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$2 Million Donation to Establish the New Era Pavilion in the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

Updated: 4/26/2013
(L to R): Pete Augustine, President, New Era and Christopher Koch, Chief Executive Officer, New Era stand in front of a conceptual rendering of the New Era Pavilion.

A $2 million donation to establish the New Era Pavilion in the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital was announced on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at the New Era Corporate Headquarters in Buffalo.

To see video of this announcement, please click on the following link:

The New Era Pavilion will be a prominent area in the main lobby and retail area on the first floor of the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, scheduled to be opened by early 2016 on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The 2,500 square feet space will include café seating with an entry lounge and a performance area that will feature public activities and entertainment, holiday parties, visits by professional athletes and others for patients, their families, visitors and staff. These events will be coordinated by the hospital’s Child Life Department, Stone’s Buddies program and other community collaborations. 

“Supporting the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is vital to the future of the region,” said Christopher Koch, CEO at New Era. “I am thrilled our organization can be a part of the hospital’s vision with the New Era Pavilion.”

This presentation continues strong momentum gained by the $40 million fundraising campaign for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, which has raised more than $28 million to date. Pete Augustine, president of New Era, co-chairs this campaign with Amy Habib Rittling, partner, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP. 

Expanded services at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo along with continued trends of more patients receiving care in an outpatient setting were major factors considered by a physician-led steering committee while developing its proposal to relocate to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus location. 

Led by Teresa Quattrin, MD, professor of pediatrics, chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of New York at Buffalo, and pediatrician-in-chief, chief, Division of Endocrinology/Diabetes, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, the physician-led steering committee is comprised of more than four dozen physicians, representing a broad section of the community, including university and private practice. 

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 health care for Kaleida Health, Western New York and beyond.

Plans for the 12-floor, free-standing hospital include a state-of-the-art facility to provide a comprehensive range of specialized pediatric care and pediatric surgical services as well as a Women's Pavilion with related services including labor and delivery, the regional perinatal center and the women’s health center providing prenatal and gynecological care and C-section operating rooms all located on the same floor. The Women’s Pavilion will be connected by bridge to an adult surgical floor of Buffalo General Medical Center for improved patient access and efficiencies in the delivery of care. 

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." 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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