Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc., Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Partner to Increase Early Pre-natal Care

PARTNERS IN HEALTH: Dr. LaVonne , CEO, Community Health Center of Buffalo Inc., third from left, is pictured with, among others,  Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino, Dr. Sherry Goril, Dr. Hannah Bailey, Sheila Kee, and Joseph A. Ruffolo

The Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. (CHCB, Inc.) and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) have launched a partnership to increase obstetrical care including pre-natal care, labor and delivery services, postpartum visits, and advanced gynecological services to CHCB, Inc. patients visiting the Women’s Health Clinic at the Community Health Center of Niagara (CHCN) located at 2715 Highland, Ave., Niagara Falls, NY.

“With the NFMMC and CHCB collaboration, we are hoping to make a difference in the lives of women who need healthcare to change its ongoing state of bias. Our goals are many but shifing control to the patient and delivering safe care is paramount,” said Dr. Hannah Bailey, OB-GYN physician at NFMMC.

NFMMC obstetricians will provide services at CHCN every other Tuesday for a four-hour session that would alternate from 8 a.m. to Noon, or from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (based on initial projections, it is estimated 10 CHCN patients would be seen during each four-hour session). Under this arrangement, a pregnant woman would receive pre-natal care at CHCN for approximately 24-26 weeks before being transferred to NFMMC for the remainder of the pregnancy to enable additional fetal monitoring and ultrasound services.

“We have uncovered thru the work of our NF Healthcare Disparities Task Force the significant disparities among pregnant African American women with lower birth weights, higher rate pre-term births, and lower rates of postpartum visits, as compared to White women,” said Joseph A. Ruffolo, President & CEO, NFMMC. “Our joint partnership with CHCB will address this disparity head on, by providing high quality maternal fetal care in those neighborhoods.”

“Because of racial disparities in maternal health, statistics show that African American women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes,” said LaVonne Ansari, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. “By partnering with Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s obstetrics, we are directly addressing these disparities by removing the obstacle of access to our patients.”

“It is important that all residents in the City of Niagara Falls who are in need of prenatal care and services are able to have access to this care.

Through this partnership these services will now be offered at CHCN in collaboration with NFMMC for those who may otherwise risk going without,” said City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino. “We appreciate the collaborative effort of NFMMC and CHCB to bring the opportunity for important healthcare to our community.”