News Release
July 16, 2020

Media Contacts
Niagara Memorial Medical Center
Patrick J. Bradley (o) (716) 278-4569 (m) (716) 200-9829

Golisano Foundation
Amanda Antinore (o) ( 585) 586-6650 (m) ( 585) 729-7533
Jean Dalmath (m) (585) 755-6911
Roswell Park, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Tom Golisano
Team up to Make Cancer Care
More Accessible in Niagara 

The Golisano Medical Oncology Center, a member site
within the Roswell Park Care Network,
is dedicated in downtown Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls, NY--July 16, 2020-- Proponents of making high-end health care services more accessible to people in Niagara County had reason to celebrate today in downtown Niagara Falls.

In a ceremony today streamed live on Facebook – an event kept small in accordance with current health guidelines regarding group gatherings – representatives from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center dedicated the new Golisano Medical Oncology Center, a member site within the Roswell Park Care Network.

The 6,085-square-foot facility, built at a cost of $2 million, is located on Memorial’s fourth floor. Construction of the center was supported by a $1.5 million donation from philanthropist and businessman Tom Golisano.

“The expert cancer care provided at this new center is welcome news for all Niagara County residents and directly addresses health disparity issues that historically have impacted African Americans, Native Americans, people with mental health issues and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center President & CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo.

“No longer will a lack of transportation to Roswell’s Buffalo campus be a barrier to receiving care from Roswell’s nationally renowned network of physicians and supportive care teams – teams devoted to reducing the burden of cancer,” Ruffolo added. 

“Today marks a huge milestone for health care in Western New York because it fulfills our vision for quality-driven, patient-centered medical oncology services in Niagara County,” said Candace S. Johnson, PhD, President & CEO and M&T Bank Presidential Chair in Leadership at Roswell Park. “We have a responsibility as a comprehensive cancer center to put our team’s expertise to work for people across our region and throughout the state. We are so grateful to the Niagara Falls Memorial team for their commitment to this collaborative, innovative model for serving this community.”

“Caring for cancer patients and playing a part in their journeys has been an incredible privilege,” said Golisano Center Medical Director Bhuvana Ramkumar, MD, a medical oncologist and hematologist who has been providing care through the Roswell Park Care Network for more than two years. “Knowing that we are bringing a new level of care and attention and a wider array of treatment options to a community that has been too-long underserved makes the experience that much more fulfilling for our team of cancer specialists. We really want to make a difference for this community.”

“I applaud the collaborative efforts of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center,” Golisano said in a prepared statement. “They have made a commitment to inclusive health for all including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities who often fall through the cracks of complex health care systems and specialty care, including early detection, cancer screening and treatment.”

The Golisano Medical Oncology Center will make Roswell’s expertise in such areas as hematology, chemotherapy infusion and the newest cancer treatments, including immunotherapies, readily accessible to those who live and work in Niagara County. 

“It was less than 14 months ago that Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center joined the Roswell Park Care Network, a collaborative that builds on existing clinical relationships to connect patients to medical treatment in their own communities,” Ruffolo said. “The onset of COVID-19 has changed all our lives in some profound ways. But, one thing that hasn’t changed is the need for expert cancer care in our community. The Golisano Medical Oncology Center is a huge step in the right direction.”  
About Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
NFMMC  is a full-service, 171-bed regional medical center with extensive inpatient and outpatient services including The Heart Center of Niagara, Niagara Wellness Connection Center, Wound Center of Niagara, Niagara Metabolic & Bariatric Services, The OB/GYN Center, Golisano Medical Oncology Center and UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Memorial also offers a comprehensive range of surgical service, is the first hospital in Niagara to be designated a stroke center by the New York State Department of Health, and operates several satellite facilities. It is the home of the The Golisano Community Health Center provides comprehensive integrated health care services to adults with special needs and their families and houses a range of services and programs for the community. As one of the Greater Niagara region's largest employers, Memorial plays an active role as an economic engine and a catalyst for community growth. Since 2003, it has made $62 million in capital improvements to its downtown Niagara Falls campus.

Tom Golisano, — entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civic leader — is chairman of the board of Paychex, Inc., a leading national provider of payroll, human resource, and benefit outsourcing solutions. Mr. Golisano’s vision, perseverance and action have left an indelible mark on a broad spectrum of issues that touch our lives - in business, healthcare, education, voter policies, politics, and tax reform. His personal philanthropic contributions have changed the future for families, communities, and entire regions around the world. His philanthropic contributions exceeding $300 million have supported educational institutions, healthcare – including three children’s hospitals that bear his name, a global health partnership with Special Olympics International, $65 million dedicated to advancing inclusive health for people with intellectual disabilities – and hundreds of other organizations.

Tom Golisano established the Golisano Foundation in 1985 to help make the world a better place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Focused on “Imagining the Possibilities,” With more than $45 million in gross assets the Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. and awards about $2 million annually to non-profit organizations that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Western New York and Southwest Florida. Read more at