October 17, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of $270 Million John R. Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo

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12-Floor, 185-Bed Hospital Opens in November - Photos Here 

Supported by $35 Million in State Funding, Including Buffalo Billion Investments

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Kaleida Health completed the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The $270 million hospital located at 818 Ellicott Street in Buffalo will open in November. The new hospital replaces the current Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and will be a more effective and efficient comprehensive pediatric healthcare facility for Western New York. 

"The new children's hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that will provide world-class care to tens of thousands of children and support the booming healthcare and biomedical science industry in Buffalo," Governor Cuomo said. "This is yet another project that demonstrates the Buffalo Billion transformation and will contribute to Western New York's economic resurgence and revitalization."

Jody L. Lomeo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kaleida Health, said, "Governor Cuomo came through with a $35 million commitment to build the new hospital because New York State believes in our kids and in our future. Oishei Children's Hospital will ensure that best-in-class care will be available for mothers and children for generations to come, right here in our community."

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New York State invested $35 million for the project, including $15 million from the Buffalo Billion for infrastructure at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and up to $20 million from other State resources to support the new hospital. The hospital campaign raised $50 million from donors across Western New York. 

The project has right-sized and consolidated services in a 12-floor, 185-bed, free-standing and modern facility. It is the only free-standing children's hospital in New York State, and just one of 43 in the country. The hospital is an integral part of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, linking with Buffalo General, the Gates Vascular Institute, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the new University at Buffalo Medical School and others. 

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "The completion of the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital is a key component of comprehensive health care on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The hospital is bringing together some of the greatest medical expertise in WNY and is a start-of-the-art health care facility for the children in this region."

"The new children's hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that will provide world-class care to tens of thousands of children and support the booming healthcare and biomedical science industry in Buffalo."

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The Oishei Children's Hospital ensures pediatric and maternal services remain available for patients in the Western New York region. The vision for the new hospital is to be recognized as the innovator, the highest quality, highest value provider and partner, and the regional referral center for women and children's health care for Kaleida Health, Western New York and beyond.

The Oishei Children's Hospital will provide Western New York with world-class pediatric specialists including physicians, surgeons, respiratory therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners and social workers, along with compassionate support staff such as aides, housekeepers, and dieticians who can care for all children ages zero to 21 and their families. 

The sickest babies and children come to the hospital for care, either directly or through transfers from other hospitals. It is the only pediatric critical care facility that includes a Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit, and a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Without the resources available at Oishei Children's Hospital these young patients and their families would have to travel out of the area for care.

The $1.1 million rooftop helipad allows the pediatric and neonatal transport teams to dramatically improve access and treatment times for their patients, who need specialized pediatric and neonatal critical care. Sal H. Alfiero, the founder and former chairman of Mark IV Industries, and his family generously covered the cost of the helipad at the new Children's Hospital. 

Oishei Children's Hospital, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the City of Buffalo are also in the process of completing a $40 million, eight-story parking ramp for patients, visitors and staff of the hospital. When it is completed in May of 2018, the parking ramp will have a total of 1,825 parking spaces. The parking ramp is connected to the hospital via a pedestrian bridge.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said, "The opening of the Oishei Children's Hospital is a major milestone in the transformation taking place at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and across Western New York because of Governor Cuomo and the Buffalo Billion. It will provide access to state-of-the-art health care for young patients across the region, and take its place among the world-class institutions that make Buffalo a leader in medical research and the life sciences. As a lifelong Western New Yorker, I'm very proud to see the new home for Children's Hospital that is befitting of its critical mission."

Senator Tim Kennedy said, "The new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital is an amazing achievement, and one that all involved should be proud of. Its key location here on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will ensure that children in Western New York receive the world-class medical care they need and deserve. New York State's $35 million contribution to this project helped to ensure its success, and I want to thank Governor Cuomo for his commitment to this priority project for our region. Congratulations to everyone whose hard work made this vision a reality."

Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes said, "Congratulations to Kaleida Health and the Oishei Children's Hospital on celebrating its grand opening. This $270 million project has been a long time in the making. Major institutions such as Oishei Children's Hospital and UB's Medical School are extremely welcome additions to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and the 141st Assembly District. I'd also like to thank Governor Cuomo and my WNY Delegation colleagues in helping to make this project possible through the Buffalo Billion."

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, "Today is a new day in health care in Erie County, and from this day forward countless thousands of children and families will be the beneficiaries of the great work done by many partners to make the Oishei Children's hospital a reality. On behalf of Erie County, thanks to all who worked to help children today, tomorrow, and many years from now."

Mayor Byron W. Brown said, "As the mayor of this great city, I'm proud to acknowledge the profound impact that the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital will have on the health of women and children of Buffalo, and all of Western New York. Today's dedications signifies a turning point in healthcare for our region and builds on the 125 years of compassionate care and medical miracles delivered daily at Buffalo's critical and beloved Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo." 

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