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DeGraff Memorial Hospital
1st Floor
445 Tremont Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120

  • (716) 690-2410
    8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
  • (716) 690-2415 Fax
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Geriatric Center of Western New York

The Geriatric Center of Western New York at DeGraff Memorial Hospital specializes in the care of patients over the age of 70, with an emphasis on those dealing with complex medical issues and/or memory loss. The center's goal is to maximize quality of life by providing the individualized attention patients deserve.

Seniors have unique needs that require special expertise. Whether patients are experiencing the natural changes of aging or medical problems that require more care, the center uses a multi-disciplinary approach to address all aspects of the aging process:

  • Physical changes
  • Psychological problems
  • Social needs
  • Routines of daily life

The Geriatric Team can provide all primary care or act in a complementary role with your primary care physician.  Our trained specialists can assist with improving your quality of life.

Patients receive comprehensive care from a multi-disciplinary team of doctors that specialize in geriatric services as well as nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and support staff all dedicated to working with older patients.

Geriatric Specialist Physicians:  Kenneth Garbarino, M.D., Donna Desmone, M.D., Annie Mattai, M.D.

The Geriatric Specialist Team provides patient-centered, comprehensive care through a multidisciplinary approach.  Our physicians specialize in geriatric care and work closely with a team consisting of mid level providers, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and medical assistants.  Staff complete cultural competencies to assure the best care for our older adults.


As a primary teaching site for the University at Buffalo Medical School Geriatric Center of Excellence, fellows, residents and students may help in the delivery of care under the supervision of Geriatric Specialists.

Additional Services

  • When patients and families are given a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease by their physician, it is often followed by many unanswered questions.  In reality, there are a number of types of dementias as well as a number of reasons why an individual may exhibit signs of dementia.  The Geriatric Center of WNY assists individuals in finding an accurate dementia diagnosis through expert medical professionals specializing in geriatric care and providing appropriate interventions, education and support. 

Trained specialists can also assist patients and caregivers with:

  • Daycare programs
  • Conversations regarding Advanced Directives
  • Educational materials and programs
  • Facilitation of family meetings
  • Home care services through Visiting Nursing Association of WNY (VNA of WNY)
  • Hospital diversion as well as placement
  • Housing
  • Information and referrals on community serices
  • Linkage to social services programs
  • Problem solving with demands of caregiving
  • Respite services
  • Transportation issues