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ECMC Receives Grant for Trauma Center/Emergency Department Project from The John R. Oishei Foundation

The John R. Oishei Foundation provides generous $1,000,000 grant supporting ECMC’s planned Trauma Center/Emergency Department modernization effort.

BUFFALO, NEW YORK – Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation today announced its receipt of a generous $1,000,000 grant for the hospital’s future Trauma Center/Emergency Department from The John R. Oishei Foundation. ECMC Corporation submitted an application to The John R. Oishei Foundation requesting a capital support grant for ECMC’s new Trauma Center/Emergency Department. The grant was reviewed and authorized through the Directors of the Foundation.

Robert D. Gioia, President, The John R. Oishei Foundation stated, “The John R. Oishei Foundation, recognizing the vital role ECMC plays in the delivery of quality healthcare services for the residents of Western New York, particularly through the hospital’s Trauma Center/Emergency Department, is very pleased to help fund a project that will benefit for many years the residents of our region.”

ECMC Corporation President and CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., PhD, said, “ECMC is very thankful to the Directors of the John R. Oishei Foundation for their strong support of ECMC and their confidence in our planned expansion of the hospital’s Trauma Center/Emergency Department. On behalf of our thousands of dedicated caregivers, especially the hundreds of physicians, nurses and support staff in our Trauma Center/Emergency Department, I thank the John R. Oishei Foundation for this very generous contribution toward our capital campaign. This significant donation underscores the vitally important role ECMC plays in the overall health and safety of our community and demonstrates the recognition and appreciation that The John R. Oishei Foundation has in our caregivers for the life-saving work they perform each day for the residents of our community.”

Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC) plans to relocate its existing Trauma Center/Emergency Department into a newly-constructed ground floor facility on its Grider Street health campus. As the region’s busiest and only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center and Emergency Department serving the 1.5 million residents of the eight counties of Western New York, it is imperative to expand to meet current and future demands for appropriate trauma and emergency care. The Trauma Center/Emergency Department serves patients for trauma, emergency psychiatric conditions via ECMC’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (“CPEP”) and traditional medical conditions and is best suited of any of the region’s Emergency Departments to handle mass casualty, disaster-related circumstances.

The new Emergency Department will contain greater efficiencies in patient flow and staff workflow thereby enabling the Department’s medical services team to achieve high quality standards and outcomes. The customized layout of the space will better align with physicians’ and staff’s work flow while creating a more patient-oriented space containing larger rooms to accommodate patients’ families and the medical services team.

ECMC’s new Trauma Center/Emergency Department will address an important community need by expanding the health care delivery system’s capacity to serve patients that require emergency medical attention, serve as a referral source for other area hospitals to transfer patients that require specialized emergency care, advance ECMC’s engagement and investment in the City of Buffalo’s Delevan-Grider Corridor, and build on ECMC’s growing and dynamic relationship with the State University of New York at Buffalo (School of Medicine) and Kaleida Health System.

ECMC Trauma Ctr-ED building rendering

(Photo: Architectural rendering of ECMC’s new Trauma Center/Emergency Department.)

ABOUT THE JOHN R. OISHEI fOUNDATION: The John R. Oishei Foundation enhances the economic vitality and quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region through grant making, leadership and network building. The Foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation.

ABOUT ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (ECMC) CORPORATION: The ECMC Corporation was established as a New York State Public Benefit Corporation and since 2004 has included an advanced academic medical center with 583 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed long-term care facility. ECMC is Western New York’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, as well as a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head & neck cancer care, rehabilitation and a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo. Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan. More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and patient experiences – the difference between healthcare and true care.

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