BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Officials and hospital administrators for ECMC unveiled dramatic expansion plans for the hospital at a Tuesday morning press conference.
The expansion of the Erie County Medical Center 'Health Campus' includes $150 million in work on a new long-term care facility, a 333-vehicle parking ramp, a transplant and kidney center of excellence, an orthopedic expansion, a refurbishing of the adolescent psychiatric clinic, and other major projects that will enhance patient care.
Expansion work began this fall on a $27 million Center of Excellence for Renal Disease and Transplant Services, while work on the new long-term care facility on the Grider campus is set to begin next spring.
“This expansion of our Health Campus brings real economic development to the City of Buffalo. It will also bring much sought after jobs to the city and top-notch health care for our community,” said Jody L. Lomeo, the hospital’s CEO. “Our collaboration with Kaleida and Great Lakes Health and this expansion will mean we can attract new patients and more easily recruit doctors and nurses and staff to more modern facilities. Also, families of people we care for on our Health Campus will have the most convenient parking and visiting arrangements.”
The $150 million price tag for the work, financed in part by a capital improvements fund the hospital’s board set aside in 2009 and a bond issue, is the largest investment in Buffalo’s East Side in many years. ECMC already supports nearly 2,500 jobs there.