Lockport Memorial Hospital (Courtesy of Catholic Health/Clark Patterson Lee)
Tue January 25, 2022 5:45 p.m.
Catholic Health has received three grants from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, totaling more than $1.34 million to support important healthcare projects in Western New York. The awards will benefit initiatives that address a variety of vital health care needs in the Buffalo-Niagara region: maintaining quality health care in Niagara County; increasing health equity; and improving the mental health of older adults.
The largest of the three awards, a $1 million grant, will support construction and services at Lockport Memorial Hospital, which will become a campus of Mount St. Mary’s Hospital. Located in the town of Lockport, adjacent to the South Transit and Shimer routes, Catholic Health opened the “neighborhood hospital” in November and expects it to open in the second quarter of 2023.
A press release noted, “The neighborhood hospital model creates a hospital sized to fit the local community, offering state-of-the-art emergency, inpatient, imaging and laboratory services, as well as offices for primary care, women’s health, and other specialty medical practices.
Catholic Health first unveiled plans to build the 60,000 square foot hospital in October 2020 after Eastern Niagara Hospital entered into a management agreement with the health system. The new hospital will preserve access to necessary medical care for more than 80,000 area residents. To avoid gaps in care, Eastern Niagara will remain open until the new hospital is completed.
Catholic Health said, “A $240,260 award from the Cabrini Health Foundation will be used to connect the diverse communities that make up the West Side of Buffalo with the primary care service offered at Sisters Health Center (SHC), located in the Health Professions Hub at D’Youville College. A multifaceted outreach program will focus on residents living in poverty, immigrants and people of color. The project includes community building and cultural competency training with partner agencies serving the West Side, the deployment of community health workers who can overcome barriers to care, the distribution of culturally appropriate communications and the organization of community events focusing on health and well-being.
“The Sisters Health Center opened in June 2021 to ensure people have easy access to high quality primary care – the first step to improving their health and that of the community.”
The Sisters Health Center offers comprehensive family medicine services to students and the community, including annual medical examinations for children, adolescents, and adults; women’s services; sick and well pediatric wards; routine health examinations; vaccines; medical management of chronic medical conditions; and referral to specialist care.
Maintaining the independence of older adults is at the heart of Living Independently For Elders (LIFE), Catholic Health’s All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program, which received $100,000 from the Cabrini Health Foundation to buy new technology.
Catholic Health said, “Over the past two years, LIFE program participants have demonstrated greater reluctance to leave their homes due to the pandemic, leading to increased isolation and higher rates of depression. Through virtual programming with “GrandPads”, LIFE staff were able to break this isolation. »
“GrandPads” are electronic tablets designed for seniors, featuring larger buttons and an intuitive interface that makes them easier to use by seniors who may not be familiar with today’s technology.
Catholic Health noted, “LIFE participants are able to stay in touch with their clinical team, as well as family and friends, even if they have little or no experience with smartphones, computers or tablets. Grandparents help them stay active, entertained and engaged in the comfort and safety of their own home. »
Catholic Health President and CEO Mark Sullivan said, “We are extremely grateful to the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for these generous awards, which recognize Catholic Health’s dedication to our community and help support our efforts to transforming healthcare in Western New York. These forward-thinking health care projects reflect our innovative approach and commitment to meeting community needs, which are closely linked to our mission, “to reveal the healing love of Jesus to all”. ”
Catholic Health said it “has been at the forefront of work in the Erie and Niagara region to meet the region’s most urgent health care needs.”
It is estimated that more than 80,000 people will be served by the scholarships granted by Mother Cabrini. The Health Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of New Yorkers, strengthen health outcomes for vulnerable communities, remove barriers to care, and address gaps in health services.
Named after an advocate for immigrants, children, and the poor, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation funds programs and initiatives across New York State that provide direct health care services or address social determinants of health. For more information, visit https://www.cabrinihealth.org/.