October 2013 Update: John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

Released: 10/10/2013

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:

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.

Hospital site preparation – Ellicott Street (between High and Goodrich Streets) opened this week.  It was closed for the past few weeks for construction on the pedestrian service tunnel connecting the Buffalo GeneralMedicalCenter and the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital site.  Utility relocation in the tunnel is now underway. This site preparation project is at 80% completion.

City planning – The City of Buffalo and its related entities have approved the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo 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 Buffalo GeneralMedicalCenter with the new hospital.

Certificate of Need –Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo has an approved Certificate of Need (CON) from the New York State Department of Health.  The CON is the state regulatory process that governs among other things, construction and renovation of health care facilities; much like the plan for a new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.  The hospital will submit an amended CON to include plans for an inpatient hematology/oncology unit. 

Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) - Plans for collaboration between RPCI and the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital continue to be developed.  After 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 provided at Roswell Park.  This change to WCHOB operating inpatient and RPCI operating outpatient services necessitates an amendment to our CON to be submitted and approved by New York State.

Community outreach – Hospital officials continue to meet with neighbors, business leaders and block clubs as part of the Women & Children’s Hospital “reuse planning” process.  The Project Advisory Committee has met four times and has developed a community values statement plus initiated work around 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.

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

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