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Historic $10 Million Donation Announced to Establish the New “John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital” in Buffalo

Updated: 11/7/2012
(R to L): James M. Wadsworth, Board Chair, The John R. Oishei Foundation, was joined by James R. Kaskie, Chief Executive Officer, and many others to unveil the rendering for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.

The “John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital” will serve future generations of children and women throughout Western New York and beyond as a result of an unprecedented $10 million donation announced today.

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In line with its mission to serve as a catalyst for change in the region, The John R. Oishei Foundation has chosen to become the lead supporter for the new, free-standing regional hospital. The new facility will be named after industrialist and philanthropist John R. Oishei, a native Buffalonian who established the charitable Foundation in 1940. The hospital will offer specialized pediatric and women’s health care services and will be located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

“We can think of no greater tribute to a man whose generosity continues to impact this community in so many ways,” said Jim Wadsworth, Chairman of the Foundation. “The primary reason he began his philanthropy back in the 1940s was to benefit the children of his employees and of the community. Like the buildings that comprised the Trico Corporation for so many years, John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital will stand long into the future as a marker of one man’s passion, vision, and extraordinary contributions.”

Expanded services at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, along with continued trends of more patients receiving care in an ambulatory setting, were major factors considered by a physician-led steering committee, which is leading the constructing of a new hospital on Ellicott Street, across from the Buffalo General MedicalCenter. It is scheduled to be completed in December of 2015. 

“This historic and unprecedented show of support by The John R. Oishei Foundation will ensure families throughout Western New York and beyond will continue to have immediate access to specialized pediatric and women’s health services recognized as being among the best available in the United States,” said James R. Kaskie, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kaleida Health.  “Similar to how John R. Oishei sought the best technology available in his time to create the first automobile wiper blades and ultimately the Trico Products Corporation, the Foundation that now bears his name and legacy will share its resources to make advanced technologies and care available today to improve the health and lives of families throughout our community.”

The John R. Oishei Foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region. John R. Oishei established the Foundation that bears his name in 1940 with the mandate to concentrate support on medical research, healthcare and education in the Buffalo area along with cultural and social needs.  For more information, please go online at

The vision for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is to be recognized as the innovator, the highest quality, highest value provider and partner, and the regional referral center for women and children’s care for Kaleida Health, in Western New York and beyond.  Plans for the 10-floor hospital include a facility to provide its comprehensive range of specialized pediatric care, labor & delivery, post partum care, the regional perinatal center for high-risk pregnancies and a women’s health center providing prenatal and gynecological care as well as a family resource center.  The Women’s Health Service line will have an additional opportunity for naming possibilities.

Construction of an ambulatory care center is planned and will be connected by bridge to, and operated by, the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.

Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, a Kaleida Health facility and teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is the regional center for comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric, neonatal, perinatal and obstetrical services in Western New York and beyond.  For more information, please go online at

Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo is ranked by US News & World Report in its special edition of "Best Children's Hospitals" for each of the past two years.  As three of the specialty areas within children's hospitals ranked nationally in this publication, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo is among the best children's hospitals in Neurology/Neurosurgery and Cancer care in 2011 – 2012 and Gastroenterology in 2012 – 2013.

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