Trauma & ER Capital Campaign

Building WNY’s Only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center & ER

Help us provide care to more patients than ever.

Today, more patients than ever need our expertise and excellence in trauma and emergency situations. In our current facility, built to accommodate 45,000 patients, we treat 70,000.

As the number of patients in need of trauma and emergency care continues to rise, we will need a new, larger facility that will allow us to handle an ever-growing volume of patients, and to continue to provide the best possible care to each one of them. We will be rebuilding our circa 1970s emergency department into a state-of-the-art trauma center and emergency department.

We’ve always been there for our community. And as we look to build a new Trauma Center, we’re asking you to be here for us. With your support, we will be able to provide life-saving care to more patients than ever.

The Facts of Lifesaving Care


100% of attending physicians board-certified in emergency medicine


100% of RNs have specialized emergency training


WNY’s only Level 1 Trauma Center (designated by the American College of Surgeons)


WNY’s regional center for Burn Care


Our community’s only CPEP (comprehensive psychiatric emergency program) available 24/7


70,000 patients served in our Trauma Center each year


Over 40% of ER patients transported by EMS


Over 1,500 patients transported by Mercy Flight since 2010

In 2010, the Emergency Department/Trauma Center experienced 58,090 visits to the trauma center. This number is anticipated to grow by 30%, and reach 75,319 visits by 2024.

Visits to the Trauma Center continue to grow at a steady rate – a trend that will continue to stretch our capacity to serve in our existing facility.

By acting today, we can heal tomorrow’s traumas.

As WNY’s busiest Trauma Center and Emergency Department, we simply must expand to meet the demands of today and tomorrow. Our new facility will rise to the challenge by doubling our square footage to accommodate more patients, use state-of-the-art technology to make more medical miracles possible, and feature a design that improves patient flow, privacy, quality of care, and the overall patient experience.


  • 70,000 patients a year are treated in a space built for 45,000
  • Pedestrians share ramp Trauma Center entrance with ambulances and other vehicles
  • Patient treatment spaces are too small for doctors and nurses to work effectively
  • Only 34 treatment rooms create longer wait times and delayed care in an increasingly busy Trauma Center
  • Crowding limits privacy for patients and families during difficult situations and for patient-centered care


  • Double the square footage for lifesaving care and a better patient experience
  • Four new Trauma Resuscitation Suites will bring priority care to the most critically injured patients
  • Total of 54 treatment stations for greater privacy and patient-centered care
  • Direct access from the helipad, as well as intradepartmental radiology for faster testing and diagnosis
  • Shorter wait times for patients with minor medical concerns
  • A redesigned, cutting-edge facility will improve efficiency, flow, and interaction between patients and caregiver
  • Private rooms will better accommodate patients and their families
  • Additional space to support ECMC’s role as WNY’s regional emergency preparedness center, ready for any type of disaster, including specialized rooms for contagious diseases or conditions
  • New, dedicated rooms with showers for victims of sexual assault, supporting ECMC’s role as a dedicated SAFE center
  • Built to easily accommodate ever-growing demand for emergency care

The choice to give is a life-and-death decision

Our doctors, nurses, and support staff make life and death decisions every day in our Trauma Center. And by helping us expand, you will be doing the same by bringing lifesaving care to more of the patients who turn to us when it matters most.

The ECMC Trauma Center and Emergency Department offer a number of naming opportunities for spaces within the hospital in recognition of your generosity. Donors may choose to name a space such as the waiting area, imaging center, or one of the many patient-centered treatment rooms.

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