Today a dedication ceremony was held for the brand new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, other state, and local leaders attended. This event comes just three weeks before the $270 million dollar hospital is scheduled to open.
The 12 story building will have 185 beds for patients, larger rooms, and new state of the art equipment.
Architects built the hospital around and for families. In fact, the 5th floor has a meditation garden, family lounge, Tops Friendly Markets Winter Garden, and family resource center.
The hospital used a lot of bright colors and art to make patients and parents feel at home.
Doctors are excited about moving into the hospital because it gives them the ability to take medicine to the next level.
“Brand new MRIs and imaging. We will be able to see things in the human body we haven’t been able to see before,” Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Steven Turkovich said.
The hospital will start moving patients from Buffalo’s Women and Children’s Hospital on Bryant Street to the new building, on November 10th. The two locations are 1.2 miles apart.
Certain streets are expected to be shutdown on that day to get patients moved quickly and safely. This will be the State of New York's only stand-along children's hospital.