Erie County Medical Center is planning an expansion of its ‘Health Campus’ that includes $150 million in work on a new long-term care facility, a 333-vehicle parking ramp, a transplant and kidney center of excellence, an orthopedic expansion, a refurbishing of the adolescent psychiatric clinic, and other major projects to enhance patient care at the Grider Street campus.
Expansion work on the Health Campus commenced this fall on a $27 million Center of Excellence for Renal Disease and Transplant Services (entry image) that is part of a consolidation of the Transplant and Dialysis programs with Kaleida and Great Lakes Health. This freestanding building will include 36 hemodialysis stations, outpatient education and community outreach offices, home dialysis training, and all associated clinical support spaces. It will be completed late next year.
Work on the new, five-story, 390-bed long-term care facility on the Grider campus begins next spring. There will be three floors with 96 skilled nursing beds each, one floor containing 66 sub-acute rehab beds, a 20-bed Ventilator Unit, and a 16-bed Behavioral Intervention Unit on the ground floor.
The Health Campus project, which includes demolition of eight buildings on the 65-acre ECMC property, will support hundreds of construction workers over the next 18 months. The expansion around and beside the existing hospital and clinic buildings represents a strong commitment to Buffalo and ECMC, hospital officials said.
“This expansion of our Health Campus brings real economic development to the City of Buffalo. It will also bring much sought after jobs to the city and top-notch health care for our community,” said Jody L. Lomeo, the hospital’s CEO. “Our collaboration with Kaleida and Great Lakes Health and this expansion will mean we can attract new patients and more easily recruit doctors and nurses and staff to more modern facilities. Also, families of people we care for on our Health Campus will have the most convenient parking and visiting arrangements.”
The $150 million price tag for the work, financed in part by a capital improvements fund the hospital’s board set aside in 2009 and a bond issue, is the largest investment in Buffalo’s East Side in many years. ECMC already supports nearly 2,500 jobs there.
Transformation of the Health Campus, which now has 550 beds and had 60,000 ER patients in 2009, actually began in the last year. In June, ECMC announced its expanded $2.9 million Emergency Department, with eight new trauma exam rooms and two new trauma surgical suites. The hospital performed 9,831 surgeries in 2009 and project that to grow to 11,381 in 2011.
ECMC currently has 136 skilled nursing beds, and the Erie County Home has 550. The new $87 million long-term care facility will handle about 400 residents, incorporating both current operations into one new one. The existing home needs about $18 million in capital improvements and is losing more than $10 million a year in operations.