On Tuesday, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center celebrated the completion of $100,000 in upgrades to the Heart Center of Niagara's Cardiopulmonary Rehab Facility during a grand-reopening ceremony and open house at the Heart Center, 571 Tenth St., second floor, Niagara Falls.
The all-new, fully handicap-accessible facility features 18 new pieces of workout equipment, including treadmills, steppers, three types of exercise bikes, arm ergometers and elliptical exercisers.
"In this high-end facility - we like to think of it as Club Med comes to Tenth Street - patients who have heart disease, including postoperative cardiac patients, will follow individually tailored exercise programs to help them achieve the most active and productive life possible, regardless of any physical limitations they may have," Memorial Medical Center President and CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo said.
"Patients with diagnoses such as COPD, emphysema, bronchitis, respiratory failure and pulmonary fibrosis will derive similar benefits from our pulmonary rehab component," he added.
In addition to medically monitored cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, the facility offers a wellness exercise program to the general public and, in conjunction with YMCA Buffalo Niagara, fitness classes for people with special needs. Program fees are said to be reasonable and, in many cases, covered by health insurance.
Rehabilitation services at The Heart Center of Niagara will be featured as an important part of the Million Hearts Project, a cardiac health and wellness campaign that will kick off at Memorial next week.
The Heart Center will also be home to Niagara County's first and only cardiac catheterization laboratory. A unique collaboration involving Catholic Health, Erie County Medical Center, Kaleida Health and Niagara Falls Memorial, that facility is scheduled to open in April. The new lab will offer diagnostic procedures, including coronary angiography and therapeutic interventions such as coronary angioplasty and coronary stent placement.