DeGraf seeks state OK for chest pain center

November 2, 2011 Updated Nov 2, 2011 at 7:30 AM EDT

By Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First Reporter

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DeGraf seeks state OK for chest pain center

November 2, 2011 Updated Nov 2, 2011 at 7:30 AM EDT


Kaleida Health's DeGraff Memorial Hospital has filed plans with the state Department of Health to build a permanent home for its Chest Pain Center.

The certificate-of-need application filed this week calls for spending $515,244 to build a unit across from the North Tonawanda hospital's emergency department.

Last year, the hospital received approval for a temporary observation unit for chest pain on the hospital's fifth floor.

Mike Hughes, Kaleida vice president and chief information officer, says the new unit site would be more user-friendly, in closer proximity to the hospital entrance and emergency department.

According to Kaleida's website, the center provides specialized care, and rapid assessment and treatment of patients who arrive at the emergency room with symptoms commonly associated with heart attack.

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