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Several new appointments at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

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Fri, Jan 31st 2020 05:10 pm

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced a series of staff moves on Friday.

Meagan Myers has been promoted to director of quality management. She will have clinical and strategic oversight of the health network’s quality improvement efforts.

Myers received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Trocaire College and went on to get a master’s degree in nursing executive leadership from Daemen College. She served as an emergency department registered nurse, as well as an adult medicine/neurology registered nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Myers has worked as a clinical nurse leader for the emergency and intensive care units at DeGraff Memorial Hospital and then went on to become a clinical donation coordinator at Upstate New York Transplant Services. She then went on to work as an emergency department and urgent care nurse manager at TLC Lakeshore Healthcare Center. Most recently, Myers has held the position of emergency department clinical coordinator and clinical nurse specialist at NFMMC.

Patricia Kaczmarek, BHSC, MSHL, RN, was appointed corporate compliance officer/director of risk management. She received her RN from Erie Community College and went on to earn both Bachelor and Master degrees from Nova Southeastern University.

For the past 10 years, Kaczmarek has served as a consultant with The Agency for Health Care Administration Regulatory & Compliance.

In her new role, Kaczmarek will ensure the medical center is in compliance with federal and state regulations as well as accreditation standards related to compliance and risk management. She also will administer the center’s property, casualty and liability insurance programs.

Shawn K. Ehrig, RN, was named director of utilization. She is responsible for the oversight of the utilization department for both inpatient and outpatient services. This includes the precertification and recertification process, peer-to-peer reviews and denials.

Ehrig received her RN from D’Youville College and is a registered nurse in six states. In addition, she is certified in mental health emergency response and is HC/PRI (hospital and community patient review instrument) certified. Ehrig also is a board-certified case manager and most recently served as a utilization review and case manager for Nova Healthcare.

Robert C. Bennett, Ph.D., LMHC, CASAC was named director of inpatient behavioral health and behavioral health emergency department.

Bennett received a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Master of Arts Mental Health Counseling, both from Medaille College. He received a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Walden University. In addition, he received certification in chemical dependency and is a licensed mental health counselor and a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor.

Bennett has over 20 years of progressive clinical and operations experience and most recently served as a supervisor counselor at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital (Clearview Treatment Services). Prior to that, he was a senior counselor at Horizon Health Center and program director of FHI Madonna House.

In his new role, Bennett will oversee the day-to-day operations of the acute inpatient behavioral health unit and the psychiatric emergency department.

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