Women & Children's Hospital Expands Women's Services

April 16, 2013 Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 7:53 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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April 16, 2013 Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 7:53 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Plans continue for a new $220 million John R. Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. It should open in 2016. In the meantime, officials at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo are turning their focus to expanding women's services in the region. A report in this week's Business First shows how three new extension clinics will open in Lockport, Hamburg and Lancaster, areas where the hospital continues to see population growth and new babies. Children's will spend about $700,000 combined for equipment and furnishings. Women's services are expanding while the future hospital name will focus on children. The report says having "women" in the name actually hindered the hospital from national recognition by organizations that highlight children's hospitals.

Sisters of Charity hospital is planning a $4.7 million project to relocate three operating rooms from its ambulatory center to the St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga. The rooms will go into space at St. Joseph's gastrointestinal program. A different, $2 million project, is under way to move the GI program into a 5,000-square-foot space on the first floor at St. Joseph's.

You can read more about the hospital news in this week's Business First.