Niagara Hospice Clinical Leadership

Dr. Richard Castaldo, Medical Director

  Dr. Richard Castaldo is the Medical Director for Niagara Hospice and has more than 25 years of experience as a physician. With specialties in internal medicine and primary care, he is also currently serving as the Medical Director for the Pathways palliative care program. He previously served as the Medical Director for Kalos Health.
  Dr. Castaldo's career has also included hospital affiliations with Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Primary Care and Suboxone Clinic, Bry-Lin, ECMC, Mt. St. Mary's and Millard Fillmore.
   For the last 25 years, he has also served as the primary care doctor for Division I student-athletes, specifically the Niagara University Men's Hockey Team.
   He has participated in numerous phase two and phase three research projects throughout his career and has been published in various topics.

Danielle M. Burngasser, RN, BSN, Vice President of Hospice Clinical Operations

  Danielle Burngasser is the Vice President of Hospice Clinical Operations at Niagara Hospice. She began her career at Niagara Hospice in 2004 as a full-time home care nurse. She was promoted to Team Leader in 2006 and then to Director of Hospice Homecare Services in 2008.
   In 2012, Ms. Burngasser assisted in establishing the organization’s collaborative hospice units at the Northgate Health Care Facility in North Tonawanda and Schoellkopf Health Center in Niagara Falls. 
  She has been certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing since 2009 and is an active member of the Certified and Palliative Care Nurses Association. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Niagara University. 

Jane James, NP, Director of Admissions

  Jane James, NP, is the Director of Admissions for Niagara Hospice. She has been a registered nurse for 16 years, recently earned her Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner at D'Youville College and is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She previously worked as a registered nurse for several years at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport, where she specialized in the emergency department and critical care, before joining Niagara Hospice in February 2019.
  Ms. James also worked in the neuro-surgical intensive care unit at Gates Vascular Institute. She holds several certifications, including BLS (Basic Life Support), ACLS (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support). James, a resident of the City of Lockport, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Daemen College. 

Janet Ligammari, RN, Director of Hospice Facility Services, Niagara Hospice House

   Janet Ligammari is a native of Niagara Falls. During her 40-year career in the health care field, Ms. Ligammari has received several awards, including the 2005 Mission in Action Nurse Award, and was nominated for the New York State Nurse of Distinction recognition. She started her career as a staff nurse at Mount Saint Mary’s Hospital, was promoted to assistant nurse coordinator, and again promoted to Director of the Medical-Surgical Department in 2001.
   Ms. Ligammari also worked for Frank Altieri, MD and James Wopperer, MD for four years as an orthopaedic office nurse before joining Niagara Hospice in January 2007.

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