Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Expanding This Summer

Updated: 7/9/2014

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital (MFSH) will begin construction later this summer on its latest expansion, including its new 10-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The hospital plans to convert six licensed maternity beds, two rehabilitation beds and two critical care beds for the new unit. A neonatal intensive care unit specializes in the care of ill or premature newborn infants.

The $13.6 million project is considered the third phase in the expansion of the hospital.

Originally built in 1974, the hospital was first expanded in 1987 with the addition of the current north building, which houses an intensive care and cardiac care unit. In 2008, MFSH completed a $64 million project, which included a new emergency room (doubling in size), 10 new operating rooms, 60 new beds as well as imaging upgrades and a new lobby.

The neonatal intensive care unit will be located on a new fourth floor, above the labor and delivery program. This will eliminate the need for at-risk newborns to be transported to a separate facility and risk further medical complications.

It will be connected via a “hub and spoke model” with Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, the regional referral center for critically ill newborns and recipient of a US News and World Report “best hospital” award in 2011 and 2012.

Chris Lane, president of MFSH, said that clinical scale is the basis for creating one quality infrastructure, one integrated standard of care, and one operating model for neonatal care, a critical component of pediatric care.

“The new unit further exemplifies our continued commitment to provide the northtowns community with vital services with an increased linkage to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo,” said Lane. “This is great news for the patients and families that we serve.”

MFSH averages over 2,400 births a year. It is a 261-bed community hospital and a subsidiary of Kaleida Health. The hospital offers services in emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, urology, otolaryngology, and orthopedics, internal medicine, family practice, and geriatrics. MFSH also supports residency-training programs of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, urology, and obstetrics and gynecology, and family practice.