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Eastern Niagara, Kaleida Health one step closer


Tue, Apr 17th 2018 03:25 pm
The New York State Department of Health Public Health and Health Planning Council last week voted to approve Kaleida Health's active parent model with Eastern Niagara Hospital.
"More progress, which is great news," said Jody Lomeo, the president and CEO of Kaleida Health. "We thank the Department of Health for their belief in our organization and the opportunity to improve health care in Niagara County. It's a win for the patients we serve."
A handful of state and federal regulatory agencies must still sign off on the affiliation. Those should occur in the coming weeks.
Under terms of the proposal, Kaleida Health will become the active parent of Eastern Niagara Hospital. Eastern Niagara Hospital Lockport and Newfane sites, ENH Ambulatory Care Center/Lockport Imaging Center and the Wester New York Occupational Health Center will all become part of the Kaleida Health family. It is not a merger. ENH will remain a separate legal entity with a separate board of directors (advisory) that will develop recommendations to Kaleida Health's board, which will have ultimate responsibility for Eastern Niagara Hospital.
Eastern Niagara's plan to build a new emergency department continues to move forward and will be done with the support of Kaleida Health. The plan is to build a new, 21,000-square-foot facility near the East Avenue entrance of the 134-bed hospital. The $8.2 million project calls for 16 private treatment rooms.
The two health systems are working together to develop a full vison, plan and strategy for the eastern Niagara County community. The process includes communication, community engagement, as well as physician and employee participation to ensure the Niagara community's health care needs are met.

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