Kenmore Mercy Hospital Groundbreaking Kicks Off Construction of State-of-the-art Emergency Department

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March 29, 2012

Kenmore Mercy Hospital, part of Catholic Health, broke ground today on a new $14 million Emergency Department that will nearly double the size of its existing ER and bring state-of-the-art emergency services to individuals, families and businesses throughout the region.

Designed to care for up to 40,000 patients a year, the new 24,000 square-foot facility, located on the south side of the hospital, will include 25 private treatment rooms equipped with the latest medical emergency and clinical information technology.

“Careful thought and planning went into the design of this new Emergency Department,” said James Millard, president & CEO of Kenmore Mercy Hospital. “It will enable us to provide the most advanced care for life threatening medical emergencies, as well as more prompt and efficient care to expedite the treatment of minor medical emergencies.”

As a New York State Designated Stroke Center and Joint Commission Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Kenmore Mercy’s new Emergency Department will continue to meet the highest national standards for stroke care, offering the latest diagnostic and treatment options to give stroke patients the best chance at a complete recovery.

Developed with valuable input from doctors, nurses, corporate facility planning, administrative personnel and local paramedics, and designed by Kideney Architects, the contemporary features of the new facility include many functional elements to meet today’s medical emergency needs, while complementing the familiar façade of the hospital’s original building and the 1996 patient addition, the Koessler Family Pavilion.

Centralized Workstations for Faster Care

In addition to offering more comfortable accommodations for patients and families, the new facility will feature high tech, centrally located nurses’ stations and consultation areas to expedite care and improve the work environment for doctors, nurse and other emergency staff.

“Centralized workstations will move us closer to the patients and new, innovative technology will allow us spend more time at the bedside, monitor medical conditions more closely and receive test results sooner,” said Raquel G. Martin, DO, FACEP, FACP, medical director of Kenmore Mercy’s Emergency Department. “These new enhancements will greatly improve patient flow, reduce wait times, and provide more efficient and effective emergency services to help save lives.”

Serving the Community for Over 60 Years

Kenmore Mercy’s current Emergency Department dates back to the hospital’s opening in 1951, with several expansion and modernization projects over the years to keep pace with the population growth and industrial expansion in Buffalo’s northern suburbs. Today, Kenmore Mercy serves families from Kenmore; the Tonawandas; Grand Island; Amherst; Williamsville; and Buffalo’s northern, Blackrock and Riverside communities; as well as businesses throughout Tonawanda’s industrial corridor.

“Our Emergency Department has served this community for over 60 years and we are proud of the care we provide to families and businesses throughout the region,” Millard continued. “Now is the time to turn the page on a new chapter in our history and bring the same high quality emergency care to our patients in a more modern, spacious and comfortable facility.”

New ER Scheduled to Open in 2013

The new Emergency Department at Kenmore Mercy Hospital is scheduled to open in the summer of 2013.

“With Emergency Department constructions and renovations complete at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph campus, Kenmore Mercy is the last Catholic Health hospital to undergo an Emergency Department makeover as part of our ‘Renaissance Project’ to enhance emergency services throughout the region,” said Joe McDonald, Catholic Health president & CEO. “After this project, we will move on to the Mercy Ambulatory Care Center in Orchard Park to begin a redesign of its Emergency Department.”

A portion of the financing for the new Emergency Department comes from a $1 million major gift campaign conducted by the Kenmore Mercy Foundation. To date, the foundation has raised more than $900,000. “We would like to thank the generous donors who have contributed to this campaign, recognizing the importance of having high quality emergency service in our community,” said Michael Landi, MD, chief of Neurosurgery at Kenmore Mercy and chairman of the Emergency Department Campaign. For more information on the campaign, contact the Kenmore Mercy Foundation at 447-6204.

Construction Facts

The new 24,000-square-foot Emergency Department at Kenmore Mercy Hospital reflects an 11,500-square-foot increase over the current facility, offering improved efficiency, comfort and privacy for patients and families by providing:

  • 25 individual treatment rooms with televisions, including two resuscitation rooms
  • Centralized nurses’ stations with quick access to treatment rooms
  • Private registration and triage rooms
  • A SuperTrack Unit, bariatric room, and decontamination room
  • A spacious waiting area and glass enclosed vestibule
  • Drive-up ambulance bay for improved emergency transport
  • Increased on-site parking
  • The latest medical and monitoring technology
  • On-site Computed Tomography (CT) and digital radiology equipment