Kaleida Health Holds "Topping Off" Event For New Long Term Care Facility

Released: 1/5/2011
James R. Kaskie, President and CEO of Kaleida Health, signs the last piece of steel before it is raised on to the new long term care facility.

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Kaleida Health recently held a “topping off” ceremony to mark the last sequence of steel on its new $64 million long term care facility along Michigan Avenue.

The project, planned for the block of Michigan Avenue and Maple, East North and High streets, will be the first urban nursing home built in Buffalo in decades.

“This project, just blocks from the new heart and vascular institute already under construction, is another example of Kaleida Health’s commitment to delivering quality, compassionate care to all Western New Yorkers,” said James R. Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health.  “Our physicians, nurses and other healthcare processionals are focused on advancing people’s health in the communities we serve.”

“As our nation’s population ages, there will be greater demand for healthcare services such as those that will be provided in these new facilities,” Kaskie added.  “Despite the prolonged recession, large numbers of uninsured and underinsured patients and dramatic changes affecting the entire healthcare industry, Kaleida Health is working to ensure that Western New Yorkers have access to the healthcare services – and employment opportunities – they require now and in the future.” 

Ground was broken on the project in August of 2010 and the facility is expected to be complete by November 2011.  The project will replace two nursing homes operated by Kaleida Health — the 242-bed Deaconess Center on Humboldt Parkway and the 75-bed skilled-nursing unit in Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, both of which will close within two years.

At four stories and 300 beds, it will rank as one of the largest nursing homes in the region and will fill a gap in long-term-care services resulting from the closure in recent years of Grace Manor, Nazareth, St. Francis and other skilled nursing facilities in the city of Buffalo.

The medical campus location has been designated a “medically underserved area” and a “health professional shortage area” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Kaleida Health is the largest health care provider in Western New York.  More than one million patient visits are recorded annually at the Buffalo General Hospital, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, plus the health system’s 96 clinics and community health care centers.  It also includes the Deaconess Center and Waterfront long-term care facilities, plus the nation’s oldest – and original - Visiting Nursing Association. Kaleida Health's economic impact on Western New York exceeds $2.2 billion annually.