November Update: John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

Released: 11/15/2013

Fundraising, clinical and operational planning plus community outreach highlight recent progress for the physician-led plan to build a new medical office building and new hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC).  This includes:

Certificate of Need – An amended Certificate of Need (CON) for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital has been submitted to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), increasing the total bed compliment for the new hospital to 185.  This includes eleven additional beds for an inpatient hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant unit. Approval of the CON is anticipated in February 2014.

Hematology/Oncology - As communicated previously, plans for collaboration between RoswellPark and the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital continue to be developed following significant analysis.  Current plans are for inpatient hematology/oncology services to be provided by the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on the 12th floor and outpatient hematology/oncology services at RoswellPark.  This change to the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital operating inpatient and RPCI operating outpatient services necessitated an amendment to the CON even though a CON for the previous plans had been approved earlier in 2013.

Fundraising - The fundraising campaign for the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital continues with its goal of raising $42 million.  To date, approximately $35 million has been committed to the campaign.  Some of the major contributions to date include TOPS Friendly Markets, the James H. Cummings Foundation, New Era, the Alfiero Family, Fisher-Price/Mattel, The Children's Guild Foundation, M & T Bank and the John R. Oishei Foundation

Planning - Members of the Physician Strategic Planning Committee and the 26 user groups comprised of nursing and other clinical staff, administrative leads/support staff, families of patients and others, have signed-off in agreement with the proposed interior design and floor plans for the new hospital.

Financing - Kaleida Health anticipates applying for financing with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in December of 2013.  HUD is Kaleida Health’s partner for new hospital and construction financing. Once financing is in place, official construction can begin. That is slated for spring 2014.

Hospital site preparation – Ellicott Street (between High and Goodrich Streets) has re-opened.  It was closed for construction on the new pedestrian service tunnel connecting the Buffalo GeneralMedicalCenter to the new hospital site.  Ellicott Street is awaiting repaving by the City of Buffalo. In addition, it will switch to two-way traffic to help facilitate movement around the campus.

City planning – The City of Buffalo and its related entities have approved the environmental impact statement (EIS) and given official site plan approval to build the new hospital.  The organization must now obtain city approval for “air rights” or the easement above Ellicott Street for the bridge connecting to Buffalo GeneralMedicalCenter.

Community outreach – Hospital officials continue to meet with neighbors, business leaders and block clubs as part of the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo “reuse planning” process.  The Project Advisory Committee has met four times and developed a community values statement plus initiated work on market research and a development request for proposal (RFP).

Medical office building – Ciminelli Real Estate recently announced that they have received financing for their $100 million Conventus project.  Their new building, at Main and High Streets, is currently under construction.  Crews are pouring concrete for underground parking. Conventus will house the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo ambulatory services.

Twenty-six (26) activation teams continue their important work on developing and finalizing their facility, equipment and other care delivery needs for the new hospital.

Additional information available: http://www.wchob.org/oishei