’s first floor physical therapy department.

Construction will take about a year to complete.

This marks the second major construction project to begin at Memorial in October. Work began earlier this month on a $2.2 million cardiac catheterization laboratory in The Heart Center of Niagara – a collaborative initiative being undertaken in conjunction with Catholic Health, Erie County Medical Center Corp. and Kaleida Health. The projects are major components of a Full Circle of Heart Care program for Niagara County that begins with education and prevention, actively seeks treatment breakthroughs and promotes best practices in care.

Niagara Falls Memorial was the first Niagara County medical center to be designated as a stroke center by the New York State Department of Health and has been recognized several times by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for its success in using Get With The Guidelines® to improve quality of care for heart disease and stroke patients.

Most recently, the medical center received the 2016 Get With the Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award, which recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Pictured: From left, Stroke Center Medical Director Dr. Nyathappa Anand; Stroke Clinical Coordinator Alicia Scott, RN, MSN, ANP-C; Mike Ryan of Telco Construction; Chief of Cardiology Dr. Sachin Wadhawan; Cardiology Services Director Melissa Rackmil, RN, BSN; and Nurse Manager Janet Kundl, RN review plans for the new $4.3 million inpatient Cardiac/Stroke Care unit at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Niagara Academy Students Prove to Be Rocket Scientists

The middle school students at the Niagara Academy have recently taken their learning to a higher level.

As part of their Technology class, with teacher John Vogt, the class built rockets powered by water and compressed air, capable of shooting 500 feet into the air.  The students constructed the rockets out of pop bottles and foam board and applied what they learned about Newton’s Laws of Motion and principles of flight.

“The common reaction from the students was it was a blast!” says Mr. Vogt.


Technology teacher John Vogt with student Mario Handley as he launches his rocket.


Class members Trevor Herman, Irving Berkhardt and Mario Herman showing off their rockets.