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Oishei Children's Hospital Receives Approval for New High Risk Maternity Unit

Updated: 10/5/2022

Oishei Children’s Hospital (OCH) received approval on the Certificate of Need it submitted to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) earlier this year to open a new High Risk Maternity Unit to accommodate the growing number of newborn deliveries.

This approval allows the hospital to move forward with the construction of 12 private inpatient rooms that will support and co-locate the care for the hospital’s high-risk antepartum maternity population. OCH’s high-risk moms currently occupy beds throughout the hospital’s Labor & Delivery and Mother-Baby floors. These additional inpatient rooms at OCH will be designed flexibly to accommodate any patient overflow or surge planning should the need arise again in the future.

Since 2012, the number of deliveries at Oishei Children’s Hospital has increased 35 percent, with a significant increase in high-risk deliveries now that OCH is co-located with Buffalo General Medical Center. In 2021, total newborn deliveries was nearly 3,500.

With an average daily census of 9 or 10 high-risk or antepartum moms, this new unit will allow OCH the appropriate resources and space for specialized care for women with high-risk clinical conditions. These trends underscore the need for more comprehensive inpatient care for Western New York’s high-risk moms.

“As the region’s only Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and state-designated Regional Perinatal Center, our hospital provides the most specialized high-quality care for our community’s high-risk newborns and their mothers,” said Allegra Jaros, president of Oishei Children’s Hospital. “The much-needed expansion will allow us to better care for more high-risk moms before and after delivery, and accommodate the growing number of women who require the comprehensive and complex care services.”

The newly-constructed rooms – which are expected to be completed by early fall 2023 barring any unexpected supply shortages – will occupy approximately 11,000 sq. ft. of space on the hospital’s seventh floor, which currently houses pharmacy and pediatric outpatient services such as infusion, dialysis and ECHO/EKG. Though many services will remain on the seventh floor with minimal disruptions, some outpatient services, including infusion and ECHO/EKG, will relocate to other areas of the hospital. “Our team looks forward to partnering with those we care for in this service line to ensure their new home is equally therapeutic,” said Jaros.

The estimated $6.6 million project to create a dedicated unit for the hospital’s higher risk maternity population has many benefits including:

  • Opens up space on the existing Labor & Delivery Unit to accommodate the increasing volume of deliveries and ensure 24/7 emergency access for emergent deliveries, especially for women with high-risk clinical conditions
  • Allows for more seamless transition and shorter wait times for patients moving from the Labor & Delivery Unit to the Mother-Baby Unit
  • Reduces length of stay to ensure mom and baby get home sooner
  • Brings together a highly trained and specialized care team dedicated to our high-risk population
  • Additional space for families