State Department of Health Planning Council Approves Projects

Updated: 4/10/2014

The New York State Department of Health Public Health and Health Planning Council today voted to approve two Kaleida Health projects.

“Over the past two months, we have made considerable progress across Kaleida Health,” said interim President and CEO Jody L. Lomeo. “This includes re-engaging our employees, leading at the bedside with nursing, and rebuilding physician relations. In order for us to be successful moving forward, we must continue to do all of this, plus focus on a select few initiatives, and successfully implement them. These two projects will improve the quality of care and experience for our patients at Kaleida Health and ECMC under the Great Lakes Health umbrella.”

Plans to build the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital continue to progress, thanks to Council approval on the revised certificate of need (CON) application. The 12-floor, free-standing, state-of-the-art facility will further our commitment to women and their infants as the Regional Perinatal Center of WNY, and will continue as the only hospital in Western New York to provide infants, children and adolescents immediate access on site to a full panel of pediatric surgical and medical subspecialists, including the region's largest and safest neonatal intensive care unit, and the Regional Pediatric Trauma Center.

The Council also approved the Visiting Nursing Association (VNA) of Western New York’s expansion into Livingston County. In August 2013, the VNA was selected as the provider of choice to purchase the Livingston County Certified Home Health Agency. Livingston County is a rural county located southeast of Erie County and includes the towns of Avon, Geneseo and Mt. Morris.