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DeGraff Hospital emergency department project progressing

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Thu, Mar 23rd 2017 04:05 pm

Construction manager named; community meeting to be held 

Kaleida Health's plan to enhance and upgrade its Niagara County hospital location continues to progress. The health system announced The Pike Co. will serve as the construction manager for the $7.8-million renovation DeGraff Memorial Hospital's emergency department.

The plan is to relocate the emergency department from the west side of hospital campus to the east side, fronting the Twin City Highway and allowing for better access, parking and visibility for patients, families and visitors.

In addition to this, on Monday, March 27, an open house will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m.in DeGraff's main lobby to allow hospital staff, community stakeholders, emergency medical services partners, and the community at large to view renderings of the project.

Project planners, including Wendel Architects, the Kaleida Health construction team and DeGraff Memorial Hospital leadership, will be on hand to answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.

The expansion calls for 17 treatment bays, including a trauma room, a dedicated bariatric room and an airborne isolation room. It will also include a decontamination area suitable for current and emerging infectious diseases. To further accommodate geriatric patients, DeGraff will use non-glare lighting, slip-proof flooring, increased family space, plus signage with oversized lettering.

Last renovated in 1975, the space will more than double from 4,800 square feet to 10,000 square feet.

In February, the New York State Department of Health approved Kaleida Health's construction plans as well as its certificate of need for the expansion.

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