The Erie County Legislature unanimously approved bids to renovate the former Dr. Matt Gajewski Health Services Center at 1500 Broadway in Buffalo to create the Erie County Medical Mall at its July 11th session.
The awarding of the bids for general construction, heating, ventilation and air conditioning; electrical construction and plumbing will allow the formerly abandoned health care facility to provide primary care, dental and mental health services at the site, which will be operated and leased back to the Catholic Health System.
"I am very excited that the County Legislature unanimously approved renovating this building to provide vital health care to a community in need of such services,” commented County Legislator Timothy R. Hogues (D-Buffalo), who represents the 1st District in which the Medical Mall is located.
“Providing these health care services in the Medical Mall will reduce spending by allowing people to be treated in a setting that is not a hospital emergency room and is closer and more accessible to them.
"It is also very important to provide these services to a community which will be able to reap the benefits of preventative medical care, and be able to reduce the occasion of seeking medical attention only when an emergency arises,” Legislator Hogues added. “People will not only live healthier and treat conditions earlier, they will learn of more healthy lifestyles and both improve their health and set examples to the family, friends and community.”
Legislator Hogues was pleased to work with the full cooperation and support of Legislature Chairperson Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo), as well as the enthusiastic support of Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale R. Burstein.