Buff Gen has plans for old ER unit

February 10, 2012 Updated Feb 10, 2012 at 8:20 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First Reporter

February 10, 2012 Updated Feb 10, 2012 at 8:20 AM EDT

Buffalo General Hospital opened a new emergency department in the first floor of the building that also houses its new Gates Vascular Center.

But the old emergency department space won't remain empty for long: The hospital filed plans in late January for a $2.4 million chest pain center.

The project, filed with the state Department of Health in late January, calls for renovating the former ED space to make room for the new center.

Kaleida officials said a capital request to fund the project is now making its way through the finance and operations departments.

Two years ago, the Kaleida Health hospital moved its chest pain center from the first floor of A building to the fourth floor in preparation for construction on the new ED next door.

The center provides specialized care, with rapid assessment and treatment of patients who arrive at the emergency room with symptoms commonly associated with heart attack.

Kaleida also working on a new chest pain center at DeGraff Memorial Hospital. The DOH approved a $515,000 plan in December for renovations to relocate the center at the North Tonawanda site from temporary space on the fifth floor to a site adjacent to the emergency department at ground level.

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