Millard Suburban getting bigger

June 6, 2013 Updated Jun 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM EDT

By Jim Fink, Business First

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Millard Suburban getting bigger

June 6, 2013 Updated Jun 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM EDT

The need for expanded patient care is fueling a proposed 34,000-square-foot expansion to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

Kaleida Health has filed the hospital’s proposed expansion with the Amherst Planning Board, which is expected to review the project when it meets on June 20. The expansion would be the first at Millard Suburban in recent years, following a revamping of its emergency room more than four years ago.

Kaleida officials could not be reached for comment.

According to documents filed with the planning board, Kaleida wants to add a trio of new surgical and support rooms and 10 neo-natal intensive care units. All would be housed in a three-story expanded section of the hospital.

Besides Amherst municipal reviews, the plan must also be scrutinized by the New York State Department of Health.

Construction won’t start until later this year or early 2014. The project’s construction price tag is still being determined.

The 265-bed acute care hospital is also one of the region’s busiest. In 2011, it handled 41,000 patient visits.

The expansion is also the latest in Kaleida’s local development pipeline that includes the planned construction of the John R. Oishei Foundation Children’s Hospital, which will be one of the centerpieces of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The Millard Fillmore expansion is one of several projects on the planning board’s agenda. Other items include:

• A proposal by Menorah Campus Inc., an affiliate of the Weinberg Campus, to build a three-story, 50-unit senior apartment complex on John James Audubon Parkway. Weinberg has eight other senior housing units that house 750 residents on its 130 acres.

• Arista Development is seeking approval to construct a 4,200-square-foot office building at the corner of Sheridan Drive and Country Parkway Road.