Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center received a $100,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to support the Medical Center’s Guardian Angels Project.
The Guardian Angels Project, a new initiative to protect and monitor high-risk Medicare patients with serious mental illness (SMI), will provide an extraordinary level of care and support for the most vulnerable mental health patients, which will enable them to lead healthier lives. and longer lives.
The project will recruit 100 of the most needy Medicare clients from the Memorial Ambulatory Mental Health Clinic. The Guardian Angel team, comprised of a Care Manager and a Registered Nurse, will perform two assessments per participant, a comprehensive health assessment and a combined social determinants of health and mental health screening.
Care plans will be developed outlining the unique needs of patients, the type of support they should get, and how the support will be provided. The Guardian Angel team will then activate care plans, book appointments, remove barriers to care, and advocate by connecting patients to health care and social services, including primary care visits.
Aligned with the mission of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, the Guardian Angels Project will improve the health and well-being of vulnerable and disadvantaged people.
The grant awarded will directly support and fund the operation of this program and its newly created positions.
The Guardian Angels Project, which focuses on connecting SMI clients to crucial health and support services, aims to reduce mortality and morbidity among one of the most vulnerable populations in the Niagara community.