Cross-Border Healthcare

May 21, 2012 Updated May 21, 2012 at 7:17 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Doctors Team up to Improve ER services.

May 21, 2012 Updated May 21, 2012 at 7:17 AM EDT

WNY and Canadian doctors are teaming up to improve emergency care. A report in this week's Business First shows how officials from area hospitals are talking with Canadian doctors and government officials about patients crossing over the border for emergency care in the U.S. and how to best provide that care. It says some patients from Port Colbourne are transferred to facilities hours away, but shifting those patients to Buffalo could be more efficient. The planners hope to create a relationship for ER services similar to Windsor, Ontario and the Detroit area.

In Lockport, Great Lakes Surgical Associates is planning to open Lockport's first multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center on East Avenue. Doctors say the area is under-served, but not for long. The report says two other surgery center projects are also in the works in Eastern Niagara County.

Sinatra and Company Real Estate bought up three buffalo properties, including the building that houses Vera, a bar and pizzeria on Lexington. Business First says the deals added up to $5.7 million. Other sties are on Elmwood and on Wayne, near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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