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KeyBank makes $300,000 gift to fund new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital's move to Buffalo


Thu, Sep 28th 2017 05:00 pm
Will cover costs associated with move from Bryant Street to Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus; brings KeyBank and First Niagara Foundation's total commitment to Oishei Children's Hospital to $525,000
KeyBank is making a $300,000 donation to Kaleida Health to underwrite all non-labor costs for the upcoming move from Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to the new Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
"KeyBank's support for this historic move is just the latest example of its deep commitment to Western New York," said Kaleida Health President and CEO Jody L. Lomeo. "Thanks to their generosity, we will be able to give patients, families and caregivers an optimal experience on move day and help ensure the success of our transition to the new Oishei Children's Hospital."
The move is scheduled to take place Nov. 10.
In addition to monetary support for transportation, food and comfort kits for patients and their families, dozens of KeyBank employees will serve as volunteers, assisting hospital staff as they move patients and equipment from the old hospital to the new hospital. Between 150 and 200 patients are expected to be moved throughout the day along a predetermined route between the two hospitals, which are 1.2 miles apart.
"The upcoming move from Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to the new Oishei Children's Hospital will be a massive undertaking," said Gary Quenneville, regional executive for KeyBank in upstate New York. "KeyBank is very proud to support this landmark event, which will usher in a new era of health care at one of the finest pediatric facilities in the nation."
"We wanted to take the cost of the move off the table," added Gary Crosby, president of the board of directors of the First Niagara Foundation, which KeyBank is partnering with for this donation. "There are upwards of 150 moms, children and infants involved in this extraordinary move that affects our entire community, and their safety and comfort is all that matters."
This $300,000 donation, coupled with previous commitments from both KeyBank and the First Niagara Foundation, increases the total financial support of the new Oishei Children's Hospital from those two up to $525,000.

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