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State OKs ECMC Out-Patient Office Move

Health Campus approved to build out two new floors in Transplant Center

BUFFALO, NEW YORK; April 10, 2013 - Erie County Medical Center today announced it received state Health Department approval for a $6.4 million project to move outpatient services from the main hospital building into the adjacent Center of Excellence for Transplantation building. 

State officials notified ECMC last week of contingent approval to relocate the outpatient physician services to the medical office building that opened last year on ECMC's Health Campus. 

Programs involved are for head and neck care, oncology, primary care, internal medicine, nephrology, plastics and reconstructive surgery, endocrinology and urology. 

ECMC Chief Operating Officer Richard Cleland explained that the move allows for newer, improved space for areas of care that ECMC added in the last 24 months. 

"As ECMC grows and evolves into new areas of surgical and medical care, we have developed new, comfortable space for doctors, staff and patients," said ECMC CEO Jody L. Lomeo. "As the community has seen in recent months, with opening of Terrace View Long Term Care Facility, the transplant center of excellence and the soon-to-be-built behavioral health center, ECMC is growing and changing to serve patients better and more efficiently." 

The building houses outpatient dialysis on the ground floor. Two new operating rooms will be built on the first floor as part of a $15 million expansion. The outpatient services will be housed on the second floor and third floor. 

The project is the latest in a series of improvements at ECMC's Health Campus on Grider Street. In late March, ECMC opened the region's first Transitional Care Unit, which is designed to reduce the number of days Medicare patients remain in the hospital, while still maintaining care levels. 

The new units add to an already busy year at the medical center. 

In January, ECMC opened Terrace View. The new home stands beside the $27 million Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation & Kidney Care that opened a year ago. Also underway on the Health Campus is a $35 million consolidated behavioral health center due to open next year. 

With an estimated overall economic impact on the region of $750 million, ECMC had total revenues in 2012 of nearly $500 million and does not receive a subsidy from Erie County.

MORE ABOUT ECMC:  The ECMC Corp. includes an advanced academic medical center (ECMC) with 550 inpatient beds and on- and off-campus health centers, more than 40 outpatient specialty care clinics and Terrace View Long Term Care Facility, a skilled nursing facility. The new $103 million, 390-bed long term care facility on the ECMC Health Campus on Grider Street opened in February 2013. ECMC is also the state's top-rated regional adult trauma center, and has centers for burn care, rehabilitation, kidney and pancreatic transplants and is a major teaching facility for the State University of New York at Buffalo. Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the University. More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and patient experiences-the difference between healthcare and true careTM

NEWS CONTACT: Tom Quatroche at 716-898-5503 -or- tquatroc@ecmc.edu



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