Funds will help physicians and hospital staff provide more personal and efficient emergency patient care in a modern, advanced setting
"On behalf of our board and the dedicated caregivers that lead our culture of care, we are deeply grateful to KeyBank for this very generous donation that is done in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation," said Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., Ph.D., ECMC president and CEO. "This contribution will help ECMC achieve our goal of building and sustaining a state-of-the-art trauma center/emergency department that will meet our current growth in patients and provide lifesaving care for the residents of Western New York. This type of support demonstrates what our supporters in the private sector and philanthropic organizations recognize about ECMC: We save lives and strengthen the quality of life for our patients and our community."
ECMCC plans to relocate its existing trauma center/emergency department into a newly constructed ground floor facility on its Grider Street health campus. As the region's busiest and only Level 1 adult trauma center and emergency department serving the 1.5 million residents of the eight counties of Western New York, ECMCC said it's imperative to expand to meet current and future demands for appropriate trauma and emergency care.
The trauma center/emergency department serves patients for trauma, emergency psychiatric conditions via ECMC's comprehensive psychiatric emergency program, and traditional medical conditions. Officials said it is best suited of any of the region's emergency departments to handle mass casualty, disaster-related circumstances.
"This new, state-of-the-art trauma center will enhance the quality care ECMC provides to thousands of patients each year and allow the hospital to grow and thrive," said Gary Quenneville, KeyBank Upstate New York regional executive. "KeyBank is proud to support this campaign, which will ensure the life-saving work at ECMC will continue for decades to come."
The new emergency department will contain greater efficiencies in patient flow and staff workflow, thereby enabling the department's medical services team to achieve high quality standards and outcomes. The current facility, built to accommodate 45,000 patients annually, treats 70,000 patients each year.
The customized layout of the new space will better align with physicians and staff workflow while creating a more patient-oriented space containing larger rooms to accommodate patients' families and the medical services team.
ECMC's new trauma center/emergency department will address an important community need by expanding the health care delivery system's capacity to serve patients who require emergency medical attention, serve as a referral source for other area hospitals to transfer patients requiring specialized emergency care, advance ECMC's engagement and investment in the City of Buffalo's Delevan-Grider Corridor, and build on ECMC's growing and dynamic relationship with the State University of New York at Buffalo (School of Medicine) and Kaleida Health System.