The in Niagara Falls, New York, has announced a $3.5 million gift from local businessman and philanthropist Tom Golisano and the for the construction of an innovative new community health center to serve adults with special needs.
The gift — the largest in the medical center's history — will support the construction of the Golisano Center for Community Health, a comprehensive integrated healthcare services center for adults with special needs and their families. The new center will house a range of services and programs, including primary care, mental health services, health home care management, housing assistance, community outreach, satellite services, health insurance enrollment, financial assistance counseling, wellness education, and training for healthcare professionals. The also will be located in the planned 23,000-square-foot-building, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
"Our innovative, community-based, integrated service model, working in collaboration with many agencies, brings together healthcare, social support, wellness and education services tailored for an individual’s specific needs — to improve their quality of life while providing care in a more cost-effective community setting," said Memorial Medical Center president and CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo. "The Golisano Center for Community Health accomplishes just that — it breaks down barriers and prevents individuals from falling through the cracks."