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State approves ECMC expansion

BY: Metro Source Staff | January 10, 2013

BUFFALO - Erie County Medical Center announced that the New York State Department of Health approved its application to open two new operating suites, prepare two new additional shelled operating rooms for future expansions and add related recovery and surgical services space.

After final contingencies are met, the operating room expansion will go in the building that presently houses outpatient dialysis for the new Center or Excellence in Transplantation and Kidney Care.

The new suites are needed because of a 10 percent increase in ECMC’s surgical volume in just two years.

This is specifically related to an increased in emergency room volume, consolidation of all Great Lakes Health’s transplantation programs for kidney and pancreas on the ECMC Health Campus, and an increase in surgical volume generated from the hiring and partnering with more than 15 new surgeons and physicians in the last few years.

ECMC has also seen significant surgical growth in orthopedics and has started a new division in plastics and reconstructive surgery, including head and neck cancer surgery.

The Center for Excellence in Transplantation and Kidney Care is not entering its second year of operation with close to 100 transplants and next month, ECMC will dedicate the new Erie County nursing home, moving it to ECMC from Alden. In recent months, ECMC also expanded its parking and re-designed its front entrance.

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