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Schoellkopf rededication to include David's Path tribute

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Thu, Oct 20th 2016 06:05 pm

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will mark completion of more than $2 million in upgrades at its Schoellkopf Health Center at 11 a.m. Tuesday with a rededication ceremony and a tribute to the employee for whom its hospice unit is named.

The 43-year-old facility now features completely renovated, all-private, subacute, hospice and short-term rehab accommodations, updated therapy areas and a redecorated administrative wing, providing a homelike environment that is designed to be pleasing and inviting for all.

"Schoellkopf patients, residents and employees can truly enjoy the comfort and amenities of a modern, attractive facility," said Judi Nolan Powell, Memorial's vice president for community relations.

Tuesday's ceremony will take place in the Schoellkopf Health Center Activities Room and will include a memorial dedication for its David's Path hospice unit. The unit is named for David Winker, a devoted Memorial employee for nearly 47 years. He died in 2013.

A commemorative bicycle will be dedicated and placed there as part of a display recalling David's hard work and devotion to Memorial. Except in the wintertime, David rode his bike to work every day from his Town of Niagara residence. The unit's name is a tribute to David and his love of bicycling.

Schoellkopf administrator John Durno said David's Path has been a welcome addition to the care and support given to all Schoellkopf patients.

"The collaboration between Niagara Hospice and David's Path at Schoellkopf Health Center has been very successful," Durno said. "It is important that people receive high quality and compassionate end of life care, and we are privileged to provide it to them."

Tuesday's event will also serve as the kickoff for the David's Path Memorial Fund. For information concerning gifts to the fund, call 716-278-4604.

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