Sisters Hospital's State-of-the-art Emergency Department Opens October 26

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October 20, 2011

Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo’s first hospital established in 1848, is celebrating 163 years of service in Western New York this month by announcing the opening of its newly renovated and expanded Emergency Department.

On Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 9:30 a.m., Catholic Health will unveil the next phase of its commitment to enhance emergency services throughout the region during a blessing and dedication ceremony in Sisters Hospital new Emergency Department Lobby. The Most Reverend Edward U. Kmiec, D.D., Bishop of Buffalo, will perform the blessing.

Sisters Hospital Foundation provided funding for the $7.6 million renovation and expansion project.

Many of the design features of the new Emergency Department came from suggestions made by Sisters Hospital doctors, nurses, support staff, and actual patients.

To streamline care and reduce wait times, the new facility includes 28 private treatment rooms, equipped with:

  •  flat screen TV’s,
  • internet access,
  • integrated cardiac monitoring systems,
  • and bedside computer charting.

As a New York State Designated Stroke Center, the facility also features dedicated radiology and CT rooms equipped with the latest diagnostic technology.

Other features of the new ER facility, designed by Kideney Architects, includes:

  • increased off-street parking;
  • a new patient entrance with ground level elevator access;
  • expanded ambulance entrance with overhead coverage and heated pavement;
  • centralized nurses stations with easy access to treatment rooms;
  • private registration and triage rooms; and
  • an expanded waiting room.

Christa Construction served as general contractor of the project, which expanded the footprint of Sisters Emergency Department from 11,500 to 19,600 square feet.

“Our Emergency Department treats more than 33,000 patients each year,” says Peter U. Bergmann, president & CEO of Sisters Hospital.

“This newly renovated and expanded facility, equipped with the latest lifesaving medical technology , will enable our team of specially trained emergency physicians, physician assistants, nurses and support staff to provide Buffalo’s Northern, Eastern and Central Park communities, and beyond, with the highest quality, and most comfortable and convenient emergency care available.”