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Contact Information

Gates Vascular Institute (GVI)
Adjacent to BGMC
875 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

VNA Immunization Program

Emergency Department
Types of Care

Acute Care

Patients with serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses are assigned a bed on the unit where some or all of the following may be experienced:

  • Examination by a physician
  • Blood tests
  • EKG (heart tracing)
  • IV Fluids
  • A visit from a specialist
  • Diagnostic testing such as: CT scan, doppler studies, ultrasound, MRI/MRA, X-ray

Test results will allow the emergency physician to determine appropriate treatment. 

Comprehensive Stroke Center

Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute is a DNV GL Healthcare certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, reflecting the highest level of competence for treatment of serious stroke events.

For years, Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute (GVI) has treated more strokes than any other hospital in all of New York State and more than double of any hospital in Western New York. In fact, because of the stroke team’s outcomes, skill and world-wide reputation, physicians from esteemed medical institutions such as Harvard, Duke, and Cleveland Clinic come to the GVI to learn the latest surgical procedures and interventions for treatment of stroke.

The DNV GL Healthcare Comprehensive Stroke Center certification is based on standards set by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that the Gates Vascular Institute/Kaleida Health address the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.

Comprehensive stroke centers are typically the largest and best-equipped hospitals in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication. In a growing number of states, stroke center certification determines to which facility a patient should be taken for the most appropriate care.

Fast Track or Non-Acute Care

Fast-Track is the area where non-threatening injuries or illnesses are treated quickly and efficiently. Patients may experience some or all of the following:

  • Examination by a member of the emergency team
  • Treatment and instructions for follow-up care with a doctor or a specialist
  • Blood tests 

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

Buffalo General Medical Center has several Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners on staff who are specially trained in forensic examination of sexual assault victims and who have passed the rigorous certification exam.