My roots run deep in the Niagara Falls community. My parents raised my brother and I here, and my dad was a well-known bartender at the Como Restaurant for 42 years. I’ve worked in real estate in the Falls area for nearly 40 years and also sold cars at a new car dealership in town. I am grateful for so many connections here.

That includes a long-time connection with Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, our community hospital right near my home in Lewiston. I have supported the hospital for years, serving on the Board of Associates and helping with fundraisers such as pancake breakfasts, golf tournaments and Christmas events.

I have also been a patient at the hospital, perhaps too many times. I have had rotator cuff surgery, knee replacements, gall bladder removal, care for a heart condition and follow-up care after a stroke, all through Mount St. Mary’s. Each time I received exceptional care and made connections with wonderful doctors including Dr. Joseph Bax, orthopedic surgeon; Dr. Benjamin Rueda and Dr. Mohamed Metawee, cardiologists; and Dr. Gregory Sambuchi, the hospital’s head of neurology. All of these connections have enriched my life. That is why I want to recognize these four doctors and all the medical staff at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital.

Please consider supporting Mount St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation with a donation. To make a gift in honor of your caregiver, please visit their website at, to make your secure donation online. Any and every contribution is appreciated. You, or someone you love, may have had a great experience with the caregivers at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital. I encourage you to share your story by filling out the Angel of Care form.

With thanks,

Anthony “Nico” Ricco