The New Gates Vascular Institute: Crown Jewel Of Buffalo Medical Campus

February 15, 2012 Updated Feb 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM EDT

By WKBW News

February 15, 2012 Updated Feb 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM EDT

The nearly 300-million dollar investment in the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is starting to take shape. If you haven't seen the new Gates Vascular Institute, you are sure to be impressed.
Once it opens next month, it's expected to revolutionize health care here in Western New York. Eyewitness News Anchor Joanna Pasceri has the story.
The new Gates Vascular Institute is the crown jewel of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. It's steel gray with smokey windows, created with a pattern of dots, mimicking the body's vascular system.
Construction on the upper eight floors is moving at a feverish pace. The first four floors will be complete by next month, ready to treat a growing epidemic in Western New York: vascular disease.
That's anything to do with arteries and veins, the heart and brain.
What makes this hospital unique is its collaboration with the University at Buffalo Medical School. Dozens of UB researchers will work in the upper four floors, while doctors will treat patients on the lower floors.
It will include brand new state of the art technology that allows doctors to perform minimally invasive procedures on the heart and brain.
Once the Gates Vascular Institute opens on March 28, 2012, Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital will close. The use of the old facility is still not decided.
The research end of the Vascular Institute will open this fall. UB scientists will be creating new medical tests, treatments and cures that will go from the lab right to the patients who need them below.