Southtowns Radiology and NFMMC Partner to Bring High-Quality Diagnostic Imaging to Niagara County

Aug 23, 2022

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announces a new partnership with Southtowns Radiology Associates, LLC, one of Western New York’s leading medical imaging and diagnostic radiology groups.

The partnership, which will take effect in early September, allows Southtowns Radiology to support the diagnostic imaging needs of Memorial patients at the medical center’s Summit Healthplex location and downtown Niagara Falls campus.

Over the past year Memorial’s diagnostic imaging department completed nearly 58,200 radiology procedures for patients. This includes over 3,000 mammography studies and over 12,000 advanced imaging studies using computed tomography (CT Scan) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), further emphasizing the importance of this partnership for the Niagara community.

“When there is partnership and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. By partnering with Southtowns Radiology, Memorial is emphasizing further our commitment to improving the health and wellness of the Niagara community,” said Joseph Ruffolo, President and CEO of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

With over 20 board-certified radiologists on-staff, Southtowns Radiology physicians provide expertise in the areas of breast imaging, cardiac imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, neuroradiology and pediatric imaging as well as cancer staging, recurrence and metastasis studies.

“Our practice has always focused on caring for people first and foremost. When a patient needs medical imaging, they are looking for answers to questions around their health. Our goal is to help them find those answers quickly and reliably,” said Paul Pizzella, MD, president of Southtowns Radiology Associates, LLC. “Our group of physicians is excited to work with the medical staff at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. This is a growth opportunity for our practice, but more importantly, this partnership ensures continuity of care for patients and families in Niagara Falls and the surrounding communities.”

The partnership comes at a time when Memorial is campaigning to acquire a 3T MRI unit to be housed on the medical center’s tenth street campus.

The MRI Imaging Center of Niagara will provide patients across the region with equitable access to higher quality scans, faster diagnosis, and early detection, of cancers and other diseases at treatable stages. In addition, the new unit will directly meet the need of increased volume of scans necessary to keep pace with demands from the community which Memorial serves.

About Southtowns Radiology

Southtowns Radiology is the third largest medical imaging provider in Western New York and is independently owned by physicians within the practice. With over 20 board-certified radiologists, the practice reads nearly 500,000 screening and diagnostic imaging studies annually. In partnership with regionally-based health systems across Western New York, the group provides radiology services for Catholic Health System and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, including Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Sisters of Charity Hospital, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital. Southtowns Radiology also operates nationally accredited outpatient imaging centers in Hamburg and Orchard Park.

About Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center 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, Golisano Medical Oncology Center, Wound Center of Niagara, the OB/GYN Center and UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. The first hospital in Niagara to be designated a stroke center by the NYS Department of Health, Memorial also provides a wide range of outpatient services. To learn more, please visit