September 2, 2009
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo has been awarded a $34,450 Power Quality Enhancement Grant by National Grid. The funding will reimburse the hospital for 50% of the cost of new power capacitors being installed as part of the Mercy Hospital Emergency Department construction project.
“Since the power supply cables currently serving Mercy are at full capacity, new capacitors are needed to provide adequate electrical power for the rebuilt and expanded ER,” said Robert Hawks, Mercy’s Construction Project Manager. “The new capacitors will increase the amount of power to the new ER by 400 kilowatts.”
The grant was secured by the Catholic Health Grants Department.
The $32 million construction project will result in a 46,000 square-foot addition to the front of the hospital. When completed, the state-of-the-art ER facility will feature 34 private treatment rooms, including three airborne isolation rooms and two resuscitation rooms. In addition, there will be expanded space for physician staff, nursing and support services. During construction, all hospital and ER services are operating as usual.