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ECMC Receives Grant for Trauma Center/Emergency Department Project from The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation

The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation provides $250,000 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 $250,000 grant for the hospital’s future Trauma Center/Emergency Department from The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. ECMC Corporation submitted an application to The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation requesting a capital support grant for ECMC’s new Trauma Center and Emergency Department. The grant was reviewed and authorized through The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation trustees Robert J. Kresse, Thomas D. Lunt, and Janet L. Day.

The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation Trustees stated, “The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation is pleased to be funding a project that benefits everyone in Western New York.”

Jonathan Dandes, Chair, ECMC Foundation said, “We are very pleased and thankful to The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation for this very generous grant. I thank the Foundation trustees for their support of ECMC’s future Trauma Center/Emergency Department. This gift will make a major impact on our efforts to generate further support for this vitally important project.”

ECMC Corporation President and CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., PhD, said, “ECMC is greatly appreciative to The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation for their strong support of ECMC’s future Trauma Center/Emergency Department. I thank their trustees for this very generous contribution toward our capital campaign. This significant donation highlights the critical role ECMC plays in the overall health and safety of our community and underscores the recognition and confidence that The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation has in the thousands of ECMC 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.

ABOUT THE MARGARET L. WENDT fOUNDATION: The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation is a private, grant-making entity, established in 1956 and dedicated to charitable and public-service purposes in the Western New York area. During her lifetime, Miss Wendt participated in a number of community activities but her greatest contribution to Buffalo and the Western New York Area was her vision that saw a major lifetime gift and ultimately her family fortune becoming a major social and cultural force.

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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