State Approves Buff Gen Upgrades

October 24, 2011 Updated Oct 24, 2011 at 9:19 AM EDT

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By Business First by Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First Reporter

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State Approves Buff Gen Upgrades

October 24, 2011 Updated Oct 24, 2011 at 9:19 AM EDT


BUFFALO, NY ( Business First ) Buffalo General Hospital has received state approved to pursue a $2.7 million renovation.

The state Department of Health approval allows the hospital to begin renovations of the 14th floor to allow for stroke and neuroscience programs to be located on the same floor.

The stroke unit will house a recovery unit for patients having such procedures in the vascular institute under construction next door to Buffalo General. Plans call for completing the renovation by first quarter of 2012.

A second approval this week allows decertification of transplant and kidney services, which are transitioning over to Erie County Medical Center and to a $27 million Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation & Kidney Care currently under development. ECMC and Kaleida Health, parent of Buffalo General, are partners under the Great Lakes Health umbrella.

Both projects are part of a larger plan at the hospital as parent Kaleida Health continues to shift departments over from Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, slated to close in early 2012.

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