State Department of Health Planning Committee Approves Plans for John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

Updated: 4/17/2014
Rendering of the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

The New York State Department of Health Public Health and Health Planning Council today voted to approve two Kaleida Health projects, including plans for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. 

The Council also approved the Visiting Nursing Association (VNA) of Western New York’s expansion into LivingstonCounty.

“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 approved today. 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 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, in Western New York and beyond.

For more information about the physician-led plans for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, please go online at www.wchob.org/oishei.

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