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NIAGARA FALLS – Buffalo’s John R. Oishei Foundation has donated $750,000 to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s fund drive for a new cardiac/stroke care center, the hospital announced Monday.

The grant is conditioned on Memorial raising a matching amount, spokesman Patrick J. Bradley said. The grant moved the fundraising effort over the $1 million mark, with a goal of $3 million.

The hospital’s existing cardiac/stroke unit served more than 1,500 patients last year, but it is seeking a major technological upgrade that also will enhance patients comfort and safety.

“The Niagara region continues to experience some of the worst rates of cardiovascular disease in the nation,” Memorial president Joseph A. Ruffolo said.